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    Breakfast of Champions 4/29: That was the month that was

    It was a dark day. I was broke. Desperate to make bills so my roommates wouldn't kick me out of our shared house, I turned to my regular capital-generating strategy -- donating plasma. But Alpha Plasma Services turned me away because I'd already hi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 29, 2008 @ 8:43 am
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    Web Extras: Best Of the Twin Cities interactive map

    Our biggest Best Of the Twin Cities issue yet is live online, and will be making its way around town in perfect-bound format all day. But why wait to see where the hottest spots in Minneapolis and St. Paul are, when you can check out an interactive...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 29, 2008 @ 6:54 am
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    Anti-Abortion Group, Planned Parenthood Agree: Leave Abortion Images at Home

    In 2006, anti-abortion group Vote Yes For Life attempted to essentially ban abortion in South Dakota. They put the ban to the voters, who rejected the measure 55 percent to 44 percent. Vote Yes remained undeterred and has accrued enough signatures to...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on April 28, 2008 @ 5:08 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/28: Dress you up

    It's not that every day is Halloween for the Twin Cities Costumers' Guild. It's that every day might be a stroll through Victorian England, or a jaunt through futuristic spacescapes, or -- you name it. The nascent group (they've been around about si...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 28, 2008 @ 8:21 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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    Breakfast of Champions 4/25: Weekly drinking

    Today's Friday, and though it's early in the morning, I can already tell that I'm gonna need a drink later on. Thus, we launch a new "Drink of the Week" feature on the food blog. Every Friday we'll alert you to a new off-beat drink, a beverage deal t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 25, 2008 @ 8:12 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/24: Housed

    I do a lot of housing market posts. Some have called me an alarmist because I think this economy has yet to hit bottom. If I'm the pessimist, though, Credit Suisse is the doom-and-gloom prophet. Not only does the company thing that it'll take anothe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 24, 2008 @ 8:09 am
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    U of Wisconsin study: Smoking ban = More DUI Deaths

    A report on a connection between smoking bans and an increase in DUI deaths should give pause to Minnesotans. The paper, "Drunk driving after the passage of smoking bans in bars," was written by Scott Adams and Chad Cotti of the University of Wisc...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 23, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    Strib Shocker: Sex column spiked over blowjob description

    What's the point of being a sex columnist if you can't even report proper fellatio techniques? Sexpert Alexis McKinnis, author of "Alexis on the Sexes," seemed to be making that point exactly in her personal blog when she complained to her readers...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on April 23, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/23: Please stand by

    As you may notice, our annual Best Of issue isn't up yet. We're having some server problems that are delaying the upload -- a Rev. Horton Heat slideshow I made Monday morning is just now appearing -- and it's affecting the issue as well. This is a ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 23, 2008 @ 7:11 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: Using addition by subtraction, T-Paw comes out on top

    In our last installment, we took note of claims that John McCain had settled on T-Paw as his VP more than a year ago. A report on the website of conservative mouthpiece Fox News over the weekend only adds fuel to that claim.For one thing, McCain's ad...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 22, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
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    Pothole of the day: Haiku version

    Perspective is everything. A little seasonal shift alters moods, sways perceptions, gently nudges the very reality around us. This includes our friend the pothole. Because two images of a particular road crater just hours apart afford the viewer ent...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 22, 2008 @ 9:54 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/22: Simply the Best

    Tons of effort by scads of people comes to fruition in the next 36 as our annual Best Of issue comes online and then makes its way in perfect-bound format throughout the cities. Don't miss it -- how could you -- and know that a few Web-only surprises...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 22, 2008 @ 8:39 am
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    Military recruiters and Minneapolis schools

    In 2006, in the midst of his successful run for a seat on the Minneapolis Board of Education, a concerned delegate pointed Chris Stewart to a little known provision in the No Child Left Behind Act that makes some federal funding to school districts c...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on April 21, 2008 @ 4:34 pm
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    Tom Sorel new transportation chief

    Tim Pawlenty today appointed Tom Sorel to head the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Sorel leaves his post as administrator of the Minnesota division of the Federal Highway Administration. Pawlenty chose Sorel over Bob McFarlin, the acting c...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on April 21, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
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