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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…
Audiobooks for dogs are either the next best thing for Fido or downright silly.
How we long to see the green, green grass of home.
In every family there are two people: one who wants to watch TV, and one who knows how all the remotes work. Once a week…
Northwestern Bank wanted to be your Buddy.
That sounds fun, but who has time for all these podcasts?
A brief history of "Old Man Viaduct," which lasted a century.
Another mug might not be the best gift.
Let's check the internet to see what Today's Youth have ruined.
Some constructive criticism of road construction season.
Putting a dent in texting.
My wife thought my phone was hers and popped it in her purse before going to bed. I couldn't find it. She took my phone to work, and I was without a phone for an entire day.
The bird was the word.
In the latest step toward a retail environment with two stores — Amazon and Tar-Mart — we learn that Herberger’s is closing. It’s owned by…
Memories aren't grounded.
There was a raccoon the size of a beer keg up in the tree. Wise to the ways of nature as I am, I figured…
Plans to repurpose the downtown Minneapolis post office go against what the building was designed to do.
You could claim MNLARS is the problem, but what is the problem with MNLARS?
When you see "SKIP AD" on YouTube, you usually click because you're impatient for free entertainment and are prone to think: "Tough luck, suckers trying…
You've outstayed your welcome. Just go, already.
Newly recognized 'Simpsons' word is a really big deal
Sure, it's slower; that's the whole point.
We eat Juicy Lucys? Oh, snap.
I had a Keurig coffee machine, and it broke. I replaced with a Hamilton Beach machine that used K-Cups, and it made coffee that tasted…
IF YOU CAN READ THIS, the bumper sticker said, YOU'RE TOO CLOSE. Or perhaps it was: IF YOE CAN FEEB THIS YOU'RE LOO CLOZ3. I…
Irish pubs played a part in making bars less secretive and warmer, welcoming and connected.
We fix bad asphalt with more asphalt that goes bad.
Alexa, please don't hurt me.
The cad dared to hurt a model Minnesotan. It's time to get passive-aggressive.
Do I know you?
According to this fine newspaper, there's a new company in town that will bring gas to your house and fill up your car. While I…
We know that Iowa can't hold a candle to us.
Father knows best? Ha!
Of all the great moral questions that divide our age, the subject I'm about to raise is one of the least important. But it reveals…
White Castle and others were kitschy and a loud rebuke to the serious architecture of the day. And that's what made them great.
The Snyders Drug Stores headquarters in downtown Minneapolis lost a floor but gained prestige.
What if your lip balm runs out before winter does?
Google Chrome has announced that it will be rolling out an ad blocker upgrade. Let me go on the record with a qualified hoorah. (By…
Of course you want some. You can't stop yourself. They are ridiculously delicious. And they appear at the worst time of the year: It has been cold forever, and the Minnesota mood is akin to a Napoleonic soldier retreating from Moscow.
Philly, we're not mad. We're disappointed.
When some schools started to discourage Valentine’s Day card exchanges, boomer parents scoffed. “Nonsense! When I was a kid, we were forced by social convention…
The story behind Westgate Theater, a movie house for what was once the streetcar suburb of Morningside.
Petcams allow you to check on your dog or cat — and maybe catch it at some hijinks.
As they follow development trends, well designed stadiums can propel growth.
This might be the worst time of the year to buy a car. The promotions are over, and your shiny, fresh vehicle will be besmirched…
We're about to be judged by people who thought Mindianapolis was in Indiana or something, until they got off the plane.
In a way, it now seems odd that there actually is going to be a Super Bowl here. We lost, and now we have to…
The simple joys of pushing your neighbors around.
It is not unusual for someone to send free popcorn to a newspaper office. If they've got some new flavor — gin and salt! Chlorophyll…
Ritual and routine are the keys to victory!
Shelp yourself to a nap
Readers offer their practical and fanciful suggestions on how to gussy up the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl.
Diet Coke has announced its new flavors. They are: Frog Sweat Zesty Plasma Virginia Ham Perverted Guava Well, no. The actual names are Ginger Lime,…
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