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  • The MnDOT Motto - A day late, a dollar short, and the wrong address

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    The MnDOT Motto - A day late, a dollar short, and the wrong address

    Mike Fratto worked for the state of Minnesota for more than 30 years. He did a lot, but he never built a bridge. Which is why he was confused when a letter from the Minnesota Department of Transportation landed in his mailbox in the Payne Phalen ne...

    on October 10, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): I'm not necessarily recommending that you read Stanely Seigel's book The Patient Who Cured His Therapist. But I do think you should regard the title as a suggestive metaphor for your immediate future. It's possible that yo...

    by Rob Brezsny on October 10, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I'm a 21-year-old female, and I've been going out with my boyfriend for four years. He wants me to masturbate for him, but I don't feel comfortable doing it. I love my boyfriend and plan on marrying him, but I cannot find a way to do this. I would l...

    by Dan Savage on October 10, 2007
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    It's a dangerous world out there, watch yourself, watch your shoe

    We here at City Pages found the University of Minnesota's video on student safety so compelling that a mention in our print blotter just didn't suffice. After all, lives, and apparently shoes, are at risk even in broad daylight on the U's campus...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on March 6, 2008 @ 3:43 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/6

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE "There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die." -- Billy, Predator Why the epigraph from a film that saw Minnesota's then-future, now former governor gutted by an alien?...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 6, 2008 @ 7:20 am
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    Star will explode in gamma ray burst, dooming all life

    We're doomed! The Mayans were right about that whole "world ending on Dec. 21, 2012" thing! Okay, probably not. Inevitably, though, this star will explode into a supernova. That's just fine, given that it's too far away for such an event to pose a t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 5, 2008 @ 9:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/5

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Today's feature finds an undercover Matt Snyders taking you inside the world of Teens Encountering Christ. On the Blotter, Snyders also has the latest on Calvin Christian School in Edina being denied $1.5 milli...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 5, 2008 @ 8:05 am
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    Machinists back Franken

    The labor endorsements continue to roll in for Al Franken. Today the senate candidate picked up support from the Minnesota State Council of Machinists. The union represents 5,100 workers in the state. Franken has been consolidating support among l...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 4, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
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    Denied in Edina

    Steve Groen, the superintendent of Edina's Calvin Christian School, felt pretty good heading into the Edina City Council meeting last night. A month earlier, the council had voted unanimously to consider issuing his school $1.5 million in non-profit ...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on March 4, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
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    U of M: Your kids are fat because they don't eat breakfast

    NBC Nightly News yesterday featured a report on a new University of Minnesota study that finds a link between obesity and skipping the bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Consumer Affairs has a good summary of the findings: Your mother always told you to e...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 4, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/4

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE These roundups have been quick lately, and that's not because I don't have things to say -- it's because we're right on the verge of being able to announce some new site features, and that's taken a lot of atte...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 4, 2008 @ 7:49 am
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    Scientists build a big machine in a deep, dark Minnesota hole

    "It's dark as a dungeon, way down in the mine" goes the well-worn working class folk ballad. At the long-dormant Soudan mine in the Iron Range--the scene of dramatic strikes and bloody clashes in the early 20th century--physicists from Stanford, MI...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on March 3, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
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    Et tu, Ellen Page? Saturday Night Live parody of Diablo Cody

    If the Oscar wasn't enough, then being made fun of on Saturday Light Live should make it official: Diablo Cody is a star. After the jump, you'll find an embed clip of Ellen Page's monologue from over the weekend, including an appearance by Andy Sam...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 3, 2008 @ 3:54 pm
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    Minnesota Congressional Power Rankings

    A group called Knowlegis has released Congressional Power Rankings. At 28 in the House, Rep. Oberstar is our most powerful member of Congress. In the senate, Coleman is 82--not much higher than Klobuchar. And despite her cloying attempts to curry f...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 3, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/3

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Three days of music filled the Plymouth Radisson during Winter Bluegrass Weekend, and we have a review by Fish DeSmith and slideshow with photos by Ward Rubrecht.The South by Southwest music festival looms cl...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 3, 2008 @ 7:11 am
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    As Sexy As Drinking Paint Thinner: I Watch the Gene Simmons Sex Tape

    I -- this is not a joke -- gagged even reading the words "Gene Simmons Sex Tape." "I couldn't bring myself to watch it," my buddy Casey was saying over Instant Messenger, shipping me the URL. "You need to do this. I need to know." I'm curious, I ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 29, 2008 @ 10:18 pm
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    First the Norwegian consulate ... now Norwegianity

    The popular, link-laden liberal politics blog Norwegianity is shuttering its virtual doors soon. Prolific lefty firebrand Mark Gisleson is burned out, and he's announced that "at soon as Obama conclusively wraps up the nomination," he's done. But he'...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 29, 2008 @ 12:53 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/29

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Sarah Askari's latest notes column asks if Prince is getting hip replacement surgery. Maybe we should ask Steven Terrie-Gates: Rachel Hutton reports that the Pinkberry frozen yogurt franchise is not ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 29, 2008 @ 7:26 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: Trouble on the homefront

    Last week, T-Paw was large and in charge, having been crowned a potential VP by the politically influential site, "The Fix," while McCain managed to weather the New York Times' poorly-sourced mistress allegations to emerge stronger (and more virile!)...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 29, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Letters to the Editor

    Coleman Grilled Norm Coleman has, at times, demonstrated himself to be a Republican capable of acting in the best interests of his constituents, not just his wealthy Republican ones ("War Torn," 9/5/07). Helping preserve the ANWAR and being among...

    on October 3, 2007
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