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Movie Blog: Top 10 MST3K Episodes Ever

In the increasingly distant future — 26 years ago this Thanksgiving, A.D. — the greatest Thanksgiving gift of all time was unleashed on the world. On Thanksgiving Day 1988, Twin Cities station KTMA aired the first episodes of what would eventually turn into arguably the biggest, most culturally significant cult TV show of all time.

11/27/2014

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Pet Blog: Mpls. Kennel Club Set For 81st Dog Show

Over 1,200 dogs will compete this weekend in Shakopee in the 2014 Minneapolis Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show. The competition will be held at Canterbury Park’s new Event and Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers say handlers from around the country will be there, including 50 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 17 who will participate in the junior showmanship event.

11/21/2014

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Movie Blog: The 9th Arab Film Festival

Mizna’s 9th Arab Film Festival hits the Twin Cities this weekend, with dozens of films from several countries. This year’s festival features several exciting selections, like Kaouther Ben Hania’s thrilling “Challat of Tunis.” Filmed in a gripping, faux-documentary style, “Challat” is inspired by a rumor ignored by local authorities over a decade ago about a biker who would slash women while they walk on the streets of Tunis.

11/06/2014

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Pet Blog: Rally Aims To End Dog Shootings By Police

The group “Freeze Don’t Shoot” plans to hold a rally at every state capitol Saturday to highlight officer-involved shootings of family pets. The Minnesota chapter was formed in July. Julie Whalen, the administrator of the Minnesota Facebook page, says the local group has about 130 members, and about 50 plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s rally in St. Paul to address what they call an “epidemic” of shootings.

10/24/2014

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Pet Blog: Midwest Family Pet Expo

The National Sports Center in Blaine is going to be a zoo this Saturday — but in a really good way. The 2014 Midwest Family Pet Expo features events like wiener dog races (and wannabe wiener dog races, which should stoke anyone’s curiosity), a pet costume contest and demos about dog bite prevention and companion birds.

10/03/2014

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Pet Blog: St. Paul To Celebrate ‘Bark & Rec Day’

Harriet Island may have been underwater for a good part of the summer. But now it’s all dried up and ready for some wiggly butts! Please, let me explain. Sunday is Saint Paul Parks and Recreation’s Bark and Rec Day, which includes the 2014 Wiggle Butt 5K.

09/19/2014

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Pet Blog: Meet Rachel Slavik’s Dog!

After a hard day of chasing down the big stories, WCCO’s Rachel Slavik knows she can always come home to her Butters. No, she doesn’t have an obsession with churned dairy products … well, at least not publicly. Butters is her loveable, 7-year-old, black and tan miniature dachshund.

09/03/2014

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A Fair For All: Accessibility On The Fairgrounds

After travelling a single block at the Minnesota State Fair, it’s clear “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” is a gathering meant for all. Brienna Schuette, the Minnesota State Fair’s marketing and communication director, says they make changes every year to insure increased accessibility.

08/31/2014

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Pet Blog: Chill Out By Pettin’ A Puppy

For three hours on Thursday, that rat race that is downtown Minneapolis will be pleasantly interrupted by rescue dogs! DogSense Unleashed and Safe Hands Rescue will bring more than a dozen dogs to Peavey Plaza to demonstrate the therapeutic strength inherent in petting a pooch.

07/30/2014

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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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Pet Blog: Spotlight On Mike Binkley’s Dog ‘Coach’

The first thing you may notice about Mike Binkley, besides the journalist gravitas that constantly radiates from him, is his striking blue eyes. The same can be said for Coach, his 5 ½-year-old dog. “Because of his blue eyes, people often react to him as if he’s an exotic breed,” Binkley said, “but he’s a good old American mutt.”

06/13/2014

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Pet Blog: Beer With Your Buddy

On a sunny spring Saturday, what’s better than getting together with some pals and enjoying a cold brew on your favorite bar’s patio? If you’re a dog owner, you may feel some guilt (or even some separation anxiety) from leaving your four-legged friend in the kennel as you gallivant around town.

05/17/2014

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Pet Blog: Watching Your Pet While Away

Most people can’t take their pets to work with them. There are exceptions, of course, like K-9 handlers, pet groomers, dog sitters, vapid socialites. But for the rest of us, those six to 10 hours away from home can be stressful, especially for the pets. WCCO recently did a story on a Burnsville-based company that created a wall-mounted camera/video/motion-sensor device called PetChatz, which can even remotely dispense treats.

05/07/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 13: ‘The Dog’

At age 11, I first saw Dog Day Afternoon as an edited-for-TV Sunday afternoon movie on a dreary fall day. The lonely kid version of me was absolutely riveted by the guns, the screams, the […]

04/15/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 11: ‘The Last Of The Unjust’

At age 88, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann is cinema’s greatest torchbearer for the preservation of first-person holocaust remembrances. He’s most famous for his epic documentary Shoah, which is nine-and-a-half incredible hours of interviews with holocaust survivors, […]

04/13/2014

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