Higher costs and worse service loom on the horizon
On Friday, the Como Zoo's baby orangutan, Jaya, turned six, and celebrated with a full-on birthday party. All four of the zoo's orangutans put on party hats, ate new foods like bagels and whipped cream, and unwrapped gifts like balls and strainers (for playing with their water or putting on their he ... More >>
St. Paul's punk and metal haven Station 4 is taking a breather in a move to make future club-goers breathe better in the future. While there's something oh-so-punk about sweating your face off in the confines of a club during the height of summer, the owners taking measures to replace its ventilatio ... More >>
At its regular Wednesday night potluck and meeting last week, Occupy MN announced that it was cutting ties with its high-profile spin-off group, Occupy Homes MN. The decision, which was made by the protest organization's seven-person media arm, came with an explanation."While it is laudable to work ... More >>
Rhinelander, Wisconsin native Austin Wierschke, 17, holds a very odd two-time title: "Fastest Texter in America."
One nation under tacos
WikipediaXcel Energy and other utilities sided with the EPA in court and won.In news that initially sounds like a contradiction in terms, the Environmental Protection Agency and five major utility companies including Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, have scored a win together in the U.S. Supreme ... More >>
E85: It's the corn.Minnesota is officially the best state when it comes to replacing gasoline with alternatives that don't line the pockets of Middle East oil sharks, according to the Department of Energy. For that, we can thank the corn, and the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition.
RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs
Image by William Hook If you're a regular commenter on a website, from Gawker to Livejournal to Secrets of the City, then you probably have some cyberspace friends. You know, those people that make you laugh when they comment, the ones who make the point you wanted to more succinctly, and whos ... More >>
Oil company has friends on the PUC
Lawyers challenging the use of Intoxilyzer breath tests in convicting drunk drivers say the copies of the machine's software they have been allowed to review are screwed up.For years, the software inside the Intoxilyzer breath alcohol testing machine determined whether or not Minnesota driver ... More >>
It's hard to find a restaurant without a website anymore--will phone apps be the next standard marketing tool? The Herkimer Pub and Brewery has jumped into the game with its own free phone app. The Uptown brewpub plans to keep its loyal customers informed about events, new beer releases, the ... More >>
Via Al Franken's Facebook pageIt sounds reasonable enough: Facebook ought to keep your personal information private by default. But that's not what happens anymore. Facebook now shares your personal information with third-party vendors by default. And it now stores some data indefinitely. ( ... More >>
Here's the list, organized in alphabetical order by party affiliation. It's a work in progress.
Gaga could breath new life into the business post-bankruptcy.
Jorge Ozornia reportedly told store employees he wanted to get into trouble before he got down to business.
It's big deal because it may provide a missing link in the effort to understand the big bang theory.
A prominent science journal will evidently not be publishing a paper on a possible groundbreaking discovery in northern Minnesota.
In an open letter to the community, the failing air conditioner cries out for help.
What could be cuter than a ticklish baby? A ticklish baby ape!
Are we now scraping the bottom of the barrel?
Because you need another free way to surf the Internet. Especially one that treats your privacy like cops treat protesters!
The story of true ice man Will Steger, from our Winter Guide
Cooking Mama for the Wii looks good enough to eat
A troublesome family of synthetic chemicals called PFCs—many of them produced in Minnesota—is turning up in the bodies of people and animals worldwide. So why did the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency force its leading PFC researcher, Dr. F
Abbott Northwestern discovers it fucked up--it trusted Guidant Corp. There's a piece about the fast, loose, and always exciting world of implantable medical devices in the New York Times today, and it features a prominent Minnesota connection. Dr. Robert G. Hauser of Abbott Northwestern Hospital ... More >>
The age of blogs by the numbers Web geeks have been jawing and preening about the blog revolution for so long now--it feels like it must have started, oh, sometime during the Ford administration--that it's easy to overlook the fact that blogs are only now coming on the radar of the masses. Time's ... More >>
A boondoggle on the range lives another day
The profound philosophy of the cheap toy camera
Depleted uranium: A deadly tool in the U.S. arsenal
Computer obsolescence is in the eye of the beholder
Usually known as a consumer advocate, Sen. Paul Wellstone is backing a bill that would lower standards and ease safety measures on manufacturers of drugs and medical devices.
It wasn't that long ago that medicine declared a victory over infectious disease. Now a raft of new and mutating bugs are at the door, and a declining public health system is in no shape to fight them.