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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.
This week's "feels like" forecast of 110 degrees will send a whole lotta folks heading for Margaritaville. But a shortage of Rose's lime juice is causing angst (panic?) at cocktail hour.
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.
Culture and arts journalist "ached to do right by the people she reported on."
You've seen Jim Brandenburg's photos, whether you know it or not. But while the Minnesota nature photographer still listens for loons, the soundtrack is changing.
The T. rexes have sneaked through a library, tried ice skating, paid tribute to "Rocky," scrummed with roller girls, shopped for meat at a grocery store to the tune of "Stayin' Alive," and made snow angels.
Gender-neutral pronouns – such as they, ze, hir – are growing more common as identity becomes more fluid.
Whether you're a beginning baker or know your way around a cupcake, here's a list of essential tools for baking success.
Cancer showed Minneapolis basketry artist Tressa Sularz that losing control could help her recapture her life.
When Rita and Albert Kellner lived in Hawaii while he was stationed there with the U.S. Army in the 1950s, she dove into the island…
Juji, the giant golden doodle, is a global Instagram phenomenon, thanks to the digital handiwork of his owner. But he still barks at squirrels in Buffalo.
With a few strokes of a pen, the "Rhymes With Orange" comic strip cranked the cultural dial a little further this week.
Lamp won't light? Vacuum won't vac? Talk to Nancy Lo, lauded for her Fix-It clinics.
We wear a sense of outrage like an emotional accessory, but it's doing us more harm than good.
A rare collection of 22 U.S. Supreme Court justice bobbleheads is amusing, historic and on view now.
Word of a water bar opening this month in northeast Minneapolis no doubt has prompted a snarky skepticism among those who figure, "Crazy hipsters." But this one isn't a business.
Lots of people are tripping up on a Buzzfeed food test quiz to determine if you're really from Minnesota. But who's right?
An Asian garden that fills a front yard in Minneapolis took one couple on a journey from (A)mateur to (Z)en.
Valentine's Day is about twos, including desserts, so here are two recipes for two finales of a romantic meal.
Lisa Fredell has been shining shoes for 25 years and it remains her dream job.
Well, Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, so spring is on its way. Or is it?
Recipes that have stood the test of time link U rare-book librarians with modern fermenters at Gyst.
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.
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.
Apple roses, one of this year's hottest baking trends, find a delicious new home atop a flaky cream-cheese-filled pastry.
Snitching food from your dinner companion's plate is permissible, although never without permission.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Gordon Lightfoot's shipwreck song is a boon to history, as well as to popular culture. Everyone, sing along! It's been 40 years.
"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.
"Just one?" This question from restaurant hosts, once answered with a furtive nod, increasingly elicits a breezy, "Yes!"
Earlier sunsets and later sunrises make for some dark days.
Move along, cats. (Pretty please?) Dogs are getting their own film festival.
Julie Schumacher appreciates her Thurber Prize for humor writing – even though she regards her novel as a rather serious book.
Quitting gets a bad rap, lumped in with giving up and giving in. But sometimes, it's the bravest thing you can do.
Paula Goldberg shows the power of empathy – and not being shy about asking for help.
Some Minnesota monikers live on like brand-name ghosts. But beware: They'll date you.
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.
Neanderthal DNA has enabled us to endure our frozen climate.
With the recent heavy rains and an increased number of "mosquito suitable" days, get ready to get swatting.
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.
Heiberg will serve as honorary bridge between Norway and its Midwestern kin.
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.
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.
Minneapolis artist Joe Burns presents the rough-and-tumble Bakken oil fields as works of art and moments in history.
Norwegians finally get a home base with Norway House, anchoring its immigrant neighborhood with an eye to the future.
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.
Once a month, Buffalo's occasional-sale stores open their doors to show what they've accumulated in the meantime to tempt your wallet.
On Friday night, KFAI's "Jet Set Planet" spins discs that you can't believe exist.
Has the bro-ing of words gone too far?
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.
Working in the yard cultivates more than hostas. It nurtures the social strength of a street.
FICTION: Thoughtful stories leave the moral up to the reader.
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.
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…
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…
College students given the opportunity to plant, mulch, weed and donate end up harvesting more than food.
An irrepressible father, a bullet-riddled photo, authentic spaetzle – at 50, the Black Forest Inn celebrates them all.
BBQ competitions are a world of fussy rules, surprising decorum, naughty team names, forbidden kale and way too much to eat.
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