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    Cohen backs Franken for senate seat

    "Al Franken has the right voice, compassion, demonstrated commitment to progressive values, energy and the most resources, and he will work tirelessly to ensure we defeat Norman Coleman this November. Al Franken has the right message to bring back jo...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 4, 2008 @ 12:39 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/4

    We're into that month where we re-align ourselves into harmony with the planets. Well, not "ourselves," so much as "our calendar." It's a leap year. Viva the extra day, I suppose. If not for the leap year, we never would have had the plot to Pirates ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 4, 2008 @ 5:11 am
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    Franken beating Ciresi, Coleman in new poll

    Via DailyKos, Al Franken beats both his Democratic competition and the Republican incumbent in CSRA's new poll for Minnesota Public Radio: Democratic Primary (MoE 4.5%) Franken 42 Ciresi 18 General Election Matchups Coleman (R) 40 Franken (...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 1, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
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    The Real Brock Lesnar UPDATED W/FIGHT VIDEO

    Watching Brock Lesnar engage in no-contact sparring is like watching a polar bear perform an interpretive dance. At the Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brooklyn Center, his hulking, six-foot-three, 265-pound frame contorts and contracts as he...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on February 1, 2008 @ 7:23 pm
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    Star Tribune shopping downtown land

    In one of the least surprising developments in recent media history, Star Tribune publisher Chris Harte announced in a memo today that the company is seeking to sell its land holdings in downtown Minneapolis. The Strib's parent company, Avista Capita...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 1, 2008 @ 2:58 pm
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    Loot Hog

    A local story of virtual theft in a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, for the non-geeks) from the PiPress today: For video gamer Geoff Luurs, 20, the looting of his player account in Final Fantasy XI was unimaginable. Luurs, f...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on February 1, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/1

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Fine Line was packed Wednesday night for the Editors, Hot Hot Heat and Louis XIV. Tony Nelson has images from throughout the evening. Is John McCain too old to be president? asks Kevin Hoffman. There's one...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 1, 2008 @ 5:27 am
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    Quick! Make More Babies!

    Fair denizens of Minneapolis (and foul ones, too), the gauntlet has been thrown down. Raleigh, North Carolina has outpaced us in population. Fortunately, this places us in 50th, a nice round number. But what's the significance of this statistic? Well...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 9:11 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/31

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE No one supports binge drinking, except of course me. But Rep. Morrie Lanning and the Strib trying to curb drink specials in bars adds to some already arcane and goofy liquor laws. Paul Demko dug into this issu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 5:45 am
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    As beers go by

    Coming from Japan back to the United States, one of the oddest adjustments has been the liquor laws. Thinking a beer might go nicely with baked yams and boiled asparagus, I asked the helpful Kowalski's clerk where I might find the beer. He pleasantly...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 30, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
  • A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

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    A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

    Developer Michael Krause has long dreamed of a wood-fueled power plant at the edge of Minneapolis's East Phillips neighborhood, and he has no shortage of supporters. The City Council unanimously endorsed his Midtown Eco Energy facility three times. ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 5, 2007
  • Economy in Freefall - Businesses around the 35W bridge site may not survive to see a new span

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    Economy in Freefall - Businesses around the 35W bridge site may not survive to see a new span

    On August 27, roughly 15 shop owners and entrepreneurs from northeast Minneapolis convened with state and city officials to tell them just how bad business has been since the collapse of the 35W bridge. "It's not that we're down 10 percent or 15 ...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 5, 2007
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    Savage Love

    My friends and I were debating a troubling incident over drinks and figured you would be the best person to ask: What should you do when, while looking for a toilet, you accidentally walk into the bedroom of someone you know, but don't know well, an...

    by Dan Savage on September 5, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): A few years ago, the Cambodian government decided that the country's karaoke bars had become hotbeds of vice. To suppress their evil influence, the prime minister called out the army's bulldozers and demolished them. Keep ...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 5, 2007
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    Monkey's Uncle - Darwin denier misses link between free speech and common sense

    PZ Myers, a biologist and associate professor at University of Minnesota-Morris, has never been one to mince words, especially when it comes to creationists, intelligent design theorists, and natural selection skeptics. Case in point: Myers's rev...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 5, 2007
  • 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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    Minnesota ranks high in black murder victims

    The Violence Policy Center just released a report on what it is calling a "national crisis" of black homicide victims. FBI statistics for 2005 were studied and Minnesota tied New Jersey for 16th largest rate of black murder victims per capita. The r...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 30, 2008 @ 9:38 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/30

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Slumlord of South Minneapolis, Jonathan Kaminsky's feature this week, uses the power of the Web in a way that I wish more investigative projects would. Many of the facts in the story can be corroborated by ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 30, 2008 @ 5:11 am
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    NYT's Herbert: Fix the bridges, help fix the country

    The economy's in the tank and the 35W bridge is just a memory. The solutions to these problems, says the New York Times' Bob Herbert, go hand in hand.When you invest in infrastructure, you invest in the country, the people who use bridges and ferries...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 29, 2008 @ 5:16 pm
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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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