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Farewell to the flower show: Five decades of downtown Minneapolis in bloom

2005: Leann Sipple of West St. Paul and her son Rowan Steger, took a minute to smell Reiger Begonia flowers at the Marshall Field’s and Bachman’s Spring Flower Show.

A Twin Cities rite of spring for more than five decades, the downtown department-store flower show passed into history this year. Here's a look back to celebrate its long-blooming run.

First Ave's street party provides a 'benediction' to Prince memorials

Dave Pirner, Dem Atlas, Maria Isa and members of Mazarati and Mint Condition played a free tribute for 2,500 fans.

Minnesotans joining the women's movement in their 60s: 'We're done being quiet'

Judy Seguin and Sue Dergandz are part of a grass-roots activist movement. “I’m a grandma who is taking action,” Seguin said.

After a lifetime on the sidelines of activism, many older women are jumping into the game.

'Born decades too early': How Prince revolutionized the music biz

Our critic who covered him for 40 years reflects on the Purple One's impact on rock, pop culture and the music industry.

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What's next for pioneering Twin Cities director Michelle Hensley? Not theater, she says

After nearly three decades, the pioneering theater director prepares to step away from her troupe Ten Thousand Things.

These great Milwaukee cocktail bars will make you forget about beer

In Milwaukee, bartenders are pouring delicious, inventive drinks — and they don't come out of a tap.

Ron Howard finds 'pressure' points in Albert Einstein miniseries

Ron Howard is such a historic figure himself, it's hard to believe that "Genius," the Albert Einstein miniseries that premieres on Tuesday, marks his debut as a director for scripted television.

Rosenblum: Minnesota takes the lead in pushing end-of-life conversations

Anne Denny, a health care consultant from Eagan, guides individuals and couples in crafting their health care directives.

Live in Minnesota? Get ready to talk about dying in Minnesota.

Minneapolis students 'use art to help others' with Empty Bowls NE

Northeast Minneapolis high school students make ceramic bowls for hunger fundraiser.

Taking on a tiger: Chinese gorge calls to hikers

Tiger Leaping Gorge, in China's Yunnan province, delivers rugged, remote beauty.

Tina Fey's new sitcom 'Great News' will make you think: Liz Lemon

Tina Fey's hot streak continues with her latest sitcom, "Great News."

Scene + Heard: Taste of Africa raises funds for Rural Health Care Initiative

For its second annual fundraiser, A Taste of Africa offered samples of African cuisine from several Twin Cities restaurants.

Hungry for hoagies or vegan or bagels? Give these 4 new Twin Cities restaurants a try

A cozy retro throwback offers chicken Parm and more.

From reissues to reunions: What Prince fans can look forward to this year

A "Purple Rain" expanded reissue is among the highlights for fans who want to continue celebrating him.

Ask Amy: Grandmother wonders if she is obligated to babysit

Hax: Feeling abandoned by plugged-in hubby

Lileks: It's not 'camp' if you don't need to be current on your shots

Get ready for summer fun.

It's never too early to panic about camp.


First Ave's street party provides a 'benediction' to Prince memorials
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Dave Pirner, Dem Atlas, Maria Isa and members of Mazarati and Mint Condition played a free tribute for 2,500 fans.

Purple City Take 4: A parade of Prince associates performs late-night show
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Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Apollonia and Donna Grantis made guest appearances at an official after-party Saturday night at the Metropolitan.


Marie Bushbaum, 34, of Minneapolis played Skee-Ball at arcade bar Up-Down in south Minneapolis.

New Twin Cities game bars put fun (and craft beers) on tap

Hola Arepa owners reveal plans for former Minneapolis strip club: Asian street food
Where do you go with tasting flights after wine and beer? Hard liquor
New restaurant and 'eatertainery' planned for old hardware building in North Loop

2005: Leann Sipple of West St. Paul and her son Rowan Steger, took a minute to smell Reiger Begonia flowers at the Marshall Field’s and Bachman’s Spring Flower Show.

Farewell to the flower show: Five decades of downtown Minneapolis in bloom

100-year-old Minneapolis home gets high-tech makeover
Take a look at 12 Twin Cities award-winning home designs
Flower show themes over the years

First Ave's street party provides a 'benediction' to Prince memorials

'Born decades too early': How Prince revolutionized the music biz
From reissues to reunions: What Prince fans can look forward to this year
Old-school Twin Cities shops defy the trends on Record Store Day 2017

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 1999 file photo, Cuba Gooding Sr. lead vocalist of the legendary r&b/pop group The Main Ingredient, and father of Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., gestures during an interview in Bridgetown, Barbados. Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit �Everybody Plays the Fool,� has died. Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead due an unknown cause in a car Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car in Los Angeles

President Trump welcomes Sarah Palin to White House
Tennis star Serena Williams is pregnant, spokeswoman confirms
C.J.: Shaun LaBelle hopes to ride 'Wave' to another platinum seller

Charlie Hunnam in "The Lost City of Z."

Charlie Hunnam's 'Lost City of Z' is a terrific find

Talented goofballs in 'Free Fire' take aim at lunacy
Christian Bale's 'The Promise' lives up to its impressive commitment
Katherine Heigl/Rosario Dawson's 'Unforgettable' is just the opposite

Ashley Benson, a mother of four who went through Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s First Steps program to help pregnant opioid addicts wean off their addictions, kissed her 4-month-old son, Grayson.

Minn. hospital finds success in opioid fight with focus on mothers

In fight for MS cure, Shakopee man leads the way in national fundraising
An hour of running can get you seven more hours of life
How to survive a 250-day flight to Mars? Mayo tests an answer

Lowry Hill Meats co-owner and butcher Erik Sather grew up on a small hog farm south of New Ulm, Minn. “The more you know about food, the more enjoyable dinner is.”

Butchering 101: Lowry Hill Meats in Minneapolis really goes whole hog

Granola, yogurt and kombucha? Hippies were right about food
Brighten meals with lemony sorrel
New restaurant and 'eatertainery' planned for old hardware building in North Loop

Minnesota clothing company Love Your Melon appeared on the "Today" show recently.

'Today' show brings national spotlight to Minnesota hats for kids battling cancer

Scene + Heard: Taste of Africa raises funds for Rural Health Care Initiative
A Minnesota fashion designer's earthy inspiration: Mushrooms
Study: Wisconsin will face water infrastructure problem

Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in "Genius."

Ron Howard finds 'pressure' points in Albert Einstein miniseries

Tina Fey's new sitcom 'Great News' will make you think: Liz Lemon
Home video: 'La La Land' brings all that jazz
TV picks for April 22-23: 'An Ocean Mystery,' 'El Chapo,' 'Silicon Valley'

For a small fee, a hiker gained access to a primitive bridge leading to a rock in the middle of the Jinsha River that offers a scenic view.

Taking on a tiger: Chinese gorge calls to hikers

These great Milwaukee cocktail bars will make you forget about beer
Biking through Lanesboro on the Root River State Trail is a cyclist's paradise
Are you leaving money in Europe?

Michelle Hensley’s Ten Thousand Things theater company has taken shows to underserved or even captive audiences, in shelters, community centers and prisons.

What's next for pioneering Twin Cities director Michelle Hensley? Not theater, she says

'Frog and Toad' brings Arnold Lobel's daughter back to Mpls. with 'magical' memories
Art collective from Vietnam brings 'Reincarnation' to Minneapolis Institute of Art
Playlets at Pillsbury House speak intimately to 'The Great Divide' revealed by last fall's election

A memorial service in 2008 for the first anniversary of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse inspired Todd Boss' collection, "Tough Luck." Star Tribune file

6 new books by Minnesota poets explore heartbreak, paradoxes and more

Review: 'A $500 House in Detroit,' by Drew Philp
Review: 'Anything Is Possible,' by Elizabeth Strout
3 great new audiobooks: George Saunders, Douglas Preston, Neil Gaiman

De Waart returns to lead rarely performed Elgar oratoria

review: Edo de Waart led a dramatic performance of Elgar's mystical "Gerontius."


Purple City Take 4: A parade of Prince associates performs late-night show

Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Apollonia and Donna Grantis made guest appearances at an official after-party Saturday night at the Metropolitan.


Woman with Down syndrome to compete in Miss Minnesota USA pageant

When Mikayla Holmgren takes the stage later this year, it will be a first for the Minnesota contest and, as far as pageant officials know, the country.


Miss Minnesota USA's first pageant contestant with Down syndrome

Mikayla Holmgren demonstrates some dance moves for the camera at Bethel University.


Take a look at 12 Twin Cities award-winning home designs

What's your vision of the perfect home? Here are 12 designs of distinction singled out by AIA Minnesota. Each will be featured in the coming year as a Home of the Month, but you can get a sneak peek at them now.