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FICTION: "The Outsider" is sort of two books in one. Either one alone would have been more satisfying.
Stories by and about women stake their claim to Academy Award nominations.
The language of love is gooey, but those cutesy names can help you stick together.
After learning she has terminal cancer, she threw herself a going-away party while still healthy enough to enjoy it.
Since 1978, the U's go-to guy has weathered the climatological storm.
LARK Toys in Kellogg, Minn., offers thousands of nostalgic toys in a Santa's workshop setting.
In a state-by-state breakdown of how marathoners rank, Minnesotans steadily move up the list as we age.
Politician and gadfly Barbara Carlson once lived a life as large as her personality. Now she's trying to keep other women from going broke like she did.
REVIEW: This ferocious depiction of the World War II beachfront battle will awe some viewers and alienate others — for the same basic reasons.
Except for elites, data show steady increase in race times across board over 20 years.
FICTION: Fitzgerald manuscripts disappear in John Grisham's latest mystery — which is really all about writing.
There's a bacon crisis looming on the horizon, the USDA warned. The country's bacon reserves are at the lowest point they've been since December 1957.
FICTION: This murder mystery set in a small Icelandic town takes a page from "Murder on the Orient Express."
While "La La Land" emerged as a big favorite, diversity is on the dance card, too, with seven of the 20 acting nominees being people of color.
The Care Providers of Minnesota volunteer of the year has formed a special bond with a resident at the Good Samaritan Society in Robbinsdale.
Six months past cancer surgery and nine days shy of her 92nd birthday, Louise Spencer pushed her walker up to the door of the 18-wheeler. She was crossing an item off her bucket list — driving a semi.
With new concussion treatment, Minnesota football star Ben Utecht is determined to remember what's most important: his family.
FICTION: The latest Virgil Flowers mystery takes a while to hit its stride.
"Going to see a doctor or dentist isn't always the most pleasant experience. The music puts them at ease."
Century-old Uptown landmark continues to find new life 35 years after it supposedly was closed.
From baseball to weddings, rock concerts to roller blading, the new facility is going to get a workout.
Jon Richards specializes in attaching hair extensions to clients who've undergone chemotherapy and been told their hair can't handle the process.
New troupe I Can Dance You Can Dance aims to show "dance is possible for anybody at any age."
What: The first day of spring is a great time to get your bicycle ready for the upcoming riding season. It needs a little TLC…
Twin Cities nonprofit helps provide home furnishings for more than 100 families a week.
The year's extra day spurs creative legal maneuvering.
Cutting-edge technology lets visitors see ancient remains as clearly as researchers can.
The mere mention of the term pole dancing still draws more than its share of snickers from the uninitiated who associate it with strip clubs. But it has become one of the fastest-growing exercise regimens.
The principle is that if we sit in front of a mirror watching ourselves stuff food into our mouths, we will eat less junk food and more fruits and vegetables.
Gender-based role expectations have changed a lot over the past 50 years. But one thing remains the same: Women still expect the man to be the one who proposes.
The long-held belief that people who curse a lot do so because they have a limited vocabulary has been refuted.It turns out that people who…
When you're getting ready for a date, make sure it gets off on the right foot. Ladies, straighten up your apartment — or at least the part of it that your date can see from the front door when he picks you up. And guys, look industrious.
Bacon lovers were sizzling after the World Health Organization issued its recent warning that bacon, sausage and other processed meats may cause cancer. But faster…
We've never been overly concerned about being a little behind the sartorial times, but five centuries? That's a stretch even by our plaid flannel shirt standards.
Pull up a chair and check out the newest research on sitting: Turns out that it's not going to kill you, after all.
Before you start lacing up for the big race, there's something you should know: The old adage about getting what you pay for doesn't always apply to running shoes. In fact, the opposite often is the case.
Radio play at Old Log is believed to be first with a cast made up of seniors with memory problems.
Minnesota Native Landscapes, a supplier of native seeds and plants, is offering a bounty on milkweed pods.
Focusing on good mental habits can keep our minds sharp as we age.
The reorganization of our lives around automobiles – and the parking lots they necessitate – has turned us into a back-door society.
From fighter pilot to Peace Corps volunteer, prosecutor to professional singer, Twin Cities photographer finds life is a series of adventures.
Northfield has manged to embrace its history without turning its back on the 21st century. One of the first things you notice is that the place smells like your grandmother's kitchen.
Mike Korman spent 25 years in the Navy, including four combat deployments. Still, he admitted that he was scared: "This really intimidates me." The source of his terror? His 7-year-old daughter Sophia's hair.
A growing number of Twin Cities advocates are reviving long dormant church bells, to ring out the "heartbeat of the city."
"5K-ish" runs tap into the craft brewery boom by pairing neighborhood jogs with local beers.
Just a few blocks off Hwy. 169, Jordan is nestled along the Minnesota River. While the residential streets have a suburban feel — this town of 6,000 is just a half-hour commute from Minneapolis — the downtown evokes a quaint, turn-of-the-century small town.
The animals — 18 alpacas as well as "horses, a dog, cats and one giant macaw" — are the Abbey's Little Brothers and Sisters.
Online proofreading service Grammarly says Vikings fans rank 26th out of 32 NFL fan bases when it comes to grammar.
We Vikings fans don't express us selves so good. In online fan postings for NFL teams, our grammar stinked and our spelling was abismal ……
Five reasons for and against paying attention to the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout.
Elliott Royce estimates that he has fallen down at least 15,000 times over the past 10 years.Royce, who is turning 96, falls on purpose at…
A determined young leukemia patient races to set the world record for high-fiving.
No helmets or seat belts? They spent their days immersed in activities that they'd never for a second allow their children or grandchildren do. Or even think about doing.
A chef who once spent a year living under the Franklin Avenue bridge and a hard-charging minister who recently took over a struggling Minneapolis church have joined forces to redefine the soup kitchen.
Cars used to be seen as extensions of our personalities. You could tell what sort of a person someone was — or wanted to be — by the car they drove.
If you plan to go to the Art in Bloom show this year, make sure you end up going to the right one. There will…
A scientist’s morning latte has led to a potential new way to minimize fuel spills. Emilie Dressaire, a mechanical engineer at New York University’s Polytechnic…
One of the first female arborists in the state is on her way to an international tournament.
Ikea costumers should get a charge out of the Swedish company's new line of furniture.Literally get a charge — as in for their smartphones and…
A choir for people facing Alzheimer's taps into music's power to circumvent memory loss.
Elliott Royce takes practice falls at least five times every morning. He doesn't just practice; he preaches, too. He goes to assisted living centers, senior centers and community centers to talk about how to prevent serious injuries if you take a tumble.
Most summer camps frown on — if not outright ban — all forms of electronic communication. They do, however, encourage the campers to communicate with their parents. With letters. Written by hand. Sent by mail. What is this, the Dark Ages?
Modern-day cowboys, who consider themselves athletes, not outlaws, take their rodeos seriously.
The first time Jim Bertram hopped on his bicycle to commute to work in the dead of winter, he didn't have any anti-frosting goggles, polypropylene leggings or extra-wide tires. They didn't exist. That's because the St. Cloud man started biking year-round 30 years ago.
A Danish beer maker's marketing campaign capitalizes on a study that found that drinking increases creativity — at least, at first. The effect exists only until the drinker's blood alcohol level reaches 0.075 percent; after that, things start going downhill fast.
For the next three weeks, no matter what goes wrong, we're off the hook, blame-wise anyway. At 9:54 a.m. Wednesday, Mercury is going into retrograde, a phenomenon during which the planet appears to move backward across the sky. Even more important, according to many astrologists, it also makes things go wrong.
If you buy the theory that Google searches reflect our moods, then spring and fall -- not winter -- are the times of the year that we're the most miserable.
The last time the Gophers played in a New Year's Day bowl game was in 1962, and Andy Dyrdal was there. He'll be in Orlando on Thursday.
As the longtime president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, he was on the front lines of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and '70s, in his own community and beyond.
A former Republican Party chair and the first woman elected to the state Senate on her own merits, she was a master organizer and indefatigable champion for Rochester.
It's time to quit playing around if you want to see the popular "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. The show is closing Jan. 4.
Celebrations commemorating the winter solstice are growing in popularity in the Twin Cities.
Vintage bridal-gown shop offers new brides something old and precious — the stories of the original owners.
The creators of a fast-selling line of vegetarian meats are preparing to open a store in Minneapolis.
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