• Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Robbinsdale Plans Its First Microbrewery and Taproom

    Robbinsdale has made arrangements for a new brewery to move into its popular downtown district. The city has purchased the former TCF Bank building downtown near the city's water tower and has a signed agreement for a microbrewery to move into the exurb located just 8 miles northwest of downtown Min ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    Pork & Pickle, a Meaty Pop-Up, Takes Over Travail Next Monday

    UMAMI started it. Fried chicken and champagne refined it. And a brief brunch service sealed the deal: Travail is officially the cradle of pop-up culture in the Twin Cities. Up next? A meaty brat and beer fest by Pork & Pickle. See also: Champagne and fried chicken? Perfect pairing pop-up takes over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Douglas McCain, former Minnesotan, killed while fighting for terrorist group in Syria

    NBC News broke the news yesterday of a 33-year-old American who grew up in Minnesota and died over the weekend fighting with ISIS in Syria. Citing White House officials and the Free Syrian Army, journalists identified the man as Douglas McAuthur McCain -- one of only a "small handful" of "foreign ji ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Travail's summer vacation party: Pig roast, mussels, lawn games, live music, and karaoke

    The bad news is that Travail Kitchen and Amusements is taking a summer break from June 29 through July 17. The good news is that they'll go out with a bang, throwing their all-afternoon Prevailed Party! on June 29, featuring eats, drinks, bands, and lawn games at Lakeview Terrace Park in Robbinsdale ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2014

    Travail and the Rookery return triumphant as ever

    The team behind the Robbinsdale culinary powerhouse has done it again

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Top 10 meatballs in the Twin Cities

    On Monday Slate published an interactive graphic called the "United Steaks of America", a sort of meat heatmap, a meatmap if you will, of all the 50 states and their respective official meats. It's not a very scientific group of findings. They basically picked the meat or dish or novelty protei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Humanist group threatens to sue Robbinsdale schools over student trips to church

    The D.C.-based American Humanist Association is threatening to sue Robbinsdale Area Schools and the district's engineering and arts magnet school over field trips students have taken to the Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley the last two academic years.SEE ALSO: Hudson school apologizes for ma ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 11, 2013

    Fall restaurant openings: A season of promise

    New eateries in the Twin Cities emerge with a change of seasons

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Pamela Fahy, 43, busted having sex with 13-year-old boy [MUGSHOT]

    Late Saturday night, the father of a 13-year-old boy walked into his Winona home and witnessed a shocking scene.SEE ALSO: Robbinsdale Cooper hall monitor busted having sex with student when her dad walked inAccording to police, he saw a middle-aged woman, naked from the waist down, running from his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Weekend brew round-up: State Fair, Borough block party, and more

    Let's just get right to it, shall we? As this is the first weekend of the State Fair, there's really no other sensible place to do some outdoor beer drinking. But once inside the gates, it's easy to get overwhelmed with choices so here are a few of our favorite spots with beer gardens and a sampling ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 26, 2013

    Pig Ate My Pizza: Wallowing in pork's splendor

    At the old Travail location, pork isn't the other white meat -- it's the only meat

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Robbinsdale Cooper hall monitor busted having sex with student when her dad walked in

    Tajreed Rich, a 41-year-old hall monitor, member of the football coaching staff, and student counselor at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, faces a third-degree sexual assault charge after he was busted having sex with a 17-year-old student last Friday.According to the charging document, the victim's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Pig Ate My Pizza plans to open this Friday

    After remarkably short time away from the scene, the creative crew of cooks behind the nationally lauded Travail Kitchen and Amusements have announced that they're about to unleash Phase One of their ambitious expansion upon the world.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Travail closing next month, but will resurface

    Travail Kitchen and Amusements, otherwise known as Robbinsdale's crown gastronomic jewel, announced it will be closing on April 6, to the shock and dismay of many a local foodie. But don't get too down in the dumps. Travail's owners have plans to re-invent the restaurant as a two-parter (which will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Best of Hot Dish: August 27-31, 2012

    Another fine week of food and drink news has flown by as quickly as a summer day. Here's a few recent stories we wouldn't want you to miss.~ We take a whirlwind tour of the MN State Fair food stands and share our adventures in this story, as well as a delicious slideshow.~Also reporti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Nonna Rosa's rolls out wine tastings and new Gelato Mobile

    Robbinsdale's cherished Italian hot spot Nonna Rosa's pulls in many a weary Minneapolitan who longs for good, old-fashioned food. You know--the kind that doesn't feel the need to be stacked like a game of Jenga to impress you. Husband and wife team chef Francesco and Tina Suglia run a tight, happy l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Postal workers will distribute "anthrax medicine" on May 6

    Neither rain, nor sleet, nor plume of weapons-grade anthrax stays these couriers come May 6. That Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health will launch a dry run of an anthrax attack response using postal workers and law enforcement escorts. It's a strategy that's been studied nationally since 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Star Wars X-Wing vs. Snowmageddon: Video of the Day

    Help me, Snowbi-Wan Kesnowbi. You're my only snowpe.​Mike Nelson, a commercial and film director, was shoveling the walk of his Robbinsdale home after the snowstorm that popped the Metrodome, when his wife asked him to take some photos. He shot some stills with his digital camera before he ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Big pimpin' in Robbinsdale

    ​Fur coat? Check. Fedora? Check. Cane? Check? But we have no idea what this pimp was doing walking down the road in Robbinsdale with a rollerbag this past weekend. And nobody, according to our source for the photo, appeared to give much of a damn. So roll on, brother.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Travail Kitchen and Amusements crib sheet

    Emily UtneGet the dessert tasting.​Here's a quick recap of this week's Dish column on Travail Kitchen and Amusements with the essentials of what you need to know when you go to the new Robbinsdale restaurant: Who should go: Anybody who's short on cash but looking for gourmet grub in a relaxed ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 6, 2010

    Travail's young chefs launch spirited gastro-workshop

    Taste a balloon made of mozzarella, or house-made tofu

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Top 5 restaurants for foodies

    Four TC restaurants made the Fit for Foodies list. ​I'm often disappointed when national magazines and whatnot make their picks for the best this-and-that in various cities across the country without doing very thorough--if any--on-the-ground research. But I recently found myself impressed b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Prairie Ale House coming soon to Eden Prairie

    Aaron Johnson, right, of the Strip Club is launching a new suburban pub!​ On the heels of great gastropup fare coming to the suburbs in the form of Robbinsdale's new Travail Kitchen & Amusements, Eden Prairie will be graced with a similarly casually ambitious venture from Aaron Johnson, a part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Travail Kitchen and Amusements--take the slideshow tour

    Fancy-pants food, chill atmosphere.​Chefs whirl around in a food prep hurricane the afternoon we visit Travail Kitchen and Amusements, now open in Robbinsdale. With choice seasonal delights and a 20-item menu that changes daily, this is small-plate heaven. The food presentations are beautiful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: August 23-27, 2010

    butter head​Two words: State Fair. Mini donuts, animals giving birth, WCCO live, free yardsticks, all the milk you can drink. While you think about what you are going to eat first, let us remind you of all the great food stories that were told. Here are a few of this week's highlights.~Giant soft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Travail Kitchen and Amusements now open

    Travail is the best thing to happen to  Robbinsdale dining yet.​Mike Brown and James Winberg made a name for themselves with their tasty, playful pub fare at the North Side's Victory 44 and then decamped for the suburbs. Their new venue, Travail Kitchen and Amusements, in the site of the form ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Pistol Whippin Party Penguins release album at 331 Saturday

    Photo courtesy of band's MySpace page.​I've got this friend who's pissed at me. Over some grave misstep on my part? Sure, I suppose you could say that. I said I'd go sing karaoke with her this week, but then didn't show. Terrible, I know. How do I make her forget what a terrible friend I am? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Sahar Sandar Nikpay named suspect in Robbinsdale standoff

    ​The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department has released the name of a man suspected of firing shots on officers outside his house earlier today.Sahar Sandar Nikpay, 26, was inside his Robbinsdale home this morning when police arrived with a narcotic search warrant. Nikpay allegedly opened fire on t ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2010

    Minneapolis skyway can be yours for just $50,000 cash

    Plus: Unibrow bandit strikes with furrowed fierceness

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Drunken driver plows into minivan, killing fetus, injuring 8

    A pickup truck goes the wrong way up an I-94 ramp and plows into a family's minivan.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    More shootings in Minneapolis Sunday night

    Three men were shot in north Minneapolis Sunday evening, and one of them is in critical condition.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Minneapolis exotic dancer forgets to report 80,000 dollar bills found in her panties,

    Mass_media_4.jpg Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Minnesota's terrible Tuesday: Job loss roundup

    Happy Holidays, you're laid off. There are no holiday ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    November 21, 2008

    11/21 Morning Must Reads

    Mass_media_4.jpgFriday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

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    November 5, 2008
  • News

    May 14, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers respond to "Dosh's World"

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Anti-Levy Mercenary on the Loose in Robbinsdale

    Minnesotans in 99 school districts will vote Tuesday on $229 million dollars in school levy money. In one district, Paul Dorr, a sort of mercenary who targets small-town school referendums, is working his mojo. Don't miss the City Pages profile of the aggressive and quite strange Paul Dorr.

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    May 3, 2007
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    September 7, 2005

    Meat Locker

    Your clip-and-save guide to the best specialty butchers in the metro

  • News

    August 31, 2005

    Divine Intervention

    The Robbinsdale Clinic tries to offer reproductive services, but its neighbor keeps getting in the way

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2005

    Best Karaoke in the 'Burbs

    Now you too can play at being Carrie Underwood (or Mikalah Gordon, or even just an anonymous drunk who can almost hit the high C on that new Mariah Carey song.) The Breakaway in Robbinsdale is fast gaining a rep in the northwest suburbs (or as we tragically unhip denizens affectionately call the are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2005
  • Books

    March 23, 2005
  • Music

    December 24, 2003

    Old School

    Sweatin' to the local oldies with our favorite reissues

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    The Tan Who Wasn't There

    Your faithful scribe pursues ghost-of-Christmas-present Paul Magers

  • News

    December 13, 2000
  • Arts

    July 26, 2000

    Shooting for Success

    Local director-entrepreneur Dean Hyers takes aim with Bill's Gun Shop

  • News

    November 17, 1999

    Pawn Broke

    Neighbors say Pawn America will bring nothing but trouble. Strapped customers say it's their last resort. The City of Minneapolis just says no.

  • News

    December 10, 1997

    Last Stop Shop

    Even though Sullivan's New Market on West Broadway in North Minneapolis is the only grocer in the immediate area, its parking lot fills up only a couple of times a month. Aghast at what they see as Sullivan's poor customer service and substandard merchand

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