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    Bachmann rally coverage round-up

    ? Rep. Michele Bachmann gathered about 10,000 friends on Capitol Hill Thursday to "Kill the Bill." Her supporters are straight-up pissed off about the health care reform bill in the U.S. House and came to the Capitol to "scare" members of ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 6, 2009 @ 10:21 am
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    Wis. man steals truck with 900 swine flu vaccines, ruins the supply

    ? We're still trying to figure out what this man thought he was going to do with 900 doses of swine flu vaccine. Not exactly a thrill drug these days, but you're sure going to piss off a lot of people patiently waiting for their turn to get vaccinate...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 6, 2009 @ 9:13 am
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    Defendant in Taser lawsuit pleads guilty

    The 18-year-old man suing the City of Minneapolis after the use of a Taser during an arrest in April has pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor for the crime that led to his arrest. Rolando Ruiz was charged with first-degree damage to property, a ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 6, 2009 @ 8:59 am
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    Twin Cities soldier shot in Fort Hood attack

    ? An Otsego solider is one of the 30 people wounded in the attack at Fort Hood, Texas Thursday. Army Reserve Spc. Keara Bono, was shot during the attack, but released from the hospital after treatment. She moved from Kansas City to the Twin Citie...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 6, 2009 @ 8:24 am
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    Shocker: Rybak running for governor

    Just two days after winning reelection as Minneapolis mayor, R.T. Rybak appears to have his sights on higher office. We're just thankful he's admitting it to the public after telling us more than a month ago. Rybak filed the paperwork with the sta...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 6, 2009 @ 8:08 am
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    Skateboarding in Iraq

    Can't imagine a better way to let off some steam while on duty in Iraq than practicing your skateboarding moves. We're pretty impressed the Army actually provided the box to make skateboarding more of a challenge out in the parking lot. Here is the ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 5, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
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    Condoleezza Rice to visit Minnesota this Sunday

    She was the 66th Secretary of State of the United States under President George W. Bush. She worked as an assistant for national security affairs. On occasion she would accidentally refer to the President as her husband (awkward!). Thandie Newton pla...

    @ The Blotter by Jessica Armbruster on November 5, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
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    Bicycle Defense Kits and Hennepin Avenue

    The next week looks like sunshine and 50 degree weather. For those who support Al Gore, that's horrible, horrible news. But for those who love cycling, it means pitch perfect fall weather riding. And good for citizens of Minneapolis, there's new plac...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on November 5, 2009 @ 2:35 pm
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    Pawlenty's week of fails

    Let's be honest. This wasn't Gov. Tim Pawlenty's shining week of success. He's done better. Not often, but it happens. At least he appears to be on a smooth track most weeks. This one was just painful. And Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, normal...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 5, 2009 @ 2:13 pm
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    Mischke show notes: Nov. 5, 2009

    Today on Citypages.com's 'In The Stream' with T.D. Mischke: Today we're talking to Rick Cerrone, who used to be in a front office exec for the New York Yankees. It's Quinton Skinner day! Get ready for the culture kaleidoscope And Bradley ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 5, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    Michele Bachmann's minions storm capitol

    ? In case you haven't heard by now, thousands of Tea Baggers--mobilized by our favorite representative, Michele Bachmann--are demonstrating around the Capitol Building in D.C.. As of noon, the mob stood 10,000 strong, according to source...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on November 5, 2009 @ 1:56 pm
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    Pawlenty's expensive dinner rakes in the cash

    The dinner, held at the Minneapolis Hilton, was the kick-off for his Freedom First PAC, the committee started to raise money to fly Pawlenty around the country so he can test the political waters for a potential presidential run. The Star Tribune's R...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on November 5, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
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    War machine touches down in Richfield to inspire excitement, fear

    ? A sleek $6 million war machine touched down on the Richfield Middle School's football field yesterday to intimidate inspire students to abstain from substances outlawed by the United States government. About 50 middleschoolers gather...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on November 5, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
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    Santa doesn't want to catch H1N1 from your kid

    If your kid is sneezing, coughing and generally sick, keep him away from Santa. Just think of all of the children who won't get presents Christmas morn if Santa is stuck in the Emergency Room with an epic fever. Maybe then you'll feel a little guilty...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 5, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
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    Keith Ellison is poor

    ? Rep. Keith Ellison feels your pain. Okay, so he isn't exactly in danger of bankruptcy, but an analysis done by the Center for Responsive Politics reveals him to be one of the poorest congressmen in the country. Analyzing myriad d...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on November 5, 2009 @ 12:15 pm
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    Thousands gather for Bachmann's noontime rally

    ? Rep. Michele Bachmann's noontime "House call" is getting a lot of national media attention. Kill that bill, baby! The New York Times has a scene-piece on their blogs covering the rally against the Democratic health care reform bill. And they're ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 5, 2009 @ 11:44 am
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    The Trial of Tom Petters, Day 6

    A connection to Michele Bachmann? More graphic testimony. Outside the Federal Courthouse in Saint Paul, construction workers were digging a big hole while inside the courthouse, Paul Enge, Tom Petters' attorney continued to dig holes in Deanna Col...

    @ The Blotter by Ken Avidor on November 5, 2009 @ 11:36 am
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    Pawlenty proposes constitutional amendment to limit government spending

    ? Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed a new constitutional amendment today that would limit the state's general fund budget to the revenue received in the previous budget period. The amendment could be on next year's ballot if legislator's approve...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 5, 2009 @ 11:26 am
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    Wis. man attempts drive-by shooting, forgets to roll down car window

    ? Drive-by shooting epic fail: Forgetting to roll down your car window before you start shooting from the driver's seat. Whoops. Andrew J. Burwitz, 20, of Appleton, Wis., allegedly tried to do a drive-by shooting at the home of his ex-girlfriend's ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 5, 2009 @ 10:32 am
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    Brock Lesnar has kissing disease and cannot fight

    ? Brock Lesnar has pulled out of his already-postponed fight against Shane Carwin at UFC 108 because he's still too sick to train, according to Heavy.com. Word out of the camp initially was that the illness was H1N1 flu. This sounded plausible, ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on November 5, 2009 @ 9:22 am
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