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The Great Ecstasy Of ‘Sunshine Superman’

Nearly a decade ago, first-time filmmaker Marah Strauch thought she was going to make a documentary about her uncle, a man who filmed himself and others jumping off cliffs and skyscrapers for fun.

05/27/2015

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MNfusion: Apothecary Bar & Lounge Opens At Loews Hotel

A spoon full of sugar, and bitters, helps the medicine go down at Minneapolis’ new Apothecary Bar. On Thursday, Loews Hotel in downtown Minneapolis unveiled its new bar as part of a $10 million renovation that included upgrading 251 guestrooms.

05/25/2015

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Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Holds Spring Game, Preps For Italy Trip

St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso got a glimpse into his immediate future last weekend as his squad hosted its annual spring game. St. Thomas was actually the first Division III program to host a spring football game back in 2009, ahead of a foreign trip to Canada. It’s a contest that’s scored, but bears absolutely zero meaning as far as winning, and gives die-hard program followers a chance to see what’s ahead for the future of the program.

05/22/2015

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‘Slow West’ & ‘100-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out The Window’ Reviewed

One of the best films to screen at the latest Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, Slow West blends a Coen brothers-like sense of humor with Tarantino-smacking violence to create a frontier story that’s hard to pin down and also forget.

05/22/2015

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Tap Talk: Sweet Science Offers Tasting At Urban Growler

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Sweet Science Ice Cream and Urban Growler are teaming up to make this Memorial Day sweeter by adding in a little ice cream and lot of beer.

05/21/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Minnesota May Tornadoes

You could say that May opens the door to tornado season in Minnesota, yet the month only experiences five tornadoes on average annually. Thus, for eight tornadoes to impact the state in one day is on the rarer side.

05/19/2015

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Bite of Minnesota: Treats From Swedish Crown Bakery

Wouldn’t it be glorious to have treats delivered to you all of the time? Imagine my excitement when I got a text from the WCCO offices saying I had an edible package from Swedish Crown Bakery.

05/19/2015

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Guy On A Bike: With QBP It Makes Sense To Ride To Work

While you may not have heard of QBP, chances are you know its brands. Since 1981, Bloomington-based Quality Bicycle Products has been distributing bicycle parts to independent retailers around the country.

05/19/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Memorial Day Observances & Celebrations

Sure, the weather has (finally) started to act like it’s supposed to this time of year, but we all know summer really starts over Memorial Day weekend, when everyone begins flocking in earnest to lakes and northwoods.

05/19/2015

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‘Iris’ Producer Talks About The Life Of 93-Year-Old Fashion Icon

The penultimate film of Albert Maysles is a loving and inquisitive look into the life of a now 93-year-old fashion icon.

05/18/2015

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Twin Cities Taco Blogger Eating A Taco A Day In 2015

Minneapolis taco enthusiast Kelly Johnson is on pace to devour a taco a day in 2015 and her tongue-in-cheek reviews of the various tongues and cheeks she’s eaten at taco stands around the Twin Cities have attracted a growing readership online.

05/18/2015

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Tap Talk: Surly Set To Open ‘Brewer’s Table’

Surly’s already impressive Destination Brewery is about to become even more so, when the brewery opens its new finer dining restaurant. The restaurant, called “Brewer’s Table”, will open on the upper level of the Destination Brewery at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.

05/18/2015

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Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

The Twins finished a brief three-game homestand versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Brief, but successful as they took two of three from Tampa.

05/17/2015

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Big Bird’s Biggest Fan Is A Kid From Minnesota

Growing up as a kid with special needs, Nick Bertsch didn’t get invited to birthday parties or sleepovers. Making friends was tough, yet that didn’t stop him from becoming a close friend to one of TV’s most iconic characters: Big Bird.

05/15/2015

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4 Your Pets: An Update On Jayla, & Pet Pulltabs?

WCCO viewers may remember Jayla from a story we did in January. The Boxer mix was found wandering the streets in Alabama by a vet tech. Her fur was almost entirely gone due to mange, she had heartworm was very malnourished. Luckily, Jayla made her way to Minnesota with the help of Ruff Start Rescue.

05/15/2015

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

You don’t have to go very far to find entertaining, competitive and intense match-ups on the high school sports scene. The spring prep sports landscape will take shape over the next few weeks as we’ll have playoffs underway, if not decided, in lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis.

05/14/2015

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Local Music Tap: ‘France Camp’ LP Release @ 7th Street Entry

There was once a time (Tuesday) when a web producer/local music blogger decided to preview an album release show for a local casual punk band — and was blindsided by their truly remarkable (and beautifully, humorously confusing) responses to his questions. This is his (my) story.

05/14/2015

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Tropical Storm Ana Starts Hurricane Season Early

Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t start officially until June 1, but this year we’ve already seen our first named storm.

05/14/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spring Market Finds

As soon as we start to have warm weather and sunshine, the talk turns to farmers markets and we start to get antsy about cooking fresh and local again. Typically at this time, the abundance of produce hasn’t quite hit us yet – it is Minnesota after all! However, thanks to an early spring the first markets will likely offer more than in years prior.

05/12/2015

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Historical Society Creates Tours For Memory-Impaired

I’ve often been a cheerleader for the Minnesota Historical Society, because I think the work they do in preserving Minnesota’s past, and developing programming to make it fun and interesting in the present, is stellar.

05/12/2015

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It Ain’t Easy Being Big Bird, New Film Shows

In 1964, Muppet master Jim Henson picked the young puppeteer Caroll Spinney to don an 8-foot-tall bird suit for an educational children’s show called “Sesame Street.” Forty-five years later and more than two decades since Henson’s death, Spinney is still the man inside that yellow-feathered puppet, recognized the world over as Big Bird.

05/12/2015

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MN Couple’s ‘Dear Future Baby’ Has Arrived

After creating a viral hit based off of Meghan Trainor’s “Dear Future Husband,” it may be time for one Minneapolis couple to write another. Joey Famoso and Joe Morales’ “Dear Future Baby” now has a name – Jackson Rudy.

05/12/2015

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Tap Talk: Barley John’s Brewpub In New Brighton

Just north of Minneapolis stashed away in its “oasis” of New Brighton, you’ll find a quaint little brewpub bearing the name of Barley John’s. The brewpub’s beer, however, packs quite a bigger punch.

05/12/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Crank Sisters Gets Girls Interested In Mountain Biking

There is no question: Minnesota is a great place to be a cyclist. Whether you prefer leisurely rides on scenic pathways or the challenge of a highly technical black diamond singletrack, there are plenty of options.

05/11/2015