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On The Road With NPR Music: Andrea Swensson At KCMP, Twin Cities, Minnesota

On The Road With NPR Music: Andrea Swensson At KCMP, Twin Cities, Minnesota Apr 11th, 2013 at 12:00PM: We love music here at Gadling, and this month is Public Radio Music Month, which is why we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all month. Name: Andrea Swensson Member station: 89.3 The Current Regular...

The Spirit(s) Of Christmas: Great Distilled Gifts To Give

The Spirit(s) Of Christmas: Great Distilled Gifts To Give Dec 19th, 2012 at 12:00PM: The holidays are stressful for many reasons, one of which is gift pressure. Host(ess), Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, gifts for neighbors, obligatory "thank you for the great mail delivery/haircuts/massages gifts." You know what makes for a thoughtful gift that reduces stress? A bottle of something delicious. Unless, of course, your intended recipients don't/aren't old enough to drink. I can't...

The Kensington Runestone and other Viking mysteries in America

Mar 16th, 2012 at 10:00AM: When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher asked me what I thought was an easy question. "Who discovered America?" "The Indians!" I replied. My teacher frowned at me and asked, "No, what EUROPEAN discovered America?" "Oh, Leif Erikson. He was a Viking." Obviously annoyed, my teacher told me, "No! COLUMBUS discovered America." "But the Vikings came here in the year 1000....

Meet the coldest cities in America

Meet the coldest cities in America Jan 26th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Feeling chilly? Chances are, if you're not a resident of the following five cities, you really don't have it that bad. The Weather Channel recently released a list of the coldest cities in America, according to NOAA National Climatic Data Center average annual temperature data from the last 30 years. Caribou, Maine, came in fifth on the list. Dubbed the "Most Northeastern City in America",...

Branding 10,000 of Minnesota's lakes

Branding 10,000 of Minnesota's lakes Oct 7th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Doing anything 10,000 times is no easy feat, but Art Director Nicole Meyer has embarked upon the near impossible. A project to create unique branding for all of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, a project she estimates will take her 27 years. The talented Meyer is 83 lakes in, and we'll admit we're impressed by the images she's crafted of everything from Black Lake (a simple black on black design)...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Stand up paddling the length of the Mississippi River

Stand up paddling the length of the Mississippi River Jul 19th, 2011 at 8:00AM: At more than 2400 miles in length, the mighty Mississippi is one of the longest rivers in North America. The iconic waterway, which has become an indelible part of American folklore, stretches from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, passing through the heart of the nation in the process. Over the years, the muddy waters of the Mississippi have been explored by every kind of watercraft from...

How to be a good house guest when visiting a friend abroad

How to be a good house guest when visiting a friend abroad May 16th, 2011 at 12:00PM: If you ever have a friend living abroad or meet someone traveling who extends you an invitation to come to their city, take advantage of the opportunity and go visit. Seeing the city with the help and knowledge of a local or native is invaluable, especially if they know you and your point of view, plus it can save you money in travel expenses (see more reasons to visit a friend from Mike Barish,...

5 great ways to explore national parks under your own power

5 great ways to explore national parks under your own power Apr 27th, 2011 at 8:00AM: There is no doubt that America's national parks are popular tourist destinations. The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to the parks, and many of them have been setting attendance records as a result. With the summer fast approaching, many of us are no doubt making plans for our vacations, with many electing to visit a national park once again this year. The...

Whale burps found on Lake Superior shore

Whale burps found on Lake Superior shore Jan 21st, 2011 at 10:00AM: If you're unclear on what a whale burp is, you're not the only one. Often misconstrued to be connected in some way to whales (and I wonder why that is... ), whale burps are actually purely environmental--no whales necessary. They don't look too unlike rubberband balls. Except they're made up of pine needles, bird shells, twigs, and other natural debris... as well as a disconcerting unnatural item:...

Photo of the Day (1.1.2011)

Photo of the Day (1.1.2011) Jan 1st, 2011 at 3:00PM: Happy New Year! We hope today finds you merry and optimistic about the year ahead, rather than remorseful about last night.... This photo of an empty waiting room seems appropriate for two reasons. First, I always associate an airport waiting room - or airports in general - with anticipation. I'm not usually inside an airport unless I'm going somewhere, or just returning. We can think about...

Jesse James' greatest escape

Jesse James' greatest escape Nov 29th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Jesse James was riding high. After the end of the Civil War he had rocketed to fame by committing a string of daring robberies in Missouri and neighboring states. In a region where ex-Confederates still felt bitter over losing the war, this former Confederate guerrilla earned sympathy and support. One of their own was striking back at the Yankees, and it didn't matter that some people got hurt in...

Minnesota porn ban to spank some hotels, except when too expensive

Minnesota porn ban to spank some hotels, except when too expensive Sep 7th, 2010 at 11:00AM: If a porn ban in Minnesota's Winona County passes, hotels will have to operate under a "clean hotel" policy. County employees wouldn't be able to stay at properties that have adult fare on the menu, though there are some specific exceptions to this rule. Ostensibly, this measure is intended to lower incidents of sexual and domestic violence, which the county says has a link to porn according to...

Photo of the day (8.26.10)

Photo of the day (8.26.10) Aug 26th, 2010 at 5:00PM: County fairs are full of good old-fashioned fun. Where else can you see a tractor pull, eat nothing but deep-fried foods, see carnies in their native habitats, and admire the area's finest livestock, all in a day? This photo from the Nicollet County Fair in Minnesota by mlmartense is titled "the surly llama" but I get more of a coquettish, even cunning, vibe. It's as if the llama alpaca has...

The ultimate Minnesota Twins fan getaway package

The ultimate Minnesota Twins fan getaway package Aug 18th, 2010 at 6:00PM: The Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, which is walkable to Target Field, has unveiled a Baseball Fever Package for die-hard Twins fans who want to stay downtown (even if they just live over in Wayzata). The package, which includes: Standard accommodations for two Convenient complimentary parking in the hotel's attached parking ramp 2 Minnesota Twins t-shirts, 2 Minnesota Twins...

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see Jun 9th, 2010 at 12:00PM: America's heartland is home to plentiful crops, rolling hills and orange sunsets. You can find a Dairy Queen next to a cherry tree and park yourself in front of a drive-in movie on a hot summer night. There's also the world's largest bottle of ketchup, and enchanted highway and the Jolly Green Giant.... wait, what? It's true, travelers. The Midwest is home to many quirky attractions that might...

39 of America's best drives

39 of America's best drives Jun 1st, 2010 at 10:00AM: Summer is upon us, and that means it's time for road trips. Even with gasoline prices nudging the three dollar mark, there's no better way to spend a summer day or weekend than taking part in the American tradition of a great drive. With that in mind, Gadling has put together 39 great drives across the U.S. you'll want to check out. So grab your keys and get out on the open road! Duluth,...

18 more great spots for hikers

18 more great spots for hikers Apr 30th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Most hikers agree: the best way to really learn about a place is to experience it by walking or climbing. It inspired us here at Gadling to take a look in February at the world's best hikes. There were so many great spots, in fact, we decided to follow it up today with 18 more. This collection of treasured, world-class hikes offers a variety of unforgettable experiences, and promises...

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay Apr 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Spring's upon us, and those summer months you've been desperately waiting for are nearly here (in this hemisphere, anyway). We can't help but say that anytime is a perfect time for a road trip, but the prime months for hitting the highway are just ahead, and that leaves you precious little time to prepare. In haste, many road trippers tend to overlook, or simply brush aside, one critical aspect...

Minnesota lawmaker wants to ban state workers from hotels that sell "violent" pay per view porn

Minnesota lawmaker wants to ban state workers from hotels that sell Mar 8th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Minnesota Senator Tarryl Clark is sponsoring a bill that will ban state workers from using public money to stay at any hotels that sell violent pornography on their pay per view TV system. In the bill, provisions are made for the State Department of Administration to keep a directory of approved facilities. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm not entirely sure how the state plans to compile...

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