Pizza and football go together like lutefisk and church dinners -- one just doesn't feel right without the other. In recent years, some of the sport's biggest stars have latched on to certain pizza chains, dividing pizza fans in the same manner as football fans. Peyton Manning works with Papa John's ... More >>
After a string of creepy incidents involving students' feet that spanned half a decade, Paul Conrad finally lost his job as a second-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary School in North Mankato in November 2011.SEE ALSO: Conservatives decry MN Teacher of the Year's "tyranny of the 1 percent" remark [V ... More >>
The Minneapolis-based a capella group, Home Free, won NBC's The Sing-Off on Monday night, taking home the grand prize in the highly-rated singing competition show. Home Free, who formed in Mankato 13 years ago and have been performing tirelessly ever since, won a lucrative recording contract with So ... More >>
Summer may have officially passed into fall, but the beer events around town are showing no signs of slowing down. This weekend marks one particularly notable celebration: Surly Brewing's 6th annual SurlyFest. Starting this Saturday at 2:00 p.m., the Brooklyn Center brewing facility will serve as th ... More >>
Beard growing is an art. But what about shaving? This morning, Ben Garvin, a 37-year-old photographer for PiPress, posted a video of himself in which he shaves without hands and pulls crayons and other items from his formidable whiskers.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Beard-Off champion Corrie Zoll defends titl ... More >>
Adrian Peterson's son, Adrian Peterson Jr., has been hanging out this week at Vikings training camp in Mankato and sorry, Christian Ponder, but there's no way anybody else will look as cute wearing a Vikings helmet this season.SEE ALSO: Adrian Peterson's brother arrested in Eden Prairie as part of p ... More >>
A Mankato-based law firm filed lawsuits this week against the Department of Human Services and the Department of Natural Resources alleging employees in both state agencies regularly breached the private data of Minnesotans. Scott Kelly, an attorney bringing the suits, couldn't speculate as to how ... More >>
What a weird day May 17, 2010 was for Mankato Clinic eye doctor Todd Gavin.SEE ALSO: Todd Gavin, ophthalmologist, accused of having women get naked during eye exams According to his version of events, as he was entering information into a computer during one examination, he turned around and saw tha ... More >>
From poets and directors to comedians and dancers, the Twin Cities are teeming with creativity
Mark Chalin's criminal vehicular homicide sentencing hearing was quite the dramatic affair.SEE ALSO: Brian Wutschke allegedly drove down University Ave. fellating a sex toy Emotions ran high as Chalin, a 24-year-old Mankato resident, said he was sorry and begged a judge not to send him to prison. Ac ... More >>
Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton held a joint Capitol news conference with DFL and MNGOP legislative leaders.SEE ALSO:-- Senate Majority Leader-elect Bakk responds dismissively to pro-marriage equality email -- MNGOP Rep.-elect Cindy Pugh is worried about "An illiterate, disengaged and lazy electorate" W ... More >>
A month after a sex offender expert testified that he didn't think the videos that landed Mankato State head football coach Todd Hoffner in trouble were pornographic, charges were dropped before the case went to trial.SEE ALSO: Todd Hoffner's wife says her husband is innocent of child porn chargesAc ... More >>
Drunken hijinks culminated in the shooting of a 26-year-old woman on northbound I-35E in Eagan around 2:20 a.m. yesterday morning.SEE ALSO:-- Joseph Kadlec swerved car at passing motorcyclists, shot one in face outside PD-- Mark Chalin of Mankato pleads guilty to killing two in driving-while-having- ... More >>
Rob Zombie, that long-haired, bearded, face-painted poster boy for all things ghoulish, can't help but be a perfectionist. As one of the few American entertainers scoring serious commercial success in both music and film -- his 2007 remake of Halloween, after all, grossed over $80 million -- he can' ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Allen Quist under renewed fire for 'men are genetically predisposed to lead family' remark-- Arne Carlson on GOP U.S. House candidate Allen Quist: He's "really bizarre"On March 30, 1988, then-state Rep. Allen Quist talked with the Mankato Free Press about his visit to Mankato's "Adult Bo ... More >>
Walz's STOCK Act was a bipartisan hit, but House GOPers stripped out a key provision.Today, the U.S. House followed the Senate and passed a Congressional insider trading ban originally introduced by Mankato Democrat Tim Walz.The so-called STOCK Act proved extremely popular in both the chambers, w ... More >>
NOW OPENBoom Island Brewing 2207 N. 2nd St., MinneapolisOn tap at Pig & Fiddle and Eli's East. For sale at Four Firkins and Ale JailColossal Cafe (City Pages Preview)2315 Como Ave., St. PaulEli's East Food & Cocktails (City Pages Preview)815 East Hennepin Ave., MinneapolisK ... More >>
As the Doomtree crew are all getting psyched for their sprawling 2-month-long U.S. tour which starts tomorrow night, they dropped a lighthearted, no-frills video for "Bangarang," one of the most rousing tracks on their recent No Kings album. The clip features all the members of the Doomtree colle ... More >>
It's a big day for all of Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota tourmates today, as tickets go on sale for their six-date February jaunt around the state -- especially for MaLLy, who not only appears on a new collaborative track with Atmosphere, Kill the Vultures, and Big Quarters, "Somebody, MN," bu ... More >>
Williams-Tillman, 19, is held pending charges of 2nd-degree murder.Damone Williams-Tillman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of killing Josselyn Bishop, 19, a Mankato State University student.Bishop, a native of Henderson, had been the victim of multiple stab wounds. Her body was found by a road ... More >>
Dan and Angie Bastian get poppin'!The Angie behind Mankato-based Angie's Kettle Corn will be cooking on Martha Stewart's television show this Thursday with her husband/business partner Dan Bastian, talking about their gluten-free snack. While they demonstrate how to make a stovetop version of ... More >>
Photos by Tony Nelson - click for slideshowOzzy OsbourneJanuary 12, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisComing up from Mankato on a cold Wednesday night, 10-year-old Grady Wolters and his dad, Todd, were anxious to see the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Ozbourne, finally perform. Grady's old man firs ... More >>
The Metrodome is missing its bubble. The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has collapsed under the weight of the blizzard that hammered Minneapolis yesterday. In place of a plaza and surrounding parking fields that should have been filled with pre-game hub bub, there's just blowing sn ... More >>
Chris Blakes family is battered and bruised. The deer? We're not sure.Stories about drivers hitting deer on Minnesota highways at this time of year are fairly common. But when a cloven-hoofed beast crashes through the front windshield of a car and keeps on going through the rear window, wel ... More >>
Photo: Tomy WebsterNow the Kotthoff's know who's tried to burn down their home.Thomas and Patti Kotthoff knew their Mankato home was under attack, but they couldn't figure out from who. Twice in June someone tried to burn the place down, first with a gasoline-fed fire in a window box, then a ... More >>
Screen shot via YouTubeMake-your-mind-up time?Last week, nursing his ankle back to health, Brett Favre said he really wanted another shot at beating the New Orleans Saints, even though he continues to hem and haw over whether he'll suit up for the Vikes and a 20th NFL season. Now comes Saint ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBattle of the Underage Underground winners Taffee MachineRadio K held their 10th annual Battle of the Underage Underground competition last night in the Entry, and I had the pleasure of judging alongside the fabulous Mark Mallman, freelance photographer and Cake in 15 blog ... More >>
The bluegrass quintet will release Palomino on April 13.
More Than Lights release their ambitious debut using familiar underground tactics Twin Citians appreciate most.
His new record, Us, will hit stores September 22.
An area beef jerky company has sued its CEO, accusing him of using the company to exact revenge on his father. Just, wow.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee started today and five Minnesota kids are in the race to be named the best underage speller around.
Meet the top enlisted soldier—and top lunchroom monitor—who's battling to dislodge Gil Gutknecht
GST's opium den-meets-lobster shack instrumentals
The Minnesota Museum of American Art paints abstraction in living color
Congress thinks the RAVE Act is a natural high for the War on Drugs. But ravers aren't smiling.
From flesh satellites to cities of styrofoam: The fine art of faking it
Richfield Shocks, Fridley Shakes, Chaska Rocks
Whoopi Goldberg takes center stage (square) on the new Hollywood Squares
Also of note: A selective listing of honorable mentions
It wasn't that long ago that medicine declared a victory over infectious disease. Now a raft of new and mutating bugs are at the door, and a declining public health system is in no shape to fight them.