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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,…
Surveys allow Minnesotans to say what they really (sort of) think.
Business meets leisure. Or is it the other way around?
We got an Instant Pot for Christmas, since everyone has to have an Instant Pot. What is it? Why, it's a slow cooker.
Do you have any thoughts to help us impress the world?
Your memory is tested when the car dies on a freeway.
Definition: The absence of tobacco use (Merriam-Webster online). Sample usage: “I’m living up to my resolution. I’ve been smober since Jan. 1st. Well,…
We like to think the cold makes us tough.
New developments in downtown Minneapolis — and there were plenty of them — were largely good. Or at least good enough.
It’s the first of the year, which means you have about 18 hours to feel virtuous about your resolutions. Everything seems possible, no? New year,…
We're getting yamped up.
If the "Yes, Virginia" column ran today, it would have online comments.
Enjoying the holidays with Birch while missing Jasper.
British word for suffering from heat.
But we're stuck with it, because it's ours.
The Christmas cards are going out late this year, because I didn’t plan ahead. I was going to take a picture of Daughter and the…
Our winner is a loser
A brief history of attempts to build the perfect city.
Just because it’s a tradition doesn’t mean you have to do it again, you know. We have some tree ornaments I don’t really like, but…
Warm climes produce nicer people, a study says. Fine, if you like that kind of thing.
All in the family
We should be nostalgic for the festive downtowns of the 1950s, not something out of a Dickens novel.
Every family has its own traditions for the holidays, and outsiders might find them strange. “We’ve knitted the annual sweater for the radiator — time…
It's time for the annual act of brightening the nights.
Imagine if you could combine politics, religion, sports, world history and zoology into one thing: it would be Pokémon.
Judging from the news, the state's licensing system has had some kinks. Here's what happened at the service center.
Like many households, we have a division of labor for Thanksgiving duties. I put the leaf in the table; my wife roasts the turkey. So…
How Minnesotan is this?
Are you picture-perfect?
Step back in time to see a famous Minneapolis street corner that looks nothing like today.
Emojis are poor substitutes for words, but they are fast becoming our visual vocabulary.
Flurries were forecast the other day, and we all had the same question: Will they accumulate? We can take a few flakes, but when they…
NONFICTION: Cartoonist Chris Ware's "Monograph" is a collection of works without parallel in modern storytelling and graphic design.
It's time to get in the mood for turkey.
Do you have tradigital skills?
Minneapolis has a checkered history with shopping arcades. Will the new Dayton's be any different?
It’s cold-and-flu season, so here are some answers to questions everyone has. Q: How do I avoid getting the flu? A: Get a…
When Scout wasn't waiting for a hunt, he loved to play-fight. Most of all he loved to run. He always came back. Until he didn't.
Instead of complaining, enjoy this extra-long day.
Fear of kneeling
How well do you know your Halloween trivia? Are you willing to find out? Then give our Halloween quiz a try. We cover everything from…
Whenever people say, “We just don’t get many kids for Halloween anymore,” it sounds as if they think no one’s making kids these days. How…
OK, Batman, and Ilsa, what do you say?
Can we all agree on this?
The telemarketing calls had stopped. No more worried messages from Jessica at Card Services. There were several possible reasons: 1. The FCC had finally done…
You wish our obvious advantages were enough. But no, we have to compete with cities like Newark.
Our take on three redesigned spaces in downtown Minneapolis.
No Ice Palace in St. Paul? We can fix that. For cheap. There’s a simple solution at the end of this column. If no one…
It's like they scheduled all these projects at once, right? You can't get anywhere.
These elegant swells are enjoying a tipple at “Upper Nicollet’s Oldest Cafe,” as the inside of the matchbook says. “Known far and wide as the…
No good deed goes unflipped.
Yes, the names of new apartment buildings are pretentious. But they've always been so.
There were three cages at the Humane Society in the overflow dog area. I was drawn to one strange little beast, a breed I'd never…
This is no time to fall behind in apple innovation.
It's the same bittersweet story every year. And we love it, even though we know the plot.
Unless you've been hanging on the news 24/7, you may have missed this one: General Mills has agreed to scrap the muted colors of Trix…
Shopping in silence isn't an option anymore.
From the buildings to the billboards, see how this section of downtown Minneapolis has changed dramatically over the years. Without any hints, it's almost impossible for a modern resident to place this block.
Depending on the article and the quantity of alarmism the author wanted to inject, the headline either said, "Kitchen sponges have lots of bacteria" or…
A trip to the empty fairgrounds reveals the detritus of our last fling with summer.
If there's an annual competition for the most out-of-touch, tone-deaf, opening sentence in newspapers this week, I think I'm a shoo-in: I would like to…
Vintage photos from 1960 show a downtown street corner totally transformed.
Charging to fill a tire drives him up the wall (or at least up the street).
We all hate our printers, right? They're frustrating, clattering things that manage to swallow every other sheet in their complicated innards, and they come with…
If you haven't been, because you figured it was the same as it was last year, you're so, so very wrong.
We could improve city alleys by turning them into shared green spaces — or just by cleaning them up.
One more school picture, and an era comes to an end.
It's the big Eclipse Day, and no doubt you have some questions that no one else has answered to your satisfaction. I'll do my best.Q:…
A lost dog and lost keys have provided some interesting interactions with public officials.
It was a hardy-har bright story for your morning news: I-94 shut down! There's a dog on the highway! They had footage of the dog…
A stranger appears at the edge of the Mississippi.
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