Even as a child, Minneapolis youth worker and artist Jen Arzayus was curious and perceptive. The little girl from Trenton, N.J., also had fantasies of growing up to be an FBI agent. So when her family's secretive and lucrative lifestyle "didn't add up," Arzayus began keeping a make-believe FBI file -- on her father.
Updated: June 07, 2011, - 10:13 PM
Mike Haege had the day free between jobs and just wanted to do some good. That wasn't uncommon for Haege and his family, who have been featured in their local newspaper for everything from raising money for the Orphan Grain Project in Liberia to holding Bible study groups in their Hastings home.
Updated: June 02, 2011, - 08:45 PM
John Kriesel may be the only representative in the Minnesota Legislature who believes two men should be able to marry each other AND shoot someone who trespasses on their property.
Updated: May 31, 2011, - 12:18 AM
The man sat in the sun outside the St. Paul coffee shop wearing a white ball cap, loose-fitting sweat clothes and shiny white sneakers. His head was down, and his eyes were fixed on an open paperback book. He held a pencil and occasionally looked up from his reading as if to pluck an answer from the sky, then jotted something down.
Updated: May 24, 2011, - 11:11 PM
If you are reading this column, well, welcome to my club.
Updated: May 21, 2011, - 07:10 PM
Perhaps it is fitting that his last act was a hug.
Updated: May 18, 2011, - 10:28 AM
When the Minnesota Vikings set out looking for bipartisan support to build a stadium, they probably didn't know they would find staunch allies in the guise of East Side Tony and West Side Rafael, two guys from the blue-collar parts of town on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Updated: May 12, 2011, - 12:53 PM
It was nearly 50 years ago and she was 19. The blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter of an Irish immigrant, she was riding the Greyhound Bus to Jackson, Miss., to get thrown in jail.
Updated: May 10, 2011, - 10:13 PM
When Colin Covert reviewed the movie "Coraline" for this newspaper, he called it a "creepy wonderland of giant bugs, dancing flowers and acrobatic mice, along with a few hair-raising hobgoblins."
Updated: May 07, 2011, - 05:50 PM