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10 places in Minnesota to watch the World Cup
The massive World Cup soccer tournament is on, and there are lots of places to watch games in Minnesota. The games begin Thursday, June 12 with a 3 p.m. match between Brazil and Croatia and runs through Sunday, July 13, with the 2 p.m. final. If you can’t get out, you can also watch the…
‘Fargo’ recap, episode 9: So enters Paul and Babe
Quick recap: What happens in Vegas refuses to stay in Vegas, after Lester fails to take Malvo’s hint until far too late. • Previous episode recaps • Photos: ‘Fargo’ in still life Real good? Probably the best episode yet. Fargo has taken its time, and then some, but there’s no question that it’s used that…
Photos: ‘Fargo’ in still life
“Fargo” on FX, a show based on the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name, is nearing the end of its first (and perhaps only) season. Here’s a look back at images from the first nine episodes.
Duluth makes final two in Outside Magazine’s Best Towns contest
Duluth has made the final two in an on-line vote to be named Outside Magazine's Best Town, something Mayor Don Ness said could help bolster the city's reputatation as an outdoor recreation hub and attract talented entrepreneurs and professionals.
Based on average salary, cost of living, employment rate and workplace conditions Minnesota is well above average when it comes to being a good state to make a living in.’s annual survey of these factors has Minnesota moving up their top 10 list, trailing Washington state and Texas. Minnesota’s appeal? A “very low unemployment…
Oil train info raises confidentiality conflicts
    A federal order requiring railroads to provide detailed information to states about trainloads of oil shipped from North Dakota takes effect at midnight Saturday. Railroads want states to keep the information private. Some states, including North Dakota, have not signed the confidentiality agreement. Minnesota will keep the information confidential.  The Minnesota Department of Homeland Security…
5 beers you should try right now
Craft beer enthusiasts swear there is more room in the beer market for additional craft beer. But room for additional craft breweries could be another matter.
Paul & Babe up for nation’s ‘quirkiest’ landmark
    Locals claim the behemoth concrete forms of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe, built on the shore of Lake Bemidji in 1937, are the second most photographed statues in the country. Some say Mount Rushmore comes first, others insist it’s the Statue of Liberty. Soon the beefy statues could shoulder a new…
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