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Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, poses with one of many tigers he owned. Maldonado-Passage is the main subject of the Netflix series
Fact-based shows inform and entertain viewers
May 6, 2020

As time at home drags on, an obvious solution to boredom is Netflix. I’ve found myself looking for more informational pieces lately in hopes of merging education and entertainment. A streaming platform...

Traveling grocery store provides opportunity to food deserts

Community member shops at the Twin Cities Mobile Market Feb. 21.
Community benefits from Twin Cities Mobile Market
February 28, 2020

Offering accessible and affordable groceries to food deserts around the Twin Cities, the Mobile Market has added a stop in St. Louis Park, Tom Rapacz said.  “It’s a moving grocery store, and we...

Luminary Loppet illuminates city

This ice castle luminary was located in the Icecropolis display on Lake of the Isles. The Luminary Loppet was hosted as a part of the 2020 City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival Feb. 1.
Annual event brings community together
February 4, 2020

Lake of the Isles was an illuminated scene Feb. 1. Fire throwers, giant glowing penguins and polar bear figures, bustling hot chocolate stands and an ice band were all featured at the 2020 Luminary Loppet.  The...

St. Paul Winter Carnival celebrates tradition

2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Prime Minister Christine Quandt speaks during the opening ceremony of the carnival Jan. 23. After the ceremony, people gathered in the Baileys Warming House.
Event fosters community
January 28, 2020

While reflecting on the importance of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation event coordinator Alyssa Klahsem said the St. Paul Winter Carnival creates unity.  “It’s...

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train made its way to St. Louis Park for the third year in a row 6 p.m. Dec. 12. The train stopped right outside of STEP, south of Lake Street, so people could bring in money and food donations while enjoying music at the event.
Event raises money, brings in food donations for STEP
December 12, 2019

While the Dec. 11 temperature dropped below zero, hundreds of people in the St. Louis Park community still gathered for an evening of free hot chocolate, music and holiday lights at the Canadian Pacific...

Chernobyl exhibit proves valuable investment of time

Reactor No. 4 at Chernobyl, which blew up due to inadequately trained personnel, creating devastating nuclear fallout. Cleanup efforts where under equipped leading to high fatalities.
‘After the Explosion: Documenting Chernobyl’ is short but sweet
December 7, 2019

The exhibit “After the Explosion: Documenting Chernobyl” is a unique experience, revealing rare insight into the historic tragic explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Through the exhibit, the...

Six stars for ‘SIX’

Photo fair use from Hennepin Theater Trust. Henry VIII's six wives pose as part of a pop group that forms the basis of the musical.
Female empowerment, history and pop music combine for hit show
December 3, 2019

A pop concert, a history lesson and an empowering story all combine into one breathtaking performance, "SIX," at  the Ordway Center for Performing Arts. The premise of the show is comprised of Henry...

Impossibly delicious

New vegetarian Impossible Burger comes to Burger King Aug. 8. Impossible Foods works to cut back on meat consumption by offering plant-based alternatives.
Burger King debuts Impossible Whopper
October 10, 2019

I was thrilled when I heard Burger King had released the Impossible Whopper, a burger with a patty that is 100% vegan. The patty is mostly made out of soy, potato protein, and food starch, among other...

Dogs day event enlivens owners, pets

Volunteer kneels down to greet excited dog and is embraced with a lick on her face. Interacting with dogs proved to be yet another fun activity for visitors to take part in at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Activities provide scenery, games, products
May 8, 2019

I was curious in what going to “All About Dogs Day” would entail, excited to participate and meet all the dogs present at the event. In all honesty, it wasn’t exactly what I expected, there was...

Local pad thai flavors vary

Local pad thai flavors vary
Lat14 comes out on top
April 9, 2019

I tasted vegetarian pad thai at five different local restaurants, reviewing the various components that make up a pad thai. The reviews below are not based off authenticity or traditionality — subjects...

‘Follow This Line’ leads visitors into architectural art

Siah Armajani: Follow The Line is at the Walker Art Center Sep. 9 through Dec. 30.
Walker Art Center broadcasts Minnesotan architect
November 4, 2018

The Walker Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Follow This Line” by Siah Armajani, incorporates his work as an architect into the field of exhibition artwork. The pieces grow in size and detail as you...

Punch Bowl Social offers a different night out

Punch Bowl Social offers a different night out
New bar opens up at West End
December 20, 2016

According to national beverage director Patrick Williams, Punch Bowl Social, a new restaurant and bar in St. Louis Park, features many new activities, as well as various foods and drinks. “It’s...

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