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Weather Blog: Fireball Vs. Meteor

Every year, as the Earth spins into the fragment field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Pieces of rocky space debris, or meteoroids, slam into our atmosphere at 132,000 mph, producing the year’s most action-packed meteor shower – the Perseids. Generating 50-100 meteors per hour, the Perseid meteor shower runs through Aug. 24 with peak activity set to occur over the next few nights.

08/11/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Happy Christmas’ Review

Anna Kendrick was good in Drinking Buddies, but she’s better in Happy Christmas. This time, in another work of director Joe Swanberg, she plays an infectiously bubbly, if irresponsible, 27-year-old named Jenny, who’s moved to Chicago after breaking up with her boyfriend. She stays in the Windy City with her brother (played by Swanberg), and the film focuses on her struggle to balance her youthful energy with the realpolitik of growing up. And despite what the title suggests, the film’s not really about Christmas.

08/08/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Barbycham

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s tackling the Barbycham from St. Paul’s Ward 6.

08/08/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Flying Above The Trees

The summer weather of late has been spectacular—and we so deserve it—and it’s time to get outdoors, people, and enjoy views like these. An especially fine way to do that is to take a trip […]

08/06/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Small Batch Basil Pesto

Is your garden overflowing yet? I have a small container garden on our patio and mine is already producing a bunch of goodies. I’ve been keeping an eye on the basil and using it for […]

08/06/2014

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2014 Macy’s Glamorama Rocks Minneapolis

Being somewhat naïve when it comes to fashion, but always eager to learn, I was extremely excited to attend the highly anticipated Macy’s Glamorama. This year the event took place in downtown Minneapolis at the State Theater on Hennepin, and the theme was Fashion Rocks!

08/04/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Mood Indigo’ Review

Mood Indigo, the latest from French director Michel Gondry — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep — kicks off as a whimsical, surreal Parisian love story before falling, like an autumn leaf, into a melancholy look at aging, death and possibility of fate. The Paris of Gondry’s imagination is remarkable. It’s a quasi-steampunk, sci-fi wonderland with bizarre inventions: keyboard instruments that mix cocktails, flying cloud cars and alarm clocks that scurry up walls, like spiders. Those familiar with Gondry’s work will recognize his flair for fantastical production, of which he is an undeniable master. For those unfamiliar, think of him as a Gallic Wes Anderson, but less of a perfectionist.

08/01/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Solstice

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s tackling the signature cocktail of one of the Twin Cities’ most respected establishments … one with a number of very strong flavors.

08/01/2014

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Local Music Tap: Record Stores Respond To Vinyl’s Popularity

Earlier this month, Nielsen reported that vinyl sales rose a semi-staggering 40 percent over 2013 to 4 million in the first half of this year. At the same time, digital tracks and album (CDs) sales […]

07/31/2014

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Pet Blog: Chill Out By Pettin’ A Puppy

For three hours on Thursday, that rat race that is downtown Minneapolis will be pleasantly interrupted by rescue dogs! DogSense Unleashed and Safe Hands Rescue will bring more than a dozen dogs to Peavey Plaza to demonstrate the therapeutic strength inherent in petting a pooch.

07/30/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Cake

One of the desserts I made last week had been on my list for quite awhile. I found the recipe for Blueberry Ricotta Cake through Pinterest and finally got around to making it

07/30/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s absolutely, unquestionably official. This summer blockbuster season is a bust on almost every conceivable level. And you know what I have to say about that? Yay.

07/29/2014

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Wander Minnesota: August Festivities

Hard to believe that August is almost here, and the summer is winding down. Never let it be said that Minnesota lets summer go by without a lot of celebration. The number of events around the state reaches a peak this month. There are some biggies, like the Renaissance Festival opening Aug. 16, and, of course, the Minnesota State Fair, opening Aug. 21.

07/29/2014

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Mike’s Mix: The Ward 6

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s tackling the signature cocktail of one of the Twin Cities’ most respected establishments … one with a number of very strong flavors.

07/25/2014

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