Steve Kramer, frontman for the genre-defying Twin Cities group the Wallets, has died. He was found in his hotel room Saturday while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He was 59.Kramer and the Wallets released two original albums via Twin/Tone in the mid-'80s, including the cele ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
After hundreds of ballots and votes, the best of the best new bands have been chosen
#1. The Chalice: 83 points "Our ladies' nights are really dope," asserts the Chalice's queen-bee rapper, Lizzo. "We get together and drink. That's how it started -- with red wine. If it were liquor, it wouldn't get done. Making tracks, turning tracks into a song, and turning tracks into a banger is ... More >>
Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman stepped up his opposition to the Voter ID amendment today, deriding the Republican-backed measure as an expensive answer to a problem that doesn't exist. SEE ALSO: College students favor voter ID amendment that could disenfranchise 70 percent of them Wisc ... More >>
See Also:Howling for Wolves putting up anti-wolf hunt billboards Wolf hunting season opposed by 80 percent of DNR survey respondents Minnesota's wolf hunting season begins November Opponents of the Legislature-mandated hunting season for Minnesota's formerly endangered gray wolf plan to protest o ... More >>
See also: Vikings stadium receives final approval from Minneapolis City Council on 7-6 vote Vikings stadium bill receives final legislative approval; Mpls City Council vote last step For Minnesota soccer fans, Zygi Wilf might be the Grim Reaper. As part of the Vikings stadium deal, the football ... More >>
The tenth installment of Rock the Garden, the Walker Art Center and 89.3 the Current's yearly outdoor music festival, is coming on Saturday, June 16. And the lineup is now officially public!Updated: The tickets are all sold!One of the notable acts this year is the wild and oh-so-colorful Merrill Gar ... More >>
A self-proclaimed Native Mob gang member was convicted of making terroristic threats to a Cass County Sheriff's Deputy this week, and could face up to three years in prison. Robert Joseph Jones, a 31-year-old with a lengthy criminal history, told the deputy he planned to find out where he lived, an ... More >>
Daniel Levy, 21, took his own life in January
Photos by Stacy SchwartzDessaOctober 28, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulDessa's CD-release party at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday night was about as far from a rap show as you could get. Backed by an excellent chamber group and back-up singers, and with her Doomtree pals tucked neatly into on ... More >>
Michele Bachmann zipped in and out of town last night.Michele Bachmann was in Minn--Oh, she's gone. Did you see her? She was just here a minute ago!Well, anyway, reports are that Bachmann passed through town last night, though you needed a little whip-out money to find her behind closed doors. Or ... More >>
Michele Bachmann is not aware that everyone is running away from her campaign.Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign staffers all quit, despite Bachmann's curious attempt to deny this fact. Now, those same staffers -- the "Concord Five," perhaps? -- have released a bridge-torching letter confi ... More >>
Joe Arwood has enough money to buy an old Honda or a new suit.Joe Arwood is a Republican candidate for Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate seat. To describe Arwood as a potential "dark horse" candidate is an insult to both darkness and horses. At this point, it's safe to think of Arwood as a no-hoper.Tha ... More >>
Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump: Press star-three and reach for the stars.Michele Bachmann held her surprise-party tele-townhall with Donald Trump last night, allowing the two of them to show off their finest skills. Trump, as is well known, is probably the hardest blowing blowhard in American pol ... More >>
What, Tim, was it something we wrote?Tim Pawlenty marked his glorious return to Minnesota with an appearance to the Minnesota Public Radio , where he sat in for a full show with the state's most lovable voice, Gary Eichten.During yesterday's broadcast, Pawlenty opened up about his failed presiden ... More >>
Mark Dayton and Majority Leader Kurt Zellers: We're screwed, let's shake on it.Standard & Poor's is the third of the big three credit ratings agencies to knock down Minnesota's score. In the last three month, the "big three" have been taking big chunks out of Minnesota's financial reputation ... More >>
Scott Gillespie, Strib opinions editor, says he didn't spike Anna Prasomphol's piece.Amy Senser is getting a lot of criticism for the hit-and-run accident that killed Anouone Phanthavong, and yesterday, figures in the local media came up for some criticism too. The harsh feedback came thanks to a ... More >>
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner will have lunch with you for $1,000. Maybe.Will John Boehner be hitting the fairway with mega-rich donors in Wayzata today? Maybe. Minnesota Public Radio obtained a copy of an invite last week to a Boehner fundraiser scheduled for today at Spring Hill Gol ... More >>
Dayton's very special session will begin at 3 p.m.Mark Dayton has called for a special session of the legislature to meet at 3 p.m. this afternoon. With a fast-track vote, Minnesota's shutdown might be over before happy hour. The legislature will try to pass all nine budget bills and Dayton's req ... More >>
Minnesota's most famous expatriate and one of the most respected songwriters of our time, Bob Dylan, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. How do you honor the man who has received every honor in the world? We thought of a few ways you could pay your respects today.
"Troubled Waters" e-mails detail the story behind the public fiasco.In response to Minnesota Data Practice Act requests, the University of Minnesota unloaded a deluge of e-mails on reporters over the weekend related to the college's decision to cancel the "Troubled Waters" documentary last mo ... More >>
We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>
The names of the three students who died yesterday in a crash in Wisconsin have not been officially released by authorities, but one of the survivors, Carlos Rios, has identified his three friends.
People living in the Twin Cities are lucky to have so many events around town that indulge in old-fashioned fun. The Mighty Wurlitzer before a movie at the Heights or swing dancing in the Wabasha Street Caves are just a few examples. When thinking of prominent partiers from the past though, w ... More >>
Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer are even in a new state-wide poll.Republican Tom Emmer has consistently trailed his Democratic opponents in governor's polls over the past few months. And lately he's been the butt of attacks over his drunken driving convictions and his support from Target. So today ... More >>
Peter Erlinder is accused of denying the Rwandan genocideThe New York Times is reporting that William Mitchell College law professor Peter Erlinder attempted suicide in his Rwandan jail cell, where he is being held for allegedly denying that country's genocide. Police said they found Erlinde ... More >>
Neil Gaiman: Worth $45,000?Sandman author Neil Gaiman is under attack by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for charging $45,000 for a recent speaking engagement at a Stillwater public library. Under the headline, "One author: $45,000 for an afternoon," the newspaper questioned the hefty ... More >>
Photo: fibonacciblueImmigrant rights activists took to city streets on SaturdayThe local backlash against Arizona's controversial new anti-immigrant law got loud and crowded over the weekend when about 2,000 marchers clogged downtown Minneapolis to express their outrage at the legislation. T ... More >>
The Continental Co-Ets While Fulda, Minnesota's Wikipedia page semi-tragically excludes the Continental Co-Ets from her history, the band has been fortunate enough to rise from the deep ash of the mid-'60s rock boom, instigated in large part by Beatlemania, where innumerable bands lay buried like ... More >>
Almost before the ink was dry on President Barack Obama's signature making it the law of the land, the health care reform package passed by Congress was challenged in two separate federal lawsuits by 15 Republican governors; 14 were led by Florida's attorney general and Virginia's AG filed a ... More >>
His business partner Eric Ringsred wanted locals to think of the theater as a classy Las Vegas club rather than a scummy dive.
Cindy Hickey and the two other hikers' moms had written to Iran's president seeking a visit.
Mary Lucia, Mark Wheat, and Jim McGuinn sit down to reflect on how far the station has come in five short years.
The "Kennedy seat" in the senate goes to a Republican, health care reform dies, and now this. It's a bad week for liberals.
Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor and the DFL party are getting a $24,000 slap on the wrist.
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
Tim Jackson, the college-bound teen who died early Saturday morning, was fatally stabbed by the man he was trying to mug.
Petters sent flowers two years ago to Deanna Coleman, one of his associates that blew the whistle on his business practices last year.
You probably haven't noticed, but Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is up for reelection next month. We don't think Rybak even knows about it.
Could it be that the man finally realized he's exceedingly boring?
Pawlenty stepped back from that comment so he sounded slightly more logical.
During a tele-town hall organized by the Republican Governors Association, Pawlenty said asserting state sovereignty would be a possibility to reject the bill in Minnesota.
Sen. Al Franken pulled out his familiar, but still impressive, trick at he Minnesota State Fair last week.
The storm came through in just minutes with no warning, lifting large trees and their roots from the ground and tipping them into yards, houses and streets.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has this whole game down like no one else.
No party endorsement, a disastrous primary, and an opponent who attracts wealthy liberals: Can Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton revive her reelection campaign?