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Mike’s Mix: St. Patrick’s Day, 2 Ways

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Liffey for a couple drinks that will definitely get you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

03/14/2015

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Wild Blog: Entering The Toughest Stretch Of The Season

If you have watched the Minnesota Wild over the last month and a half, you know they are the hottest team in the NHL. Minnesota is 17-3-1 since the All-Star break and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.

03/12/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Friday The 13th’ Ranked, From Worst To Best

It isn’t so very often that we get two Friday the 13th months in a row. You don’t have to be superstitious to perk up whenever the fateful date approaches. You might just be a fan of some of the cheesiest, least frightening horror movies ever made, the Friday the 13th franchise.

03/12/2015

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Movie Blog: This Weekend’s Best Bets

Since there was no “This Week’s Best Bets,” there’ll be a “Weekend’s Best Bets.” So while you’re out enjoying the spring-like temps, consider popping by one of the events listed below. They include a DVD and estate sale, as well as back-by-popular demand screenings of Godard’s latest, “Goodbye to Language.”

03/12/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Ferret Bowling

Ferrets, the most rascally of all legal pets, never fail to entertain. And this little one’s aptitude for bowling makes it a frat house’s dream!

03/12/2015

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Local Tap Talk: LynLake Brewery

After what seems like forever, the Lyndale Theater’s empty, barren space is leased and is now home to a new brewery. LynLake Brewery opened to the thirsty, hip masses in Uptown on Oct. 10, 2014 just in time to the last bit of warm sunshine on its rooftop.

03/11/2015

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MNfusion: Orpheum’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Enchanting, Magical

There are few things sadder than re-watching a movie you loved as a child only to find it no longer entertaining. The same can be said for watching adaptations of those beloved stories. Of course, as a child of the early 90s, I am well acquainted with the Disney animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.” In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite Disney movies of all time.

03/11/2015

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Local Music Tap: 2015 Rock The Garden Lineup Announced

We now know who will play this summer’s two-day festival at the Walker Art Center.

03/11/2015

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Twins Blog: Royals GM On Becoming A Playoff Contender

It’s been four years of futility for the Minnesota Twins. But compared with some other MLB franchises, four years is a brief period of time compared to their struggles to compete for a championship.

03/10/2015

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Dear Future Family: MN Couple Opens Up About Adoption Journey

For many American families, adoption is an abstract concept. These are the families who can take it for granted that they can conceive when they are ready and start their families how, and when, they wish.

03/10/2015

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Pet Blog: Turn Your Dog Into An Antler Hunter!

Deer antler shed hunting has been around for a long time. When breeding season is through, adult males shed their antlers — and that’s when “hunting” season begins, typically between December and February.

03/09/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Shagarita

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Shag Sushi for a cocktail that’s a full-body experience: not just taste but sight, sound, smell, feel.

03/07/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Human Capital’ & ‘Road Hard’ Reviewed

Director Paolo Virzì’s multi-sided moral fable Human Capital took home the Best Picture award last year from the equivalent of the Italian Oscars, managing somehow to best Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, which happened to bag an actual Oscar. While Virzi’s film isn’t half as good as Sorrentino’s, it must be said that “Human Capital” is pretty, gripping and has the aura of greatness, even if it does come off a little too much like another Oscar winner, 2006’s Crash.

03/06/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Paying for Bikeways

For the better part of the past decade, the Twin Cities has been heralded as one of the best areas in the nation for cyclists, despite six months of frigid temperatures, icy roads and corrosive salt. As the popularity of cycling continues to grow, government agencies from the feds down have increased spending on bicycling infrastructure and upkeep. Every year it seems as if miles of new black ribbon open up to enthusiastic riders.

03/06/2015

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Movie Blog: Top 10 Greatest Hockey Movies Ever

Previously, I’ve counted down the best baseball movies, the best football movies, and the best basketball movies of all time. Heck, I’ve even covered the best movies featuring archery. Why did it take me this long to get to the best movies about hockey?

03/06/2015

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Wild Blog: Finding Ways To Win

It is amazing to me how this Wild team just keeps finding ways to win, and the fan in me is loving every minute of it! We just keep climbing up those playoff ranks and just take a moment to let these next stats sink in a little bit.

03/06/2015

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Local Music Tap: Mary Bue Album Release @ Turf Club

A Duluth-based pop rock songstress is headed to the Twin Cities to release her newest album, “Holy Bones,” at the Turf Club Tuesday.

03/06/2015

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Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Earns 10th Straight NCAA Bid

The St. Thomas men’s basketball team savored the moment after beating Bethel 66-63 in the title game of the MIAC Playoffs Sunday, but there wasn’t a ton of time to celebrate after cutting down the nets.

03/05/2015

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Local Tap Talk: Steel Toe Brewing

We decided to help you – and your livers – keep up with the taproom trend by stopping by some of these Twin Cities brewhouses. Next up is St. Louis Park’s expanding tap room, Steel Toe Brewery.

03/05/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: ‘Dr. Who’ Cat

This mysterious video seems to get better with each viewing. What is it about the toothbrush that seems to send this feline into another dimension? Thanks to Bits of Win on YouTube for sharing this triumph!

03/05/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Beware The Pizzly!

The bloodline of one of nature’s most powerful and fascinating land-bound apex predators is merging with an animal atop the Arctic food chain, the polar bear—yielding a fearsome hybrid referred to as the “pizzly” or “grolar” bear. The breeding of these king creatures is likely the result of habitat overlap caused by global climate change.

03/04/2015

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Prep Blog: State Hockey, Section Basketball Playoffs Highlight Busy Week

It’s poised to be an intense and emotional week in St. Paul and around the Twin Cities as the best boys hockey teams in the state hit Xcel Energy Center for one of the best state tournaments around. That, and state tournament bids get handed out for next week’s boys state basketball tournament at Target Center.

03/03/2015

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‘Neighbor Poet’ Writing Customized Weekly Rhymes

Tom Fobbe calls himself the “neighborhood poet” and hopes his words will warm the hearts of many Minnesotans.

03/03/2015

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Wild Blog: Team Adds Size, Depth At Defense

Just when you thought maybe the Wild were done making moves and that this year’s NHL trade deadline would come and go with the Wild keeping their team as is, everything changed.

03/03/2015