Matt Cooke stood in the basement of the Braemar Arena in Edina wearing nothing but an undershirt, flip flops and boxers. So began the first of many interviews with City Pages -- some more formal than others -- for this week's cover story.SEE ALSO: Matt Cooke: The soul of an agitatorIn the end, the M ... More >>
While you're reading this week's cover story about the Minnesota Wild's controversial new arrival, Matt Cooke, you may find yourself wondering what kinds of tasty foods will be available at the Xcel Energy Center this year. Indeed, there will be quite a few new menu options for sports fans and conce ... More >>
The Wild left wing has been called the dirtiest player in hockey, but he intends to prove the haters wrong
Before Game 1 of the Wild-Blackhawks series on Tuesday night, CSN TV reporter Susannah Collins flubbed and said, "The Blackhawks had a tremendous amount of sex this regular season." She meant to say "success" instead of "sex," of course, and video of the attractive sports reporter's gaffe quickly we ... More >>
While previewing the first game of the Blackhawks-Wild playoff series from outside Chicago's locker room, CSN reporter Susannah Collins apparently had sex on the mind, or at least floating through her subconscious.SEE ALSO: Cal Clutterbuck accidentally punched a ref twice last night [VIDEO] That's b ... More >>
The current craft brewing growth isn't Minnesota's first brewery boom. The mid 1990s also saw an uptick in production of local brews, one that can teach the new startups some lessons--at least from those who survived. Great Waters Brewing Company in downtown St. Paul has seen a lot in its 17 years, ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty now works as a lobbyist for America's biggest banks. But that doesn't mean he's too high and mighty to drink cheap bear at the hockey game.SEE ALSO: Wild goalie Josh Harding on MS diagnosis: "I don't look at this like I've got to take a new path" Pawlenty -- like many others in the Stat ... More >>
In a letter addressed to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the owner of the Eagle Street Grille in downtown St. Paul urges an immediate end to a lockout he says has forced him to lay off two-thirds of his staff.SEE ALSO: Wild goalie Josh Harding on MS diagnosis: "I don't look at this like I've got to t ... More >>
About two months ago, Wild goalie Josh Harding, 28, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable (but treatable) disease that affects the brain and spinal cord -- in particular, the protective covering around nerve cells. He went public with his illness this week.Symptoms include vision probl ... More >>
Wade Boggs' Wicked Boston Baked Bash with Marijuana Deathsquads, Weird Boggs, Plain Ole Bill, Baby Boys Turf Club, St. Paul Friday, April 20, 2012 When the details were posted no one could've been fully prepared for this gig. The bizarre promo video didn't exactly clarify things either. The lineup ... More >>
Leave it to the Turf Club to have something this audacious planned for 4/20. The evening is hilariously billed as 'Wade Boggs Wicked Boston Baked Bash,' and will feature a merry band of local characters all presenting something vaguely Bostonian throughout the night. Of course Marijuana Deaths ... More >>
Facebook.comCriticizing Dave Grohl is a good idea, but please don't use offensive slurs.Minnesota Wild prospect Justin Fontaine watched the Grammys along with everyone else Sunday night, but didn't get caught up in the Bon Iver fever. Instead, the 24-year-old graduate of University of Minnesota-D ... More >>
You and a friend could get into this building for free tonight.The Minnesota Wild's last preseason game is tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. If you've got at least $70 bucks to throw down, you could buy a couple of tickets. Or you could get them for free from City Pages! We're giving away two ... More >>
New Wild winger Dany Heatley scores a lot, just not when it counts. Dany Heatley coming to the Wild is the only good sports news in town. The Vikings and Timberwolves are locked out, and the Twins are eight games out of first place. In trading away Martin Havlat for Heatley, the Wild are gett ... More >>
Mike Yeo: Tough enough.The Minnesota Wild will name Mike Yeo as their new head coach today, and since we know he's got a tough road ahead to whip the Wild into shape, we thought we'd see just how tough he's been in the past. Answer: Plenty tough. Check out some of Yeo's brawls from his play ... More >>
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There's a moustache down there, somewhere.The Minnesota Wild broke two records in November, and they didn't have to raise a stick for either of them. The Wild raised $28,270 through donations and ticket sales during Movember, an annual charity event that encourages men to grow mustaches to r ... More >>
Goalie is cool as ice between the pipes
The Opposite of Wild: Nik BackstromThis week's cover story profiles Niklas Backstrom, the unstoppable goalie for the Minnesota Wild. Known for his general ability to stay calm under pressure, the only time he really shows excitement is when he's between the pipes yelling directions at the D ... More >>
Rick Rypien invites a Wild fan to walk the talk.Minnesota Wild fan James Engquist got up close and personal with Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks last night, and almost found himself dragged into hockey fight. Bet that fan wasn't planning on actually having to walk the talk.
The Wild's sellout streak is tamed.It was a wild run, but it's over. The Minnesota Wild has sold out every single one of its 409 home games since the team's inaugural season 10 years ago. It's the longest running streak in NHL history. But all that came to a close after yesterday's exhibiti ... More >>
Minnesota Wild fans picked their Top 10 games It's hard to believe that the State of Hockey didn't even have a professional hockey team 10 years ago -- the last one having decamped to Dallas. But this year, die-hard Wild fans at the State Fair have been streaming through the Fan Central build ... More >>
There's a lot on tap this week: swig on Shakespeare, get in a food fight, and see our own Gastro non Grata at First Ave. Enjoy your Week in Food. Monday 6/21 A Midsummer Swig: sounds like our kind of culture. Enjoy music, local food, and drinks at CodeSpace while raising money for Tales of ... More >>
You voted for your favorite people, places and things in the Twin Cities, and now you can see the result. Here are City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Readers' Choice Award winners.
Nick Vlcek for City PagesThe business end of the seventh best fight in the NHL: Derek "The Boogeyman" BoogaardIt's no secret that we're big fans of The Boogeyman.Now Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard can add another laurel to his brutal resume: his beatdown of D.J. King was named by Puck Daddy as the ... More >>
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Minnesota has custom license plates with a loon or deer, but our state just got a new level of wild. Put that pheasant on your hot rod and the ladies come running.
This guy made a Minnesota Wild hockey jersey out of candy hearts.
The Vikings beat down the Jags; the Gophers crumble; the Wild begin to show signs of weakness.
The Arboretum offers a host of locally grown meals. Imagine the beautiful flowers at the table!
The Vikings blew it; the Gophers got axed, the Twins lost Neshek for all of next season, the T-wolves losing streak hits EIGHT. Thank god for the Wild.
Neighbors shed no tears for Michael Catain