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Guy On A Bike: Increasing Diversity in Cycling

Minneapolis consistently ranks among the best cities for cycling in the United States. But as I tool around on my steel horse I can’t help but notice that most of the other cyclists I encounter look like me: a white, middle-class male.

07/10/2015

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The Apu Trilogy Is A Human Epic, ‘Love At First Fight’ A Tough Romance

The love story that unfolds in “Love At First Fight” defies easy categorization. It’s not a French romcom, it’s not a passionate kissing fest, and it isn’t a tearjerker either. It’s just a slow-burning romance of sorts, with well-placed laughs. Featuring a remarkable performance by up-coming actress Adèle Haenel, the film is irresistible as it is unpredictable, and it makes for almost perfect summer movie watching.

07/10/2015

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Drink, Dash And Donate With The MN Brewery Running Series

For many runners, it’s the sense of accomplishment that they get as they cross the finish line keeps them going. For the rest of us, it’s the beer.

07/09/2015

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Wander Minnesota: ‘Inspired By Books’ At The MIA

At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts , of course there’s always so much going on around visual arts. But the museum also offers frequent tours of a literary bent: Inspired by Books, tours that combine the museum’s extensive visual arts collection with themed explorations of books.

07/08/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Minnesota Cherries

I hope your 4th of July weekend was as fun and food-filled as mine was. We kicked off the weekend by heading down to Cherry Leaf Farm in Northfield to do some cherry picking.

07/07/2015

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Local Music Tap: Wee Willie Walker CD Release @ Minnesota Music Cafe

In regards to Wee Willie Walker, there’s an old saying that comes up: “he’s still got it!” Now, longtime soul and blues man is proving it with the release of his new album, “If Nothing Ever Changes,” this weekend at the Minnesota Music Cafe.

07/07/2015

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MNfusion: Annual Fresh Ink Series Begins At Illusion Theater

During the summer the number of national touring shows that make their way through Minnesota is limited. But while some of the larger stages lay dark for longer periods of time, the curtain has hardly closed on the Twin Cities theater scene.

07/07/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With the holiday weekend come and gone, perhaps there’s a bit more free time in your schedule for movies. If that’s the case, you may want to check out the Walker Art Center’s Summer Nights/Cool Cinema series, which starts this week.

07/06/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Pat’s Tap’s Blood & Snow

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to Pat’s Tap for a new spin on an old Hollywood classic — the Blood & Snow.

07/04/2015

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Stunning & Enigmatic: ‘About Elly’ Reviewed

Emotionally explosive and wonderfully amorphous, “About Elly” is a 2009 film out of Iran getting its well-deserved release in the U.S. just now. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”, “The Past”), the film is a naturalistic drama that could easily be described as a thriller. Its characters are believable and mysterious, and the film highlights, to Western eyes, the weight honor holds in cultures built around it.

07/03/2015

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Movie Blog: 10 Best Fireworks Sequences

It’s the Fourth of July, which means fireworks displays galore. But if you happen to be stuck inside this evening, you’ll probably want to take in a great display via a classic movie. These are 10 of the top best scenes involving fireworks in movie history.

07/02/2015

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Tap Talk: Bemidji Brewing Co.

As the love of craft beer expands, so too do the breweries. So this Tap Talk we’re talking brewing up north with Bemidji Brewing Company.

06/30/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Blistered Shishito Peppers

While it’s tempting to pop over to a patio for some small bites, sometimes it’s nice to settle in at home and leisurely nibble and sip on your own time. No servers to interrupt, no meters to feed, and no one to judge you when you spill on yourself.

06/30/2015

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Pretty But Troubled: ‘Madame Bovary’ Reviewed

While the most recent adaptation of “Madame Bovary” is no doubt pretty, director Sophie Barthes’ take on the classic Flaubert novel doesn’t quite feel like anything more than a bookish period piece. The dialogue is too flowery, the performances are mixed at best, and the film appears to be addicted to swooning over its delicate piano soundtrack.

06/30/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and not surprisingly, it looks like many communities are going to have festivities all weekend. Besides the usual community fireworks and parades, there’s a lot to choose from around the state. If your Fourth of July plans take you out of the metro, you’ll find plenty to do. Here’s a sampling.

06/29/2015

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4 Your Pets: Princeton Rescue Organization Wins Huge Grant

Princeton’s Ruff Start Rescue just got a much-deserved financial boost! The animal rescue organization received a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist following a Facebook contest.

06/27/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Weekend

From a free show at Bryant Lake Bowl to a a plethora of music acts at the Twin Cities’ Pride, here are the four local music shows & events to see this weekend.

06/26/2015

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Prep Blog: Top Seniors Play In All-Star Football Game Saturday

High school football is at its best on Friday nights in the fall, but a game Saturday afternoon in St. Cloud is giving Minnesota’s graduated seniors one more chance to step on the field as prep athletes.

06/26/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Road Trip To Henderson

If you’re looking for a relaxing day trip or getaway, there’s a little town along the Minnesota River that fits the bill. The main street of Henderson is just a few blocks long, but there are eateries and shops worth a visit.

06/25/2015

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Mesmerizing & Frustrating: ‘The Wolfpack’ Reviewed

The “Wolfpack” raises far more questions than it answers, and that’s both why the documentary is so compelling and, at the same time, somewhat frustrating.

06/25/2015

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4 Your Pets: Pet-A-Palooza To Rock The Fairgrounds

There will be a different kind of Pronto Pup at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this Saturday. NewsRadio 830 WCCO is hooking up us pet lovers with another year of Pet-A-Palooza!

06/25/2015

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Tap Talk: Sisyphus Brewing

Over the last five years, the craft brewery movement has grown exponentially in Minnesota. The Associated Press says licensing records show two-thirds of Minnesota breweries have opened just since 2010. So, we decided to help […]

06/25/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Strawberry Wine Slushies

If this beautifully sunny and warm weekend wasn’t enough proof that summer is in full effect, then the emergence of strawberry season surely serves as a giant clue from mother nature that summer in Minnesota is here.

06/23/2015

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Tap Talk: Waconia Brewing Company

I don’t know about you, but growing up my brothers and I fought. A lot. So, while the idea of starting your own business seems daunting, the idea of starting a business with your brother seems insurmountable. But for some families, like the DeLanges, it works.

06/23/2015