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Wild Lands Top Players

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Unlike some other men’s sports teams in town, the Wild can draw top talent. The NHL team just scored top free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. But these players didn’t come cheap. Each received a $98 million, 13-year contract. The good news? The Wild might get some of that money back in ticket sales. “Within five hours of the signings, Wild officials said the team had sold about 700 new full season tickets for next season,” reports the Star Tribune. We are the state of hockey indeed.


Mad Men Star’s Pi Press Commercial

Before Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser played the punchable Pete Campbell on the AMC hit series, he was a kid actor here in Minnesota. Need proof? Check out this Pioneer Press commercial featuring a teenage Vincent. We just love that ’90s grunge look!


Food Truck Food Safety

WCCO took a look at the food safety of the many of our favorite food trucks rolling around Minneapolis and St. Paul. With all of them are inspected and licensed annually, it turns out that some violations have been found, but most aren’t a serious health risk; thankfully, no truck has shut down post-inspection. (We’ll use this as an opportunity to also check out Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Food Truck Guide for our favorite meals on wheels.)


WI. Booze Nooze: Boating Edition

A Wisconsin man was so, ahem, hydrated that he was able to swim for two hours before police arrested him. They had to pepper spray him to get him cuffed. He was booked on charges of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and operating a boat while intoxicated.


Tomato Toss

Feeling European? Or, more specifically, are you feeling the pull of Spain? Aside from grabbing some tapas, you can also take part in the second “annual” Midwest Tomato Fest next Saturday in downtown Minneapolis. Inspired by the annual Spanish food fight La Tomatina, this stateside version will include local music and food truck nosh. That is, if the sight of rotten tomatoes doesn’t ruin your appetite.