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Tap Talk: Wheaties & Fulton Team Up, Create ‘HefeWheaties’

Could this be the “beer of champions”? Wheaties has partnered with Fulton brewery in Minneapolis to create a limited-edition beer: HefeWheaties.

08/12/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s a busy week for movies here in the Twin Cities. We’ve got a massive festival for the internet’s beloved cats, two compelling documentaries hitting theaters, and a screening of a French New Wave classic.

08/11/2015

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MNfusion: Ordway Begins 15-16 Season With A Classic

On Tuesday, Aug. 4 the curtain rose on the 2015-2016 season at St. Paul’s Ordway Theater. The first act: Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance.”

08/10/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Previewing The Powderhorn 24

This weekend, the Powderhorn neighborhood will play host to one of the coolest community cycling events in a city known for its great cycling culture.

08/10/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Blue Henn Artisan Tonic Syrup

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he visits Blue Henn and revises his opinion on the “love it or hate it” tonic.

08/08/2015

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Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year’s 5A State Football Field

Last year in Class 5A, Mankato West returned to the top, beating Simley in the Prep Bowl as the Scarlets made their ninth state tournament appearance. It was their fourth championship. So out of last year’s state tournament teams, which has the best chance to be holding the championship trophy at the Prep Bowl? Here is a look at what’s head in Class 5A, based on last year’s state tournament teams.

08/07/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Flandrau State Park

On the edge of New Ulm is Flandrau State Park. It’s named after Charles Flandrau, a frontiersman who spent years exploring the Minnesota River Valley before settling near Traverse des Sioux and became a prominent citizen, eventually serving in both the territorial and state supreme courts.

08/07/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Week(end)

From a local EP release party in northeast Minneapolis to a bunch of festivals/block parties, here are the four shows and events to see this weekend!

08/06/2015

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Summer Reading Picks You Can Actually Read Any Time Of Year

The Internet is full of summer reading lists and I’ve always wanted to recommend six works of literature to bored strangers online, so I put together this selection of books I suppose you could read on a beach if you really want.

08/05/2015

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MNfusion: Uptown Art Fair Introduces Amateur Chef Contest

At over 50 years, the Uptown Art Fair could be considered “over the hill,” but this vibrant festival is far from being behind the times. Each year to keep visitors engaged the fair introduces a number of new events. For its 52nd year it is hosting an amateur chef contest.

08/05/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s August already. How is that even possible? Any day now, you’ll be seeing back-to-school shopping displays at Target and planning out a visit to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Already that nostalgia for summer is welling up as the nights get increasingly cooler. Already I’m drinking beers on rooftops and patios wondering how many of these I’ll have before the leaves start falling and the sun goes down with the workday.

08/04/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Adult Freeze Pops

When we hit the dog days of summer (you know, those summer days with unusually-warm temperatures), frozen treats are oh-so-craveable. Popsicles, fudge bars, ice cream sandwiches, you name it. If it comes from the freezer, count me in. Heck, even snacking on frozen fruit will do the job.

08/04/2015

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Tap Talk: Tour Of Carver Co. Breweries

Currently, just two breweries lie within Carver County limits. But with two more just outside the boundaries in western Hennepin County, three different wineries and a distillery, you’ll have more than enough to drink.

08/03/2015

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Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

The first homestand of the second half is in the books and it wasn’t pleasant for the Minnesota Twins.

08/02/2015

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‘That Sugar Film’ Creator Wants You To Know Where Sugar Is Hiding

hat Sugar Film, a Supersize Me-style documentary out of Australia, uses a sort of cinematic super-sweetness to combat the pervasiveness of sugar in our modern food supply. Filmmaker Damon Gameau’s film is visually over-the-top, with talking head experts appearing on cereal boxes and all sorts of different food labels.

08/02/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Smoky Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon, outside, on a hot day — it’s pretty refreshing, right? Make a margarita out of it, and you’ve hit upon a bestseller at Salsa a la Salsa — Uptown Minneapolis’s authentic Mexican restaurant.

08/01/2015

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Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year’s 6A State Football Field

It’s a new year in Minnesota high school football with scheduling. Conferences are gone, and now schedules are done regionally. It’s a combined effort to keep games competitive but at the same time, limit traveling expenses for schools. So instead of previewing districts this year, here is a look at how Class 6A could shake out based on last year’s state tournament teams.

07/31/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Week(end)

From Har Mar Superstar doing his thing in St. Paul to a great outside get-together in northeast Minneapolis, here are the four shows and events to experience this weekend!

07/30/2015

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Hotel Ivy Unveils $8M Renovations To Rooms, Restaurants

Nearly eight months after the Hotel Ivy began implementing changes, the Minneapolis hotel is finally unveiling its newest renovations.

07/30/2015

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MNfusion: ‘Kinky Boots’ Is Loud, Proud And A Tubular Sensation

I’d certainly heard of “Kinky Boots.” But aside from title I knew that Harvey Fierstein wrote the script and Cyndi Lauper wrote the music. That was it. Knowing little about the show, and knowing that many newer musicals haven’t been met with the best reviews, I was a little skeptical.

07/29/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Minneopa State Park

Like waterfalls? Like Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, but sometimes would like to avoid the crowds? There’s a good choice just an hour or so out of the metro: Minneopa State Park, just outside of Mankato. […]

07/29/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Bike Camping Basics

Summer is in full swing and Minnesotans are, once again, enjoying the beauty and serenity of the state’s natural resources. For many, camping is the ultimate means of getting closer to nature. While some drive in to campsites, hike, or travel via canoe, another great option is bike camping. This method of camping is affordable and gives you great freedom of choosing your route, mileage and destinations.

07/27/2015

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This Week’s Best Bets: ‘Barbarella’ In Loring Park, Robin Williams’ Final Film

It’s the dog days of summer, and there’s a bunch of great cinema to experience in the Twin Cities.

07/27/2015

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Mosquito Season In Minnesota: The Dos And Don’ts For Staying Bite-Free

Every Minnesotan has their own tips and tricks to keep mosquitoes away, but it’s time to dispel a few ugly myths that just won’t seem to die.

07/24/2015