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 >>
The fight over two baby girls could change how Minnesota considers relatives and race in adoption cases
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Brooklyn Brewery kicks off three weeks of launch eventsIt'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 >>
More puppets being naughty
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Kelly DwyerOne Minnesota farm is touting alpaca burgers and steaksOver 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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).
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 >>
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.
Would the alleged blood drinker truly suck for Minnesota?
Ra Ra Riot to play the Varsity, Gin Blossoms announce Aquatennial gig & free tickets to Phoenix.
The Coen brothers return to snarky form
The Minnesota company wants you to think globally, drink locally
T-Paw puts the patronage back in the state government
A hilarious puppet parody lampoons the self-importance of the newly adult
The spent grains from Twin Cities brewers have Dalroy Stachowski's swine wallowing in hog heaven
At the Jungle Theater through October 1
$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...
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
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 >>
How W.S. Merwin found his own turf--and everyone else's
Want to be "middle class"? Don't have kids.
Country radio host Jack K. Sparks gets the boot
Chris Sattinger Returns to the Minneapolis That Made Him Timeblind
Forget that riding mower and get a lawn that just needs burning every so often
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.
While the XFL aims for the slick fringes of entertainment, its antics fall in the muddy middle of the field
Did the power that lights your lava lamp begin as a pile of cow manure?
An African-American mom reflects on the difficulties of raising her son in a decidedly white culture
Internationally acclaimed psych-rockers Salamander are a nearly invisible presence on the stages and airwaves of their home town