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Gwen Stefani to headline Mystic Lake's Feb. 4 post-Super Bowl party

The "Hollaback Girl" hitmaker will finish off the four-night lineup in the casino's Club Nomadic series.

Ordway's stylish revival of 'Annie' proves a perfect antidote to troubled times

Ann Michels as Grace Ferrell, Lance Roberts as Oliver Warbucks, and Carly Gendell as Annie in "Annie" at the Ordway.

Director Austene Van's witty revival resonates at Ordway.

Duluth to lose one of its top-performing restaurants

The last day for Northern Waters, the up-the-hill sibling to Northern Waters Smokehaus, will be Dec. 31st.

Dinkytown's Espresso Royale to close after almost 30 years

The coffee shop, along with two other outposts in Minnesota, will close by the end of the month.

Eat & drink insider

Man creates 4-foot-long replica of U.S. Bank Stadium using 6,400 toothpicks

A California retiree built a detailed model of U.S. Bank Stadium to celebrate becoming a Minnesotan.

A Minnesotan looks at China 'from the ground up'

NONFICTION: A Peace Corps volunteer offers an astute, engaging account of China.

Laura Dern couldn't resist role in 'Star Wars'

Laura Dern was thrilled to join the sci-fi universe as the head of the Resistance.

Northern Invasion returning to Somerset in 2018 with Tool, A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold

Maynard James Keenan's bands will perform on opposite nights of the two-day hard-rock camp-out.

What to give the music lover on your list? These 12 gifts really rock

Want to delight the music lovers on your shopping list? Try these books and deluxe reissues.

Garrison Keillor pulled from PBS series, 'Finding Your Roots'

The season finale of the hit show is yanking segment on former 'Prairie Home Companion' host.

Baby boomers are becoming 'baby boozers' as reliance on alcohol and drugs rises

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The trend is alarming doctors, substance abuse specialists, family members and some boomers themselves.

LILEKS: You do not have to have an Elf on a Shelf

Full-scale Hogwarts comes to life for Harry Potter fans in Minnetonka

You can tour the ultimate Harry Potter experience created by a Minnetonka business owner for her daughter's college graduation.

Taylor Swift's fans riled by ticket program for U.S. Bank Stadium concert

Some fans who "boost­ed" their chan­ces for bet­ter seats got stick­er shock.

Ask Amy: Having a baby hasn't made them Facebook offical

Hax: Hyper-protective parents give off creepy vibe

Some Twin Cities dancers steamed about Super Bowl Live invitation

They're being offered the "opportunity" to dance for fans of the nation's biggest sporting event — for a paltry $100.


Eagles successfully hunting coots on Wayzata Bay
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Small patch of open water makes coots sitting ducks

Some Twin Cities dancers steamed about Super Bowl Live invitation
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They're being offered the "opportunity" to dance for fans of the nation's biggest sporting event — for a paltry $100.


Kristina Schultz, left, raised her martini to toast with friend Dana Barry as they caught up over dinner at CoV in Wayzata on a recent Thursday evening. “Wayzata has changed,” local restaurateur Ryan Burnet said. “It’s not the quiet town it used to be. The bar has been raised.”

With lots of hot new restaurants, Wayzata is suddenly 'the place to be'

What were the 5 best Twin Cities burgers of 2017?
Duluth to lose one of its top-performing restaurants
Dinkytown's Espresso Royale to close after almost 30 years

Top: A tall elf-trimmed Christmas tree (one of three) greets guests when they enter Bonnie Speer McGrath’s Edina house. Bottom, left to right: A feather wreath in the powder room; teddy bears on the piano; a homemade ornament by one of McGrath’s children trims a tree on the lower level.

Edina Christmas lover turns home into 'magical' holiday extravaganza

For some sleepers, the top sheet is going beddy-bye
Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House apartment gets 'clean and beautiful' makeover
Eagles successfully hunting coots on Wayzata Bay

Bob Dylan, “Trouble No More — The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 /1979-1981”

What to give the music lover on your list? These 12 gifts really rock

Gwen Stefani to headline Mystic Lake's Feb. 4 post-Super Bowl party
Northern Invasion returning to Somerset in 2018 with Tool, A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold
Taylor Swift's fans riled by ticket program for U.S. Bank Stadium concert

Mario Batali

Star chef Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct by 4 women

Josh Homme apologizes again for kicking photographer
Boyega escapes Atlanta snow, makes 'Last Jedi' premiere
'SNL' opens with kids putting Santa on the spot by asking about Franken, Moore

Laura Dern portrays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Laura Dern couldn't resist role in 'Star Wars'

Gary Oldman, Winston Churchill a winning combo in 'Darkest Hour' ★★★½
Biopic of provocative gay artist 'Tom of Finland' lacks passion
Woody Allen's moody 'Wonder Wheel' hits close to home

Jerry Larson waits for his granddaughter Mia, 9, to come home from school as he rests on the couch with a chihuahua he calls Taco. He wished he could go out to a nearby playground, but the back pain makes it too difficult with the reduced opioid prescription.

The other side of the opioid debate: What to do about the pain?

You can't outrun your past, U study says
'Super vitamin' proves disruptive to medical tests, U study shows
If you're sick, stay away from work

Kristina Schultz, left, raised her martini to toast with friend Dana Barry as they caught up over dinner at CoV in Wayzata on a recent Thursday evening. “Wayzata has changed,” local restaurateur Ryan Burnet said. “It’s not the quiet town it used to be. The bar has been raised.”

With lots of hot new restaurants, Wayzata is suddenly 'the place to be'

Simplify your party drinks by serving a bowl of cocktail-worthy punch
What were the 5 best Twin Cities burgers of 2017?
Duluth to lose one of its top-performing restaurants

Pantone picks deep purple 'Ultra Violet' as color of year

Scene + Heard: Partying 1920s style at Fraser Annual Benefit
Holiday gifts for your favorite homebody
Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood transformed by artisans, brewers, chefs

Emmy winner Reed Morano, right, directed Elisabeth Moss in an episode of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Nine of the show’s 10 episodes were directed by women.

In Hollywood, women are increasingly calling the shots on television

Scott Foley's most scandalous moment: Blushing during an audition
'SNL' opens with kids putting Santa on the spot by asking about Franken, Moore
TV picks for Dec. 12: 'The Grand Tour,' 'Real Sports,' Gwen Stefani

Squaw Valley, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, offers big lake views and options to explore long groomed runs, open bowls, classic mogul lines and the cliffs of the Palisades.

Skiers head to Lake Tahoe for Olympic-worthy runs

State of skiing: 7 ski resorts to hit in Minnesota
Expert skiers up their game at Jackson Hole's Elevate and Steep & Deep ski camps
Flying high over Africa to celebrate a birthday

Ann Michels as Grace Ferrell, Lance Roberts as Oliver Warbucks, and Carly Gendell as Annie in "Annie" at the Ordway.

Ordway's stylish revival of 'Annie' proves a perfect antidote to troubled times

Sally Wingert shines in Guthrie's funny, spry 'Blithe Spirit'
Penumbra Theatre's 'Black Nativity' sets spirits alight
Latest Liebhard show has a cozy feel

Michael Meyer

A Minnesotan looks at China 'from the ground up'

Great stocking stuffers for book lovers
Review: 'The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. 1,' edited by Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil
REVIEW: 'Don't Save Anything,' by James Salter

Minnesota friends follow 'dream' of saving moms and babies in Sierra Leone

"By helping mothers, we help a whole society," says Rural Health Care Initiative co-founder.


Apple orchestrates deal for song-recognition app Shazam

Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones.


Soon you can watch the NFL free on your phone on Yahoo

Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo's app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo.


TV picks for Dec. 12: 'The Grand Tour,' 'Real Sports,' Gwen Stefani

Car trouble"The Grand Tour," which is basically "Top Gear" with a different title, is returning for a second season, but not without a few bumps…


From 'Chuckles' to that 'Mad Men' lawn mower: Five essential TV episodes directed by women

Female directors wouldn’t be making such significant strides in television if it weren’t for those who set the stage. The Mary Tyler Moore Show Episode:…