This Is the Most Fantastic Map of Minnesota We've Ever Seen

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Randen Pederson
Minnesota deserves an epic map for all its natural glory.
Ever wondered what it would look like if Minnesota was part of Middle Earth or Westeros? Now you can see... sort of.

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Say Goodbye to Productivity: You Can Play Oregon Trail Online for Free Now

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Ready to begin your journey?
It might be 2015, but now you can kick it like it's 1848 (without succumbing to piracy). Thanks to the Internet Archive, you can now play Minnesota's greatest-ever contribution to educational gaming: Oregon Trail.

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Oregon Trail: How three Minnesotans forged its path


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Minneapolis Comic Con Returns This Spring

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Tatiana Craine
Last year, Wizard World's first-ever Minneapolis Comic Con brought thousands of sci-fi lovers, fantasy buffs, and comics fans out to the Convention Center to mix and mingle, see celebs, and pick up a bunch of geeky gear. Comic Con is back again in 2015, and we're excited for this year's shenanigans.

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Best Costumes at Minneapolis Comic Con 2014


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Ruination: City of Dust Turns the Future into a Game to Be Solved

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Photo courtesy Northern Lights.mn
Who says games are just for kids? This weekend, Northern Lights.mn teams up with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for an interactive game that takes place all around Lake Nokomis and the creek. Ruination: City of Dust mixes science-fiction with real science in a game of physical and mental challenges.

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Dos and Don'ts of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

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Renaissance vikings!
Believe it or not, there's more to the Renaissance Festival than people dressed in costumes and barrels upon barrels of mead. With shows, rides, parades, games, and more, it can be overwhelming trying to plan out your trip back in time.

We spent a whole day at the hallowed Ren Fest to discover the dos and don'ts of wandering around ye olde Shakopee without missing out on the best parts. We learned plenty, and wanted to impart our new-found wisdom to you -- like don't spill mead on yourself because that sweet, sticky mess that will have the bees buzzing around you all day.

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Renaissance Festival 2014: How to enjoy ye olde Shakopee on a budget


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What Is a Furry? Beyond the Masks at Furry Migration 2014 [VIDEO]

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First things first: What's a furry? Well, to put it simply, it's a subculture of individuals that celebrate and roleplay as anthropomorphic animal characters. But even within the community, there's some contention as to what exactly being a furry means.

We went to the first annual Furry Migration this year to get a special sneak-peek behind the scenes -- and behind the masks -- to learn what being a furry is really all about.

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Why Comic-Con is Really About Community

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Welcome to Night Vale coming to Minneapolis

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All hail the mighty Glow Cloud... the Twin Cities will welcome Night Vale into town this summer.

The Welcome to Night Vale crew just announced a summer 2014 tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, and Minneapolis made it onto the shortlist.

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Highlights from Comic Con 2014 panels: Firefly, Doctor Who, William Shatner, and Sean Astin

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Photos courtesy of Steven Cohen and Stacy Schwartz
Last weekend, we camped out in panel room 100 during Comic Con 2014 to catch the best talks with some of the convention's biggest stars. Here are the highlights from Sean Astin, William Shatner, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, and Robert Englund's panels just for you.

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Seeking out Wizard World's D-List


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Seeking out Wizard World's D-List

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By now you might have heard that there was a comic book thing happening this past weekend.

Thousands of fans packed the Minneapolis Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con, where some of the biggest icons in film, television, and pop culture came together to snap photos, sign autographs, and hang out with some of their biggest fans.

Ian Ziering was there, too.

While the biggest crowds of the weekend were for names like Michael Rooker, Robert Englund, and the stars of Dr. Who, we also made plenty of time to hunt down some of the more D-List celebrities of the convention to find out what's been going on in the twilight of their 15 minutes of fame.

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Popping the question at Minneapolis Comic Con: A Star Wars love story

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May the Fourth Be With You!
On the afternoon of May 4, Star Wars fans gathered at Comic Con to celebrate Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May the Fourth Be With You! Folks in costumes hailing from a galaxy far, far away came together onstage for what they thought was just an official group photo together, united in their love of all things Lucas.

Little did they know, there was about to be another union of love celebrated on that stage.

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Popping the question at New York Comic Con: A love story in six photos


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