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Sunday liquor sales, banned since statehood, inches forward in Minnesota
Alumni to sing with Concordia Choir at local concert
Calls made to change property tax that doesn't stay local
Minnesota farm loan program wins approval in time for spring
Parents learn how to detect teen drug use in Top Secret project
crime and courts
Gymnastics: Davenport, Slayton shine at sections
DCTC baseball: Blue Knights play earliest outdoor game in state history
Girls hockey: Upset of South sends Tigers to state
Swim and dive: Tigers triumph on Senior Night
Boys hockey: Tigers fall a goal short against South, Eagan
Carpet care 101: How to refresh after a brutal winter
Moon Glow lights up the night
Hot Air Affair Parade lights up downtown
In the air with the Hudson Hot Air Affair
Photos: Hot Air Affair Friday morning launch
arts and entertainment
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. vs Brown
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. vs Paulson
JPMorgan Chase Bank vs Fluecker
Margaret A. Raub, 92
Gene Barthel, 69
Jan E. Altenburg, 57
Boots Turek, 67
Deanna Weniger: Virtual reality dinosaurs and spiders mess with your mind
Sen. Matt Little: First impressions and getting to work at the Capitol
Letter: Sen. Matt Little’s bill would weaken local government control
Opinion: Minnesotans should have a more affordable choice for health insurance
Pat Rupp: A grumpy old man's list of grievances
Real Estate Showcase
October 30, 2014
Nathan's column: There are people living in space
Early Tuesday evening an unmanned rocket lifted off from its launch pad and streaked toward outer space. Then, about six seconds later, it blew up and crashed back to earth in the kind of enormous explosion that would make Michael Bay sit up and say, “It was OK, I guess.” I...
October 30, 2014 - 9:57am
October 17, 2014
Michelle's column: It was a day in band geek heaven
There are days when this job feels like a job. And then there are days when it feels like I shouldn’t be allowed to have this much fun and call it work. The latter was kind of how this past Saturday was for me, as I spent most of my day at Farmington High School, snapping pictures...
October 17, 2014 - 7:47am
October 16, 2014
Nathan's column: All at your peanut-dusted fingertips
I was in the bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recently. I wasn’t there just for the bathroom. I was actually taking a plane somewhere. But it was a sign at the restroom door that got my attention. It said that the people in charge of the bathroom and, presumably,...
October 16, 2014 - 1:33pm
October 3, 2014
Michelle's column: Finally, a day off from everything
Back on Aug. 1, I made a then-startling observation after looking at my calendar: I didn’t have a day off — a day to stay at home and do whatever I wanted to do — until Sept. 14. Granted, August is pretty much a blur. I was busy here at work. I was busy getting my volunteers...
October 3, 2014 - 7:29am
October 2, 2014
Nathan's column: Any of you strangers want a hug?
I feel like I might, on occasion, come off as something of a cuddlephobe. I’m not. I’m all for cuddling between two consenting adults. I’m even OK with group hugs if everyone’s into it. Let’s not get crazy, though. I even enjoy it myself if I have the right person with...
October 2, 2014 - 12:28pm
September 19, 2014
Michelle's column: Growing more than just vegetables
In years past, I’ve gone on at length about my gardens. I love gardening, but this year my personal circumstances left me with no space — or time — to cultivate a full garden. That was unfortunate last spring, as I had a whole lot of seeds left from last year, and I really wanted...
September 19, 2014 - 7:21am
September 18, 2014
Nathan's column: I’ve finally hit the big time
Most of the time writing this column is a pretty solitary activity. I sit alone in my office at home and type on my computer. I like to write on a computer, because I need to know the box I spent a bunch of money on is good for something other than Facebook and looking at videos of...
September 18, 2014 - 3:13pm
September 12, 2014
Nathan's column: Not everyone is meant to fly
Drones are a pretty big deal these days. The military uses them to spy on people and blow things up. Amazon wants a fleet of drones to bring you books or beef jerky or whatever. And last winter a brewery called Lakemaid proposed using them to send beer to ice fishermen and fisherwomen. That...
September 12, 2014 - 2:58pm
September 6, 2014
Michelle's column: A memorable vacation
It’s really amazing how much can happen in just a couple of weeks. I left work on Tuesday, Aug. 19, knowing that I was headed for my annual stint at the Minnesota State Fair, and the American Legion Auxiliary National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. What I didn’t know, two weeks...
September 6, 2014 - 7:14am
September 5, 2014
Nathan's column: I’m just not fair minded
The Minnesota State Fair, our annual statewide celebration of gluttony, personal-space violations and aging rock stars, wrapped up its run this week. It’s a remarkable event, our Great Minnesota Get Together. In the span of just a few hours you can ride a burlap sack down a huge...
September 5, 2014 - 10:59am
August 15, 2014
Nathan's column: Something fishy in the air
We’re a culture that loves superlatives. Maybe more than we love anything else ever. We label up-and-coming basketball stars the next Michael Jordan while they’re still in high school and declare athletic events instant classics just because neither team embarrassed itself. Stores...
August 15, 2014 - 7:58am
August 9, 2014
Nathan's column: Looking on the bright side
I’ve been accused a few times recently of having a too-idealistic view of the world. Or maybe that’s not really an accusation. It’s not like it’s bad to see the good in people around you. Unless you’re a British judge on a reality show. Then it could kind of ruin your whole...
August 9, 2014 - 7:28am
Michelle's column: Slowing down long enough to be thankful
I realized something over the weekend. Sunday, it seems, was my last day of any unscheduled activity or meeting — essentially, my last day of “me time” — until Sept. 13. It’s that time of the year again, when I’m working on setting up my volunteer schedule for the Minnesota...
August 9, 2014 - 7:07am
July 31, 2014
Nathan's column: The science of gecko sex
Science is a funny thing, and not just because of the safety goggles. Sometimes to prove something useful you have to conduct experiments that seem a little strange to the untrained observer. And sometimes, trapped alone in a laboratory for hours on end, you start to do experiments...
July 31, 2014 - 12:16pm
July 10, 2014
Nathan's column: It’s salad days on the Internet
Before we start here it seems important to acknowledge that people did plenty of stupid things before the Internet was ever invented. There were fads that involved swallowing goldfish, or cramming more people into a phone booth than standard operating procedures would ever call for....
July 10, 2014 - 12:27pm