Measured by total GDP, the economy of the Twin Cities metro area is now the second largest in the Midwest, only behind Chicago, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.Laura Kalambokidis, the Minnesota State Economist and a U of M professor, tells us the Twin Cities is be ... More >>
Imagine being a football fan in a city between two NFL markets -- Omaha, for example.It's August, and you want to watch some NFL preseason action, so you turn on the TV. What game do you see? According to Vikings spokesperson Jeff Anderson, ensuring it's a Vikes broadcast is a high priority for the ... More >>
Rob Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate at the U of M. He works. He pays taxes. But come November, while his neighbors and colleagues are casting ballots, Stewart will stay away from the polling station. Why? Because he's a convicted felon with a serious drug offense on his record. See also:Wisconsin ... More >>
Amidst the recent flurry of lists documenting the popularity of bands and songs by each respective state, comes an odd but distinctive list that breaks down the most favored songs of each state based upon sheet music sales. Musicnotes created a list that they are calling, "Uniquely Popular Sheet M ... More >>
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the team for this year's winter Olympics yesterday, and it's a doozy: 230 members, the most for any nation in the history of the winter games.The country is amping up for international competition, sure. But the team list also sparks some rivalry between states, ... More >>
Each week, we'll interview two of the chefs participating in our 2013 Iron Fork competition. On November 7th, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient provided by Lunds. For more information on the ... More >>
The Parents Action League -- classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Center last year, largely due to the group's onetime support for ex-gay-therapy -- is back in the news for filing a formal complaint calling on the Anoka-Hennepin School District to remove Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & ... More >>
Farewell Milwaukee's third album Can't Please You, Can't Please Me is the sort of record you can put on, hit play, and leave on repeat for hours. It's a warm, breezy 12-track collection of refined Americana with a strong '70s country backbone. Barroom sing-alongs cozy up next to mature ballads, and ... More >>
If you have a weakness for mellow folk-pop, look no further than Mike Midwestern. The singer-songwriter with the average-Joe mentality has been chipping away at a new record, his follow-up to 2010's Inhibitors. The new album, titled Oh My Soul, is a 12-track collection of tender, sparse folk tunes t ... More >>
Cold War Kids broke onto the national music scene in a major way with their rousing 2006 debut full-length, Robbers & Cowards, and have spent the better part of their career trying to not only live up to those lofty standards, but to build on it. And while 2011's Mine Is Yours was somewhat of an ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Mauer has resigned as Hill-Murray football coach, Paul Blume of Fox 9 reports.Original post from February 22 -- Mark Mauer, the Hill-Murray High School head football coach and a cousin of Joe Mauer, was arrested in Fridley this week for soliciting prostitution.SEE ALSO: Joe Mauer ha ... More >>
Switching to synth-laden melodies, the Minneapolis band release their sophomore album
The complex pop marvel that is Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013. Based upon her multiple car accidents during her recent interview time with Rolling Stone, let's just hope that she's not driving the bus. The 58-concert trek across the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada) in support ... More >>
Roger Doughten is on the cusp of becoming an octogenarian, but he wasn't about to let his advanced age get in the way of an ill-fated bank robbery.At about 6:15 p.m. on June 18, Doughten, 78, strolled into the Wells Fargo on the 2600 block of East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Police say he handed ... More >>
Coming on the heels of a remarkably warm winter and spring not even included in the data, a new study put together by the Climate Central non-profit reveals that Minnesota's climate has warmed significantly since 1970.The study found Minnesota's average low temperature increased at a per-decade rate ... More >>
With enough summer music festivals already devoted to tossing as many genres at the stage as possible to see what sticks with the ticket-buying public, it's refreshing to hear details about Iowa masked metal kings Slipknot's new music fete. It's undeniably over-the-top, and shouldn't it be?On August ... More >>
May ushers in warmer weather, which means the beginning of street festivals -- two big ones in particular: Art-A-Whirl and Lyn-Lake Festival that feature many talented local artists. If the heat is too much for you, BB King will be rocking the State Theatre and on the other end of the musical spectr ... More >>
Minnesota-based food company Michael Foods is recalling over a million hard-cooked eggs in brine that may be contaminated with listeria, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The eggs, which were sold to manufacturers and food distributors, do not have any reports of illness connected t ... More >>
Harry Potter, Cars 2, and more
Lucky Bucket Brewery launches this weekend in Minnesota.Somehow the word has gotten out that Minnesotans love to drink beer. The list of out-of-state breweries starting distribution here just keeps expanding. In the last two months alone we've welcomed Stone Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, and ... More >>
Minnesota schools earn a "C" grade.Minnesota earned a "C" grade and was ranked 36th overall by Education Week in its latest state-by-state survey of K-12 public schools, "Quality Counts." That's no better than the national average. So we're that kid that everyone says could get better grades ... More >>
Dakota County, Nebraska, SheriffSteal money from Robles-Garcia and he will chase you down.The Minneapolis man recently sentenced to 50 years in federal prison turns out to be a former Mexicali policeman who used his sleuthing skills in a vengeance kidnapping. German Robles-Garcia, 29, was sentenc ... More >>
Farewell Verse will be their last album
We love our place on lists, and a new one just out today ranks Minneapolis Number 1 for good housing prices.
Pants-doffer and STNNNG frontman Chris Besinger is releasing a book of selected lyrics and poetry (what's the difference?), titled The Usual Beast, tonight at the Washington Avenue Grumpy's and kinda out of nowhere.They have never included a lyric sheet with Besinger's fractured narratives and sa ... More >>
Ephemeral Eon is self-released
Stephanie Smith was horribly sickened by eating tainted meat two years ago.
Free stuff never gets old, even though you do.
Favre's jersey was the No. 1 selling NFL jersey in 19 states. Nineteen states!
A local musician and artist dishes on his online comic.
What 25 songs would America take to a desert island?
Tiger Gatorade supplants gin (for some).
Their latest tour is pointing them homeward bound
St. Paul restaurant puts fresh twist on Midwestern bar treats
Action Taken in Solidarity with Phoenix New Times
Nick Nolte knows a thing or two about getting old
Denouncing war and fighting for the right to booze, Bright Eyes forms an army of one
The rarest single malt scotches in all the world can be found in Minnesota, if you only know where to look
Critics choose not to see a darkness in Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst
Chez Pierre serves a feast of comic clowning; Leitmotif's cast makes the most of dramatic table scraps
Minnesota's own Dr. Demento talks about corporate radio, the Meat Puppets, and 30 years of weird records
Author Jonis Agee imagines the unvanquishable human wrecks whose lives revolve around the NASCAR circuit
American families talk about their rituals and the meaning they bring to their lives
This year, even the patsies make Clem Haskins nervous.
Eighteen Months in the Info-Quarry.