Meet Ouie Pierre!

Check out the Ouie Pierre Photo Gallery at the end of article. Ouie Pierre is one hot dog. He’s been in ads around the world and lives in Minneapolis with his daddies. Always ready with […]

2013 Pet Gift Guide

Ouie Pierre’s Pick – Accessory: I’m often seen rockin’ a rainbow scarf in support of my two dads. They love each other–so what? It’s all good to me. Pictured here, available at for $3.00-$5.00 on and […]

Vet Q&A: Dr. Dan Anderson

Lavender will run a Vet Q&A in our Pet Issues as well as online.  If you have a question you’d like answered by a Veterinarian, email it to Q: I was thinking of getting […]

Slice: New Scenic Café

There is a specific shade of slate blue-gray that Lake Superior turns just before the sky opens up and unleashes its unpredictable torrents.  The waves crash against rocks turning them a slick onyx.  When the […]

Patrick Nau: Top Dog In Pet Photography

Check out Patrick Nau’s Photo Gallery at the end of article. As a professional photographer for over 32 years, Patrick Nau knows how to capture seemingly fleeting moments—turning the ephemeral into the eternal—one photograph at […]

Ride Review: Lexus GS 350

How do you succeed in a recovering economy? If you are at a comfortable income range and have survived several mergers, acquisitions, and rounds of layoffs, you might be considered a success. One might even […]

“Getting to Ellen”: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change

What are you willing to give up in order to become your most authentic self? Your amazing career? Your perfect marriage to your soul mate? Your financial success? While some may argue that a career, […]

E.B. Boatner’s “M-O-T-H-E-R Spells Murder” Thrills and Intrigues

Lavender columnist E.B. Boatner has added another accomplishment to his long list of achievements with the recent publication of his first novel, M-O-T-H-E-R Spells Murder, a mystery novel that explores the devastating effects of scandal […]

Letters to the Editor: 462

Freedom to Marry and Priorities [Transcribed from a voicemail message and used with permission.] I did what you or someone else said in Lavender about contacting Mark Dayton, Tom Bakk, Paul Thissen, and Erin Murphy.  […]

Through These Eyes: The Family Room

“We’re going to take you to the Family Room now,” a man in a brown suit tells my family. My grandmother, Mama, squeezes my hand and I look up to I see her face tighten. […]

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