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Mike’s Mix: The Blood & Sand

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Mill Northeast and to make the essential Scotch cocktail, served up in a neighborhood setting.

02/07/2015

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Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

It’s getting to be that exciting time of the winter high school sports season as we go down to the wire for conference champions and get the postseason started.

02/06/2015

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Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

A battle of conference unbeatens and two top 10 teams in boys basketball takes place Friday night in Minneapolis as DeLaSalle hosts St. Croix Lutheran in Tri-Metro Conference action.

01/30/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Plantain Bites

If you haven’t heard already, the big game is on Sunday. Yes, the Super Bowl. Otherwise known as a perfect excuse to grab friends and throw a fantastic food party.

01/28/2015

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Prep Blog: Friday’s Top High School Match-Ups

There’s a great boys hockey match-up Friday night in the north Twin Cities metro between a pair of ranked teams with a combined five losses in 34 games. One of them was a state runner-up last year.

01/23/2015

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Prep Blog: High School Basketball Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

The middle of January is a great time of year for the winter high school sports season. You’re in the meat and potatoes of the conference season around the state, which means there are great games on a nightly basis.

01/16/2015

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Wild Blog: Calling Out An SOS

After watching Tuesday’s massacre in Pittsburgh, I actually have a lot of sympathy for the entire Minnesota Wild team. You can see they’re defeated, they hold their heads down and they’re beat well before they even step on the ice.

01/14/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Almanzo 2015

In Minnesota, the Almanzo is synonymous with gravel racing. In fact, I would go so far as to state that gravel racing wouldn’t be what it is today were it not for Chris Skogen, and the hallowed gravel century. What started as a small ride with a group of friends ballooned into something that would draw riders, of all skill levels, from the Upper Midwest and beyond, to Fillmore County in southeastern Minnesota. On the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend the population of Spring Valley swells by 50 percent, and spandex-clad, carbon-fiber riding enthusiasts might grab a stool at Elaine’s Diner

01/10/2015

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Prep Blog: Timberwolves Shootout Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

This weekend, there are plenty of great match-ups in hockey and basketball. One of the top events of the weekend is the Timberwolves Shootout, an all-day event at Target Center where some of Minnesota’s top teams face talented squads from across the country.

01/09/2015

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Prep Blog: Girls Hockey Tournament Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

This week, South St. Paul is hosting a girls hockey tournament with some traditionally strong programs. There’s also The Clash National Duals in Rochester, which features Minnesota’s top high school wrestling programs as well as some of the top programs from around the country.

01/02/2015

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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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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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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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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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Prep Blog: Minnesota Transitions Event Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

The football season is over and the trophies for seven state champions are now resting quietly in their school’s cases. We’re now transitioning to winter, which means a move to basketball courts, hockey arenas and wrestling mats.

12/04/2014

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Wild Blog: A December to Remember

The Minnesota Wild will kick off December with a little time at home. It started Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center against the Montreal Canadiens.

12/04/2014

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Wild Blog: Tough Homestand Continues With Win Over Montreal

After losing to the L.A. Kings 4-1 last week, the Minnesota Wild rebounded Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over Montreal to continue a tough home stand.

12/04/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Sausage And White Bean Cassoulet

It is cold. There’s no denying that we’ve been experiencing some cold temperatures lately, causing our bodies to crave warm comfort food.

12/03/2014

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Tommies Blog: Rally Falls Short For St. Thomas At Wartburg

A late rally that included an onside kick recovery late in the fourth quarter came up just short for the St. Thomas football team in a 37-71 loss at Wartburg Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

11/26/2014

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Curiocity: Q&A With Conrad John Schuck, Orpheum’s General Waverly

We all have holiday traditions. For some, it’s baking cookies. For others, it’s decorating the house. And for another group it could be watching the big game.

11/25/2014

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Curiocity: Q&A With Tyler Michaels From Guthrie’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

One of the Guthrie Theater’s most popular plays is back, just in time for the holidays. This marks the 40th season of Charles Dickens’ immortal tale “A Christmas Carol.” This year, there’s a new twist on Crispin Whittell’s adaptation.

11/22/2014

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Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Earns NCAA Bid, Heads To Iowa

The St. Thomas football team celebrated Senior Day with a 57-35 win in its regular season finale against Gustavus on Saturday. Most of the 17 seniors on the squad also probably thought it was their final college football game. Not so fast. There was a sliver of hope for the No. 20-ranked Tommies after Bethel went to double overtime with Augsburg and lost 62-61 for its second loss of the season.

11/21/2014

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Prep Blog: Previewing The Prep Bowl At TCF Bank Stadium

It’s state championship week in high school football, what every kid who ever puts on pads and a helmet dreams about. It’s also a bittersweet time for coaches and players because now there’s a certainty: This is the last football game of the year.

11/20/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Climate Change Increasing Lightning Strikes?

There are 1.4 billion lightning strikes globally each year — 25 million of those bolts occur in the U.S., and that number may be going way up. A study, recently published in the journal Science, concludes that a 50 percent increase in lightning strike frequency is possible by the end of the century.

11/19/2014

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Curiocity Review: CTC’s ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’

It may be a bit early for some of us to be thinking about the holiday season, but within the Minneapolis theater community it was snowing long before Nov. 10. And the first theater to begin its holiday celebrations this season was the Children’s Theater Company.

11/18/2014

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