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Mike’s Mix: Tijuana Brass Smash

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Lyn 65 in Richfield for a drink that will get you in the spirit to head south of the border.

03/21/2015

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MNfusion: Flowers And Art In Bloom At Macy’s Downtown

Winter this year was not as bad to Minnesota as last year, but our lack of snow has meant a lack of color. But for the next two weeks, Minnesotans get their fill of flowers at the annual Macy’s Flower Show.

03/21/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Design Cycles

The bicycle: a nearly perfect contraption whose basic design has remained unchanged for more than a century. Sleek lines, precise geometry and fine-tuned machinery afford the rider a sense of joy not easily duplicated.

03/20/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Maidan’ & ‘Spring’ Reviewed

The best thing about “Spring” is that it wears its weirdness on its sleeve

03/20/2015

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Prep Blog: Apple Valley Completes ‘Unfinished Business’ To Win 2nd State Title

The Champlin Park boys basketball team had a chance to cap off a perfect season with a state championship lat weekend, but Apple Valley and its sense of unfinished business coming in was too much for the Rebels.

03/19/2015

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Why Are There Computer Chips In Tim Shank’s Hands?

Pinched skin, plunged needle, pressed gauze — and a 12-millimeter bioinert glass capsule is installed in the fleshy back of Tim Shank’s hand. Shank is a biohacker, a transhumanist, a grinder, a cyborg.

03/19/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Dachshund Cops!

The world can’t get enough of wiener dogs on patrol! Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is back, and he’s still in hot pursuit of one dirty dog. You can get your Crusoe fix by visiting his own YouTube channel.

03/19/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Travail Experience

By now you’ve likely heard of Travail, the popular chef driven restaurant in Robbinsdale. You’ve probably read stories both about the long lines and the amazing dining experience. Perhaps you even read about their new ticketing system, where tickets are purchased well in advance, something I’m a huge fan of.

03/18/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Aurora Edition

A severe geomagnetic storm ignited an epic outbreak of the aurora borealis across northern latitudes world-wide over the last two nights!

03/18/2015

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Local Tap Talk: Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company moved into their Stillwater location five years ago, but began conceptually almost 14 years before that. In 2001, co-founder and CEO Dan Schwarz became part of a small poker league that consisted of neighbors and friends. As the group played they learned a number of them used to home brew.

03/17/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

A few days ago, the list of features for this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival dropped. There are more than 170 movies in the lineup, and, as you can imagine, there’s a lot to look through.

03/16/2015

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Mike’s Mix: St. Patrick’s Day, 2 Ways

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Liffey for a couple drinks that will definitely get you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

03/14/2015

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Wild Blog: Entering The Toughest Stretch Of The Season

If you have watched the Minnesota Wild over the last month and a half, you know they are the hottest team in the NHL. Minnesota is 17-3-1 since the All-Star break and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.

03/12/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Friday The 13th’ Ranked, From Worst To Best

It isn’t so very often that we get two Friday the 13th months in a row. You don’t have to be superstitious to perk up whenever the fateful date approaches. You might just be a fan of some of the cheesiest, least frightening horror movies ever made, the Friday the 13th franchise.

03/12/2015

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Movie Blog: This Weekend’s Best Bets

Since there was no “This Week’s Best Bets,” there’ll be a “Weekend’s Best Bets.” So while you’re out enjoying the spring-like temps, consider popping by one of the events listed below. They include a DVD and estate sale, as well as back-by-popular demand screenings of Godard’s latest, “Goodbye to Language.”

03/12/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Ferret Bowling

Ferrets, the most rascally of all legal pets, never fail to entertain. And this little one’s aptitude for bowling makes it a frat house’s dream!

03/12/2015

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Local Tap Talk: LynLake Brewery

After what seems like forever, the Lyndale Theater’s empty, barren space is leased and is now home to a new brewery. LynLake Brewery opened to the thirsty, hip masses in Uptown on Oct. 10, 2014 just in time to the last bit of warm sunshine on its rooftop.

03/11/2015

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MNfusion: Orpheum’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Enchanting, Magical

There are few things sadder than re-watching a movie you loved as a child only to find it no longer entertaining. The same can be said for watching adaptations of those beloved stories. Of course, as a child of the early 90s, I am well acquainted with the Disney animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.” In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite Disney movies of all time.

03/11/2015

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Local Music Tap: 2015 Rock The Garden Lineup Announced

We now know who will play this summer’s two-day festival at the Walker Art Center.

03/11/2015

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Twins Blog: Royals GM On Becoming A Playoff Contender

It’s been four years of futility for the Minnesota Twins. But compared with some other MLB franchises, four years is a brief period of time compared to their struggles to compete for a championship.

03/10/2015

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Dear Future Family: MN Couple Opens Up About Adoption Journey

For many American families, adoption is an abstract concept. These are the families who can take it for granted that they can conceive when they are ready and start their families how, and when, they wish.

03/10/2015

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Pet Blog: Turn Your Dog Into An Antler Hunter!

Deer antler shed hunting has been around for a long time. When breeding season is through, adult males shed their antlers — and that’s when “hunting” season begins, typically between December and February.

03/09/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Shagarita

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Shag Sushi for a cocktail that’s a full-body experience: not just taste but sight, sound, smell, feel.

03/07/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Human Capital’ & ‘Road Hard’ Reviewed

Director Paolo Virzì’s multi-sided moral fable Human Capital took home the Best Picture award last year from the equivalent of the Italian Oscars, managing somehow to best Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, which happened to bag an actual Oscar. While Virzi’s film isn’t half as good as Sorrentino’s, it must be said that “Human Capital” is pretty, gripping and has the aura of greatness, even if it does come off a little too much like another Oscar winner, 2006’s Crash.

03/06/2015