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L.A.-based Almighty Dog Entertainment shooting movie on the Range---we talk with the director

Dick Swanson chatted Aug. 23 with L.A. film director Tino Struckmann, who will be shooting an action film (working title: "Sdanka's War") on the Iron Range, North Shore and in Duluth, starting this fall. He visited Minnesota last week scouting locations and doing casting as well. Learn how it all works, and why he thinks northern Minnesota is the perfect place to make a movie.


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Clean work environment or cluttered one? Research shows each may have its benefits

Prof. Joe Redden of the U of MN Carlson School of Management joined Buck Aug. 16 to talk about a study he co-authored showing that tidy environments may be good for encouraging some behaviors, but chaotic ones may best support others, including enhanced creativity. His research could have implications for work, marketing, and lots more.


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Bitcoin digital currency, explained and demystified

Buck spoke recently with Dr. Tyler Moore, professor of computer science and engineering at Southern Methodist University, about Bitcoin, a relatively new digital currency with no central authority. Learn more about it, how it works, and why it's growing in popularity. Hear about security and other concerns too.


 

Minneapolis couple wins small-town cafe in essay contest

Seth Lintelman, with his wife Elizabeth, own the Cup N Saucer Cafe in Sherburn, Minn. They acquired it in a rather unusual way--they won it in an essay contest.


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Move objects just with your thoughts? Sounds like Star Trek, but it’s happening now at the U of MN

Dr. Bin He, biomedical engineering professor at the U of MN, is lead author of a new study showing that people can use their thoughts to move objects, using a noninvasive computer interface. He spoke with Buck June 7 about the technology and its implications, including the potential to help people with disabilities. You can watch a video demo at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpHy-fUyXYk
 


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New invention makes using your iPad on airplanes a whole lot easier

Buck chatted recently with Twin Cities businessman Anton Jachim, inventor of the Arctic Flight, an articulated stand for the iPad that lets you use it easily on airplanes and everywhere else, too. Learn more about it here.


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The Minnesota Cup, the largest statewide new venture competition, now open for entries until May 17

Buck chatted Mar. 29 with Dan Mallin, co-founder of the MN Cup, about this competition for breakthrough business ideas, now in its ninth year. Dan talks about why it's important, how the competition works, and what's in it for the entrepreneur.


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Beer as career: Cook County native Ryan Petz on his Twin Cities brewery, Fulton Beer

Ann Possis spoke recently with Cook County native Ryan Petz who, with three of his friends, founded Fulton Beer. Ryan is president of the company, and talked with us about what it's like to start a brewery, what kinds of beers they've been making, their new tap room, and more. Fulton Beer is available in the Twin Cities and in Cook County, but they plan to expand distribution soon.


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It's a car! It's a plane! No, wait....it's both! Greg Herrick talks quirky, vintage airplanes

Buck spoke Aug. 17 with Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America, and proud owner of a rare 1954 Aerocar (yes, a car with wings), which can be yours for only $1.25 million. You can see more cool old airplanes at his museum website.


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New study: School start dates before Labor Day negatively affect family travel & tourism

The U of MN Tourism Center conducted a study recently to look at how travel among households with school-aged children is affected when school starts before Labor Day. Ann Possis spoke Aug. 3 with Ingrid Schneider, director of the Center, about the results and what they might mean for tourism and for policy makers considering changing school start dates.