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Retro Xmas Ad: the All-Electric Freshman

It’s the new “All-Electric” radio. I don’t know enough about radio to ask what the old partially-electric radios were like. I think they might mean the crystal sets that required a mile of wire, a cat’s whisker, and some probes hooked up to a potato. You’d think all radios were electric by 1929, the year […]

Friday Indie Movie Thread

It’s difficult to be objective about a movie in which your daughter appears, and in which you were an extra, and she gets a credit and you don’t. Oh, it’s “A Star Is Born” time around our house. Local filmmaker Patrick Coyle’s “Into Temptation” had its cast-and-crew-and-investors-and-friends premier last night at the Riverview. Themain stars […]

Retro Xmas Ad

Most of the Christmas ads in the 1930 Star showed business-as-usual:  easy terms and shiny radios and thin stylish women struggling home with a dozen foil-wrapped boxes in their fur-draped arms. At the bottom of the page, though, there’s this: Special Hard Time Dental Prices. Upper or Lower Maroon Rubber. Extractions for three quarters. With […]

Morning Mystery – now with fictional goodness

“I can’t take you anywhere,” Lori said. She walked down the steps ten paces ahead of Lance. She didn’t look back to see if he was following. He sighed and reached in his pocket for his cigarettes. This happened every time he tagged along on one of her assignments. It wasn’t his fault she took […]

As Seen On TV

Your host will be occupied today with the’s live coverage of the Senate recount. Just like “Broadcast News,” except I don’t know if I’ll be cucumber-cool William Hurt or sweat-drenched failure-boy Albert Brooks. Tune in and find out – although you’ll really want to stop by to hear the smart guys dissect the process […]

Miscreant Roundup

Brief roundup of crime highlights, as reported by the Things you can now do without getting a ride in a squad car: “Trespassing. A man called police because he had detained two people who were on the roof of Gasoline Alley, 10300 Central Av. NE. The two suspects had brought a ladder with them […]

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association President Weighs in on Central Corridor LRT Application

The Metro Council’s rushing to get the Central Corridor LRT application into the feds without thinking of the consequences of closing Washington Avenue to traffic imperils our neighborhoods and everybody coming to the University,” Arvonne Fraser, president of the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association said today. Read the rest of Arvonne Fraser’s piece and others at:

The Big Quack – Hosted by the Food Allergy Support Group of MN

The Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota (FASGMN) is hosting The Big Quack, a fun-filled night for family and friends featuring two great activities. Attendees will enjoy exclusive use of Grand Rios Waterpark in Brooklyn Park. Attendees may also participate in The Big Quack Duck Race/Raffle for the chance to win a great prize. Mike […]

Show Me The Money: The HD61B Race

What do pensions funds have to do with the HD61B race? Read “Show Me The Money: The 61B Race” & other articles on DFL micro-managers just don’t seem to be able to control themselves. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, or worse yet the voters, more party lapdogs piled on board the Jeff […]

Good Morning: Monday, Dec. 15

On this day in 1887, according to the Book of Days: “The first issue of the Northfield Independent appears, the newspaper’s editor declaring that ‘It comes in its own independent way, without first having asked leave to be, but intends to justify its being by filling a vacant journalistic place in this city and surrounding […]