The element of surprise is part of any drama or comedy at the theater, but what’s unusual is when the performers on stage are surprised and unaware of what’s happening next.
With more than 10,000 lakes, Minnesota has thousands of lakeside bars and restaurants. This time of year, though, there’s a bar in west-central Minnesota that’s actually on a lake. It’s known as Hillbillies Ice Hole, and it’s on the northern end of Lake Lida, about 300 yards from the public access point.
Minnesota will be well represented at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The most notable is former Minneapolis limo driver Barkhad Abdi, who was discovered by the producers of Captain Phillips. Abdi, who had never acted before, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
When the Minnesota Vikings let head coach Leslie Frazier go, many fans said they’d like to see a more fiery coach on the sidelines. It appears they’re getting their wish. Just down the road from Vikings’ headquarters, the lunch crowd at Joe Senser’s watched Wednesday’s reports with a mix of hope and weariness. “I probably have been disappointed enough times that I’m never that optimistic anymore,” said Vikings fan Matt Johnson.
Hotel chains provide a lot of options for those vacationing in Minnesota, but many people prefer the Northwoods-style lodges with unique local features.
A grocery store war in the Twin Cities is claiming two more casualties. The Rainbow Foods in Columbia Heights closed Wednesday and the Rainbow store in Brooklyn Park will close on Feb. 16.
Too much of any type of alcohol will cause a hangover, but drinking clear ones, like vodka and gin, will make it less severe.
A few nights from now, many of us will raise a glass and toast the arrival of 2014. Few places in Minnesota have welcomed as many new years as a bar in North St. Paul.
Santa dropped off a lot of new sleds, skates and skis in Minnesota this week, and the day after Christmas was just about perfect to use them. Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove was crowded with people hitting the slopes on Thursday. “Man, this is the best way to burn energy,” said Manie Vaidyanathan of Maple Grove. It was the kind of winter day that Minnesotans live for: mild temperatures and snow that’s nice and thick.
While many people unwrapped gifts on Christmas Day, others punched the clock. People like plow drivers, police officers and a few restaurant workers celebrate their holiday before or after they serve others.
We know what a lot of teenagers want for Christmas: things like cell phones and Xboxes. Jessica Peterson, 17, of East Bethel is not like those teenagers. She got what she wanted on Christmas Eve by making a difference.
The first federal lawsuits are now being filed over the massive data breach at Target. Three Minnesotans are among those who say the Minneapolis-based company put them at risk. The company confirmed last week that someone had stolen credit and debit card information from as many as 40 million Target shoppers. The thefts went undetected for more than two weeks.
If all you see outside now are lifeless fields of brown and white, you’re not looking closely enough. Naturalist Matt Schuth is ready to lead dozens of visitors on a long walk through the woods at the Arboretum on Nov. 28.
Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach. The chain said Thursday that the accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.
For years, parents in the Somali community in Minneapolis have said autism is unusually common in their kids. Now, a University of Minnesota study confirms those claims. The study used data from 2010 to determine if more Somali kids, ages seven to nine, had autism than other kids in the state’s largest city. Idil Abdul has a son with autism. “I knew what they said today in 2008,” Abdul said.