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2007 Stories by Ward Rubrecht

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  • Minnesota Roller Girls

    published December 5, 2007

    Roller derby as a competitive contact sport has been around since the 1930s—complete with sold-out crowds and radio broadcasts of... More >>

  • Jessica Hoop

    published November 28, 2007

    JESCA HOOP Kismet Red Ink Jesca Hoop once served as nanny to Tom Waits's kids, a... More >>

  • Tellabration

    published November 21, 2007

    Ursula K. Leguin, in her book The Language of the Night, wrote, "There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there... More >>

  • The Ike Reilly Assassination

    published November 21, 2007

    It's a dripping-hot June night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a crowd of a couple hundred is packed into the Stone's Throw Bar as the Ike Reilly... More >>

  • Mary Gauthier

    published November 7, 2007

    In country music, authenticity is king. It's that rare quality that allows ex-cons like Merle Haggard and David Allan Coe to show us the misery... More >>

  • In the Loop’s Story Slam III: “Disguise”

    published October 24, 2007

    The last Story Slam, on the intentionally enigmatic theme "Losing," featured a hilarious story of hair loss and poignant elegies to the loss of... More >>

  • Northstar Storytelling League: Night of the Living Storytellers

    published October 10, 2007

    In the classic scary story, "Mr. Fox," the titular character woos a young woman, who finds herself in his house alone and decides to explore. In... More >>

  • FallCon Comic Book Convention

    published October 3, 2007

    In the world of the comic book Powers, detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim stalk the city streets solving crimes of the... More >>

  • Par's Parting Shot

    published September 26, 2007

    The fates of 14 Star Tribune reporters who work for the newspaper's soon-to-be-defunct weekly suburban editions have been in limbo in... More >>

  • Sixteenth Annual 'Signifyin’ & Testifyin'' Black Storytelling Festival

    published September 26, 2007

    When Anansi, the trickster-spider, decided to hoard all the world's wisdom for himself in a hollowed-out gourd, he found the task self-defeating... More >>

  • Sixteenth Annual 'Signifyin’ & Testifyin'' Black Storytelling Festival

    published September 26, 2007

    When Anansi, the trickster-spider, decided to hoard all the world's wisdom for himself in a hollowed-out gourd, he found the task self-defeating... More >>

  • Sixteenth Annual 'Signifyin’ & Testifyin'' Black Storytelling Festival

    published September 26, 2007

    When Anansi, the trickster-spider, decided to hoard all the world's wisdom for himself in a hollowed-out gourd, he found the task self-defeating... More >>

  • Stalling Tactic

    published September 12, 2007

    A West Coast organization with friendly ties to bathroom Lothario Larry Craig (R-Third Stall) is placing the blame for Craig's fall from... More >>

  • World Fighting Championships

    published September 12, 2007

    St. Paul native Alecia "Ice Cold" Mena used to play for the Minnesota Vixens, but decided football didn't involve enough hitting of people. So she... More >>

  • They Might Be Giants

    published September 12, 2007

    More than likely, the first song by They Might Be Giants that'd pop into your head is a certain musical account of Mustafa Ataturk's 1930... More >>

  • The Gourds

    published September 5, 2007

    The Gourds' 1998 top-notch cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" dropped at a time when Napster (remember Napster?) was rife with mislabeled mp3... More >>

  • Flaming Lips

    published September 5, 2007

    It's unlikely that any song has equalled the measured inanity of the Power Puff Girls television show quite as much as the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi... More >>

  • Gaming the System

    published August 1, 2007

    How a Minnesota magazine became the bible of generation Xbox. More >>

  • Dragon Festival Scrapbook

    published July 18, 2007

    Highlights from the July 2007 Asian cultural festival at Lake Phalen More >>

  • Bar Fighting Man

    published June 27, 2007

    Go ahead and take a swing at Ike Reilly. More >>

  • Gun Shy

    published May 9, 2007

    After the Virginia Tech tragedy, even talking about concealed carry is grounds for suspension. UPDATE: Read Troy Scheffler's e-mails to... More >>

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