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Aimee Blanchette

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Aimee Blanchette is a digital content reporter and lifestyles writer in the Star Tribune's Variety section. She began working for the Star Tribune in 2004 and has covered real estate, business, education and fashion. She helped launch, produce and anchor NewsBreak, the daily webcast on startribune.com. Aimee has a deep affinity for all things Minnesota.
Recent content from Aimee Blanchette
'It's an epidemic': Gretchen Carlson takes on sexual harassment crisis

'It's an epidemic': Gretchen Carlson takes on sexual harassment crisis

The Anoka native says America is at a tipping point for dismantling the culture of sexual harassment.
KFAN's Chris Hawkey opens up about depression

KFAN's Chris Hawkey opens up about depression

Radio star Chris Hawkey on his lifelong struggles with depression: "I'm a broken individual just like so many other people out there."
Moorhead woman writes own obituary: 'Forgive someone who doesn't deserve it'

Moorhead woman writes own obituary: 'Forgive someone who doesn't deserve it'

She filled her own obituary with advice, and the Fargo-Moorhead community honored her by hanging their holiday lights early.
Postpartum doulas are in high demand with millennial moms

Postpartum doulas are in high demand with millennial moms

They will plan meals, change diapers, walk dogs, run errands, tidy the house and care for babies at night so that new parents can sleep.
MSP's 'flight to nowhere' helps people get comfortable with flying

MSP's 'flight to nowhere' helps people get comfortable with flying

Airport wants to take the fear out of flying for people with special needs.
Map shows weirdest town names by state — see which in Minnesota made the list

Map shows weirdest town names by state — see which in Minnesota made the list

Little Canadians reject list of America's most unusual town names.
Pet monkey who was 'kind of a celebrity' around St. Paul has died

Pet monkey who was 'kind of a celebrity' around St. Paul has died

Mikee, 'the last legal pet monkey in Minnesota,' dies at 19.
How to carve a pumpkin like a pro

How to carve a pumpkin like a pro

A master carver dishes on her tips and tricks, and even shows us how to make a Prince pumpkin.
Former Vikings player reveals he can sing, stuns judges on 'The Voice'

Former Vikings player reveals he can sing, stuns judges on 'The Voice'

On Monday night, 300-pound retired defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo traded knocking over football opponents for stunning the judges during the season premiere of NBC's "The Voice."
Maple Grove graduate makes the finals of Fox's 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Maple Grove graduate makes the finals of Fox's 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Taylor Sieve, 19, wowed the judges on Monday night, cementing her spot in the final four.
5-foot boa constrictor on the loose in Princeton, Minn.

5-foot boa constrictor on the loose in Princeton, Minn.

Due to cooler temperatures outside, the snake may not be doing well.
Back-to-school shopping: nostalgic or nightmare?

Back-to-school shopping: nostalgic or nightmare?

How one mom's effort to simplify her daughter's back-to-school shopping turned into a lesson for both.
Minnesotan born at 1954 State Fair, now dying of cancer, goes 'one last time'

Minnesotan born at 1954 State Fair, now dying of cancer, goes 'one last time'

With a birth certificate to prove it, Ed Mosiman is something of a State Fair legend.
Minnesota driver's dilemma: To honk or not to honk?

Minnesota driver's dilemma: To honk or not to honk?

When you're Minnesota Nice, honking comes with internal conflict.
19 years after MOA marriage, wife and terminally ill husband will renew vows

19 years after MOA marriage, wife and terminally ill husband will renew vows

A couple who got married at Mall of America after knowing each other for just five minutes are saying 'I do' again, this time amid a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Al Roker of NBC's 'Today Show' to broadcast live from Minnesota State Fair

Al Roker of NBC's 'Today Show' to broadcast live from Minnesota State Fair

The TV personality is promoting his Minnesota appearance in a Facebook video wearing Vikings purple.
Eugene 'Gene' Kruckeberg, maker of Hope Butter, dies at 78

Eugene 'Gene' Kruckeberg, maker of Hope Butter, dies at 78

The head butter maker for one of the last independently owned creameries in the state died July 25.
Minnesota girl competes for $1M tonight on NBC's 'World of Dance' finale

Minnesota girl competes for $1M tonight on NBC's 'World of Dance' finale

Eva Igo, 14, is one of three dancers still standing in the TV competition — and will learn her fate tonight.
Minnesota musicians unite in the fight to destigmatize mental illness

Minnesota musicians unite in the fight to destigmatize mental illness

A key event that makes the local support scene unique is HazelFest, a sober music festival taking place Saturday at Hazelden.
Video shows Justine Damond rescuing family of ducklings in Mpls. weeks before death

Video shows Justine Damond rescuing family of ducklings in Mpls. weeks before death

The Guardian released video showing Justine Damond saving ducklings from a storm drain just weeks before her shooting death by a Minneapolis police officer.
Father granted wish to see son graduate early from the U dies from ALS

Father granted wish to see son graduate early from the U dies from ALS

Ken Brown wasn't expected to live until May so the U held a special ceremony in March.
From Paul Bunyan to a 65-foot fish, where to find state's giant roadside statues

From Paul Bunyan to a 65-foot fish, where to find state's giant roadside statues

We've rounded up the top 10 statues most likely to entice travelers off the Minnesota highway. Some are big, some are weird, but all are worth a stop.
Minnesota woman's first muskie nearly breaks state record

Minnesota woman's first muskie nearly breaks state record

The 23-year-old woman from southern Minnesota caught a possible record-breaking fish that was too big to properly document.
New Children's Museum unleashes the power of play

New Children's Museum unleashes the power of play

When the Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul set out to renovate and expand, Barbara Hahn, the museum's vice president of learning innovation, wondered: "How do we create new exhibits to unleash the power of play?"
Giant 1,000-foot slip and slide opening in northern Minnesota this summer

Giant 1,000-foot slip and slide opening in northern Minnesota this summer

The Iron Range town of Chisholm, Minn., is planning to be the epicenter of summer fun for one big day in August, thanks to a 1,000-foot waterslide.
'Father's Eve' created in St. Paul garage is now a nationwide dad's night out

'Father's Eve' created in St. Paul garage is now a nationwide dad's night out

A casual get-together in 2012 has exploded into dozens of events around the country for dads to bond together.
Minneapolis City Hall will become 'Kitty Hall' to bring awareness to cat adoption

Minneapolis City Hall will become 'Kitty Hall' to bring awareness to cat adoption

Get ready for to vote for the cutest, furriest mayor ever.
10 surprises at revamped MN Children's Museum, including a 4-story slide

10 surprises at revamped MN Children's Museum, including a 4-story slide

Officially open today, the museum's $30 million makeover gives kids a place to break the rules and explore their wild ideas.
Political move or thrifty shopper? Ivanka Trump wears $35 dress from Target

Political move or thrifty shopper? Ivanka Trump wears $35 dress from Target

Unlike the $51,500 jacket that First Lady Melania Trump recently wore, Ivanka Trump chose a dress this week that's less than $20 from Target.
Minnesotans are melting away their double chins with new fat-blasting injections

Minnesotans are melting away their double chins with new fat-blasting injections

It's part of a movement in cosmetic surgery toward cheaper, less invasive therapies targeting smaller areas of the body without going under the knife.
New Cirque du Soleil show — all about ice — coming to Target Center

New Cirque du Soleil show — all about ice — coming to Target Center

Just days after Ringling Bros. performed its final show, Cirque du Soleil announced its latest high-flying circus production.
'We can never forget': Volunteers to cover Fort Snelling with 20,000 flags for Memorial Day

'We can never forget': Volunteers to cover Fort Snelling with 20,000 flags for Memorial Day

The volunteer group hopes to one day place a flag next to every gravestone, which would total 200,000.
Semi pins car against median barrier, seriously injuring man on I-94 near Hudson

Semi pins car against median barrier, seriously injuring man on I-94 near Hudson

Troopers removed the injured man from the car by breaking out the back window.
Oops! Forgotten weed stash donated to Once Upon A Child in Maplewood

Oops! Forgotten weed stash donated to Once Upon A Child in Maplewood

Maplewood police: "Hey genius, Once Upon A Child thanks you for the clothing donation, but you forgot something in your pant pockets."
Fisherman catches mysterious shark jawbone in Mississippi River

Fisherman catches mysterious shark jawbone in Mississippi River

"When we saw it coming up, we had no idea what it was," said Joey Piskel, who watched his dad, Joe Piskel, reel it in. "We thought it was a sheep skull or cow jaw until we saw the teeth."
After calling off nuptials, Minn. bride donates entire dream wedding to charity

After calling off nuptials, Minn. bride donates entire dream wedding to charity

When bride-to-be Jenna Yorkovich's fairytale wedding came to a screeching halt weeks before the big day, she turned her planned walk-down-the-aisle into a happy ending anyway.
The fittest city in America? It's Duluth, actually

The fittest city in America? It's Duluth, actually

Surprise! Minnesota's northern city comes in at No. 1 on Fitbit's new list of rankings.
Sweet! Minnesota's Largest Candy Store gets even bigger with massive new dome

Sweet! Minnesota's Largest Candy Store gets even bigger with massive new dome

The beloved candy emporium on Hwy. 169 is adding an 85,000-pound, 60-foot space planetarium.
Minnesotan singer advances to top 10 of 'The Voice'

Minnesotan singer advances to top 10 of 'The Voice'

The one-time Prince hopeful considered quitting music after his dad died of a heart attack.
'Fidget spinners' are all the rage, but some Minnesota schools have had enough

'Fidget spinners' are all the rage, but some Minnesota schools have had enough

Fidget spinners are the latest craze to hit classrooms, playgrounds and social media. But some schools say the spinning has gotten out of control.
Watch 18,000 Canadian hockey fans sing 'Star-Spangled Banner'

Watch 18,000 Canadian hockey fans sing 'Star-Spangled Banner'

Oh, Canada. That was pretty cool.
Stunt or trend? Nordstrom under fire for selling $425 jeans covered in fake mud

Stunt or trend? Nordstrom under fire for selling $425 jeans covered in fake mud

Reminiscent of every child's elementary school playground days, the jeans appear to have been smeared with mud on the knees, thighs and crotch. But they will cost you.
Minneapolis man creates 1,000-piece Lego diorama of Nye's Polonaise Room

Minneapolis man creates 1,000-piece Lego diorama of Nye's Polonaise Room

The former piano bar and restaurant has been built entirely out of Legos.
Woman with Down syndrome to compete in Miss Minnesota USA pageant

Woman with Down syndrome to compete in Miss Minnesota USA pageant

When Mikayla Holmgren takes the stage later this year, it will be a first for the Minnesota contest and, as far as pageant officials know, the country.
St. Paul Saints will settle 'duck, duck, gray duck' debate with daffy new jerseys

St. Paul Saints will settle 'duck, duck, gray duck' debate with daffy new jerseys

A prank turned the Saints into the Duck Duck Gray Ducks.
Starbucks' most unusual drink yet — the Unicorn Frappuccino — wows fans

Starbucks' most unusual drink yet — the Unicorn Frappuccino — wows fans

The brand-new drink changes colors and flavors.
'I do, I did, I'm done': Divorce cakes are trending right now

'I do, I did, I'm done': Divorce cakes are trending right now

People have begun "celebrating" their splits with so-called divorce cakes.
Obituary: Ione Siegel, friend of Loring Park, dies at 88

Obituary: Ione Siegel, friend of Loring Park, dies at 88

A property manager near the Minneapolis park for nearly four decades, she was remembered as genuine and passionate, a doer and a quiet advocate.
Jessica Alba surprises Target shoppers with makeovers in Edina store

Jessica Alba surprises Target shoppers with makeovers in Edina store

The Hollywood celebrity had some funny questions for locals: "Do you do fishing? Is that like one of the activities you do?"
U grants dying man's wish to see his son graduate

U grants dying man's wish to see his son graduate

For possibly the first time ever, the University of Minnesota will host a one-student graduation ceremony Monday.
Families divided in the Trump era: 'I didn't talk to my parents for weeks'

Families divided in the Trump era: 'I didn't talk to my parents for weeks'

The election has been over for months, but the rancor it spawned among families, friends and couples is not fading.
Como Zoo is live streaming what we all need right now: adorable animals

Como Zoo is live streaming what we all need right now: adorable animals

On Thursday, Como is partnering with Animal Planet as it begins a 10-hour livestream of life inside the zoo.
Best and worst dressed on the Oscars red carpet

Best and worst dressed on the Oscars red carpet

The 89th annual Academy Awards was awash with Hollywood A-listers who mastered the sartorial minefield. As for the rest? You be the judge. Scroll through…
Hottest accessory on Oscars red carpet? A tiny blue ACLU ribbon

Hottest accessory on Oscars red carpet? A tiny blue ACLU ribbon

Oscar nominees wear blue ribbons on red carpet to support ACLU.
100 women pack Mpls. tattoo shop to get inked with 'Nevertheless, she persisted'

100 women pack Mpls. tattoo shop to get inked with 'Nevertheless, she persisted'

Over a nine-hour span, Twin Cities women lined up to get the exact same tattoo.
Finding love the Minnesotan way: Afton Alps hosting chairlift speed dating event

Finding love the Minnesotan way: Afton Alps hosting chairlift speed dating event

It's all downhill from here as singles look for a match on Afton's ski lifts.
Fox 9's Jeff Passolt describes icy fall, hip fracture on Twitter

Fox 9's Jeff Passolt describes icy fall, hip fracture on Twitter

The popular anchor slipped on an icy patch while on assignment, sidelining him for weeks.
Ditch the dudes: How Amy Poehler turned Galentine's Day into feminist celebration

Ditch the dudes: How Amy Poehler turned Galentine's Day into feminist celebration

To combat the pressure that Feb. 14 can put on romantic relationships, ladies around the world — single or not — are reserving Feb. 13 as a day to honor their besties.
Mike Bjerkesett, a pioneer of handicap accessible housing, dies at age 69

Mike Bjerkesett, a pioneer of handicap accessible housing, dies at age 69

Speak to any of Mike Bjerkesett’s friends or family members and each one will come up with a different way to describe him: “Humble.” “Charming.”…
Botox is booming among millennials — some as young as 18

Botox is booming among millennials — some as young as 18

Selfie culture prompts preventive approach by a generation of younger users.
90,000-plus march in St. Paul with message for Trump

90,000-plus march in St. Paul with message for Trump

"We've come a long way, and we could lose it in a heartbeat," said one protester about the election of Donald Trump. Police say between 90,000 and 100,000 people attended the march.
Great Northern mega-festival embraces Minnesota as 'winter capital of America'

Great Northern mega-festival embraces Minnesota as 'winter capital of America'

New event combines City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the St. Paul Winter Carnival and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, plus outdoor movies, dining and a sauna.
Man scrapes ice off windshield in the most Minnesotan way possible

Man scrapes ice off windshield in the most Minnesotan way possible

Got an icy windshield and no scraper? No problem. This video shows how a little ingenuity and a hockey skate can get the job done.
A look inside the Obamas' enormous post-White House home

A look inside the Obamas' enormous post-White House home

The Obama family will rent a mansion located just two miles from the White House.
Meet the Minn. medium who teaches people to harness their psychic powers

Meet the Minn. medium who teaches people to harness their psychic powers

Jodi Livon, who calls herself "The Happy Medium" and an intuitive coach, is a psychic medium who claims to have a special ability that she uses to help others gain insight and closure.
With this ring, I thee upgrade: More couples trading up wedding bands

With this ring, I thee upgrade: More couples trading up wedding bands

A diamond may be forever, but for some people, that rule doesn't always apply to the wedding ring.
10,000 purple lights: Minnesota family honors Prince with holiday display

10,000 purple lights: Minnesota family honors Prince with holiday display

The ambitious light display blinks to the tune of "Purple Rain."
Obituary: 'Renaissance man' Mentor 'Duke' Addicks Jr. lives on through his stories

Obituary: 'Renaissance man' Mentor 'Duke' Addicks Jr. lives on through his stories

Mentor “Duke” Addicks, Jr. was always curious about the bit of Cherokee in his blood. As a child, he visited his grandmother’s farm in the…
Client speaks glowingly of day care provider accused of hanging child

Client speaks glowingly of day care provider accused of hanging child

She said provider accused of hanging child could be depressed. Police say the 16-month-old is doing fine.
5 Minnesota celebrities who use star power to give back

5 Minnesota celebrities who use star power to give back

There's often more to your favorite celebrities than meets the eye. Here is a closer look at the generous aspirations of five local notables.
Who is the best sports mascot in Minnesota? We rank the major players

Who is the best sports mascot in Minnesota? We rank the major players

Minnesota has quite a few sports mascots roaming around this time of year, so obviously we ranked them.
Trump tape starts social media movement of women sharing sex assault stories

Trump tape starts social media movement of women sharing sex assault stories

Women are using social media to shine a light on the pervasiveness of rape culture.
How exchanging home-cooked meals with strangers gave me my life back

How exchanging home-cooked meals with strangers gave me my life back

The sharing economy moves into a new niche: dinner. Can this writer get over the quease factor of swapping food with strangers?
Viral video hoax prompts social media blowback for KDWB's Dave Ryan

Viral video hoax prompts social media blowback for KDWB's Dave Ryan

KDWB's Dave Ryan was blasted on social media Tuesday after a video of him being rude to a restaurant server made the rounds on the internet.
Why is Minneapolis a top 10 place to live for millennials? Two words: Office snacks

Why is Minneapolis a top 10 place to live for millennials? Two words: Office snacks

An abundance of office snacks and good salaries make it a great time to be a millennial worker in Minneapolis.
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