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The Tom and Jerry was invented in London, but 200 years later, it's Wisconsin and Minnesota that carry the torch for this sweet and rich drink. The hot-batter cocktail remains a regional obsession.
A “5 o'clock somewhere” provision in the law will give Minnesota bars a chance to serve liquor 30 minutes before, during and 30 minutes after the live broadcast of FIFA World Cup matches. Local governments may issue permits to establishments that want to serve during live broadcasts of games.
The five varieties of mushrooms Thamrong “Keng” Dechawuth is growing are being used in recipes at his Tara Bemidji and Drunken Noodle in Fargo. Keng, who opened the Thai Orchid restaurant in Moorhead, hopes to introduce the mushrooms to the new spaces he is opening soon in Brainered and Crosby, Minnesota.
The Barn is a longtime restaurant off Washingon Street that is popular with locals and known for its friendly staff and pies. The Barn in Brainerd was opened in 1945 by a family from Iowa. It was part of the original Maid-Rite franchises and still serves the loose-meat sandwich.
New owners want to channel the Upper Midwest supper clubs of the past with simple but classy dining.
“In my dishes, I enjoy bringing the balance of flavors together — salty, sweet, tangy, umami/savory," said Thamrong “Keng” Dechawuth, owner of Thai restaurants the Drunken Noodle in Fargo, North Dakota, and Tara Thai in Bemidji.

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Owamni opened its doors in 2021 and shares its name with the place at the historic falls along the Mississippi River — Wakpa Tanka, as Dakota people say.
These local favorites may become your new favorites.
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan held a press conference at Little Thistle Brewing to celebrate the signing of the "Free the Growler" bill that allows larger breweries in the state to sell 64 oz. growlers and smaller breweries now have the option to sell 12 or 16 oz. canned beers and seltzers in their taprooms.

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