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What Chris Boles wants people — especially kids — to understand is that you can do amazing things with your own two hands. The heart often follows.
NONFICTION: The tale of a young stowaway to Antarctica illuminates American culture as it emerges from the 1920s.
Hibernating is rejuvenating, and January is cold, so hunker down.
FICTION: A cast of characters pursue their aspirations against the backdrop of the bottom line.
Did you party heartily and are paying the price? Read on. (But don't hold your breath.)
When she was 90, Virginia "Gini" Corrick had her first one-woman show of the art form that earned her national and international honors.Her work was…
If "Tree Christmas the Around Rockin' " makes sense to you, here's a trend to match.
Vikings fans whisper "Skol!" trying not to tempt their Super Bowl karma.
A Twin Cities high school student aims to help kids discover through poetry that "it's cool to be you."
Looking for snow? Don't hold your breath. The next 10 days may be flake-free.
Butterball experts suggest aiming for "imperfectly perfect" holiday feasts.
You can't nag someone to read for pleasure.
Despite her physical limitations, an Anoka teen tackles archery, cello and climbing.
Twin Cities music man Dan Chouinard wants you to put away your ear buds and sing with him.
Patrice Johnson celebrates our "immigrant nation" in new cookbook.
Kids are still celebrating Halloween, but in a safer — if still candy-fueled — way.
"Hamilton" biographer sets his sights on another U.S. icon, but don't expect a Broadway musical.
Minnesotans shared a few shameful secrets on Twitter this week — and couldn't stop.
Pumpkin gets a reprieve from the spice trend when swirled into a chocolately brownie.
The popular sports reporter reigns by ignoring crowd catcalls, prepping hard and staying focused on the game.
Project aims to make sick children laugh and help pay medical bills.
Author of "fake food" exposé asks: What's really in that burger?
NONFICTION: Journalist looks at the growing number of "houseless" folks forced to move between seasonal jobs.
Apple strudel is a trifecta of desserts: It's fun to say ("struuuu-dle"), fun to eat and — trust us — fun to make.
A Minnesota couple's purposeful year in the Boundary Waters is revealed in a new book.
A fictional University of Minnesota professor's quotes fill satirist Andy Borowitz's column in the New Yorker.
NONFICTION: A Nebraska family struggles to keep a small farm afloat.
FICTION: A Norwegian novel explores a dark future without bees, as well as the struggle among parents and children.
No sneaky nutrition here. Vegetables are proud ingredients in these quick breads.
In the words of the official theme song: "The Beer Choir is the choir that sings while drinking beer."
Amid fake news and alternative facts, it's funny how trusting we remain.
Growing movement enables people to learn traditional skills, as well as connect with others.
FICTION: Science needn't fear scrutiny — that is, if it's any good. Same with people.
As conversations at work get bluer, some people are seeing red. But the shift to more casual profanity may be here to stay.
International conference honors native Minnesotan and Jazz Age writer.
FICTION: Connections of small-town life weave web that is suffocating and affirming.
Nelson died June 18 at home in Eden Prairie with family and friends after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in November.
The Instagrammer of Juji the giant doodle — with more than 100,000 followers — is recuperating and has even posted a photo of the aftermath.
Old wedding dresses are turned into keepsakes for grieving parents.
The dynamic Argentine dance improves your social life and can protect your brain from dementia.
The largest local fest of its kind showcases more than 70 exhibitors, with food, speakers and demonstrations.
From a distance, the tree appears home to a dense flock of starlings. As you get closer, you can see that it's an artful tossing of shoes. For decades, students have flung them there — but why?
A south Minneapolis woman started the first U.S. outpost of an Australian operation that offers reusable bags to shoppers.
The swirls and curves of dark and light rye add some pizazz where it's least expected, especially with sandwiches.
A 52-year-old Andover man died Saturday afternoon when a car in which he was a passenger crashed into a tree in a residential yard in Andover. His name is being withheld until family is notified.
After a lifetime on the sidelines of activism, many older women are jumping into the game.
Bottle-feeding four-legged infants is second nature for Diana Weinhardt at the Minnesota Zoo.
With firsthand accounts and photographs of climate change's effects, Thoreson aims to make what still seems theoretical to some people a reality.
NONFICTION: What happened to these 19th century voyagers? One mystery is solved, but others remain.
Gen McCarthy’s favorite adjective for people she liked was “peppy.” And because she liked most people, the word got a lot of use. “Mom had…
Black Bride editor Mary Chatman is coming to the Twin Cities to lead a discussion about inclusiveness.
Richard Johnson felt music in his bones, and enabled countless teenagers to feel it in their hearts. From 1963 to 1983, Johnson led the band…
Protest songs have a long history, but the forms and the culture may be changing their purpose.
Ice sculptor's frozen gift to her neighborhood falls prey to unseasonable warmth.
The free event allows customers to write a valentine on several old-school typewriters.
Making sweets for your sweetie is a piece of cake — and pie — and custard.
A Minneapolis social worker helps boomers learn their Medicare A, B, C and D's.
In the midst of the seasonal bout of decluttering, the question always arises: Why are we holding onto books we've already read?The answer doesn't vary:…
Mary Richards may not be an icon to younger viewers who grew up wanting to sip cosmopolitans with Carrie Bradshaw or vanquish vampires alongside Buffy…
We're not sure how this happened, but a certain Minnesota lifestyle is trending, much to its devotees' befuddlement. Hygge — a Danish word for a particular atmosphere grounded in the joys of simple pleasures — is hot.
The fast-growing Slow Movement isn't about slowing down as much as doing things at the right speed.
Macalester professor's book tells story of her grandmother and others who helped U.S. win space race.
When a book captures your imagination, a literary pilgrimage can bring it to life.
A kiss is just a kiss. Or is it? It's not always clear when the clock strikes midnight.
Anthony Minnick never stopped surprising his friends. “He was like the layers of an onion,” said Stephan Reynolds of Hopkins. “Things you didn’t necessarily know…
State-by-state data shows that Minnesotans are tops in searching for cookie recipes.
He won't be in Sweden for his Nobel Prize. Could his ''pre-existing commitment" be in Hibbing?
The "bread-in-five-minutes-a-day" juggernaut launched nine years ago by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François continues.
With decorations, Santa and songs, stores offer a traditional experience you can't get online.
We're (burp) a player when it comes to Thanksgiving feasts.
Last minute questions as you're putting the early (or final) touch to the big meal? Help is nearby.
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…
The Vikings lured a Swedish rune expert to Minnesota to slip some Nordic history into the NFL experience.
NONFICTION: The true story of the Daniel Morrell, torn in half during a storm on Lake Huron.
When you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, meeting emotional needs is as important as treatment.
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