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How many billion birds are there in the world?

A flock of terns spirals above their nesting island in northern Minnesota.

There are between 200 billion and 400 billion birds, give or take a few.

'Music Man' delivers its irresistible pitch at Bloomington arts center

Michael Gruber, Liam Beck-O’Sullivan and Jennifer Eckes.

REVIEW: Artistry dazzles with showmanship in staging at Bloomington Center for the Arts.

Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs "Believer" at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: INVW

New tunes and heartfelt tributes gave the Vegas rockers more depth.

Minneapolis punk haven Triple Rock Social Club to close around Thanksgiving

No reasons were cited for the decision to close the club, a beloved music venue 15 years running.

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Minnesota kids react to the Boy Scouts' new gender-inclusive policy

Local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts talk about scouting and what the policy change will mean to them.

Old Log goes back to the '50s with 'Life Could Be a Dream'

REVIEW: Old Log Theatre puts another nickel in the jukebox musical "Life Could Be a Dream."

One-day social media campaign highlights domestic abuse in the Twin Cities

Domestic abuse shelter asks people to post personal experiences.

Minnesotans sent in their favorite cat photos, and they're purrretty cute

Take a break from the depressing news to enjoy these cute Minnesota cats.

A magical, mysterious story hour at Red Eye Theater

REVIEW: Centered on a divorcee, new play at Red Eye Theater reflects on the stories we tell each other.

How having a sense of purpose keeps older adults healthy and happy

Experts advise spending more time on activities that bring joy or using work skills in a new way.

Queens of the Stone Age outblasts the din at Wilkins

Review: Josh Homme circumvented a tragic year and a bad venue with an aggressive, full-volume love-in.

Comedian Kevin Hart will perform in Minneapolis during Super Bowl weekend

The comic is the latest addition to the Super Bowl's superstar lineup.

Minnesota baker's clever twist on chocolate chip cookie recipe goes viral

Columbia Heights blogger and cookbook author Sarah Kieffer's twist on an old standby also appeared in the New York Times.

Amy Tan on new memoir: 'I want to know why I got damaged and why I'm glad'

While writing her new memoir, the author uncovered dark family secrets. She also found the source of her need to write.

The Monday Briefing: A musical look at sight

Ask Amy: She's looking for love but can't find it

Step up your Vikings tailgating game with these insane 'meat necklaces'

Throw out those lame pretzels, and add meat to your gameday snack necklace.


In filmmaker Madsen Minax's 'Kairos Dirt,' every hole is a portal into another dream
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Minax screens his latest otherworldy film at Bryant Lake Bowl on Thurs., Oct 19

Minneapolis punk haven Triple Rock Social Club to close around Thanksgiving
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No reasons were cited for the decision to close the club, a beloved music venue 15 years running.


Tiny Nicollet Mall crepe shop to reopen after hearing Super Bowl pitch

New North Loop restaurant opens in former Gardner Hardware building
Hello and goodbye: Openings, closings come fast and furious in Twin Cities restaurant scene
'Wayzata needs a breakfast place': Benedict's Morning Heroes opens today

Go inside 5 of the most expensive lake homes on the Twin Cities market

'90s home in Eagan gets a thoroughly modern kitchen makeover
How many billion birds are there in the world?
Home plan: New-fashioned farmhouse boasts outdoor rooms

Minneapolis punk haven Triple Rock Social Club to close around Thanksgiving

Queens of the Stone Age outblasts the din at Wilkins
Best weekly jam in Minneapolis has endured 30 years (and much more)
Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte walks with Prince William and Prince George as they arrive in Warsaw, Monday, July 17, 2017.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting child in April

NBA Coach Gregg Popovich calls Trump a 'soulless coward' in latest rant against president
Marilyn Manson takes another swipe at Justin Bieber: 'I don't like to fight with girls' (Audio)
'SNL' opens with Alec Baldwin's Trump commanding Mike Pence to leave everything in protest

Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall and and Sterling K. Brown as Joseph Spell, a driver accused of rape in “Marshall.”

'Marshall' offers convincing testimony about a future Supreme Court justice

Don't confuse provocative 'Wonder Women' with the summer blockbuster
Liam Neeson's Watergate drama is factual but impassive
'Manolo' biopic is shallow but flattering

Nathan Maehren of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities demonstrated a machine that combines a core workout with a virtual reality experience.

You can fly! Virtual reality workout coming to Minneapolis

Depression, hilarious? MPR podcast seeks to lift the stigma
The never-ending battle against sport's hidden foe
Rural hospitals struggle to stock costly, lifesaving drugs

Yia Vang runs his Union Kitchen restaurant as an occasional pop-up that settles into other locations.

Learn how to cook Hmong from the Twin Cities master

Tiny Nicollet Mall crepe shop to reopen after hearing Super Bowl pitch
Step up your Vikings tailgating game with these insane 'meat necklaces'
'Wayzata needs a breakfast place': Benedict's Morning Heroes opens today

Sequined statement tee by Alice + Olivia.

Trendspotting from New York Fashion Week: Floral prints, pops of color, political messages

Scene + Heard: Ability Bash
Chaska doctor offers new way to snuff out body odor
Ex-Tulsa mayor: $4M payout for lost ring not enough

Kristi Leskinen and Shawn Johnson East in "Aventure Capitalists."

Former Olympic gymnast goes for gold on CNBC series

'Fixer Upper' stars Joanna and Chip Gaines talk show's end
Why ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' has so many references to Minnesota
TV picks for Oct. 18: 'Empire,' Tim O'Brien, 'CMT Artists of the Year'

A bitter harvest: A visitor rests on the porch of a cabin, at top, where slaves crammed in when they weren’t toiling in the fields or mills to produce sugar. Above, a jail for runaways looks onto the Big House, aka the mansion.

Whitney Plantation, Near New Orleans, immerses visitors in the lives of slaves

Chicago's elevated northern burb
Minnesotans' travel questions answered
New Zealand from a bike saddle

Liquid Music artists for the 2017-18 season include Ashwini Ramaswamy.

How Liquid Music became one of the country's coolest alt-classical concert series

Ten Thousand Things' 'Electra' finds humanity in horrible people
'Music Man' delivers its irresistible pitch at Bloomington arts center
A playful exhibition about work at Walker Art Center

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TV picks for Oct. 18: 'Empire,' Tim O'Brien, 'CMT Artists of the Year'

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Hax: Grandparents are called too involved

How to step back and see things from your children's viewpoint.


'Wayzata needs a breakfast place': Benedict's Morning Heroes opens today

The restaurant mixes sleek, modern design with classic comfort-food dishes and over-the-top breakfast creations.


In filmmaker Madsen Minax's 'Kairos Dirt,' every hole is a portal into another dream

Minax screens his latest otherworldy film at Bryant Lake Bowl on Thurs., Oct 19


The week's best Twin Cities jazz: Arturo Sandoval, Wycliffe Gordon and Jazz MN Orchestra

Arturo in the houseA perennial Dakota favorite, Arturo Sandoval still plays trumpet like the blood brother of his formermentor, Dizzy Gillespie, and still frequently blows…