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    Oberstar criticizing unreleased 35W bridge collapse findings

    On Sunday, the Star Tribune published findings from a National Transportation Safety Board report on the 35W bridge collapse last year that isn't expected to be published for another several weeks. According to their sources, the collapse occurred ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 27, 2008 @ 9:24 am
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    Star Tribune endorses Norm Coleman, Barack Obama in Sunday edition

    Minnesota's largest daily recommends Barack Obama, albeit with carefully even-handed sentences that seem intended to convey to the reader that the editorial board isn't drinking the Hope Kool-Aid. But John McCain's disasterous choice of Sarah Palin a...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on October 26, 2008 @ 11:49 am
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    Al Franken vs. Norm Coleman makes NBC Nightly News on Saturday

    Surprise, surprise, Al Franken's candidacy is "no joke," making NBC Nightly News the 100th national news outlet to litter their report with puns about his former career as a comedian. Watch the video to see if you recognize any of the people or place...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on October 25, 2008 @ 7:38 pm
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    Bachmann's new ad is quite gag-worthy

    The ad we were told was an "apology" for her statements on MSNBC's Hardball last week is anything but. Here is the transcript: "Once again, our nation is at a crossroads and it's a time for choosing. We could embrace government as the an...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 7:33 pm
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    10/24 Week in Review: Bachmann insanity!

    We hope you noticed that Blotter is being updated all day during the week, which can be tough to keep up with. In case you weren't reading religiously (shame on you), here is a rundown of the stories you can't live without knowing. Rep. Michele Bach...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
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    Bad spellers flood Bachman's floral with questions

    No, Rep. Michele Bachmann has no relation to Bachman's Floral, Home and Garden. C'mon people! Spelling! Apparently there are enough residents seriously concerned about the connection. Why exactly, we don't know. Would there be a ban on plants if she...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
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    What's up with Metro Transit?

    What's up with Metro Transit? On Thursday, a Metro Transit bus hit a female biker at around 11 a.m., causing her legs to snap and pop as the wheels rolled over her thighs, according to a witness interviewed by the University of Minnesota's student ne...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on October 24, 2008 @ 6:00 pm
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    "Bill, are you there? It's me, Zygi."

    It likely doesn't behoove Viking head coach Brad Childress that his name isn't something like, "Brad Hotcocoadress," or "Brad Fuzzystuffedanimaldress." Alas, "Chilly's" name is what it is and his moniker unfortunately echoes fan reception to his coa...

    @ The Blotter by Judd Spicer on October 24, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    To Swerve and Protect

    A Minneapolis police officer was arrested last week on DWI charges after a motorist called police to report a car swerving erratically near the corner of Medina Road and County Road 101 in Plymouth.MPD officer Jeffrey Pennaz, 36, was pulled over by...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 24, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Minnesota job outlook worsening

    Think the job outlook is bad now? It could get worse.The latest employment forecast from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) shows that the state will have about 30,000 fewer jobs this time next year. The industri...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on October 24, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    Should baseball pay for sidewalks?

    The Star Tribune is reporting that the Minneapolis City Council is split over who should pay for needed traffic improvements around the new Twins ballpark. The fuss is over whether to charge the ballpark or use part of a one-time $9 million surplus t...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on October 24, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
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    What's Wrong with Wisconsin?

    Apparently a lot of things. Check it out: Revenge is sweet: Man pees on woman's dog when she won't sleep with him MANITOWOC - A 36-year-old Manitowoc man is accused of urinating on his roommate's dog after the woman refused to have sex with him.Give...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    Coleman, Franken, Barkley square off tonight, polls show Franken up

    Sen. Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Dean Barkley will debate (and maybe hug?) it out tonight in their fourth and second-to-last meeting before the election. The debate will air at 7 p.m. on TPT's "Almanac.The three will also debate live on Minnesota P...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 3:30 pm
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    RNC arrests: St. Paul Police Chief admits mistakes were made

    St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington admitted to the Associated Press yesterday that mistakes were made in the handling of RNC arrestees. Specifically, he acknowledged that innocent people were wrongly caught up in law enforcement's sweeping drag ne...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 24, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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    Bachmann to apologize in new TV ad

    Politico is reporting that Rep. Michele Bachmann taped an apologetic TV ad for her comments last week questioning Sen. Barack Obama's patriotism, according to a Republican source familiar with her campaign's decision. Bachmann campaign spokeswoman ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
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    Dude, where's my stimulus check?

    In harsh economic times, the thought of "forgetting" your stimulus check is beyond us, but some 2,700 Minnesotans have done just that. The checks total $1.5 million and the Internal Revenue Service is also looking for nearly 1,300 people who didn't...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 2:07 pm
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    KFAN fires Dubay after drug charges

    KFAN has fired radio host Jeff Dubay two days after he was charged with felony drug possession, according to the Star Tribune. Dubay was charged Wednesday with felony drug possession, accused of tossing crack cocaine and a pipe from his vehicle ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
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    Dentists give children yet another reason to hate them

    Metro Dentalcare dentists must hate children. That's got to be it. Lecturing young 'uns about not flossing and applying butt-ugly braces clearly wasn't enough torture for the masked teeth cleaners. They've stepped up their offensive on children with ...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on October 24, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
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    Minnesotans are getting old: State demographer warns of the consequences

    As 2008 winds down not everyone is looking forward to the new year. According to state Demographer Tom Gillaspy, historians could look back at 2008 as the beginning to an end of Minnesota's prosperous workforce. The Post-Bulletinreports: The stat...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on October 24, 2008 @ 11:30 am
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    Palin shopper Jeff Larson is just trying to do his job, stay on the down-low

    The Star Tribune's Kevin Diaz snagged an interview with the infamous Jeff Larson over a cup of tea. We think WCCO's Esme Murphy might be jealous. He makes it look so easy! Larson, the Minnesota Republican behind Sarah Palin's new wardrobe, has been ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 24, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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