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    Artists of the Year - Christopher Hitchens

    Christopher Hitchens By Emily Condon It's sometimes difficult, in our current quagmire of blogs and declining bylines, to remember that great journalists and critics still slog along daily, weekly, monthly. The golden era of American criticism may ...

    by Emily Condon on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Paul Dickinson

    Paul Dickinson By Stephanie Wilbur Ash I have a crush on a punk poet. Of course, being a recently divorced suburban housewife with an MFA, that's to be expected. It's my poet who's special. No poet I know can write about hitting a drunken sorority ...

    by Stephanie Wilbur Ash on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Twin Cities playwrights

    Twin Cities playwrights By Quinton Skinner If the world can be described at the battleground of limited perspectives, the stage might well be the place where every perspective exists at once: the performers, the technicians, the audience, all colla...

    by Quinton Skinner on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman By Rod Smith Even if New Line's Golden Compass were a halfway faithful adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel, rather than the miserably bowdlerized, $180-million spool of poo it is, the film wouldn't have been the biggest feather in t...

    by Rod Smith on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Craig Zobel

    Craig Zobel By Jim Brunzell III Craig Zobel's Great World of Sound premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 and emerged as one of the best films of the year, establishing Zobel as a filmmaker to keep a close eye on. Zobel's debut fe...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Al Franken

    Al Franken By Sean Broom Al Franken can't really be considered an artist or entertainer these days, but his stage presence comes from his past as a comic and performer. On the Senate campaign trail, he usually bursts into a room and declares that h...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - John Grider

    John Grider By David Hansen With the stiffening of sentences for crimes of graffiti, our bus stops and brick walls have become visual wastelands, left to scavengers of the stylus who lack the time and the inspiration to do anything more than scribb...

    by David Hansen on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Bon Iver

    Bon Iver By Steve McPherson When Justin Vernon retreated to a cabin in Wisconsin, he wasn't setting out to make one of the warmest, most tender albums of the year, but that's just what he ended up doing. He was looking to hibernate and get over the...

    by Steve McPherson on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Ben Olson and Emma Berg

    Ben Olson and Emma Berg By Taylor Carik It was another great year for the Twin Cities visual arts community. Anna Lee made a triumphant return with Voltage: Fashion Amplified; GQ named Rogue Buddha's Nicholas Harper an artist to watch; the Minneapo...

    by Taylor Carik on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Michael K

    Michael K By Sarah Askari Though I revere Michael K, I know almost nothing about the man. Here is what I do know: He's part Asian and all gay, and he lives in New York. He's the voice of DListed, the celebrity gossip blog I want to marry. DListed i...

    by Sarah Askari on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Latisha Jones and Patricia Hampl

    Latisha Jones & Patricia Hampl By Jocelyn Hale Last January I found myself trying to avoid sloppy boot drippings as I sat on the floor in a back corner of Open Book's packed auditorium to hear Patricia Hampl read from her soon-to-be-released memoir...

    by Jocelyn Hale on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Valve

    Valve By Nate Patrin T he year 2007 marked the 15th anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D, the PC game that originally popularized the notion of the first-person shooter. Over a span of time that long, it's typical to see a new genre innovate, mature, stag...

    by Nate Patrin on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - The Owls

    The Owls By Peter S. Scholtes I've praised the Owls in City Pages enough that I thought this time I'd mark the occasion with something special and propose to my girlfriend. Jenny, will you marry me? I'll await your answer on the letters page. The ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - The Body Cartography Project

    The Body Cartography Project By Caroline Palmer Olive Bierenga and Otto Ramstad are the co-directors of the BodyCartography Project, a 10-year-old company with a history of more than 130 performances worldwide. When they aren't globetrotting they ...

    by Caroline Palmer on January 2, 2008
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    VP Pawlenty Watch: More likely to get love from McCain than Mrs. Pawlenty

    Today, the Star Tribune is front-paging a report in Sunday's Washington Post that Pawlenty tops the field of candidates for McCain's running mate: "The Minnesota governor remains the single possibility in the Republican vice presidential field who ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 12, 2008 @ 11:19 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/12: Of Wolves and (Hot) Dogs

    In case you missed it, the big news from Friday was the transfer of two-week-old wolf puppies to the International Wolf Center. We documented this rare event -- pups generally remain in the den for months -- with a photo slideshow and two videos. F...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 11, 2008 @ 10:39 am
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    Strib Bankruptcy Watch: The Hits Keep Coming

    It's been a tumultuous week at the Star Tribune, what with all the speculation that the paper of record is broke. Here's your roundup of the week that was. A cheeky take by the Brits, with the genius headline Newspaper Killer Confesses. At last...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 10, 2008 @ 11:34 am
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    It ain't easy being poor, female, and young in Minnesota

    A sobering study released last week by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota yields unsettling news about the state of our state's girls. Nutshell: From self-esteem to physical abuse to college readiness to making babies, things could be a lot better...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on May 10, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Video: Wolf puppies from the Wildlife Science Center

    For a rare look at two-week-old wolf puppies, visit our text-rich photo gallery of a wolf litter born April 27 at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake. It's extremely uncommon to see wolf pups this young. Generally, they don't leave the den fo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 9, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
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    Motorist kills dog, sues owner

    After crashing into and killing Fester, a 13-pound miniature pinscher that ran into the road in Cloquet, a small town outside of Duluth, Jeffery Ely has decided to sue the dog's owner. Fester snuck out without a leash when its owner was trying to let...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on May 9, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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