• Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Harper's magazine profiles geriatric migrant workers in Minnesota

    In the August cover of Harper's magazine, Jessica Bruder writes of a tribe of geriatric migrant workers who "seem one injury or broken axle away from true homelessness." They travel the country in RVs, chasing seasonal, back-breaking employment, unable to retire. Many wind up running the floors of ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Beer of the Week: Magic Hat's Dream Machine

    This week's Beer of the Week is Dream Machine, an India-style pale lager (IPL) from Magic Hat Brewing Company. "It's been nearly 10 years since we've added a new year-round beer to our lineup, says Dave Weissman, a rep for the Vermont-based company. "So we are pretty excited about this one."We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Minnesotans have relatively little sexual stamina, study says

    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 >>

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    December 18, 2013
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    December 4, 2013

    Minnesotans have relatively small penises, study says

    Minnesotans have the 39th "largest" penises out of the 50 states in 'Murica, according to a study put together by Condomania, an online business which bills itself as the county's first condom store.SEE ALSO: North Dakota tries to market itself as hookup haven, fails Looking for something a little l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Macalester student makes unbelievable game-ending wiffle ball catch [VIDEO]

    Over the weekend, Macalester student Konnor Fleming made a web gem-worthy catch during a televised wiffle ball tournament played on a field in Vermont that's a mini version of Fenway Park.SEE ALSO: New Madden commercial shows everyone schooling the Packers [VIDEO]Fleming, a native of the Green Mount ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    America's No. 1 state for beer consumption is in the Midwest, but it isn't the one you'd expect

    The Beer Institute recently published its annual state-by-state beer consumption rankings, and the results will surprise you.STARTING THEM YOUNG: Boy, 2, found wandering Hastings street with open Mike's Hard Lemonade in hand Shamefully, Minnesota's level of beer imbibing in 2012 was mediocre, as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    612Brew taproom announces opening date

    After officially launching their line last night at downtown bar The Pourhouse, new Northeast Park brewery 612Brew says they are also ready to pour pints for patrons of their 65-seat taproom. Here's more details about the exact date and the beers that will be on tap.See also:612Brew coming to N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Grace Potter: I imagine a crowd of 60,000 -- even if there's only fifteen

    Blues-rock singer Grace Potter is not just a pretty face. Grace and her band the Nocturnals tour constantly, as much as 200 shows a year. She's hard-working, but when given the opportunity to tour with different artists, she also shows her business finesse. The singer was invited to open for Kenny C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    53 percent of Minnesotans own a pet, putting us in the bottom ten nationally

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Minnesota is awesome, says Google auto-complete

    SEE ALSO: 50 Reasons Minnesota is the best state in AmericaUsing Google's auto-complete function, blogger Renee DiResta recently investigated which characterizations are most often associated with each state.She entered 'why is [insert state here] so' and took note of which term came up. For 18 stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Cargill recalls 30,000 pounds of ground beef

    Thank goodness it's National Hot Dog Day, because the mere thought of a hamburger is churning our stomachs.Minnesota-headquartered Cargill, Inc., which processes beef under Cargill Beef in Wichita, Kansas, announced yesterday a recall of nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef from a Pennsylvania plant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Klobuchar, Franken aim to crack down on oil speculation

    ​Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are sponsoring legislation aimed at reigning in oil speculators. The average price of gas in Minnesota around $3.73, and similar pump pain being felt throughout the country, there's pressure on lawmakers to do something, anything, to bring prices down.A group of liber ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012
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    January 31, 2012

    The 802 Tour's luxurious experience hits the Walker in March

    ​On March 22 and 23, a collective of young, folk-rooted composers who were drinking buddies back in Vermont will perform at the Walker's William and Nadine McGuire Theater. If you read that sentence and a certain level of pretentious cultural superiority didn't come to mind, go back and read it ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Zoë François, author, blogger & pastry chef - Chef Chat Part 1

    Photo Credit: Susan PowersAuthor, chef and blogger, Zoe Francois sets up a shot in her kitchen​Author of the wildly successful 5 Minutes a Day cookbooks and accomplished pastry chef Zoë François has been traveling the country promoting her latest book with co-author Jeff Hertzberg, Artisan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Should Minnesota have a state dessert?

    ​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 >>

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    March 16, 2011
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    January 12, 2011
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    January 10, 2011

    McDonalds offers new Fruit and Maple oatmeal

    Scrumptious? ​New year, new breakfast option at McDonalds: the much-advertised "100 percent natural" Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is being touted as a "portable, affordable and balanced breakfast solution to help customers start their day right." Considering these are the same folks who invented th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Top 5 drinks of 2010

    A year of cocktails...​This year in beverages saw a wealth of cocktail options across the Twin Cities. There were the fruity, the fragrant, and the fierce--in other words, something for every kind of drinker. We highlighted the white liquors in summer, the brown in winter, tasty brews and even a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Amore Victoria combines oatmeal-infused whiskey and maple syrup in a perfect winter drink

    But you can drink it in Minneapolis​Breakfast in Vermont$9Amore Victoria1601 W. Lake St., Minneapolis612.823.0250The first snow has fallen and the fresh chill demands drinks with brown, warming liquors. To satisfy that urge, glide into Amore Victoria, sit at the darkly lit bar, and ask bartender S ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010
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    July 30, 2010

    Weekend Checklist: Happy Birthday, Dynamiters, Blind Shake, and a birthday party

    ​Who says climate change doesn't exist? It's been a week full of tropical sweat and torrential downpours that have been keeping us inside where it's nice and cool, and we're all about to burst. Let's make this weekend all about rocking and rolling no matter what the weather! Don't worry about the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Voytek and Happy Birthday at the Triple Rock

    This week's flyer of the week nod goes to the mystical sketch below, a poster to promote Voytek's upcoming show with Vermont garage rockers Happy Birthday (who will also be in town on September 19 opening for Dirty Projectors at First Ave). Residual Echoes are also on the bill.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    St. Paul Summer Beer Fest is Sunday

    ​On Sunday, celebrate all things beer at the second annual St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. The event is now the largest craft beer festival in the state, with 78 breweries participating, including Louisiana's Abita, Oregon's Widmer, Vermont's Magic Hat, Kansas's Tall Grass, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Minnesota ranks No. 28 in U.S. penis size. The good news? We're ahead of Wisconsin

    We're going to avoid cliches here folks. We are not going to talk, for example, about the stiff competition.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Ben & Jerry's: Free Cone Day!

    Today is the amazing, once-a-year day when Ben & Jerry's hands out free ice cream cones. Get in line early.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Friday night at the movies

    Your best bets on the big screen this weekend.

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    December 24, 2008
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    November 13, 2008
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    October 21, 2008

    Bachmann can't stop fighting

    Instead of national TV interviews, Bachmann tries writing out her feelings.

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    July 17, 2008
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    October 24, 2007
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    September 5, 2006

    9/5 Morning Communiqué

    Vermont schoolboy allowed to wear anti-Bush t-shirt, Australian scientists try to create an artificial shark uterus, Martin Sheen goes to coll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2006

    Does Borton Deserve To Stay?

    Nine days ago on this Balls! blog, my colleague Jim Walsh wrote a brief but spirited defense of Gophers' women's basketball coach Pam Borton, who was rocked by a slew of players leaving the squad after the season concluded last month. I kept meaning to join the commentary that followed, but was busy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2005

    9/23: Morning Communique

    Coffee cups with a gay author's quote about growing up homosexual have been pulled from Baylor University's Starbucks coffee shop.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2005
  • Movies

    March 2, 2005

    Apocalypse Then and Now

    'The Jacket' draws a line in the sands of time

  • Music

    February 4, 2004

    Excuse Me While I Do The Boogaloo

    Giving ourselves permission to headbang, breakdance, and scream

  • News

    October 2, 2002

    A Junkie's Work is Never Done

    Ever since his first jolt of painkillers 17 years ago, Curt has been meaning to get clean. Soon.

  • Music

    July 17, 2002

    Flowers in the Dustbin

    Tulip Sweet and Mark Mallman take out the trash

  • Arts

    January 2, 2002

    The Year in Music

    The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things

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    December 12, 2001
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    December 1, 1998

    Estate Sale

    Sifting the sundries of a lifetime

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    October 1, 1998
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    May 6, 1998
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    January 21, 1998

    Welfare Cheats

    Vermont Rep. Bernie Sanders nailed it the other day when he said: "The major banks have made huge sums of money in Asia, and now their loans are turning sour. Well, that's what free enterprise is about--sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose."

  • Feature

    June 25, 1997

    Cleaning House

    The Kerry-Wellstone Clean Money bill introduced last week is infinitely preferable to the better-known--and largely fraudulent--McCain-Feingold proposal. Which explains why we're hearing so little about it.

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    March 19, 1997
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