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Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

After a brief stint with some rough spring weather, the state’s high school spring sports have been back in action lately as we get ready to head to the postseason. The prep baseball, softball and golf seasons are all taking shape with a few weeks to go before we have playoff brackets and sectional play. Here’s a look at some of the big games Friday on the high school sports scene.

05/07/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Sure Signs Of Spring

As if the sight of trees and lawns greening up wasn’t a big enough clue that spring is finally here, there are colors all across the spectrum at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

05/05/2015

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Tap Talk: Red Cow ‘COWlaborating’ With Odell Brewing

Moo-ve over, Colorado. Minnesota is taking over your beer. Local restaurant, Red Cow, is teaming up with Colorado’s Odell Brewing Co. to create a one-of-a-kind IPA: COWlaboration.

05/05/2015

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Wild Blog: Team Shows Resiliency, But Drop Game 1 To Chicago

The first period of Game 1 versus Chicago couldn’t have started worse for the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks had the Wild skating on its heels and the defense looked lost on the ice. It only took 1:15 before Brandon Saad scored to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

05/02/2015

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Reviews In Brief: ‘Tangerines’, ‘Dior And I’ & ‘Girlhood’

A lot of power in a relatively small package, “Tangerines” is an anti-war chamber drama with the emotional thrust of a knife to the gut.

05/01/2015

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4 Your Pets: Rocky & Waffles – Where Are They Now?

For the next few weeks, 4 Your Pets will be highlighting Ruff Start Rescue, a unique, non-profit animal rescue in central Minnesota.

05/01/2015

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Wild Blog: Playoff Preview, Wild Vs. Blackhawks

For the second year in a row, the Minnesota Wild has eliminated the Central Division champion from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last year it was the Colorado Avalanche, this year it was the St. Louis Blues.

04/30/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Weekend

From a big jam celebrating May’s arrival in St. Cloud to a “Love Your Melon” benefit concert for children’s cancer in Minneapolis, here are the four shows to see this weekend.

04/30/2015

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MNfusion: Q&A With ‘Jersey Boys’ Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have returned to the stage in Minneapolis as the tour of “Jersey Boys” makes a stop at the Orpheum Theater. So, c’mon Marianne put your red dress on and walk like a man down to Minneapolis to see “Jersey Boys.”

04/30/2015

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A Look At The Winning Films From MSPIFF 2015

After showing more than 200 films over the course of the past few weeks, the 34th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival has wrapped up, and the competition results are in.

04/29/2015

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Tap Talk: Lakes & Legends Co-Founder Talks New Farmhouse Style Taproom

From Disney to beer, it’s a transition many of us make. But for Ethan Applen, co-founder of the new Minneapolis brewery Lakes & Legends, it was a little bit more challenging, and a little bit later in life.

04/29/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Ramp Polenta Cakes

Another sign of warmer weather is the arrival of ramps, a wild leek that tastes a little like onion and garlic. Its scent is certainly pungent but because of its short season and limited availability, people go crazy for ramps while they can.

04/28/2015

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Wander Minnesota: May Is Minnesota Museum Month

It’s almost May — and that means it’s Minnesota Museums Month the annual celebration of all that Minnesota has to offer in the way of museums. And that’s quite a lot. It’s a considerable bounty, with about 600 around the state.

04/28/2015

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Twins Blog: Best Bites At Target Field

Baseball, brats and beer go pretty well together but there are so many more options than that at Twins games. Unlike many other ballparks, Target Field is quickly becoming a foodie destination, much like the Twin Cities itself.

04/27/2015

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Wild Blog: Wild Vs. Blackhawks Potential Start Times

With the Minnesota Wild advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most common question being asked isn’t, “Is this the year we finally beat the Chicago Blackhawks?” It’s, “When does the series start?”

04/27/2015

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MNfusion: CTC’s Changes To ‘Peter Pan’ Miss The Mark

From a novel in 1911 to a cartoon in 1953 to a musical in 1954, the story of “Peter Pan” has been altered, changed and, now, updated.

04/27/2015

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Wild Blog: Wild Has St. Louis Singing The Blues In Series Win

The St. Louis Blues came into Game 6 knowing they needed to play their best game of the series for their season to continue. And yet it was the Minnesota Wild who played like they had no interest in going back to the “Show-Me-State” for a seventh game.

04/26/2015

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Wild Blog: Momentum Swings Aplenty In This Series

Momentum is a funny thing in hockey. One minute you are dominating play, keeping all the action in the offensive zone. The next, a puck is deflecting off a goaltenders glove into the net and momentum starts to slowly go away.

04/25/2015

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Day 17 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘White Shadow’ Reviewed

Dozens have been killed and mutilated in Tanzania in the past 15 years, and all because they were born with albinism, a congenital pigmentation disorder. But these people were not targeted simply because of their unusual appearance. Some in the East African country believe harvesting the organs and body parts of albinos provides good luck.

04/25/2015

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Day 16 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘The End Of The Tour’ (Not) Reviewed

I sort of thought it would be fun to write a review of the new film The End of the Tour as short as David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece Infinite Jest is long. So … yeah. […]

04/24/2015

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Tap Talk: Harriet Brewing Company

Harriet Brewing is a great example of success through sheer determination fueled by passion. Yes, it sounds dramatic, but hear me out.

04/24/2015

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Prep Blog: Tyus Jones Ready For Leap To NBA

This time last year, Jones was preparing to graduate and had already signed a letter of intent to attend Duke and play basketball. I’m sure many people thought Jones would have success immediately at Duke, but nobody could have predicted what he would accomplish in his freshman season with the Blue Devils.

04/24/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Memorial Day Resort Happenings

Sure, it’s a month away, but Memorial Day will arrive faster than you think. Many resorts are planning long-weekend festivities for that weekend, and booking ahead is recommended. Here’s a sampling of what you can find.

04/23/2015

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Day 15 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Heart Of Wilderness’ Reviewed

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a spiritual place for anyone who has ever ventured there, for an ordeal packed with unforgettable serenity. But even in the of the golden age of the Minnesota Film Board in the 1990s, a location scout could never convince anyone that the BWCA was a practical place to shoot for even an afternoon.

04/23/2015