Summer 2013 will be remembered as one that came in with a literal bang: The sound of trees crashing down throughout the Twin Cities. The state's disaster recovery team estimates that clean up from the solstice storms, which swept through Minnesota from June 20 to June 26, could cost more than $7.26 ... More >>
Tricky, gorgeous film shows the real New Orleans
If we survive tomorrow's Mayan apocalypse, we may have to start contending with a more insidious doom: rising oceans. But one way to offset at least the financial punch of climate change, says The Economist's economic correspondent, Ryan Avent, is for people to start migrating. Specifically, migrati ... More >>
On Saturday, WDAY TV news anchor Kelsey Roseth led the Fargo-Moorhead evening news with the following statement: "Parts of downtown Moorhead are destroyed when wandering deer ended up in the heart of the city."Before you call FEMA, understand that Roseth's statement is somewhat preposterous: video f ... More >>
Another city is trying to lure the Vikings from Minnesota, according to Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley.Although Los Angeles has long been rumored to covet our football team, Bagley recently dropped the bombshell that another city has also been wooing the Vikes during the past year. However, he w ... More >>
This man has better things to do than worry about a national disaster in his home state.Look, we know Tim Pawlenty has more important things to worry about than the death and destruction in North Minneapolis--what with his presidential campaign kicking off today and all--but would it kill him to ... More >>
How do you know when you're really, really, really ridiculously famous? When a tweet you compose about how you're not going to appear on a morning talk show gets picked up and reported by every news outlet in the country.
MATT LAUER: You remember what he said? PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist. A brief excerpt has been posted of Matt Lauer's interview with former President George W. Bush, set to air this Monday night on Matt Lauer Reports.For a man who dammed the river of scientific prog ... More >>
Lady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... More >>
In anticipation of the free distribution of his new album, 20Ten, via the UK's Daily Mirror this Saturday, Prince invited Mirror reporter Peter Willis to Paisley Park for what the paper is touting as a "world exclusive interview" -- never mind the fact that he recently invited a reporter from Ebo ... More >>
Is he rewriting history or setting the record straight? Why not tell Karl Rove what you think in person? George W. Bush's former senior advisor -- "Bush's brain" -- is going to be at the Mall of America to sign copies of his first book, "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in ... More >>
We're countin' em down, end-of-decade style.
Apparently there's one guy in Minnesota, Broc Blegen, who thought it was appropriate to honor G. Dubbs today and you can still check it out tonight.
2001[not really Doomtree] Building Better Bombs, Bottle Rocket single, 100 black discs limited edition [no label][not really Doomtree] Building Better Bombs, I Will Burn mini CD [no label][not really Doomtree] Cenospecies, In Definition (Peak Records), 2001: "Hip Hop"Note: Here's probably the firs ... More >>
What's more interesting than actor Kevin Costner & Modern West playing country-rock on a Tuesday night at Cabooze?
The NCAA stuffing Minneapolis' attempt to host a Final Four, the NCAA humiliated the city by shouting 'NOT IN YOUR HOUSE!' right in its face.
The Twin Cities-based laugh factory offers smart hope in dumb times
Inside a Leninist bookstore in West St. Paul, a familiar refrain: What is to be done?
Today's Washington Post carries a longish analysis of the controversies surrounding DFL candidate Keith Ellison, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by Martin Sabo.
Fair trade brews are popping up all over, but Peace Coffee is still a cup apart
'Darwin's Nightmare' calculates the terrible cost of a good meal
[This just in our email:] An open letter to music writers across Minnesota and beyond from Rich Mattson [pictured, 1981] (Ol' Yeller, the Glenrustles, Flowerpot Studio, SMA Records): As many of you may have heard, I am moving back to the Homeland, the Iron Range, Sparta Minnesota (the first Iron R ... More >>
A New Orleans resident since 1952, Sandra Carter never let a hurricane force her from her home. When Katrina hit, Carter, a widow and retired substitute teacher, figured she would be okay because her home in the city's Algiers neighborhood sits on a high spot. But three days after the storm rolled t ... More >>
NOLA elites' rebuilding plan is underclass-free It's a truism, of course, that one can never say the right thing at a funeral. But you'd think that someone might have advised New Orleans' top-drawer families not to be quite so chipper--or honest--when explaining to reporters their desire to make su ... More >>
"Why didn't they leave?" That question was asked over and over in the days after Katrina. Barely concealed in the questions--sometimes not concealed at all--is the suggestion that the hurricane's victims are to blame for their plight. But of course, there are thousands of explanations for why people ... More >>
Who needs a disaster plan when you've got a free-market economy!? The Center for the American Experiment, the conservative Minnesota think tank that spawned Strib columnist Katherine Kersten and Powerline's Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker, among others, has an archived piece on global warming th ... More >>
Hard week, obviously. The following short list of some of my favorite New Orleans records, books, movies, and plays does in fact trivialize the effects of hurricane Katrina. It's meant in tribute. Here's the Red Cross link. King Oliver, "Dipper Mouth Blues" Jelly Roll Morton, "Grandpa's Spells" ... More >>