Hannah Black is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism interested in the intersection of politics and the everyday lives of citizens. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and concerts, and trying new coffee shops and breweries. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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ST. PAUL — Changsha, China, and St. Paul may be distant in geography, but a space linking the two will soon open in Phalen Regional Park. Representatives from the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society will host an open house for the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. There will be guided tours of the garden in English, Chinese and Hmong. Visitors will also be treated to Chinese and Hmong music and hot tea.
A Hastings native's horror comedy short will come home with a showing at the Twin Cities Film Fest next week. Clarissa Jacobson's "Lunch Ladies" is a gory delight that carries the tagline, "Two burnt out high school lunch ladies do whatever it bloody takes on their quest to become Johnny Depp's personal chefs." It will show during the 9:15 p.m. "Laugh 'Til You Die" shorts block on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the ShowPlace Icon theater in St. Louis Park.
When competing as a contestant on a TV show, it helps to stand out. Contestants will often craft a persona. When Woodbury native Bella Palmer, 9, an avid Minnesota Wild fan, was chosen to compete in the first season of American Ninja Warrior Junior, she made a shirt that showcased her competition persona: "Wild Ninja." The show is a version of the popular obstacle course competition American Ninja Warrior, but for kids 9-14 years old. Bella competed against 64 kids in the 9-10 age bracket during the show's filming this past summer.
WOODBURY — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Aug. 15 that Woodbury cannot charge a developer for future major roadway improvements outside the development. The ruling could potentially lower the cost of new housing statewide because such fees are common in Minnesota. It was hailed as "a landmark victory for housing affordability" by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.
For some couples, becoming empty nesters means relaxing once children have grown up and left the house. But for Jeanne and John Segar, it was an excuse to raise even more babies. Fur babies, that is.
Like texting or talking during movies? A fan of crinkly candy wrappers? Can't ever make it to the theater on time? If so, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is not for you. But if you're someone who likes a sophisticated moviegoing experience, the new theater in Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center could ruin all others for you. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, at 9060 Hudson Road, opened to the public Sunday, July 22, kicking off with limited $5 showings plus 25 percent off concessions, excluding alcohol, through Thursday, July 26. Full programming begins Friday, July 27.