• Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Kent Hrbek: I had tears watching them blow the Metrodome up

    Seasonal thaws and spring training starting up in Florida are plenty to get Minnesota Twins fans giddy for the sights and sounds at Target Field. Music plays a huge role in baseball, so events like Rock N Jock Expo can feed urges for all sorts of fans this weekend. The now-annual event brings togeth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    RIP, Uptown Blockbuster

    The Blockbuster store at 2224 Hennepin Avenue South went the way of the dinosaur at 5 p.m yesterday.SEE ALSO: Indie video rental shop Filmzilla is closing its doors Shelves were mostly empty during the store's final minutes, and with available-for-purchase fixtures strewn around haphazardly, the pac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Christian Ponder gets concussed, goes to Target, poses with Lions fan [PHOTO]

    Late in the first half of the Vikings' eventual triumph over the Bears, embattled quarterback Christian Ponder was hit by two Chicago defenders and left lying on the Metrodome turf, head in hands. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and didn't return to the game. His status for Sunday's tilt in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Mark Dayton, R.T. Rybak call on Washington Redskins to change "racist" nickname [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom --The Washington Redskins are in town tonight to play a nationally televised game against the soap opera that is the Minnesota Vikings.One subplot is the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' offensive nickname, which has prompted the American Indian Movement to plan a protest o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    ACLU calls on Vikings to boycott "Redskins" when Washington comes to Metrodome [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: Today, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority denied the ACLU's request to boycott "Redskins." According to an AP report, the authority's lawyer determined that doing so would constitute unconstitutional censorship. Original post (October 24) -- The American Civil Liberties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Mpls officers want off-duty cops to be able to carry guns at Vikings games

    Minneapolis Police Federation officials aren't fans of a new NFL policy banning off-duty cops from carrying guns into stadiums.SEE ALSO: Brian Riesgraf's 'Drunk Vikings Fan Eats Ice Cream With Credit Card' photo goes viral Officers argue they should be able to pack heat in NFL stadiums because -- Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    American Indian Movement will protest outside Vikings-Redskins game at Metrodome

    The American Indian Movement will march from the American Indian Center to the Metrodome on November 7 then hold a rally outside the stadium when the Vikings play the Redskins during a nationally televised contest that evening.SEE ALSO: UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Zombie Pub Crawl Hangover: Lost and found at Bullwinkle

    At 6:01 on Monday night, they started arriving at Bullwinkle Saloon on Seven Corners: the formerly undead, this time on the hunt not for brains (or Brain Belt Beer) but for phones. And driver's licenses. And wallets. And keys. See Also: - Zombie Pub Crawl 2013: The Ultimate Guide to the Undead - Zo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Atmosphere at Soundset, 5/26/13

    AtmosphereSoundset, Canterbury ParkSunday, May 26, 2013Soundset has come a long way from its humble origins in the shadow of the Metrodome back in 2008. Skyrocketing ticket sales -- reportedly 28,000 this year -- and a subtle demographic shift over its six-year run have allowed Rhymesayers to grow a ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2013

    A peek behind Soundset 2013

    From Snoop Dogg to Atmosphere, the festival boasts a variety of talent

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Watch the Dark Clouds storm Minneapolis [VIDEO]

    This week's cover story follows the history of the Dark Clouds, Minnesota United FC's diehard soccer supporters. On May 4, we met the Dark Clouds at the Nomad World Pub as they prepared for Minnesota's evening match against the Carolina Railhawks. Once properly lubricated, the group marched down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets Following months of speculation, the Metrodome's $975 million replacement got its big reveal in a special ceremony at the Guthrie Theater on Monday night.In front of a crowd that included Governor Mark Dayton (wearing a Vikes-appropriate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Vikings didn't draft dude with the fake girlfriend, but here's who they ended up with

    The Vikings need a middle linebacker and GM Rick Spielman loves players from Notre Dame, so the hot speculation heading into last night's NFL draft was that the Vikings would select Manti T'eo, the star college football player better known as the dude with the fake girlfriend.SEE ALSO: Greg Jennings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Vikings' new jersey design leaked [IMAGE]

    The Vikings planned to unveil their new jersey design during tomorrow night's NFL draft party at the Metrodome. Then the internet happened.SEE ALSO: Vikings tweak logo to make Norseman look slightly more pissed off [IMAGE] All the teasing the Vikings did about their new on-field look is for nau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Minnesota United FC beats Edmonton 2-0 in first Flyover Cup match

    Minnesota United FC took home its first victory of the season Saturday afternoon, beating Edmonton 2-0 at the Metrodome. It was the team's second game since rebranding from the Stars (they tied against San Antonia two weeks ago). Forward Simone Bracalello scored 31 minutes into the game on a penal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Your guide to Minnesota United FC's home opener

    Only six months ago, it seemed unlikely that Minnesota's second-division soccer team would even see a 2013 season. Yet here we are, one day away from the home opener, with a new team owner, new name, and new logo. Given all that's happened since last fall, when Minnesota -- then called the Stars - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Twins owner Jim Pohlad says there's "no ceiling" on payroll, yet it keeps going down anyway

    The 2013 campaign is the Twins' fourth in Target Field. Unfortunately, new digs didn't usher in a golden age from the team -- on the contrary, after winning the division championship in 2010, the on-field product has deteriorated to the point where you'd have a hard time finding a baseball pundit wh ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2013
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    December 31, 2012

    Drone spotted flying above Metrodome during Vikings-Packers game [PHOTOS] [UPDATE]

    Think drones only fly above Pakistan, Afghanistan, or other quasi-theaters of war?SEE ALSO:-- Camp Ripley drones: New $3.9 million facility sparks protest -- Grand Forks police to begin regularly using drones this spring Think again. Yesterday, an unmanned helicopter was photographed flying above th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Nicholas David, Rocket Club perform at Minnesota Vikings game

    On a day that was heavy on Adrian "Nine Yards, What?" Peterson news, there were some local music tidbits that slid into the Minnesota Vikings' 37-34 defeat of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Both Nicholas "The Feelin'" David Mrozinski, who recently finished third on NBC's The Voice, and area countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Vikings LB Chad Greenway asks fans to get "super-duper drunk" before Sunday's game

    With the Vikings at 6-6 and facing a do-or-die game this Sunday against Chicago, linebacker Chad Greenway is asking fans to make arrangements for a ride home from the Metrodome.SEE ALSO: Paul Charchian's "I'm pissed" Vikings rant: KFAN host calls for Ponder, coaching staff to go [VIDEO]Why, you ask? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Jared Allen roughed up and bloodied by Tampa lineman, beats him for sack next play [VIDEO]

    Between watching a possibly lovesick Christian Ponder lead one three-and-out drive after another and Tampa running back Doug Martin carve up the Vikings defense for 214 total yards, heading to the Metrodome last night was mostly a no-good very-bad experience for Vikings fans.SEE ALSO: Vikings victim ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2012

    Brodkorb cries on television

    Plus, a WWE star fights on a light rail train

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Metro Transit responds to security concerns following Shawn Daivari incident

    A couple weeks ago, former WWE star Shawn Daivari choked out a belligerent passenger while riding on the Hiawatha Line to the airport.SEE ALSO:-- Shawn Daivari, former WWE star, chokes out belligerent racist on Hiawatha Line Daivari said numerous people on the train hit the train's emergency help bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Twins announce new upgrades for Target Field

    Target Field has been up and running for a full three seasons now, which means it's time to keep renovating.See also:- Minnesota Twins have increased in value more than any other pro sports franchise since 2000

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    "Railgating" along "The Purple Path": Mpls' solution to Vikings tailgaiting problem

    Say what you want about the plan itself, but you have to give Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis hospitality industry credit -- they certainly have a way with words.SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota Vikings' one-year value increase largest in NFL-- ESPN's Mike and Mike still unaware of Vikings stadium deal, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    St. Paul Saints move one step closer to building Veeck-land in Lowertown

    Throughout the spring, we've chronicled the Vikings' efforts to secure public funding for a new football stadium, which we've dubbed Zygi-land.With the legislature recently approving a funding plan for the nearly $1 billion Metrodome-site stadium, it appears the Vikes' effort will pay dividends. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Northstar Bartenders Guild mashes Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo

    What do you get when you cross a Mexican holiday, a historic horse race, and the best drink mixers in the business? A room full of giant hats, refreshing cocktails, and one inexplicable guy in a kilt. The Northstar Bartenders Guild held its latest bash in a posh loft with 180-degree views of downtow ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2012
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    March 26, 2012

    Majority of Minneapolis City Council now supports Vikings stadium

    ​Today, after months of backdoor negotiations and hemming and hawing, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members pledged support for a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site.At a news conference, Mayor R.T. Rybak told Gov. Mark Dayton: "We want to hand you the signed letters of seven city c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Pro-Vikings stadium group releases pro-stadium poll, sparking Twitter controversy

    ​Today, a pro-stadium group named Home Field Advantage released an opinion poll showing that 61 percent of Minnesotans support construction of a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site. 72 percent of 1,000 Minnesotans polled say the new stadium is "somewhat or very important" to keeping the Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Vikings stadium: Minneapolis, Ramsey County release final funding proposals

    ​As far as the Vikings stadium controversy is concerned, the time for talk is nearing an end.Today, Minneapolis and Ramsey County -- the two leading contenders to serve as the site of a new public-private NFL stadium -- submitted their final stadium funding proposals, less than two weeks before th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Vikings warming to idea of staying in Minneapolis

    ​After months of insisting that Arden Hills is the team's preferred site for a new Vikings stadium, it appears ownership is warming to the idea of staying in downtown Minneapolis.During meetings with state political leaders yesterday, owner Zygi Wilf reportedly displayed maps showing how a new sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Wilfs sweeten Vikings Stadium pot with extra $30 million

    Will this concept ever see the light of day?​Friday was supposed to be deadline day for the Minnesota Vikings owners and the Legislature to reach a deal for a billion-dollar stadium in Ramsey County supported in part by taxpayers. They blew the deadline, they're still talking, and the state i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Vikings stadium bill deadline may be Friday

    Does this stadium have a purple hue?​Minnesota legislators and the governor already don't seem likely to reach a July 1 agreement on whether to raise taxes to keep the state's government functioning. Now they've set themselves a Friday deadline to try and resolve the $130 million gap between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    City Pages wins 11 first place SPJ Page One awards

    ​City Pages took home 11 first place trophies at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Page One banquet last night, beating both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press for the third year running.The Pioneer Press had an outstanding showing this year with 9 first place awards, while the St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Twins sign Tar Heels shortstop in 2011 First-Year Player draft

    ​As if expecting their middle-infield problems to continue into the distant future, the Minnesota Twins signed University of North Carolina Tar Heels shortstop Levi Michael as the 30th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The man from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Twin Cities are fittest in America

    Lake of the Isles runners plow through Snowmageddon.​The day the blizzard deflated the Metrodome, there were runners slogging their way around Lake of the Isles. The day the tornado ripped through north Minneapolis, there were cyclists zipping along the Greenway. Is it any wonder we took the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    SKOL: Vikings' super fans, awful 2010 season, documented by U of M student [VIDEO]

    A documentary on super fans gets a boost from a super awful season.​Just when we'd relegated the Vikings' epic 2010 implosion to the far reaches of our collective craniums, University of Minnesota journalism student Elizabeth Giorgi has come along to remind us of the whole, sorry affair. But i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    City Pages nominated for 23 SPJ Page One Awards

    Erin Carlyle's cover story on Joe Gustafson is nominated for Story of the Year.​The Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists honor the best in journalism from across Minnesota, and we're proud to say that we've been nominated for 23 awards in this year's contest. The 23 no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    St. Paul Vikings?

    Pipe dream?​The Legislature is evidently too busy writing discrimination into the state constitution these days to take up the Vikings stadium bill, but the wheeling and dealing over the facility's location -- and who benefits -- continues behind the scenes. Can you say, "St. Paul Vikings?"

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    First look: Glory Days Bar and Grill

    Glory Days Bar and GrillIn 2011, it's difficult to understand where the concept of the sports bar originated. With multiple and massive flat-panel HDTVs in just about every bar or restaurant in town--regardless of theme or philosophy--it's not easy to remember a time when the sports bar could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Central Corridor light rail construction promises I-35W ramp headaches

    Patience, people. Patience.​The Central Corridor light rail project forges ahead. Starting tomorrow, that means headaches for car commuters on I-35 downtown. Starting Wednesday, the Fourth Street ramp near the Metrodome to southbound I-35W will close until July. The alternate route is the ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Seawhores and their ridiculous advertisements

    ​The Twin Cities' hydra-headed primal beast rock gods Seawhores have, unsurprisingly, a good sense of humor. And some endearing video editing chops too. In advance of their upcoming, perfectly-titled record Blunt Force To The Everything, the masterful goofballs have been doing a series of mini-mov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011
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    February 2, 2011

    Minneapolis is buried under snow, but Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring

    Tired of the snow? Punxsutawney Phil is with you.​This year's record-setting snow collapsed the Metrodome, and put us under winter-long parking restrictions -- the kinds of things that can make winter drag on and on. Tired of it? Take heart. This is Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil didn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Star Wars X-Wing vs. Snowmageddon: Video of the Day

    Help me, Snowbi-Wan Kesnowbi. You're my only snowpe.​Mike Nelson, a commercial and film director, was shoveling the walk of his Robbinsdale home after the snowstorm that popped the Metrodome, when his wife asked him to take some photos. He shot some stills with his digital camera before he ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    501 Club closing on January 8

    ​Less than two years after opening its doors on Washington Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, the 501 Club will close on January 8.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    10 most popular Blotter stories of 2010

    Paragon/TeabonicsKeeping us infromed.​A lot of stories fly across our radar here at The Blotter on any given day. We never know what's coming next, and we're never really sure what readers are going to latch onto -- with a few notable exceptions. With that in mind, here's our Top 10 list of ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 29, 2003

    Found Art

    An erstwhile hipster chef and a preservationist philanthropist team up to provide truly artful diner food

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