Royalton is a small town in central Minnesota, population 1,242. The police department has one full-time officer and two part-timers. Between them you'll find the standard cop gear: guns, vests, uniforms. But also a grenade launcher. A tad excessive? Adam Gunderson, the chief of police, wouldn't ... More >>
You might not have seen helicopters buzzing around the Twin Cities around 11 p.m. last night, but if you live near downtown Minneapolis, you almost certainly heard them.That's because the damn things were flying around without their lights on during the second night of joint military-law enforcement ... More >>
Photos posted to Facebook by Specialist Terry Harrison have created a firestorm of negativity and resulted in the Madison-based National Guard soldier's suspension.SEE ALSO: 9/11 truthers run full-page ad in City Pages The photo Harrison shared of her National Guard Honor Guard (visible at ... More >>
Ray Martin McFeters isn't shy about his drug habit. The 73-year-old Air Force veteran lives in the rural Minnesota town of Aitkin, right on the north end of Mille Lacs Lake. He's been smoking pot most of his life, currently up to about 25-30 bowls a day, according to a recent interview with the Mi ... More >>
More Minnesota National Guard soldiers have committed suicide since 2008 than those from any other state.SEE ALSO: Blake Page, West Point cadet, quits academy to protest "unconstitutional proselytism" That grim tidbit was contained in an extensive report on Texas National Guard suicides put together ... More >>
Yesterday, in a surprising move, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order allowing women to partake in armed combat for the first time in American history.SEE ALSO: Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]Panetta's move had the strong suppo ... More >>
Jim Fetzer is a retired UMD professor who has made a name for himself nationally by arguing on behalf of conspiracy theories for everything from the JFK shooting to the death of Paul Wellstone.SEE ALSO:-- Michele Bachmann's favorite gun is the Bushmaster AR-15 used in Newtown [VIDEO] -- Andy Parrish ... More >>
Watch what you post on Facebook, kids -- especially if you've been previously convicted of a violent felony.SEE ALSO:-- Clinton Corry went berserk when ex-girlfriend blocked him on Facebook, charges say -- Michael Hamer used Facebook to solicit Twin Cities little leaguers for sex, police say Brooten ... More >>
During an appearance on Jan Mickelson's radio show late last year, Michele Bachmann said her favorite gun is the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.SEE ALSO: Thomas Caffall, Texas A&M shooter, was a Michele Bachmann supporterThat's the same controversial high-capacity gun used by Adam Lanza to kill 20 child ... More >>
Moon rocks from the Apollo 11 moon landing found a safe home yesterday at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.The Minnesota National Guard recently found the moon rocks tucked away and forgotten among military artifacts in a storage unit in the Veteran's Service Building in St. Paul.When Ne ... More >>
Tim Poe, the America's Got Talent singer whose battle injury claims were disputed by the Minnesota National Guard, was cut from the show last night. Poe sang George Strait's "The Chair" at the Las Vegas finals before he was booted rather anticlimactically from the competition."I don't know that he h ... More >>
Tim Poe has been through hell this week ever since the Minnesota National Guard issued a statement Tuesday that the singer was not injured in a grenade blast in Afghanistan as Poe had claimed the day before on America's Got Talent.Poe's Facebook fan page was hit with negative comments. His ex-wife, ... More >>
During the past two-plus years, Tiger Woods has been dogged by revelations he's a waitress-chasing serial wife-cheater... and recurring injuries. In late 2009, it seemed inevitable that Woods, then 33 and with 14 major championships to his name, would easily surpass Jack Nicklaus' career record o ... More >>
Aaron Morrow fired 15 shots from his AK-47.Aaron Morrow was convicted yesterday for the September 2010 murder of 21-year-old Joe Rivera. Morrow, also 21, received a life sentence from the jury, which chose not to believe Morrow's defense: That he'd simply brought an AK-47 into a St. Paul house pa ... More >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants the National Guard for political muscle. The Kent State shootings happened 40 years ago, but one state failed to learn the lesson not to call in the National Guard on unarmed protesters. That state is Wisconsin. There, Gov. Scott Walker has declared that he' ... More >>
Sometimes being a hero means denying the American military the funding it needs to uphold the law.The Don't Ask Don't Tell debate is over, but Tim Pawlenty seems to think that if he can revive it he might also be able to revive his so-far lifeless campaign to get Americans to remember his nam ... More >>
Bachmann took a beating from veterans' groups.Maybe it was while she was jetting between Oahu and Maui for "district work" that Michele Bachmann realized cutting war veterans' benefits was a tone-deaf response to the nation's budget deficit. But she got the message, and today she announced she wo ... More >>
FacebookKalen and Kathy Pojohnen were discovered dead Tuesday morning.When 19-year-old Katherine Pohjonen hadn't been to work in a couple of days, a co-worker called police and asked them to check up on her. Ramsey County Sheriff's deputies drove to the townhouse she shared with her husband, Ka ... More >>
Pawlenty wants military gays back in the closet.If he's elected president, Tim Pawlenty says he would put military gay folk back in the closet by reinstating Don't Ask Don't Tell, putting himself at odds with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Pentagon brass and members of Congress who suppor ... More >>
Merry Christmas, Archbishop.Archbishop John Nienstedt will get an early Christmas present today in the form of 3,000 anti-gay marriage DVDs, some of the 400,000 he ordered sent to his flock in September. A protest group called ReturnTheDVD planned to deliver the disks, along with handwritte ... More >>
Phoenix deputy's tale of being shot by drug smugglers doesn't add up
A few weeks ago we wrote about Muja Messiah's new single "Gary Coleman" off his forthcoming mixtape M-16's, and now Muja has dropped a video to accompany his new song. "Has the era of no money and free music liberated something in local rap?" writes Peter Scholtes in the Critics' Picks preview of ... More >>
Experts see more soldiers facing criminal time
What's your college known for?With apologies to the Bard of Anoka, we really do live in a place where the men are strong, the women are good looking, the children are above average, and the colleges hover somewhere below the top of the heap. The Princeton Review is out with its annual college ... More >>
The freshman senator again wades into the culture wars.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on MSNBC Wednesday to talk about how lonely and tough it is being the only Minnesota senator in Washington, D.C.
Who knew that months of killing strangers/avoiding being killed by strangers could drive a person to the bottle?
Readers respond to "Soldier Suicides"
730 days of service in Iraq will get you GI Bill education benefits. The MN National Guard was sent over for 729 days on the orders of a Pentagon apparently trying to save a little scratch.
When secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson visited the Minneapolis VA hospital earlier this week, a 72-year-old vet had only one issue he wanted to discuss with the Bush-appointee: "Why is the funds taken away from the VA? We don't have enough nurses, we don't have enough people to help the ve ... More >>
Taking the veterans out of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, putting Leo in Blink, dressing up in tin foil for free food, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
Canada stinks up the joint, Bill O'Reilly feels Lindsay Lohan's pain, Vice President Condi, Sylvester Stallone's pudding, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
When it comes to fighting the Iraqi insurgency, U.S. forces are discovering that there is a lot of Number Two.
"First we get the military, then we get the nation"
Jack Knife & the Sharps are headed back to Iraq The redoubtable local rockabilly outfit will be entertaining military personnel in Kuwait and Iraq from August 1st to the 15th. Owing to safety concerns they won't know their exact agenda until arriving overseas. "They don't tell us where we're goin ... More >>
Downing Street springs new leak: Second Brit memo suggests Iraq war may not end in hugs In the Washington Post, White House blogger Dan Froomkin is calling it the DSM-II. And, truly, the second Downing Street memo to leak out of the Blair adminstration portrays a Bush war team suffering from the kin ... More >>
The Bush administration's top 40 lies about war and terrorism
A groundbreaking 1989 essay on "Fourth-Generation Warfare"
The military turned Ron Falcon into an officer, a gentleman, and a doctor. When the brass discovered he was gay, they kicked him out and sent him the bill.
Nguyen Cao Son and his fellow South Vietnamese soldiers were part of a secret U.S. spy commando force--so secret, in fact, that the American government turned its back and let him spend 14 years in North Vietnamese prison camps.