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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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Baking Central: Onion bialys bring bit of Eastern Europe to Minnesota table

Baking Central: Onion bialys bring bit of Eastern Europe to Minnesota table

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

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.
Minn. State Fair keeps getting bigger and better, even as other states struggle

Minn. State Fair keeps getting bigger and better, even as other states struggle

Minnesota's Great Get-Together keeps it mass appeal by mixing tradition and surprise
A Bloomington nurse draws upon her own struggle with blindness to help others cope with trauma

A Bloomington nurse draws upon her own struggle with blindness to help others cope with trauma

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

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…
Minneapolis woman, 88, has birds eating out of her hand

Minneapolis woman, 88, has birds eating out of her hand

Nancy B. Miller is no stereotype. She feeds her birds with a lively intent, just as she approaches much of life.
How did one of world's largest kimono galleries end up in Wabasha, Minn.?

How did one of world's largest kimono galleries end up in Wabasha, Minn.?

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.
Lime juice shortage leaving margarita fans on the rocks

Lime juice shortage leaving margarita fans on the rocks

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 brings a brief but vibrant period of Minnesota history to life

Grand Portage National Monument brings a brief but vibrant period of Minnesota history to life

Grand Portage National Monument pays homage to fur trade and fashion.
Pipestone National Monument offers a glimpse into the past, as it still is practiced today

Pipestone National Monument offers a glimpse into the past, as it still is practiced today

Pipestone National Monument is a sacred place for Indians, a thoughtful place for all.
New Science Museum of Minnesota CEO says science is your BFF

New Science Museum of Minnesota CEO says science is your BFF

The Science Museum's new boss wants to make science less scary, more friendly. A T. rex might help.
Review: 'Trials of the Earth,' by Mary Mann Hamilton

Review: 'Trials of the Earth,' by Mary Mann Hamilton

NONFICTION: One of the first white settlers in the Mississippi Delta tells her story of hardship, sorrow and love.
Obituary: Tribune photographer Pete Hohn captured daily life, historic moments with keen eye

Obituary: Tribune photographer Pete Hohn captured daily life, historic moments with keen eye

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…
Easy-to-make pie crusts practically scream summer

Easy-to-make pie crusts practically scream summer

Here are three pies that accommodate summer's desire for ease, mostly because their crusts are the essence of simplicity.
Mpls. author Peter Geye soars in a new way with his latest novel

Mpls. author Peter Geye soars in a new way with his latest novel

Once author Peter Geye found his muse in the North Shore, his imagination began to soar.
Mound family's stories about suicide offer a way to heal

Mound family's stories about suicide offer a way to heal

A book project tracks a family's path out of grief, with art that aims to hear and heal.
Hopkins wellness advocate has a 'fantastic' cure for stress: Laughter

Hopkins wellness advocate has a 'fantastic' cure for stress: Laughter

Sarah Routman founded the consulting firm seriousgiggles.com to help people discover the power of humor.
R.T. Rybak here to stay, in a city he loves like a middle-schooler's crush

R.T. Rybak here to stay, in a city he loves like a middle-schooler's crush

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?"
You've seen kouign amann at the bakery; now bake it at home

You've seen kouign amann at the bakery; now bake it at home

Say "queen uh-mahn" and stand back for the stampede for a pastry that's both gooey and crackling with crisp edges.
Obituary: Star Tribune's Kristin Tillotson was armed with wit, zest for adventure

Obituary: Star Tribune's Kristin Tillotson was armed with wit, zest for adventure

Culture and arts journalist "ached to do right by the people she reported on."
At 70, a legendary Minnesota nature photographer shifts focus

At 70, a legendary Minnesota nature photographer shifts focus

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.
Dinosaurs are people, too, duo are out to prove

Dinosaurs are people, too, duo are out to prove

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.
Pondering pronouns: Are 'he' and 'she' giving way to 'they'?

Pondering pronouns: Are 'he' and 'she' giving way to 'they'?

Gender-neutral pronouns – such as they, ze, hir – are growing more common as identity becomes more fluid.
Want to bake? Here's a list of essential tools you'll need

Want to bake? Here's a list of essential tools you'll need

Whether you're a beginning baker or know your way around a cupcake, here's a list of essential tools for baking success.
Mpls. basketry artist and cancer survivor healing through art

Mpls. basketry artist and cancer survivor healing through art

Cancer showed Minneapolis basketry artist Tressa Sularz that losing control could help her recapture her life.
Rita Kellner served her community, whether as a Carmelite or hula dancer

Rita Kellner served her community, whether as a Carmelite or hula dancer

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…
Larger-than-life photos bring fame to man and dog from Buffalo, Minn.

Larger-than-life photos bring fame to man and dog from Buffalo, Minn.

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.
'Rhymes With Orange' brings lesbians into mainstream comics pages

'Rhymes With Orange' brings lesbians into mainstream comics pages

With a few strokes of a pen, the "Rhymes With Orange" comic strip cranked the cultural dial a little further this week.
Minneapolis' Nancy Lo is a champion of home repair – and the nation is noticing

Minneapolis' Nancy Lo is a champion of home repair – and the nation is noticing

Lamp won't light? Vacuum won't vac? Talk to Nancy Lo, lauded for her Fix-It clinics.
Ticked off on Twitter, yowling on Yelp: Why are we so %@#! angry?

Ticked off on Twitter, yowling on Yelp: Why are we so %@#! angry?

We wear a sense of outrage like an emotional accessory, but it's doing us more harm than good.
U hosts rare collection of bobbleheads – appealing to U.S. Supreme Court

U hosts rare collection of bobbleheads – appealing to U.S. Supreme Court

A rare collection of 22 U.S. Supreme Court justice bobbleheads is amusing, historic and on view now.
NE Minneapolis getting a water bar — but it's not what you might think

NE Minneapolis getting a water bar — but it's not what you might think

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.
Buzzfeed thinks this ingredient is common in a Minnesota Taco Salad

Buzzfeed thinks this ingredient is common in a Minnesota Taco Salad

Lots of people are tripping up on a Buzzfeed food test quiz to determine if you're really from Minnesota. But who's right?
Japanese garden in Minneapolis is steeped in perfection

Japanese garden in Minneapolis is steeped in perfection

An Asian garden that fills a front yard in Minneapolis took one couple on a journey from (A)mateur to (Z)en.
Chocolate souffles and cream puffs offer Valentine's treat

Chocolate souffles and cream puffs offer Valentine's treat

Valentine's Day is about twos, including desserts, so here are two recipes for two finales of a romantic meal.
For 25 years, she's offered shoe shines (and therapy) at IDS Crystal Court

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

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.
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