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Miss Minnesota

Kathryn Knuttila is Miss Twin Cities 2010, Miss Minnesota 2010, and a student at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Best of luck to her in the Miss America Pageant in January!


It's the TC version of Gawker—only nicer. Check out the three biggest stories this salacious blog broke in 2010: lolomg.jpg
  1. LOL OMG parties with Pete Campbell (Sept. 29)
  2. Lady Gaga hangs out at the Turf Club (Sept. 1)
  3. Prince at GAYNGS (May 16)

The Modern Mogul

He made his mark in residential real estate, but Ralph Burnet's impact is most significantly felt in downtown Minneapolis, where he saved and rejuvenated the Foshay Tower and turned a dilapidated stretch of Hennepin into the Le Meridien Chambers hotel, which he peppered with a dazzling array of contemporary visual art. His stewardship of the Walker Art Center board and his penchant for brining the world's leading modern artists to our door has given the art scene a jolt it would otherwise never have had.

Mrs. Clean

First Monica Nassif hooked us on Caldrea (the Aveda of cleaning products). Then she gave us Mrs. Meyer's (The Brady Bunch's Alice of cleaning products). Nassif still runs her Minneapolis-based company (which she sold to powerhouse SC Johnson) and proves that with creativity you can certainly clean up.

Pohlad 2.0

In the post-Carl Pohlad era, his sons are blazing a trail that is slightly more public and community-minded. Jim was instrumental in making Target Field such a showpiece. Bill makes acclaimed films, both commercial and not so much. The various Pohlad residences may be modern architectural landmarks. And the familiy's charitable works continue to do their parents' memories justice. As many of the Twin Cities' great families have waned in influence, this one is ascendant.

Lileks, Inc.

Not only does Star Tribune columnist/videographer James Lileks possess the quickest wit in local journalism, he's also our funniest blogger, historian, trivia king, bloviator, pundit, conservative, and master of all media. Writing about nothing is his specialty, and there's nothing he can't write about. Below is a sample of his tweets. The rest is at lileks.com and startribune.com (where his column runs Friday and Saturday).

"The dog got into the taco meat. Worse, the taco meat got into the dog."
"Chin still somewhat numb from bee sting. I should take up boxing, if only for the afternoon."
"Drinking rye. I'd drive my Chevy to the levee, but, well, you know."
"At some point in life, removing music from iTunes becomes as satisfying as adding music used to be."

The Near-Perfect Season

We can't ignore the season that almost was, the Super Bowl that should have been. Brett Favre's beautiful right arm nearly led the 2009 Vikings to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1977—nearly.

Purple on the Prairie

Purple uniforms. Purple Rain. Our red state/blue state split creates our favorite hue. (Do you think it was a coincidence that Michelle Obama donned her now-iconic purple dress when Barack accepted the nomination in St. Paul?) patrick-dan-(1).jpg

Radio That Talks Back

In an age when media primacy trends younger and younger, Patrick Reusse not only hangs on, he is more prominent than ever. Yes, he is cynical. Yes, his voice is like rubbing gravel on aluminum. Yes, he can't pronounce CC Sabathia. But get past all that and you realize that in this brain is the modern history of Twin Cities sports—he saw Rod Carew play for the Twins, he remembers Gopher Rose Bowls, he saw this town without pro clubs. And best of all, he speaks like a smart fan—he's no patsy for management, and he carries no jockstraps. He is certainly the last of his era. Star Tribune (Th and Su) and ESPN 1500 Radio (12 p.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sa)

The Star Tribune drove Dan Barreiro out of newspapering, but he weathered the crossing elegantly and is now the king of smart afternoon drive radio (and often the ratings). His take on the sporting scene is impeccable, and his take on our culture, its politics, and its players is equally smart. He attracts the savviest of expert regulars (from Pat Kessler to Lou Nanne to Ron Rosenbaum)—you don't turn him off dumber than you started. Best of all, he plays nobody's fool. Imagine that; We've embraced a drive-time personality who offers more than neighborliness. KFAN-AM 1130 (3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. weekdays).

"Land of 10,000 Stories"

In this era of TV newscasts designed for short attention spans, KARE 11 reporter Boyd Huppert and photojournalist Jonathan Malat prove that some stories are worth four minutes of our undivided attention.



Street of Architectural Delight

Milwaukee Avenue Historic District between Franklin and 24th Street, Mpls. This little-known stretch of residential street in the Seward neighborhood is the area's only intact two-block stretch of homes built for working-class families before the dawn of the 20th century. The remarkable collection of residences was slated for demolition around 1970, but historic designation and dedicated residents brought it back. irvinepark.jpg

Square of Victorian Splendor

Irvine Park Historic District off West 7th Street, St. Paul Irvine Park is an atypical (for St. Paul) public square and fountain ringed by a collection of large, highly detailed Victorian-era homes that were restored from the brink of dilapidation to become one of the city's showpieces. The hidden gem is a tour de force of 19th century residential architecture and a fine companion to the Milwaukee Avenue Historic District in Minneapolis.

The Best Skyline View

Driving south on 35W, the bleak, industrial office park landscape does not inspire, But then, like some sort of magical switchback, the road curves and the Minneapolis skyline is laid out like a sparkling, stainless steel version of the Emerald City, reminding us that "there's no place like home."

Icon of Stone

J.J. Hill's 1883 Stone Arch Bridge is the essential place to see the sweep of the skyline, the power of St. Anthony Falls, and the beauty of the Mill District. one of the last remaining curved stone bridges in the U.S., it's now a walking and biking path and home to June's Stone Arch Festival of the Arts. 100 Portland Ave., Mpls.

Lakewood Cemetery

From the rolling dales to the lakeside vistas to the stunning chapel, there's no better way to go in the Twin Cities.

The Little Beehive that Could

A remnant of Highway 100's roadside parks, the iconic (circa 1939) "Beehive" grill is the focal point of Lilac Park. Hwy. 100 at Hwy. 7 via Belt Line Blvd.

New Flour Power

The Mill District has been stuck in a cycle of stunted revival for decades, but with a combination of architectural innovation and economic and cultural development, it looks like it has finally turned a corner.

Mill City Museum An industrial history museum within bona fide modern-day ruins, it hosts a beautiful sumer courtyard concert series worthy of its setting. millcitymuseum.org

Mill City Farmers Market On Saturday mornings, this quirky open-air market is better for things like eating beet ice cream and pulled pork tacos than getting any real shopping done, but that's okay, right? millcityfarmersmarket.org

Gold Medal Park With a nod to the Mill District's indigenous history, the gentle mounds of Gold Medal Park are a unique vantage point from which to find both a literal and figurative perspective of the neighborhood.

World-Class Architecture

James Dayton's MacPhail Center and Jean Nouvel's Guthrie Theater look great in glossy architecture magazines and even better in person. macphail.org, guthrietheater.org

Northrop Mall

On a U campus not known for ivy-clad history or great architecture, this sweep of green and stone is its one sop to majesty.

Win or Lose, the Best Seat

The splendid and luxe TCF Bank Stadium has certainly put the "us" back in campus, but it hasn't helped the Gophers win football games. The marching band has never looked better, though. stadium.gophersports.com

Party Arty with Grain Belt

After Grain Belt moved out of its Northeast Minneapolis brewery in 1975 and the building stood vacant for 30-plus years, the city looked to sell. Instead, the six buildings that make up the complex were renovated to house artists, art-friendly businesses, and condos. It has since won a National Preservation Award and is home to some of the hottest art parties in the metro. 13th Avenue NE at NE Marshall Street, Mpls.

5 Reasons We Love Hazeltine National

  1. It's the site of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
  2. The par-four, 402-yard 16th hole lining Hazeltine Lake is one of the most difficult in Minnesota.
  3. The new clubhouse offers a peaceful respite for members.
  4. It hosted the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championship.
  5. Hazeltine has 7,674 yards of grueling golf—with every force of nature as your enemy.