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Kim Ode

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Kim Ode has been with the Star Tribune since 1985 in a variety of jobs. She currently writes Variety features and leads the monthly Baking Central feature in Taste.
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For 25 years, she's offered shoe shines (and therapy) at IDS Crystal Court in Minneapolis

For 25 years, she's offered shoe shines (and therapy) at IDS Crystal Court in Minneapolis

Lisa Fredell has been shining shoes for 25 years and it remains her dream job.
Who needs a groundhog to predict our weather?

Who needs a groundhog to predict our weather?

Well, Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, so spring is on its way. Or is it?
University of Minnesota teams up with Gyst over fermented foods

University of Minnesota teams up with Gyst over fermented foods

Recipes that have stood the test of time link U rare-book librarians with modern fermenters at Gyst.
Bob the Birdman is changing the face of Minnesota birding

Bob the Birdman is changing the face of Minnesota birding

The Dunlap's main habitat is Minnesota, but is seen throughout North America. A recent rare sighting was in Ecuador, where a male and its mate mingled for several days with rain-forest species.
Homemade granola bars move past hippie origins, become mainstream snack

Homemade granola bars move past hippie origins, become mainstream snack

There still are good bars out there, but why not make your own? It's easy, thriftier and the bars can be customized for everyone in the house.
Rosy Posy Apple Tarts combine trendy apple roses with creamy cheese filling

Rosy Posy Apple Tarts combine trendy apple roses with creamy cheese filling

Apple roses, one of this year's hottest baking trends, find a delicious new home atop a flaky cream-cheese-filled pastry.
Is it wrong to snitch food off your dining companion's plate?

Is it wrong to snitch food off your dining companion's plate?

Snitching food from your dinner companion's plate is permissible, although never without permission.
Obituary: James Graziano owned Venice Cafe and made pizza popular in Minneapolis

Obituary: James Graziano owned Venice Cafe and made pizza popular in Minneapolis

When troops from Minneapolis began returning home after World War II, they discovered they missed one thing about Europe. Sliding into booths at the Casino…
With gifts, it's not always the thought that counts

With gifts, it's not always the thought that counts

Exchanging gifts can be stressful and wasteful. Want to make someone happy? Offer an item from a wish list, a gift card, a charitable donation, an experience.
Sauna enthusiasts stoking revival of a steamy Minnesota tradition

Sauna enthusiasts stoking revival of a steamy Minnesota tradition

The 612 Sauna Society has almost 500 members, most from Minnesota, many of a millennial generation that is lighting a fire under this ancient tradition. On Nov. 27, they're firing up a portable sauna on Nicollet Mall.
There are no stupid questions when it comes to Thanksgiving hot lines

There are no stupid questions when it comes to Thanksgiving hot lines

Need help for Thanksgiving? There's lots of advice out there for everyone hosting their first Thanksgiving, or even old hands wondering how to rev up their traditional feast.
Lightfoot's tribute to Edmund Fitzgerald gives it life beyond its watery grave

Lightfoot's tribute to Edmund Fitzgerald gives it life beyond its watery grave

Gordon Lightfoot's shipwreck song is a boon to history, as well as to popular culture. Everyone, sing along! It's been 40 years.
Mpls. author of 'Asking for It' wrestles with concept of 'one free rape'

Mpls. author of 'Asking for It' wrestles with concept of 'one free rape'

"Rape culture" — a term from the 1970s — not only isn't abating, but is thriving, prompting Minneapolis writer Kate Harding to press the issue of how to change this situation.
Restaurant reservations rise for solo diners

Restaurant reservations rise for solo diners

"Just one?" This question from restaurant hosts, once answered with a furtive nod, increasingly elicits a breezy, "Yes!"
With end of daylight saving time comes the fallout from falling back

With end of daylight saving time comes the fallout from falling back

Earlier sunsets and later sunrises make for some dark days.
Cats are so (yawn) – a new Minneapolis Bow Wow Film Festival puts dogs in the limelight

Cats are so (yawn) – a new Minneapolis Bow Wow Film Festival puts dogs in the limelight

Move along, cats. (Pretty please?) Dogs are getting their own film festival.
Thurber Prize-winning U professor wonders what's so funny

Thurber Prize-winning U professor wonders what's so funny

Julie Schumacher appreciates her Thurber Prize for humor writing – even though she regards her novel as a rather serious book.
Knowing when to quit is a learned skill that can actually propel you forward

Knowing when to quit is a learned skill that can actually propel you forward

Quitting gets a bad rap, lumped in with giving up and giving in. But sometimes, it's the bravest thing you can do.
Leading with empathy, disability advocate has given PACER Center a global reach

Leading with empathy, disability advocate has given PACER Center a global reach

Paula Goldberg shows the power of empathy – and not being shy about asking for help.
Dayton's and the Dome: Some Minnesota names never change

Dayton's and the Dome: Some Minnesota names never change

Some Minnesota monikers live on like brand-name ghosts. But beware: They'll date you.
Has this been the best Minnesota summer ever?

Has this been the best Minnesota summer ever?

All summer, a question has been on the sunscreened lips of Minnesotans from Baudette to Blue Earth: Has this been the best summer ever? It has, according to the Summer Glory Index.

Fat helps us acclimate to the cold

Neanderthal DNA has enabled us to endure our frozen climate.
Summer's grand finale may come with a few extra swats as mosquitoes keep hatching

Summer's grand finale may come with a few extra swats as mosquitoes keep hatching

With the recent heavy rains and an increased number of "mosquito suitable" days, get ready to get swatting.
What the *%#! did you say? Twitter research shows how Americans swear

What the *%#! did you say? Twitter research shows how Americans swear

Minnesotans don't swear that dang much, especially when compared with those potty mouths on the coasts, according to a linguistics expert who created maps showing patterns of profanity across the United States.
Sons of Norway CEO Heiberg is Norway's new consul general

Sons of Norway CEO Heiberg is Norway's new consul general

Heiberg will serve as honorary bridge between Norway and its Midwestern kin.
Just hanging around: 'Hammocking' becomes a trend in Twin Cities

Just hanging around: 'Hammocking' becomes a trend in Twin Cities

We're hanging out among the trees in back yards, parks and college campuses as a new form of group relaxation swings across the state. Get out your hammock.
Eagan artist builds his sculptures one rock at a time

Eagan artist builds his sculptures one rock at a time

Peter Juhl defies gravity, and our sense of what's real, with his art: balancing rocks on rocks. "It's kind of like the opposite of a magic trick," he said.
'Oil on Oil' presents North Dakota's Bakken oil fields as works of art

'Oil on Oil' presents North Dakota's Bakken oil fields as works of art

Minneapolis artist Joe Burns presents the rough-and-tumble Bakken oil fields as works of art and moments in history.
Norway House puts link to homeland in Minnesota

Norway House puts link to homeland in Minnesota

Norwegians finally get a home base with Norway House, anchoring its immigrant neighborhood with an eye to the future.
A chocolate bar a day keeps a heart attack away?

A chocolate bar a day keeps a heart attack away?

Here's a study that you'll want to test for yourself: Eating up to 100 grams of chocolate a day can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Day trip: Shuffle off to Buffalo for a sale-browser's haven

Day trip: Shuffle off to Buffalo for a sale-browser's haven

Once a month, Buffalo's occasional-sale stores open their doors to show what they've accumulated in the meantime to tempt your wallet.
KFAI's 'Jet Set Planet' unearths music that can make you cringe, but also proves irresistible

KFAI's 'Jet Set Planet' unearths music that can make you cringe, but also proves irresistible

On Friday night, KFAI's "Jet Set Planet" spins discs that you can't believe exist.
Hey, bro! Your brocabulary isn't really bromazing

Hey, bro! Your brocabulary isn't really bromazing

Has the bro-ing of words gone too far?
Welcome spring with banana cream pie — and variations!

Welcome spring with banana cream pie — and variations!

Start with a graham-cracker crust, a classic pastry cream, then add bananas, or coconut, or chocolate for a great do-ahead dessert in this month's Baking Central installment.
What does your front yard say about you?

What does your front yard say about you?

Working in the yard cultivates more than hostas. It nurtures the social strength of a street.
Review: 'The Hungry Coast,' by Marlais Olmstead Brand; fables from the North Shore

Review: 'The Hungry Coast,' by Marlais Olmstead Brand; fables from the North Shore

FICTION: Thoughtful stories leave the moral up to the reader.
Day Trip: St. Paul's St. Anthony Park is like a small town -- but better

Day Trip: St. Paul's St. Anthony Park is like a small town -- but better

The St. Paul neighborhood has the feel of a small town, right down to the cornfields visible at the end of a few streets, thanks to the "living laboratory" of the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus.

Lake City 'monster' Pepie headlines May 24 festival

Find a monster, win a prize!That's the spirit of the first Pepie Lake Monster Festival in Lake City, Minn., a family event on May 24…

Tornado warnings, hail, heavy rain lash central Minnesota

Heavy rain and high winds swept across central Minnesota on Saturday night in a line of storms that also brought tornado warnings and watches to…
Metro State, Inver Hills students build community in community garden

Metro State, Inver Hills students build community in community garden

College students given the opportunity to plant, mulch, weed and donate end up harvesting more than food.
Black Forest Inn celebrates 50 years with a weekend festival

Black Forest Inn celebrates 50 years with a weekend festival

An irrepressible father, a bullet-riddled photo, authentic spaetzle – at 50, the Black Forest Inn celebrates them all.
Minnesota's BBQ Society has an appetite for judges

Minnesota's BBQ Society has an appetite for judges

BBQ competitions are a world of fussy rules, surprising decorum, naughty team names, forbidden kale and way too much to eat.
Minnesota's BBQ Society has an appetite for judges

Minnesota's BBQ Society has an appetite for judges

BBQ competitions are a world of fussy rules, surprising decorum, naughty team names, forbidden kale and way too much to eat.
'Star Wars' geek to talk about his book at Wild Rumpus

'Star Wars' geek to talk about his book at Wild Rumpus

Come Monday, May the Fourth be with you. (Do we really need to add: “Get it?”) May 4 is Star Wars Day, an utterly fan-driven…
Dial down vegetable drama by involving kids

Dial down vegetable drama by involving kids

Jennifer Tyler Lee gets her kids to eat vegetables because she doesn't demand that they eat vegetables. Here's how she helps kids develop healthful eating skills.
Kraft could kill Jell-O; how would Minnesota cope?

Kraft could kill Jell-O; how would Minnesota cope?

Now that Jell-O may be on the chopping block, let's take a look at its jiggly role in our lives.
No more Jell-O? How would Minnesota react?

No more Jell-O? How would Minnesota react?

Now that Jell-O may be on the chopping block, let's take a look at its jiggly role in our lives.

Conference a first for 'flyover country'

So let’s get this straight: An inaugural conference this month about the meaning of the Midwest is in … Michigan. Not to take anything away…
Eat for Equity founder wants to turn diners into donors

Eat for Equity founder wants to turn diners into donors

A budding social entrepreneur has garnered national attention for using food to connect people and worthy causes.
A very Minnesotan hobby: measuring weather

A very Minnesotan hobby: measuring weather

A growing network of volunteer weather geeks helps gauge the rain, one back yard at a time.
How to bake with less sugar — and get more flavor

How to bake with less sugar — and get more flavor

Joanne Chang doesn't condemn sugar, but says that using less can reveal a baked good's deeper flavors. She teaches in Edina next Sunday.
Apple Valley garden has its roots in WWII labor camp

Apple Valley garden has its roots in WWII labor camp

The fragrant phlox spilling down the slope of Lucy Pacieznik's back yard in Apple Valley have their roots in a forced labor camp in Germany, where her Ukrainian mother first held her as a newborn in 1943.
Sky-high meringue as easy as pie

Sky-high meringue as easy as pie

Lemon meringue pie practically shouts "Spring!" It just takes a little planning and patience to pull off.
A homemade version of the Cronut

A homemade version of the Cronut

Whatever you call it, the world is agog at the Cronut, a deep-fried croissant-like doughnut. The originals are made in New York, but here's an option for your own kitchen.
Making your own ice cream sandwiches is worth the effort

Making your own ice cream sandwiches is worth the effort

Why? Because you can choose your own filling, they taste better – and you can say, "I made these myself."
Baking Central: This spongecake really is a winner

Baking Central: This spongecake really is a winner

With careful measurements and a gentle touch, you can achieve an ethereal spongecake worthy of a State Fair ribbon.
Baking Central: Savory veggie tart brightens fall

Baking Central: Savory veggie tart brightens fall

A savory tart combines butternut squash and chard in a healthy, nutty spelt crust for a delicious autumn entree.
Baking Central: Why potato bread makes the best toast ever

Baking Central: Why potato bread makes the best toast ever

Toast may be trendy, but it's also a mainstay of the breakfast table and one of life's simple pleasures – if you start with the right bread.
Once a lake loses its ice, spring can begin

Once a lake loses its ice, spring can begin

Proclaiming a lake free of ice is a sure sign of spring — and a matter of opinion.
Macy's "Art in Bloom" flower show gets a touch of tech

Macy's "Art in Bloom" flower show gets a touch of tech

Technology enhances this year's Macy's Flower Show, putting brush strokes in visitors' hands and ideas in their heads.

iPhone calendar lets you time travel to 60313 — and beyond

Columbus first sighted land on a Tuesday. How do we know? Check your iPhone's calendar.
Spring arrives with a warm hello, but winter loves a long goodbye

Spring arrives with a warm hello, but winter loves a long goodbye

No longer winter, yet not quite spring, we're caught in that seasonal wrinkle that both tempts and tests.
Brony king M.A. Larson visits hometown Burnsville with new novel

Brony king M.A. Larson visits hometown Burnsville with new novel

Minnesota native M.A. Larson returns to talk about his new princess fantasy novel, his Brony fame and kindness.
Erwin Marquit, state's best-known Communist, reflects on his life

Erwin Marquit, state's best-known Communist, reflects on his life

Erwin Marquit, once the Communist candidate for governor, reflects on a life of blacklists, surveillance and principles as cancer claims his last days.
Where did winter go? Ask miserable folks on East Coast

Where did winter go? Ask miserable folks on East Coast

Minnesotans should empathize with New Englanders and their wicked bad weather. But what they call Winter Storm Neptune is what we might call "Tuesday."
Lunar New Year is a feast and celebration of prosperity

Lunar New Year is a feast and celebration of prosperity

This month's Lunar New Year brings families together to make dumplings, but the recipe may be a melding of tradition and trends.
TV binge-watchers get chance to talk about favorite shows

TV binge-watchers get chance to talk about favorite shows

Must Talk TV gives fans a face-to-face way to discuss the TV shows that keep them glued to their screens.
Duluth's Lift Bridge is hiring a new "lifter"

Duluth's Lift Bridge is hiring a new "lifter"

The pay is good, and the view is great. But it's a job with ups and downs.
Here's the science behind all that snot

Here's the science behind all that snot

Anyone with a stuffy nose these days can't help but marvel at the Play-Doh Fun Factory working overtime between their ears, extruding an endless stream of … stuff.
St. Paul F. Scott Fitzgerald group explores stories behind his stories

St. Paul F. Scott Fitzgerald group explores stories behind his stories

A discussion group about F. Scott Fitzgerald explores St. Paul's enduring influence over its glamorous, gallivanting son.
Latest American Girl novels spring from a Minnesota author

Latest American Girl novels spring from a Minnesota author

This year’s American Girl is made in Minnesota — just barely. Author Mary Casanova lives in Rainier, in Koochiching County, on the banks of Rainy…
When friends change with New Year's resolutions

When friends change with New Year's resolutions

When friends put New Year's resolutions into action, it's tempting to think you'll never have anything in common again. Just wait.
Incubator kitchens provide a space to try out a dream

Incubator kitchens provide a space to try out a dream

Incubator kitchens in the Twin Cities offer entrepreneurs a chance to rent licensed and inspected facilities where they can hatch ideas and make food for public sale.
Defenders of 'Midwest' present fresh evidence for its vitality

Defenders of 'Midwest' present fresh evidence for its vitality

A discussion about whether Minnesota should ditch the Midwest moniker and re-christen itself as "North" attracted a standing-room-only crowd at Walker Art Center last month. It also prompted several champions of "Midwest" to cough politely and say, "Ahem."
Extension Service guidebook covers ecology as well as economics of harvesting nature

Extension Service guidebook covers ecology as well as economics of harvesting nature

The ancient hunter-gatherer society is morphing into more of a crafter-marketer society, thanks to a resurgence of farmers markets, art fairs and an interest in…
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