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Despite his training, our rescue dog still goes a bit feral over certain foods.
We have no idea when the first Thanksgiving really took place. It could have been a Monday in September.
University of Minnesota football coach "Bernie" Bierman stood on the sidelines for the last time Nov. 18, 1950.
In 1978, a Minneapolis kid held a comic book convention at the Ridgedale shopping center, and his special guest was Stan Lee.
A fan explains why we loved the Marvel Comic maverick.
Last week I had the opportunity to drive to the southwest part of the state, to get out of the city, breathe some country air…
A study nags you to get in the holiday mood ASAP. Your happiness depends on it.
The Star Journal's headline tells the story of the storm: "City, Northwest Buried by Worst November Storm; Death Toll Rises; Many Still Lost; Cold to Continue."
Windows are more than just a means to bring in light and air; they're a way to read the style and technology of an era.
This word is a grave mistake
A schoolteacher became the first woman elected by Minnesotans to serve in the U.S. House.
A year ago, I replaced the old-style doorbell with a video device that pipes an image of the visitor right to my phone, showing me…
Why not fall forward? And other questions.
That existential void isn't going to fill itself.
Halloween might look like a child's holiday, a merry pretext for costumes and candy, but if you're a pedantic killjoy like me, it can be…
I wrote some breezy japery about the flu a few weeks ago, and some readers thought I was minimizing the need for a shot or…
A look to the future, when retail tastes shift again.
A monument to Charles M. Babcock was dedicated on his homesite in Elk River in 1947.
This 'tea' is a tart drink, indeed
The millennials' newest victim, according to Bloomberg News, is American cheese.
Most of us have three phases: 1. Oh, the leaves are starting to turn. Pretty! 2. Hmm, they're all brown. 3. Well, they're gone. In a week it'll be dark at 4:54 p.m. Why do I live here?
They call it Swedish death cleaning: You approach your possessions as if you were charged with emptying out your house after you’ve died. No one…
Perhaps we've become tired of being tired of pumpkin spice.
Visionary architect Victor Gruen saw the enclosed shopping center as an antidote to the Twin Cities area's car-centric development.
Once a week, I am reminded that someone in China thinks I am an industrial-supply executive. Here's the latest e-mail:Dears,The is Vepin from Tybonder Co.,…
Talking walk signals and parking garage alerts add to the urban cacophony. At least they could speak Minnesotan.
Firing up the furnace is a rite of autumn.
At the time, drivers faced potholes, mud, meandering paths and horses headed in the opposite direction.
All post offices should be closed. Except for the one closest to my house. For that matter, can we be finished with daily mail deliveries?…
If you call yourself Uptown, you have to deal with the eternal complaint that "Uptown is so over."
Northwestern Bell Phone Co. announced plans for an enormous new tower next to City Hall in Minneapolis, just before the stock market crash.
The lawn sprinkler had a lifetime guarantee. Yours, or its, that's the question.If it ceases to work, it's dead, and its lifetime is over. When…
Roll up your sleeve: It's questionably effective flu shot season again.
In addition to talking about crops, the author, newspaper editor, politician and all-around public intellectual also praised Minnesota's weather.
Minneapolis is No. 3 in packages stolen from the porch, according to patch.com. We are possibly No. 4 in purloined patches, according to porch.com, but…
You could say the crook slippered up
The other day I was reading the news on my phone, and accidentally clicked on an ad. My screen was taken over by a picture…
We've got a model of the New Urbanism design movement right here in the Twin Cities: It's called the Minnesota State Fair.
It's one thing we don't want to change.
My wife made a reference to the "summer TV season" the other day, and I had to check to see if we hadn't time-traveled back…
Some things about the fair you might not know.
“For immediate release,” said the public relations e-mail. That was three weeks ago. I like to let them know who’s boss. Now that a decent…
Retail's secret weapon: People
Minnesota is true pizza pioneer.
To tell the truth (cinematically)
Straws probably will be banned before they're relegated to Designated Sipping Areas. And then what? How will you get fluids from cup to maw? Don't worry. Canny entrepreneurs are already selling permanent straws.
They're already out of everything!
New line of booze was inspired by the hit sci-fi TV series and includes a taste of space.
It's what you make if you have oodles of zucchini and you're tired of zucchini bread.
Drove back and forth to Fargo this week. Split time between Hwy. 10, the miniseries, and I-94, the three-hour movie. Here is a report.1. There…
State Patrol paranoia lightens a lead foot on I-94.
Altogether now, men, what's your first instinct? We are daredevils who scoff at danger.
New licenses aren't Real ID, but they do have a walleye.
Marriott hotels has announced that it will use facial recognition to check in guests in some Chinese hotels. It'll happen here, eventually. As much as…
Corner gas stations can invite visitors to linger, and hopefully enjoy an urban neighborhood.
Electric scooters look fun, fancy-free and speedy. Are they fun? Yes. Useful? Well. ...
There were dozens of sleeping bags, soft and bulging like caterpillar pupae. There was a neat line of tiny suitcases — pink, with ponies; black,…
If the city had adopted a 1917 plan, it would have looked like the City of Light, with diagonal boulevards and roundabouts.
The National Portrait Gallery's unsung collection includes outsider art, presidential portraits and other gems.
Nothing ever works. They've got us outnumbered. We are here to be eaten.
Get the message?
According to a new study, people visit exactly 25 places over and over again. According to another study, lazy newspaper columnists bloviate about any “study”…
Oreos are now available in State Fair flavor. But is it the taste of the Minnesota State Fair or some wannabe?
It's summer reading time, we're told. Apparently people who read nothing more substantial than the back of the cereal box now go to the beach…
Hint: If it's fun, it's illegal.
It’s not the food people remember. It’s the decor. The Forum was a bright Art Deco masterpiece, opening in 1930 to give the city what…
Scenes from Ken Burns’ next epic documentary, “Homeward Bound: An account of Road Construction in Minneapolis.” (Bittersweet fiddle music. Voice-over actor reads a letter.)…
By adapting modern design trends, an intersection near Southdale gets a much needed update.
Don't make me come up there, kids.
Taking a flight can be full of misery and anxiety; why shouldn't the experience of booking one be, too?
Maximizing inclusion and experience is at the top of Kent Whitworth's to-do list.
Sorry, ants, you blew it by moving into this yard.
Daughter will be graduated from high school this week, and I cannot tell you how conflicted I am about this. Some say "will be graduating"…
Reading the papers, you realize how much things have changed for the better.
The other night, I sat outside with a nice cool beverage and started to yell at my wife. Nothing bad; we just live under the…
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