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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.
We crunched some data for an unscientific look at where you might find the sweetest results from trick-or-treating.
"How are we doing? Could you fill out this survey? On a 1-to-10 scale? Unless, um, we're not a 10."
Uppsala University's Henrik Williams is coming to the Twin Cities next month to talk about the controversial Minnesota find.
Apples get their star turn in a tart that bakes "downside up." A confident flip of the wrist reveals the lusciousness beneath.
Squirrels, a feature of fall in Minnesota, are a source of both entertainment and frustration. The rascally rodents might even hold the key to weight loss.
At 82, Gloria Steinem, the face of feminism for decades, continues to strive for equal rights.
Chewy, savory bialys can jazz up your bread basket, and are a perfect pairing with fall soups.
Obituary: Roger Buffalohead led nation's first American Indian Studies Department at University of Minnesota
Buffalohead was a mentor for countless students over the years, including Hattie Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce tribe who became a correspondent for CBS News.
Minnesota's Great Get-Together keeps it mass appeal by mixing tradition and surprise
A nurse who embraced her blindness now counsels others in trauma to heal by acknowledging their anger.
What's Cooking: Find out how kiwis came to your dinner table at Minneapolis's Movie in the Parks series
‘Fear No Fruit’ at movies Well, here’s some unexpected advice: Viewers who come for the outdoor movie “Fear No Fruit” on Aug. 20 are encouraged…
Nancy B. Miller is no stereotype. She feeds her birds with a lively intent, just as she approaches much of life.
Wabasha, known as an eagle sanctuary and setting for the 1993 movie "Grumpy Old Men," also is home to what's likely the largest private retail collection of Japanese wedding kimono in the world.
Grand Portage National Monument pays homage to fur trade and fashion.
Pipestone National Monument is a sacred place for Indians, a thoughtful place for all.
The Science Museum's new boss wants to make science less scary, more friendly. A T. rex might help.
NONFICTION: One of the first white settlers in the Mississippi Delta tells her story of hardship, sorrow and love.
Through Pete Hohn’s camera lens, newspaper readers saw Rod Carew’s record-setting seventh steal of home plate and Harmon Killebrew’s 500th home run swing. But they…
Here are three pies that accommodate summer's desire for ease, mostly because their crusts are the essence of simplicity.
Once author Peter Geye found his muse in the North Shore, his imagination began to soar.
A book project tracks a family's path out of grief, with art that aims to hear and heal.
Sarah Routman founded the consulting firm seriousgiggles.com to help people discover the power of humor.
As R.T. Rybak looks to his new job leading the Minneapolis Foundation, he talks about why he'll stay here forever: "You will never hear the words 'Twin Cities' come out of my mouth. 'Minneapolis' and 'St. Paul' are beautiful words, so why not say them?"
Say "queen uh-mahn" and stand back for the stampede for a pastry that's both gooey and crackling with crisp edges.
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