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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo Credit: Susan PowersAuthor, chef and blogger, Zoe Francois sets up a shot in her kitchenAuthor of the wildly successful ...in 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
But you can drink it in MinneapolisBreakfast 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
We're going to avoid cliches here folks. We are not going to talk, for example, about the stiff competition.
Today is the amazing, once-a-year day when Ben & Jerry's hands out free ice cream cones. Get in line early.
Your best bets on the big screen this weekend.
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 >>
'The Jacket' draws a line in the sands of time
Giving ourselves permission to headbang, breakdance, and scream
Ever since his first jolt of painkillers 17 years ago, Curt has been meaning to get clean. Soon.
Tulip Sweet and Mark Mallman take out the trash
The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
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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."
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.