Variety
August 1
rear view of 4 year old boy jumping into private pool on sunny vacation day - boy is unrecognizable so can be used anonymous summer fun series ORG XMI

Yes, you can safely share your backyard pool

Consensus among infectious-disease experts is that pool water is not inherently risky, especially when it is treated properly and the pool maintained.
Eat & Drink
July 31
Sweet Martha's cookies are among the offerings at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade.

Minnesota State Fair Food Parade sells out in just 2½ hours

Those who were able to buy tickets reported waits of up to an hour.
Variety
July 31
Fergus Falls is a small town in northern Minnesota with a quaint and walkable downtown area.

What's the future of Minnesota's small-town downtowns? Hint: It's not Mayberry

Minnesota's small-town downtowns have a future, but it won't look like past.
Variety
July 31

News of the Weird: Elephants not down with disco

  Farm families in Botswana living beside the Chobe River have long battled herds of elephants passing through their fields at night, trampling crops as…
Variety
July 31
Elise Schneider, 6, dissected an owl pellet for bone fragments.

Help for Minnesota parents comes in the form of kids' camp-in-a-box

Minnesota museums, nonprofits and stores are packaging up activity kits for home use. We tested some on real kids.
Music
July 31
Badu

6 cool things in music this week include Mike Campbell, Erykah Badu, Larkin Poe and Academy of Prince

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Doug Hassman of Minneapolis: 1 Mike Campbell Instagram. This feed…
Variety
July 31
Cheese pizza from ElMar's New York Pizza in Plymouth.

5 new restaurants to try in Minnesota

Against the odds, there are some new additions to the dining scene in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Variety
July 31

Ask Amy: Pregnancy can't stay a secret forever

Dear Amy: My partner and I are expecting a baby. It's our first baby, and the only grandchild in his family.I moved in with…
Variety
July 31
PowerConf Speakerphone

Sound Advice: Office microphone works great at home, too

Q: What do you recommend for a portable speakerphone accessory? I have been looking at the Jabra 710, but I would like to know if…
TV & Media
July 31

WCCO news anchor Ali Lucia is leaving the station

WCCO’s Ali Lucia is signing off from the Twin Cities. The journalist announced on social media that Friday will be her last day at the…
Books
July 31
Faith Sullivan

Quarantine read: 'Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse,' by Faith Sullivan

“Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse,” by Faith Sullivan Thank you, Faith Sullivan, for writing this touching, tender and transcendent saga of a single mom…
Books
July 31
Charlotte Wood

Review: 'The Weekend,' by Charlotte Wood

FICTION: Three women in their 70s gather and find that their friendship has not aged well.
Books
July 31
Wayetu Moore

Audiobooks: Great audiobooks to listen to now

“The Dragons, the Giant, the Women,” by Wayétu Moore. (Brilliance Audio, unabridged, 7¾ hours) Wayétu Moore’s artfully constructed memoir is one of the year’s…
Books
July 31
Lisa Donovan

Review: 'Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger,' by Lisa Donovan

NONFICTION: Pastry chef and culinary writer Lisa Donovan's memoir exposes the sexism baked into the dining industry.
Books
July 31
Sophy Roberts with a piano near Kiaktha, Siberia.

Review: 'The Lost Pianos of Siberia,' by Sophy Roberts

NONFICTION: On a quest for pre-Soviet pianos, Sophy Roberts discovers a fascinating post-Soviet world.
Books
July 31
Jonathan C. Slaght and one of the female fish owls he caught and tracked in Russia. (The owl holds a fish in its beak.)

Review: 'Owls of the Eastern Ice,' by Jonathan C. Slaght

NONFICTION: A Minnesota biologist heads to the forests of Eastern Russia to track the world's largest owl.
Books
July 31
Isabel Wilkerson

Review: 'Caste,' by Isabel Wilkerson

NONFICTION: The Pulitzer Prize winner and author of "The Warmth of Other Suns" explores inequity in her sweeping, magisterial new work.
Coronavirus
July 31
Scandinavian-flavored Tallinn, in Estonia, has its own art scene and is more affordable than Helsinki.

Getting a refund from an Estonian hotel gets complicated with an online travel agency and a global pandemic

Q: I booked a trip to Tallinn, Estonia, earlier this year through Otel.com. I prepaid $919 for a refundable room at the Three Sisters Hotel.…
Coronavirus
July 31
A lush tropical landscape envelops the Hanalei Bay Resort, next to the half-moon-shaped Hanalei Bay on Kauai's North Shore, on March 1, 2014.

New U.S. passports are for 'life-or-death' situations only

New passports are ‘life-or-death’ only The U.S. State Department, which largely shut down its passport processing in March, says it is chipping away at a…
Stage & Arts
July 31
Actress Laura Osnes attends the premiere screening of FX's "Fosse/Verdon" at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Monday, April 8, 2019, in New York.

Eagan native and Tony nominee Laura Osnes booked for 'Murder'

Former Children's Theatre star will sing in streaming show "Murder Mystery Musical."

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