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    Michele Bachmann action figure

    courtesy Herobuilders Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin dolls ? Look out, Barbie. Herobuilders, a Connecticut toy company that has made custom scupts of Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber, has released the latest in its line of politica...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on September 25, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
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    Michele Bachmann featured in Census paranoia video

    ? Commenters lashed out at us yesterday when we questioned whether Michele Bachmann's heated anti-Census rhetoric may have played a factor in the lynching of a census worker in Kentucky who was found with the word "fed" marked on his ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on September 25, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
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    Pioneer Press splashes suspect's HIV status across front page

    ? Today's Pioneer Press features the banner headline: "HIV -- one more on-the-job risk cops face daily." Directly underneath is the name and mugshot of an 18-year-old suspect who is HIV-positive. The story uses the tale of the su...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on September 25, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
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    When bigots attack

    ? Three apparent uber-racists--two 21-year-old guys and an 18-year-old girl--are suspected of carrying out some rather strange assault/robberies in Brooklyn Park. During the first assault they've been charged with, the trio repo...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on September 25, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
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    Teen fight club investigated in Monticello

    A local school official says a handful of 10th graders were involved in the fighting, and the schools are using the episode as a "teachable moment." Maybe after a good talking to, the kids can find a more acceptable outlet for their energy--like a St...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Smith on September 25, 2009 @ 1:19 pm
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    Twins look to barbeque Kansas City

    ? ? Images courtesy of Wiki, Keith Allison Ever hear of the old "K.C. Lou"? It's the hardball lexicon to describe a first-and-third scenario with the shortsto...

    @ The Blotter by Judd Spicer on September 25, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
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    MPR reports on Pumpkins

    ? There is bad news and terrible news. This one falls in the latter as MPR reports that our pumpkin harvest will be down this year. The report cites cool summer weather as the main factor in low pumpkin production. We can only expect one out...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on September 25, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
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    Science teacher steals guns, sporting goods, sells on Ebay

    ? A former 8th-grade science teacher with a part-time gig at a sporting goods store in Walker apparently swiped some guns and other sporting goods and sold the merchandise on eBay. Now, we know teachers don't get paid that much. But come on. The ...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on September 25, 2009 @ 11:58 am
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    Somali suicide bomber may be 2nd from U.S.

    If it is true, the man would be the second Somali-American to blow himself up in Somalia. Last year, the Shirwa Ahmed, of Minneapolis, became the first American-Somali to participate in a suicide attack. News reports say that the Seattle FBI is inves...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on September 25, 2009 @ 11:43 am
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    Bachmann and Ron Paul buddy up at U tonight

    Bachmann and Paul, the former presidential candidate, have a lot in common: both are Republican members of Congress who want small government, and both have been active in criticizing Obama's health care and economic policies. Here's what the event w...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on September 25, 2009 @ 11:15 am
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    Twins begin make or break series with the Royals

    Three games. Three little games. Sounds like a hair's breadth, doesn't it? Well, think of it this way-- if the Twins don't sweep the Royals, who are playing hotter baseball than any team in the American league, they'll head into their four game s...

    @ The Blotter by David Hansen on September 25, 2009 @ 10:17 am
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    The end is nigh, proclaim U scientists

    Put this in the "well, duh" category. In an Earth shattering (nyuk nyuk) report published in Nature magazine, homegrown eggheads state that, according to their research, the Earth's life sustaining systems are much closer to the brink of collapse t...

    @ The Blotter by David Hansen on September 25, 2009 @ 9:11 am
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    Vikings-49ers may be the week's best NFL game

    In recent years, a game between the Vikings and 49ers would be considered a bit of a yawner. But now that the 'Niners have apparently regained respectability, this week's match-up has some intriguing story lines that make it a game to watch: It'...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Smith on September 24, 2009 @ 4:07 pm
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    Minnesotans take to public transit in record numbers, save tons of gas

    ? If there's a silver lining in the high gas prices endured by commuters the past couple years it's that they've compelled Minnesotans to eschew their cars in favor of the bus and light-rail. In 2008, public transit ridership a...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on September 24, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
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    Man who taunted police on MySpace page gets arrested

    A Des Moines man named Ezra Rowlinson--whose first name, we were disappointed to learn, did not inspire the alt-pop band behind the 1995 hit single "Good"--now sits inside the Hennepin County Jail after taking to his MySpace page and taunting authori...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on September 24, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
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    Bookstore robbery ends in a cliff dive

    Author's imagined image of the perp ? Many folks are told not to steal. But few are told, "If you steal, you will fall off a cliff." That's exactly what happened to a 29-year-old man yesterday as he ran from the Coffman Union Bookstore on the U...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on September 24, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
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    Mischke show notes: Sept. 24, 2009

    This is either beautiful or ugly. I can't decide. Can you? Weird as so many of them are, they'd all be allowed in my saloon except #56 and #99. Oh, and I'd make # 58 my bartender. Tune in from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and feel free to leave comments ab...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on September 24, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
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    Walter Mondale sees racism in anti-Obama rhetoric

    ? Former Vice President Walter Mondale joins the chorus of politicians blaming racism for some of the heated criticism of President Barack Obama. "I don't want to pick a person, say, he's a racist, but I do think the way they're...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on September 24, 2009 @ 11:34 am
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    Michele Bachmann and the census worker murder

    ? Crazy Michele Bachmann has said many foolish things as of late, but who can forget her crusade against the census? Bachmann proclaimed that she wouldn't fill out the census form because she was worried about being rounded up an...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on September 24, 2009 @ 11:03 am
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    Have you seen Glorius?

    ? Have you seen a red Rivendell Glorius in any of the local pawn shops, or on Craigslist? If so, buy it and contact Grant Petersen, owner of the Rivendell Bicycle Works. He'll give you a reward for the safe return of the bicycle, as this particula...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on September 24, 2009 @ 11:02 am
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