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HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies.

From a historical perspective, Mankato is probably best known for being the location of the largest mass execution in U.S. history when 38 Dakota men and boys were sentenced to death by hanging in 1862 following the U.S.-Dakota War.

This year’s Deep Valley Book Festival, which takes place Oct. 5, will be bringing in some of the New York Times Bestsellers list’s favorites along with many other local writers.

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Arts Center of St. Peter — “Primitive People: Playful and Predatory: Works by Cyle Gruver” and “Pillow Talk: Works by Pioneer Spinners and Fiber Artists” through Sept. 28 at 315 S.Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5…

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They’ve become a global sensation — “paint and sip” studios where adults can spend evenings out learning to make art in a relaxed, BYOB setting. Thousands of franchises now exist to help us all unleash our inner creative.

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Arts Center of St. Peter — “Primitive People: Playful and Predatory: Works by Cyle Gruver" and "Pillow Talk: Works by Pioneer Spinners and Fiber Artists" through Sept. 28 at 315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. Reception 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Frid…

Two years ago, Andy Beltz and Ryan Rutjes created their record label, Modest Music, in order to give back to charity while fulfilling their love for music. Now, they’re continuing to work toward their dreams by putting on a music festival known as Moonfest.

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Sustainability, labor conditions, politics and other issues prevalent in the news have left many consumers wondering how to be socially responsible. For some, this seems like an impossible task.

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NEW YORK — There are some things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: the dog. But a few minutes into a new TV series on Gates reveals a fascinating insight.

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NEW YORK — A small but important exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores a little-known facet of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s creations: his line of wallpapers, printed and woven textiles, and other home goods designed for the public.

When you’ve been a journalist in a town as long as I have (24 years … thanks for the grim reminder, LinkedIn) you tend to make a lot of acquaintances. Most of those relationships stay “surface level” because it’s the job of the journalist to just get the info from a source and run back to th…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Intrigued by a drama set behind the scenes of a morning TV show, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon topping the cast? How about a supernatural series with Lin-Manuel Miranda or a comedy starring Paul Rudd as a man overshadowed by his clone, or the chance to see Os…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Three years after being fired by NBC due to the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, Billy Bush is hoping to use his experience in television’s wilderness to his advantage in his new job.

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Arts Center of St. Peter — “Primitive People: Playful and Predatory: Works by Cyle Gruver” and “Pillow Talk: Works by Pioneer Spinners and Fiber Artists” Friday through Sept. 28 at 315 S.Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. Reception 3-5 p.m. Sept. 14. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1-5 p.m…

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When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room. And if you’re considering a new wall color, you can test pretty simply with swatches.

The American Red Cross has issued a special appeal for blood donations in September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and is offering free haircuts from Sport Clips to donors.

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For 10 years, theater lovers across southern Minnesota have had a chance to enjoy an evening (or two) of bite-sized plays in rapid succession during the Minnesota Shorts Festival.

According to MN Shorts Festival founder Greg Abbott, he came up with the idea for a short play festival because he couldn’t find anything similar in the area. He needed to submit a play to a festival as part of a class he was taking at the Loft Literary Center in the Twin Cities, and the clo…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — At her publicist’s office on Music Row, Tanya Tucker was fielding questions from reporters and posing for photos wearing pink hair and a blue, wide-brimmed hat while a documentary crew followed her around. The 60-year-old singer proudly mentioned to a photographer that she…

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Reinke, Leroy A. age 82. Passed away Sept. 16. Preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Hilda: brother, Eldon. Survived by his loving wife, Elisabeth (Betty); son, Dean (Cheryl Bradshaw): many loving relatives and friends. Funeral Service 11:00 am, Sat. Sept. 21, at Glory of Christ Luther…

Verona "Patchie" Wilde, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Heartland Senior Living in Truman. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11am at St. John's Lutheran Church in Willow Creek. Visitation will be held at church on Monday from 9:30am-11am. …