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Who's buying MNSpeak and DUNation?

class=img_thumbleft>Rumor has it that the Rake is negotiating to buy MNSpeak.com, one of the best local web discussion boards. MNSpeak proprietor Rex Sorgatz said today he wouldn't comment on the gossip, but says that he'll make an announcement in ten days. He does confirm that he'll be licensing the idea, and serving as a consultant for whoever takes over the site. "I've purchased the name Seattlespeak with the idea of starting a legitimate startup/franchise opportunity," he says. "There's a possibility that I'd turn it into a genuine startup company." Lars J. Larson, meanwhile, has confirmed that his own message board, the hip-hop-oriented DUNation.com, is also being considered for purchase by a group of investors. Will these essential online outlets of Minnesota culture flourish under larger owners? Or will they lose some of their WTF flavor?