In a statement that drew nonsensical metaphors from the right and belated optimism from the left, President Obama finally publicly supported equal internet access for all yesterday. Obama's statement set the stage for a legal and political battle newly-relected Sen. Al Franken has repeatedly called ... More >>
A Hennepin County judge ruled Friday that city officials can no longer ban small wind energy systems used at businesses and homes, including Jay Nygard's. For four years, he's been battling his neighbors and city officials in court for the right to keep four homemade wind turbines on his Lake Minnet ... More >>
Polish your steins, put a feather in your cap, and make amends with your liver: An early Oktoberfest celebration is moving to downtown for three days in mid-September. September 12 through 14, Oktoberfest will take place in a parking lot near Target Center on N. 10th St. The party will feature abou ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: As Media Matters notes, despite Radford's denial, Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. is listed as a cosponsor of the conference on the Heartland Institute's website. As a result, Media Matters characterizes "the Hubbard team's response" as "a completely illogical dodge." Original post (Jun ... More >>
Last summer, Rep. Joe Atkins (D-Inver Grove Heights) was hanging out with his son at the Big 10 Restaurant in Dinkytown when, without thinking twice about it, he set his smartphone down on a table."My oldest son said something like, 'You trying to get us killed?'" Atkins recalls. "He had a roommate, ... More >>
The White House released its third National Climate Assessment report Tuesday, showing how human-induced climate change has already touched the entire United States. It's a grim prediction of floods and droughts, rising sea levels and receding forests, and it puts the blame squarely on the human spe ... More >>
Four Humors' new show shoots for the stars
Unmanned aerial vehicles (otherwise known as UAVs or drones) have been some of the most controversial robotic entities of the 21st century, primarily because of their surveillance and killing capabilities. But recently, there's been a movement away from using drones solely as pseudo-war machines. Un ... More >>
In the wake of Los Angeles Times deciding to discontinue publication of letters to the editor from climate change deniers, a petition signed by more than 1,100 people as of this morning calls upon on the Star Tribune to do the same thing.RELATED: MNGOP attacks Dayton's support for clean energy in wa ... More >>
Tracking the chaser's final quest in El Reno, Oklahoma
A former manager at Fairview Health Services admitted today to stealing more than $122,000 in prosthetic limbs and other supplies and selling them on eBay. Peter Stasica, a 52-year-old from Coon Rapids, worked as a manager at Fairview's orthotics and prosthetics department in 2011 when he began ta ... More >>
Earlier today, Michele Bachmann addressed an adoring throng at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland -- an event she no doubt falsely characterized as "the best party of the year!"At the conclusion of her speech, Bachmann presented the award for "Blogger of the Year." It disappoin ... More >>
Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, believes life is hard -- especially if you're unlucky enough to live near a frac sand deposit.SEE ALSO: Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan resigns amid frac sand lobbying controversy During a hearing earlier this week about a proposed one-year moratorium on new frac sand mines ... More >>
You didn't think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be able to get through a Reddit AMA without Chris Kluwe showing up, did you?SEE ALSO: Packers screwed by replacement refs: 'NFL needs to come to GB and apologize for fucking us' [VIDEO] And not only did Kluwe make an appearance yesterday during G ... More >>
Matt Damon and John Krasinski pit big business against small-town environmentalists in this hard-sell film
Cat-meme lovers unite for a meowing—or wowing—first-ever event
With some help from the University of Minnesota, scientists have discovered a new particle that could aid in answering questions about what the universe is made of, what forces are at work within it, and what gives matter substance. Nuclear researchers announced earlier this week that they have ... More >>
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wasn't meant to lead a nation. But, since his August announcement to drop his 2012 presidential bid, he's made sure he's still governing something, somewhere. Pawlenty was named to Smart Sand Inc.'s Board of Directors on Wednesday, which marks his eighth appointmen ... More >>
In a blog post published this morning, Rochester Post-Bulletin Managing Editor Jay Furst blasts the Star Tribune for publishing "a ridiculous story" about "a report" of an eagle killed by a wind turbine on the Minnesota-Iowa border.The story -- "Eagle may have died from wind turbine" -- was written ... More >>
A national roving blogger conference has selected Minneapolis for its next meeting. The conference, called TECHmunch, Includes a panel of such local food writing celebrities like Rachel Hutton, Jason DeRusha, Zoe Francois, Andrew Zimmern, and more. With a meal from food trucks and a reception ( ... More >>
Phil Mackey must've woke up on the wrong side of the bed Tuesday morning. What else explains his Twitter bitterness later that evening?Mackey, who self-describes himself as "that punk-ish kid you hear on [1500 ESPN]," is a Twins reporter and columnist. He actually began his sports journalism care ... More >>
After Republicans took control of the Minnesota Senate and made Michael Brodkorb communications director for the caucus, Brodkorb sent out a memo laying out the rules of social media. Addressed to "all staff," the memo begins by explaining that caucus members have a stake in the Minnesota Senat ... More >>
There are plenty of sappy, romantic things to do in the Twin Cities over the weekend before Valentine's Day, but more than likely there isn't anything as interesting and decidedly off-the-wall happening as Ice Rod's Chatroulette show Saturday night at the Turf Club. Michael Gaughan will once ... More >>
Minneapolis copper scavengers have found a new target: air conditioners. In the past two weeks, six air conditioners have been stolen or stripped in north Minneapolis, according to police. Since mid-November, 11 more were hit in south Minneapolis neighborhoods. Though the target is new -- at leas ... More >>
It seems like there's another "city superlative list" every week (the latest making the odd claim that we're the "13th most lesbianish"), so we decided to try to put them all together into one comparative infographic.These studies are popular with readers, hence their proliferation. Many of the ... More >>
Aren't these phones cool? Thieves think so too.Attention, idiots who walk down dark Minneapolis streets at night while obliviously staring at your fancy phones -- thieves are out there, and if the opportunity presents itself they may leave you iPhone-less.A police alert issued this afternoon by t ... More >>
The Minessota Catholic Conference opposes the plot of this movie.The Minnesota Catholic Conference is taking a stand against human cloning. At the moment, it's not clear who's on the other side of this issue, but they still seem pretty fired up about it.In a message to members, the MCC is telling ... More >>
The Internet is abuzz with the news that Spotify is coming to the United States. But what does that mean for us, exactly? Their website lists an excited an announcement that the music service is coming to the U.S. (no date in mind), along with a few choice quotes from Mark Zuckerberg and Dem ... More >>
Once upon a time, candy rapper Vanilla Ice was known to rock a house or two - or at least the recreation-center 13th birthday parties of herbs who didn't know any better. Today, Vanilla Ice would like to teach you, real-estate newbie, how to cold rock a couple houses, or maybe a fuck-load of hous ... More >>
Sen. Mike Jungbauer, climate expert.State Sen. Michael Jungbauer says he's smarter than 98 percent of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to studying climatology, and dismisses their work on climate change and global warming as alarmist nonsense. What gives the Republican from E ... More >>
Netroots Nation comes to Minneapolis
Late last week, Reddit broke the news of Bon Iver's sophomore album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, leaking (flooding) to the internet. A snafu somewhere along the many-linked chain of digital distribution ultimately caused Apple to make the entirety of the record available for purchase instead ... More >>
Steger sees the politics behind Pawlenty's about face.Arctic explorer Will Steger, who's seen more evidence of global warming up close and personal than most of us ever will outside the pages of National Geographic, was once really proud of the way Tim Pawlenty listened to science and evidenc ... More >>
Sterger is now suing her former manager, but not Brett Favre.Jenn Sterger kept her silence about the Brett Favre sexting scandal for months, but she's talking now, and saying the firestorm of publicity over Favre's unwanted advances was humiliating and embarrassing. "I haven't made a dime off an ... More >>
What if the apocalypse already happened?
Kenneth Kratz: I am the prize!In Wisconsin, it might be shocking and totally inappropriate for a district attorney to send racy text messages to a "young, hot nymph" while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend for nearly strangling her to death, but evidently it's not criminal. That's what former Cal ... More >>
Sterger wants the sexts back.For months we've been waiting for Jenn Sterger to file a lawsuit in the wake of the Brett Favre sexting scandal, and now she has. But in another strange turn to an already bizarre story, she's suing her manager, Phil Reese, and not the retired Vikings QB with itch ... More >>
Photo by Margaret AndrewsIf you've been following Twin Cities music over the past several years, the phrase "more cowbell" means more than Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell acting ridiculous. Blogger Kyle Matteson started More Cowbell with humble intentions: sharing the music he loved with his ... More >>
TVAMonty Burns is looking to expand his operation.For a while there, Minnesota was vying to take the lead in pioneering the use of renewable energy. This week, the new Republican legislature will try to push is in a different direction: building more nuclear plants.Minnesota already has two nucle ... More >>
NASARush Limbaugh knows more about climate science than NASA.The Earth is warming up. The glaciers are melting. There's no serious debate among climate experts that we're in a pickle. And then the Metrodome goes and collapses in a blizzard. What more proof do you need that global climate ch ... More >>
So a federal judge shut peer-to-peer service LimeWire down. So fucking what? Suck it up. Join eMusic. Spring for an iTunes gift card. Patronize your local mom 'n' pops while you still can, or cruise the shrinking Best Buy/Wal-Mart music sections.
Sounds good on paper, anyway.There are now 117 free WiFi hotspots around Minneapolis, the final phase of the "Wireless Minneapolis" program the city launched in 2006 with USI Wireless. Look for signs reading, "Free Minneapolis Wireless Hotspot: Courtesy: City of Minneapolis and USI Wireless." ... More >>
Black is white. Peace is war. Up is down. Michele Bachmann is now asserting that the issue of Internet network neutrality, known as "net neutrality," is an evil Obama administration plot to censor the Internet. But it's exactly the opposite: Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Inter ... More >>
Read the Strib online at your own risk--it is delivering malware to some users.
New clues about the formation and behavior of the universe may lay at the bottom of a mine in Soudan.
Are you for or against genetically-modified foods? Read this NYT article and see if you still feel the same way.
Want to flip open your smart phone and see how much energy your drafty old home is sucking off the power grid while you're slaving away at work? There's an app for that.