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Twin Cities, MN, United States

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Past articles by Nancy:

Great Halloween Blizzard of '91? Don't tell us again. OK, tell us

Did you know that it once snowed on Halloween in Minnesota? Whether you’ve heard the story once — or a million — times, you know Minnesotans love to rehash the record-breaking blizzard in great detail. It was a “perfect storm” for making memories. → Read More

Leaf now! Head north this weekend for Minnesota's best fall colors

Fall colors are starting to pop across the state. Most areas north of St. Cloud are either at peak or are approaching peak fall colors. Here are some recommendations on where to go for the best leaf peeping. → Read More

Good things come in trees: Northern Minnesota hitting peak fall color

While swaths of northwestern Minnesota are past peak, most areas north of St. Cloud are in their prime for leaf-peeping. Parts of the eastern Twin Cities have also reached peak season for fall foliage. What are you waiting for? → Read More

Here's where masks and vaccines are required in Minnesota

The highly contagious delta variant is spreading fast across the country, leading to a flurry of reinstated mask rules and mandatory vaccination announcements. Here’s where you’ll need to mask up in Minnesota, and which colleges and employers are requiring vaccines. → Read More

Nancy Yang: What Suni Lee's Olympics means for America's Hmong community

Lee has elevated a community that has for decades felt invisible and forgotten. → Read More

Photos: The State Fair is back this year and so are new fair foods

A bunless banh mi bowl, a hamburger with a waffle bun and Mexican street corn off-the-cob — say hello to some of the State Fair's newest foods. Warning: Side effects of reading this story may include the sudden desire to snack. → Read More

Tell us something good about 2020

Yes, it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. But it hasn’t all been awful. Some perfected the art of breadmaking. Sidewalk chalk brightened up our neighborhoods while birthdays got the parades they deserve. So tell us: What brought you joy this year? → Read More

Daily dose of sweetness: All you need is a lovELY cake

Ely resident Susan Laine has been celebrating essential workers by spreading a sweet message of love. “They need to be celebrated, they need to have love, people need to know that everybody has their back right now,” she said. → Read More

What you need to know about Minnesota's 'stay safe' order

Under the new order, retail businesses will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity and group gatherings of 10 or fewer people, including at places of worship, will be permitted once again. Restrictions on restaurants, bars, theaters, bowling alleys and venues that attract large crowds will remain. → Read More

Llama llama Zoom: Here's how you can invite a farm animal to your next meeting

Your Zoom meetings don’t have to be so dull. Farms are offering people the opportunity to invite animals to liven up their video calls. → Read More

Daily dose of sweetness: A newspaper, a struggling restaurant and the power of pie

Debra Pedro, 66, has owned the Maplewood Perkins for nearly two decades. She told Star Tribune columnist Jennifer Brooks that on a recent Monday, she only got four to-go orders in 11 hours. After Brooks’ column was published, readers came through for Pedro in a big way. → Read More

Daily dose of sweetness: Nisswa firefighters sound the birthday alarm for kids

Social distancing means in-person birthday parties for many children are on hold for now. But that doesn't mean they can't be without a little pomp and circumstance. → Read More

Daily dose of sweetness: St. Paul neighbor serenades couple on their wedding anniversary

With social distancing in full effect, celebrating milestones can be tricky these days. → Read More

Daily dose of sweetness: Minnesota Orchestra reminds you of the light

Even though the coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on their season, musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra are finding ways to share their tunes with you. → Read More

Daily dose of sweetness: Mayo Clinic docs go viral with 'Imagine'

From acts of kindness, sweet gestures to inspirational signs, here are some of the ways people are lifting one another up during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Winona playfully responds to Winona Ryder's Super Bowl ad

Tourism officials in Winona have created their own tongue-in-cheek website in response to the “Stranger Things” star’s web page. It's called Visitors to that site might notice that it looks a little familiar. → Read More

Watch: Winona stars in Winona Ryder's Super Bowl ad

The actress returned to her birthplace earlier this month to film the spot, which finds her building her own website with photos of Winona — the town, not her, because that would be a little weird. → Read More

Lyin' King? U expert says Disney movie gets lion life all wrong

There's no easy way to say this, but "The Lion King" sits on a throne of lies. We're not talking about the obvious stuff, like all that singing and dancing. Lions and meerkats and warthogs, as far as we know, cannot and do not harmonize to Elton John songs, no matter how catchy the tune is. No, we're talking about day-to-day lion life, like who's actually in charge of the pride (it wouldn't have… → Read More

yes, 3 -- major Twin Cities freeway closures this weekend

There's no easy way to say this: It's going to hurt if you're hitting the road this weekend in the Twin Cities. And you'll feel the pain if you're traveling on the Blue and Green Lines near downtown Minneapolis, too. → Read More

Weekend traffic: I-35W closure, Grandma's Marathon and Twin Cities Pride

It's the first official weekend of summer and with it comes plenty of road detours. The biggest will be a weekendlong closure of Interstate 35W in Minneapolis. → Read More