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Larry Ripp is one entertainer whose act is literally good, clean fun.
Humming a tune may help you deal with close encounters of the COVID kind.
Not all outdoor pursuits involve getting on a crowded path. Here are suggestions for things to do in the parks, in the woods and on the water.
St. Paul had Snoopy statues. Buffalo has its bison. Roseville is going for roses.
Thanks to the pandemic, now you can book a star from Broadway or opera to sing just for you.
She put up laminated signs to demonstrate the relative distance between the sun and the planets.
Forager Tim Clemens knows how to live off the land, and he can teach others how, too.
Archivists are asking for blog posts, photos, signs, even T-shirts to capture pandemic history as it's happening.
There once was a winner ...
You may be ready for your videoconferencing close-up, but is your makeshift office?
This suburban city council member is all wet.
Annie Richman amassed about 4,000 bras over the past seven years. And gave them all away.
Fitness buffs and the businesses that cater to them are finding a way to connect amid COVID-19.
They've been stockpiling and planning for disaster for years. Now they're prepared to cope without fully stocked grocery stores, tap water and electricity.
The COVID-19 crisis has many Minnesotans rushing to help friends, neighbors and strangers.
From gum to gratitude, here are some novel ideas of how to improve your mood despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
An Orono business owner's quest: to become the fastest man on ice.
As the number of cases and the number of places being infected by the novel coronavirus grows, everyone from Wall Street to the man on the street seems rattled.
At the height of table soccer's popularity, a couple of teenagers from the Iron Range were the reigning champs.
Barbara Naughton was born into a world ripped apart by war, a conflict that had already taken the life of her father and all of…
Can you engineer a better human? These folks are trying to find out by experimenting on themselves.
The popular "biohack" cold-water immersion is gaining ground with Twin Cities residents and some scientists.
Decades after a St. Paul man started making dummies talk, ventriloquism is cool again.
A skier and photographer captures the unique culture of ski jumping in the Midwest.
TU Dance's Uri Sands faces sex allegation; co-founder Toni Pierce-Sands stays on.
Beloved souvenir vending machines make Minnesota a destination for collectors.
The Twin Cities haunted house known as the Haunted Basement has created a holiday-themed nightmare before Christmas show this December.
Maslow learned her State Fair prize-winning needlepoint skills from the nuns who sheltered her from the Nazis.
Heavy snow forecast for North Shore while wintry mix plagued Twin Cities.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 25 pieces of beef jerky.
The duo behind the American Swedish Institute "Castle" also designed this Lowry Hill house.
In the hands of Gipson Shoemaker III, the simple wooden box becomes a musical instrument worth hundreds of dollars and capable of producing a raw, gritty and authentic sound.
British-style racing with brakeless bikes ups the Anglophile ante at Royal Foundry Craft Spirits.
The Twin Cities has become a hotbed for board games, from design and development to hard-core players.
The winners in our Halloween Pet Costume Contest ranged from the elaborate to the adorably goofy.
In his citizen history project, Minnesota's Famous Dead, Bryan Dorn locates and photographs the most notable Twin Cities grave sites.
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.