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Amateur photog, hockey fanatic, extrovert. Proud mom of freshman goalie & 6th gr gymnast/Circus Juventas performer. Former TV anchor. Star Tribune video host.

Hubble telescope spots smiley face emoji

startribune.com — NASA's Hubble telescope spotted what appears to be a smiling face in a galaxy cluster. NASA posted the picture on its website. It shows what looks like two glowing eyes, a button nose and the form of a smile underneath. There is even the shape of a head on the outer edges of the smile.

Squad car video of ex-Gophers QB Nelson: 'I didn't kick anybody'

startribune.com — Newly released squad car video shows former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson right after he was arrested in May for an alleged assault in Mankato at bar-closing time. Nelson was arrested by Mankato police after a fight with Isaac Kolstad. Kolstad suffered severe brain injuries after the encounter.

Bauer Hockey plans first Minneapolis 'retail experience' store

startribune.com — Twin Cities hockey players could have one more option for gear starting this fall. Bauer Hockey plans to open its first "retail experience" store in Minneapolis. The company isn't specific about the location yet, but has taken to Twitter to tout a very player-friendly shopping experience.

Como Zoo orangutan gives birth

startribune.com — It's a girl! Como Zoo proudly announced the birth of a bouncing baby orangutan at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. The 3.45 pound yet-to-be-named baby was delivered by C-section Wednesday. A team of maternal health and veterinary experts were on hand for the delivery.

Frostbite: How to identify symptoms and how to treat it

startribune.com — Minnesota doctors want people to be on alert for frostbite and know its symptoms as painfully cold temperatures pierce the area. "Obviously, the key is to avoid exposure to extreme cold temperatures," Dr. Ryan Fey at Hennepin County Medical Center's Burn Center stressed.

Hundreds descend on L.L. Bean grand opening at Mall of America

startribune.com — Hundreds of people waited in line on Friday morning to be one of the first to walk through the doors at the new L.L. Bean store in Mall of America. Many of them were hoping to win a $500 shopping spree. L.L.Bean gave away gift cards ranging from $10 to $500 to the first 200 people in line.

Maple Grove ranks No. 2 on Money's 'Best Places to Live' list

startribune.com — Maple Grove earned high marks in Money Magazine's national "Best Places to Live" list. The Minneapolis suburb ranked No. 2 on the magazine's Top 50 list of U.S. cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000. Great bike paths, housing prices, ample outdoor space for recreation and a thriving arts community helped propel the city to its top ranking.

Navy 'Leap Frogs' parachute from plane over Minnesota Capitol as part of Navy Week in state

startribune.com — ST. PAUL, Minn. - A trio of skydivers made the Minnesota Capitol their landing spot, with one streaming a giant American flag as he came in. The elite team of Navy skydivers jumped from a plane to the Capitol lawn on Wednesday afternoon as part of a Navy Week celebration in the state.

Ponders release picture of newborn girl

startribune.com — Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and his wife, ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder, accomplished a great feat in this social media-driven world. They kept the pregnancy and birth of their daughter a secret. The Ponders have now released a photo on Instagram and Twitter of baby girl Bowden Sainte-Claire who was born earlier this month.

Onboard medical emergency forces London-bound airliner to land at MSP

startribune.com — A British Airways flight was diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport early Wednesday because of a medical emergency onboard, an airline spokeswoman said. Flight 268 from Los Angeles to Heathrow Airport near London was diverted and landed in the Twin Cities, according to British Airways spokeswoman Michele Kropf.
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Mar 03, 2015

RT @JackieCrosby: Watch 95-year-old Elliott Royce fall down -- on purpose. Live long and prosper, indeed. strib.mn/1wF53K0 @StarTribune

Mar 03, 2015

Big congrats to friends' son @andyberan29. All-East Metro team as freshman @spaspartans goalie. Well-deserved! bit.ly/1B52VJR

Mar 03, 2015

.@startribune All-Metro boys' hockey team chosen. @David_LaVaque talks about POY @edinahornets @seeds_721. Video: strib.mn/1GJtO89

Mar 02, 2015

Excited for this! MT @LetsPlay_Hockey: Highlights and celebrity appearances for LPH Expo, March 6-7 @RiverCentre: letsplayhockey.com/expo/st-paul/2…

Mar 01, 2015

Proud of my boy. Two Rivers' Coaches chose him for All-Conf team. Also earns All-Academic team honors. @Jack_Branby pic.twitter.com/GiQRc1VOge

Feb 28, 2015

RT @hockeyhub: Class 1A quarters Wednesday: New Ulm vs. Mahtomedi, 11 New Prague vs. EGF, 1 Spring Lake Park vs. Hermantown, 6 SC Apollo vs. Breck, 8

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