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The cold never bothered us anyway.
- A daily schedule of cold-weather programming takes over the Twin Cities through Feb. 6.
Why it matters: The annual festivities are a yearly reminder of Minnesota endurance. It may be 10 degrees outside, but we can still have fun!
An online auto dealership is eyeing the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center for its first car "vending machine" in Minnesota.
Driving the news: Carvana recently submitted to Brooklyn Center officials a letter of intent and concept proposal to purchase and transform a vacant city property into one of its signature car pick-up sites, according to public documents.
It’s a packed weekend in the Twin Cities. Here are five things to do:
🔥 Watch hot air balloons float over the frozen St. Croix River at the free Fire and Ice Winter Social in downtown Stillwater tonight and tomorrow.
- Bonus: show up early on Saturday for free ice cream.
A number of restaurants are opening in the Twin Cities next month. These are the five we'll be watching:
Noa: The former Mission American Kitchen in IDS Center is now Noa, a California-inspired eatery serving burgers, street tacos, maki and more.
- It opened for lunch Jan. 18, but will expand to dinner service in February.
The Biden administration has delivered a big win to environmentalists and a potentially fatal blow to backers of a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Driving the news: Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced on Wednesday the cancellation of a pair of federal mineral leases for the proposed Twin Metals mine in northeastern Minnesota.
- In a statement, Haaland said a legal review found the leases "were improperly renewed" in 2019, under former President Trump's administration.
Why it matters: Without mineral leases, Twin Metals can't mine. The decision effectively kills the project for now.
Southwest Minneapolis' France 44 is planning a big expansion, including a patio deck for private and pop-up events.
What's happening: The Minneapolis Planning Commission approved requests related to the popular liquor and gourmet cheese shop's renovation plans at a meeting Monday night.
A Twin Cities company has been helping Team USA in its quest to finally win a gold medal in the luge at the Olympic Games next month.
Driving the news: Stratasys, a 3D printing company based in Eden Prairie, made the sled molds used by Team USA.
Why it matters: The partnership, which began ahead of the 2018 games, allows the team to make and test adjustments more quickly.
- In a sport timed to the fraction of a second, small tweaks to the sled design can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Mother Dough, a new bakery by father-son restaurateur duo David and Eli Fhima, opened Tuesday in the former Peace Coffee spot in downtown Minneapolis.
What's on the menu: Freshly made pastries, coffee from Folly Coffee Roasters, beer and wine, and "petite bites" like cheese platters and soup.
- Prices range from $3.50-$5 for pastries, and $8-$19 for plates.