You have to consider the source, but a new study funded by a consortium of the Minnesota Wholesale Marketers Association, a bunch of gas stations, and big tobacco finds that the increased cigarette and tobacco taxes that went into effect last year are having a devastating impact on businesses.The ta ... More >>
A pair of recent studies relating to sex haven't reflected well on the residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes.SEE ALSO: Coffee shop first date live-tweeted by City Pages blogger The first, published a couple of months ago, concluded that Minnesota men have relatively small penises. [Insert joke about ... More >>
Toasting computer love, a genocide musical, and a Midwestern odyssey
There's a great scene from the third season of Mad Men in which Don Draper meets with the developers of Madison Square Garden, who are in desperate need of a public makeover. Plans to raze Penn Station and replace it with an arena have been met with hostility. The ad man gives his advice: "If you ... More >>
As we mentioned in our post about AP's "secret" Sioux Falls child, Joey Patterson, the man accused of brutally beating AP's son, has a public Facebook page.In light of the charges he faces, one of the interesting things about Patterson's page is how outspokenly he repeatedly professes his love for h ... More >>
One construction worker is dead and another injured after the two fell into a construction hole near New Prague this morning.KSTP, citing a conversation with Green River Energy spokesman Randy Fordice, reports that "crews were digging holes about 50 feet deep and two workers were riding on suspensio ... More >>
The Reason Foundation's 2013 installment of its annual state-by-state highway rankings puts Minnesota toward the bottom of the list.SEE ALSO: Twin Cities commute times haven't changed in five yearsThe study pegs Minnesota's highways as the eighth worst in the country. Our marks are especially poor i ... More >>
In an announcement made yesterday, Caribou Coffee Company, Inc., based in Minneapolis, has made the decision to close 80 of its lower-performing stores across the country, including at least two in the metro area. In addition to the store closings, Caribou will rebrand another 88 locations ... More >>
Minnesotans are just hot, period. But recent data indicates our state is particularly hot in the areas of job creation and personal income.SEE ALSO: Economic recovery? What economic recovery? Mpls donut shop hiring... an unpaid internAccording to the latest U.S. Department of Commerce data, per capi ... More >>
The Vikings aren't just Minnesota's team. They're also the Northern Iowa Vikings, the North Dakota Vikings, and the Eastern South Dakota Vikings, apparently.SEE ALSO: Cute Vikings fans photobombed at Lambeau by middle finger-flipping Packers backer [PHOTO] Facebook's data science analyzed more than ... More >>
Madison, South Dakota high school wrestler Michael McComish has got to be feeling both unlucky and lucky these days.SEE ALSO: Brock Lesnar reportedly 'rips apart' WWE dressing room following PPV double-crossing [VIDEO]Unlucky because last Friday, a huge light fixture fell from the rafters during a m ... More >>
All those dogs running around Lake Calhoun in the warmer months are deceiving: Relative to the rest of the country, not that many Minnesotans own a pet.See Also:- Internet Cat Video Film Festival purrs into Minnesota- Lily the black bear gives birth to two cubs live on webcam [VIDEO]- Minnesota's la ... More >>
Growing up in the North Country ingrains a different way of thinking from someone who was raised in the city. On their second album, The May North set to capture the restless spirit that roams the North Country and interpret it into their music. Interstate Lives is curiously exposed, living in both ... More >>
From the 'why people older than the average life expectancy maybe shouldn't be allowed to drive' department:A 82-year-old Britton, South Dakota man was driving in dense fog Friday night near his home when he got lost. He turned up almost two days later in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.Leonard Johnson a ... More >>
The collapsed Metrodome makes a comeback.Centerplate, a concessions provider for entertainment venues, convention centers, and sports stadiums, announced its new menu items for the 2011 NFL season at the Metrodome. If you're looking for Vikings-watching fuel, here's what you can expect:
The Wisconsin legislature is circulating a proposal to make the cream puff their state dessert, which got me to thinking: Why doesn't Minnesota have a state dessert? Our state fruit (the Honeycrisp apple), state grain (wild rice), and state mushroom (the morel) all seem to be relevant sourc ... More >>
Photo courtesy of ZenziBoobies bracelets will earn students a slap on the wrist.There's a new kind of love that dare not speak its name in southern Minnesota. The love of boobies. Officials have banned the word "boobies" from apparel in schools in Fairmont, deeming it offensive -- even if it ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerI'm sorry, Ronnie Dunn. :(For those of you who have been following the latest drama in my life, here's your update; for those of you who have not, first, a synopsis.
Photo from Radio KThis weather is reminding me a lot of being back home in Texas. With heat indices hitting 110 degrees yesterday, there's no better way to (slightly) cool down than with a nice, chilled drink on the Cedar Cultural Center's patio while rising local band Buffalo Moon belt out their ... More >>
My favorite illegal fireworksThe Fourth of July, or Independence Day as I began calling it once I hit adolescence and wanted to say things not in rural colloquialisms but with an air of sophistication - think "Febrooary" not "Febyaray," "Attacks on the World Trade Center," not "NineEleven," a ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerFoxy Falafel's bike-powered smoothies at the Uptown MarketIf you've been to the Kingfield, Uptown, and Northeast farmers markets this summer, you've probably seen Foxy Falafel owner Erica Strait peddling (and pedaling) her bike-powered smoothies and amazing falafel, along wit ... More >>
Planned Parenthood's Highland Park clinic in St. Paul, the frequent scene of anti-abortion protests -- and, more recently, counter-protests favoring reproductive rights -- is closing up shop. But the services it offers aren't going away. Instead, the women's reproductive health organization ... More >>
It looks like Minnesotans are keeping their cool in the face of all that claptrap about evil Acorn plots and prisoner camps sullying the 2010 U.S. Census. Heck, even Glenn Beck thought she was nutty. Our fair state, along with South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana, ranks in the Top 5 so ... More >>
We're going to avoid cliches here folks. We are not going to talk, for example, about the stiff competition.
There's a good chance the Twin Cities metro will experience its whitest Christmas in 30 years. Make your travel plans accordingly.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds Minnesota's public education system downright middling. We don't even earn a gold star (unlike Wisconsin).
There's a new gang in town and it's not one to be messed with. A growing gang of feral pot-bellied pigs is starting to wreak havoc in western Minnesota and officials who are trying to track them down can't seem to find these obese creatures.
Chislic said to come to South Dakota by way of Germany by way of Russia.
So what will you get out of this stimulus package? A lot, analysts say.
Haley Bonar on the fine art of disappearing—and coming back in one piece
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State Senator Betsy Wergin (R-Princeton) and state Representative Tom Emmer (R-Delano) have introduced legislation that would make it legal for pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions on moral grounds. While the proposed law does not specify any particular drug, it's obviously aimed at emergency ... More >>
Today the AP published lists of the US's 10 richest/poorest states and 20 richest/poorest counties. The state list placed Minnesota seventh with a median household income of $50,750 (Connecticut placed first at $56,409). Two Twin Cities metro suburban counties appeared on that top 20 list: Carver at ... More >>
THESE DAYS Plain Dealer Editor Doug Clifton says the Cleveland daily is not reporting two major investigative stories of "profound importance" because they are based on illegally leaked documents -- and the paper fears the consequences faced now by jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller. The ... More >>
For years it has been whispered that the 1976 slaying of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Aquash was an inside job. Now a new rash of accusations aims squarely at local heroes Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt.
Lakota artist Francis Yellow turns historical injuries into polemical offensives
A local showcase of short student films exposes the long road of working in celluloid
A new plan for disposing of metro-area sewage has critics crying foul
Inside the kill pens at the horse auction house