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Brainerd resort named one of the best in the world

A Minnesota resort has been named one of the best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Madden’s on Gull Lake in the Brainerd Lakes area was ranked No. 53 out of the 100 best hotels and...

November 03, 2014

First Famous Dave's restaurant destroyed by fire

It opened 20 years ago, providing tasty barbecue in the north woods of Wisconsin, then became the flagship for a national, Minnesota-based chain of restaurants. Now the Sawyer County Record...

November 03, 2014

Beloved St. Cloud restaurateur, Val Henning of Val's Rapid Serv, dies

McDonald’s was just a toddler when Val Henning opened his own burger and fries joint in St. Cloud. It was Memorial Day, 1959 when he opened Val’s Rapid Serv in what was previously a gas...

November 01, 2014

Businesses, Officials React To Downtown Violence

Similar streaks of incidents prompted bars and restaurants to close and scared others from opening new businesses near perceived crime hot spots.

October 31, 2014

Unhoppy situation: Beer store robbed the day after grand opening

The Four Firkins Oakdale store was robbed. We need your help to find the criminals! — The Four Firkins (@fourfirkins) October 24, 2014 In the words of a Hank Williams song, &...

October 31, 2014

Order early: Retailers move up Christmas shipping deadlines

Last-minute holiday shoppers, take note. If you plan to order Christmas gifts online this year, you’ll likely need to do it earlier than last. Nearly 79 percent of retailers will require...

October 30, 2014

Tile Shop

Tile Shop: New CEO, Stock Plunge, Potential SEC Complaint

One year after investigating shareholder complaints, a new round of allegations could come amid further disappointing results.

October 29, 2014

Top to bottom: NE Minneapolis restaurant to offer Ferris wheel dining

Betty Danger’s is betting the danger of sky-high dining isn’t enough to scare off hungry customers. Described on the business’ Facebook page as a “country club on crack...

October 29, 2014

CVS nixes Apple Pay; competing system being tested in Minnesota

Only a week after Apple launched its new system allowing shoppers to make a purchase with a wave of their smartphone, some retailers are turning their back on Apple Pay and its Android-based cousin...

October 27, 2014

Red Cow invited to compete for best burger at World Food Championships

Red Cow will be competing for best burger at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas next month. The restaurant and bar, which has two Twin Cities locations and a third under construction, got a ...

October 26, 2014

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