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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.
A brother-and-sister accounting firm makes life less taxing for artists. It helps that the siblings are "a little crazy."
A St. Paul man has spent decades hunting the hidden springs of Minnesota, once a source of drinking water and health cures.
A unique winter duo in northwestern Wisconsin motors by different means.
Expect up to 8 inches of snow by morning. One fatal crash was reported Saturday near Foley in Benton County.
Whoa! Minnesotans are horsing around on skis in a resurgent sport with ancient roots.
He set world records and competed around the world as a master athlete well into his 70s.
While St. Paul's city flag is catching on with boosters, many folks are trash talking the Minneapolis flag.
Particles from outer space are falling all around us. An amateur Twin Cities scientist knows how to find them.
Held in one of the coldest places in the country, the Arrowhead race frequently involves temperatures well below zero, making hypothermia and frostbite a risk.
Here's your chance to slide into a base at CHS Field.
A man who made a model of the U.S. Bank Stadium gets to see his creation displayed at the real thing.
A former ski racer is the volunteer who gets all of the City of Lakes Loppet races off to a good start.
Philosophers ponder the meaning of Lego thanks to a new book co-edited by a University of Minnesota professor.
Among the most sought-after of the year: Instant Pot cookbooks.
A former lieutenant in the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office now rushes to disasters — with a hot meal.
University of Minnesota graduate students compete against the clock in a dissertation contest.
KSTP's Chris Egert loses the lower part of his left leg in operation, just a few months after Courtney Godfrey's boating accident.
A California retiree built a detailed model of U.S. Bank Stadium to celebrate becoming a Minnesotan.
Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower tracks who we are and who we'll be in the future.
At least six ninja warrior gyms have sprung up in the Twin Cities, inspired by the obstacle-course competition made popular on NBC's television show "American Ninja Warrior." And more are coming.
St. Paul's kooky Can Can Wonderland bar adds free dance lessons during its weekly Tappy Hour.
Seshan, of Minneapolis, had an accomplished career as a researcher and academic. But after he retired and moved to the Twin Cities, the former engineer became an artist and musician. He died Oct. 25 at age 71.
“Nee-nee-nee-nee-nee-nee-nee. Naw. Nee-nee-nee. Naw-naw-naw-naw.” Brian Krohn is chanting into his phone, which is displaying animated missiles shooting down a red whale. It’s a new smartphone…
From wizard staffs and surgery tools to sleep apps, this Minnesota genius applies science to real life
Insley talked about some future plans in a video she posted on Facebook.
A writer asks Twin Citians for their controversial opinions, and they let him have it on Twitter.
Exercise machines allow you to run, row, bike and climb. Now you can also fly.
Prof. AnnMarie Thomas teaches, leads a lab and lives her life through spectacle and playful learning.
A group fitness class called Spartan Strong uses a "pancake" and more to give you a full-body workout.
Some Twin Cities parents are driving the switch from cars to cargo bikes to haul kids and groceries.
An architecture group hopes its design will help refugees, victims of natural disasters.
About 800 members of high school bands from around the state will take part in a revived University of Minnesota tradition.
During the halftime show Thursday, the 324-member band performed a synchronized tribute to the new Gophers coach P.J. Fleck.
Romance, like the scent of mini-doughnuts, is always in the air at the Minnesota State Fair.
The original Red's Savoy Pizza location, an institution on the east side of St. Paul's downtown, will be closing next month.
The young Irish woman who was doing her bit to help Great Britain found herself the bride of a GI from Minneapolis.