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    Nobody's Perfect - With the Broncos' loss, the Vikings shed the aura of the underdog

    On Sunday night the highlight shows veered away from the big hits and circus catches to a seemingly incongruous spectacle: a bunch of balding men raising a champagne toast. These weren't just any follicularly challenged individuals. They were veter...

    by Mike Mosedale on December 16, 1998
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    Off Beat

    Off Beat Was Born in a Small Town While out for a drive one day last week, Off Beat was treated to a John Mellencamp minibonanza on the radio. This in itself wasn't odd, of course. Nor was it particularly unusual that the Mellencamp-o-rama came c...

    by City Pages Staff on December 16, 1998
  • Freeze Frame - Forget Fargo and A Simple Plan: A quarter-century ago, The Heartbreak Kid had Minnesota down cold

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    Freeze Frame - Forget Fargo and A Simple Plan: A quarter-century ago, The Heartbreak Kid had Minnesota down cold

    The Minnesota Film Board still keeps a copy of the promo video it sent to prospective shooters in the days before Fargo. Made in 1992 and packed with film clips, the 10-minute tape is designed to offer nonnatives a crash course in the history of Min...

    by Rob Nelson on December 16, 1998
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    The Dream Team

    THE DREAM TEAM JOAN OF ARC saw her own death in dreams. Roman emperor Julius Caesar ignored the nightly omens visited upon his wife Calpurnia; good things did not come of this. So what to make of the visions inhabiting choreographer Beth Corning'...

    by Caroline Palmer on December 9, 1998
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    Off Beat

    Sink or Swim--Naah, Just Sink Offbeat got a coveted invitation from the flacks--ahem, promotions specialists--at St. Paul firm MediaRare, where they're putting together a New Year's Eve party--ahem, "maiden voyage"--marking the opening of "Titani...

    by City Pages Staff on December 9, 1998
  • The Numbers Game - The Vikes' scoring machine sure does look unstoppable. But can the defense get it done come January?

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    The Numbers Game - The Vikes' scoring machine sure does look unstoppable. But can the defense get it done come January?

    In this, the Minnesota Vikings' most promising season of the past two decades, the numbers have often been used to tell the story. All fall the local sports pages have been awash with statistics that presage Super Bowl glory. Hardly a week passes w...

    by Mike Mosedale on December 9, 1998
  • Killing Softly - Sharp-nosed dogs, stealthy birds, and the sweet secret of dawn: A neophyte gets a taste of the hunt

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    Killing Softly - Sharp-nosed dogs, stealthy birds, and the sweet secret of dawn: A neophyte gets a taste of the hunt

    Al Schroeter and I are bumping down the Echo Trail out of Ely in his battered pickup, catching the day's first gold as we top the hills, falling into gray shadow on the swampy bottoms. My hands gingerly cradle a scalding tin cup of coffee. I've swor...

    by Terri Sutton on December 9, 1998
  • Steal this Ad - The revolution won't be televised--but it will be advertised

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    Steal this Ad - The revolution won't be televised--but it will be advertised

    There he goes again, stalking belligerently around the screen, caged by his own anger and by a world too boring, too conformist, too routine for a guy like him. Shake things up! he demands, his motormouth charisma running a megabyte a minute. Don't...

    by Jesse Berrett on December 2, 1998
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    Grit 'n' Polish

    CROSS THE POND anticipating stately country homes and plummy accents, and what do you find? Geeky TV comics, canned spaghetti served on toast, and the McTriple with Cheese ("only 1.39!"). In this year's overdose of parallel commercialism, a.k.a. T...

    by Phil Anderson on December 2, 1998
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    Logan's Run

    "A LOT OF thrillers these days are written by people who've never been shot at," muses 56-year-old novelist Chuck Logan. "They write them for people who've never been shot at. They're romances, love stories about male mastery." Taking time out fr...

    by Peter Ritter on December 2, 1998
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    Off Beat

    Smoke Gets in Your Byline Considering the price of a pack of Marlboros these days, Off Beat--a cheapskate during the best of times--couldn't justify investing in a copy of Smoked: The Inside Story of the Minnesota Tobacco Trial. Then last week th...

    by City Pages Staff on December 2, 1998
  • Shot in the Dark - Three photographers on the graveyard shift shoot the Cities' dark side

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    Shot in the Dark - Three photographers on the graveyard shift shoot the Cities' dark side

    It's midnight on a Monday in mid-November: cloudy and crisp, but no snow. WCCO-TV overnight photographer Tony Knoss steers his unmarked white minivan out of downtown Minneapolis to check on a tip about eastbound 394 being shut down--suggesting, per...

    by Burl Gilyard on December 2, 1998
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    Jesus Has Left the Building - The aftermath of Christ's evacuation

    "How many of us have accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ, into our hearts?" asked the fleshy, blemished, spectacled young woman. All the children proudly raised their little hands except me. The juvenile-looking woman and her fellow Bible-school educat...

    by Julia Ramirez on December 1, 1998
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    Holiday Volunteers

    The United Way Volunteer Center offers hundreds of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and groups this holiday season. Activities include "adopting" a family, singing carols, visiting seniors, and more, during the month of December. ...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Chico's Gift Drive for Women in Crisis

    Please join Chico's Casual Clothing in celebrating the holidays by giving to a woman who is homeless because of domestic abuse or other serious reasons. Just as women try to make the holidays bright at home, they are also the victims of holiday str...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    "Be an Angel Project"

    Become part of The Red Balloon Bookshop's 1998 Holiday Book Giveaway. When customers buy a book at their shop to donate to a child in need of such a gift, The Red Balloon Bookshop will match that gift with a book of equal or greater value. This "Be...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Central Village Children's Book Drive

    Central Village--The Way To Grow, a program of the Cedar Riverside People's Center, is soliciting quality used and new children's books to distribute to children and families throughout the Minneapolis area. The mission of Central Village is to s...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Winter Safety Tips for Preventing Brain Injury

    Protecting your child's brain from an injury may be the most important thing you can do as a parent. This winter help your child play it safe. Sledding: The fun of sliding downhill can turn into danger unless children know how to sled safely. Chi...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Helping Kids Cope with Colds

    Children aren't little adults, and most parents realize that when it comes to treating kids' colds they have to tailor their treatment. Many pediatricians recommend medications made specifically for children that contain acetaminophen to treat fe...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Save-A-Friend Hotline

    Save-A-Friend hotline is a toll-free phone number for K-12 students to call and anonymously alert school authorities to situations involving guns, other weapons, potential violence, or students at risk. "We are totally committed to making each an...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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