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    When good wood goes bad

    Last year, Aitkin-based wholesaler Lake States Lumber bought and sold 530,000 feet of ponderosa pine paneling slathered in a coat of Sherwin-Williams' Sher-Wood Tiecoat primer. According to a lawsuit filed by the lumber company in federal court i...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on July 1, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
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    It's easy to get rich here

    According to a new survey released on Salary.com Minneapolis is the fourth best place in the country to bring in and multiply the bling.The "2008 Salary Value Index" ranked the 69 best and worst cities to build personal wealth by comparing individual...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on July 1, 2008 @ 10:03 am
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    Strib: "We have the money, we're just not going to pay the interest"

    The Star Tribune's Neal St. Anthony offers up the latest internal revelation from the paper: the Strib chose not to make a quarterly interest payment to its second-tier debt holders despite the fact that, according to publisher Chris Harte, they have...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 1, 2008 @ 9:15 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 7/1: The Digital Age

    July 1 isn't just the midpoint of the year, it's Debbie Harry's birthday. In case you want to feel more like an aging hipster than usual, she's 63 today. No, that has nothing do with anything. But to commemorate, hear a song that's almost 30 years ol...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 1, 2008 @ 7:53 am
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    The Alf Defense: Don't open the e-mail, and it never happened

    The Supreme Court gave the EPA an important, but fairly easy, job in 2007. The high court issued a ruling that required the federal agency to formally state whether greenhouse gases were pollutants representing a danger to health or the environment. ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 30, 2008 @ 8:04 pm
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    St. Paul City Council threatens to block IRV vote

    As we reported this spring, Minneapolis is moving, if a bit fitfully, toward instant runoff voting in municipal races. It's shaping up differently in St. Paul. Organizers there have gotten enough signatures to put IRV on the ballot in November, but...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on June 30, 2008 @ 11:44 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 6/30: She's called the strawberry

    It was Pride Festival weekend, and we have two slideshows with 41 images from the bevy of events. Don't miss the parade images especially. From one of those happenings: "If my 13-year-old self had known that I would be attending an En Vogue concert ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 30, 2008 @ 8:22 am
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    Strib goes green with biodegradable bags

    On Monday, the Star Tribune will become the first major newspaper in the country to use biodegradable plastic bags, according to Editor & Publisher. In February, Dallas-based GP Plastics announced that it was giving all of its newspaper customers t...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on June 28, 2008 @ 1:15 pm
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    Santa gets a tan: the North Pole is melting

    Rudolph's nose is about to get a lot redder: scientists say that the North Pole could briefly lose all its ice this summer. According to senior researcher Mark Serreze from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, via CNN: It's a 50-50 bet that the t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 27, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 6/27: Pestilence

    Since I rarely get sick, it's easy to forget how miserable the condition can be. I've got as much energy as a sloth on a Nyquil binge, and yesterday I was so out of it I linked to a Flash animation of David Hasselhoff in a speedo. What a time to ge...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 27, 2008 @ 9:09 am
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    Minneapolis is one of the world's most livable cities. Or so say the Brits.

    Minneapolis, part of what London's Monocle magazine calls "a rustbelt revival," ranks as the 19th most livable city in the world. That's according to The Monocle Global Quality of Life Survey, which has a trailer (yes, apparently in the UK, print fe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on June 27, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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    Minnesota Governor lifts skirt, then spanks

    I read the local news from the 1930s so you don't have to. In August 1934, Minnesota Governor Floyd Bjerstjerne Olson had been dealing with a bitter and violent feud between Twin Cities trucking companies and organized labor. There were strikes in ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on June 27, 2008 @ 8:12 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 6/26: A Mobius strip

    For all you quantum physics people out there, ponder this: Jonathan Kaminsky recaps this week's print Blotter. Now I'm recapping Kaminsky's blog post recapping print Blotter. Soon, all of this will collapse on itself in a kind of Hasselhoffian recu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 26, 2008 @ 9:08 am
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    Department of Justice blacklisted Minnesota liberal groups

    From Mindy's Tom Elko comes a shocking-but-not-surprising story about how the federal Department of Justice excluded people from high-level jobs if they belonged to conservation groups, pro-choice groups or progressive legal societies. Elko writes ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 26, 2008 @ 8:37 am
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    Americans not wanted; Xenophobe sighting; MPR pink slip

    Welcome to This Week in Blotter, in which we pithify news shorts ripped fresh from your favorite newsweekly: City Pages! Let us back up a moment: You like the new website? Yeah, so do we. For one thing, it's purdy. For another, it's sleekish. Bras...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on June 25, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 6/25: It's hidden

    The issue is up, and Matt Snyders takes you to the most infamous party spot in the Twin Cities: Hidden Beach. For your viewing pleasure, we have a host of photos from the spot by Nick Vlcek. A new slideshow from Rock the Garden brings new images of ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 25, 2008 @ 9:49 am
  • Did the Red Cross pull an R. Kelly? - Lawsuit claims national director threatens to pee on people

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    Did the Red Cross pull an R. Kelly? - Lawsuit claims national director threatens to pee on people

    Last month, former local Red Cross executive Linda Hildreth sued both the national organization and its Twin Cities chapter after getting the ax for what she says was age and sex discrimination. Given what she included in the lawsuit, it's a safe be...

    on February 6, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Men should be barred from holding public office for 100 years," says billionaire Ted Turner. "Men have been running the world for too long and they've made a mess of it." If women were in charge, he adds, "It would be a m...

    by Rob Brezsny on February 6, 2008
  • Homophobes for Bachmann

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    Homophobes for Bachmann

    Cool! Y'all have another sniveling poofer who hates Republican women in Matt "I'm Writing Just As Badly As I Can" Snyders ("Working Girl," 1/23/08). It's nice you can extract your male writing staff from the City Pages bathroom glory holes every...

    on February 6, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I hope you can help me. I am a 39-year-old divorced mother of four. I'm also a grandmother. I've started seeing a younger man, age 25, who is only a few years older than my oldest kid. We hit it off great and other than the sex, everything is beauti...

    by Dan Savage on February 6, 2008
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