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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.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts draws a crowd for an early morning anti-shopping event.
What's a 15-letter term for proposal? For a Twin Cities couple, it's "crossword puzzle."
Winter's surprise arrival caught many of us with a "to do" list that wasn't quite "done." But there are very good reasons to tackle some chores, no matter how unsavory the thought of battling the cold, snow and ice might be.
Strength training has built up a strong set of preconceptions. They include:It will make you bulk up.False. In fact, it's a moot point for women,…
After three decades of high-pressure deal making, a futures trader gave up million-dollar deals to soothe people who are in pain.
An elite Minnesota skier, now featured in an adventure film, tackles some of the most difficult mountains in the world.
Mall of America aquarium's divers are taking a deep-water interest in carving pumpkins.
Since 1969, an Edina church has been singing to a Jewish organist. She stumbled into the unlikely profession, and discovered a passion for the music and the congregation.
A volunteer harpist has found an appreciative audience among the gorillas, orangutans and monkeys at the Como Park Zoo.
If climate change keeps raising Minnesota temperatures, loons and other birds could push north.
The note thanked customers, employees and vendors, but did not state a reason for the closure.
If you want to complain about waiting, you'll need to get in line.
Footgolf, a kickball-golf hybrid, is the hot game on the fairways as courses spring up around the Twin Cities at a blistering pace.
Joan Monson enthusiastically welcomes anyone who wants to join her on her daily walk, but the invitation comes with a caveat: "You know that if it's raining, we're still going."
A Twin Cities filmmaker hopes that pairing disadvantaged teens from six local homeless shelters with a crew of movie professionals will shed light on the challenges faced by the homeless and give the struggling young people a foot in the door.
You've heard of singing for your supper. Now, two gentle souls who love sailing – and singing – offer free rides on Lake Calhoun.
Over five decades of selling cars, Ted Weinberg sold a lot of them. But he made even more friends. “He treated people the way he…
A local "cemetery enthusiast" is on a crusade to change the macabre stereotype of these final resting places. To him, they might as well be public parks.
A tried-to-be-retired car salesman softens the hard sell by acting as an ally for buyers and working to save them money.
By taking organic farming indoors, a St. Paul company can supply vegetables – and fish – year-round.
In our long-running tug-of-war to be deemed the nation's best biking city, we're pulling out all the stops on Bike Week, which starts Sunday.
The Lakeland teenager became an international sensation after he was diagnosed with cancer and wrote a farewell song titled "Clouds."
The calendar and the temperatures say it's spring. But the last vestiges of our long, hard winter – the die-hard snowbanks – refuse to acknowledge the change in season.
The Major League Baseball season is only a week old, but the Minnesota Twins already are conceding one competition: the battle for league-leading gluttony. The…
The Web has taken all the steam out of April Fools' jokes because tricking people has become an everyday occurrence online.
The game is Duck, Duck, Gray Duck. Or is it? If you think it's Duck, Duck, Goose, then either: a) You're wrong, b) You're not from Minnesota, or c) Both.
Macy's annual flower show opens this weekend, giving winter-weary Minnesotans a preview of spring.
The arrival of the spring equinox makes it official: We survived the most brutal winter in recent memory. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the winter we can be proud to say we made it through.
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