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An Apple Valley booster helped introduce Broadway-style theatrics and create a competition where high school band geeks are the stars.
This is the time of year when John “Dex” Dexter would be laboring to make the perfect sheet of ice. For nearly 40 years, Dexter…
Outdoor enclosures that keep cats safe but offer a little wind in their whiskers are sprouting up in the Twin Cities.
A young Minnesotan is trying to save a rare instrument that once was in every living room.
St. Paul community organizer and gardening educator has given away 200 bouquets.
Back-to-back closings of two discount stores in St. Paul months after Sears shut its doors are taking a big bite out of the city's retail offerings.
Tintypes, which had their heyday during the Civil War, are being resurrected by young photographers looking to create lasting images.
An untrained street artist installs his tiny sculptures around town — and the world — to communicate and celebrate whimsy.
Minnesota "Star Wars" fans have created a sport inspired by a sci-fi movie prop.
Jimmy Sourile is the Saber Legion’s Luke Skywalker, an ordinary guy who goes on a hero’s journey and discovers he has the hidden skills to…
Shameem Moshrefzadeh is the arms dealer for the nerd warrior. “I build lightsabers to pay the bills,” he said. The 31-year-old Oakdale resident turned his…
Dan Wenkel and Beth Robelia weren't using their home-built trebuchet much anymore. So they went on the neighborhood networking site Nextdoor and offered it for free.
Minnesota World War II veterans' experiences are told in a new play performed by a multigenerational cast.
To thousands of his students, he was known as the "sensei's sensei," the teacher of teachers.
Micrometeorites discovered by a local resident are part of an exhibit.
The two students discovered that their families are connected through an alleged "mercy killing" from decades ago.
For a growing number of Twin Cities clergy members, biking is part of the ministry.
Minnesota pilot John Klatt has flown in war zones, on humanitarian missions and for airlines. Now he provides thrills at air shows across the country.
Ohio man's search for beloved car culminated in Minnesota.
A wooden boat parade, puppetry pageant, chowder tasting and contra dancing are part of this North Shore event.
And now for something completely different — an expo devoted to the odd.
A Cottage Grove man has built what's believed to be the biggest adult Wiffle ball league in the country.
A Minnesotan immerses himself in his photography – and the dangerous, icy waters of Lake Superior.
About 800 young crossing guards, accompanied by high school and middle school bands, will march May 14.
Family and friends who were searching for the gathering to honor the passing of David Bourn needed only to follow the lights in the sky.…
A gas leak is suspected. The 74-year-old victim was in fair condition at Regions Hospital after the explosion at his West Side home.
For the first home game, Minnesota United fans will raise something much bigger than team scarves.
What could go wrong? So far, nothing.
The Guinness World Records has only about 100 judges in the world. This Minnesota man is one of them.
Mastel's Health Foods has been selling health products for half a century.
A luxury movie complex in Monticello, Minn., is sharpening its offerings with ax throwing.
A Minnesota man breeds, sells and shows a colorful, convenient pet: shrimp.
The average American saw only about four films last year in a theater. But some Minnesotans, out of a pure passion for film, will see hundreds.
Avoiding the elevator is the secret to fitness for some stair climbers — and a fiercely competitive sport for others.
Tired of Netflix, board games and books? It's possible to have offbeat, active, midwinter fun without boots and parkas.
Uldrich enjoyed not just the good life, but "a quirky, quixotic, quintessential Minnesotan existence," according to his family.
Adult collectors are obsessed with the tiny cars, hoarding them by the hundreds, selling rare ones for thousands.
Extreme ice carousel builders across the world are one-upping each other in a challenge to create the biggest and best.
Signed, sealed and delivered: Ghostwriters and robots will write your thank you notes for you.
Sure, we kiss, we drink. But compared with the rest of the world, Americans have downright dull New Year's Eve customs.
PR firms were pitching gift ideas. We asked them to do so in verse. Surprisingly, they were not averse.
He lost a pizza-eating challenge but landed a song in a national ad campaign.
One of the Salvation Army's most ardent Twin Cities volunteers finds connection as a bell ringer.
Elizabeth Delmore was a Roseau girl who lived and traveled around the world as a Catholic sister, and a librarian who wrote poetry and climbed…
More rock and classical fans (and musicians) are protecting their ears from loud performances.
The Science Museum's new paleontologist really digs crocodiles and "Jurassic Park."
From witches to wizards, our contest elicited some scary, wacky and creative outfits for four-legged fur kids.
Psychos, aliens and zombies: A ghoulish expert's take on what's hot and what's not in Halloween props.
A 50-year-old car somewhere in the state may be this man's connection to his grandfather.
At the law school, neurolawyer Francis Shen studies the legal implications of emerging brain science.
Michael Joyner has been called "one of the world's most widely cited experts on the limits of human performance."
The motto is "longer and higher" for Minnesotans practicing the gravity-defying sport of slacklining.
Near the site of the crash that shattered a family, a new, safer playground is built in north Minneapolis.
Bloomington's Hyland Hills has become a training destination for Twin Cities adventurers seeking to conquer real mountains.
Dog lover turned miniature artist makes tiny memorials of deceased pets — and animal actors from "The Walking Dead."
Children hold surprise renewal of vows for parents — married 60 years — on site where their church once stood.
The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District says downtown streets are more vibrant if the city encourages entertainers and pays some of them.
Detailleur was a longtime stage manager and prop master for theaters throughout the Twin Cities, a theater veteran who loved working behind the scenes on local productions of shows ranging from "God of Carnage" to "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding."
In the bestselling novelist's latest thriller, "Origin," science threatens to kill off God.
The 35-foot-long board served up more than two tons of cheese.
The Minneapolis Metal Church makes a joyful — and loud — noise unto the Lord.
The man who brought many sodas to Minnesota is hosting a celebration of pop culture.
A crocodile sculpture installed in downtown St. Cloud says "See you later, alligator."
Families — and the recently departed — crack jokes, reveal flaws and settle scores.
Michelle Smith's group is working with Knitted Knockers, a nonprofit organization based in Washington state that provides lightweight, breathable prostheses out of soft yarn.
Studies have shown that "sustained engagement" can have cognitive benefits for older adults.
When Helen Miller became one of the first women to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, she promised her parents she wouldn’t…
From yoga to capture the flag, St. Paul takes fitness outside.
Forget muscle cars. In this decibel drag race, competitors empty their wallets to pack their beaters with speakers that blare windshield-cracking sound.
Driven by technology and the popularity of podcasts, Minnesotans are creating experimental sci-fi, adventure serials, variety shows and more.
Energy drink giant goes for another extreme: this time, sprinting 400 meters up a ski jump in Michigan.
For decades, environmental activist Leslie Davis has guarded his Earth Protector brand. Now it's for sale.
Sarah Cade is young, biracial and passionately liberal. She's also become a self-described gun nut and a staunch defender of gun ownership.
A young Minneapolis family makes an adventure out of going car-free.
For decades, Dustrude made the saws in the workshop of his home on Swan Lake in Pengilly, Minn. He continued making them almost to the day he died March 10 at the age of 97.