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BEST LOCAL BOY GONE BAD Minneapolis 2000 - Dino Guerin

The news dribbled out slowly, as if from a cracked sewer pipe: Ramsey County commissioner admits to gambling addiction. Ramsey County commissioner charged with check-kiting. Ramsey County commissioner denies renewed allegations of cocaine problem. Ramsey County commissioner linked to questionable loan. Ramsey County commissioner linked to another questionable loan. Ramsey County commissioner's questionable loans subject of federal inquiries. We can ponder the, er, odds, of a political recovery--keep in mind that this is a guy whom East Side voters elected to the Ramsey County Board despite the fact that he declared personal bankruptcy in 1992 and was the subject of widely publicized allegations of cocaine abuse--but one thing's for sure: It hasn't been a good year for Dino Guerin.

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