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    Crazy lady from Minn. McCain rally makes SNL

    As if having this woman speak at the John McCain rally in Minnesota wasn't bad enough, now she is a national joke on Saturday Night Live. Last night Gayle Quinnell, made famous for her Arab comment to McCain during the rally (where McCain had to qu...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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    10/17 Morning Must Reads

    Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp: Ponzi schemes send you to the slammer If millionaire Tom Petters is convicted of his Ponzi scheme, he might have a buddy in prison to talk about how it all went wrong. A Forest Lake minist...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Minn. father comes home from Iraq for surprise visit

    A father deployed in Iraq gave his daughter the surprise of a lifetime. On Thursday afternoon, 11-year-old Siri Jordan's grandma told a little white lie, telling her they were going to pick up one of her college friends. Turns out Jordan's dad, Dan J...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 9:45 am
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    Family of Minn. craigslist murder victim go national

    Katherine Olson was murdered last year when she went to the Savage home of 19-year-old Michael Anderson after he posted an ad for a nanny. Anderson has been charged, but not convicted of the crime. The family came on NBC's Today show this morning fo...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 9:30 am
  • Letters to the Editor - Readers respond to "What's the matter with Cole?"

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    Letters to the Editor - Readers respond to "What's the matter with Cole?"

    Thanks for exposing the Mayo Clinic The story about Cole left me speechless and shaking ("What's the matter with Cole?" 5/14/2008). Living in the Lyme disease world for the past 12 years, I am very aware of the "good old boys club" found within t...

    on May 28, 2008
  • James Lileks's Ode to Summer - In his first column for City Pages, the author tackles sex ed, Minnesota winters, and Miley Cyrus

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    James Lileks's Ode to Summer - In his first column for City Pages, the author tackles sex ed, Minnesota winters, and Miley Cyrus

    You'd think by this time I'd get the hang of spring. Every winter, as I slog through slush and snow, the same unrealistic hope sustains me: Tomorrow the birds will sing. Probably comes from the cartoons I grew up with. Spring was symbolized by a dee...

    by James Lileks* on May 28, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ernest Hemingway said that his best work was a very short story consisting of six words: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." Alan Moore's brief masterpiece of fiction is, I think, just as good: "Machine. Unexpectedly, I'd ...

    by Rob Brezsny on May 28, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm a straight male and I love my fiance. She's perfect. But while I am physically attracted to her, I find myself masturbating rather than having sex with her. She knows, but we don't talk about it--we can't--and recently she walked in on me, and ...

    by Dan Savage on May 28, 2008
  • Dope Fiends - New city policy would require drug tests for all new hires

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    Dope Fiends - New city policy would require drug tests for all new hires

    We at City Pages are disappointed with the Minneapolis City Council's recent push to require mandatory drug and alcohol testing for new hires. The draft policy was approved by the mayor's office and sent to the Ways and Means Committee last week. Th...

    on May 28, 2008
  • The 10 most powerful Minnesota Republicans - These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of

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    The 10 most powerful Minnesota Republicans - These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of

    When the Republican National Convention comes to St. Paul in September and the city's otherwise sleepy streets are pulsing with journalists, delegates, motorcades, and protestors, a few well-known local Republicans will no doubt figure prominently i...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 28, 2008
  • Jeff Larson - The Quiet Giant

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    Jeff Larson - The Quiet Giant

    Founder, Feather, Larson & Synhorst CEO, Minneapolis St. Paul 2008 Host Committee Jeff Larson is "perhaps the most powerful GOP operative nationwide," says Sarah Janecek. "And he earned it." Many say that he was also the single most important pers...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Evie Axdahl - The Stalwart

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    Evie Axdahl - The Stalwart

    Minnesota Representative, Republican National Committee In January 1995, 200 Minnesota Republican activists traveled to Washington, D.C., to witness the swearing in of their hero Newt Gingrich. It was the Republican Revolution, and Maplewood's E...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Marsie Leier - The Pioneer

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    Marsie Leier - The Pioneer

    Republican Activist Former Minnesota Republican Party head Chris Georgacas calls 79-year-old Marsie Leier of Roseville "the godmother of several generations of Republican activists." She led the conservative takeover of the state party apparatus...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Mike Wigley - The Taxman

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    Mike Wigley - The Taxman

    Founder, Taxpayers League of Minnesota It was the kind of moment Mike Wigley, founder of the rigorous and often antagonistic Taxpayers League of Minnesota, no doubt cherishes. In 2003, with a newly elected Tim Pawlenty refusing to hike a single ...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Robert Cummins - The Sugar Daddy

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    Robert Cummins - The Sugar Daddy

    Founder, Freedom Club Political Action Commitee CEO, Primera Technology Deephaven's Robert Cummins, 56, is that most curious of political animals: He asserts his influence through money alone and seeks no special attention for it. He's never...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Jack Meeks - The Lifer

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    Jack Meeks - The Lifer

    CEO, The Walker Group The logging town of Walker didn't have but one and a half square miles to it when Jack Meeks was growing up. But it had a Teenage Republicans club that he organized himself at age 14. Now 56, he's been a Party man all his l...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Annette Meeks - The True Believer

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    Annette Meeks - The True Believer

    President, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota Vin Weber calls Annette Meeks "one of the most dynamic conservatives in the party." Tony Sutton calls her "a party thought leader." Her conservative credentials are impeccable. During the fabled Republi...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Mitch Pearlstein - The Intellectual

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    Mitch Pearlstein - The Intellectual

    President and Founder, Center of the American Experiment It was almost 1990 when Mitch Pearlstein announced to friends and colleagues that he was going to open a conservative think tank in Minnesota--a state that hadn't voted for a Republican pr...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Chris Georgacas - The Whiz Kid

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    Chris Georgacas - The Whiz Kid

    Former Chairman, Republican Party of Minnesota It all happened in Norm Coleman's living room. The press was there. Jack Kemp--remember him?--was there, too. The St. Paul mayor had converted, and he wanted to talk about it. Specifically, he had d...

    on May 28, 2008
  • William Cooper - The Crusader

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    William Cooper - The Crusader

    Former Chairman, Republican Party of Minnesota TIhere he sat, in a Hennepin County courtroom in 2003, the CEO of TCF Financial Corp. and former head of the state Republican Party. It was nothing sinister that got him there. He had been ticketed ...

    on May 28, 2008
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