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Our 47 Favorite Freelance Racket Stories of 2023

Lotta great stuff here.

11:49 AM CST on December 28, 2023

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By supporting Racket, you're subsidizing dozens of local freelance writers who produce the wonderful stories you see below—$20K+ of our annual budget goes to getting 'em paid fairly. Enjoy revisiting these bangers. (To see our 20 favorite articles produced by Racket's four owner/editors, click here.)

I Went to Karaoke 7 Days in a Row
Creepy guys, a sore throat, an incredible amount of Chris Stapleton—and a lot of fun. Here's what happens when you commit to a solid week of karaoke.

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A U of M Reporter Explores BORG, the Latest Binge-Drinking Craze
What the hell is it? Why is it everywhere? How dubious are the health claims? What should I name mine?

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What’s the Deal With St. Paul?
After spending 72 hours in the other city, this Racket reader has some ideas.

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How I Got and Promptly Quit 6 Jobs in 6 Weeks
Let's hear from Racket's Special Employment Correspondent.

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Friends and Neighbors Mourn the Loss of Dancer, Community Gardener Robert Howard Skafte
'Somebody walks in and they can't afford coffee, he’ll just pour them a cup.'

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Is Minnesota Forever Doomed to Smoky Summer Skies?
We asked a forest ecologist, multiple scientists, a tribal forest manager, a lung doctor, a respiratory therapist, and a sociologist.

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WreckIt Rage Room Promises to Be Cheaper and More Fun Than Therapy. So I Tried Both.
How one depressed person became an apologist for senselessly breaking things.

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8 Books by Minnesota Authors We’re Excited for in 2023
Read more, read local.

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‘Grasshopper, Grasshopper, Go to Hell!’: Inside the MN-Hatched Holiday of St. Urho’s Day
The wacky holiday has resonated with Finnish-Americans for decades.

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A N00b Goes to Twin Cities Con
And discovers that 'nerd' is truly a state of mind.

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12 Hours Freaking People Out at the Dead End Hayride
These actors are working the graveyard shift, literally.

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Why Does the Hy-Vee Bar Fuck So Hard?
The best place to drink in Robbinsdale is at the grocery store.

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36 Photos of the Charred, Soon-to-Be-Demolished Lake Street Kmart from Its ’80s Heyday
The infamously located Minneapolis store appeared hoppin' one day in 1987.

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Doin' Beers
We're cheating and including the entire series from our new suds columnist.

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A Teenage Swiftie Checks in on the Biggest Movie in the Country
‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ is as much an event as the live concerts were—but come on, turn off your phone’s flashlight.

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How to Eat Like It’s the State Fair, Every Day of the Year
Who cares what your doctor says? You can do it.

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I Talked to Strangers at Strangers Meeting Strangers’ ‘Talk to Me Day’
The community-building event at Loring Park was worth attending, even for the less-than-outgoing.

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Why the 2023 Twins Snapped the Franchise’s Woeful Playoff Losing Streak
A rosy postseason guide for the casual Twinkies fan.

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Dining Pregnant in the Twin Cities, a Trimesterly Guide
Including a bonus fourth trimester of eating/drinking advice.

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‘It’s Like a Renaissance’: Baba’s to Open Hummus House, Bakery, and Market
Hummus, mana’eesh, and more head for the old Galls uniform store this July.

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My First Visit to Margaritaville Was Jimmy Buffett’s Wake
After the beachcombing bard died Friday, we took a pilgrimage to the Mall of America restaurant chain bearing his name.

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Reevaluating Gov. Ventura: Unpredictable Policies, Wild Quotes, and Celeb Politician Legacy
Let's revisit Minnesota's loud, complicated, and reliably outrageous Ventura years.

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I Took the 19-Meal Twin Cities Vegan Challenge
And I only made it to six places. But wait! Here are all the delicious (and kinda meh) things I discovered along the way.

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8 Things I Miss About Living in the Twin Cities
Racket's ex-beer columnist gets blog-ily wistful from his new home in Maine.

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How Savory Bake House Become a Cult-Loved Longfellow Fixture
Open only a handful of hours each week, this south Minneapolis favorite always has a line down the block.

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What’s the Deal With Hastings?
A new-ish resident’s deeply subjective guide to Rivertown.

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Enjoy 22 Wonderful Portraits of Minnesotans Thriving at the MN State Fair
At the Great Minnesota Get-Together, humanity shines as bright as the midday Midway sun.

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A Cheapskate’s Guide to the Minnesota State Fair
Here's one family’s Blue Ribbon Bargain Book strategy.

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A Very Biased Guide to Duluth’s Best Dive Bars
Cheap beer. Free biscuits 'n' gravy. 'Odd smells.' Here's where to drink in Duluth.

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I Baked a Coffee Cake With Local Social Media Celebrity Sam Schedler
Turns out he's a corner slice kind of guy.

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Inside MN’s Newest, Queerest, Raunchiest Sex-Toy Company
Founded by three pals, Bedroom Besties goes where other adult retailers wouldn't dare.

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World War P: Which Minneapolis Theater Wins the Popcorn Wars?
Four theaters. Lots of shit talking. One definitive taste test.

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What’s the Best Local Beer to Cook Your Brats in?
Stop using the Coors Light that's been sitting in your garage fridge and reach for one of these Minnesota beers instead.

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Witch Hunting in the Twin Cities
Someday, maybe, I’ll call myself a witch. For now, I’m Pagan-curious.

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Striptease and the Cities: A Performer’s Guide to Burlesque in Minneapolis and St. Paul
Where to see hot, nearly naked folks—and why it's important.

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Yup, There Is Such a Thing as Minneapolis Historical Fiction
Meet Erik Rivenes, the author and podcaster who applies literary flair to real-life Twin Cities history.

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Meet the Twin Cities Wyverns, Your Local Armored Combat Squad
Still less violently self-destructive than the Wolves.

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Phonics Fundamentalism Comes to Minnesota
Inside the perils of legislating literacy with suspect science.

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Meet the Most Absurdly Positive Timberwolves Tweeter
Jake Kelly, aka @jakesgraphs, reminds us that T-Wolves fandom can be fun.

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San Francisco Is in Minnesota
San Francisco Township, that is. Located in Carver County, it's home to a historic one-room schoolhouse, rolling farmland, and lots and lots of gravel.

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The 10 Best Liquor Stores in St. Paul
If you’re getting tipsy in the Saintly City, stop here first.

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I Had the Best Muffin of My Life
The Heiruspecs bassist/Jazz 88.FM personality/Trivia Mafia co-owner shares an elite pistachio muffin recommendation.

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A Complete Guide to the Ghost Towns of Hennepin County
Don't be scared: These g-g-g-g-ghost towns offer few specters but lots of lessons into the past.

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Urban Lights, MN’s Only Black-Owned Record Store, Turns 30
In the heart of University Avenue, there’s a living monument to hip-hop history. (And now it's old enough to wear knee braces at the gym.)

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In Tiny Watkins, MN, Keek’s Restaurant Revels in Literal Farm-to-Table Cooking
How chef/owner Colin Kuechle is bringing Thai steak salad and chicken dijonnaise to cow country.

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The St. Paul Shoveling Problem
Repeat offenders, miscommunication between agencies, resistance to municipal shoveling… what can St. Paul do to get its sidewalks clear?

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Seward Community Cafe Reopens Today—With Some Changes
The Minneapolis institution's longstanding cooperative tradition remains, but there are new people in charge.

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