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August 25, 2014

True Minnesota Sports Fans Embrace The Highs, Lament The Lows

If you didn’t freak out with joy when Kirby hit that game-winning homer in Game 6 in ’91 or sulk for at least 72 hours when Gary Anderson missed the clinching field goal in the ’98 NFC Championship, you’re not really a fan.

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July 24, 2014

5 Toys And Games That Should Never Require Batteries

Electronics creep into classic board games and beloved toys. The battery-powered lights and sounds often serve no purpose, and in many cases, actually thwart a kid’s imagination. Enough already!

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June 23, 2014

The Five Most Embarrassing Records In My Attic

Bob pulls down the cardboard box from the attic to unearth these cringe-worthy albums from his retro-rocking past.

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May 23, 2014

Why My Dog Is The Best Dog Ever

Without a doubt, this poodle named Roxy is the best dog that has ever lived. Here are four unassailable, objective reasons why your dog is not as great as this dog.

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April 21, 2014

Great Opportunity In New Media: Modern Midwest Seeks Editorial Intern

Join our new lifestyle brand as we explore the best of Midwest living. Modern Midwest is filling an internship that combines storytelling, web editing and creative thinking into one great job.

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March 28, 2014

Who Gives A Crap About A.P. Style Anyway?

There was a big blow up 8 days ago when the Assoc. Press decided it’s okay to use ‘over’ when really you should be saying more than. What’s the Big Deal? It’s not like an A.P. style rule is one of the 10 Commandments or anything.

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February 27, 2014

Skipping The Business Jargon, Even For Just One Day

Admit it: You’ve picked a brain. Sometimes you do a deep dive. You often promise to move the needle. What if we just skipped these awful phrases at work and just said what we mean?

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January 29, 2014

Relaunching Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos,’ Fox Tampers With The Universe

The Fox network treads on sacred ground when it relaunches a new version of Carl Sagan’s classic 1980 series. Fortunately, the project is in good hands. Oh, and guess what Sagan never actually said.

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December 27, 2013

Have You Guys Taken The Dialect Quiz Yet?

The New York Times dialect quiz roaring through social media streams has a lot of people talking (in their particular accents) about the pronunciations and phrases unique to where they grew up.

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October 25, 2013

My Life And The Keyboards I’ve Loved And Lost

Touching my first one was such a thrilling mystery. Later, my first true love taught me so much. Along the way, a few quickies just to meet my needs.

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