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    Swiping kettles encouraged this holiday season

    ? If you're out and about this holiday season and see those people ringing bells with their little pot of change, don't forget to swipe it. No, really. The Salvation Army is asking you to. Only if you have a credit card of course. har har. Th...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 12, 2009 @ 11:14 am
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    Autistic boy ' loves animals,' shoots horses

    ? A Scott County father who insists that his 13-year-old autistic son "loves animals" has taken the boy's .22-caliber rifle away after a neighbor's horses suffered gunshot wounds.. Tim Duffrin, of New Market Township, told KARE 11 that one of his h...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 12, 2009 @ 10:38 am
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    Timberwolves get Blazed

    Photo by leo.prie.to As time ran down in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves' third consecutive blowout loss, Jonny Flynn stared down the Blazers' Jerryd Bayless. He began a baroque assortment of crossovers and hesitations, tossing in a flourishi...

    @ The Blotter by Benjamin Polk on November 12, 2009 @ 10:07 am
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    Deputy ends hunting trip by shooting wife

    ? We're glad to report that Michelle Cossentine is OK, but one can easily imagine the look on her face the other day when her husband, Deputy Nathan Cossentine, put a bullet in her thigh. By accident of course, says Roseau County Chief Deputy Terry B...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 12, 2009 @ 10:06 am
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    Zhu Zhu motorized hamsters making kids crazy

    ? Thanksgiving is still two weeks away and apparently some of the big holiday shopping has already hit full swing for parents. These parents likely have the whining needy children who demand one toy or their lives will be over. Apparently ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 12, 2009 @ 9:36 am
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    Coleman, Franken naked in MAD Cialis spoof

    ?Picture this: Norm Coleman and Al Franken. Naked. In two separate bathtubs set on a bucolic hillside overlooking Capitol Hill. Can't do it. MAD Magazine can help. With Democra-Cialis. The venerable satire magazine that brought us Alfred E. Neu...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 12, 2009 @ 7:33 am
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    Oil: A Love Story tonight

    ? (Photo by quinn.anya) It's undeniable that the U.S. depends on oil: We're willing to wait in line for it, we panic when the price for gas is too high, and we're even willing to go to war for it. Tonight, Solutions Twin Cities will explo...

    @ The Blotter by Jessica Armbruster on November 12, 2009 @ 5:39 am
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    The Vanilla Gorilla attacks the Timberwolves

    ? You've heard the stories. They're true. The Vanila Gorilla chugs beer after each game. Cheap beer. It suits his game. He's not the fancy athlete who plays beyond his skill set. He's 100% man, a 7-foot-1 center that nabs rebounds,...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on November 12, 2009 @ 5:34 am
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    Target Field survives the megaflush

    ? When the Twins play their first home game next season at Target Field, there won't be a shortage of places for an anticipated 40,000 fans to take a leak, thanks to 401 women's and 266 men's "restroom fixtures" now in place. Better yet, we now kno...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 4:10 pm
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    College-bound kid killed Saturday was also a mugger

    Jackson, 17, was an American Indian who had just been accepted to college, according to a family friend. On Tuesday, 17-year-old Andre Sheldon Whirlwind Horse, was charged with attempted robbery, Minnesota Public Radio reports: Whirlwind Horse told...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on November 11, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
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    Minnesota, where the schools are not above average

    ? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has looked at the state of public education across the country and has found that we here in Minnesota are, well, not above average. We're downright middling, in fact. We don't even earn a gold star (unlike Wisconsin). ...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 3:37 pm
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    Live-streamed birth: What's next?

    ? Now that Lynsee Gannet has live-streamed her birth process to the entire Internet, there's bound to be a host of imitators clambering to recreate the magic of publicizing their intimate bodily processes. Here's our advice to these tag-alon...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on November 11, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
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    Mischke Show Notes: Nov. 11, 2009

    Today on Citypages.com's 'In The Stream' with T.D. Mischke: David Hansen discusses the story of the HMS Mary Celeste, one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time. Over 125 years ago, the ship was found floating, crewless, in the middle ...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 1:55 pm
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    Veterans Day Bald Eagle

    ? This being Veterans Day, with its extra dose of patriotism, we were pleased to find this picture of our nation's national bird, the Bald Eagle, in a pensive, reflective mood. It was posted on Flickr by Jonner. The photo was taken at Purgator Creek...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 1:10 pm
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    Can Target stop the presses?

    ? When the Wall Street Journal suggested last week that Minneapolis-based Target Corp. may have had a hand in how and when the Detroit Free Press ran a couple of stories, local media hound David Brauer got to wondering whether anything simil...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 12:19 pm
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    Sexual encounters with students is bad. Clear on that?

    ? Sleepy Eye High School English teacher Calvin C. Collum will have six months behind bars to ponder the wisdom of playing around with a 16-year-old female student. He was sentenced Tuesday in Brown County District Court after pleading guilty to th...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 11:53 am
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    TMI alert: Minneapolis mom livestreams birth

    ? Evidently time was a wastin' for Lynsee and Anders Gannett, of Minneapolis, who welcomed their new child into the world in what can only be described as a whopping case of TMI on Nov. 7. Little Solveig Gannet's birth, you see, was streamed live to...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 11:20 am
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    The Trial of Tom Petters -- Day 10

    Tom Petters, Deanna Coleman, Jim Wehmhoff and Bob White were attempting to brainstorm about how they would handle some frustrated investors who were sending auditors to Minnesota. Coleman said she couldn't take the lying anymore. She said she "coul...

    @ The Blotter by Ken Avidor on November 11, 2009 @ 10:30 am
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    Veterans Day: Some places are closed, some places are open

    Most of us don't get the day off from work or school for Veterans Day, but this holiday might screw over some afternoon errands you planned to run. Just remember it's for the veterans. Keep this nifty list in mind today and enjoy a mail-free day. MA...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 11, 2009 @ 10:29 am
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    Shoot the pigs. The Wild ones. In Wisconsin

    ? Those of you heading out for Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer hunting season have been asked to keep an eye out for the pigs. The feral pigs. State DNR officials say the wee beasts "are known to carry a number of diseases of danger to humans and th...

    @ The Blotter by Hart Van Denburg on November 11, 2009 @ 10:10 am
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