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Super Exciting: Kristen Schaal on Wits

We’re going hard on the “hot tickets” today, and let’s kick things off with the freshly announced April Wits lineup. Kristen Schaal(!) will be first to grace us with her presence. You may recognize her from The Daily Show or Flight of The Conchords or,… Continue Reading →

Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks Back!

We’re getting a little depressed that it’s still dark when we get to work in the morning.

Ding! Dong! The Snow Is Gone!

According to MPR, yesterday’s record heat finally did away with the last remains of Winter ’10-’11 that languished on the Sears parking lot since the first big dump we got back in, oh, what, November?

Site Announcement: Secrets of the City joins Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, MNSpeak moves to Ciceron

Ladies and gentlemen, we have an exciting announcement: Secrets of the City and I are in the process of taking up residence at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and, as a part of the move, MNSpeak will be transitioning to its own domain… Continue Reading →

Your Morning Coffee

HuffPo: T-Paw has Plans, including Google testing applied to government services. You’d think he was running for President or something. (MinnPost gets into the details.) City Pages:  “Are so!” “Am not!” (And the Poynter Institute offers up some advice: “How… Continue Reading →

‘Minne’ the Lake Creature Returns to Minneapolis

For the past two summers, a Loch Ness Monster look-alike popped its head about the water at Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles. The creature, a sculpture from artist Cameron Gainer that is nicknamed Minne, is now back for the season… Continue Reading →

Grrrrl Power! 7th-Grade Tennis Phenom Plays Boys’ Varsity

[Strib] Rochester Mayo, helped by seventh-grade girl Ingrid Neel, who is playing boys’ tennis this season, knocked off defending Class 2A champion Eden Prairie in the quarterfinals this morning at the U of M Baseline Tennis Center.

Uptown Bar Owners, Residents Discuss Proposed Noise and Patio Regulations

Minneapolis City Council Member Meg Tuthill caused a storm of controversy when she laid out new late-night noise restrictions for her Uptown district. Yesterday both bar owners and residents voiced their opinions on the proposed ordinance at City Hall; Tom Horgen… Continue Reading →

Target Turns Concrete Barriers into Beach Balls, Causing Concern About Injuries

Well, that’s unfortunate: Target had to remove the beach ball decorations from the concrete barriers in front of their stores because of concern about potential injuries.

Your Morning Coffee

CBS Local: Jason interviews the new youtube fav “just learned to ride a bike kid” MPR: State budget stalemate and politicking continues KARE 11: I-94 buckles in the heat PiPress: Hastings says ‘Those darn teens are back, turn on the… Continue Reading →

MN’s John Kline Becomes Key Figure for Education Funding

Two interesting reports this morning on Minnesota Representative John Kline‘s work as chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee in Congress. MPR talks with Kline about his work overhauling the very unpopular No Child Left Behind initiative, its corresponding… Continue Reading →

Lawsuits Still Being Settled from RNC in 2008

The TC Daily Planet is keeping a running score on recent payments for lawsuits stemming from 2008’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul. So far plaintiffs have received separate settlements for a warrantless raid, being shot in the stomach with… Continue Reading →