10/27 Morning Must Reads: Vikings, voting, RNC sandbag dropper


Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:

Vikings players busted for illegal pills Vikings Pro Bowl defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams could face four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's steroid policy, according to Fox Sports. The two tested positive for water pills, which are illegal in the NFL because they can be used to mask other substances. Do we feel bad for the Vikings? Nope.

Waiting in line is hard, mail your vote More people in Minnesota are voting by mail and by Nov. 4 many will have to. Minnesota is one of 28 states that provide it and about 30 percent of this year's presidential election ballots are expected to be cast early, either by mail or in person. But not everyone in the state can vote by mail: voting by mail in Minnesota is allowed only in precincts outside the metro area with fewer than 400 registered voters, so less than 4 percent of registered voters qualify.

Ellison sits back, takes easy road to reelection Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents Minneapolis, had a tough campaign two years ago, but he's rid his reelection of any rough spots this time around. As every other candidate rips their campaign apart trying to beat out the other candidate, Ellison is living the easy life. Not as easy as Rep. Betty McCollum apparently. Have you even heard of her in the last couple months?

Madison-area man top suspect in RNC sandbag drop Wisconsin Dane County sheriff's deputies searched the home of a Madison-area man last week who Minnesota authorities consider the "prime suspect" in what they are describing as a terrorist threat at the Republican National Convention last month. One of the sandbags landed on the road and another landed on a bus taking delegates to the Xcel Energy Center.

Poor Minnesotans hope to strike it rich at the gas station Lottery ticket sales in Minnesota hit an all-time high during the 2008 fiscal year. Minnesota ticket sales reached $462 million, a 9.2 percent jump from $422.6 million in 2007. Yes, let's keep gambling our dwindling funds away. What a hoot!