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Richard Chin covers features for the Star Tribune and writes for the Star Tribune Magazine. He is a graduate of Stanford University and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford.
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Former Silicon Valley engineer Krishna Seshan dies at 71

Former Silicon Valley engineer Krishna Seshan dies at 71

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.
A cure for your snoring might be an app developed at the University of Minnesota

A cure for your snoring might be an app developed at the University of Minnesota

“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…
Cure for snoring? St. Paul inventor Brian Krohn may have it with wizard tools

Cure for snoring? St. Paul inventor Brian Krohn may have it with wizard tools

From wizard staffs and surgery tools to sleep apps, this Minnesota genius applies science to real life
'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown's code for thriller novel success

'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown's code for thriller novel success

In the bestselling novelist's latest thriller, "Origin," science threatens to kill off God.
KARE 11 and longtime morning anchor Kim Insley 'part ways'

KARE 11 and longtime morning anchor Kim Insley 'part ways'

Insley talked about some future plans in a video she posted on Facebook.
'Nye's is better off dead': Minnesotans air contrarian views with hilarious hashtag

'Nye's is better off dead': Minnesotans air contrarian views with hilarious hashtag

A writer asks Twin Citians for their controversial opinions, and they let him have it on Twitter.
You can fly! Virtual reality workout coming to Minneapolis

You can fly! Virtual reality workout coming to Minneapolis

Exercise machines allow you to run, row, bike and climb. Now you can also fly.
St. Paul prof on Squishy Circuits: 'So much of the work I do is about play'

St. Paul prof on Squishy Circuits: 'So much of the work I do is about play'

Prof. AnnMarie Thomas teaches, leads a lab and lives her life through spectacle and playful learning.
How can a pancake help you get in shape?

How can a pancake help you get in shape?

A group fitness class called Spartan Strong uses a "pancake" and more to give you a full-body workout.
Who needs a minivan? 'Adventurous' Twin Cities parents cart kids on bikes

Who needs a minivan? 'Adventurous' Twin Cities parents cart kids on bikes

Some Twin Cities parents are driving the switch from cars to cargo bikes to haul kids and groceries.
Minnesota professor explores link between philosophy and Lego

Minnesota professor explores link between philosophy and Lego

Philosophers ponder the meaning of Lego thanks to a new book co-edited by a University of Minnesota professor.
Flat-pack Hex House by Minnesota architects is designed to help refugees

Flat-pack Hex House by Minnesota architects is designed to help refugees

An architecture group hopes its design will help refugees, victims of natural disasters.
U resurrects High School Band Day with 120 trombones, 180 cornets, 800 kids

U resurrects High School Band Day with 120 trombones, 180 cornets, 800 kids

About 800 members of high school bands from around the state will take part in a revived University of Minnesota tradition.
Watch the University of Minn. marching band 'Row the Boat' for P.J. Fleck

Watch the University of Minn. marching band 'Row the Boat' for P.J. Fleck

During the halftime show Thursday, the 324-member band performed a synchronized tribute to the new Gophers coach P.J. Fleck.
Love at State Fair: First kisses, crop art proposals and even weddings

Love at State Fair: First kisses, crop art proposals and even weddings

Romance, like the scent of mini-doughnuts, is always in the air at the Minnesota State Fair.
Original Red's Savoy Pizza location in St. Paul to close

Original Red's Savoy Pizza location in St. Paul to close

The original Red's Savoy Pizza location, an institution on the east side of St. Paul's downtown, will be closing next month.
Olive Hachlowski, 97, was part of a wave of war brides that immigrated to the U.S. after WWII

Olive Hachlowski, 97, was part of a wave of war brides that immigrated to the U.S. after WWII

The young Irish woman who was doing her bit to help Great Britain found herself the bride of a GI from Minneapolis.
Former Minnesota Nordic skier is now a record-setting mountain climber

Former Minnesota Nordic skier is now a record-setting mountain climber

Katie Bono has turned her endurance skills from cross-country skiing to speed climbing mountains.
Slam four beers while running? 'Beer mile' races go mainstream

Slam four beers while running? 'Beer mile' races go mainstream

The "beer mile" has gone from an underground race for college kids to a challenge for elite runners — and Joe Sixpack.
State Fair talent show attracts hopefuls, dreamers, maybe a future star

State Fair talent show attracts hopefuls, dreamers, maybe a future star

At open auditions for the Minnesota State Fair's amateur talent contest, anyone can take a shot at stardom.
Minnesota skiers defy summer heat on giant indoor treadmill — with fake snow

Minnesota skiers defy summer heat on giant indoor treadmill — with fake snow

You can ski for miles and miles in Minnesota — in summer — thanks to a giant treadmill and synthetic snow.
Hundreds of puppets from around the world converge on St. Paul this week

Hundreds of puppets from around the world converge on St. Paul this week

How'd we get this interview with a puppet about a puppetry convention in St. Paul? We pulled some strings.
Aquatennial commodore also reigned at St. Paul Winter Carnival

Aquatennial commodore also reigned at St. Paul Winter Carnival

Dan Stoltz of Lino Lakes has been a president, CEO and chairman of the board, as well as Winter Carnival king and Aquatennial commodore.
Who needs GPS and Google? Mpls. map publisher is 'master of cartography'

Who needs GPS and Google? Mpls. map publisher is 'master of cartography'

A Minneapolis mapmaker stays in business mapping everything from dog parks to UFO sightings.
Minn. mom with 2 young boys gets cancer diagnosis on same day husband dies

Minn. mom with 2 young boys gets cancer diagnosis on same day husband dies

Tessie Sylvester of West St. Paul was just finishing the call to the funeral home after her husband's death following a long struggle with ALS when another call came in. It was her doctor, calling with the results of her biopsy.
In its 200-year history, bicycling has gone from risky to healthy

In its 200-year history, bicycling has gone from risky to healthy

The bicycle turns 200 this year. Add to your longevity by riding one.

Pedaling health

  298: Number of calories burned by a 155-pound person bicycling 12-14 miles per hour for 30 minutes 244,000: Number of people in the Twin…
Quite a circus: Trapeze camp has middle-aged adults flying high in Marine on St. Croix

Quite a circus: Trapeze camp has middle-aged adults flying high in Marine on St. Croix

The sky is the big top at this outdoor trapeze camp for adults.
Minnesota has its own 'adventure cat' – Max the paddleboarding kitty

Minnesota has its own 'adventure cat' – Max the paddleboarding kitty

Whether it's a paddleboard, pontoon boat or kayak, Max the cat will ride it.
Minnesota metal 'detectorists' track down rings, keys and memories

Minnesota metal 'detectorists' track down rings, keys and memories

Metal detecting is a quirky hobby, but if you ever lose a wedding ring, these Minnesota enthusiasts are the ones to call.
Outdoor adventure? These 4 Minn. towns are tops in natural beauty

Outdoor adventure? These 4 Minn. towns are tops in natural beauty

We asked winners of our online poll to make their case for why their town is best for outdoor fun.
Forget texting: North St. Paul teen is national handwriting champ

Forget texting: North St. Paul teen is national handwriting champ

In an increasingly digital world, a Minnesota kid has become a cursive writing king.
Make your own beer? Homebrewers national convention is coming to Minneapolis

Make your own beer? Homebrewers national convention is coming to Minneapolis

Minneapolis will be the epicenter of do-it-yourself beer making and drinking as Homebrew Con 2017 hits town this week.
More than 30 street artists will be chalking it up at Chalkfest in Maple Grove

More than 30 street artists will be chalking it up at Chalkfest in Maple Grove

Nearly three dozen professional chalk artists from the U.S. and other countries will use three blocks of Main Street asphalt as their canvases.
Controversial collection of Nazi propaganda posters finds home at St. Olaf

Controversial collection of Nazi propaganda posters finds home at St. Olaf

A rare collection of Nazi propaganda posters is being restored, and eventually displayed, at St. Olaf College.
After 4,000 entries, Mall of America names winner of writer-in-residence contest

After 4,000 entries, Mall of America names winner of writer-in-residence contest

A poet from Los Angeles will be taking his typewriter for a gig at the Mall of America.
Bored at commencement? Play our Graduation Bingo game

Bored at commencement? Play our Graduation Bingo game

Our Graduation Bingo Card will help you pass the time at any commencement you're forced to attend this spring.
Maple Grove boy with rare syndrome has unusual love: 'All vacuums, all the time'

Maple Grove boy with rare syndrome has unusual love: 'All vacuums, all the time'

A Maple Grove 6-year-old with a rare genetic condition finds joy in the everyday — including noisy appliances.
Mpls. man raises $2M on Kickstarter to make kinetic art for your living room

Mpls. man raises $2M on Kickstarter to make kinetic art for your living room

Bruce Shapiro's robotic creations have appeared at the White House and on Martha Stewart's TV show.
After being axed, the popular milk carton boat race returns to Minneapolis

After being axed, the popular milk carton boat race returns to Minneapolis

Aquatennial mainstay was dropped in 2015 but is returning under new management.
Got a 1905 chair from Minnesota State Capitol? Cass Gilbert Society wants to know

Got a 1905 chair from Minnesota State Capitol? Cass Gilbert Society wants to know

Missing: 800 pieces of furniture from the Minnesota State Capitol. If you know where any of it is, the Cass Gilbert Society wants to hear from you.
Minnesota woman conquered Antarctica marathon. Now she's raced at the North Pole

Minnesota woman conquered Antarctica marathon. Now she's raced at the North Pole

Lisa Richardson will run laps on a 4.2-kilometer loop on the snow and ice, watched by race organizers who have rifles on hand in case a polar bear shows up.
'I just got beat by a 10-year-old': Rosemount girl is a running phenom

'I just got beat by a 10-year-old': Rosemount girl is a running phenom

Rosemount 10-year-old is an inspiration to older, slower runners (that is, most of us).
U professor and musician is a red-hot chili pepper expert

U professor and musician is a red-hot chili pepper expert

Despite being in the land of "not too spicy, please," a University of Minnesota microbiologist is making Minnesota an epicenter for chili pepper research.
Is it OK to drop dog poop in a neighbor's garbage can?

Is it OK to drop dog poop in a neighbor's garbage can?

Everyone agrees that dog owners should pick up their pet's droppings, but where you put them is a matter of debate.
Why memorize pi, poems when it's all on your phone? To have it in your heart

Why memorize pi, poems when it's all on your phone? To have it in your heart

There's a world of information in your pocket — but some folks prefer to use their memory and rev up their brains, nourish their souls.
Listen up: 'Geek fest' of 15,000 musicians will be in Mpls. this week

Listen up: 'Geek fest' of 15,000 musicians will be in Mpls. this week

The conference features more than 90 performances at four venues: the Minneapolis Convention Center, Orchestra Hall, Central Lutheran Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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