We've heard many times in recent years about how great a place Minneapolis/St. Paul is for college grads. We grant there's a bit of a chicken-or-egg thing going on here, but now there's better evidence than ever that smart young folks are taking the notion of moving here seriously.LinkedIn recently ... More >>
When the apocalypse hits, you'll be forced to think strategically. The first step is safety. The second is shelter. The third is finding a hefty supply of dry food. Fortunately for us apocalypse-fearing folks, a variety of meals lend themselves to dry storage and easy prep. In the event of a natio ... More >>
Each summer for seven years now, our music-loving neighbors in Iowa set their sights on the 80/35 Festival, which routinely assembles one of the better lineups of bands in the area. The inspired assemblage of groups regularly attracts area fans and bands to Des Moines for the two-day music festival, ... More >>
Without a doubt, Cher is the mistress of the long goodbye. About a decade ago, it was thought that she was hanging it up with a so-called "farewell tour." Then it was discovered some three years later that her star was brighter and more profitable than ever.If you're wondering why she occasioned to ... More >>
Who doesn't love Canadians? Wherever they go, a good time follows. And they're just so nice. But for Canadian pop-rockers Chic Gamine, based between Montreal and Winnipeg, nice is just the beginning. The almost all-girl band (four lead female vocalists, one male drummer) have been making waves in th ... More >>
Young, single, broke, and live in the Twin Cities? According to a new study put together by the Money Under 30 blog, you're probably spending less nights falling asleep by yourself while watching Netflix after a dinner of Ramen noodles than your peers in most other cities.SEE ALSO: Coffee shop first ... More >>
The sixth annual 80/35 Music Festival lineup is here! The yearly downtown Des Moines music event has hit upon some eclectic notes for headlining talent with New York rap heroes Wu-Tang Clan, and the David Byrne & St. Vincent collaboration leading the way in 2013.The event takes place Friday, Jul ... More >>
Rap fans in the Twin Cities typically don't have to wait too long for one of the members of the Doomtree collective to plan something cool in the area. Whether it's Dessa performing at the MIA, Sims playing at the Are You Local? event, or Lazerbeak joining creative forces with Mixed Blood Majority, ... More >>
The complex pop marvel that is Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013. Based upon her multiple car accidents during her recent interview time with Rolling Stone, let's just hope that she's not driving the bus. The 58-concert trek across the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada) in support ... More >>
Remember last week when UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens was arrested hours before his fight and couldn't make bail in time to enter the Octagon?SEE ALSO:Jeremy Stephens, UFC fighter, arrested before Target Center boutTurns out Des Moines, Iowa authorities wanted Stephens for good reason: The Des Moines ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Wells Fargo fires Wisconsin woman for 1972 shoplifting chargesIn May, we told you about Yolanda Qusada, a Wisconsin woman who was fired by Wells Fargo because she was convicted of two minor shoplifting charges in 1972.If you think losing your job for something that happened during the Nixo ... More >>
See Also:Barack Obama brings Ben Harper and The National to Madison [UPDATE]Tom Morello rages against Paul Ryan's machineThe National at First Avenue, 8/6/10Band names are important in an election year. Pussy Riot's aware of it, so is Rage Against the Machine, but the National are so the band with t ... More >>
See Also:Night Moves on hotel living, song facelifts, and the new 7-inchBest New Band 2012: Night MovesLocal trio Night Moves are finally ready for their close up. After creating a buzz in the Twin Cities over the last few years with their emergent live shows and their free, digital-only debut, the ... More >>
Des Moines' eclectic 80/35 Festival is now in it's fifth year, and continues to bring talented, compelling national and local acts to the two-day Iowa music fest. And while the outdoor music festival competition in the Twin Cities this summer will be greater than it's ever been, this year's stron ... More >>
Related:Death Cab For Cutie, Avett Brothers highlight Des Moines' 80/35 Fest line-upKid Dakota, Mayda, Bloodnstuff lead Lyn-Lake Street Fest lineupFeist, DeVotchKa, and Rufus Wainwright top Music in the Zoo's summer concert scheduleThe Live Nation-sponsored River's Edge Festival at Harriet Island ha ... More >>
Wellman's will replace the downtown DrinkThe space that was once home to the downtown location of Drink won't be empty for very long. Wellman's Pub, an Iowa-based bar and restaurant chain with two locations in Des Moines, will open its first Minnesota store on the busy corner of North Fifth Stree ... More >>
The mysterious Marilyn Manson has emerged with a fresh U.S. tour in support of the forthcoming eighth album, Born Villain. This is the first Minneapolis show for the band since 2009's stop at the State Theatre. It also adds to the slate of concerts that includes the Shins, Jane's Addiction, and I ... More >>
In this week's cover story, we followed Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak around for several weeks to document the day-to-day life of a city politician marking his tenth year in office. Along the way, we traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the January 3 caucus to witness Rybak in his role as v ... More >>
The zombie apocalypse might very well begin in Des Moines, IA. I can see em all now, loping out of the cornfield, eyes glaring like lost Wal-Mart dads. This guy at the show the night before claimed Iowa to have the highest level of radon in America. In the morning Aaron Lemay was watching Shaun ... More >>
This past weekend, the 80/35 Music Festival brought headlining acts like Girl Talk, Yelawolf, and Okkervil River to Des Moines, Iowa for two days of fun in the sun. If you missed the fest, we have photos of some of the headliners along with locals Pink Mink in our 80/35 slideshow, and today we are a ... More >>
Note to self (and you): If you don't want your van to smell like someone pooped their pants, don't allow your mother to give you a dozen hard boiled eggs to eat on the road. They stink up the van like nobody's business.Okay. Good. Now we both know. My name is Peter and I play tu ... More >>
army.milMembers of the 103rd ESC receiving their combat patches last year.Sgt. Jamie Engelbretson had been back from Iraq for less than 24 hours when she got the bad news today: because of the looming government shut-down, her next paycheck will likely be cut in half. The next paycheck may ... More >>
Band: "We want to be Radiohead"
So, the last part of the trip was a bit rag-tag. That is to say, the shows were set up pretty last minute and were kind of at random places. Like in Lexington, Kentucky I played the reception for a play called Marx In Soho in which Karl Marx comes back from some kind of afterlife (wei ... More >>
Photo via WikipediaBen Harper's on board with the president.Update: Sen. Feingold jets to Madison. More after the jump. President Barack Obama's going into midterm campaign mode this week, and he's scheduled to be in Madison later this afternoon, with Ben Harper and The National in tow. The ... More >>
The fourth annual ARTCRANK poster art exhibit opens this Saturday.
Continuing my weeks of travels, I was in Des Moines for my day job, and thanks to a friendly recommendation for good eats I finally had a chance to stop by Proof. Open only for lunch during the week (and dinner on Fridays), the space is bright, open, and inviting. When I saw the soup of th ... More >>
Lookbook will sweep the East Coast, while OFTT is donating tour proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.
If it's Friday it must be Florida: Gov. Tim Pawlenty will continue racking up the frequent flyer miles when he puts in an appearance Nov. 13 at The Forum Club of Southwest Florida in Palm Beach, north of Miami.
WCCO food blogger Crystal Grobe lets us take a peek inside her fridge.
The Iowa State Fair will include a butter sculpture of a moonwalking Michael Jackson this year.
An update on the first leg of the band's tour throughout the Midwest.
The judge laid down the law today: The Petters case is staying here, at least for now. And don't whine when you feed the fire.
Minnesota cited as a bellwether of an expanding food trend of Korean-inspired dishes.
It's been 24 years, but an entire nation remembers what it was doing that fateful day... From the always indispensable dailyrotten.com: Jan 20 1982 Rock musician Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized in Des Moines IA after he bites the head off of a dead bat. The bat was tossed on stage by a fan during ... More >>
Shot-putting jugs of urine in Iowa, getting thumbs from toes, the Smoking Gun's favorite mug shots of the year, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Talking tickets, warbling Kiwis, Superman nemeses running for president, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
But rejoice not: Cities in the Dakotas and Wisconsin rate higher Forbes.com has compiled an exhaustive list of the best metro areas for businesses or careers. The math that goes into it--cost of living, cost of doing business, income growth--is predictably corporate-minded, but offers an interestin ... More >>
New Minneapolis Chinese restaurant offers fresh seafood by the tankful
What's a death-metal mogul to do when the world becomes as macabre as his music?