• Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    GOP may hate the export-import bank, but Minnesota small businesses love it

    The town of Princeton, Minnesota, is tiny, holding less than 5,000 people. But head to its southwest corner, a few blocks north of the town's auto shop and welder, and you'll find U.S. Distilled Products. From this tiny town, the company churns out all sorts of alcohol: bourbon, brandy, gin. Nearly ... More >>

  • News

    January 16, 2013

    Split the baby: Two sides of an adoption battle

    The fight over two baby girls could change how Minnesota considers relatives and race in adoption cases

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Tom Pham facing felony charges; disavows ownership in Azia

    Soon after we heard that restaurateur Thom Pham's Wonderous Azian Kitchen had closed, news is now out that he is facing felony charges for allegedly writing bad checks to A-Z Restaurant Equipment out of Princeton, Minnesota. When questioned by the Star Tribune about the checks and the upcoming Azian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Princeton High School girls soccer team arrives in locker room, finds gear soaked in urine

    SEE ALSO:-- Vikings 'original Whizzinator' heading to Minn. bar memorabilia wall-- Sheriff Phil Hodapp hunting for "felonious fecal flinger," adult diaper dumper-- 81-year-old marathon runner uses stranger's catheter to finish raceThe Princeton High School girls soccer team had a very rude awakening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]

    ​Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth's announcement that he is running against incumbent Amy Klobuchar for one of Minnesota U.S. Senate seats represents an "upgrade" over other GOPers already in the race, The Hill writes. The Hill cites Hegseth's national fundraising network from his time runni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Lucky Bucket and Millstream beers arrive in Minnesota

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Dayton signs synthetic drug ban

    Synthetic marijuana, now even more like regular marijuana: it's illegal.​Governor Mark Dayton this week signed legislation that bans a variety of synthetic recreational drugs. Synthetic marijuana compounds? Now listed as Schedule-I drugs. Bath salts? The same. Designer psychedelics 2C-E and 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Brooklyn Brewery rolls into town: Week 1

    Brooklyn Brewery kicks off three weeks of launch events​It's a great time to be a beer lover in the Twin Cities. Just as Stone Brewing Co. brings Stone Week Minnesota to an end, another high-profile brewery steps in to pick up where they left off. Brooklyn Brewery of Brooklyn, New York, kicked ... More >>

  • Arts

    March 30, 2011

    Avenue Q revamped at Mixed Blood

    More puppets being naughty

  • Calendar

    March 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    DEA will launch federal crackdown on synthetic marijuana tomorrow morning, according to leaked documents

    The feds are finally coming after fake pot.​The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been taking aim at the chemical compounds in synthetic marijuana products for months, and tomorrow the agency is pulling the trigger. According to an advance copy of the agency's regulation obtained by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Synthetic marijuana ban passes Minnesota House

    The crackdown passes the House.​The Minnesota House has voted nearly unanimously to crack down on the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. And a last-minute amendment will also make driving while under its influence a prosecutable offense. K2, Spice, Demon, Triple X, Mr. Nice Guy - wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Is Alpaca meat the next big thing? A Hot Dish taste test

    Photo by Kelly DwyerBroiled Alpaca leg steaks from La Pacos in MinnesotaOn Wednesday, the Hot Dish introduced you to the Welcks, a Princeton couple who recently launched a business selling alpaca meat. We promised to deliver a review of the products available from La Pacos, and answer the question: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Alpaca: It's what's for dinner!?

    Photo by Kelly DwyerOne Minnesota farm is touting alpaca burgers and steaks​Over the last decade, small herds of alpaca have sprung up across the country as the price of choice breeding stock skyrocketed. An award-winning animal would routinely fetch five- or even six-figure amounts on the mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Fake pot stolen in real drug burglary at 4:20 a.m.

    Moorhead Police Dept.The Omar Little of legal incense products.​In the wee hours of last Thursday, a young guy with a hammer smashed through the front door of the Mellow Mood head shop in Moorhead and stole the shop's inventory of synthetic marijuana. The deed was done, with impeccable timing, aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Synthetic marijuana bans spread to Princeton and Hastings

    K2 smokers, watch your back in these towns.​As we predicted in July, the days of getting legally high on synthetic marijuana are increasingly numbered.Duluth was the first domino to fall, passing a city-wide ban on several common synthetic cannabinoid compounds.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Minnesota Fringe Festival: 2010 was a record breaker

    Happy kitty: the 2010 Fringe posts record numbers​ The dust has begun to clear from the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival, along with attendance figures that can only be described as robust. For starters, this was the first Fringe in which more than 50,000 tickets were sold (50,256, to be precise).

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Crop mobbing Lighthouse Farm

    A.J. Olmscheid​ Sustainable-farming enthusiasts put their muscle where their mouth is, as they put it, when they join crop mobs, groups of urbanites who spend a day working on small sustainable farms. The Twin Cities Crop Mob, part of the group Fair Food Fight, recently hauled hay, cleaned br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Woman texts for help during sexual assault

    A woman used her cell phone to get help as her boyfriend sexually assaulted her this weekend. Unfortunately, Sherburne County Sheriff's deputies arrived after the assault had already taken place.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010
  • News

    January 20, 2010

    "Vampire King" Jonathon Sharkey running for Minnesota governor

    Would the alleged blood drinker truly suck for Minnesota?

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    June 18, 2009: No Bird Sing & Phoenix

    Ra Ra Riot to play the Varsity, Gin Blossoms announce Aquatennial gig & free tickets to Phoenix.

  • Movies

    September 10, 2008

    Burn After Reading is a winning parody thriller

    The Coen brothers return to snarky form

  • Restaurants

    August 13, 2008

    Liquor titan Phillips Distilling aims top shelf with organic vodka

    The Minnesota company wants you to think globally, drink locally

  • News

    July 23, 2008

    Keepin' it in the family

    T-Paw puts the patronage back in the state government

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008
  • Arts

    January 9, 2008

    Left Turn at Sesame Street

    A hilarious puppet parody lampoons the self-importance of the newly adult

  • Arts

    January 2, 2008
  • News

    May 30, 2007

    For These Pigs, Only a Microbrew Will Do

    The spent grains from Twin Cities brewers have Dalroy Stachowski's swine wallowing in hog heaven

  • Arts

    August 23, 2006

    Spotlight: Last of the Boys

    At the Jungle Theater through October 1

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    7/25 Morning Communiqué

    $20 mil to the int'l space station and an extra $15 mil for a spacewalk, a Kiwi cop moonlights as a hooker, the American Bar Association accuses the president of flouting the Constitution, the top ten worst referee calls, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • News

    July 19, 2006

    Country Grammar

    With two new books out this fall and a massive linguistic project ahead, David Treuer is redefining what it means to be a native speaker

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2006

    Choice or Rationalization?

    New York Times still shopping "Choice Feminism" I've blogged before about the curious and circuitous path the New York Times has taken with regard to following up on reporter Lisa Belkin's controversial 2003 Sunday magazine piece, "The Opt-Out Revolution." The story, which described the decisions o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2006

    The shit hits the fangs

    Pity poor Jonathon Sharkey, the vampire politico forced to live in a world where two staples of the bloodsucker's craft--escape an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2006

    Intervyew with the Vampyre

    As any reader of the local press--or viewer of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update--already knows, there’s a new face in the Mi ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 30, 2005
  • Books

    September 28, 2005

    A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Neoclassical

    How W.S. Merwin found his own turf--and everyone else's

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2005
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2005
  • News

    November 26, 2003

    The Parent Trap

    Want to be "middle class"? Don't have kids.

  • Music

    May 29, 2002

    Sparks Plug

    Country radio host Jack K. Sparks gets the boot

  • Music

    December 19, 2001

    The Road to 'Redemption'

    Chris Sattinger Returns to the Minneapolis That Made Him Timeblind

  • Books

    May 16, 2001

    Little Fire on the Prairie

    Forget that riding mower and get a lawn that just needs burning every so often

  • News

    March 21, 2001

    Power Play

    Putting Minnesota on the map with a national title was the easy part. For the Gopher women's hockey team, sustaining that reputation is the challenge.

  • Sports

    February 28, 2001

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct

    While the XFL aims for the slick fringes of entertainment, its antics fall in the muddy middle of the field

  • Books

    September 13, 2000


    Did the power that lights your lava lamp begin as a pile of cow manure?

  • Feature

    September 1, 1999

    The Torn Heart

    An African-American mom reflects on the difficulties of raising her son in a decidedly white culture

  • Feature

    February 3, 1999
  • Music

    January 20, 1999

    The Away Team

    Internationally acclaimed psych-rockers Salamander are a nearly invisible presence on the stages and airwaves of their home town

  • Feature

    August 7, 1996
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