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  • This Week's Cover: The Smartest Guy in the Room

    published Oct 14, 2009

    This week's feature story follows gubernatorial candidate Paul Thissen, widely regarded as among the legislature's brightest minds. ​ ... More >>

  • Death of 6-year-old Minnesotan from swine flu featured on national news

    published Oct 12, 2009

    Remember when everybody was saying the media overhyped the threat of swine flu? Well nobody's laughing now. People are dying, including a 6-year-old in Minnesota. The grieving parents are featured as ... More >>

  • Sing it with me: We're gonna win Twins!

    published Oct 07, 2009

    We're gonna win Twins, we're gonna score. We're gonna win Twins watch that baseball soar. Knock out a homerun shout a hip-hooray, cheer for the Minnesota Twins today.Read Alt. weekly 2009 Baseball Thr... More >>

  • Twin Cities: We're smarter than you

    published Oct 06, 2009

    ​The Daily Beast has made a list of the smartest cities, and we rank No. 4! We get plaudits for our high percentage of bachelors degrees and voter participation. But R.T. Rybak isn't going to ... More >>

  • Live Nude Adrian Peterson on ESPN mag cover

    published Oct 06, 2009

    ​Adrian Peterson comes very close to pulling off a Visanthe Shiancoe on the cover of ESPN the magazine this week. For its "Body" issue, the magazine asked several athletes to pose in the al... More >>

  • Inside baseball: Watch Joe Mauer steal signs

    published Oct 05, 2009

    This is a fascinating video that deconstructs how Joe Mauer allegedly steals signs from the Detroit Tigers catcher and signals to his teammate Jason Kubel so that he knows what to expect coming... More >>

  • Photo of the Day: Michele Bachmann is Miss November

    published Sep 29, 2009

    ​Courtesy of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute's "Great American Conservative Women" calender comes this glamtastic shot of Michele Bachmann. Her amazing quote: "Since the fall of Adam, ... More >>

  • Minnesotans don't think Pawlenty would make a good president

    published Sep 29, 2009

    ​Most Minnesotans don't think Governor Tim Pawlenty would make a good president. That's the findings of the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. A majority of Minnesotans don't want to see Gov. Ti... More >>

  • Photo of the Day: Happy Emergence from Bankruptcy, Strib employees!

    published Sep 28, 2009

    ​Remember how earlier today we told you how the new Strib publisher is bragging to readers that as of today, the paper is emerging from bankruptcy? Turns out he wanted employees ... More >>

  • Peter King hearts Brett Favre

    published Sep 28, 2009

     It's no secret that Peter King thinks Brett Favre is God, and after this weekend's stunning last-second victory, we're ready to join him at the altar. Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA,... More >>

  • Pioneer Press splashes suspect's HIV status and mugshot across front page

    published September 30, 2009

    Last Friday's Pioneer Press features the banner headline: "HIV—one more on-the-job risk cops face daily." Directly underneath is... More >>

  • Star Tribune letter to readers: We're not bankrupt!

    published Sep 28, 2009

    ​The beleaguered Star Tribune is set to emerge from bankrtupcy today, and to make sure readers know, Chairman of the Board Michael T.P. Sweeney has posted a letter on the website's front page. ... More >>

  • Denny Hecker ends up homeless

    published Sep 25, 2009

    ​ ​From "Nobody walks" to "Can I crash on your couch?" The plight of Denny Hecker hit a new low today when a judge  took away his lakefront home, valued at more than $7.8 million. Th... More >>

  • Michele Bachmann action figure

    Michele Bachmann action figure

    published Sep 25, 2009

    ​ ​Look out, Barbie. Herobuilders, a Connecticut toy company that has made custom scupts of Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber, has released the latest in its line of politically-themed ... More >>

  • Michele Bachmann featured in Census paranoia video

    published Sep 25, 2009

    ​Commenters lashed out at us yesterday when we questioned whether Michele Bachmann's heated anti-Census rhetoric may have played a factor in the lynching of a census worker in Kentucky who was ... More >>

  • Pioneer Press splashes suspect's HIV status across front page

    published Sep 25, 2009

    ​Today's Pioneer Press features the banner headline: "HIV -- one more on-the-job risk cops face daily." Directly underneath is the name and mugshot of an 18-year-old suspect who is HIV-positive... More >>

  • Walter Mondale sees racism in anti-Obama rhetoric

    published Sep 24, 2009

    ​Former Vice President Walter Mondale joins the chorus of politicians blaming racism for some of the heated criticism of President Barack Obama. "I don't want to pick a person, say, he's a ra... More >>

  • Michele Bachmann and the census worker murder

    published Sep 24, 2009

    ​Crazy Michele Bachmann has said many foolish things as of late, but who can forget her crusade against the census? Bachmann proclaimed that she wouldn't fill out the census form because she ... More >>

  • Sunny Day Real Estate at First Ave

    published Sep 24, 2009

    There are bands you will never get to see live. Nirvana, for one. And for awhile, it seemed that Sunny Day Real Estate--another Seattle band, whose breakout album came on the heels of Nevermind--w... More >>

  • Arne Carlson vs. Tim Pawlenty

    published Sep 23, 2009

    ​We've been calling out T-Paw for putting his presidential ambitions ahead of the state for some time now, but today criticism came from an unexpected quarter: Republican Governor Arne Carlson.... More >>

  • Minnesota's greenest big companies

    published Sep 23, 2009

    ​The new issue of Newsweek features a list of the country's 100 greenest companies. Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Johnson & Johnson finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. But which Minnesota c... More >>

  • Michele Bachmann's letter to Barack Obama

    published Sep 22, 2009

    ​Crazy Michele Bachmann sent a letter to President Barack Obama (i.e. posted it on her website) expressing disappointment that he didn't drop everything to go over the one issue that is of... More >>

  • House Republicans worried about Crazy Michele Bachmann

    published Sep 19, 2009

    ​It was only a matter of time: House Republicans are starting to worry Michele Bachmann's lunacy may be a liability. After a summer of birthers, deathers, and tenthers capped with Joe Wilson'... More >>

  • Pawlenty Tracker: Map of Tpaw's travels

    published Sep 18, 2009

    ​We've already talked about how Governor Tim Pawlenty is preening for the national spotlight, but now comes a great graphical representation of this fact. Via MPR's Polinaut, this map shows all ... More >>

  • Saturday Night Live debuts Michele Bachmann impression

    published Sep 18, 2009

    ​ ​As part of a new political-themed spinoff, SNL debuted a Michele Bachmann impression last night. Bachmann is one of the participants in a GOP plot to yell "You Lie!" at Obama. She r... More >>

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