Looking for great Nordic cuisine in the Twin Cities? Here's what's cooking

The salmon sandwich at Fika, the restaurant in the American Swedish Institute.

Do you prefer the meatballs, herring or gravlax? Maybe the lutefisk? With "rock star" Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson in town this week at the American Swedish Institute, we look at the local flavors of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

See 'odd and wonderful' photos of celebs at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Robert Kennedy in Robert Frank's "Chicago Convention."

An intriguing photo show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art offers a fresh vantage point on some famous faces.

Our neighborhood Belted Kingfisher


It looks like it's fishing. Last year, it found a mate here.

Bakken Museum is first in Minnesota to be a Smithsonian Affiliate


The Bakken Museum, which specializes in science, electricity and magnetism, has been named a Smithsonian Affiliate. It's the first Minnesota organization so honored.

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Backstage with Hannibal Lecter and Gandalf

Anthony Hopkins rekindles an old love affair with Shakespeare in "The Dresser," co-starring Ian McKellen.

Midwest Traveler: No trouble at all in Mason City, Iowa

This Iowa town is a hotbed for fans of musicals and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Homeowner transforms St. Louis Park house into modern-day bachelor pad + Photo Gallery

Like many men, Tim Jarvis experienced a midlife crisis. Unlike most men, he solved it by buying a house.

Summer serial: Stone Lake, Minn., beckons to young Minneapolis teacher

It’s 1949 and Allen Post, fresh out of college, is leaving the Twin Cities for his first teaching job in the small town of Stone Lake, Minnesota. He is about to learn some of the most important lessons of his life.

Remembering 'Big Boo' and other 'selfless young men with guts' in Merchant Marine

Now that Michael Chris Boosalis is gone, I wonder who will tell the special, and still largely ignored, stories of the Merchant Marine.

Here's what fliers need to know about airport security lines

Fliers have endured a frustrating few months with record-long security lines at airports around the country.

C.J.: Child actor in chilling Abbey's Hope spot is an old soul + Video

There are actors in Hollywood who don’t stay on message as well as 12-year-old Caitlyn Carroll. You’ll see what I am talking about…

Rise of Congolese guitarist Siama is a tale of two rivers

After spending his early years on the banks of the Congo, celebrated guitarist Siama now calls Minnesota home.

Hopkins wellness advocate has a 'fantastic' cure for stress: Laughter

Sarah Routman founded the consulting firm to help people discover the power of humor.

In suspense: Minneapolis TRX Barre studio offers full-body challenge

Workout combines TRX suspension training exercises and ballet barre techniques.

Lileks: Joggers and extendible dog leashes are not a good combo

Did you know there's a debate about extendible dog leashes and the walking paths around the lakes? No? Probably because there isn't one, but that won't stop me from pretending there is.

Living in downtown Minneapolis was badge of shame in days of Skid Row

Through the early 1960s, the heart of Minneapolis was home to nearly 2,500 men who lived in some of the city's oldest and most decrepit buildings.

Ask Amy: After a false accusation, aunt now wants to move on

Dear Amy: A while back, an heirloom necklace of mine went missing.The only person to visit me recently had been my adult niece. I…

Hax: Mom gnashes teeth over wedding meal

Dear Carolyn: I’m getting married soon and am a vegetarian. Our menu has one meat option and one vegetarian option, as well as appetizers (a…

Works by Puts, Nielsen, Brahms make for rewarding Minnesota Orchestra program

REVIEW: Keefe's solo in Brahms Violin Concerto was gutsy and lyrical.