Let's face it. Food is the number one reason we attend the Minnesota State Fair and we are not ashamed to admit it! Food on-a-stick, deep-fried bites, giant legs and chops of meat, gallons of dairy, buckets of sweet confections, we love it all. But what about the vegetables? Where are the fruits ... More >>
Twin Cities locals celebrate hot Finnish traditions behind steamy doors
During yesterday's Capitol sendoff for a group of Minnesota Civil War reenactors who are headed to Pennsylvania to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, Governor Mark Dayton said it would basically take another civil war for Virginia to reclaim a Confederate flag that was seized by Minnes ... More >>
Everyone's a critic -- except in Minnesota, of course. Well, we're just as judgmental if not worse in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but you'd hardly detect it from any publicly circulated opinion on the matter with a byline. Actually, I take that back. Those charged with writing criticism often get shun ... More >>
Moon rocks from the Apollo 11 moon landing found a safe home yesterday at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.The Minnesota National Guard recently found the moon rocks tucked away and forgotten among military artifacts in a storage unit in the Veteran's Service Building in St. Paul.When Ne ... More >>
Oooh October. The first of the month ushers in a month of great eating: pumpkin beers, end-of-season bounties (squash!), and all the candy your cavities can handle. Ease yourself in with a week of fun fall events. 10/1 The first day of October has us thinking about one thing: Oktoberfest at the Bl ... More >>
School's in session, the sun is setting earlier in the evening, and there's a distinct chill in the early morning air. There's no denying it--autumn is upon us. Gone are the days when all you feel like eating are crisp salads and cups of frozen yogurt. Whether you're looking to fuel up for fall s ... More >>
Summer in Minnesota is a beautiful thing. It may be just a few fleeting months, but the seasonal produce is plentiful, interesting, and inspires some of the most memorable dishes we eat all year. Right now we're nearing the end of rhubarb season, and for those of us with home gardens and CSA boxes t ... More >>
The story behind the iconic St. Paul venue
Tim Pawlenty's portrait is more interesting than Tim Pawlenty.Tim Pawlenty's portrait will not hang in the White House unless he staples it to the wall during a civilian tour. But now the beloved former governor will forever haunt the hallway of the state Capitol, thanks to the unveiling of Pawle ... More >>
Bill Ingebrigtsen wants you to speak English only.State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, a guy with enough Scandinavian in his surname to qualify as a character in an O.E. Rolvaag yarn about immigrant hardship on the prairie, is carrying the flag for English-only into the Minnesota Senate. Yah. He wa ... More >>
Governor No smiles for the camera.Tim Pawlenty has been known in St. Paul as Governor No for a while now. And he's proud of the title, and the 299 bills he vetoed while in office. So proud, in fact, that he's now turned over his "veto pen" -- a really, really over-sized pen designed for dra ... More >>
Lisa GulyaRuby Moon chocolate trufflesFrazzled by the holiday hubbub? A little chocolate cookery could help soothe those frayed nerves. Three chefs share their tips for cooking with chocolate, plus a recipe for mole sauce.
Trilby Busch This Saturday, architectural history buffs can enjoy an informal walking tour and photo shoot in Lowry Hill. Organized by a couple of researchers who have been studying master builder T.P. Healy, who designed and built houses for Minneapolis's high society in the late 1800s, the ... More >>
Suddenly loving federal cash.Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was loving federal spending. Not the kind to help all Minnesotans with their health care costs, however. Just the kind to help southern Minnesota recover from floods. The former isn't a priority, he says. He won't even allow state a ... More >>
photo via Red House RecordsSeeing Spider John Koerner live is a lucky thing, something we get treated to more often than, say, we deserve. Memories or wishes of north woods hootenannies and smoke-filled parlors in the sixties as all those jubilantly drunk revelers stomp and squall towards sunrise ... More >>
Influential comedian Lenny Bruce is the subject of a panel discussion featuring Stand Up! Records' Dan Schlissel.
Tuesday's five most interesting stories printed on wood pulp
An architecture tour you can take with your pants around your ankles
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A few years ago, Doug Ohman was a theme-park executive with 600 employees. Today, he photographs barns. What happened?
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
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'The Last Minstrel Show' makes entertainment out of tragedy
Local transit wars past and present
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Mapping the literary landmarks of the Twin Cities
Figuring out how to finance the future of art at SooVAC
A local memoir, The Girls Are Coming, recounts the strange comedy of 1970s workplace integration and the campaign for gender equity
An archaeologist, two bottles of whiskey, and the cavemen of the Mississippi: Digging for the city beneath the city
The home of Fort Snelling, loons, timber wolves, and the U of M
Minneapolis's brave new riverfront will have parks, museums, and upscale condos. Who said subsidized housing was just for the poor?
Rotten eggs, firebombs, and the "wicked extortions of the coal kings": Local campaigns weren't always this dull.
A collection of Minnesota photographs from Jerome Liebling reveals his hard brand of humanism.