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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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    What's Wrong with Wisconsin?

    There are so many things wrong with Wisconsin that we get to write about it again this week. Dream come true! We've got some serious alcoholics on our hands. Man urinates on police officer's head SHEBOYGAN -- A Waldo man is in double trouble after b...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 3:35 pm
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    Coleman drops out of NRSC race

    Sen. Norm Coleman dropped out of the race for National Republican Senatorial Commitee chairman, according to Roll Call. Coleman called Sen. John Cornyn of Texas this afternoon and told him he was dropping out to focus on the Senate race recount in M...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 2:35 pm
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    Franken takes the recount to court

    Now it's Al Franken's turn to get the recount caught up in court battles. Today he announced that he filed a lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court to get access to data on the voters who had their absentee votes rejected, according to the Associate...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 1:47 pm
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    Denny Hecker expected to file bankruptcy

    Minnesota auto dealer Denny Hecker is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for several of his businesses as soon as today, according to the Star Tribune. Earlier today, Hecker filed a federal lawsuit against its financier Chrysler...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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    Minneapolis residents eat garbage, want your respect

    The scavengers of Minneapolis proudly munch on meals made almost completely of garbage and they just want a little respect for their lifestyle. They say you can even have a high-end meal straight from the dumpsters. When the going gets tough, or even...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 12:50 pm
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    Other CIM sites not publishing layoff statement

    Before 10 a.m. this morning, Minnesota Independent posted the publisher's note from their parent company, Center for Independent Media. We reported it here. But what about the other CIM sites? New Mexico Independent is the only other site that po...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 11:50 am
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    Center for Independent Media says it is streamlining operations with cuts

    The Center for Independent Media finally released a statement addressing the cuts to their news sites across the country, including the Minnesota Independent. Read the statement below. This week, CIM laid off MNIndy full-timers Molly Priesmeyer a...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 10:43 am
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    Kersten defends the ugly

    Ugly people just don't get a break. At least the Star Tribune's Katherine Kersten is on their side. From Kersten's post: Ugliness is gaining new cachet as a legitimate subject for study by academics. Recent research proves that ugliness results i...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 10:22 am
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    11/13 Morning Must Reads: Bridge collapse, recount, Hell's Kitchen, American Girls

    Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp: Bridge collapse final report spurs lawsuits The National Transportation Safety Board is releasing their final report today about the 35W bridge collapse that killed 13 people. Several vi...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on November 13, 2008 @ 9:40 am
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