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If Legalized, Cuban Cigars Could Hit Twin Cities Soon

The aroma of 500 cigars surrounds you inside the humidor at Infinity Smokes in downtown Minneapolis. None of the cigars is from Cuba, for now. Store owner Tarik Hamouda said that could change.

12/18/2014

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Gophers Fans Getting More Flights To Citrus Bowl

There is a lot of excitement over the University of Minnesota’s football team’s upcoming appearance at the Citrus Bowl — so much so that there’s a shortage of flights to Florida.

12/18/2014

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Chain Restaurants To Post Calorie Counts On Drink Menu

In recent years, calorie counts have become more present than ever before at restaurants. Now, alcoholic beverages are joining the list.

12/18/2014

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MSP Airport To Undergo $18M Renovation

Security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are about to get a makeover. The $18 million plan calls for the consolidation of four checkpoints into one 10-lane checkpoint aimed at improving efficiency.

12/17/2014

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After 9 Months, Uptown’s Boneyard Is Closing

Boneyard, a southern-style restaurant that opened in Uptown just last spring, is soon closing its doors for good. According to a post on its Facebook page, the restaurant’s final day will be Dec. 24. That’s when renovations will begin to transform the space, on 2841 Hennepin Ave. South, into a third Salsa A La Salsa location.

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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Chipotle Holding Toys For Tots Fundraiser

Every Chipotle restaurant in Minnesota on Tuesday will be donating 50 percent of proceeds to Toys for Tots. The Toys for Tots program is run by the United States Marine Corps, and it gives toys to kids whose families can’t afford them.

12/16/2014

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Minn. Considering Powdered Alcohol Ban

Minnesota is the latest state considering a ban on powdered alcohol. The product is better known as “Palcohol.” Its inventor says it’s a convenient way to mix a drink, and federal regulators say it’s safe.

12/16/2014

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Smaller Christmas Trees Are Getting Popular

What kind of Christmas tree do you like? Real? Fake? Or are you just someone who likes to wait until the last minute to decorate for the holidays? The Famers Market Annex in Minneapolis sells thousands of trees every December. Owner Scott Barriball says he sees customers’ interests change every year as they search for that perfect living room centerpiece.

12/16/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Holiday Shopping Tips

Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful. We all have that one picky person you have to shop for at the holidays, or maybe you have to shop for a co-worker you don’t really know that well. That’s why we wanted to help get movin’ on your holiday shopping list.

12/15/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Oprah’s Nod Means Big Business For Candy Company

In one of Minnesota’s smallest towns is a small company that’s suddenly getting huge amounts of attention — after a close encounter with one of the world’s most famous people. Annie B’s Candy Company in Kellogg, population 456, has been turning out small batches of buttery caramels for decades.Justin and Amanda Henke have owned the operation for about two years.

12/14/2014

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Minnesota Mom Invents Storytelling Pillow

Getting kids to bed on-time without a fuss can be a difficult task. But one Minnesota Mom is hoping to change that with a new invention: a storytelling pillow.

12/14/2014

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Several Metro Post Offices Open Sunday For Holiday Shipping

Christmas is less than two weeks away, which means you’re running out of time to get those presents shipped. The U.S. Post Office is opening several Twin Cities locations for the next two Sundays — including this Sunday — to help with the hustle of the holidays. These are the post office locations that will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

12/13/2014

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This Meat Seller May Not Guarantee Satisfaction

It’s a popular gift during the holidays, but a Twin Cities couple has a warning for those thinking of placing an order with one door-to-door meat dealer that delivers all across Minnesota.

12/11/2014

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Reality Check: Low Gas Prices

Just when you thought gas prices couldn’t go any lower – they did.
Some Twin Cities gas stations are now selling gas for lower than $2.30 a gallon, a windfall for consumers.

12/11/2014

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MOA Expansion Renderings

Crews are breaking ground on the Mall of America expansion on March 18, 2014. Here are some renderings of what you can expect to see there soon.

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Target’s Top Holiday Toys For 2013

Target just announced their hottest toys for the 2013 holiday season. Here are some of the best-selling items.

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New Foods At 2013 MN State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair has announced a line-up of almost 50 new food items to debut at 2013’s Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Following months of anticipation, Target and Neiman Marcus unveiled their unprecedented holiday collection. The collection, which features 24 of America’s preeminent designers — all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America — will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

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Price Comparison: Same Makeup, 5 Different Stores

WCCO’s Esme Murphy went shopping at five popular stores for the same five makeup products and found price differences as great as 50 percent. See the price changes for yourself!

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Before And After Eyelash Treatments

It’s the hottest thing since Botox and there are dozens of “eyelash bars” sprouting up around town. Take a look at some before and after images of some treatments to enhance your eyelashes.

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Farmers Market In Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Farmers Market runs down Nicollet Mall from 5th Street to 10th Street. It starts at 6 a.m. and goes till 6 p.m. every Thursday. The market has a plethora of shopping options: locally […]

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