Wedge, Linden Hills co-ops to merge; Eastside says no

The Wedge Co-Op in Minneapolis.

The two south Minneapolis natural foods co-ops have been around since the mid-1970s and have a combined 25,000 members. The vote in favor of consolidating operations was 80 percent.

Watch Ellen DeGeneres get Halloween costume ideas from Minn. 2nd graders

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

The talk show host got some laugh-out-loud suggestions on what to wear for Halloween from little Minnesotans on this week's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Tom Hanks' new 'Da Vinci Code' movie lacks any hint of a spark

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones appear in a scene from "Inferno."

The third "Da Vinci Code" installment is truly abysmal.

Starting with Prince, First Ave photographer showed rise of Cities music scene

Daniel Corrigan highlights 35 years of Minnesota music in his new book "Heyday."

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Now serving at the Turf Club: music from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in concert in Stillwater in 2011.

SPCO reaches a new lowbrow high with its series to reach younger audiences.

Uber actor James Craven transports people, onstage and in his car

"As actors, we're in the business of transporting people," says the star of "Jitney," who spends his days ferrying passengers.

Viral photo of shiny legs is the latest optical illusion dividing the internet

Social media users are losing their minds over an image of some really glossy legs.

Moccasins! Red Wings! Clogs! A guide to Minnesota's best shoe brands

Looking to buy local? These Minnesota shoe companies deliver rugged good looks and sturdy construction.

News of the Weird: Guns are fine, but java needs special permit

Why losing at sports can be good for kids

Camaraderie and teamwork can still flourish.

Connecting TV to stereo sounds like a great idea

Americana's 'It Girl' Margo Price sings hurtin' songs that feel so good at Turf Club

Review: The Midwest farm girl was the year's hottest club ticket in local alt-country/Americana circles.

That set designer in the Microsoft TV ad? He's working on new Guthrie show

Beowulf Boritt is in heavy rotation on TV and in demand in the theater.

Minn. artists take aim at election with crafty lawn signs

Artists Preston Drum and Russ White created the installation, "This Lawn Is My Lawn," to lampoon this year's election.

Ask Amy: High-drama roommate impacts friendships

Hax: Groom's parents snub gay friend

Guidelines loosen restrictions on tots logging on

Burger Friday: Velveeta (!) makes the Mercury cheeseburger great
Table Talk

The new Mercury Dining Room and Rail opened this week in downtown Minneapolis, with a whopper of a two-patty cheeseburger. Popovers, too.

Connecting TV to stereo sounds like a great idea
Don Lindich

Q: I recently got a used JVC EM39FT flat-screen TV that I use with a Comcast DVR box via HDMI. I have a vintage stereo…

Home video review: 'Star Trek' goes one step 'Beyond'

“Star Trek Beyond” goes way too “fast and furious” with hot-rod director Justin Lin at the Enterprise helm. He revs up a disjointed tale of…

TV picks for Oct. 29-30: 'Good Girls Revolt,' 'How We Fight,' 'Before the Flood'

I'm every womanThe late Nora Ephron would have gotten a kick out of "Good Girls Revolt," and not just because she's portrayed with just…

What was your best book gift? What books do you give as presents?

What’s the best book you ever received as a gift? What made it so special? And what book do you always give, and why? Please…

Review: 'The Lost Boy,' by Camilla Läckberg, translated from the Swedish by Tiina Nunnally

FICTION: A detective investigates a baffling murder in a Swedish resort town in a new mystery by Camilla Läckberg.

Review: 'American Revolutions: A Continental History,' by Alan Taylor

NONFICTION: A breathtaking new look at "multiple and clashing visions of revolution."

Review: 'A Gambler's Anatomy,' by Jonathan Lethem

FICTION: A wild, uproarious novel about an international backgammon player enduring a long losing streak.

Review: 'Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart,' by Lynne Cox

NONFICTION: An accomplished open-water swimmer trains to overcome the biggest challenge of her life — on land.

Bookmark: Scary books to read for Halloween

I don’t like being scared. The older I get, the more susceptible I am to “ghoulies and ghosties/And long-leggedy beasties/And things that go bump in…

Review: 'Faithful,' by Alice Hoffman

FICTION: A young woman struggles to move beyond a tragic accident in Alice Hoffman's deeply moving novel.

No compromises and other joys of solo travel

I love traveling alone. Sure, doing so has its challenges. But in my experiences, the good outweighs the bad.

Why the singing sisters of the Staves moved from London to Minneapolis

  An unusual celebration began when one of the sisters in the Staves excused herself to the restroom last week at a coffee shop on…

Details: Crater Lake

If you goShasta MountInn: At the foot of Mount Shasta, the inn boasts cozy rooms, scrumptious breakfasts, a sauna and a Jacuzzi. Rates from $150…

San Marino's mountaintop beauty

Far above the Italian countryside, the Republic of San Marino conveys a curious charm.

How can you take the high road?

Irritating co-workers, poor service, dishes in the sink. Aggravating! We know we're not supposed to sweat the small stuff. We know we ought to take…

Head to the movies with Taste

Join the Taste team as we celebrate the section's 47th birthday with a screening of 1971's scrumpdiddlyumptious "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (the Gene…

Are consumer rating surveys driving you nuts? You're not alone. Survey fatigue is scoring a 10.

"How are we doing? Could you fill out this survey? On a 1-to-10 scale? Unless, um, we're not a 10."

Finding catharsis on Twitter while watching 'Walking Dead'

We hate you, 'Walking Dead'Well, it's time for another masochistic episode of "The Walking Dead." Can anything be worse than last Sunday? Nope, and we're…

Students and alumni turn out for Gopher Homecoming

Gopher Homecoming is a century-old tradition that brings together University of Minnesota students and alumni. First held in 1914, homecoming began as a modest affair…

TV picks for Oct. 30-Nov. 3: 'Good Girls Revolt,' 'People of Earth,' 'The Battle of Chosin'

What women wantThe late Nora Ephron would have gotten a kick out of "Good Girls Revolt," and not just because she's portrayed with just…

Of all the Halloween ad clichés, here's the worst one

Halloween ad slogans show a frightening lack of creativity.