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MinnPost rips off City Pages in weird manner

MinnPost Editor Joel Kramer gave word today that his online newspaper will launch November 8. While we are looking forward to what this new venture will bring to the table--there are a lot of big names slated to contribute, after all--this is not an auspicious start.

Quoting from the editor's note: "We'll also have some fun," Kramer said. "Al Sicherman has agreed to host a regular contest inviting MinnPost.com readers to submit humorous creative entries on a topic and in a form selected by Al, accompanied by Al's own entry. Readers will later vote for a winner from finalists selected by Al. He submitted a sample this week, asking for limericks about Sen. Larry Craig's induction into the Idaho Hall of Fame."

OK, so not to be all indignant about this, but we already did a Larry Craig limerick contest. It was over a month ago, and we announced winners and everything. I mean, I don't even really know what else to say.

But let's let bygones be bygones. One of our contest winners never claimed his prize, so if Al is in need of some swag to give away, he's got a bound copy of "The Book of Spam" with his name on it.