Years ago, yours truly interviewed Amy Klobuchar while she was touring a business in Faribault, Minnesota. As soon as I approached the senator to ask a couple questions, one of her aides swooped in with a tape recorder, presumably to ensure I didn't end up misquoting anything she said. I can't think ... More >>
After a rocky start in 2012, marked by long lines and unhappy ticket holders, the Minnesota Cheese Festival hit its stride in year three. The fromage-filled fest took over the International Bazaar at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Sunday and delighted cheese-lovers with cooking demonstrations an ... More >>
If locally produced wine is your thing, or you don't know a lot about it and want to, then mark you calendars for April 26 when Savor Minnesota takes over Shakopee's Canterbury Park, turning it into a celebration of locally grown grapes and locally produced food. This will be the event's fifth year ... More >>
The city of Cairo, Illinois, is pronounced "KAY-ro." Missouri has a Nevada called "Ne-VAY-dah." Here in Minnesota, there's New Prague, as in, "Pray-ge." And those are just the homographs. Every state has them: Places with names that locals and non-locals alike trip up. They can give away a newco ... More >>
Fans of the gooey, chewy and pungent stuff have an exclusive opportunity to feast upon a preview of this year's upcoming Cheesefest. On August 8, the newly formed Minnesota Cheese Guild along with Heidi's restaurant will host a dinner they're calling, "A Cheese Lover's Dream."See Also:2011 Best New ... More >>
This afternoon, the House approved marriage equality by a 75 -59 vote. Sixty-eight votes were needed for passage.SEE ALSO: Minnesota for Marriage's Hinckley rally was the biggest megafail in the history of megafails [VIDEO]The Senate plans to take up a companion bill on Monday. If it also wins appr ... More >>
Saturday afternoon, Faribault police responding to a report of a stalled vehicle near the police station came across a grisly surprise. Inside the car was an unresponsive woman who had apparently been stabbed around 40 times, along with two very young children who were unharmed.SEE ALSO: Stillwater ... More >>
Under the leadership of Sheriff Rich Stanek, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has adopted a no-visible-tattoos policy for new hires.SEE ALSO: Antonio "Savage" Jenkins' tattoo of "pig get'n brains blew out" leads to criminal charge No other Hennepin County department's have a tattoo policy, the S ... More >>
Another week in October, another series of epic, not-to-be-missed festivals this Week in Food -- make space in your stomach and your weekend. 10/8 Sun Street Breads is hosting its first beer dinner (you read that correctly) tonight by featuring a "A Road Trip Down Highway 61" with heaps of Fulton ... More >>
Lynn Phillip Seibel, a former drama teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary's boarding school in Faribault, was charged today with 17 felony counts of child pornography and sexual misconduct.Seibel is charged with one count of soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct, one count of using minors in pornogr ... More >>
Oooooh-wee, what's that smell? Smells like pigs, corn on the cob, and carny sweat. But then, a gentle waft of pheromones floats through the air -- the aroma of a 4-H gal from Faribault locking eyes with her Future Farmer of America. And the soundtrack to it all? The Minnesota State Fair's country mu ... More >>
Eight Minnesota cities flung to the far corners of the state will host the second-annual Caravan du Nord shows this fall. Last fall, Low, Trampled by Turtles, members of Doomtree, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Heiruspecs, and many more were among the acts visiting smaller communities outsid ... More >>
THE PARRY FILES:-- Mike Parry doubles down on Governor Dayton pill-popper accusation: Top 10 tweets-- Mike Parry polling behind "Neither" two weeks before 1st District GOP primary-- Mike Parry, U.S. House candidate, suggests he'd keep troops deployed until economy improvesIt's been a rough couple we ... More >>
Somalis working at Dianne's Fine Desserts factory in Le Center aren't happy about their company's new burqa ban, and walked off the job Monday to signal their displeasure. Three weeks ago, Dianne's was purchased by Mike Knowles, a Massachusetts-based businessman. A week later, a Somali woman working ... More >>
Over the last month, a pack of smash-and-grab robbers have struck six Minnesota jewelry stores, attempted a seventh robbery in Eagan, and are possibly connected with two other cases. The most recent robbery happened last Tuesday night, April 24. At about 11 p.m., three suspects did a smash-and-grab ... More >>
Usually, when people talk about the importance of "covering your tracks," they mean it in a figurative sense. But Daniel Sanchez and Alonso Silva should've heeded that advice literally.The two allegedly broke into a business in Faribault and left the scene without being apprehended after an alarm ... More >>
It'll be a miracle if this child turns out all right.Amanda Rae Hejl was arrested yesterday and charged with child endangerment and neglect after exposing her one-year-old baby to meth and putting the poor youngster to sleep in a bathtub.Hejl, 23 and a Northfield resident, was arrested while tryi ... More >>
Can you imagine taking LSD inside a prison cell? Seems like it'd almost certainly result in a bad trip.According to a Star Tribune report, a group of inmates at the state prison in Faribault tested that theory on Christmas Eve. And predictably, they had bad trips.
We're not even going to lie to you: If beer isn't your bag, this is the week to stay home. Practically every day is crammed with a beer dinner, pairing, sampling, or class on how to create the stuff yourself. Something about October must bring out everyone's inner brewmonster. 10/10 Brooklyn Brewi ... More >>
Screen shot KARE11Nate Smith after making the impossible shot Eleven-year-old twins Nate and Nick Smith of Owatonna got some major excitement at a celebrity hockey match in Faribault on Saturday when Nick's name got called to try for a center-ice shot. Nick wasn't in the arena, though. So Nate, ... More >>
I am trying to find a restaurant in the southern suburbs for a meet-up and am having no luck. A former co-worker lives in Faribault and she's going to meet me for dinner, so I want to pick somewhere that won't require her to drive all the way into the Cities. I am thinking Lakeville/Apple Val ... More >>
Melchert-Dinkel waives his right to a jury trial.William Melchert-Dinkel is accused of persuading a Canadian and a Briton to kill themselves via online suicide chat rooms. The Minnesota nurse says he's not guilty, and at one point tried to using a curious application of his First Amendment ri ... More >>
It was a gruesome scene: a mother and her two children, ages 8 and 10, dead in a Vadnais Heights apartment building late last night. Justus Ogendi Kebabe, 43, has already confessed to killing his wife and kids.
Meddy Garnet, Flickr.This won't make the clean-up process any easier.Twenty-four Southern Minnesota towns hit hard by flood waters are diverting their bodily waste into the rivers that temporarily closed their sewage treatment plants.
Photo: Ruin RaiderIt's wet in Minneapolis. But it's wetter down south.Update: Gov. Tim Pawlenty has activated the National Guard. Details after the jump. Update: An island in Wisconsin is now floating away. Video after the jump. We here in the Twin Cities are grousing about another day of r ... More >>
Updated: A twister touched down near Fergus Falls, killing one person, and Wadena has been heavily damaged by strong winds, MPR reports. But the worst of the storm gave the Twin Cities a miss. Via NOAA: A tornado watch wsa in effect for the following Minnesota counties, including those in th ... More >>
Cops say he hid his identity in suicide chat roomsWilliam Melchert-Dinkel, the former nurse from Faribault accused of hiding his identity while urging despondent denizens of the Internet to kill themselves so he could revel in the thrill, gets arraigned today in Rice County. His lawyers says ... More >>
This week, do something special for all the ladies of the world. According to Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, an exhibit in its last week at the Bell Museum, women provide almost half of the world's agricultural labor. View photos, track food as it travels from field to fork, and learn other ... More >>
Alex Wolters has been sentenced to 180 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse and five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to two stalking charges related to a creepy incident last year in Edina. Four times on April 14 last year, Wolters, a Faribault resident, stopped his car ... More >>
William Melchert-Dinkel, the Faribault nurse described by officials as having a "suicide fetish," was charged in Rice County on Friday of aiding suicide. Police say he developed online relationships with Mark Drybrough, 32, of Great Britain, and Nadia Kajouji, 18, of Ottawa before they kille ... More >>
The state Supreme Court said her bong-water was a drug. Now she'll serve six months in jail.
His announcement brings to an end one of the weirder chapters in Minnesota politics.
Police intervene in vampire love affair after comment war on City Pages' website
Sharkey is not under arrest, but detectives want to question him regarding his relationship with the girl.
She made her comments after a succession of stories in City Pages resulted in hundreds of comments by outraged readers.
The Faribault High School student says she walked out on an abusive relationship with her mother before meeting up with Sharkey.
The Faribault nurse accused of encouraging people in suicide chat rooms to commit suicide has admitted to police he helped as many as five people kill themselves.
A number of counties, including Hennepin and Ramsey, are under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. tonight.
Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Part two of our guide to the best cheeses of the Twin Cities—ever
Minnesota's oldest lifer talks about prison and his most terrible crime
Latinos, Somalis, and the American dream in southern Minnesota
Remembering crime reporter Nieson Himmel
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