Ashley Thaemert picked up Butters so she could clean the area around his doghouse at her home in Tower, Minn. on January 13, 2020.

Exhaustion, injury, freezing cold: This Beargrease dog race competitor braves it all to win

Beargrease competitors — human and canine — live for the race, despite grueling conditions and dangers along the trail.

Minnesotan behind 'Toy Story' and 'Up' on his latest Pixar movie 'Soul'

November 23, 2020
Deborah Coleman / Pixar Bloomington native Pete Docter has been at the helm of most Pixar releases. His latest, "Soul," will premiere on Disney Plus.
The latest from Pixar is another chapter in the life of Bloomington's own Pete Docter

Minnesota's expanded Great Northern festival is a 'bright light' for the winter ahead

November 23, 2020
Kate Nordstrum, the new head of the Great Northern, talks about her plans to expand the festival ... and how they've been modified by covid. Kate Nord
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January 12
Let fashion brighten long winter days

Let fashion brighten long winter days

Bring on winter with high-styled layers and heavy textures. The warm tones of the season and the way these colors shine like jewelry will keep your mood lifted.
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January 12
Snowglobes create winter sparkle all year round.

Snow globes let it snow all year round

Snow globes have for decades been associated with kitsch. They've been the trinket or souvenir you buy from a cart to commemorate a skyline. You…
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November 28, 2020
From cozy to classy, shop local for holiday giving.

Essential Minnesota gift guide: 61 perfect picks while we're all home for the holidays

From cozy to classy, shop local for holiday giving.
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November 28, 2020
Rustic and refined table setting with layers of subtle sparkle and casual texture for warm holiday cheer.

A taste of elegance for the holiday table

No matter who’s coming for dinner, this rustic and refined table setting with layers of subtle sparkle and casual texture adds warm holiday cheer to…
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November 28, 2020
Kelly Wallace of A Rare Bird Antiques says don’t hesitate to buy vintage art you love.

With vintage art, what's old is new again

Here are tips on how to take a page from the past and invest in vintage art.
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November 27, 2020
Helgolander, Dampfwerk’s herbal liqueur, makes an appearance in a Bitter Guiseppe.

These 3 locally made herbal liqueurs harness plants and spices to warm you up

Space heaters and thick sweaters aren’t the only ways to warm up. Try another route with a throat-tingling herbal liqueur. These complex elixirs are best…
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November 24, 2020
In 2001, Ali Khlaif Galaydh, prime minister of Somalia, talked about the rumors that there are terrorists camps in his country.

Former Somali leader Ali Khalif Galaydh, Twin Cities professor, dies at 78

Professor and onetime prime minister worked to rebuild his homeland.
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November 24, 2020
History buffs will find everything from long-ago presidential impeachment proceedings to maps and plans for the ill-fated Block E in Minneapolis at th

Quirky collection in Hennepin County's Central Library is 'like your own personal museum'

Tucked away in a public place, the room houses documents revealing Minnesota's past.
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November 24, 2020
The Wesley Temple building.

The story behind a downtown Minneapolis building that never reached its potential

The Wesley Temple building (West Grant Street, between S. 1st and 2nd avenues), built by the adjacent church with the same name, was finished in 1928…
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November 23, 2020
LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com Everyone warned Curtis Sittenfeld to just “wait for winter.”

A happy newcomer to Minnesota, everyone told her to 'just wait' until winter

When my family moved to Minneapolis in August 2018, we found our new city to be warm and welcoming. Neighbors dropped off wine, flowers and…
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November 23, 2020
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com Here’s the Deal Spice Co. has a mix of spice blends, including Togarashi.

Twin Cities company Here's the Deal spices things up with its blends

From Togarashi to a BBQ rib rub, this local spice company has you covered.
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November 23, 2020
ProvidedAdam DeJarlais was born into the antiques business. After a few detours, he opened Twelve Vultures in July 2020.

Minneapolis antique boutique Twelve Vultures has an eclectic mix

Peek inside a local boutique that took a leap and opened in northeast Minneapolis mid-pandemic.
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November 23, 2020
Combining heritage and haute couture, Rammy Mohamed worked on attire for an upcoming wedding in the studio of her St. Paul home.

Twin Cities designer Rammy Mohamed makes fashion — and a statement

Ramadhan "Rammy" Mohamed remembers when GQ magazine named her city of St. Paul one of the worst-dressed in America. "That was a gut punch," says…
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November 23, 2020
These giant rolls can come from your oven, too; the bakery makes them frozen to order.

Need a pick-me-up? Isles Bun & Coffee provides a sweet start to mornings

For 27 years, the intensely fragrant Isles Bun & Coffee has been turning out a seemingly endless supply of enormous, cinnamon-laced sweet buns,…
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September 21, 2020
The Higgins family’s architect designed their lake home to exude warmth with inviting features such as built-in nooks, reclaimed barnwood, a bunkroo

New lake home in Wisconsin is designed for cozy comfort

Rustic materials and spots designed for curling up with a book bring warmth and character to a new getaway.
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September 18, 2020
ProvidedGolden Age Design in Robbinsdale

3 Twin Cities home goods stores that provide classic comfort

At a time when the future is so uncertain, there can be comfort in classic design.
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September 18, 2020
Shadow Play

Fall fashion in the land of sky blue waters

When fall comes to Lake Minnetonka, we look forward to every warm lakeside day. Docks are still in and boats are moored ready for crisp…
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September 18, 2020
Catch a glimpse of history along Stuntz Bay Boathouse Historic District on Lake Vermilion in Breitung Township, Minn.

These 143 historic boathouses offer a peek into Minnesota's past

A collection of boathouses on Lake Vermilion, built by miners, hint at the area's work-hard, play-hard past.
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September 17, 2020
Demand for portable restrooms has changed during the pandemic.

Are portable potties safe during the pandemic?

And what precautions should you take?
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September 17, 2020
Minneapolis Cider Company's Raspberry Fields Forever combines its Pomologie line of cordials with raspberry cider, honey and bitters.

Minnesota cideries are experimenting with the versatility of apples

These Minnesota ciders are autumn in a glass.
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