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    Follow the story: The wars on Terror and PTSD

    The L.A. Times reported on a RAND study released this month discussing the psychological impact of guerrilla warfare on soldiers and the failure of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to keep pace in the wake of the wars on terror. The study sho...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on April 18, 2008 @ 1:29 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/18: Poems for Breakfast

    It was twelve days before we realized before each one could hear the same story from Arthur and Bertie and William Three days for the storm to stop blowing Another two to dig one's way to the hog pen and the barn to throw hay to the starving mare Ano...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 18, 2008 @ 6:37 am
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    Minneapolis City Council ratifies IRV rules

    The City Council voted today to approve rules governing instant runoff voting, the ballot-counting system that city voters overwhelmingly passed in 2006. The Council also asked city elections staff to put out a request for proposals from voting equip...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on April 17, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
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    Pork plant tied to mysterious illness wins top tier award

    It seems like mysterious worker illness and butchered pig brains would be any PR flack's nightmare. But, despite Quality Pork Processors's bad press as of late, the Austin, Minn. plant was recently given a top tier workplace safety award.A spokesma...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on April 17, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/17:

    Don't miss Jeff Severns Guntzel's post from yesterday about the first ever Minneapolis Film Festival, which we covered when we were still called "Sweet Potato." The latest in a series of posts we're calling Unearthed, Guntzel goes through the City ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 17, 2008 @ 8:20 am
  • Letters to the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    The Replacements' Thriller I can remember it as if it were yesterday. Static Taxi was driving down 26th Street after band practice and stopped at the light on Chicago Avenue. KQ was on the car radio and suddenly the new Replacements single, "I'll...

    on November 28, 2007
  • Dead Meat - Rushford turkey farmer Eric Hoiland lost everything in the floods

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    Dead Meat - Rushford turkey farmer Eric Hoiland lost everything in the floods

    On a blustery November morning, Eric Hoiland drives his combine down a hillside along the banks of the Root River. The 38-year-old farmer wears mud-caked jeans and a faded denim jacket. Tufts of red hair peek out from under a charcoal winter hat. Hi...

    by Paul Demko on November 28, 2007
  • Driving a Soft Bargain - Strib drivers complain that union rolled over

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    Driving a Soft Bargain - Strib drivers complain that union rolled over

    Teamsters Local 638, representing more than 100 drivers of those big green Star Tribune trucks, gave the thumbs-up last week to a four-year contract only a penny-pinching corporation's mother could love. Some veteran drivers took exception when the...

    on November 28, 2007
  • The Full MOA - Think Black Friday was bad? Try living at the Mall of America for a whole week

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    The Full MOA - Think Black Friday was bad? Try living at the Mall of America for a whole week

    For many Twin Cities residents, the Mall of America means one thing: Your out-of-town friends are visiting and want to see the cities' most obvious landmark. Our much-maligned mega-mall represents a highly evolved, if slightly mutated, specimen o...

    by Matt Snyders on November 28, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): How much more can you hold? How much further are you willing to reach? How much bigger of a big picture can you open your mind to see? We will soon discover the answers to those questions, as well as several others that ha...

    by Rob Brezsny on November 28, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I'm a single gay male in my late 20s. I've met a guy I really like. We chat all the time and we're attracted to each other. We haven't yet been sexually active with each other, but we're planning to get naked and sweaty (and break out the ropes and ...

    by Dan Savage on November 28, 2007
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    Oberstar to NWA, Delta: Not so fast

    Rep. Jim Oberstar, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, is threatening to "run out the clock" on the NWA-Delta merger until a new president is in office. From Politico: "We have no legal authority to block the merger, but we can contin...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on April 16, 2008 @ 11:06 am
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    Obama bin Laden

    Here's a video clip of MediaNews Group CEO William Dean Singleton's unfortunate verbal gaffe referenced in yesterday's post: (Cribbed from ASNE Reporter)

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 16, 2008 @ 10:37 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/16: Poo-tee-weet?

    Spoiler alert: the onomatopoeia in the headline to this post ends Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s novel Slaughterhouse-Five. It's the transliteration of a bird sound heard by Billy Pilgrim, the title character. If you didn't know, the book covers the firebombin...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 16, 2008 @ 8:30 am
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    Village Voice lampoons rightwing bloggers

    This week our sister paper, the Village Voice, published a hilarious guide to rightwing bloggers, and the list includes several notable Minnesotans. First up is James Lileks, the Strib's wunderkind-turned-scaremonger: JAMES LILEKS (The Bleat; lile...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 15, 2008 @ 11:18 pm
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    Water sports

    In 2001 the United States Supreme Court ruled that many non-navigable, "isolated" waters are not covered by pollution protections in the Clean Water Act. Five years later the country's top court considered the issue again. This time it split 4-1-4,...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 15, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
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    Critical Mass Cyclist Found Not Guilty

    It took a jury all of 10 minutes to determine that the charges against Critical Mass cyclist Gus Ganley (assault on an officer, obstruction of legal process, and fleeing an officer) amounted to maggot-ridden pigshit: "not guilty" on all counts.During...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 15, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
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    Lean Dean wants to hunt down Obama bin Laden

    William Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group, apparently isn't too good with names. At the Associated Press's annual luncheon in Washington yesterday, Singleton asked Sen. Barack Obama if he was willing to commit more troops to Afghanistan given ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 15, 2008 @ 11:14 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/15: Bye, Demko

    It's tax day today, and yesterday was pretty taxing. We learned Paul Demko is moving on after eight years. We'll miss the political reporting that once got him called the Twin Cities' own Carl Kolchak, his writing and his presence in the office. T...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 15, 2008 @ 8:46 am
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    Anti-Scientology Protesters Take to the Street

    On a miserably frigid and wet day, a protest group calling itself Anonymous staged its third anti-Scientology demonstration in downtown Minneapolis in as many months. Saturday's protest saw about 50 demonstrators--more than a few decked in Guy Fawkes...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 14, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
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