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Wander Minnesota: The Saints, Soon To Be Marching In

If it’s spring, baseball can’t be far behind. But new to the spring of 2015 is the CHS Field, the brand-new home of the St. Paul Saints, located in St. Paul’s Lowertown. The stadium hosts its first home game on May 21, against Sioux City.

03/31/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

April is fast approaching, and that means the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival needs to be on every Minnesota cinephile’s radar.

03/30/2015

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Guy On A Bike: 30 Days Of Biking

If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve seen a friend or connection post something about 30 Days of Biking recently.

The idea, which spawned right here in Minnesota in 2010, is to get people to pledge to ride a bicycle every single day during the month of April. Whether you’re a daily bicycle commuter, Cyclo-cross junkie or even a non-cyclist, you are invited to take the pledge.

03/30/2015

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MNfusion: ‘Fruit Fly’ Is The Perfect Friend Date, Gay Or Straight

The true test of a show is when you strip away all those elements and rely simply on the words of a script and the actor saying them. And “Fruit Fly” passes this test with flying colors.

03/30/2015

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Local Tap Talk: Urban Growler — MN’s First Women-Owned Brewery

When co-founders Deb Loch and her partner, Jill Pavlak, decided to make a major life change they had no idea they’d be making history in Minnesota. Truth is they just wanted to bring people together at a turbulent time in United States’ politics.

03/30/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Sazerac

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads back to Lyn 65 in Richfield for a drink that provides a taste of “The Big Easy.”

03/28/2015

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Wild Blog: Back-To-Back Home Games Could Impact Playoff Race In The West

The Minnesota Wild return to Xcel Energy Center this weekend to kick off their final home stand of the season. While the next five games should give us an idea of where Minnesota will fit in the playoff picture, it’s the first two home games for the Wild that could have the biggest impact in the Western Conference playoff race.

03/27/2015

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A Minnesota Myth Sparked ‘Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter’

An urban legend from the snowy, desolate plains of Minnesota was the catalyst that led to “Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter,” a new, haunting film from brothers David and Nathan Zellner.

03/27/2015

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Prep Blog: Looking Back On An Eventful Winter Season

It’s transition time in Minnesota’s prep sports scene. The winter season is over and the champions have been crowned. While we have the time, let’s look back on an eventful winter season and reflect on the teams and games that gave us excitement and allowed us to appreciate high schools sports for what they are: Fun, competitive and entertaining.

03/27/2015

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Wild Blog: The Wall That Is Devan Dubnyk

“Doooobs!” That’s the cheer you’re hearing from Wild fans, including myself, as goalie Devan Dubnyk’s continues to play out of his mind!

03/26/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Brussels Sprouts

It was deceivingly warm for March, which continues to trick the mind into thinking it is already springtime. The recent snowfall served as a reminder that we still have a ways to go for those crops to grow. Until then, let’s keep revving up the metabolism with spicy foods and healthy cold-weather vegetables.

03/24/2015

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MNfusion: Q&A With Illusionists’ Anti-Conjuror Dan Sperry

Suspend your disbelief as seven of the world’s top magicians take the stage in “The Illusionists.” The North American tour is making a stop in Minnesota this week, and among them is conjuror Dan Sperry.

03/24/2015

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Dark Knight Director Christopher Nolan To Speak At The Walker

The filmmaker who re-imagined Batman in the beloved Dark Knight trilogy will be in Minnesota this spring to talk about his films as part of a Walker Art Center anniversary celebration.

03/24/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Going to the movies sounds particularly good when 9 inches of wet, heavy spring snow falls in late March.

03/23/2015

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MNfusion: Old Log Theatre Presents ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

Great theater can be created anywhere. But something special happens when a theater house not only mirrors the feeling created by the show, but enhances it as well. This is exactly what happened with the rustic, warm Old Log Theatre’s production of the silly, slap-stick comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

03/23/2015

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Wild Blog: Wild Beat St. Louis In Possible Playoff Preview

With 10 games left to play in the NHL season, the Minnesota Wild is in position to earn a third consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If Minnesota does qualify for the postseason, there is a good chance the St. Louis Blues will be their opponent. And if Saturday was an indicator, the Wild will be ready for them.

03/21/2015

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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