Bill Ward

Features reporter | Lifestyle | Entertainment | Wine
Phone: 612-673-7643
Bill looks for stories off the well-trod path, covers baby boomer issues, and writes about wine in his Liquid Assets column.

Recent content from Bill Ward

Twin Cities diners are losing their appetite for noise

Restaurants aim for just the right combination of music, conversation and kitchen clatter to create a vibrant atmosphere. But for many diners, noisy eateries are a buzzkill.

Updated: April 15, 2014, - 11:37 AM

Taking stock of noise levels at local restaurants

A sound expert and a reporter take an auditory tour through several North Loop hot spots.

Updated: April 14, 2014, - 02:44 PM

Steals and deals for wine lovers during taxing times

These are taxing times for the populace, and thus vexing times for wine enthusiasts. So we've unearthed 10 wines that cost $10 or less and deliver quality usually found at twice the price.

Updated: April 09, 2014, - 01:59 PM

Share your ode to potholes

Fuming over potholes? Write a haiku about them instead! Share your original verses -- instead of curses -- with us, and we'll publish the best ones.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 03:07 PM

Starting, and stocking, a wine cellar

A wine collection doesn’t require a cellar, but it does need to be in a dark, not-too-dry space that stays consistently cool. It also doesn’t require expensive racks, at least until a later, perhaps inevitable growth spurt.

Updated: March 26, 2014, - 02:35 PM

Wine: When it comes to value, Spain bleeds red

Far more choices for reasonably priced wines from Spain than from elsewhere.

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 03:02 PM

Increasingly common phrases are commonly misunderstood

Formerly used in academic circles, psychological phrases, such as "Google effect," are now more common — and commonly misunderstood.

Updated: March 17, 2014, - 03:25 PM

Sales pro at Auto Show reels them in

An Auto Show mainstay brings a bit of the State Fair grandstand to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Updated: March 13, 2014, - 09:06 AM

Penny wise: Brooklyn Park man builds massive U.S. coin map

A Brooklyn Park man has mapped out a massive, coin-operated piece of “big crazy artwork” -- a U.S. map made of 24,000 pennies enclosed in glass.

Updated: March 11, 2014, - 08:31 AM

Parsnippety website for plants, animals has local roots

A Minneapolis couple give a humorous voice to environmental issues. Their website is kind of like the Onion. Not only is it built around whip-smart humor, but it’s actually about onions.

Updated: March 04, 2014, - 03:17 PM

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