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Duran Duran turns up the grooves after Chic turned it on early

From left, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Dominic Brown performed with the rest of Duran Duran at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.

REVIEW: The '80s hitmakers followed their openers' funky lead Saturday in St. Paul.

Could the Mississippi River actually begin in South Dakota?

Walking across the steppingstone rocks at Itasca State Park is a rite of passage, but whether these mark the ancient source of the Mississippi may be worth discussing around a campfire.

Questioning whether the Mississippi begins in Lake Itasca may be blasphemy – or good geology.

Voyageurs National Park is Minnesota’s gift to America

A boat navigates the waters of Namakan Lake near Kettle Falls in Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park.

Voyageurs National Park holds surprising treasures of ancient geology, human history and natural splendor for adventurous vacationers.

Rosenblum: How all of us (even Playboy Playmates) can stop 'fat shaming'

Gail Rosenblum

To single out Dani Mathers for "fat shaming" is absurd.

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6 Drake disciples who could inherit his R&B/hip-hop throne

With Drake playing Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, let's ponder who's next in line.

Minnesota dads, daughters bond on 'magical' yearly Lake Superior sailing trips

For 25 years, a group of fathers and daughters have sailed the Apostle Islands, and bonded in the process.

Sensory-friendly production of 'Lion King' tempers the roar

Low-sensory show, where effects such as strobe lights and shattering sounds will be modulated, caters to an autistic audience.

Why some big stars get big crowds in Twin Cities (and others don't)

What does it take to command the biggest stages during the Twin Cities' busiest concert season ever?

Review: Guthrie's 'Disgraced' is a shattering, revelatory production

Guthrie's timely show about Islamophobia, personal ambition and American ideals offers a lot to chew on.

Home video review: 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' is a buzz-worthy edition to the series

Hashtag of the week: #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes

Best of the week: New Edition, Malala Yousafzai, Twenty One Pilots, 'Glensheen,' more

James Lileks: He can't wait to get home, but he'll have to

James Lileks

The trip through airport customs is a long, slow ending to vacation.

Summer serial: A young Mpls. teacher is pulled to small town Minnesota

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.

Ask Amy: Relationship falters through mutual bad behavior

Hax: Feeling lonely amid Dad's new life

Woman behind 'wallpaper house' was a designer who loved bold look

A Golden Valley designer loved bright color, bold prints and florals from floor to ceiling. The result was a wallpaper-covered home that you can have for $674,900.


James Lileks
The end of the VCR? WHO. CARES. But maybe you should

News from Japan: The last company to make VCRs is shutting down production. If you know what a VCR is, you don't care, but if…

Gail Rosenblum
Rosenblum: How all of us (even Playboy Playmates) can stop 'fat shaming'

To single out Dani Mathers for "fat shaming" is absurd.


Hax: Mother and daughter could both use Al-Anon

Dear Carolyn: My adult brother is in rehab for the second time in two years. My mother is understandably upset and wants to talk about…


The end of the VCR? WHO. CARES. But maybe you should

News from Japan: The last company to make VCRs is shutting down production. If you know what a VCR is, you don't care, but if…


The Monday Briefing: This party will be the bees' knees

PICK OF THE WEEK: It's time to get down to bees-ness at the Pollinator Party, a gathering to pay homage to all things…


TV picks for July 25: 'Santa Claus: The Movie,' 'Rizzoli & Isles,' 'Killer Instinct With Chris Hansen'

Christmas in JulyLast week, I bemoaned the fact that TV seems to be getting in the holiday spirit way too early. Now comes an airing…


Review: 'Swallowed by the Cold,' by Jensen Beach

FICTION: Stories reflect a world of detached folks who ache for empathy in contemporary Sweden.


Review: 'Home Field,' by Hannah Gersen

FICTION: In a Clinton-era small town, a football coach and his three children struggle to go on in this tender debut.


C.J.: Sister Rosalind has one of the most gripping handshakes in the metro

The nun and famous masseuse has been massaging fans at St. Paul Saints games "since 1993, year one."


Why Lake Itasca may not be the headwaters of the Mississippi River

  ARE THE HEADWATERS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN SOUTH DAKOTA? By Wendell A. Duffield November 2012   A “no” answer to the question posed…


The dangers of weight stigma

The common wisdom is that “helpful comments” (aka body shaming) might motivate people to lose weight. But the University of Minnesota’s Katie Loth has done…


More workplace problems at Fox News surface

Workplace problems were broader than Roger Ailes.


Singer Jevetta Steele's new kitchen is a family gathering spot

Singer Jevetta Steele finally has the family gathering spot she's always wanted, thanks to a home-makeover TV show.


Twin Cities gardeners, get ready for tours galore

Garden tours galoreNovice and expert growers can gather ideas on design, plant picks, koi care, pond installation and landscaping at a garden variety of tours…


C.J.: Gripping chat with masseuse Sister Rosalind

C.J.: Gripping chat with masseuse Sister Rosalind


U of Mn's Bell Museum + Planetarium hires new executive director

North Carolina educator Denise Young has been picked as new director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium at the University of Minnesota starting September 12.


With Roger Ailes out, expect changes at Fox News

Its role as the go-to place for GOP spin is in question.


Midsummer garden helper: Tough, trendy succulents

These drought-resistant plants can be a midsummer gardener's best friend.


Dance review: Eclectic Edge takes flight on a midsummer night

REVIEW: Eclectic Edge Ensemble puts a new spin on a Shakespeare classic.


Ticket Alert: Megadeth, Meshuggah, Mannheim Steamroller and more

10 A.M. FRIDAYLil Uzi Vert, Aug. 19 at Myth in Maplewood. $22. … Brandi Carlile, Sept. 2 at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. $48-$78. ……


Netflix's 'Last Chance U' offers an education in college football

Neftlix's first sports docuseries goes beyond the gridiron in profiling would-be college football standouts.


A struggling late-night star rediscovers his A game

Stephen Colbert's live shows have re-energized the comedian.