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“The Big Sick” balances comedy with difficult social issues of today’s relationships

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The summer movie lineup is often packed with blockbuster titles from high-budget and well established franchises. This year was no different, with its fair share of winners and losers but also a few surprise films. “The Big Sick” is a romantic comedy about two 20-something-year-old lovers who face cultural obstacles in their hopes of a happy life. The film follows Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) who is a Pakistani Muslim working in Chicago as a comedian while driving for Uber to make up the rest of his income. During one of Kumail’s shows, he meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) with whom he hooks up with that night. Feelings remain strong after the night, even after the pair agrees they would never speak to each other again. The couple soon enters into a relationship but all the while Kumail’s family attempts to set him up with a Pakistani women in accordance with their customs.…

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Minnesota Twins: Buyers or Sellers?

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The number 7 represents how many years it has been since the Twins have made the postseason. The number 7 represents how many games the Twins are behind the first place Cleveland Indians as of Sunday July 30, 2017. The Twins have been hovering around the .500 mark all season and right behind the Indians for first place in the Central Division. The Pitching rotation has been a major problem for the Twins over this postseason drought as they have struggled to put together a solid rotation through free agency or in the draft. However, this season Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios have been the heart of the Twins’ rotation and have been a major reason why the Twins are in the hunt for the post season. With the trade deadline coming up on Monday July 31st, 2017, the Minnesota Twins made some moves in which it looked they were…

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Disc Golf north of St. Cloud provides fun new challenges

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Heading “up north” has been a long standing tradition for many Minnesotans as they depart each summer to their cabins. But for those without a lakefront property to rest by, and a desire to have some outdoor fun in a short drive, disc golf may provide a great alternative. The Chronicle will be covering a variety of disc golf course throughout Minnesota this summer as part of a series of three article. Recently we took a look at the popular courses around the St. Cloud area, but a wealth of disc golf courses are also located a short drive up Highway 10. Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Rice, St. Stephen and Royalton each feature a disc golf course with a unique experience that can not be found in St. Cloud. Northside Park Disc Golf Course in Sartell is one of the only courses we came across well suited for your four legged…

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“Transformers: The Last Knight” Review – Michael Bay Derails Franchise Plot Lines

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Hasbro’s toy franchise known as “Transformers” originally came to popularity in the early 1980’s, over 30 years ago. All along they have remained relevant with multiple generations of children, teens and adults. So relevant in fact that the 2007 release of “Transformers,” the first Michael Bay directed film in the franchise, was a huge success. Over the past 10 years, the five movies Bay has made for the Transformers franchise have had increasingly negative reception. Partially to blame is the series continuation even after losing star actors Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, and failing to replace them with consistent and likeable new stars. The franchise marched on however, with Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) becoming the new lead protagonist in 2014 and returning for this summer’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” However, Cade nor any other recognizable character can be seen in the opening minutes of the movie. Rather, Last Knight opens…

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MnDOT installs signs for EV Charging stations on I-94

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Travelers on Interstate 94 heading north of St. Cloud will now see, “Electric Vehicle Charging Stations” signs along the highway to communicate the network of public, fast-charging EV stations for electric vehicles nearby. The signs of the extended network of charging stations will continue to grow and is part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) being implemented. “MnDOT is excited to be a partner to promote and educate the public about zero emissions and the electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said Charlie Zelle, Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner. “We believe that alternate fuels and electric vehicles will be an important part of the future of transportation and can support progress towards the state’s GHG reduction targets” The Federal Highway Administration selected I-94 from Port Huron, Mich., to the Minnesota/North Dakota border as one of 55 appointed routes in 2016 to advocate for alternative fuels and help drivers…

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Disc Golf grows following and fun in St. Cloud

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Each summer, public parks across St. Cloud play host to games of disc golf as players navigate courses in an attempt to toss a Frisbee disc into a metal basket. The sport has continued to expand in popularity across the nation, but also on a local level. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) by the end of 2016, the United States had 6976 courses across the country, a growth of over 1500 new courses since the year before. The St. Cloud area has four courses of which all are free to play and located at public parks across town. Riverside Park, Calvary Hill Park, St. Cloud VA Medical Center, and River’s Edge Park, all have courses for players to throw a disc at. Whether you’re a new player or an experienced player, St. Cloud offers a variety of course styles and terrains. The most popular of St. Cloud’s…

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‘The Shack’: the beautiful – and surprising – explanation of God

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For some, God and the afterlife are nothing more than a magical story. For others, it is a beautiful way of life and a way to shape and explain their existence. Whichever side of the fence you stand on, there are questions behind the purpose, point, and prerogative of God, which are so eloquently answered in “The Shack”. In a way that has never before been depicted in movies, “The Shack” fearlessly attacks the questions so often presented in the face of religion. This fearlessness, in my opinion, deserves the highest form of praise. The 2017 film is based on the 2007 novel of the same title written by William P. Young. Mack Phillips (played by Sam Worthington) takes his three children on a camping trip that’s all family fun until his daughter Missy (played by Amelie Eve) is kidnapped and killed while he’s trying to save his other two…

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New Era, New Look (We Hope)

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On April 11, The Minnesota Timberwolves revealed the new logo that will represent the team for the upcoming years. A slick representation of the old, the new, and the Minnesota. The team has been starving for an identity since Kevin Garnett was traded and since the Kevin Love debacle. Superstar Karl-Anthony Towns doesn’t deserve to drag along the rugged history of the last 13 years. He gets his own chance to make his own Timberwolves brand and build a team that can be great. It was time to move on from the 2000’s 3-D cartoonish look that many teams have shed thus far (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings). But what this logo really should represent is an era where Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine will take over, just like the Kevin Garnett takeover in 1996 when the second Timberwolves logo was revealed. It’s time to shed the longest…

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