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Tap Talk: Harriet Brewing Company

Harriet Brewing is a great example of success through sheer determination fueled by passion. Yes, it sounds dramatic, but hear me out.

04/24/2015

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Prep Blog: Tyus Jones Ready For Leap To NBA

This time last year, Jones was preparing to graduate and had already signed a letter of intent to attend Duke and play basketball. I’m sure many people thought Jones would have success immediately at Duke, but nobody could have predicted what he would accomplish in his freshman season with the Blue Devils.

04/24/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Memorial Day Resort Happenings

Sure, it’s a month away, but Memorial Day will arrive faster than you think. Many resorts are planning long-weekend festivities for that weekend, and booking ahead is recommended. Here’s a sampling of what you can find.

04/23/2015

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Day 15 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Heart Of Wilderness’ Reviewed

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a spiritual place for anyone who has ever ventured there, for an ordeal packed with unforgettable serenity. But even in the of the golden age of the Minnesota Film Board in the 1990s, a location scout could never convince anyone that the BWCA was a practical place to shoot for even an afternoon.

04/23/2015

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MNfusion: New Century Theatre Revives “Happy Days” In New Musical

In January the State Theatre traveled back to the 1950s with “I Love Lucy: Live on Stage,” coming up at the end of the month, the Pantages will step into the ’60s with “Jersey Boys” and this Friday the New Century Theatre will also rewind to ’50s with a musical version of the 1970s show “Happy Days.”

04/22/2015

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Day 14 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Antarctic Edge’ Reviewed

Science documentaries focusing on climate change in Antarctica, with gorgeous images of cerulean icebergs and throngs of wobbling penguins, are not exactly rare these days. Dena Seidel’s Antarctic Edge is the latest among them, and while it’s not as mesmerizing as last year’s Antarctica: A Year on Ice, it does champion an important group of people: the scientists spending huge chunks of their lives studying the frozen continent.

04/22/2015

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Wild Blog: Ott Latest In A Line Of Villains Among Wild Fans

If there is one thing that can make a playoff series more dramatic than it already is, it’s the presence of a villain. Whether it’s a player you detest, a guy who just rubs you the wrong way or a person you only tolerate because he’s plays for your team, knowing that if he played anywhere else you would despise them, a villain just makes things more intriguing.

04/21/2015

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4 Your Pets: Ruff Start Rescue’s Prison Program

Late last spring, Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis and company started a program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, where rescue dogs are paired up with select offender trainers.

04/21/2015

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Day 13 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘I Touched All Your Stuff’ Reviewed

When press notes compare a documentary to Errol Morris, what does that typically tell you as a viewer? Does it suggest that you’re going to see a film that digs like a termite at its subject? Does it suggest to you a seamless blend of interview footage and dramatic recreation?

04/21/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Miesville 56 Ride Report

In its second year, the Miesville 56 was open to 250 registrants, and nearly filled up.

04/20/2015

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MNfusion: Ukrainian Quartet DakhaBrakha Returns To The Dakota

DakhaBrakha made their debut at The Dakota in August 2014. The Ukrainian quartet will take the stage at The Dakota beginning at 8 p.m. April 20 and 21. Tickets cost between $32 and $42.

04/20/2015

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Day 12 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Theeb’ Reviewed

The beauty of director Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb lies in its seeming simplicity. On the surface, it looks like a boy’s coming-of-age adventure story. Yet, on a deeper level, the film surges with western themes […]

04/20/2015

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Twins Blog: Homestand Notes

After an awful 1-5 road trip to start the 2015 campaign, the Twins returned home to the friendly confines of Target Field determined to brush off a bad start and right the ship.

04/19/2015

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Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution’ Reviewed

Stanley Nelson’s gripping and thorough documentary on the Black Panther Party is the first in his series of three films about the black experience in America. The documentarian — best known for the immersive and […]

04/19/2015

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Day 10 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Slow West’ Reviewed

Perhaps if one mixed the cinematic vision of the Coen brothers with the Rocky Mountain vistas and greasy leather hats of Red Dead Redemption, the result would be something like John Maclean’s incredibly stylish and […]

04/18/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Craft Cocktails At Target Field

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Target Field to check out the best cocktails for this year’s Twins season.

04/18/2015

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Tap Talk: Badger Hill Brewing Company

Next up for Tap Talk is Shakopee’s Badger Hill Brewery.

04/17/2015

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Day 9 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Hello! Junichi’ Reviewed

My introduction to Japanese artist and director Katsuhito Ishii was, oddly enough, at the 2005 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. I had no idea what I was getting into at a screening of The Taste Of Tea — a hilarious, quiet, outrageous, sensitive, violent, magical and sob-provoking tale of a multi-generational family.

04/17/2015

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Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year’s Spring Champions

It’s a little early to predict who will be the best of the best in various high school sports around the Twin Cities, but it should be a competitive spring when you look at last year’s spring state champions and what they bring back this year.

04/16/2015

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Day 8 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Girlhood’ Reviewed

There are longueurs that occur throughout French director Céline Sciamma’s new drama Girlhood almost as if on a schedule. These moments feature the central character Marieme (Karidja Toure) seemingly soaking in a privileged moment in […]

04/16/2015

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Wild Blog: Playoff Time, Keys To Beat The Blues

Everyone knows the Blues are a good team with a lot of depth and a lot of size. This is going to be a very physical series, but the Wild is a fast team and if they can use that quickness to get out of their zone and on the rush, they’ll be in perfect position.

04/16/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Take Mom Out For Mother’s Day

It’s almost here—one of the most popular restaurant days of the year. Have you made your Mother’s Day dining plans yet? If not, hop to. The last thing you want to have to do come May 10 is explain to Mom that you waited too long. Here are just a few suggestions of options for Mom’s day.

04/16/2015

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4 Your Pets: Meet Ruff Start Rescue’s Azure Davis

It’s not too often you find your life’s passion while in your teens, but that’s just what happened to Azure Davis of Princeton. She started bringing animals home when she was 16. “My parents weren’t happy with it,” Davis said.

04/15/2015

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Tap Talk: Craft Beer Festival Comes To Mpls.

Attention, craft beer enthusiasts: This weekend is your chance to guzzle (well … politely sample) the craftiest of beers from nearly 75 different breweries.

04/15/2015