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Prep Blog: State Gymnastics Meet Highlights Busy Weekend

You have to love this time of year if you’re a high school sports fan. Yes, it’s the middle of February and it’s bitterly cold, but the best programs around Minnesota are flocking to the Twin Cities to take home trophies.

02/20/2015

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Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Basketball Wins 10th Straight MIAC Title

The St. Thomas men’s basketball team had reason to celebrate Monday night. The Tommies, ranked No. 3 in Division III, used a suffocating defense and balanced scoring to dominate No. 19-ranked St. Olaf 66-49.

02/19/2015

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Pet Blog: 50 Shades Of Grey(hounds)

E. L. James’ literary masterwork, “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” and its subsequent film adaptation may not be up everyone’s, um, alley. But adorably, cuddly-wuddly greyhound puppies gathered in one place? You have to have less of a soul than Christian Grey not to get psyched!

02/18/2015

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MNfusion: Guthrie Theater’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

When tackling a well-known piece of theater there are two paths to take: stay true to the original work as much as possible or add in a twist. Both paths offer challenges to directors and actors, and both open the performance up to criticism for either not living up to previous performances or for missing the mark with the new artistic choice.

02/17/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Weather As A Weapon?

A pair of major reports on geo-engineering, “Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth” and “Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration,” were published last week by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the CIA was purportedly a major funder. So, can the weather be used as a weapon? The answer is…it’s been tried!

02/16/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

More Oscar stuff this week, as you might have expected. And among the offerings are some fresh nominee screenings. One of the most exciting is that of Timbuktu, which is nominated for a best foreign film Oscar.

02/16/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Home-Crafted Valentine’s Day Cocktails

If your Valentine’s Day plans include staying in, I have an idea. What about impressing your sweetie with an easy, homemade craft cocktail? Here are three recipes from a bartender whose own love life heated up in a kitchen — Laurel Elm from Saint Dinette.

02/14/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Bad Kitty!

I think we all know this Persian understands Spanish — and is just a fluffy bundle of badness! Jennifer Morales unleashed this YouTube video on the world, aptly titled “Gato malo,” or “bad cat.”

02/13/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Beloved Sisters’ Review

To call Beloved Sisters a romantic, historical epic about a threesome with a German poet is wrong. While the scenes are set gorgeously, with meticulously detailed costumes and props, and the story centers on the possible love life of the monumental Friedrich Schiller, there lacks a certain something when the characters’ passions flare and fists meet the table. The silverware rattles, but not much else.

02/13/2015

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Prep Blog: State Dance Competition Highlights Weekend Sports

The state’s best ski teams, both downhill and cross country, are at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik this week for their perspective state tournaments. This weekend, the best dance teams in Minnesota hit Target Center in Minneapolis to determine the best high kick and jazz programs in three classes in the state..

02/12/2015

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Pet Blog: Kiss A Puppy On Valentine’s Day

Plan on being lonely this Saturday, aka Valentine’s Day? Got some extra dollar bills in your pocket? Well, don’t go where I think you’re thinking of going. Instead, head to south Minneapolis’ Carver Junk Company and get a sloppy kiss from a puppy for a buck!

02/12/2015

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MNfusion: Salt Cellar Embodies St. Paul Culture With Retro, Old-School Style

It’s a tough job to open a restaurant. A fact the team at Salt Cellar in St. Paul knows all too well. The new-fashioned steakhouse was set to open in October of 2014, but as […]

02/12/2015

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Wander Minnesota: ‘Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison’

The Minnesota History Center is opening a new exhibit on Saturday: Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, which will remain open until April 26. This is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibit of an important American artist.

02/12/2015

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Local Tap Talk: 612Brew Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary, Unveils New Cans

After two years of hard work, a northeast Minneapolis brewery is spreading its wings and branching out to local liquor stores this month.

02/11/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry

Looking for more ways to infuse vegetables into your diet? A stir-fry is a quick and easy way to do it. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to use bits and pieces of vegetables left in the crisper drawer.

02/10/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With the Academy Awards still looming large on the horizon, it’s hard not to post up a handful of nominees again this week. A few of the big contenders — such as Birdman, Selma, Boyhood and American Sniper – are showing at several metro screens, and the Oscar-nominated shorts are also still going strong over at the Lagoon and the Riverview.

02/09/2015

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MNfusion: Theater Latté Da’s ‘Oliver’ Debuts At The Pantages

Audiences were clearly delighted at seeing the return of “Oliver” Saturday evening in downtown Minneapolis. The show opened Saturday evening at the Pantages Theatre as the third collaboration between Theater Latté Da and the Hennepin Trust Company as part of the Broadway Re-imagined series.

02/09/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Blood & Sand

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Mill Northeast and to make the essential Scotch cocktail, served up in a neighborhood setting.

02/07/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Cat Gamer

Willy the cat was bored, until his owners found him the perfect app! Thanks to Vic and Jeanne Hutson from Brooklyn Park for sending us this tender vittle!

02/06/2015

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

It’s getting to be that exciting time of the winter high school sports season as we go down to the wire for conference champions and get the postseason started.

02/06/2015

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Guy On A Bike: MnDOT State Bicycle Plan

Once again, the state of Minnesota is seeking your input as it continues to develop its Statewide Bicycle Plan. According to a Department of Transportation press release, “the plan will identify a statewide system of bicycle routes, improve existing facilities and refine MnDOT’s bicycle planning process.”

02/05/2015

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Pet Blog: Go Snowshoe With Your Pawed Pals!

The Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle is turning ten this Saturday, when it’s held again at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. Organizers couldn’t help but notice over the past decade that more and more snowshoers were coming to the event with their dogs in tow.

02/05/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Valentine’s Day Beyond the Usual

Valentine’s Day is a week from Saturday. Are you ready? There’s certainly nothing wrong with flowers and a lovely dinner out, but there are other options. Note: reservations are recommended for most of these, so call ahead. The Warner Nature Center has a family friendly Valentine’s planned with its Winter Blizzard Blast

02/04/2015

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Movie Blog: Bill Pohlad’s ‘Love & Mercy’ To Close Out MSPIFF 2015

Bill Pohlad, known for producing such powerful films as 12 Years a Slave, Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain, will have a director credit on a film slated to cap off this year’s Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

02/04/2015