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  • War Torn - As a young radical,  Norm Coleman protested the Vietnam War.  Now his support for the Iraq quagmire may  swallow his political career.

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    War Torn - As a young radical, Norm Coleman protested the Vietnam War. Now his support for the Iraq quagmire may swallow his political career.

    On a recent Tuesday, more than 50 people gather on the shores of Bryant Lake in Eden Prairie. They tote placards reading, "Bush Lied, Iraqis Died," and "Support the Bridges, End the War." A massive red-and-white banner reads "Dump Norm!" Rick Hans...

    by Paul Demko on September 5, 2007
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/29

    Tuesday is the feistiest of all days of the week. It all starts with the name. The name comes from the Old English term Tiwes dg, which refers to the Nordic god Tyr, deity of war. So it's fitting that the Republican candidates are scrapping with e...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 29, 2008 @ 5:40 am
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    Andrew Zimmern endorses City Pages food critics

    "City Pages announced who its new food critics will be, and it unveiled plans for expanded restaurant coverage both in the paper and online. Taking over Dara's chair covering the new and noteworthy openings is Rachel Hutton, formerly of Mn Mo, and Ja...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 28, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
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    New home sales in image form

    The dismal science is detail-laden, so it's easy to glaze over at talk of federal reserve policy and forget the impact it has on your life. That's why I'm a big fan of the graphical representation. Unsure of what a few percentage points one way or th...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
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    Shark Attack!

    First a monkey assault. Now a shark attack. In a disturbing/awesome instance of shark-on-shark cannibalism, the Mall of America's Underwater Adventures was the scene of feral aggression Friday when a sand tiger shark named Jessie--which at nine feet...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on January 28, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/28

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE As always, a wrap-up of what you might have missed from Friday-Sunday can be found in Over the Weekend. Bored with words? Who isn't? Then turn to our four (count 'em) new slideshows from the weekend's events: ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 7:49 am
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    Nelson-Pallmeyer wins senate straw poll

    U.S. Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer beat out his two Democratic rivals in a straw poll conducted this afternoon at TakeAction Minnesota's annual meeting. The University of St. Thomas professor and anti-war activist received 140 votes from a...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 27, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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    Slaughterhouse workers back union

    Workers at the Dakota Premium Foods beef processing plant in South St. Paul voted yesterday to retain union representation. Employees backed United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 by a 152-82 margin. More than seven years ago, the predominantl...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 26, 2008 @ 9:01 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/25

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Welcome aboard Rachel Hutton and James Norton, our new additions to the cuisine team. They'll be supplemented by offerings from Bridgette Reinsmoen, our copy chief and contributor to our soon-to-be dedicated fo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 25, 2008 @ 8:06 am
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    Announcing our new food section

    I'm proud to announce that City Pages has hired two new food critics and will soon launch an ambitious new dining section in print and online. Our lead columnist, Rachel Hutton, is a familiar voice to Twin Cities foodies. For the past six years, she...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 25, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    John Kline's political slush fund

    Ken Silverstein has an intriguing Minnesota-related post over at Washington Babylon. The veteran muckraker delves into a fundraising organization known as the "Freedom & Security PAC" that was created in July. Silverstein discovered that the Minnes...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 24, 2008 @ 6:40 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/24

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Philosopher or Warrior is the second-best thing I've ever done with my life, and I can die happy now. In fact, I probably should, because it's all downhill from here. While I bide time, take the quiz and see if...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 24, 2008 @ 8:16 am
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    Name That Ape

    But let's get down to brass tacks: the baby's name is up for grabs. Interested parties can "vote" by donating money to the zoo, and on the 18th of February, the zoo will announce which name garnered the most donations. Unfortunately, the zoo has alre...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on January 23, 2008 @ 2:47 pm
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    Housing crunch: wide disparity among neighborhoods

    The Minneapolis Real Estate Blog has an interesting post about housing costs in the area and how the market has such a wide neighborhood-to-neighborhood variance. A lot to process here, some of which is common knowledge (the crisis is deep, and affec...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 23, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/23

    This Christmas, I asked Santa to deliver certain gifts to the rest of the staff, including Ward Rubrecht. Let me just point out that Santa came through. I'm not sure if eleventy billion people will read Jeff Severns Guntzel's feature on photographe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 23, 2008 @ 5:30 am
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    Reporter's Notebok: Alec Soth

    Alec Soth grew up a pathologically shy kid in Chanhassen. These days, he has a body of work that is a sort of documentary history of his encounters with strangers. Soth flipping through Perfect Strangers. Photo: Nick Vlcek)At his St. Paul studio, ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 23, 2008 @ 12:53 am
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    Diablo Cody on David Letterman

    David Letterman plays an important role in the Diablo Cody mystique. Back when she was just a humble stripper/memoirist, Diablo made her now legendary first appearance on Letterman, where she was bequeathed with the first and only "Dave's Book Club" ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 23, 2008 @ 12:10 am
  • DVDish: They Killed the Dog

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    DVDish: They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken...

    by City Pages Staff on August 29, 2007
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    Glad Pastures - The Rural Pop and Android Fuzz of They the Down Low

    They the Down Low Americana Bauxdivine Pastoral Records What if you dragged all your friends out to the sticks for a barn raising, only to find that you just couldn't bring yourself to junk up the scenery with so permanent a structure? On Amer...

    by Sarah Askari on August 29, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here's how you can tell if you have a bad psychotherapist or counselor," says my friend Laura. "She or he buys into all your BS, never questions your delusions, and builds your self-esteem even if that makes you into an a*...

    by Rob Brezsny on August 29, 2007
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