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Brand-new early voting blitz targets Indian Country, young

Early voting is hitting an all-time high in Minnesota, and campaigns are ramping up their get-out-the-vote efforts.

'Birdman' soars beyond backstage drama

REVIEW: Much more than just another showbiz satire, “Birdman” is original visual storytelling at its best. It inspires renewed faith in what we used to go to the movies for — original storytelling, enveloping escape, heart-stopping camera work and enough “wait, what’s going on here?” to keep us intrigued from beginning to end. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars





The Drive
8:10 a.m. update: Recliner in lanes of 494 in Bloomington

Somebody lost a recliner in the center lanes of westbound 494 at 34th Avenue in Bloomington. Needless to say, it's now in pieces. Drivers are slowing and swerving around …

The Drive
8 a.m. update: Current drive times

Traffic is heavy on westbound 94 from Hwy. 61 to downtown St. Paul, mostly due to a wreck on the right shoulder at Earl Street. That's the only accident …

The Drive
7:45 a.m. update: Motorcycle crash on Cedar cleared

All lanes of northbound Cedar Avenue at the Crosstown are back open. A motorcycle crash had the right lane closed for about 30 minutes, and that led to a …





Colin Covert
'Dear White People': Much more than amusing ★★★★

REVIEW: The nimble campus satire “Dear White People” brims with insight on our so-called post-racial era.

Dennis Anderson
Anderson: Stadium glass vs. birds issue mirrors our times

Rejecting outright the sincere concern over sustainability, broadly defined, that is fast gaining a foothold in America, especially among young people, would be a mistake.

Sid Hartman
Hartman: Gophers football recruiters go beyond rankings

Defensive leaders Cedric Thompson and Damien Wilson weren’t highly touted in high school.


Kidding Around
And Then I Became a Hockey Mom.

There was no ifs, ands or buts about it. I was not planning on being a hockey mom.

Michael Brodkorb
Family of Eric Dean calls on GOP to take down TV ad

The grandmother of Eric Dean, a 4-year-old murdered by his stepmother, called on the Republican Party of Minnesota to take down an advertisement blaming Governor Mark Dayton for his …

Chey Cab
Ten Ways To Become A Five Star Customer

You are the master of your customer service experience. Being a five star customer increases your chances of getting five star service. And in the changing livery world, it …