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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.
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'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.
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.
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.
5 trends in the new era of high school senior portraits

5 trends in the new era of high school senior portraits

Hair and makeup Pimples, be gone! More seniors are hiring professional makeup artists to airbrush them to look as if they’ve stepped off the set…
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.
Extreme senior portraits: Bemidji teen suits up as Spider-Man for epic photos

Extreme senior portraits: Bemidji teen suits up as Spider-Man for epic photos

Jaxon Anderson weaved a web of awesomeness for his senior photo shoot.
Minnesota families share A+ rituals to ring in the new school year

Minnesota families share A+ rituals to ring in the new school year

For families across the state, the annual back-to-school ritual is much more than a set of new pencils and a shiny new lunchbox: It's a change in routine, a chance for a fresh start. "It's a much anticipated time of the year in this household," said Alissa Loren, a mother of three who lives in Ramsey. "I love the back-to-school feeling, and being able to go through it with my own kids brings me right back to my childhood." Whether your children are excitedly entering kindergarten or are seasoned school vets with a few years under their backpacks, celebrate the first day of school by adding one of these A-plus traditions, shared by local families, to your routines.
Obituary: Anne Patrick, Catholic feminist theologian, supported ordination of women

Obituary: Anne Patrick, Catholic feminist theologian, supported ordination of women

The Catholic Church says women cannot be ordained as priests, but Anne Patrick was never one to take “no” for an answer. Throughout her career…
Upscale Mpls. hotel offering $12,000 Vikings tailgating package

Upscale Mpls. hotel offering $12,000 Vikings tailgating package

A luxury hotel package has all the tailgating essentials for Vikings games: a concierge, champagne and a limo.
Richfield man plays bridge with billionaire buddies Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

Richfield man plays bridge with billionaire buddies Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

What's it like to play bridge with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett? A local man found out last week.
Is Ragnar's Harley ad on Craigslist a hoax? Nope, and owner says it's sold

Is Ragnar's Harley ad on Craigslist a hoax? Nope, and owner says it's sold

Seller of the Ragnar-themed motorcycle says he originally bought it 18 years ago.
Would you buy an outfit along with milk, eggs? Hy-Vee is betting on it

Would you buy an outfit along with milk, eggs? Hy-Vee is betting on it

The grocery store giant opened its second store with a clothing boutique just last week.
Baby on board! Video shows very pregnant Lino Lakes woman wakesurfing

Baby on board! Video shows very pregnant Lino Lakes woman wakesurfing

An active Minnesota mom coaxed her baby's arrival with a wakesurf session that has been viewed more than 14,000 times on Instagram.
Memo to New York Times: We forgive you

Memo to New York Times: We forgive you

Never mind those slights concerning grape salads (2014), honeycrisp apples (2015) and that dating debacle earlier (2013). Your "36 Hours in Minneapolis" is certainly helping us forget.
What hookup culture? Millennials are having less sex than their parents

What hookup culture? Millennials are having less sex than their parents

Generation sexless: Millennials are having less sex than any generation in 60 years.
Maplewood's 'Jack the bike guy' helps kids with special needs

Maplewood's 'Jack the bike guy' helps kids with special needs

Maplewood bicycle repairman believes all children, no matter their abilities, should be able to ride a bike.
Twitter explodes with dad jokes for VP nominee Tim Kaine

Twitter explodes with dad jokes for VP nominee Tim Kaine

The main response to vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at the Democratic National Convention last night? He is everyone's dad.
Uber delivers free ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream Day

Uber delivers free ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream Day

Uber has chosen to deliver locally made Jonny Pops frozen treats to Twin Cities dwellers as part of its #UberIceCream ­marketing ploy.
This wallpapered time-capsule home for sale in Golden Valley can be yours

This wallpapered time-capsule home for sale in Golden Valley can be yours

If you ever wanted a house where the walls, ceiling, floors, curtains and furniture match perfectly, now's your chance.
Alligator caught roaming Brainerd-area bike path

Alligator caught roaming Brainerd-area bike path

Imagine coming across an alligator while enjoying a bike ride through the Brainerd lakes area
5 unintended consequences of playing 'Pokemon Go'

5 unintended consequences of playing 'Pokemon Go'

Minnesotans are gathering in hordes for this "Pokémon Go" thing. In case you've been living under a rock the past few days, yes, this is a thing.
All-consuming mobile game Pokemon Go invades Twin Cities

All-consuming mobile game Pokemon Go invades Twin Cities

"Pokémon Go," the new augmented reality mobile game that sends people from their couches and out on the streets in hopes of capturing creatures in their neighborhoods, has become a global phenomenon since it launched last week.
State of reality shows: Which one is No. 1 in Minnesota?

State of reality shows: Which one is No. 1 in Minnesota?

Using Google Trends and no viewership data whatsoever, CableTV.com broke down the reality TV love state-by-state.
Minn. victims of sexual assault use social media to speak out

Minn. victims of sexual assault use social media to speak out

Thousands tell their story online with hopes of changing not just the conversation, but the culture.
Obituary: Robert Reardon gave new meaning to the golden age of flying

Obituary: Robert Reardon gave new meaning to the golden age of flying

Long after the glory days of air travel disappeared, ­Robert Reardon exemplified just how glamorous flying could be. Passengers stopped wearing suits and fine dresses,…
Not your mother's workout: Amped-up Jazzercise incorporates kickboxing, hip-hop

Not your mother's workout: Amped-up Jazzercise incorporates kickboxing, hip-hop

While most people still associate the choreographed dance-based workout with leotards and leg warmers, there's none of that here.
Got dandelions? Local winery wants to turn them into wine

Got dandelions? Local winery wants to turn them into wine

One of the most hated weeds among yard lovers has found a place in the wine cellar.
Minnesota-made 'Oregon Trail' is inducted into Video Game Hall of Fame

Minnesota-made 'Oregon Trail' is inducted into Video Game Hall of Fame

The Minnesota-made video game that kids loved to hate has been inducted into the hall of fame.
Minnesota has second-highest rate of working mothers in the nation

Minnesota has second-highest rate of working mothers in the nation

More than 80 percent of Minnesota mothers with children under 18 are in the labor force, and the Midwest leads the nation in that statistic.
Minnesota sisters' 'third-eye' sunglasses inspired by Prince are now for sale

Minnesota sisters' 'third-eye' sunglasses inspired by Prince are now for sale

Want a pair of specs a la Prince? Head to the W Minneapolis at the Foshay Tower.
Prince of pop, king of style

Prince of pop, king of style

Prince was more than a musical virtuoso; he was a veritable style magnate. Onstage and off, his style transcended narrow gender constructs and pushed boundaries…
For many singles, it's a one-and-done dating scene

For many singles, it's a one-and-done dating scene

Busy schedules, a need for instant gratification and the ever-replenishing well of the Internet have made it harder than ever to get to a second date.
Aimee Blanchette: My Perfect Saturday

Aimee Blanchette: My Perfect Saturday

I was reluctant to relocate from south Minneapolis to the suburbs. I couldn’t see how leaving behind my favorite lakeside running trails, walkable coffee shops…
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