Major Snow for the Upper Midwest The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a Winter Storm Watch across part of the state and region in advance of a major winter storm that will impact the region Wednesday through Friday. There is the potential of 6" to 12"+ snowfall totals and up to 50mph wind gusts. ________________________________________________________________________ Weather Outlook Here's a look at our latest storm system as it slides through the Upper Midwest from Wednesday to Friday. Areas of heavy snow will be possible on the colder side of the storm. Some of the snow could tally up to 12" or more with very stong winds, which could lead to blizzard conditions in a few locations. _______________________________________________________________________________ Latest on the Winter Storm "A powerful storm will bring a combination of rain, a wintry mix, and heavy snow to southern MN, central MN, and west central WI. #mnwx #wiwx" … [Read more...] about Why Minnesota Springs Are An Acquired Taste
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By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Photo Illustration by MASSIMO GAMMACURTA Whenever I land in a new country, before I’ve even left the arrivals hall, my mind turns to shopping. Not the boutiques or cosmetics counters, no duty-free sunglasses and designer perfumes for me. No, the pressing calculus as I make my way to baggage claim is driven by drugstores, kiosks, supermarkets and vending machines. In a new port of call, I like to know what sort of candy I’m dealing with. As with breakfast foods, I believe candy is often tastier the less expensive it is. I like my confections approachable. Low-rent. Basic. Shot through with … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
Page 1 | Page 2 Illustration by Elise Siegmund (age 11) A Glass of SpiritsBy Elizabeth Alder It was after 10 o'clock when the phone rang. Glancing down, I saw it was my neighbor who had never called that late at night. I put down my glass of red wine and answered. "Elizabeth? Can you come over here? I'm pretty shook up," said my neighbor who never gets shook up. "What happened Dorie?" I asked. "Well, I heard a woman's voice loud and clear saying, 'Hello, anybody home?' There is no one here and no one outside either. My roommate is working late and she isn't home yet! Can you come over and help me figure this out?" "I'll be right over." My psychic sense shot straight up. This just didn't feel right. So I changed from my pajamas to jeans and a T-shirt, grabbed my dowsing rods and drove the short path to her house. Walking was out of the question. I had to get there and fast. When I got to … [Read more...] about More of This Year’s Scary Story Submissions
Today’s podcast focuses on story ideas and how to find great ones.Read the stories mentioned in the podcast here:Still shiningBy Lane DeGregory / Times Staff WriterOn the south side of the city pier, across from the hot dog stand, the old man parks his pushcart. He pulls out a metal folding chair, ties two corduroy cushions on the seat, unloads an amplifier, a microphone, a fistful of cords. Then he takes out his battered guitar.It's a sunny Friday, about 2 p.m. A light breeze is rippling the bay. Sea-green trolleys are clanging by. Hundreds of people are parading past the old man.Fake feathers sprout from his red straw cowboy hat; striped paper clips and painted hearts circle its blue ribbon brim. Thick, square glasses magnify his milky gray eyes. His nose is long, his ears oversized. His head looks too heavy for his body. It seems to sink into his stooped shoulders, maybe from the weight of his hat.He says he's just under 5 foot 6. (Just six inches under.) All angles and … [Read more...] about Episode 7: Finding great ideas, part one
Emily Ekle and Derek Thorn Datebook Diner Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 Barn Town had us excited since before it opened as a brewery that places an emphasis on from-scratch. Even before we tried their beers, we noticed they were adopting modern trends like hazy IPAs and sour beers. But our initial visits found Barn Town struggling to make it all work: inconsistent beers with obvious flaws, erratic food, spotty service. So when we heard that they had started to turn things around, and sampled some of their beers on draft around town and found them much improved, we went back. And we’re glad we did. The beers Barn Town has fully embraced the hazy, New England-style IPA craze. You’ll routinely find the Datebook Diners’ fridge full of Toppling Goliath, Trillium and other breweries that dabble in these beers, which feature explosive hops and a correspondingly huge aroma and flavor that tend toward citrus and tropical fruit, … [Read more...] about Restaurant review: Barn Town in West Des Moines hits its stride