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    Minnesota's Thin Slice of the Military Pie

    Last month, a flatbed truck left the three-million-square-foot BAE Systems facility in Fridley and traveled east, its covered cargo destined for a birthday party 1,000 miles away on the National Mall. It was the Army's 233rd birthday, and the cargo ...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on July 2, 2008
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    11/14 Week in Review

    It was quite the week in news, particularly dominated by Norm Coleman, Al Franken and their campaigns stirring up trouble and giving us something to talk about. Thanks, but no thanks? Here is a recap of everything you might have missed this weekend....

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Winter got you down? Get out your skates!

    If Minnesota winter's got you down, there's nothing like a blast from the past -- like, 6th grade -- to cheer you up. The Metrodome has once again become the Rollerdome -- Minneapolis's indoor paradise for roller-skating. So if you're experiencing c...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on November 14, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
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    Just don't say cure until you mean it

    Not only are doctors at Mayo Clinic proceeding with caution after the story broke that a doctor in Germany may or may not have impacted a patient's battle with AIDS, local health blogger Gary Schwitzer at the University of Minnesota School of Journal...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on November 14, 2008 @ 4:22 pm
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    Franken has recount advantage, Dartmouth study says

    A Dartmouth College study of the Minnesota Senate recount shows more evidence that undervotes in the race could favor Al Franken in his race against Sen. Norm Coleman. (via FiveThirtyEight) We show using a combination of precinct voting returns from ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
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    Girl Power: Female leadership in the state legislature remains

    Recently the St. Paul Legal Ledger took the time to document Minnesota's future leaders. The conclusion: Woman continue to rock the state senate and house.Seventy women were elected this session out of the 201 seats available. While the same number a...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on November 14, 2008 @ 3:50 pm
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    More mending, unease at the Southern Theater

    As CP previously wrote, the relationship between the Southern Theater's board of directors and artists has become quite strained in the past several months. Both groups managed to put their differences aside at the beginning of the performance season...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on November 14, 2008 @ 3:35 pm
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    Reporter's Notebook: It's your birthday, it's your birthday

    When moving to a new country, there are always a bunch of funny little differences you have to get used to. For Somalis, one of those things is our American tendency to focus on our birthdays. In Somalia, people don't keep track of their exact birth...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on November 14, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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    Don't pay for inauguration tickets!

    There are only 250,000 tickets available for the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, but don't be tempted to pay the big bucks just to get a spot. The tickets are supposed to be free, but sites across the country are trying to scalp them to people ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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    Pi Press and Strib Clones

    In the newspaper business, it's common practice for the staff to spend part of the morning meeting analyzing their product and comparing it to the competition. I have a feeling that today's meetings at the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune will be rathe...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on November 14, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
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    Franken on MPR this morning talks lawsuit, false anecdootes

    Al Franken was on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning today and talked about his lawsuit for the absentee voter information as well as the false anecdote. Will Franken sue if he loses? Well he just wants to keep that a surprise. Political games, we c...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 1:20 pm
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    Could Ramstad be the U.S. drug czar?

    Rep. Jim Ramstad's name is being mentioned as a possible pick for the head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, according to Politico. Ramstad, a Minnesota Republican who is retiring from his House seat, is a recovering addict...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
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    Here come the bikes!

    By the time spring has sprung and your little feet are itching to dance around outside, you might have a free bike to ride. The City of Minneapolis is working on a plan to have public bike kiosks in Downtown, Uptown, and near the U. Places like Barce...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on November 14, 2008 @ 12:45 pm
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    11/14 Photo of the Day: Tumbling toy soldiers

    We must be getting in the holiday mood because this picture really hit the spot. The snow this week also helped get us thinking ahead. We've never seen the Radio City Rockettes perform, but this image is pretty neat. Photo by Cheetahz, more photo...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    Somewhat true Paul Ferraro timeline

    Reggie Bush's two punt returns for score in Week 5 alerted us to Ferraro's name While Brad Childress has refused to toss Vikings Special Teams coach Paul Ferraro on the train tracks, Chilly, in truth, must realize he's just doing a stand-up thing f...

    @ The Blotter by Judd Spicer on November 14, 2008 @ 11:05 am
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    Minnesotans will join nationwide protest against Prop 8

    There will be two Twin Cities protests Saturday in response to California's passage of Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage. The protests are part of a nationwide event to show opposition to the vote. Check out details below.Here are the details...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 10:05 am
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    11/14 Morning Must Reads: 35W bridge, bird hunter, astronaut, beer at stadium

    Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp: Why the bridge fell Funny note of the day: The Star Tribune and Pioneer Press have the same headline: Why it fell. Both in very huge letters. We are finally getting some real answers to th...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 9:05 am
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    Coleman's complaint against Franken tossed, Franken invents anecdotes

    We leave the interwow for an evening and the Minnesota race for Senate takes about five new turns. Do these people ever sleep? Or have some leisure time to relax? They aren't giving us any time, that's for sure. Most of us tried to forget the terri...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 8:26 am
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    Pawlenty tells MSNBC's Matthews to "calm down"

    Gov. Tim Pawlenty is soaking up the TV spots this week as everyone quickly forgets about President-elect Barack Obama and looks ahead to 2012. Now that Obama is doing real things, like hiring his administration and talking serious, that's boring. Unl...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 14, 2008 @ 8:22 am
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    Minnesota was all over NBC Nightly News on Thursday

    Minnesota was all over NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight. First they gave prominent face time to Governor Pawlenty, then they did a focus piece on the Franken/Coleman recount. Check out the videos:Pawlenty gets a major quote at 1:20: ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on November 13, 2008 @ 8:07 pm
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