• Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    The Sonics: We were average guys trying to do an above-average job

    Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    St. Paul named best romantic city, and Chris Coleman says LRT will only make it lovelier

    Even though voting occurred amid a polar vortex that has many of us wearing decidedly unsexy long undies and thermals, St. Paul has been named the "Best Romantic North American Getaway" by 10Best/USA Today.SEE ALSO: LOL at this New York Times article about the Minneapolis dating sceneSt. Paul someho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    St. Paul: Most romantic getaway in North America?

    For some reason, the national media is convinced the Twin Iceboxes Cities is a great romantic destination.SEE ALSO: St. Paul's Lowertown top hipster zip, study says In 2012, Yahoo named Minneapolis one of America's most "unexpectedly romantic" cities. Now, St. Paul is a finalist for USA Today's "Bes ... More >>

  • Movies

    November 27, 2013

    Nebraska is a hard trip worth taking

    The road-trip drama travels through another side of America

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    There's no excuse for Jerome Simpson's DWI arrest [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: Simpson has been formally charged in connection with his arrest:#Vikings WR Jerome Simpson charged with 2 counts: misdemeanor DWI and refusing blood test -- gross misdemeanor. Minneapolis court date 12/11-- Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) November 13, 2013 Original post (November 11) -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Minneapolis is one of the best places to visit in your 20s, HuffPo says

    Finally, a travel list for the underprivileged. Well, sort of. HuffPo has included Minneapolis on its list of "20 Awesome U.S. Cities You Need To Visit In Your 20s" with an emphasis, of course, on "the cash-strapped, adventure-seeking, microbrewed-beer loving, locavore millennial." SEE ALSO: Playboy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    MSP among America's "happiest, healthiest" metros, HuffPo study says

    In case you haven't caught the drift from our first 216 posts along these lines, here's some news for ya: Relatively speaking, Twin Citians are healthy.SEE ALSO: Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining's Best Bike City honor The latest evidence on this score comes from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Minneapolis again named one of the country's best trick-or-treating cities

    Every good Halloween requires some geographic strategizing, whether over the rough course of the pub crawl or the blocks to hit for the biggest candy haul. This year, real estate website Zillow has again combed its databases to give enterprising trick-or-treaters a leg up on the latter, and released ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2012

    Internet Cat Video Film Festival purrs into Minnesota

    Cat-meme lovers unite for a meowing—or wowing—first-ever event

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Twin Cities had biggest gridlock drop in country last year, says U.S. Traffic Scorecard

    Compared to 2010, Twin Cities roads and commuters breathed a lot easier last year.According to the 2011 U.S. Traffic Scorecard, Minneapolis (really, the Twin Cities metro) had the biggest decrease in traffic congestion from 2010 through 2011.The scorecard uses traffic information from more than four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Craig Finn at Triple Rock Social Club, 02/04/12

    Photo by Tony Nelson​Craig FinnWith Mount MoriahTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisSaturday, February 4, 2012Any Craig Finn performance in Minneapolis is a sea of talking points -- and he went through most of them Saturday in front of an attentive Triple Rock crowd. This is the home of 86 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Redbox: Wisconsin is the most romantic state

    ​Move over Honolulu, see you later San Francisco -- if you're looking for romance, the place to be is La Crosse, Wisconsin. And if that doesn't work for you, go to Green Bay.Or so say the folks at Redbox. The movie rental company recently compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Romantic Cities in the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    St. Paul is the 8th-least sad city in America

    ​As we gird ourselves for winter, it seems worthwhile to mention that -- according to a new Men's Health article -- St. Paul people are way, way happier than the denizens of Miami, Las Vegas and Phoenix. So they can take all that sunshine and cram it.

  • Movies

    November 16, 2011

    George Clooney in The Descendants

    Is this the feel-good comedy of the year?

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Craig Finn solo tour coming to the Triple Rock on February 4

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​With a release date pinned down for his first solo album (due out January 24), Craig Finn is embarking on a short solo tour this winter -- including a stop in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock on February 4.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Craig Finn solo album out early 2012, with 7" single coming in November

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​We already knew Craig Finn was laying down some solo tracks, and now we've learned more about when we'll be able to hear some of them: Finn will debut his first solo single, "Honolulu Blues," on November 25, and the only way to get your paws on a physical copy is to head to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Team Pawlenty walks back on transit union tough talk

    Tim Pawlenty's "Truth" campaign is a bit blurry.​Tim Pawlenty keeps having to back away from his tough guy talk. This time, he was caught making up nonsense in Tennessee about facing down "the unions" in the "longest transit strike in the history of the United States." That certainly would ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Twin Cities ranked 5th best in America for public transportation

    5th best in America.​Don't get us wrong. We're glad that US News rated the Twin Cities the fifth best place in the country for public transportation (first would have been better, of course). We're pleased the story took note of the budding Central Corridor light rail line. But in heaping pra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Hastings 3000 tour diary, Vol. 4

    ​One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the fourth installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here, third here). Check back over the next week for more updates from his t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Michele Bachmann retreats from cutting war veterans' benefits

    Bachmann took a beating from veterans' groups.​Maybe it was while she was jetting between Oahu and Maui for "district work" that Michele Bachmann realized cutting war veterans' benefits was a tone-deaf response to the nation's budget deficit. But she got the message, and today she announced she wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Chris Baker signs off at KTLK-FM

    Chris Baker quit yesterday.​Chris Baker no longer has a megaphone to pollute the airwaves every morning at KTLK-FM. He's off the air. Good riddance. In the name of ratings, this is a guy who once opined that a transgender man was a mutilated lesbian, and said that former Lakers star Magic Johnso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Hastings 3000 tour diary, Vol. 3

    ​One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the third installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here). Check back over the next two weeks for more updates from his tour.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Michele Bachmann basks in Hawaii sun while we freeze and vets burn [VIDEO]

    Bachmann in the land of Five-0.​Rep. Michele Bachmann told Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson that she couldn't comment on the turmoil in Egypt because she was "concentrating on district work" -- teabaggers in Honolulu being part of her district.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Michele Bachmann concentrates on district work ... in Hawaii

    Apparently speaking in Hawaii is part of Bachmann's "district work"​Michele Bachmann has apparently been inundated this week with calls from reporters wanting her take on the freedom-loving protesters in Cairo. But our most famous congresswoman just isn't picking up the line. She's busy with " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Hastings 3000 tour diary, Vol. 2

    ​One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the second installment of his tour diary (first installment here). Check back throughout the next two weeks for more updates from his tour. There is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    The Melting Pot celebrates boobs this Week in Food

    Tschadi & ZehntnerEat this. ​We're all over the board this week, from pasta to Asian wine pairings to roaches and rodents to fondue for boobs. It's a lot to take on, but we know you're up to the challenge of this Week in Food. Monday 10/25 Get your eatin' pants on--it's World Pasta Day. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Minneapolis-St Paul rated cleanest metro by Travel & Leisure

    It's a clean machine​"Maybe it's the eight miles of covered skyways that keeps trash off the streets and parks," writes Travel and Leisure magazine. "(Or maybe it's an out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing.) Regardless, America's Favorite Cities survey takers voted the Twin Cities as the country's c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Minneapolis 6th most eco-friendly city in the world

    Photo: aturkusBetter than a Pacific island paradise?​OK, so we didn't win the title of the most eco-friendly city in the world. That title goes to Vienna, Austria, according to Mercer, which ranks 221 cities around the world as a way of helping companies and governments pay employees fairly w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2010
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    April 15, 2010

    Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker showdown at Grand Casino

    Campbell may have knocked Tucker's teeth out in their '81 match, but the old man's 73 now while Tucker's a spry 51. Gonna be a nail-biter, folks.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Sports Illustrated ranks Eden Prairie athletics Top 10 in nation

    Eden Prairie High School listed as No. 9 in national rankings.

  • Music

    March 4, 2009

    While his ukulele gently weeps

    Four years after becoming one of the first YouTube phenomenons, ukulele prodigy Jake Shimabukuro is still flying high

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    Why does Chris Baker still have a job?

    Cbaker-2.jpg During the Oct. 7 broadcast of his radio show, Baker promoted an Internet video featuring the Rev. James David Manning of ATLAH Worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    It's easy to get rich here

    Want to get rich? Stay right where you are. Or move to Plano, Texas. But who really wants to do that anyw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008
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    June 4, 2008

    Lawyer makes dirty debt collectors pay

    The Avenger: Pete Barry goes after those "who live off the misery of others"

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008

    Covering Her Beat

    Say what you will about C.J., but she wrote the hell out of Paul Douglas' departure.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008
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    December 27, 2007
  • Music

    August 9, 2006

    The Undead '60s

    Of Montreal make good on paisley-tinted retro

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2006

    Junkets-R-Us: Congressional Edition

    In his four plus years of service in the United States Senate, ... More >>

  • News

    December 28, 2005

    Artists of the Year

    Hurricanes, war, avian flu, locust plagues, that annoying song you couldn't get out of your head. It wasn't the greatest of all possible years. Nor was it halfway decent. But to prove that it wasn't all bad, we asked 29 writers to rave about the ar

  • Arts

    March 9, 2005

    Varsity Cheer

    How vaudeville, motion pictures, and hip hop came to Dinkytown through one controversial theater--now reopened with beds for seats!

  • Music

    April 14, 2004

    Real Life Rock Top 10

    Special absurdity of the media present, ineffability of the aesthetic past edition

  • Arts

    March 10, 1999

    The Mason Jennings Line

    Between folk and punk, enigma and sensation, is 23-year-old singer-songwriter Mason Jennings

  • Sports

    October 7, 1998

    Championship or Bust

    The Gophers' Women's Volleyball team is becoming one of the best squads in the nation. But can they satisfy their athletic director?

  • Sports

    August 19, 1998

    The Doctor Is in the Park

    Whenever there is a historic baseball moment--a 3,000th hit, a pitcher's 300th win--St. Paul's Seth Hawkins, a.k.a. Dr. Fan, is there to see it

  • Feature

    August 1, 1998

    Hawaiian Hitch

    The courts may rule on same-sex marriage, but voters will likely have the last word

  • News

    July 31, 1996

    Harold S. Kahm

    the self-declared "oldest and least-known writer in Minnesota,"

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