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Prep Blog: Top Teams Hitting Top Holiday Tournaments

For most, the holiday season is a time to be with family and away from the stresses of everyday life. For high school athletes, the time after Christmas and before the start of the new year is among the busiest on the calendar.

12/23/2014

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (Part 5)

As December draws to a close and the New Year arrives, there’s still plenty to do.

12/22/2014

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Mike’s Mix: A Chocolate Cocktail At Kincaid’s

All this month Mike Augustyniak has been mixing at some classic, old-school bars–places that feel like home for the holidays. This week, Mike headed to Kincaid’s in Bloomington.

12/20/2014

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Local Tap Talk: Big Wood Brewery

We decided to help you – and your livers – keep up with the taproom trend by stopping by some of these Twin Cities brewhouses. First up, Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake.

12/19/2014

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Prep Blog: Edina Hockey Tournament Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

We’re a week away from Christmas and high school students are ready to mentally check out for the holidays. Once the final exams are over and winter break starts, break out the video games, Ipods and DVDs. Or for the high school athletes, it’s the start of the busiest time of the winter sports year.

12/18/2014

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Movie Blog: Worst Christmas Movies Ever

I’m not going to lie. Most holiday movies are at best mediocre. The noisy, overdecorated holiday movies are all too profuse. Instead, we should reserve our contempt for the movies that are not only stupid, but crassly manipulative.

12/18/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Making Spirits Bright

One of my favorite places to visit at the holidays is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The McGuinn Great Hall in the Oswald Visitor Center is the home of several beautifully decorated Christmas trees, often including items found on the Arboretum grounds.

12/18/2014

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Wild Blog: Wild Vs. Blackhawks – So Close, Yet So Far

I honestly believe the Wild had Tuesday night’s game won until a questionable hooking penalty on Erik Haula put Chicago on the power play in the last five minutes of a tie game. That shift in momentum was just what the Hawks needed.

12/17/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Local Food Gifts

It seems that people are in one of two camps: early shoppers or last-minute shoppers. I grew up in a family of last-minute shoppers. My mom would be finishing her shopping list on Christmas Eve, and still be wrapping as we arrived. As an adult, I have retained some of those last-minute tendencies, but certainly not in the gift-buying department.

12/16/2014

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Guy On A Bike: Last-Minute Gifts For The Cyclist In Your Life

Hanukkah begins tonight and Christmas is right around the corner. That means a number of us are feverishly searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. If you’ve got a cyclist in your life and just don’t know what to get him or her, here are a few nearly fail-safe ideas.

12/16/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Babadook’ Review

What makes the Australian horror movie The Babadook so spookily satisfying is that it isn’t so much about a shadowy monster terrorizing a single mom and her little boy as it is about the psychological health of a family devastated by loss.

12/14/2014

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (Week 3)

This week the holiday festivities are located all within one part of the state, the city of Excelsior.

12/11/2014

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Curiocity: Q&A With Billie Wildrick From ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’

By now, it’s hard to believe that there are people who haven’t seen the 1983 Christmas comedy, “A Christmas Story.” I mean, it’s nearly impossible not to catch a glimpse of the film when flipping through channels on Christmas day since TBS began its 24-hour “A Christmas Story” marathon.

12/10/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Entertainment Jill’ & Fostering Female Talent

Calley Bliss — the founder of Entertainment Jill – has a great tagline that she acknowledges is somewhat cheesy, but it perfectly describes what her new company strives to do: foster talent and give female musicians a voice.

12/10/2014

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