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  • Taste of Minnesota Thrives in New Waconia Home

    Food, music and family fun is back at the Taste of Minnesota, except this time it's at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia. People gathered all day to gear up for not one, but two fireworks shows. Oddly enough they have the recent flooding in the state to thank for twice the fun this Fourth of July. This week was supposed to be business as usual in Waconia, until the Taste of Minnesota rolled into town....

  • In this Monday, June 23, 2014 photo, actors Ben Savage, left, and Rowan Blanchard. Savage's 'World' Comes Full Circle with Spinoff

    Ben Savage says that when production wrapped on "Boy Meets World" in 2000 after seven seasons, he and his young co-stars were ready to expand their own worlds. "I think at that point all the kids on the show were kind of looking forward to the next step in their lives," the 33-year-old actor said...

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, greets Mabel Harris-Webb, 95, center, who Clinton knew from her days as Arkansas first lady, at a book signing event at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart store Friday, June 27, 2014. Clinton Book Sells 26,000 Copies in its 3rd Week

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's book "Hard Choices" is on track to be one of the year's top nonfiction books despite another slip in sales. Nielsen BookScan says "Hard Choices" sold 26,000 copies during its third week of publication...

  • Weekend Box Office: 'Tammy', 'Deliver Us from Evil' and 'Earth to Echo'

    Casey Messer, host of The Reelz Show, gives you a preview of what's hot at the box office this weekend. This week Melissa McCarthy hits the road with Susan Sarandon, Eric Bana must exorcize the demons and some kids kick it with a little beasty from space...

  • Weekend Events: Star Spangled Celebrations Across State

    Many of us have been planning for the three-day, Fourth of July weekend, but just in case you haven't picked out the perfect way to spend it, there are plenty of options. Twin Cities Live's Mike Marcotte joined Ellen McNamara in the studio to talk about some of the highlights including Fourth of July celebrations in Stillwater, the Bayfront Festival in Duluth and Sparky the Sea Lion's show at the Como Zoo....

  • Photo: KSTP/File Bustle.com Names Minn. State Fair Best in US

    There is plenty to love about the great Minnesota get-together. On Wednesday, the fair received some national praise. Bustle.com chose the Minnesota State Fair as the best in the nation. The website praised it for reasons like food variety, the butter sculpting contest and free Wi-Fi on the fairgrounds...

  • In a photo from June 20, 2014 in Salem Township, Mich., Brian Eggenberger putts his ball during a round of FootGolf at Fox Hills Golf Course. FootGolf, A New Summer Sport in Minnesota

    FootGolf is a precision sport where players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. Its name is a portmanteau of "football" (meaning soccer) and "golf". It is closely related to golf. Simply put, it is golf with a soccer ball...

  • Christmas in July: TV Week of Holiday Programming

    The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week's worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July - but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs. The stunt on the Hallmark and Hallmark Movie channels begins Friday afternoon...

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, wedding dresses from 1912, left, and 1934 sit on display during the Wedding Fashions from 1800s to Today Featured

    Wedding dresses from the 19th century to the present day are featured in a new exhibit showcasing the changing styles of American brides, from a 1900s dress with a lace choker collar to a beaded flapper dress...

  • This April 29, 2014 photo shows Garrison Keillor recording installments of Garrison Keillor Returns to College for 'Prairie Home' 40th

    Garrison Keillor returns to Macalester College to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "A Prairie Home Companion" over the Fourth of July weekend. The three-day festival will be held at the St. Paul college where Keillor broadcast the first "Prairie Home" show on July 6, 1974...

  • Photo: Wikimedia John J. Kruzel/American Forces Press Service Robin Williams Pursues Ongoing 12-Step Treatment

    Robin Williams is reconnecting with the 12-step program during a brief stay at a Minnesota facility. A spokeswoman for the 62-year-old actor-comedian says Williams planned the visit as a respite to recharge after more than 18 straight months of work. Publicist Mara Buxbaum said Williams is "taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud."

  • Ben Utecht Writes Love Song for Wife, Daughters while Suffering Memory Loss

    A Super Bowl Champion and Hastings-native wrote a love letter to his wife and daughters and put it in a song. Ben Utecht said he started experiencing memory loss at age 29, after a football career in which he sustained five documented concussions and innumerable dings to the head...

  • Sparky the Sea Lion at Como Zoo Celebrate the 4th with Sparky the Sea Lion

    Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is open on the Fourth of July and Sparky the Sea Lion is putting on two performances, one at 11:30 a.m. and another at 3 p.m. The performance includes bedtime tales reinterpreted with an environmentally friendly twist...

  • In this file image released by 20th Century Fox, Ansel Elgort, left, and Shailene Woodley appear in a scene from 'Fault in Our Stars' Amsterdam Bench Missing

    The city of Amsterdam isn't quite sure whether to blame fate or human error, but a bench upon which the star-crossed teenage lovers talk and kiss in the hit film "The Fault in Our Stars" is missing....

  • St. Paul Fireworks Display Moved to State Capitol Mall

    Mayor Chris Coleman on Monday announced St. Paul's annual fireworks display will continue, despite the flooding affecting Harriet Island. The fireworks were initially meant to be part of "A Taste of Minnesota," but the show will now be held at the State Capitol Mall...

  • This book cover image released by Knopf shows Starbucks Chair Co-Writing Book on Military Vets

    Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz is collaborating on a book about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice" will be released by Alfred A. Knopf...

  • Fireworks over Lake Minnetonka LIST: Places to Watch Fireworks on the Fourth of July

    With the Fourth of July coming up this weekend, finding the best place to watch the fireworks can be tricky because of all the great options Minnesotans have. From the beautiful river front in Stillwater to the backdrop of downtown Minneapolis, there are plenty of options this year:

  • Logo for the Twin Cities Pride Weekend Events: Twin Cities Pride Festival, Food Trucks and Jazz

    Twin Cities Pride is coming to the cities this weekend. Last year's celebration came just two days after the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and just four weeks before same-sex couples could marry in Minnesota. The events start with a beer dabbler at Loring Park on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m...

  • 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' in theaters now. Weekend Box Office: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

    Casey Messer, host of The Reelz Show, gives you a preview of what's hot at the box office this weekend. This week Marky Mark takes on the Transformers franchise in 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'...

  • The New York Police Department confirms on Thursday, June 26, 2014, that LeBeouf was taken out of a New York City theater for being disorderly. Shia LaBeouf Arrested for Disrupting Broadway Show

    Shia LaBeouf was facing disorderly conduct charges Friday after being arrested for yelling obscenities at a Broadway theater performance of "Cabaret," police said. The actor used obscene language and interfered with the show at Studio 54 in Manhattan, police said.

  • Waconia Businesses Hope for Economic Boost from 'Taste of Minnesota'

    Organizers of a popular food, drink and music event in the Twin Cities are relocating after their original spot was flooded out. The Taste of Minnesota won't be at Harriet Island over the Fourth of July Weekend; instead, it's moving to the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia...  

  • This undated image released by HBO shows Heather and Sam Dodge on their wedding day in Helena, Montana. HBO Film Shows Marriages from Their Start

    As filmmaker Doug Block sat in a coffee shop talking about his "112 Weddings" documentary, a stranger interrupted him to talk - at great length - about the state of her marriage. She wasn't even aware of the film, which debuts Monday on HBO...

  • In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Swedish DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii poses for a portrait, in New York. 'Medical Issues' Hospitalize Boston Concertgoers

    Many people who attended an electronic dance music show featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii at the TD Garden arena on Wednesday showed up intoxicated and several were hospitalized, authorities said...

  • High Water Causing Problems for Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Team

    Besides causing headaches for homeowners, high waters mean river recreation is restricted. That means trouble for one group that uses the Mississippi River to practice and perform a summertime favorite...

  • Photo: Rep. Keith Ellison/ Twitter Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain Soundtrack Released 30 Years Ago

    In 1984, the Prince and the Revolution soundtrack album "Purple Rain" was released by Warner Bros. Records...

  • Chicken in Waffle from The Blue Barn Minnesota State Fair Reveals 2014 New Foods

    The newest additions to this year's food offerings at the Great Minnesota Get-Together were revealed Wednesday with 28 items ranging from cold treats like Beer Gelato, SnoRibbons and Jello Salad Ice Cream to deep-fried favorites like Blue Cheese & Corn Fritz, Pizza Tots and Deep-Fried Breakfast On-a-Stick. Taste buds will get some flavor surprises in several of the fair's newest food creations...



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