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  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Target contract janitors go on strike, picket in downtown Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

    Yesterday, janitors who clean Target stores announced a two-day strike motivated by what they regard as inadequate pay and benefits, especially in comparison with what janitors who clean Target's corporate headquarters receive.SEE ALSO: Black Friday strike at St. Paul Walmart: "If I lose my job it d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Body found inside trunk of gold Lexus at Mpls impound lot [UPDATE]

    Today, a body was found inside the trunk of a gold Lexus towed to Wreckers Services at Glenwood and Lyndale Avenues in Minneapolis.SEE ALSO: Minneapolis towing, by the numbersDetails at this point remain scant, though a crime lab was on the scene early this afternoon.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Minnesota Senate approves marriage equality

    This afternoon, the Minnesota Senate followed the House and approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage with a 37-30 vote.:::: UPDATE :::: Mark Dayton signs gay marriage bill into law Gov. Mark Dayton is reportedly wasting little time and planning to sign the legislation into law during a ceremon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    "Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES]

    Humboldt State University students recently combed through 150,000 geo-coded tweets to determine where America's 140-character racism and homophobia are concentrated.The researchers put together Google maps compiling their findings. You can zoom in or zoom out to focus on a particular region and sor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    House set to vote on legalizing gay marriage [STREAMING VIDEO] [UPDATES]

    -- Updates below jump --The long-awaited day is finally here. This afternoon, the Minnesota House is expected to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]Earlier this week, DFL leaders said they're tota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    House approves marriage equality; four Republicans vote in favor, two Dems against [UPDATE]

    This afternoon, the House approved marriage equality by a 75 -59 vote. Sixty-eight votes were needed for passage.SEE ALSO: Minnesota for Marriage's Hinckley rally was the biggest megafail in the history of megafails [VIDEO]The Senate plans to take up a companion bill on Monday. If it also wins appr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    First train trip down Central Corridor tracks is in the books [PHOTOS]

    You won't actually be able to ride one until next summer, but the first train on the Central Corridor's tracks made its way from Minneapolis to St. Paul on Sunday.SEE ALSO: Central Corridor undergoing redevelopment, but at what cost?The inaugural downtown-to-downtown trip took five hours (it was pul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Edina native live-tweets Boston bombing shootout as it happens outside his window [PHOTOS]

    Edina native Andrew Kitzenberg now lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, and last night, he ended up with a front-row seat as Boston-area law enforcement officers engaged in a shootout with the two Boston bombing suspects.SEE ALSO: Star Tribune places pressure cooker ad below story about Boston bombs [ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Minnesota freaks out about Winter Storm Walda: Your photos and tweets

    Seriously? Just when we'd let our guard down and thought more 50-degree days were on the horizon, Winter Storm Walda slams us with more of this wintry white stuff. Even if you haven't ventured out into the winter wasteland wonderland, no doubt you've heard about the icicles and slush. Chances are, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Twitter accounts solicit boob pics from University of Minnesota students [PHOTOS]

    The #boobment has come to Minnesota... sort of.SEE ALSO: Top 19 anonymous confessions on U of M Facebook page Two Twitter accounts are asking University of Minnesota students to send pictures of their breasts as a way to express their maroon-and-gold pride, or something.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]

    With the Dibble-Clark marriage equality bill set to get its first hearings next week and supporters reportedly already having enough votes to get the bill over its first legislative hurdle, about 1,000 opponents of gay marriage held a last-ditch rally at the Capitol yesterday.SEE ALSO: Uptown 'Vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Fire spews smoke from sewers in the North Loop [VIDEO]

    Early Tuesday afternoon one of the sewers in the North Loop started spewing smoke into the neighborhood. SEE ALSO: Massive Uptown Fire engulfs building near Lake Street and Irving Avenue

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Downtown Mpls water main break: No poop in the North Loop

    Around 2:30 this afternoon, contractors working on a development project at Hennepin Avenue and North 2nd Street nailed a 36-inch water main responsible for bringing water to much of the City of Lakes, disrupting water service and rush-hour traffic and flooding a portion of the North Loop.SEE ALSO: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Massive Uptown fire engulfs building near Lake Street and Irving Avenue [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

    :::: SEE ALSO:::: Nicolas Hutchinson, Uptown fire victim, left with clothes he's wearing, phone and computer [INTERVIEW] A house near the Lunds grocery in Uptown is engulfed in flames this morning, prompting traffic to be diverted around intersection of Lake Street and Irving Avenue South.The flames ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Twitter sparks Mall of America shooting rumor; turns out to be false alarm

    One year to the day after a violent melee at the MOA was caught on camera, folks listening to Dave Sinykin's drive-time show on KFAN yesterday evening got quite the scare.Just before a commercial break, Sinykin's sidekick hit the breaking news sounder and relayed reports that nobody wanted to hear: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Target advertises on #savemi hashtag

    As Michigan's House of Representatives debated and eventually passed two right-to-work bills reducing the power of organized labor today, people turned to Twitter for the latest analysis and developments.SEE ALSO:-- Target defends Thanksgiving opening: "There are more volunteers than shifts to fill" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Brian Riesgraf's 'Drunk Vikings Fan Eats Ice Cream With Credit Card' photo goes viral

    Noon Vikings games can make you feel sorta bad for your fellow humans. You look around and see folks who have been imbibing since before the sun came up yelling obscenities, burping and farting, gorging themselves and just generally creating a sad scene.SEE ALSO: Strangers at the Twins game: A blind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Who's the best Incredible Hulk: The Rock or Adrian Peterson? [POLL]

    When we first caught a glimpse of Adrian Peterson's awesome Incredible Hulk costume, we thought it couldn't be topped -- until we saw movie star and former WWE wrestler The Rock's rendition of the same outfit.We're not sure who wore it better, so we're putting the question to ya'll. Who's the better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Amanda Palmer on Theater Is Evil, Twitter and assless pants

    From releasing her latest album to high praise and facing unexpected kerfuffles, Amanda Palmer has been quite hot topic this fall. The alt-rock, punk cabaret singer burst onto the scene in the early 2000s as one half of the Dresden Dolls and has spent the last decade building a steadfast following t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    The 190-foot-high State Fair swing gets stuck for second time in as many days [PHOTOS]

    SEE ALSO:-- The 2012 State Fair poster looks like something out of a drug-induced nightmare [PHOTO]-- Minnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testiclesThe State Fair swing is stuck way up high for the second time in as many days, meaning you officially couldn't pay me to get on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Vastly improved Livefyre commenting system is here!

    Remember when Bob Dylan went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival? Gimme Noise wasn't born yet, but the intrigue of that event carries to this day. A ripple of arguably equal or greater importance is upon us today: All City Pages blogs have upgraded from Disqus to Livefyre for reader comments. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Top 10 tweets from Brothers of the Sun tour at Target Field

    Thousands of fun-lovin', cowboy hat-wearin', country music fans descended upon downtown Minneapolis yesterday for the first ever concert at Target Field, for a double-bill featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw dubbed the Brothers of the Sun tour. Weather-wise, you couldn't have asked for a nicer da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Twitter study applauds MN congressional delegation, finds Republicans are best tweeters

    ​An impressively detailed new study looking at how Congress members use Twitter recognizes Minnesota's congressional delegation as some of the best social networkers around, but finds that Republicans, overall, use Twitter more effectively than Democrats.The study, "Capitol Tweets: Yeas and Nays o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Sid Hartman joins Twitter, hilarity ensues

    ​Sid Hartman is old as dirt -- the Twin Cities most iconic sports scribe turns 92 a week from today.Sid's so old, he was general manager of the Minneapolis Lakers. Really, he was. Twitter, on the other hand, is young and hip. How many of you follow anybody born before 1950? Yeah, exactly. Not only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    A fond farewell, and changes ahead for Gimme Noise

    ​Today marks my last day at the helm of this blog, and the end of a journey that I began with City Pages nearly four years ago. Naturally, I have quite a few thoughts about closing this chapter, and you can read all about the history of Gimme Noise and my thoughts on the past four years in this fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will co-headline first concert at Target Field

    ​Well, it's certainly no Paul McCartney.Target Field announced this morning that their first ever public concert in the new stadium will feature co-headlining country artists Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on July 8, 2012, news that's being met with a resounding, harmonious grump-fest from Twin Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: Sample audio and video of the winners

    ​While we went to great depths describing each of our Picked to Click finalists in this week's issue, nothing can really replace the process of actually listening to their music. Below, you'll find videos and sound clips from all 13 of our 2011 Picked to Click winners, plus links to each band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Surly Darkness Day is this Saturday

    Darkness falls on Saturday​Darkness is about to fall. Surly Darkness, that is. The annual release of this most sought after imperial stout happens Saturday at the Surly brewery in Brooklyn Center. Darkness Day, as the ghoulish gala is called, is a beer-nerd pilgrimage event. People come from f ... More >>

  • News

    October 12, 2011

    Parasole dips into tips

    The local restaurant company takes 2 percent of servers' credit card gratuities

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Jorge Guzman of Solera: Chef Chat, Part 3 [RECIPE]

    ​This week we've been chatting with chef Jorge Guzman, executive chef at Solera. Thus far we've covered his growing years and career. (Get caught up here and here). Today we wrap up our conversation talking about what really matters: food--Spanish food, Mexican food, comfort food, and shrimp heads ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Doomtree enter the studio to work on second full-crew album

    Photo by Erik HessDoomtree at SXSW 2011​In keeping with their current rigorous schedule of record, release, tour, repeat, the seven current members of the Doomtree crew are heading back into the studio this week to record their second full-length, full-crew album, which will serve as the follow-up ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 27, 2011

    Gastro Truck, Barrio, Hola Arepa, and more

    Food trucks bring new eats to the street

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Sen. Gretchen Hoffman apologizes for Twitter snafu, deletes entire account

    Gretchen Hoffman throws the baby out with the bathwater.​After using Twitter to twist the words of DFL state Sen. Barb Goodwin beyond their meaning, and getting spanked by the Senate Ethics Committee as a result, GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman has now apologized. "I am certainly sorry for my own m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Cupcake is moving!

    Bre McGeeCupcake takes their show on the road.Last month we told you about the Central Corridor light rail construction's negative and dramatic effect on Chocolat Celeste's customer ​traffic. Well, the construction project has claimed another victim. Cupcake, the University Avenue bakery, is the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty makes pub crawl joke even though his staffers have DWI arrests

    One of these guys is running for president, and the other three are drunk drivers who are trying to help him.​Tim Pawlenty is so desperate to be interesting he's turning his campaign into a deleted scene from Beer League.Today, T-Paw flailed at Obama on Twitter, making an unfunny joke about Barack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Bon Iver set to release new record in June

    Photo by Ben ClarkJustin Vernon performing with DeYarmond Edison at SXSW​Justin Vernon has kept mostly quiet about his next Bon Iver record until this week, focusing his energy on his side projects (Gayngs, the recent DeYarmond Edison reunion), and -- oh yeah, collaborating with one of the most fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2011

    The Grammys: A Turbo Tweecap

    ​Hoo boy, our Twitter friends are on fire tonight. For those who missed out on the Grammys Sunday night (or, like us, flipped it on for a minute and spent the ensuing several hours glued to the screen, help us god), here's a rundown of some of the best and funniest one-liners from all the music wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Takin' it to the Tweets: Five Comedy Feeds to Follow on Twitter

    ​So you've got Conan, Kanye, and Colbert on your feed. You were one of the first 1,500 people to follow Aziz Ansari. You're keeping tabs on everyone who ever wrote and performed on Mystery Science Theater 3000. But one thought may cross your mind every so often: What am I missing? Twitter lends it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Lil Wayne on Twitter: What's Weezy Trying to Tell Us?

    ​Live from Rikers, It's Weezy!​Lil Wayne has always been known as a prolific writer, so Twitter's 140-character bursts would seem to be a perfect medium for him, especially in this time of seemingly endless contemplation.We've put together the best Twitter wisdom of Weezy, doing our best to repr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Baratunde Thurston at MIMA: Interview with the social media personality

    Photo by Dewey Koshenina ​ When Baratunde Thurston took the stage in the Hilton ballroom at the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association summit yesterday, he led with a Jucy Lucy joke. "I'm in the place where they put cheese inside a hamburger," he said. "Doesn't that offend like 90% of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Patton Oswalt on Twitter, Diablo Cody, and hipsters

    Screwface Patton​If you don't recognize Patton Oswalt by name, you'll recognize him by his voice or face. The popular comedian nailed roles like Remy the rat in Pixar's Ratatouille and his unique mug is splashed all over Comedy Central like he's the sole breadwinner. Patton is returning to Minneap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    William Gibson talks writing with Nick Vlcek

    Photo by Michael O'Shea​ William Gibson comes to Minneapolis today in promotion of his latest novel, Zero History, a tale of intrigue from the fringes of the military fashion complex that involves negative branding, GPS tracking, and the urban nomads who orbit around the magnetic leader of the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    See which Vikings rock Twitter hardest

    Which Vikings rock Twitter hardest? Read on.​The NFL doesn't allow its players to use Twitter from the sidelines, but that doesn't stop some Minnesota Vikings from having a lot to say in 140 characters or less when games and practices are over. And here's what we wanted to know: Which Vikings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Top 10 local music nerds to follow on Twitter

    ​For those about to tweet: We salute you. Twitter has become a phenomenal way to stay in the know on the latest make-ups and break-ups, stage antics, and "secret shows" (yeah right) in the Twin Cities. Here's a list of 10 fascinating local music peeps we enjoy following on Twitter, from musicians ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Change-heart-to-butt-songs meme: Top 10 best butt songs

    Death Cab will possess your butt​Ah, Twitter. One minute we're hard at work, the next we've dropped everything to snicker and come up with as many change-heart-to-butt-songs as possible. Here's our top 10 favorite submissions from our Twitter followers for the #changehearttobuttsongs trending topi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Win Jeremy Messersmith tickets at 1 p.m. today

    ​Want to check out the Jeremy Messersmith CD-release show tomorrow night at the Cedar? We are giving away a pair of tickets today via our Twitter account, @gimme_noise. Brush up on your Messersmith trivia by re-visiting this week's cover story, and keep an eye on your Twitter feed at 1 p.m. today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Minnesota governor's race: Social media cheat sheet (UPDATED)

    Here's the list, organized in alphabetical order by party affiliation. It's a work in progress.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Tegan And Sara tickets: Win a pair today on Twitter

    The sisters are coming to Minneapolis tomorrow. Win tixx today.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Chelsea Handler adds second Minneapolis show

    Due to popular demand, a second Northrop show has been added.

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