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    Name That Ape

    But let's get down to brass tacks: the baby's name is up for grabs. Interested parties can "vote" by donating money to the zoo, and on the 18th of February, the zoo will announce which name garnered the most donations. Unfortunately, the zoo has alre...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on January 23, 2008 @ 2:47 pm
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    Housing crunch: wide disparity among neighborhoods

    The Minneapolis Real Estate Blog has an interesting post about housing costs in the area and how the market has such a wide neighborhood-to-neighborhood variance. A lot to process here, some of which is common knowledge (the crisis is deep, and affec...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 23, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
  • The Strongest Men in the World - The competition popularized by Magnus Ver Magnusson is ready for its close-up

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    The Strongest Men in the World - The competition popularized by Magnus Ver Magnusson is ready for its close-up

    Dave Ostlund dips his massive paw into pine tar and claps his sticky hands together like a giant playing patty-cake. The 6-foot 7-inch, 330-pound man grunts, his eyes taking on a feral quality, then he squats down to hoist a massive 400-pound boulde...

    by Kevin Hoffman on June 27, 2007
  • Where the Ladies at? - The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

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    Where the Ladies at? - The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

    You are not women in hip hop You are hip hop. --local poet Jamie Wynne When Crazy Amy moved to Minneapolis, she arrived on a Greyhound bus carrying everything she owned. She'd gotten her nickname as a teenager back in Milwaukee selling mushr...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on June 27, 2007
  • Mercury Rising - Mercurial Rage heat up the dance floor with '80s synth-pop

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    Mercury Rising - Mercurial Rage heat up the dance floor with '80s synth-pop

    Mercurial Rage The Funeral Sessions Rage 01 The Roman god Mercury is well known for his benevolent oversight of bouquet delivery, but less so for his patronage of danceable synth-pop. That may soon change. A new EP by Minneapolis foursome Mercur...

    by Sarah Askari on June 27, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

    THURSDAY 7.05 Sage Francis First Avenue The really offensive thing about the emo tag (which comes from "emotional hardcore," and has been applied to everything from Atmosphere to websites) is its implication that the defining characteristic of a...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

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    Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

    Better Than: Caffeine at your workplace after a taxing all-nighter. To a packed house crackling with energy, noisy Japanese art-punks Melt Banana took the stage and tore into their set without introduction. Soon bodies were flailing and flying int...

    by Christopher Matthew Jensen on June 27, 2007
  • Crackers & Cheese

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    Crackers & Cheese

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would've been a Mississippi drive-in circa 1972. His tale of a black bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who chains up a seething, scantily c...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

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    Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

    DVD: Dragon Dynasty series Four films by kung-fu kings the Shaw Brothers make their disc debut: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (right), King Boxer, My Young Auntie, and One-Armed Swordsman. Everybody from the Wu-Tang Clan to Quentin Tarantino was infl...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 27, 2007
  • It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

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    It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

    Feeling guilty after watching An Inconvenient Truth? Xcel Energy has got a solution: Donate cash to help the company--which took in $9.8 billion last year--fulfill its legal obligations, er, build a sustainable future! In February, state lawmakers...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Surreal hope" means having faith in a future opportunity that at first appears in an out-of-context situation. Say, for example, that you have an unsettling initial exposure to a stranger whom you will eventually realize...

    by Rob Brezsny on June 27, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I would love your advice on how to deal with some news I got recently. At my most recent gyno visit, I found out I have two vaginas. I'd had a number of routine pelvic exams with my old doctor, but she never discovered it. During my first visit with...

    by Dan Savage on June 27, 2007
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/23

    This Christmas, I asked Santa to deliver certain gifts to the rest of the staff, including Ward Rubrecht. Let me just point out that Santa came through. I'm not sure if eleventy billion people will read Jeff Severns Guntzel's feature on photographe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 23, 2008 @ 5:30 am
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    Reporter's Notebok: Alec Soth

    Alec Soth grew up a pathologically shy kid in Chanhassen. These days, he has a body of work that is a sort of documentary history of his encounters with strangers. Soth flipping through Perfect Strangers. Photo: Nick Vlcek)At his St. Paul studio, ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 23, 2008 @ 12:53 am
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    Diablo Cody on David Letterman

    David Letterman plays an important role in the Diablo Cody mystique. Back when she was just a humble stripper/memoirist, Diablo made her now legendary first appearance on Letterman, where she was bequeathed with the first and only "Dave's Book Club" ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 23, 2008 @ 12:10 am
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    Star Tribune faces bleak financial future

    The last twelve months witnessed unprecedented turmoil at the Star Tribune. Apparently 2008 won't be any better for the state's largest daily newspaper. MinnPost's David Brauer has posted Strib publisher Chris Harte's grim memo detailing the company'...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 22, 2008 @ 8:49 pm
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    A local connection to Kenyan violence

    Speaking of true crime (see posts below), Minnesota Monitor has this amazing report about the death of Wesly Ngetich, two-time winner of the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth. As the world becomes more interconnected, tragedy is always just six degrees of...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 22, 2008 @ 9:39 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/22

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE True crime has never been my thing, although it's very popular with readers nationwide. Whether that's the case with you or not, I'm betting you'll find this story riveting. Jeff Severns Guntzel gathers up a de...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 22, 2008 @ 5:08 am
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    Murder Mystery in Blue Earth

    The Fairmont Sentinel has published a riveting series about a Blue Earth cold case. It's the story of a Jane Doe, strangled and dumped in a ditch, her body found by a farmer after floating some distance in floodwaters. It was 1980. Eventually, after ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 21, 2008 @ 10:37 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/21

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE In observance of King's birthday, we have a post chronicling Five Songs About Martin Luther King and, in Over the Weekend, a live report from the MLK event at Babalu. Besides the Tru Ruts crew's performance at ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 21, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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