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After spending some time for sale, the Goldmann's Department Store sign was sold to a neon sign museum in North Dakota.
After spending some time for sale, the Goldmann's Department Store sign was sold to a neon sign museum in North Dakota. (Photo: Dean Castelaz)

Goldmann's Department Store sign finds a new home ... in North Dakota?

After 111 years of business and serving as a fixture on Mitchell Street, Goldmann's Department Store was forced to close its doors for good back in 2007. Now, the building is flickering back to life, as the former department store space is in the process of becoming the new Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center (the medical center, which helps serve lower-income patients, is currently located 1711 S. 11th St.). 

As a part of the renovation process, however, the iconic Goldmann's sign was taken down. Luckily, after spending a brief time for sale, the popular Milwaukee and Mitchell Street landmark has found a new home ... in North Dakota. 

The sign was purchased by the National Save the Neon Signs Museum, located in Minot, N.D. and dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting classic neon signs from across North America. As reported on Twitter, it arrived to its new home early last week. 

According to tips from Dean Castelaz and Adam Levin, the sign was removed from the side of the old Goldmann's Department Store building several weeks ago during the construction process and left sitting in the lot available for sale to the public. Prior to the confirmed sale of the sign, Randy Roth – the owner of Endeavour Corp., a local firm working on the Goldmann's renovation project – noted that the price of the sign was pretty much nothing.

"If we could find someone who would just take it and just pay for the cost of picking it up, they would have the Goldmann's sign," Roth said. "It's zero dollars. Frankly, we don't want to destroy it and just throw it in the dumpster. So really, frankly, if anyone is interested in purchasing it – and I put that word in parentheses – it's just a question of them making arrangements with our contractor and coming and picking it up."

Roth also noted at the time that they wanted…

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Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers' Dubsmashes from the weekend are oddly perfect for expressing Jordy Nelson grief.
Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers' Dubsmashes from the weekend are oddly perfect for expressing Jordy Nelson grief.

Mourning Jordy Nelson (through Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers' Dubsmashes)

Sunday evening's nightmares for Packer fans and fantasy football savants became Monday night's reality as the official word came down: Star wide receiver Jordy Nelson's 2015 football season is over before it even started with a "significant right knee injury," assumably an ACL tear. Cue Wisconsin drinking all of the alcohol. 

Jordy's exploded knee certainly puts a damper on what was projected to be a Super Bowl year for the Packers. Sure, the Packers will likely be fine; we still have the returning MVP in the league (as long as he doesn't play an excessive amount in the preseason, MIKE!), Randall Cobb is still a formidable receiving threat and Eddie Lacy is the best running back the team's had in years, one who can also carry a little extra offensive weight if need be.

Sometimes looking ahead and positive reassurances don't work, however. Sometimes, you just need to grieve ... with a collection of Dubsmashes from Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers from before the injury that eerily fit this time of great sadness. 

For instance, just need to cry it out to the saddest song in recorded history? There is a Dubsmash for that.

A video posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on

Seeking revenge against the cruel forces of fate and gravity that brought down Wisconsin's favorite Manhattanite (in Kansas, not New York)? THERE IS A DUBSMASH FOR THAT!

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In denial? Convinced that the injury still probably isn't that bad and that he'll be able to come back to the team by the playoffs that we will most certainly make despite an improved Vikings team flirting with competence again? Thanks to "The Princess Bride" and the Olivier-esque acting chops of Rodgers and Munn, there is a Dubsmash for that.

#princessbride

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Have you already moved on, confident the team can fin…

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Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog - felt beings controlled by literal corporate and human puppet masters - have broken up.
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog - felt beings controlled by literal corporate and human puppet masters - have broken up.

Fictional felt beings Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up

Gossip pages, tabloids and entertainment websites lit up yesterday upon the news that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up. Not that their characters will break up as a plot point on their new TV show "The Muppets"; no, it was reported like real life news that Kermit and Miss Piggy – fictional beings made of felt – were no longer together. 

The news was broken via Facebook through joint statements written by Kermit and Miss Piggy – and most certainly not by somebody working in the Disney/ABC marketing department. 

Listen, I love the Muppets. I wasn't born during their true heyday, but I still grew up holding "A Muppets Christmas Carol" as my favorite version of the famous Dickens tale and humming "Shiver My Timbers" from "Muppet Treasure Island" (because, come on, how could you not?). I enjoyed last year's "Muppets Most Wanted," and I even teared up a bit during their big screen return in 2011's "The Muppets." I am not decrying anyone for loving the Muppets. They are great.

Less great: otherwise rational grown-up adults reporting on the relationship between Kermit and Miss Piggy – once again, fictional creations created out of felt and owned by the Walt Disney Corporation – as though it's a real thing happening between two real beings. There are the aforementioned Facebook posts and interviews – not about the characters but actually WITH the characters – all behaving like these are actual beings and emotions at play, not simply marketing at work. That their break-up is one to put next to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner – real people facing a very real emotional crises – in a summer of break-ups. That one of the other Muppet characters must have broken them up.

OK, that last one is written tongue-and-cheek, but most of the coverage is weirdly devoid of any such self-awareness that they are interviewing – one last time – fictional felt beings controlled by a person probably hiding under a table or chair w…

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OK Go proved to be just as contagious live as it is on YouTube Thursday night.
OK Go proved to be just as contagious live as it is on YouTube Thursday night. (Photo: Alize Tran)

Who needs treadmills? OK Go proves it's more than just viral music videos

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There were no treadmills in sight on Thursday evening at the Uline Warehouse. No big Rube Goldberg machine or miles-long track of homemade instruments to drive a robot-armed Chevy through. And if there was a synchronized puppy dance, I somehow missed it.

In fact, other than some busy confetti cannons – and I mean very busy – OK Go’s 90-minute set pushed aside any sign of the viral video prop-heavy gimmickry the band is most famous for and instead relied on its power pop rock music and some charming banter to click with the Summerfest crowd. And, as it turns out, that was more than enough to deliver an awesome and entertaining evening.

Popping out on stage with little to no fanfare, the Los Angeles band (by way of Chicago) opening up the show with "Upside Down & Inside Out" and one of the night’s seemingly 114 confetti cannon showers (honestly, by the end of the gig, the audience had likely breathed in just as many tiny paper strips as oxygen molecules). It was a rocking start, but unfortunately lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash’s instrument was a little overbearingly buzzy.

Luckily, the audio mix would clean itself up very quickly as the set went along – as fast as the next bunch of crazily infectious hooky pop rock tunes, including "You’re So Damn Hot," "The Writing’s On the Wall" and the funky groove jam "I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe."

OK Go has always mostly been known for its crazily inventive music videos, so much so that sometimes it seems the public forgets that those clips have some pretty awesome music playing underneath them. As a result, Thursday night’s comparatively simple show served as a nice affirmation that, as musicians, they’re really just as…

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