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Wander Minnesota: Northland Arboretum

Just minutes away from the hubbub of the twin cities of Brainerd and Baxter is the Northland Arboretum. It’s almost a shock to find yourself so close to the fully built-out stretch of Highway 371 that goes through Baxter and just down the street from Fleet Farm, and yet you’re in a peaceful, calm nature preserve.

06/26/2014

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Pet Blog: Pet-A-Palooza!

Pets, and the humans who love them, will take over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this Saturday! Pet-A-Palooza is a free event that features some 30 exhibitors and 40 rescue and adoption groups.

06/26/2014

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Local Music Tap: Twin Cities Jazz Fest Begins

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year in downtown St. Paul and is bringing in great talent from all around the world — and it’s totally free for concert-goers.

06/26/2014

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‘Purple Rain’s Tracks Ranked From Worst To Best

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three decades since Prince bade us to “dig if you will a picture.” Yes, the blockbuster Purple Rain album — a 20 million unit monster that still stands atop the list of the bestselling Minnesota albums ever release, well ahead of Bob Dylan’s two separate Greatest Hits compilations — was released on June 25, 1984.

06/25/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Strawberry Goat Cheese Squares

On Sunday morning I made a mad dash for Lorence’s Berry Farm in Northfield and picked 16 pounds of strawberries just before a storm came through. The fields had plenty of berries to pick and they were large, juicy, and delicious.

06/25/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This week’s list of the best screenings around town features at least a couple movies I’m not very fond of, actually. I hope that you take this as a mark of my own possibly hopeless attempts to remain objective about what people might consider the “best bets.”

06/24/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Lost Lake Lodge

It’s so tucked away into the woods that you could easily drive right by it and never know it’s there—perhaps a good reason for the name: Lost Lake Lodge.

06/23/2014

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Twins Blog: MLB All-Star Game Is Almost Here

The countdown is on! In less than a month, baseball’s biggest names will be in the Twin Cities for an All-American celebration: Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. This is the third Mid-Summer Classic the Twins have been honored to host.

06/23/2014

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Wild Blog: The Thomas Vanek Conundrum

With the Stanley Cup Final over, the NHL offseason is officially underway. All 30 NHL teams will use this time to tweak or remake their rosters as they get ready for the 2014-2015 NHL season.

06/23/2014

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Twins Blog: Waiting Game

Ten years. Two hundred ninety-two games. One thousand ninety-three and two-thirds innings. That’s how long Yohan Pino had to slog his way through the minor leagues before finally getting his shot at the big leagues. And, in an ironic twist few sports other than baseball could provide, he had to wait an extra two hours on Thursday night thanks to a steady rain that delayed the start of the Twins vs. White Sox until 9:16 p.m.

06/20/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Tangy Tamarind-Bourbon Lemonade

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This Friday, Mike shares a recipe from the historical The Normandy Kitchen Café & Bar. This week’s selection is called Tangy Tamarind-Bourbon Lemonade.

06/20/2014

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Twins Blog: All-Star Voting

We here at the WCCO.com Twins Blog are naturally big baseball fans, so we always look forward to the All-Star Game.  All the more so this season because the Mid-Summer Classic is being held at Target Field. One of the joys of baseball’s annual honor for the best in the game, is that fans get to play a significant role in selecting who gets play in the game.

06/19/2014

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Curiocity: Q&A With Star Of ‘Ghost: The Musical’

When it comes to romantic love stories, few tales can compete with the classic film, Ghost. The story of a lost love from beyond the grave returning as a spiritual presence to comfort and protect the woman he loves gives new meaning to one’s eternal adoration.

06/18/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Rhubarb Sauce

Rhubarb is one of my favorite spring snacks. I enjoy the crisp and tart flavor and since it’s packed with water, it makes for a healthy snack. However, I ruin the healthiness by dipping it in salt so I eat it in moderation and try to be mindful of how much salt I put on the plate in the first place.

06/17/2014

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