Serial flasher and the serial Senate race

Sign of the time

Day after day, more Minnesotans are becoming increasingly fed up with the never-ending battle for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat. It's so bad that many of the people who voted for Norm Coleman in the general election now hope he just gives up if he loses the Minnesota Supreme Court case.

According to a new Survey USA poll for KSTP, only 27 percent of Minnesotans surveyed thought Coleman should appeal. About 70 percent think he should concede at that point. Last month, the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll reported that two-thirds of Minnesotans wanted Coleman to concede.

The survey has a nice set of other interesting tidbits, including a look at Minnesota's opinion of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's future as a third-term governor (57 percent say "no").

Serial flasher busted with mannequin

The man busted earlier this month for exposing himself to a six-year-old at the Disney Store and then masturbating on a mannequin already sounded creepy enough, but apparently he has a serious addiction to letting the whole world check out his junk.

According to WCCO, Marcus Nelson is a homeless Level 3 sex offender who could face some jail time for his long string of penis flashes.

He was finally arrested May 9 after being accused of four offenses in one week. This is all in addition to 10 convictions for indecent exposure in the past decade.

Does this dude ever keep it to himself?

Chemo against boy's will

A Brown County District Court judge ruled Friday that a 13-year-old Minnesota teen must undergo chemotherapy treatment for cancer despite his family's refusal due to their religious beliefs.

The family opted out of chemotherapy treatment for their son's Hodgkin's lymphoma, but a Brown County attorney asked the judge to force the treatment to save him.

The case has brought out a slew of alternative medicine advocates who support the family's decision. Doctors say Daniel Hauser would have a 90 percent chance of survival with chemo treatment and a 95 percent chance of dying without it.

The family is part of the Nemenhah, an American Indian religious organization. The family does not claim to be Indian.

City Pages beats Strib, Pi Press

The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held their annual Page One Awards banquet Thursday night to honor the best journalism in the state.

City Pages took home 27 awards, including 15 first-place honors. For the first time ever, City Pages took home more first-place awards than either of the daily newspapers with which it competes in the open print category, a triumph noted by MinnPost press critic David Brauer in a blog post titled, "City Pages: The best newspaper in the state?"

The Pioneer Press won 28 awards, nine of them first place. The Star Tribune brought home 15 awards, 8 of them first place. The Duluth News Tribune was another big winner with 23 awards, 15 of them first place in the under-50,000 circulation category. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal won 21 awards, 11 of them first-place honors.

We had a great time at the banquet and congratulate all winners. 

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