Late yesterday afternoon, the powers that be at the great Minnesota get-together made the pre-Fair announcement we wait for all year long. It's not about bands at the Grandstand, the new seeds that will be used in this year's batch of stunning crop art, or the likenesses you may see carved in slick, ... More >>
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Despite game day traffic and the obnoxiously expensive parking rates that come along with U of M sporting events, this past Saturday the 2nd annual Twin Cities VegFest was a rousing success.This year's gathering was considerably bigger than last, with food vendors including Flamingo Ethiopian and Ki ... More >>
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For some it was a time to bust out noise makers, party hats, and devil's horns as this last weekend, Hell's Kitchen turned ten years old. For others it sparked a time of reflection. It's a time of looking back in awe on something that could've never been. I recently had the opportunity to sit down w ... More >>
It's that time of year again, when hordes of eight-year-old girls--and their parents--begin pushing boxes of those strangely addictive cookies. Girl Scouts in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin officially begin their cookies sales on Saturday, but to kick off the season the Scouts will stage a ... More >>
As the holiday season winds down and Americans begin to recover from their self-induced sugar comas brought on by binges of fruitcake, gingerbread, and--in Minnesota, at least--lefse and rosettes, how is a foodie with a sweet tooth expected to survive until the stores begin stocking pas ... More >>
Stop me if you've heard this one. (Knock-knock.)"Who's there? Because if it's a door-to-door salesman, I want you to know that I am an angry south Minneapolis homeowner and I've had it up to here with you guys!"Admittedly, the punchline needs work, but it's pretty much true. After years of relent ... More >>
Hello dirty mother...Dirty Den Mother$10Burger Jones3200 W. Lake St., Minneapolis612.746.0800Rumor has it that this drink used to have Girl Scout in its moniker, but the management thought maybe a name change was in order. But what we really want to know is: Is this dirty mother worth a swing int ... More >>
Girl ScoutsDid girl scouts lose major cash over cookie sales?That's what WCCO's recent report on the subject seems as if it'd like us to believe. The TV station's spin makes the situation out to seem like some sash-wearing, slave-driving Girl Scout Grand Poobah dumped a semi-load of cookies at ea ... More >>
oldfashionedsodafountain.blogspot.comForget the box and DIY A recent declaration by some Minnesota Girl Scouts that they would refuse to participate in the annual cookie fundraiser because their council sold off four beloved summer camps got our attention. Sure, we love the delicious cookies, ... More >>
oldfashionedsodafountain.blogspot.comA little bite of childhood.In the last day or so, Twitter has exploded with #girlscoutcookies tweets, and with good reason. Green-sashed girls across the country are delivering pre-ordered boxes to homes and offices this week. Don't let envy overcome you as ... More >>
Girl ScoutsSay what? Downsizing Girl Scout cookies?It's the time of the year when you start to notice those order forms around the office and Scouts-turned-businesswomen giving their best pitch at grocery stores. Smell the Thin Mints in the air, 'tis the season of Girl Scout cookies. The G ... More >>
Girl Scouts for grown-ups: The Farmgirl SisterhoodThe Farmgirl Sisterhood--think of it as Girl Scouts for grown-ups--is coming to the Creative Connections Conference, a.k.a. "mompreneur" meet-up, in Minneapolis this weekend. The group's founder is Mary Jane Butters, the organic food/lifestyle ... More >>
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C'mon folks! Don't blame "Minnesota Nice" for your cookie habit. Why can't we all just embrace the fact that these cookies are amazing and support young ladies in the community?
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Have you heard the Good News? If you're a student at one of the nine elementary schools in Elk River, a le ... More >>
Paula Joan "Polly" Alexander, a founding member of Minneapolis's first all-female rock band, Tetes Noires, died of a heart illness on October 22. She was 47.
Girl Scout mom who absconds with cookie dough may just deserve every nickel The story's in the Washington Post, but the lede (a little journalism jargon for you) is straight out of the "Good Morning America" scriptwriter's handbook: It took long weekends camped outside their local grocery stores a ... More >>
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