Variety
June 29
Larry Ripp stumbled into his career as “the Baron of Bubble” 10 years ago when he purchased a bubble-making kit for his grandson.

Meet the Baron of Bubble, the maker of car-sized floating art

Larry Ripp is one entertainer whose act is literally good, clean fun.
Variety
June 29
Michael Keaton in 1989’s “Batman.”

Michael Keaton returning as Batman? Maybe, but not as you'd expect

The comics industry has barely begun shipping again, and already the Comics Teletype is overheating. Here are a few top stories: The Dark Mr. Mom…
TV & Media
June 29

Pop Culture Q&A: David Janssen also starred in 'Harry O'

Q: I hope you can shed some light on a TV series in the ’80s that starred David Janssen as a private detective. I can’t…
Variety
June 29

Ask Amy: Citizen wants to become even more 'American'

Dear Amy: My family and I came to America from the Soviet Union when I was a teenager. We became citizens. I got educated…
Eat & Drink
June 29
Rustica is opening its long-planned Southdale location on June 29.

Rustica bakery is opening a Southdale location next week

The new Edina location debuts on June 29.
Home & Garden
June 29
SpacecraftingLake of the Isles estate

$3.75M Kenwood estate offers a view of Lake of the Isles from every room

The landmark house sits on a half-acre parcel of land at a curve in Lake of the Isles Parkway, giving the home 180-degree views of the water.
Music
June 28
With TikTok, music fans can now legally lip sync to all of Prince's songs

With TikTok, music fans can now legally lip sync to all of Prince's songs

After years of cease-and-desist orders from the Purple One, his estate reached an agreement for use of 15-second snippets on the influential TikTok app.
Coronavirus
June 28
The nation found ways to grieve after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Grief shared is grief diminished,” said funeral services provider Bill McRea

Lack of collective mourning shows way pandemic has altered grief

Though the country's pandemic casualties are now greater than those of World War I, the country has not acknowledged its millions of mourners with so much as a, "Sorry for your loss."
Variety
June 28
Minnesota law limits the bang you get for your buck.

Lileks: Why are fireworks in Minnesota so wimpy?

They're harmless fun, if you follow the law — which prohibits anything that goes up or explodes.
Variety
June 28

Ex-etiquette: Resolving conflicts over social protests

Q: My ex is tenacious in her approach to what's going on in our nation. While I sympathize with the Black Lives Matter movement,…
Variety
June 28
There are ways to ameliorate the effects of wearing a mask in the heat.

Is your mask too hot? Don't sweat it

There are techniques for helping keep your face cool.
Pets
June 27
Leaving a dog home in a room with a view may actually increase its anxiety.

Tips to help ease your dog's transition from lockdown to normal life

It can be difficult for your dog to be suddenly left alone if you return to work.
Movies
June 27
Terry Serres, top, second from left, is a member of Online Cinema Group of Long Island. Much like a book club, the group watches a film independently

Online movie groups keep Minnesota fans engaged while they await return to theaters

Film fans are forming virtual movie groups as they wait for cinemas to reopen.
Home & Garden
June 27
Elizabeth Ries loves her chickens and feeds them premium feed. In return, they help fertilize her vegetable and herb garden.

Pandemic spurs demand in Twin Cities for backyard chickens

Farm stores, garden centers and breeders are reporting an unprecedented run on laying hens.
Coronavirus
June 27
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

How to protect against COVID-19 when someone gets too close

Humming a tune may help you deal with close encounters of the COVID kind.
TV & Media
June 27
Christopher Lloyd, left, and Danny DeVito in “Taxi.”

Hailing 'Taxi,' one of TV's all-time great sitcoms

The classic Emmy-winning sitcom still runs smoothly after all these years.
Books
June 27
Stack of books isolated on a white background BY THE BOOK SOLUTION FOR SOUTHDALE MALL

Amid the pandemic, books have become even more precious

I never thought much about getting books — books were always just around. I fished them out of Little Free Libraries. Friends lent or gave…
Variety
June 27
State Fair food vendors are setting up in parking lots, vacant county fairgrounds and grassy areas all over the metro area, to draw those hungry for a

Corn dogs at the VFW, mini-donuts in a parking lot: Vendors get creative to hawk State Fair food

With the Minnesota State Fair called off, vendors are thinking outside the midway.
Home & Garden
June 27
With the help of a handyman, Rich Kronfeld transformed a formerly dusty, rotting screen house into an inviting hangout spot.

Old screen house in Golden Valley is reborn as 'Darth Vader's Gazebo'

A Golden Valley homeowner's DIY repair project turned into a complete rebuild.
Home & Garden
June 26
This Black Lives Matter sign in a tenant’s window caused a dispute with her landlord back in 2018 in Roseville.

Landlord bans Black Lives Matter sign

Q: I’m a teacher and live in a large apartment complex in Minneapolis. Recently I have been told I cannot post a Black Lives Matter…

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