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    Man tries to commit suicide by diving into wood chipper and lives (w/pictures)

    Just when people were finally getting close to stop associating all things Minnesota with Fargo, now comes the story of a man who dove into a wood chipper just like the body disposal method in the Coen Brothers film. In a move already being nominate...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 17, 2008 @ 8:56 am
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    Strib Guild to members: Plug those leaks

    The Pi Press has an anonymous source on the Star Tribune's woes, and newspaper guild officials are none too pleased. Following their rival's story published this morning, in message posted to the guild's blog, co-chairs David Chanen and Graydon Royce...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
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    Gawker hates on all of Minnesota

    We dumb Midwesterners voted for Jesse Ventura and now might vote for Al Franken. Yeah, cause New Yorkers never let celebrity interfere with common sense. Snarky much? Midwestern State Determined to Embarrass Self Because Minnesota cannot bear ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 16, 2008 @ 3:09 pm
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    Tired of high gas prices? Make your own ethanol

    Terrified of those rising gas prices? Instead of undertaking less genteel solutions like walking or public transportation, now you can buy a home ethanol converter and pump to brew your own fuel.The company offering this product is called EFuel100, ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
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    Star Tribune financial backers and handlers are top John McCain campaign contributors

    In the course of posing a question to John McCain in the new issue of Newsweek, George Will reminds us of some connections between McCain's benefactors and the Star Tribune's: You say "some greedy people" on Wall Street "perhaps need to be punishe...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 16, 2008 @ 10:25 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/16: Top stories

    Matt Snyders brings you the story of a man allegedly recruited by the FBI to keep tabs on RNC protect groups. My favorite part: they wanted him to show up at vegan potlucks. Hail seitan. When, inevitably, someone starts an online petition for my o...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 7:40 am
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    Minneapolis foreclosure crisis story in USA Today

    A local crisis goes national, as USA Today uses the Hawthorne neighborhood as a jumping-off point to talk about foreclosures. Some highlights: Minneapolis and three of its neighborhoods won their first legal battle last month in a separate lawsuit ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 2:21 am
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    Fire Kersten: You can help rid the Strib of its conservative columnist

    Katherine Kersten may have just made a career-ending mistake: She linked to an online petition calling for her firing. ... I've made an enemy at the highest reaches of state government, and she's calling for my head. Rep. Mindy Greiling is Cha...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 15, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
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    Strib Bankruptcy Watch: The Incredibly Shrinking Newsroom

    David Brauer reports that the Strib will cut newsroom expenses by 10 percent in the wake of revelations that the newspaper is the worst performer in Avista's portfolio: The Star Tribune's newsroom budget will be cut 10 percent, with a plan in pla...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 15, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
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    City Pages nominated for three AAN awards

    Every year, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies selects the best work from its member papers. Yesterday, the finalists were announced, and City Pages has been nominated for three awards for papers with a circulation of 55,000 or more. The "...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 15, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/15: Halfway

    When Richard Nixon ran for re-election, one of his slogans was "In Your Heart, You know He's Right." When Nixon died, I made a series of bumper stickers organized around the theme "In Your Heart, You're Glad He's Dead." How this applies to Matt Snyd...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 15, 2008 @ 9:36 am
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    Artists of the Year - Ernest A. Bryant III

    Ernest A. Bryant III By Doryun Chong It would be a gross understatement to say that 2007 was a busy year for Minneapolis-based visual artist Ernest A. Bryant III. He opened his first solo outing at Franklin Art Works in September, followed almost i...

    by Doryun Chong on January 2, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you know what an expansion joint is? No, it's not slang for a marijuana cigarette you smoke in hopes of enlarging your worldview. Rather, it's an architectural term referring to the flexible sections that are built into...

    by Rob Brezsny on January 2, 2008
  • Letters to the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    Because the pope said so I'm not sure if your inaccurate depiction of Archbishop Nienstedt (Blotter, 12/12/07)--ridiculous Photoshop illustration aside--was intentional or due to ignorance, but I want to set the record straight (no pun intended)....

    on January 2, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm 19, female, bisexual, and have been with the same guy for a year and things are great. I came home for Christmas and he went to his parents' house, and I'll see him in a few weeks. For Christmas, my mom got me some typical "mom" gifts--socks and...

    by Dan Savage on January 2, 2008
  • DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

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    DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

    Pause & Rewind Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.): It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-...

    by Jordan Harper on January 2, 2008
  • Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

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    Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

    When British author Doris Lessing accepted the Nobel Prize last month, she told a remarkable story about her travels to Zimbabwe and the thirst among poor Africans for knowledge. Her vivid and eloquent speech concluded with this passage: "Ask any ...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert By Eric Lorberer Satire was in trouble. An art form nearly as old as civilization itself, it had fallen on especially hard times of late. In the age of reality TV, the edifying gesture of the genre seemed all but dead. Fortunately, ...

    by Eric Lorberer on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - William E. Jones

    William E. Jones By Dean Otto News of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest by an undercover police officer in a public-toilet sex sting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport exploded in the press in late August. Newscasters were befuddled as they repo...

    by Dean Otto on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Diablo Cody

    Diablo Cody By Matthew Smith So what are we to make of the Diablo Cody media frenzy? In the last two months, she may have received more press than any screenwriter in movie history. From the New York Times to the L.A. Times, from NPR to Entertainme...

    by Matthew Smith on January 2, 2008
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