Barry Levenson, a Massachusetts native, developed a love affair with mustard, and then a Wisconsin mustard museum, thanks to Bill Buckner’s inability to pick up a baseball in the 1986 World Series. Yes, it’s complicated. Read more →
The school chief in Shorewood, Wis., has pulled the plug on this year’s fall play at the local high school. The ‘N word” in ‘ To Kill a Mockingbird’ was too hot to handle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Read more →
Saga Vanecek, 8, who used to call Minneapolis home, had your typical day in Sweden one day over the summer. She went to the lake, took a dip, started throwing stones to see how far they’d skip, then pulled a 1,000-year-old sword with apparent Viking ancestry out of the lake. Read more →
Occasionally, justice prevails for the innocent, but the story of Valentino Dixon, whose conviction for murder was vacated today after he served 27 years, tells us that there are likely innocent people in prison because they can’t draw pretty golfscape scenes. Read more →
The only real way to survive a Minnesota winter is to embrace it and face it head-on. That was the beauty of the Art Shanty project, in which artists create spaces on a frozen lake somewhere and people who aren’t the type to get pushed around by the weather visit, each experience changing from one shanty to another.
We’re going to need a Plan B, however, because the organizers have announced they’ll take the coming winter off. Read more →
The limits on free speech will soon be seen — or not seen, as the case may be — on Red Wing’s Barn Bluff, the western face of which has served for decades as a giant billboard for people who had something to say even though there’s a graffiti ordinance in the city. Read more →