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    Artists of the Year - Alex Jones

    Alex Jones By Steve Marsh Texas isn't all bad. I mean, there's Austin. Austin's given us Willie Nelson, Dazed and Confused, Bottle Rocket, and a couple of okay Spoon records. And Austin broadcasts The Alex Jones Show, a radio show in which Alex Jon...

    by Steve Marsh on January 2, 2008
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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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    MC Rove Will Be in Da House Tomorrow

    In a move that has baffled everyone from bloggers to the Star Tribune editorial board, the Republican Party has selected a soulless, Machiavellian huckster to deliver the keynote speech at the state GOP convention in Rochester tomorrow. What would p...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on May 30, 2008 @ 5:01 pm
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    Minnesota's GLBT community reported 137% more violence and intimidation last year

    In a new study, The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has found that reports of violence, harassment, and intimidation against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Minnesota spiked in 2007. Nationally, overall reports ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 30, 2008 @ 2:24 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/30: Wii find the Wii Fit girl

    You and nearly one million other Internet users have already seen the YouTube video "Why every guy should buy their girlfriend Wii Fit." Perhaps, like me, you immediately assumed this was a callow ad agency attempt at viral marketing. Our Gary Hodge...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 30, 2008 @ 8:57 am
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    School Board Still Grappling with 'Pledge' Issue

    A school board in western Minnesota is still torn as to whether its students should be forced to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, reports the AP. Officials at Glyndon's Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school--located just east of Moorhead--suspended thr...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on May 29, 2008 @ 4:19 pm
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    Want to know what companies are pocketing sales tax? The state government wants you to know too.

    Last week The Minnesota Department of Revenue launched an Internet database to brandish companies delinquent on their payments with the online scarlet letter of of tax evasion. (Once the tax is paid, the company's name is removed from the list and it...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on May 29, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
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