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Mike’s Mix: Butcher & The Boar’s Old Fashioned

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to the Butcher & the Boar to check out one of the best known cocktails, but also one of the harder ones to get just right: the Old Fashioned.

06/13/2015

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‘Live From New York’, ‘The Farewell Party’ Reviewed

A history of “Saturday Night Live” that isn’t afraid to dive into the show’s issues of diversity and identity, “Live From New York” is a compelling and effectively moving portrait of a program than in 40 years has gone from being an avant-garde game-changer to an American institution.

06/12/2015

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Tap Talk: Tour Of Stillwater Breweries

The beer scene in Stillwater is just beginning to grow, so it’s a fun time to go check it out. There are two breweries currently located there, Lift Bridge Brewing Company and Maple Island Brewing, and they are just 2.6 miles away from each other

06/12/2015

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4 Your Pets: Bring The Kids & Fido To The Pet Expo!

The Minneapolis Convention Center will be overflowing with four-legged fun this Saturday. The 2015 Minnesota Pet Expo is an opportunity for pet lovers and their loved ones (human and non-human) to enjoy events including agility competitions, pet talent and costume contests, wiener and wiener-wannabe races and even musical chairs!

06/11/2015

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Local Music Tap: Mpls. Concert Benefits Musician Recovering From Near-Fatal Crash

A group of Minnesota musicians are banding together to help a fellow Twin Cities musician recovering from a near-fatal car crash.

06/11/2015

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Cider On Tap Talk: Loon Juice To Open New Production Facility

In the late weeks of summer 2014 a new locally crafted alcoholic beverage emerged on the scene – Loon Juice.

06/11/2015

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Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

It was a rough homestand for the Twins. 1-5 isn’t exactly what they had in mind after finding themselves in 1st place in the division. Now they find themselves heading on a road trip trailing the Royals by two games.

06/10/2015

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Prep Blog: Previewing The State Baseball Tournament

It’s starting to feel like summer with the sun out and daily highs getting into the 80s. That also translates to perfect baseball weather. It couldn’t come at a better time as the state’s top high school teams travel across various sites in Minnesota for their perspective state tournaments.

06/10/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Father’s Day In Minnesota

Father’s Day is coming soon. What are you doing to enjoy the day with your dad? Here are some ideas for special events, not necessarily Father’s Day-themed, but fun for the whole family.

06/10/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: The Revival Burger

Last time I talked about a unique fermentation bar off Eat Street in Minneapolis, Gyst Fermentation Bar. If you travel further south on Nicollet, you’ll run into another one of my new favorite restaurants, Revival. Continuing with the theme of highlighting a few local eateries, this is a new place you will want to visit.

06/10/2015

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Local Music Tap: A Look At Pride 2015’s Massive Music Lineup

The weekend of PRIDE Twin Cities is fast approaching, and, man, do they have a lot of local musicians on their entertainment lineup.

06/09/2015

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Tap Talk: Maple Island Brewing

From a creamery to a hardware store to a brewery, the building that is now home to Maple Island Brewing has had quite a history. And so have its owner and brewer.

06/08/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Circumhorizontal Arc

Viewers in western Wisconsin today observed a unique atmospheric phenomenon: a circumhorizontal arc! Casually called a ‘fire rainbow,’ it occurs in summer-time as the sun must be high in the sky, at an angle of 58 degrees or higher.

06/06/2015

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Twins Blog: Has Plouffe Made ‘The Leap’?

According to a 2007 study, the average Major League Baseball career lasts 5.6 years. One in five position players who make it to “The Show” will play only a single season. Less than half of all rookies will get to that fifth year while just about one percent of all big league players will have careers of 20 seasons or more.

06/06/2015

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MNfusion: Q. Cumbers Celebrates 25 Years

A lot can change in the course of 25 years. But one Minnesota couple is celebrating something that didn’t change.

06/06/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Red Cow Negroni

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to the Red Cow to check out their signature cocktail for Negroni Week.

06/06/2015

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Prep Blog: A Hodgepodge Of Spring Playoff Action

State tournaments are in action in boys tennis and girls softball. Add the boys and girls state track and field meet at Hamline University this weekend to the mix. Next week, baseball, boys and girls golf and lacrosse take center stage across the state.

06/04/2015

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MNfusion: Minnesota Bars Take Part In Negroni Week

Bored of the same old, tired gin and tonic? Finding that your gimlet needs a different twist? Why not try a negroni?

06/03/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Help Spirit Mountain Win $100K for MTB Trails

Bell Helmets will soon award $100K to fund a trailbuilding project, and Duluth’s Spirit Mountain Bike Park is among the finalists. Now the project needs your vote to win the cash.

06/01/2015

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MNfusion: Never Experienced Improv? Head To Stevie Ray’s

After over 25 years on stage, the Stevie Ray’s Comedy Club is getting a new look. And they are improvising. Literally.

06/01/2015

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Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

Another homestand for the Minnesota Twins is in the books, and the pattern of home field success continues. This six-gamer saw the Twins accomplish something they hadn’t done since 2006, and afforded them a view of the division they hadn’t had since 2013.

05/31/2015

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Mike’s Mix: On the Patio At Nonna Rosa’s

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to the patio at Nonna Rosa’s. More people are discovering a stretch of West Broadway in Robbinsdale as “must-eat” stop for foodies. That’s where you’ll find grandma’s recipes served up on a cozy patio and cocktails inspired by the Amalfi Coast.

05/30/2015

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Tap Talk: Gull Dam Brewing, Inc.

We’ve all had those days. The days when you just need a gosh, darn drink. Well, now one brewery owner in the Brainerd/Baxter area is here to help you with those days. Only he’s giving you a Gull Dam beer.

05/29/2015

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Prep Blog: Section Baseball Playoffs In Full Swing

We have a state tournament field set in boys tennis for both teams and individuals in Class A and AA. The next tournament to be figured it will be in baseball, where section playoffs are well underway and state teams will be decided across Minnesota by next weekend if the weather allows.

05/29/2015