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Wander Minnesota: The Restaurant Capital Of The World

Have you heard of Dorset, Minnesota, the Restaurant Capital of the World? No? Well. Let’s take a visit. Dorset is a village Park Rapids and Akeley in northern Minnesota, with a population of about 22 people.

07/02/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Picnics with hot dogs, fireworks with sparklers, miniature American flags with parades. They’re all fine and dandy, but don’t you want to catch some of the explosively entertaining options available at area movie theaters this long holiday weekend?

07/01/2014

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Wild Blog: The 2014 Minnesota Wild Draft Picks: What You Need To Know

The 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone and the next generation of Minnesota Wild players have been chosen. My previous blog went into detail about 1st round pick Alex Tuch. Here is what you need to know about the other players drafted by Minnesota.

06/28/2014

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Wild Blog: Wild Select Right Wing On Quiet First Night Of The Draft

The best way to describe the 2014 NHL Draft is forward heavy. If you need a center or a wing there is a good chance you can get one in this draft. That’s exactly what the Minnesota Wild did Friday night as they selected Alex Tuch with the 18th pick overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Otherwise it was a pretty quiet night for Minnesota.

06/28/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case’ Review 

In April 2011, Ai Weiwei — the Chinese artist who helped design the Beijing “bird’s nest” Olympic stadium and who filled London’s Tate Modern with 8 million sunflower seeds — was arrested by authorities in his home country. They held him in detention for nearly three months on what later turned out to be tax fraud charges. After that, they placed their most prominent international artist on house arrest. This is where Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen’s documentary The Fake Case starts. The beloved, world-renowned creator is leaving the very grip of the authorities’ intimidation chamber, and he’s rattled — not talking to international press, keeping quiet. Something’s wrong.

06/27/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix – The Shiso-Watermelon Cooler

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This Friday, Mike shares a recipe from United Noodles, a restaurant and deli offering an authentic taste of Japanese and Chinese cuisine. This week’s selection is a refreshing, blended beverage perfect for those warm summer nights.

06/27/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Northland Arboretum

Just minutes away from the hubbub of the twin cities of Brainerd and Baxter is the Northland Arboretum. It’s almost a shock to find yourself so close to the fully built-out stretch of Highway 371 that goes through Baxter and just down the street from Fleet Farm, and yet you’re in a peaceful, calm nature preserve.

06/26/2014

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Pet Blog: Pet-A-Palooza!

Pets, and the humans who love them, will take over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this Saturday! Pet-A-Palooza is a free event that features some 30 exhibitors and 40 rescue and adoption groups.

06/26/2014

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Local Music Tap: Twin Cities Jazz Fest Begins

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year in downtown St. Paul and is bringing in great talent from all around the world — and it’s totally free for concert-goers.

06/26/2014

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‘Purple Rain’s Tracks Ranked From Worst To Best

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three decades since Prince bade us to “dig if you will a picture.” Yes, the blockbuster Purple Rain album — a 20 million unit monster that still stands atop the list of the bestselling Minnesota albums ever release, well ahead of Bob Dylan’s two separate Greatest Hits compilations — was released on June 25, 1984.

06/25/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Strawberry Goat Cheese Squares

On Sunday morning I made a mad dash for Lorence’s Berry Farm in Northfield and picked 16 pounds of strawberries just before a storm came through. The fields had plenty of berries to pick and they were large, juicy, and delicious.

06/25/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This week’s list of the best screenings around town features at least a couple movies I’m not very fond of, actually. I hope that you take this as a mark of my own possibly hopeless attempts to remain objective about what people might consider the “best bets.”

06/24/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Lost Lake Lodge

It’s so tucked away into the woods that you could easily drive right by it and never know it’s there—perhaps a good reason for the name: Lost Lake Lodge.

06/23/2014

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Twins Blog: MLB All-Star Game Is Almost Here

The countdown is on! In less than a month, baseball’s biggest names will be in the Twin Cities for an All-American celebration: Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. This is the third Mid-Summer Classic the Twins have been honored to host.

06/23/2014