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Lost in the beauty on Ireland's Wicklow Way

The Wicklow Way, the oldest marked trail in Ireland, crosses the Wicklow Mountains near Lough Tay.

A solo hike on Ireland's oldest marked trail turns up scenic beauty and new friends.

Roving dancers recall St. Paul's olden days in 'Passing Through Pigs Eye'

Joe Chvala and Flying Foot Forum in “Passing Through Pig’s Eye.” Rick Spaulding

REVIEW: Roving dancers take viewers through the city and celebrate its unruly roots in 'Passing Through Pig's Eye.'

Clever and playful Handel opera is a festive treat

Gary Ruschman

REVIEW: The Twin Cities Early Music Festival performed "Acis and Galatea" in evening dress.

Citing 'no proper tribute,' Prince & the Revolution survivors plan 'grieving' gigs

The members of Prince & the Revolution will grieve with three sold-out First Avenue concerts.

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Minnspirations: Social worker trained as an auto mechanic to provide affordable car repair

A social worker learned auto mechanics, then started a nonprofit to provide affordable car repair.

Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)

47 new foods. Ten hours. One critic. Rick Nelson sampled it all at the State Fair; $450 later, here's his take.

Rosenblum: Young men are all thumbs, and researchers are worried

It's State Fair time — so what better time to introduce readers to the Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer?

Lileks: Some creative new fair offerings

People prepare to head down the Giant Slide on the first day of the Minnesota State FairThursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Falcon Heights, MN.

You can't say this is the same ol' State Fair stuff.

TV's 'You're the Worst' and 'Better Things' offer better roles for women

Women get to be as screwed up as that other gender in two mesmerizing series.

High Road: Pain of being bullied rushes back with high school invitation

Awake, alone and addicted ... to social media

There may be a thin line between excessive internet use and addiction akin to chemical dependency.

Vacationing while sick? Slow down the pace

On Madeline Island, the view from a sick bed is pretty sweet.

It was Day Four of a family trip to Madeline Island, and I sat listless in the armless chair beside the doctor's desk, recounting my woes.

Scene + Heard: At the Metallica show

Wearing their best fan gear, metalheads young and old flooded into U.S. Bank Stadium to see a trio of heavy metal acts.

Best of the week: 'Rise Up, O Men,' 'The Lady and the Trump,' Guided by Voices, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, more

Ask Amy: Boyfriend's social surveillance spells trouble

Hax: She doesn't want to lose him again

Monty Lee Wilkes, sound engineer for Nirvana, First Ave., dies at 54

The Twin Cities music scene veteran also worked for Prince, Britney Spears and the Beastie Boys.


James Lileks: An interview with a woman who's been to every State Fair since 1859
James Lileks

We're pleased to present an interview with Emma M. Emmerson, the state's oldest fairgoer. She is 160, spry as a cricket and walks unassisted thanks…

Lileks: Some creative new fair offerings
James Lileks

You can't say this is the same ol' State Fair stuff.


TV picks for Aug. 29: 'The Kicks,' Three Stooges, 'China's Emperor of Evil'

Having a ballPreteens won't need a killer chip shot to feel like part of team on "The Kicks," a new live-action series in which…


James Lileks: An interview with a woman who's been to every State Fair since 1859

We're pleased to present an interview with Emma M. Emmerson, the state's oldest fairgoer. She is 160, spry as a cricket and walks unassisted thanks…


Celebrities are airing their own dirty laundry

Hoping to help others, stars are coming clean about everything from addiction to anorexia.


2015: At Mpls. park, a few hundred people bare their chests for annual Go Topless event

Annual "Go Topless Day" event drew crowd of several hundred to downtown Gold Medal Park.


Minnesotans celebrate Prince with show of purple at the State Fair

"Unite in Purple" features music, dancing and a special pyrotechnic Prince tribute.


Our favorite Twitter reactions to Frank Ocean's new album(s)

Twitter's favorite R&B star Frank Ocean, we missed you. The R&B dynamo came out of hiding last weekend to release not one but two…


All-steel 'Home of Tomorrow,' built in 1930s, hits market in St. Paul

Built for an iron ore businessman in the 1930s, St. Paul's all-steel "Home of Tomorrow" was designed to showcase the latest in windows, kitchen and bathroom design. You can have it for $845,000.


$1M yard makeover in Corcoran creates recreation destination

Mega-budget landscape makeover includes sport court, in-ground trampoline, pool and more.


Crawling to better fitness

Got a floor? That's all the equipment you need for a great workout.


How does Minnesota Orchestra's new Sibelius disc compare with the Lahti Symphony classic?

REVIEW: Minnesota Orchestra's new Sibelius recording is even better than Lahti Symphony's celebrated 1990s version.


With pop star Demi Lovato, music meets mental health advocacy in the form of free workshops

Pop star Demi Lovato isn't the first musician to be an advocate for mental health, but she may be the first to organize workshops for fans.


Indoors & Out: Fall lawn care, architecture of the '50s and '60s, trees and shrubs

Trees and shrubs Fall is prime time to plant trees and shrubs. Learn what you need to know at a seminar, “Choosing Trees and…


Renting and the Law: Apartment is infested with bugs

Q: My son is currently renting an apartment in Minneapolis. He and his roommate both signed a lease that runs until the end of August.…


U.S. is getting ready to make truck, bus drivers slow down

For newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change.


Actor sues Minn. Fringe Festival for refusing play about pedophile

Sean Neely accuses the festival of "false advertising" because it claims to be nonjuried.


Steel Lustron homes in Minneapolis are a blast from the past

The durable steel Lustron homes in Minneapolis are a blast from the past— surviving examples of a midcentury design innovation.


TV picks for Aug. 28-Sept. 1: MTV Video Music Awards, 'The Kicks' and 'The Strain'

Back to Future Hard to believe that the first “MTV Video Music Awards” were hosted 32 years ago by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler,…


TV picks for Aug. 27-28: Comedy Jam, 'The Strain,' Robin Williams

Good will hunting The late Garry Marshall weighs in on how he found a talent from another planet to inhabit Mork in “Robin Williams:…


New on video: "The Jungle Book"

Back to the jungle It’s hard not to think of “The Jungle Book” remake (⋆⋆⋆½, rated PG) as a feast. It is a banquet…


10 highest paid actresses in 2016

10 highest-paid actresses in 2016 Jennifer Lawrence is still the world’s highest-paid actress, topping Forbes’ annual ranking for the second year straight. But some of…