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Brave New Workshop Gets Kinky In ’50 Shades Of Gravy’

Did you know Minneapolis is home to the oldest sketch comedy troupe in the country? It’s called the Brave New Workshop, founded by former circus performer Dudley Riggs in 1958.

02/28/2015

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Take A Tour Of Some Twin Cities Dream Kitchens

The Spring Parade of Homes is back for their 67th year — and this time with a focus on kitchens. It features more than 430 new homes open to tour all across the extended metro region. Prices range from as low as $142,000 up to $2.5 million.

02/28/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Ancho Sour Micro Cocktail

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers to check out another one of their “micro” cocktails.

02/28/2015

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Mike & Natalie Go Strictly Ballroom

Beyond Ballroom Dance Company has been putting on a one-of-a-kind show in Minneapolis all this week. So Mike Augustyniak and Natalie Nyhus put on their dancing shoes and took a few lessons of their own.

02/21/2015

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Natalie & Mike Blast Off At Science Museum

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Now open at the Science Museum is “Space: An Out of Gravity Experience.” And like so many of the museum’s exhibits, this one is totally interactive.

02/21/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Micro-Manhattan

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers to check out one of their “micro” cocktails.

02/21/2015

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Siberian Air Brings Big Shivers To Minnesota

A week ago, we were wrapping up a six-day stretch of above-average temperatures and some melting. But Wednesday brought a different story and a different season, after officially bottoming out at minus 9 degrees in the morning. And as cold as it is Wednesday, it’s not a record. February has been cold, with way more days below average than above — and Wednesday was the coldest.

02/18/2015

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‘The Atlantic’ Magazine: American Dream Still Alive In Mpls.

Add “The Atlantic” magazine to the list of national publications that are in love with the Twin Cities. While we’ve heard the accolades before: We’re smart! We’re financially stable! There’s a lot to do here! An upcoming article in the March 2015 issue of “The Atlantic” explores how the hearty stew of all of those factors makes the Twin Cities a model for others. The authors go so far as to call it “The Miracle of Minneapolis.”

02/17/2015

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Craft Beer Lovers Rejoice For ‘Barrel-Aged Beer Week’

Small batch beer, or craft beer, is a huge trend — especially in Minnesota. And now brewers are taking it to the next level. The new trend has beer aging the same way wine does: in barrels.

02/14/2015

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WCCO Makes Surprise Flower Deliveries For Bachman’s

On this Valentine’s Day, millions of people will receive flowers from their sweetheart. It’s a traditional way to show your love on this holiday, and WCCO wanted in on the love fest.

02/14/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Home-Crafted Valentine’s Day Cocktails

If your Valentine’s Day plans include staying in, I have an idea. What about impressing your sweetie with an easy, homemade craft cocktail? Here are three recipes from a bartender whose own love life heated up in a kitchen — Laurel Elm from Saint Dinette.

02/14/2015

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Create Your Own Chocolate Treats For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And what better to get your loved one on this special day that hand-dipped chocolates and candies? WCCO’s Mike Augustyniak and Natalie Nyhus decided to do just that!

02/07/2015

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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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Skijoring Kicks Off At The Loppet Festival

For those looking for something to get them outside this weekend, head to the Loppet Festival Saturday for the Skijoring event. Some may have heard the term, but for those who may be unfamiliar with the term it’s a ski race where dogs pull humans on cross country skis.

01/31/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Warm Fashioned

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 drink, you’ll need to draw a warm bath.

01/31/2015

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Mike And Natalie Dine With Lucy, Ricky Ricardo

Lucy and Ricky Ricardo are back on stage together, this time in Minneapolis. But only for a few days! It’s “I Love Lucy, Live On Stage,” and it’s playing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis through Sunday.

01/24/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Everything Nice Old Fashioned

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Brasserie Zentral to see their twist on a classic American drink

01/24/2015

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Mike And Natalie Stomp Snow For The Winter Carnival

Preparations for the St. Paul Winter Carnival are well underway. Crews are out at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Saturday prepping snow for the snow sculpture competition next weekend.

01/17/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Winter Sidecar

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s taking a look at the Winter Sidecar from Minneapolis’ Brasserie Zentral.

01/16/2015

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Pond Hockey Tourney Draws Teams From Literally Everywhere

Hundreds of hockey players are hitting the ice this weekend as part of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. It’s a chance to lace up your skates and celebrate hockey the way nature intended.

01/16/2015

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Mike And Natalie Get Hooked On Ice Fishing

It’s cold outside. But, that means ice fishing season is heating up! It’s one of the most popular sports in the state, and many look forward to the time of year when the ice is thick enough for it.

01/10/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The ’36 Chambers’ Of Negroni

This week we featured two drinks from the Negroni menu of Marin’s Library Bar. The first, called Ol’ Dirty, is a classic recipe. The most popular Negroni on the menu is actually a spin on the original called Method Man. It uses an herbal liqueur called Chartreuse to stand in for the traditional vermouth.

01/10/2015

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Mike And Natalie Move From Skiing To Boarding In 2015

If you’ve ever wanted to try skiing or snowboarding, why not attempt it in 2015 by starting with a lesson. With that in mind, WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus and Mike Augustyniak — both skiers — decided to branch out and try snowboarding.

01/03/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Hennepin Avenue Exile @ The Lowry

Mike Augustyniak has been mixing at some classic, old-school bars–places that feel like home for the holidays. This week, Mike headed to The Lowry in Uptown.

12/27/2014

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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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