Ten Twin Cities guys you've probably dated

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Ken Avidor
The reasons that romantic relationships start and stop are complex, situational, and highly personal. However, for better or worse, you may find that certain personality types tend to float into your world at different phases of your life. Sometimes things end in flames, sometimes these guys end up transitioning into a best friend, and sometimes you put a ring on it. Regardless of the outcome, at least you ended up a little wiser at the end of the day (and with a few good stories to share over drinks).

To complement our "10 Twin Cities ladies you've probably dated" piece, we've come up with a list of 10 Twin Cities archetypes you're likely to have met while making your way through the local dating scene.

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Ten Twin Cities ladies you've probably dated

Categories: Dating
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Ken Avidor
Last week, the New York Times told the world everything it needed to know about the dating scene in Minnesota. While they totally hit it out of the park, the reality is that your chances of finding love (or at least a sloppy weekend hookup) aren't limited to hipster hangouts and Big Buck Hunter.

Yes, some people were offended by the horrible stereotypes that the NYT leveled on us, but the reality is that some stereotypes just happen to be true. That's why this week we're giving you a rundown of the top 10 ladies you've most likely dated, warned a friend about, or at least unsuccessfully tried to take home from the CC Club after a hot night of PBR and Game of Thrones innuendo.

(Ladies, we didn't forget about you. Keep your eyes peeled for our top 10 guys list next Thursday.)

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LOL at this New York Times article about the Minneapolis dating scene



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How You Met: Tell us your story and win a date! [CONTEST]

Categories: Dating, Free Stuff
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Photography by Rebecca McDonald
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, for this week's cover story we talked to a dozen Twin Cities couples about how they met. However, we know that there are countless stories around Minnesota that are worthy of the romantic spotlight this February.

Whether you bumped into each other awkwardly at a museum or out walking the dog, we want to hear how you and your special someone kicked things off.

We might even give you and your super-special pal the makings for a romantic evening.

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How They Met: Twin Cities couples on the moment they found love
How They Met: Awesome outtakes from adorable couples [Slideshow]

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Polyamorous with children: A mom's story

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Jeffrey Alan Love
This past week, we dove deep into Twin Cities polyamory scene, to shed some light on how multiple people can co-exist in a loving, open relationship. If you haven't read it already, click here and do it now. (We'll wait.)

One point of interest in this week's feature was the idea that polyamorous people with children would be reluctant to speak with the media for fear of scrutiny and even possible legal repercussions. Turns out, that's not entirely true.

Julia Janousek from north Minneapolis -- her real name, no less -- reached out to City Pages this past week, offering to provide her perspective on being a polyamorous mother of two. 

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Kailen Rosenberg wants to set you up with a multi-millionaire

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Kailen Rosenberg: Elite matchmaker.
Kailen Rosenberg wants to set you up with a multi-millionaire for charity at matchmaking events tonight and tomorrow.

Rosenberg's love-connection company, Love and Life Architects, is hosting an open house at its Wayzata office for women tonight and men Thursday. She'll be screening daters on behalf of her "elite" (read: rich) clients, and potential matches will be passed along to them. Ladies attending tonight's event must be between the age of 28-35, while men 30-60 are welcome tomorrow.


Admission costs $20, which Rosenberg says will be dedicated to St. Joseph's Home for Children. 


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LARP missed connection: You wore chainmail and gauntlets

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It can be difficult to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger at a crowded event. It can be even more difficult when one person is a playable character and the other is not. That's what happened last Friday night at the Soap Factory's fantastical, role-playing event, "The Amazing Adventures of the Corporate Wizard in the Land of LARP."

He wore armor and swords, she was in fishnets and a military hat. Unfortunately, there was no meeting up during dwarf karaoke hour. Thank goodness we have Craiglist's "Missed Connections" section.

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Grading the missed connections of Saloon Connection

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Remember 2010 when Craigslist's "casual encounters" was all the rage? Back before you had sites like AshleyMadison.com (a "dating" site for married couples looking for some side-action), PlentyOfFish.com (an online dating site known for being a hookup spot), and MySpace.com (this exciting new website where EVERYONE is going these days to connect. It's going to be huge) ruined the online connection game for everyone.

Fortunately, one local establishment has brought back the joys of online connections thanks to Saloon Connections through their website: saloonmn.com/connection.

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Neil Strauss: Beyond "The Game"

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Neil Strauss: the celebrity whisperer
Last week's cover story brought you the Wingmen and the Don Juans--Minneapolis guys who go out on the town specifically to practice picking up women.

This week, we spoke with the man who inspired them all: journalist Neil Strauss.

A former writer for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, Strauss spent two years learning the art of pickup from masters of the craft, then documented his experience in the 2005 cult classic "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists."More »

Valentine's Day horror stories: Readers share their tales

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Last week Patrick Strait shared his tales of Valentine's Day woes and we invited you to share your worst experiences with us. And share you did. We received letters of bodily injury, misinterpreted presents, players, and, surprisingly, love. If anything is to be taken from these tales of romantic train wrecks, it's that a bad V-Day date isn't a deal breaker.  

We hope your Valentine's Day this year is better than these six tales of disaster.

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Five memorable TV dating show moments [VIDEO]

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This week's cover story, A Salute to the Wingmen, follows the pickup artists of Minneapolis. Love 'em or hate 'em, these local guys are inspired to practice their mating skills by books like The Game and popular shows like The Pickup Artist.

Dating shows have been entertaining Americans for decades now--from The Dating Game to Love Connection to The Bachelorette. Below, we bring you five of the most memorable moments from TV dating shows.

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