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    Breakfast of Champions 5/19: A full Blotter

    Since Friday, we've had six new posts show up on this here Blotter blog (not counting this one). We'll detail them down below, and there will be more this morning, but you might want to scroll through to be sure you haven't missed something interesti...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 19, 2008 @ 6:59 am
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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
  • 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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    Artists of the Year - Matt Sciple

    Matt Sciple By Leah Cooper In the messy and maddening collaboration that is live theater, where ego is the raw material and audacity the most recognized credential, directors must play the auteur just to get any attention. So the theaters are fille...

    by Leah Cooper on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Marjane Satrapi

    Marjane Satrapi By Michelle Orange Marjane Satrapi loves cigarettes and refuses to call herself a feminist. Those two things alone would get my attention on paper, as it were, even before what Satrapi actually is on paper--a gifted graphic novelist...

    by Michelle Orange on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Christine Boyka Kluge

    Christine Boyka Kluge By Ray Gonzalez In these days of short attention spans and popular literary texts appearing quick and flashy, the prose poem has come into its own. Absent of stanzas and line breaks, and sounding very poetic, the prose poem is...

    by Ray Gonzalez on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Sheletta Brundidge

    Sheletta Brundidge By Jerry Freeman It was winter three years ago when some of us at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper found ourselves gruesomely down in the dumps and wondering why. Suddenly the obvious dawned on us--too much bad news! We...

    by Jerry Freeman on January 2, 2008
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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
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    Artists of the Year - The Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild of America By Max Sparber At the time of this writing, it is six weeks into the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, and it's quite a brawl. On its website, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is keeping a run...

    by Max Sparber on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Jim Denomie

    Jim Denomie By Ann Klefstad "Brown-Eyed Rabbit" is the name of Jim Denomie's recent show at the Todd Bockley Gallery. How can I explain how right that name is? There's so much to know before you can know this--and that's part of what makes Denomie'...

    by Ann Klefstad on January 2, 2008
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