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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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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…
Time again to fire up the yule log video

Time again to fire up the yule log video

For many, “The Yule Log” video is as much a part of Christmas as fruitcake – not that there's anything wrong with that.

MNx12, monthly essays on life in Minnesota

MNx12, monthly essays on life in Minnesota.
April deserves a second look

April deserves a second look

She doesn’t always make a good first impression, emerging disheveled from the muck. But once you get to know her, you just might fall in love.
Highway webcams are a great way to eyeball traffic conditions

Highway webcams are a great way to eyeball traffic conditions

Weather forecasts provide data, but precious little proof of what lies ahead. Thankfully, a growing network of webcams peer down on stretches of highways across the country, providing at least a glimpse into real conditions.
No bones about it, breaking the wishbone is a family tradition

No bones about it, breaking the wishbone is a family tradition

Breaking the wishbone for good luck has centuries of history, but it presents a new challenge each Thanksgiving.
Does Minnesota's region have an identity crisis?

Does Minnesota's region have an identity crisis?

What if Minnesota gave the cold shoulder to the Midwest? A panel explores ways to forge and reflect regional identity, with a nod to the North.
T-Day hot lines get social

T-Day hot lines get social

Phones are nice, but also look to laptops and iPads for quick answers to cooking questions.
November gives us the chance to give thanks

November gives us the chance to give thanks

A year's harvest isn't always about crops. Sometimes it's about the people around us and the progress we make.
Why do some people love to feel scared?

Why do some people love to feel scared?

The adrenaline rush provoked by terror can feel exhilarating or paralyzing, depending on what your brain leads you to believe.
Obituary: Dr. Richard Schindler, longtime Mayo clinician

Obituary: Dr. Richard Schindler, longtime Mayo clinician

Richard Schindler loved to climb onto a bike. Several years ago, he biked 2,900 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
'Making It With Stephany' video blog reaches for the big time

'Making It With Stephany' video blog reaches for the big time

A sassy Stillwater mom seeks her breakthrough moment in the world of do-it-yourself TV shows. And [fiddlesticks] like that.
Rogue taxidermy, at the crossroads of art and wildlife

Rogue taxidermy, at the crossroads of art and wildlife

Taxidermy art, while decidedly not mainstream, is a trend that started in Minnesota and now has an international following
New book on abortion rights raises issues of women's well-being

New book on abortion rights raises issues of women's well-being

In her new book about abortion rights, Nation columnist Katha Pollitt argues that access improves women’s lives.
October is a month of mixed emotions

October is a month of mixed emotions

The grand finale for warm weather brings us golden beauty – and the ability once again to see our breath.
Minnesota butterfly quest takes flight in new science film

Minnesota butterfly quest takes flight in new science film

Photos of the monarch butterflies’ long-sought winter sanctuary electrified the world in 1975. A Minnesota teen played a role, shown in a new movie playing at the Science Museum of Minnesota's Omnitheater.
Artistic dads have their kids' lunches in the bag

Artistic dads have their kids' lunches in the bag

Illustrated lunch bags may not make the food taste any different, but the bond they create between a couple of local dads and their kids is sweet.
Aug. 31, 2011: Trying to grow the greatest pumpkin

Aug. 31, 2011: Trying to grow the greatest pumpkin

Travis Gienger, who owns Waterstone Landscaping in East Bethel, is vying to break the state record with his jumbo-sized jack-o-lantern.
Linden Hills Dancing Club celebrates a century of cha-chas

Linden Hills Dancing Club celebrates a century of cha-chas

A 100-year-old Minneapolis club hopes to capitalize on the rekindled interest in ballroom dancing and find new members to fox trot for another century.
Walleye is Minnesota's most distinctive menu item

Walleye is Minnesota's most distinctive menu item

By our walleye we are known, say number-crunchers who tracked which foods are on the most menus in each state.
Partying with the Viking World Order

Partying with the Viking World Order

Nobody tailgates with as much heart as the Viking World Order, a members-only group whose rugged Norse outfits reveal Viking tattoos, and who believe that their blood really is purple.
Woman rancher raises grass-fed beef, along with her hopes

Woman rancher raises grass-fed beef, along with her hopes

An Avon woman is among a growing number of producers on a mission to provide people with what’s often called “better beef,” from cattle raised only on grass, their systems free of antibiotics, hormones or the chemistry that propels bumper crops of corn and soybeans.
At 90, her grocery store demos are coming to a close

At 90, her grocery store demos are coming to a close

After 15 years of offering food samples and cooking tips, one of those familiar faces is retiring.
Hugo butcher offers 110 brat flavors. Best sellers? Gummi brats

Hugo butcher offers 110 brat flavors. Best sellers? Gummi brats

Hugo butcher Spencer Grundhofer, who started in the business when he was a kid, is making his mark with 110 flavors of bratwurst.
Lake Pepin's rumored creature may be folklore come to life

Lake Pepin's rumored creature may be folklore come to life

The centuries-old legend of a lake creature is alive today thanks to a handful of folks who are driven by scholarship, obsession and the irresistible mystery.
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