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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): When life gets weird, should you take refuge in decorum and tradition? Should you intensify your commitment to the humdrum? Is it wise to dress more conservatively, act more dignified, and smile more automatically? I say n...

    by Rob Brezsny on November 21, 2007
  • Last Call - A small-town mayor with big-city ambitions sets off a major brouhaha in Harris

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    Last Call - A small-town mayor with big-city ambitions sets off a major brouhaha in Harris

    To all outward appearances, the bucolic town of Harris, 45 miles north of Minneapolis, has changed little in the 130 years since it became a stop on the St. Paul-Duluth Railroad. Much of its 20 square miles of fertile soil, once planted with potatoe...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on November 21, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I love my wife. We've been married 10 years. Young punk-rock love turned into adult debt-ridden love. She's been there for me, helps me achieve my goals, all that. But she's let herself go, while I've gotten myself into better shape. I pride myse...

    by Dan Savage on November 21, 2007
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/4: New friends, old neighbors

    I just got done writing a 250-word bit on Anti-Flag for the paper. It got me to thinking about music, and about politics, and about poetry. (The band's name has always evoked a line from e.e. cummings' "i sing of Olaf glad and big" to me. Read it, y'...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 4, 2008 @ 7:21 am
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    City Pages hires Andrea Myers as Music Editor

    City Pages is proud to announce that it has hired Andrea Myers as music editor. A veteran beat reporter who has covered the local music scene for years, Myers has been published everywhere from the (now-defunct) Pulse to Howwastheshow.com, and of co...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 3, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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    The Twin Cities just got nerdier

    Can't resist the pull of a good torrent? Multi-table online poker with 32 screens at once? Well, roll over Sergei Brin and tell Al Gore the news, the Twin Cities are now home to America's fastest Internet connections. As expected, the carrier isn't ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 3, 2008 @ 2:10 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/3: Power pellet bingo

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE I am not obsessed with Pac-Man. Chances are, you are not obsessed with Pac-Man. But Chris Ward is obsessed with Pac-Man, and I am glad. If you read this, you will be glad too. You don't have to like video games...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 3, 2008 @ 8:13 am
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    David Carr: from public access TV to the Times

    The Old Minneapolis Days Q. I used to watch you on the Minneapolis Community Network with Brian Lambert and Erik Eskola. Do you consider that the big break that catapulted you to The Times? A. Um, that wasn't me. O.K.. it was, but I've grown so mu...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 2, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/2: Electronic bread, digital circuses

    More or less everything you ever wanted to know about Guitar Hero is contained in Kevin Hoffman's profile of its preeminent practitioner, 16-year-old Chris Chike, and the accompanying Reporter's Notebook. In the notebook, Hoffman interviews Charles H...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 2, 2008 @ 7:42 am
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    Reporter's Notebook: The Greatest Guitar Hero Player of Them All

    By Kevin Hoffman In this week's news story, I went to Rochester to pay a visit to Chris Chike, the 16-year-old Guitar Hero phenom that recently set a new Guinness record for highest score on the game's hardest song. Because of the constraints of th...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 1, 2008 @ 7:14 pm
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    POTD: North Side edition

    I wandered around North Minneapolis this afternoon in search of desecrated roadways. The main thoroughfares of Broadway and Plymouth avenues are in surprisingly decent shape. But once you get on the side streets it's another story. Hands down today's...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 1, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
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    No mas

    D'Amico & Partners fired 15 veteran Hispanic workers at the close of business yesterday after they failed to resolve questions about the validity of their social security numbers. The workers have filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 1, 2008 @ 11:47 am
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    Spinning it to the blogs

    How do you make a very unpopular war ring favorably to Americans surfing the net? Pay the bloggers to spin your message. Just don't tell anyone. Danger Room reporter Noah Shachtman uncovered a 2006 report written for U.S. Special Operations Command...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on April 1, 2008 @ 11:38 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/1: introducing Joystick Division

    As the poet T.S. Eliot said, April is the coolest month. This is why it snowed yesterday. This is also why we're choosing today to launch our video game blog, Joystick Division. The Division is a national blog from Village Voice Media, but the core ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 1, 2008 @ 7:46 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 3/31: Mary Oliver, bikini-clad dancers and battle rappers

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE I went to the Twin Cities Battle League intending to blog about it this morning, and I suppose that's just what I'm doing. But this post is going to be shorter than the in-depth review I had planned. That's no...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 31, 2008 @ 7:40 am
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    Klobuchar endorses Obama

    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar endorsed Barack Obama for president today, making her the 64th superdelegate to throw support his way since Super Tuesday. "My endorsement reflects both Barack's strong support in my state and my own independent judgment...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on March 31, 2008 @ 3:05 am
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    Reporter's Notebook: Soldier Suicides: veterans are killing themselves in record numbers

    He came home and was felt like he was a murderer. He said he killed a doctor while he was there; he mistook the doctor for a suicide bomber, his mother says. Back home he couldn't sleep at night. He was drinking all the time and the spark had drained...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on March 28, 2008 @ 6:35 pm
  • Homewrecker - Scott Sennes promised to build dream homes for his clients, but instead walked away with their money

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    Homewrecker - Scott Sennes promised to build dream homes for his clients, but instead walked away with their money

    In the spring of 2005, Michael Birdman and his wife, Marissa Gautsch, were looking to remodel their Edina home. The couple had purchased the one-story, 1,400-square-foot, Cape Cod-style home three years earlier. They liked the inner-ring suburban ne...

    by Paul Demko on November 14, 2007
  • Honor Thy Father

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    Honor Thy Father

    Thank you for your outstanding article on Father John Kaiser ("The Death of Father Kaiser," 10/24). Kudos for this outstanding example of journalism. You deserve a prize for this! I am very pleased that the truth has finally come out. Father Kaiser ...

    on November 14, 2007
  • White Out - Albino deer spotted; Local woman sees majestic creature, kills it

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    White Out - Albino deer spotted; Local woman sees majestic creature, kills it

    During the hunting opener, Mary Rakotz of Avon shot an extremely rare albino deer. She felled the six-point buck in Mille Lacs County, and was immediately hailed in local media as "the lady who shot that thing that looks like a photo negative of a r...

    on November 14, 2007
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