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30 Years On, Apollonia Kotero Looks Back At ‘Purple Rain’

It’s been 30 years since “Purple Rain” graced movie screens in theaters across the country. The film launched Minnesota’s own Prince into the national spotlight, and introduced the world to his co-star Apollonia Kotero.

06/27/2014

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Six Hot Beach Reads For Summer

Summer is time for breaking out your bathing suits and hitting the beach. Whether you’re craving a thriller or tearjerker, our sister company Simon & Schuster has a book for every afternoon spent in the sun. Throw one of these page-turners in your beach bag and prepare to lose yourself.

06/23/2014

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Best Local Bookstores In Minnesota

Bibliophiles and culture mavens alike should know these five metro area independent bookstores.

06/23/2014

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Best Summer Movies For Kids

Instead of panicking and sending your kids to nearest summer camp you can find, why not enjoy a few summer blockbusters?

06/16/2014

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Creative 4th Of July Parade Float Ideas

Fourth of July parades take place all across the country and signify not only our collective patriotism, but also local pride. Homemade floats abound and are as unique and individual as the spirit that carved out our country.

06/16/2014

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DIY July 4th Crafts For Your Backyard Party

Craft projects can be enjoyed by guests of all ages at your Independence Day cookout.

06/16/2014

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Best New Books For Summer Reading 2014

Whether you’re picnicking in the park, laying out at the beach, or grilling in your backyard, there’s something about summer’s steaming hot days that make you yearn for a great story. Our sister company Simon & Schuster has got you covered with six smart, entertaining, page turners that will keep you reading all summer long. Watch out – you just might be tempted to devour these in one sitting!

06/16/2014

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Best Upcoming Summer Charity Events In Minnesota

This summer, support a good cause.

06/16/2014

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Minnesota Orchestra Reviving New Year’s Eve Concerts

Fans of classical music in Minnesota will have one more reason to celebrate ringing in the new year. The Minnesota Orchestra announced the details for its 2014-2015 season on Friday, and among the highlights will be their first New Year’s Eve concerts since 1998.

06/13/2014

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Best Outdoor Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Give back to your community while having fun when you volunteer with these outdoor volunteer opportunities.

06/09/2014

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Best Historic Walking Tours In Minnesota

Tour the historic sites of Minnesota at your own pace.

06/09/2014

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Best Summer 2014 Craft Fairs In Minnesota

Summer is the time of year to shop for arts and crafts in Minnesota with more than one event every weekend in June.

06/02/2014

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Best Advice Books For The Recent Grad

Finding the perfect gift for a recent graduate, be from college or high school, can be tricky. Why not give a little advice mixed in with life lessons they can learn from, with these books from our sister company Simon & Schuster.

05/29/2014

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Best Museums For Dates In Minnesota

See why a date to metro-area museums can be really fun.

05/26/2014

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Best Children’s Bookstores In Minnesota

Encourage reading and support your child’s love of books by bringing them to a fun bookstore.

05/19/2014

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Best Volunteer Opportunities For Art Lovers In Minnesota

Minnesotans are known for their voluntary spirit and Minnesota nonprofits benefit greatly from the voluntary bonhomie of its citizenry.

05/12/2014

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Best Patriotic Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day

Families can preserve the sanctity of Memorial Day while maintaining hope for the future and joy in the present. No matter what state you call home, there are many ways to mark the day.

05/12/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Art Not To Be Missed

Maybe you heard about the following art exhibits when they first opened with big splashes and a great deal of publicity. But they were scheduled to be here for weeks or months, so plenty of time. And then other things came along, and they slowly disappeared from front of mind.

05/06/2014

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Best Kids Art Classes In Minnesota

Get your kids involved in any of these art programs to encourage their creativity.

05/05/2014

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Best Indie Movie Theaters In Minnesota

Here are five of the best indie theaters in Minnesota, the only place where one can catch the best of the past and the most creative of the new.

04/28/2014

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Book Gift Ideas For Mom On Mother’s Day

These books from Simon & Schuster will make the perfect gift for any mom this Mother’s Day.

04/27/2014

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Top 5 Movie Roles Played By Athletes

Want to be an actor? Just get really good at sports. It worked for these guys. Check out the top 5 movie characters played by athletes.

04/26/2014

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Best 2014 Summer Festivals In Minnesota

This summer, several anticipated festivals pull the communities together and lend themselves to a world of outdoor fun. Check out these fun events and summer festivals.

04/21/2014

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Best Up-And-Coming Visual Artists In Minnesota

Many factors are producing excellent artists in Minnesota. Here are four of the best up-and-coming visual artists in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

04/14/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Library

In many communities, the library is more than a place to check out books. It’s a place to do homework, visit with friends, or discover a love of reading.

04/10/2014

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Behind The Scenes Of ‘Wicked: The Musical’

A big Broadway show has rolled into town. The set of “Wicked” was unloaded into the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday morning. The show opens Wednesday and runs for six weeks, through Oct. 27.

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