Stephen Swanson

Sean Emery: 24 Years Of Serious Clowning At The Minnesota State FairThe show has ended, and a throng of fans make their way to the front of the stage at the Minnesota State Fair's Baldwin Park on a sticky August afternoon. Several people just want a moment with the mandolin-playing, fire-juggling, unicycle-riding, wise-cracking guy they just watched for the past half hour.
4 Your Pets: Protecting Pets From Summer's Dog Days
4 Your Pets: Bring The Kids & Fido To The Pet Expo!The Minneapolis Convention Center will be overflowing with four-legged fun this Saturday. The 2015 Minnesota Pet Expo is an opportunity for pet lovers and their loved ones (human and non-human) to enjoy events including agility competitions, pet talent and costume contests, wiener and wiener-wannabe races and even musical chairs!
4 Your Pets: An Update On Jayla, & Pet Pulltabs?WCCO viewers may remember Jayla from a story we did in January. The Boxer mix was found wandering the streets in Alabama by a vet tech. Her fur was almost entirely gone due to mange, she had heartworm was very malnourished. Luckily, Jayla made her way to Minnesota with the help of Ruff Start Rescue.
4 Your Pets: Rocky & Waffles - Where Are They Now?For the next few weeks, 4 Your Pets will be highlighting Ruff Start Rescue, a unique, non-profit animal rescue in central Minnesota.
Day 15 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Heart Of Wilderness' ReviewedThe Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a spiritual place for anyone who has ever ventured there, for an ordeal packed with unforgettable serenity. But even in the of the golden age of the Minnesota Film Board in the 1990s, a location scout could never convince anyone that the BWCA was a practical place to shoot for even an afternoon.
4 Your Pets: Ruff Start Rescue's Prison ProgramLate last spring, Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis and company started a program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, where rescue dogs are paired up with select offender trainers.
Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution' Reviewed
Day 9 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Hello! Junichi' ReviewedMy introduction to Japanese artist and director Katsuhito Ishii was, oddly enough, at the 2005 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. I had no idea what I was getting into at a screening of The Taste Of Tea -- a hilarious, quiet, outrageous, sensitive, violent, magical and sob-provoking tale of a multi-generational family.
4 Your Pets: Meet Ruff Start Rescue's Azure DavisIt's not too often you find your life's passion while in your teens, but that's just what happened to Azure Davis of Princeton. She started bringing animals home when she was 16. "My parents weren't happy with it," Davis said.
Pet Blog: Kiss A Puppy On Valentine's DayPlan on being lonely this Saturday, aka Valentine's Day? Got some extra dollar bills in your pocket? Well, don't go where I think you're thinking of going. Instead, head to south Minneapolis' Carver Junk Company and get a sloppy kiss from a puppy for a buck!
Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Cat GamerWilly the cat was bored, until his owners found him the perfect app! Thanks to Vic and Jeanne Hutson from Brooklyn Park for sending us this tender vittle!