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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.
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.
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.
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