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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…
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.
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