Derek Boogaard: Killer Combo: Booze, drugs and Hockey.

May 20

Derek Boogaard: Killer Combo: Booze, drugs and Hockey.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has concluded that Minnesota’s favorite hockey “enforcer,” Derek Boogaard, overdosed on a combination of booze and painkillers. A lot of early reaction has seized on the ME’s use of the word “accidental,” as if that somehow makes it easier to accept the death of a popular sports hero who...

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The Fighting Sioux: White Boys on the Warpath

Apr 06

The Fighting Sioux: White Boys on the Warpath

A lot of the dumbest mail and email I have received in a long career as a journalist has come from North Dakota. And almost all of it has been ignorant response to what the Norskies believe has been my unrelenting and unwarranted attacks on the University of North Dakota’s continued use of its “Fighting Sioux” nickname. Which goes to show...

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MIMA: Minnesota Irish Music Appreciation 3

Jun 11

MIMA: Minnesota Irish Music Appreciation 3

Video: One of the most unique — and one of the screechiest — Irish bands comes back to Minnesota this summer when Seanchai & The Unity Squad returns to the Irish Fair (Aug.12), led by ex-cop Chris Byrne and Rachel Fitzgerald, a powerful singer with the ability to rock your world or drive you crazy. I was blown away by the band the first time I heard...

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