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Wolves' LaVine Dazzles in NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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This past Saturday, a young Timberwolf spent his Valentine's Day flying high in New York, doing his darnedest to help fans fall back in love with a mid-season tradition that has lost much of its past luster. By most accounts, he succeeded. Though the Timberwolves have been irrelevant so far this season/decade, Zach LaVine gave Minnesota basketball followers a reason to cheer this weekend. The 19-year-old rookie out of UCLA won the NBA's 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, wowing the crowd with a quartet of nifty dunks. In the opening round, the...

Minnesota Accepts TurboTax Again as FBI Investigates

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In what has been a whirlwind of a few days for TurboTax owner Intuit Inc. -- the State of Minnesota has cleared the online tax-filing system for tax season as the Wall Street Journal reports that federal involvement regarding related fraud cases. The latest news concerning the service is that the FBI is attempting to discern whether TurboTax or other e-filing systems have led to greater tax fraud and loss of personal information this season. On February 6, the Minnesota Revenue Department declared...

Movie Review -- Matthew Vaughn and Mark Miller Do it Again -- 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

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Comic book adaptations are becoming a dime a dozen rapidly with the varying success from companies like Marvel and DC, but not all source material requires superheroes. Matthew Vaughn and Mark Miller team up again to bridge the gap from page to screen with another over-the-top violent romp that tops their previous escapade, Kick-AssKingsman: The Secret Service proves that Vaughn stills sits high and above many other directors, constantly turning out great films. Kingsman agents are part of Britain’s super-secret spy organization...

'Circle of Design' Set for 2015

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Minnesota’s favorite fashion show is back for round two! Circle of Design burst onto the scene for spring fashion week last March, and Minnesota Connected brought you full coverage of the event. The show last year, which featured three designers, a full dance crew, and an epic story taking viewers through the stages of a garment's creation, was sold out at over 300 tickets. This year will be bigger, better, and the center-stage event for spring fashion week 2015! ...

Movie Review -- 'The Babadook' is a Modern Horror Classic

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Horror is such a unique weapon in film’s arsenal. It’s easy to justify romance, drama, action, or comedy. You can always say, “I need more love or excitement or laughter in my life.” How many times have you heard someone say, “I need more fear in my life?” Fear is uncomfortable. It’s not attractive. You will never read about the hero who taught all the townspeople to fear a little bit more. Yet it’s a hugely influential part of human psychology that increases our awareness when we’re in danger and tells us not to do profoundly stupid things. It’s just one of the infinitely varied impulses that tie us to reality, and it needs to be...

Fun, Flavor and Historic Appeal -- 'Mattie's on Main' Restaurant Review

matties on main I always like exploring new restaurants in the Minneapolis area. Sometimes it’s fun to go to old favorites, but there are so many places to try out that it doesn’t happen very often. Along with that, the story behind a restaurant can make the experience even more inviting. Located in the Riverplace building in the St. Anthony Main area, Mattie’s on Main is a new addition to the neighborhood with its modern day saloon vibe, various types of entertainment and great drink options. ...

Movie Review - 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' - Sun and Games

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I grew up with SpongeBob, the Nickelodeon show that started its impressive run in 1999, and still don't mind sitting down if I happen to catch an episode of the children's comedy that spawned other types of ridiculous and random shows that are popular today. (I could quote a lot of SpongeBob episodes for you, but I won't.) For Paramount Pictures to be making a new SpongeBob movie in 2015 just speaks to the show's longevity. It has been over ten years since the last time SpongeBob and friends graced the big screen (with David Hasselhoff). This time, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water...

Movie Review -- 'Jupiter Ascending' Plummets

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There are not enough space operas in the universe! Time has come for the Wachowskis to add their own epic to the mix. Jupiter Ascending puts forth a strong start as a girl, named Jupiter by her deceased father, is born on a voyage between Russia and America. We find Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) later in life as a toilet scrubbing maid working alongside her mother and aunt. Events quickly lead to the audience finding out that this oddly named protagonist has a galactic destiny far beyond her wildest dreams.
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Six Reasons Why the Seahawks Were Not Wrong For Their Decision at the End of the Super Bowl

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24-year old Malcolm Butler made a brilliant play to seal a victory for the Patriots in Super Bowl 49* on Sunday. Instead of simply celebrating this young man’s exceptional effort and the Patriots remarkable achievement, armchair offensive coordinators across the country took Twitter, Facebook and the water cooler to crucify Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell for what they view as insane football sacrilege. (*I don't believe in Roman Numerals.) Of course, this isn’t surprising — this is the same hivemind football fan base that spent the two weeks leading up to Phoenix’s Super Bowl with their collective undies in a...

Super Bowl Halftime Show 2016: It's Time to Get Countrified

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It's time to bring country music back to the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The stage has most recently filled by some of pop music's biggest stars such Bruno Mars, Beyonce, and Katy Perry most recently. It's also been filled by legends like Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. But it's time to bring the twang back. There are many ways to go about it. They can either get one main performer with the possibility of having a few guests stop by, or have package deal to better represent the genre. Right now one of the best bets would be Luke Bryan. The man knows how to entertain, and has come a long way...