50 reasons we love spring in Minnesota

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This year, winter left in a clumsy manner, dumping a foot of snow on us before promising to return next year. But now that the polar vortex and freezing rain storms seem to be over (for now), we're getting psyched to celebrate rebirth and rejuvenation. We've put together a list of our favorite things about spring in the Twin Cities. Are we missing something? Tell us your favorite thing about spring in Minnesota in the comments!

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50 reasons we love winter in Minnesota

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No, winters in Minnesota aren't easy. And yes, there are times we think those southbound snowbirds have figured out what it's all about. But all the grumbling and shivering and frostbite aside, there are reasons we continue to live in this great state during the frigid winter months. In fact, here are 50 of them. Did we miss anything? Leave your favorites in the comments!

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50 Reasons We Love Summer in Minnesota
50 Shades of Minnesota: 50 reasons Minnesota is sexy

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Living well: Take a page from the Twin Cities, says Huff Po

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Our fitness and love of nature help us live well
Huffington Post recently launched a series on living well and how to do it, examining what folks in various cities around the country are doing right. Their latest piece takes a look at the Twin Cities to see why we tend to end up at the top of so many nationwide surveys ranking cities based on health, wealth, and general awesomeness.

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Minneapolis one of the best places to visit in your 20s, HuffPo says

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10 words to summarize Minneapolis biking

Categories: Cycling, Lists

Samples of Bike Wisdom from the new NYT map project
Minneapolis bike pride strikes again, this time in the form of a New York Times online forum entitled "Your Biking Wisdom in 10 Words."

The project aims to collect and share rider advice on biking where they live in 10 words or less. The website is now open for submissions from riders around the nation. Minneapolis is one of only 16 cities featured on the Bike Wisdom map, and already boasts dozens of tips from the surrounding metro area.

SEE ALSO: Bike to dinner: St. Paul edition
Summer cycling: A road trip for beginners

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50 Reasons We Love Summer in Minnesota

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Erik Hess
After the bitter-cold, never-ending winter, we've finally made it to summer. To celebrate this amazing season when the days get longer and filled with sun, the City Pages staff collected a few of our favorite things to do around the state. Without further ado, here's our love letter to Minnesota summers. Did we miss anything? Leave your favorites in the comments!

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50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota
50 Reason Minnesota is the Best State in America

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Minneapolis named 6th most creative city in the nation

Categories: Art, Lists
Minneapolis is the 6th most creative city in the nation, according to the Creative Vitality Index's recently released 2013 report.

The statistics-based CVI report gave Minneapolis-St. Paul a creativity score over 4.5 times that of the average American city. Our local arts scene managed to ranked above several classically creative areas such as Seattle (7th). Philadelphia (17th), and even Chicago (20th).

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The 12 best things about gay marriage in Minnesota

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Tony Nelson
On May 13, 2013, Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, and we couldn't be prouder of the people of Minnesota who helped make this historic day possible. To celebrate this huge step forward for Minnesota, we compiled our 12 favorite things about gay marriage in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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The 12 best movies filmed in Minnesota

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The movies filmed in Minnesota are both a blessing and curse for our fair state. They introduce outsiders to settings familiar to us, like a frozen lake or downtown cityscape. They also showcase some of the subtle humor to be found underneath our generally reserved exterior. At the same time, however, they can contribute to the impression that Minnesota is a frozen wasteland of passive-aggression and bland food.

Though the 12 movies on this list get their fair share of laughs at the expense of tried-and-true stereotypes, they also do a good job showing off what our state has to offer, whether through the obscene barbs of ice-fishing grandpas or the musical gifts of a certain purple-clad god among men.

Here they are, in no particular order.

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Five Minnesota Movies from the '90s that would make marvelous musicals
Top 15 books set in Minnesota

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CoCo Mpls makes Business Insider's list of the country's coolest co-working spots

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Courtesy CoCo
The 40-foot ceilings and former grain-trading pit are vestiges of CoCo's days as the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
CoCo Minneapolis, the co-working space that took over the old Grain Exchange floor, hit its first anniversary back in August. To mark the occasion at the time, we checked in with its founders to talk about whether the space had lived up to the hype, and where CoCo would go next.

One of those places, it turns out, is onto Business Insider's new list of "The 17 Coolest Co-Working Spaces in America."

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- Slideshow: CoCo Minneapolis and St. Paul: The Tour
- One year later, co-working space on Grain Exchange floor lives up to the hype [PHOTOS]

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50 Shades of Minnesota: 50 reasons why Minnesota is sexy

Categories: Lists, Sex, Sexytime
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Jean Bardot's Fetish Ball 2011
E.L. James is coming to town on Thursday. Don't know who she is? Well, 1,343 people are currently requesting her first book, 50 Shades of Grey, in the Hennepin County Public Library system (and that's not including 393 requests for the audiobook). Back in May, the Times gave us national attention when it reported 2,121 requests in the system, a number the paper called "more holds than anyone can remember on a single title."

So, Hennepin County readers like their BDSM literotica. Which could be why James, the breakout British author behind Grey and the other two books that round out its trilogy, included the Edina Barnes & Noble on a mini-tour of six U.S. cities this month. (Her other stops: Houston, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles).

Feverish fans can start lining up at 9 a.m. on Thursday in order to ensure a wristband to James's 7 p.m. signing, and stay tuned to see how many desperate housewives of Edina storm the bookstore (the trilogy's main readership is married women over 30). But while we wait for the queen of "Mommy Porn," there are plenty of places in our state that would put Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, the star couple in the 50 Shades series, to... if not shame, than at least to greater pleasure.

Here's our list of the 50 sexiest things about Minnesota. Think we missed something? Please tell us in the comments. Sexiness is worth sharing.

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- "Fifty Shades of Grey" most popular book in Hennepin libraries, banned in Fond du Lac
- 50 Reasons Minnesota is the best state in America
- 50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota
- 50 Reasons to love Minneapolis/St. Paul

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