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    It's a new year, a new opportunity to enroll in that health club that's been sending us promotions every 20 minutes. A new chance to lose weight, eat better. Or not. The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are launching an ambitious partnership to raise up to $350 million over the next decade to fight diabetes. At the same time, I've been wondering about the record number of scrumptious bakeries opening or expanding, (although I hesitate to use that word) across the Twin Cities. My trusted colleagues in our Taste section confirmed the hunch. "Unusual," they said. Get moving? Apparently, we are. Straight to the Bars Bakery, Butter Bakery, Cake Eater Bakery and Café,...

    With Fox News Channel celebrating its 15th anniversary this month, nobody has more right to extol the success of its Oct. 7, 1996, launch than Minnesotan Lauren Green. The classical pianist, Miss Minnesota 1984, and former KSTP-TV and Chicago WBBM-TV anchor has been at the channel all 15 years in several assignments, most recently as a religion correspondent. Q You were the first on-air talent Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes hired? A A little fun fact. Q What do you remember about that time? A I was working in Chicago and had just gotten a New York agent, and I told him I really wanted to work in New York. He brought me in to do standard interviews with the networks. And [the agent]...

    KSTP, Channel 5, was honored for outstanding investigative reporting at Monday night's News & Documentary Emmy Awards in New York. It tied with KHOU in Houston. KSTP's award was for "Prisoners Ride the Bus," a piece by investigative reporter Bob McNaney, left, dealing with how the federal government is using bus companies to transport unescorted prisoners. Producer Mike Maybay and assistant news director Sam Zeff also worked on the piece. McNaney, who attended the awards presentation, called the win "absolutely the professional highlight of my career." The big winner Monday night was CBS News, which took seven Emmys. NBC was right behind with six. NEAL JUSTIN Recent...

  • 08/26/12--23:31: James Lileks
  • Columnist | Metro Phone: 612-673-7858 Email: jlileks@startribune.com James Lileks writes a metro column and is an anchor/producer for NewsBreak, the webcast on startribune.com. He also blogs under The Blog O'Things. Follow @lileks...

    "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser declined to confirm to me this Internet chatter about whom he's dating. Since the relationship is right there on Kartheiser's Wikipedia page, I was just trying to double-check data. "I can't talk about it. If you weren't press, I could," said Kartheiser with a kind, sly smile even though he hadn't been feeling his best. He was overcoming what he believed was an unpleasant encounter with a mussel at a local restaurant that shall go nameless. "It was goooooood," Kartheiser said, "but I felt sick today; ate something wrong." The Minnesotan who plays an ambitious, scummy young ad man on the Emmy-winning AMC TV show was...

    It was vintage Amy Klobuchar: talking Minnesotan, standing up for an ordinary driver from Plymouth and tackling the Toyota recalls, a safe consumer topic with almost zero partisan tinge. To a packed Senate hearing, Klobuchar compared Jeffrey Pepski's complaints about his runaway Toyota to "a hockey puck going back and forth on the ice." The puck, she said, "never got in the net. Nothing was resolved and people died." Even Republicans, who have watched Klobuchar's career arc with grudging admiration, point to moments like these to explain how the 49-year-old Democrat could have a long career in the Senate and a high rise in politics, barring some uncharacteristic mistake....

    Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs experienced a weekend of firsts at the Mall of America, where she was a celebrity judge for Minnesota Monthly's "Local Chef Challenge." It was the first visit to Bloomington's megamall for our star from Breckenridge, Minn. Tiegs might never have seen the inside of the place if not for Cambria, one of the challenge's sponsors. She is a spokesperson for Cambria, the Eden Prairie maker of countertops. "I'm not a mall person," said Tiegs in a video you can see at . (The video ends with a remembrance of her late neighbor, Elizabeth Taylor.) Octopus dishes prepared by Mike DeCamp, of La Belle Vie, wearing a long beard and -- HORRORS -- no net, and Erik...

  • 03/16/11--21:43: Blushing Badgers
  • They just sat there. They didn't pack their gym bags or talk about their girlfriends or boost their iPods to obnoxious volumes. Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer, whose Wisconsin Badgers lost 36-33 to Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten basketball tournament Friday in Indianapolis, plopped down in front of their cubicles and reluctantly answered questions until the last reporter left. A losing locker room, especially one filled with college kids, feels like a burial. Only the quiet queries of sportswriters snapped the silence surrounding the Badgers that night. The loss was an embarrassment for a Wisconsin squad that blocked Ohio State's dreams of an undefeated season and looked like a...

    The 70th Annual Peabody Awards were announced Thursday with a record-breaking 39 recipients -- including two with Twin Cities ties. KSTP, Channel 5, was recognized for "Who Killed Doc," an investigation of a Minnesota sailor's accidental electrocution in Iraq, led by reporter Mark Albert. American Public Media, based in St. Paul, got a nod for producing the radio series "The Promised Land," a forum, hosted by Majora Carter, for conversation about the environment and justice. The Peabodys, presented annually by the University of Georgia, recognize the best in electronic media. Other winners include the broadcast dramas "The Good Wife" and "Justified,"...

    MINNEAPOLIS - Rejected absentee ballots count as private information under the state's Data Practices Act, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, rejecting a TV station's effort to gain access to ballots that were never counted in the state's 2008 U.S. Senate race. The appeals court on Tuesday reversed a ruling by a Ramsey County judge in a lawsuit brought by KSTP-TV, which was seeking access to thousands of absentee ballots that were rejected and went uncounted in the hotly disputed race. After a protracted recount and court trial, Democrat Al Franken edged Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by 312 votes out of 3 million cast. The appeals court said the Minnesota Government Data...

    KSTP should be feeling extra special about themselves today with the announced of the national News and Documentary Emmys. The station will compete in the Regional Investigate Reporting category, going up against stations from San Francisco, Houston, Denver and Indianapolis. The recognition is for "Prisoners Ride the Bus," reported by Bob McNaney. Props to producer Mike Maybay and assistant news director Sam Zeff who were also noted. Leading the way was PBS with 37 nods. CBS had 31 - but they might be wishing they only had 30. That's because one of the nominees is Robert Halderman. Don't remember the name? He's the "48 Hours Mystery" producer whose currently...

    Now we know where meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas really was headed when driven off the "KARE11 Sunrise" set in that news truck: KSTP-TV. KSTP's news director Linday Radford announced Friday that...

    The big leagues have called up Hayley Herst, Fox 9's executive producer for morning news shows. Herst is leaving the Twin Cities to shape up Fox's Los Angeles morning news shows. That six-hour block includes "Good Day LA," a morning show pioneer. She was handling five-and-a-half hours of programming here. "This is an exciting opportunity for me," Herst said Wednesday. "It has been my dream to work in Los Angeles news, and to stay in the Fox family is amazing! I absolutely love KMSP and am grateful to news director Bill Dallman for the opportunity. I will miss Minneapolis but am looking forward to getting back to the West Coast and closer to my hometown, Las...

    VACCINATIONS Go with best evidence, which says they're safe A recent letter writer pointed out that the Wakefield study about vaccines and autism was fraudulent yet said there still could be a link ("," Jan. 26). But the fraudulent study was the reason autism was said to be caused by vaccines in the first place. It's like saying there could be a link between frying pans and autism, or pencils and bronchitis. The link is just not there. Health professionals do not claim to know "everything there is to know" about vaccinations. We go with the best evidence, which in this case says that vaccinations are safe for nearly everyone. DAN WATTS, NORTHFIELD; NURSE MEDICAID If HMOs...

    The ink isn't very old on FOX 9 anchor Jeff Passolt's divorce decree, and guess what he's got? A fiancée. "Yeah, I am engaged. Been together for a long enough time; decided that that's just the right thing to do and get on with my life," said Passolt. "She's kind of a private gal, not in the business or anything like that, so I'm sure she'd prefer to keep it that way, as would I." One way to have kept this more private would have been not making a reference to a fiancée during a radio appearance, eh? When was his marriage of 29 or so years officially over? "Months ago," said Passolt, adding "January 27" after he was heard flipping through...

    When it comes to employment, North Dakota has a problem most states would love to have. It already has jobs. Now it just needs workers. Booming North Dakota has 17,000 job openings, but with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, the state finds itself reaching beyond its borders to expand its workforce. First stop -- Minnesota. North Dakota's governor and commerce and tax commissioners, among other state officials, recently launched a full-scale recruiting mission in the North Star state. They are seeking engineers, electricians, IT pros, machine operators, health care experts and anyone else who wants a job, so long as they don't mind relocating. "We are in such a wonderful...

    A few "5 Eyewitness Morning News" viewers slammed traffic reporter Rusty Gatenby for quipping that Kirstie Alley needed to eat more salads after her "Dancing With the Stars" partner fell Monday. Professional dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy's thigh gave out while executing a bent-knee position, causing him to fall on the floor, along with Alley. They were doing the rumba to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," during a night devoted to songs with personal meaning to the dancing celebrities. A wincing Chmerkovskiy got up and hopped around a bit but ultimately finished. The embarrassed pro dancer apologized and told media that his leg cramp had nothing to do with Alley....

    Mark Reilly Managing Editor - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal Email | Twitter | LinkedIn | Google City Pages dissects the defamation case that led to a $1 million verdict against KSTP-TV last fall....

    On this Valentine's Day, Amelia and Frank must make room for Joy and Jonathan at the anchor desk of love. Twin Cities TV news viewers who enjoy watching married WCCO-TV anchors Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro grapple with relationship stories during the week now can get a weekend fix over on KSTP-TV, where anchor Joy Lim Nakrin and meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas are on a cloud about their new romance. Neither Nakrin nor Yuhas said We're in love, but they consider each other their "best friend." They also have met the other's family, and she admitted that they've talked about being engaged. Sounds to me like they're in love. There has been a certain lightness to Yuhas on-air...

    KSTP news anchors may not be the most popular in town, but they'll try to prove that they're the smartest. Megan Newquist and Patrick Hammer will be a two-person team vieing for $1 million on special editions of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," airing at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 6 on KSTP. Their winnings will go to the Children's Hospital Association in St. Paul. Hammer will host a viewing party on the Dec. 6 at Mad Jacks Sports Cafe in Vadnais Heights.....

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