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  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Tom Emmer first to announce bid for Bachmann's House seat

    On Wednesday evening, Tom Emmer supporters packed into a sliver of park in downtown Delano.The crowd knew why it was there -- two small boys were running around in homemade "Emmer for Congress" t-shirts, and an oversized "Emmer for Congress" banner hung from the front of the podium -- but it was wai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    FBI reportedly investigating Michele Bachmann for potential criminal violations

    The Iowa Senate has been scrutinizing alleged violations of state ethics rules that occurred during the course of Michele Bachmann's ill-fated presidential campaign. But that's child's play compared to an FBI probe.A SEPARATE SCANDAL: Bachmann's book tour to promote moribund autobiography has her in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Ravi Shankar's extraordinary life: A timeline

    The great Ravi Shankar has passed at the age of 92, and we have a life timeline to chart his majestic artistic development. Back on August 3, 1967, George Harrison holds a press conference at the Kinarra School of Music in Los Angeles to promote a performance the following night by Ravi Shankar, the ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2012

    Banks caught swindling red-handed

    Country club Sopranos get kid-glove treatment for high crimes

  • News

    October 10, 2012

    The 10 Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which ones need to be closed, we will

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    New York Times goes soft on Bradlee Dean

    New York Times on Bradlee Dean​The New York Times has finally picked up the Bradlee Dean trail. This weekend, the Times published a story on Dean's relationship to presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. They even sprung to send reporter Serge F. Kolvaleski all the way out to Annandale to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Michele Bachmann admits she has "no idea" if HPV vaccine causes retardation

    Michele Bachmann admits that she is not a doctor or scientist.​Michele Bachmann has come full circle on the HPV vaccine, and for the first time since... well, ever, she's admitted total ignorance.Let's track the arc of Bachmann's wild statements about this vaccine, which "medical doctors" say prev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Bradlee Dean Interview, Part 2: Taxes, Michele Bachmann, and the Capitol Prayer Debacle

    Bradlee Dean on Kurt Zellers: "He's a liar. He straight up lied."​In late May, pastor Bradley Dean Smith, the subject of this week's feature, launched himself into the public eye by delivering a controversial prayer on the floor of the Minnesota Legislature. Smith, better known as Bradlee Dean, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Joe Gustafson Sr., charged with seven felonies, is on the lam

    Hennepin County mugshotHave you seen this man? Big Joe is on the lam​Joseph "Big Joe" Gustafson, a former Hell's Angel-turned bail bondsman who terrorized north Minneapolis for years, has been charged with seven felonies -- and he's on the run. Authorities aren't saying whether they know where Gu ... More >>

  • News

    March 9, 2011

    Buffalo Wild Wings and the triumph of the chicken wing

    How a regional delicacy took over fast casual dining

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Patsy Cline's strange death, on this day in country music history

    ​On this day in history 1963, Patsy Cline performed her last show ever before dying at the age of 30. But it was the events that happened in the ensuing weeks (and years) that were truly notable... and, well, weird.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Little Joe Gustafson charged with 14 counts, racketeering

    Little Joe Gustafson, leader of the Beat Down Posse, was booked into jail this morning​Joseph Duane "Little Joe" Gustafson, a North Minneapolis man who terrorized his neighborhood for years, is being charged today with 14 felony counts: racketeering, assault, making terroristic threats, kidnap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Michele Bachmann vs. Michelle Obama in breastfeeding war

    Michele Bachmann trashes Michelle Obama over breastfeeding.​When the teabaggers made Michele Bachmann their queen, were they hoping she'd start a war with First Lady Michelle Obama over breastfeeding?Because that's what she's doing.Mrs. Obama has promoted the idea of more flexible workplace rules ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Michele Bachmann SOTU response transcript

    Michele Bachmann delivers the tea party SOTU response.​Michele Bachmann insisted she wasn't trying to upstage Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's official Republican response to the State of the Union address this evening. But she rubbed everyone the wrong way anyway. Here's what she said.

  • News

    January 12, 2011

    Jason Meyer and his get-rich gold scam

    Rochester man promised gold mines and made off with the cash

  • News

    October 13, 2010

    Little Joe Gustafson goes to court

    Cops close in on alleged crime family

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Testing Minnesota's gun show loophole

    How easy is it to buy a firearm in the Twin Cities?

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Tax fraud gone wrong leads to robbery, shooting death

    It appears that last week's fatal shooting of Orlando Nunn stemmed from anger over a botched IRS fraud, and it doesn't count as the 7th murder in Minneapolis this year.

  • News

    November 4, 2009

    City Council President Barb Johnson enjoys perks of office

    Fourth-term candidate used campaign funds for haircuts, cell phone, cable TV, and dry-cleaning

  • News

    October 28, 2009

    City Council President Barb Johnson enjoys perks of office

    Fourth-term candidate used campaign funds for haircuts, cell phone, cable TV, and dry-cleaning

  • Restaurants

    May 27, 2009

    Fhima opens two new Zahtar restaurants in the Twin Cities

    Flamboyant restaurateur finally focuses on giving diners what they want

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007
  • News

    July 11, 2007

    Did the Creator of the Backstreet Boys Take a St. Paul Bank for $28 mil?

    American Bank joins two North Dakota banks in suing to recover money loaned to boy-band magnate Lou Pearlman

  • News

    December 13, 2006

    Get Rich with God

    Pastor Mac Hammond's suburban megachurch preaches heavenly financial rewards in the here and now — if you've got the faith to give till it hurts

  • News

    August 30, 2006

    Running Man

    Keith Ellison, the DFL's endorsee for Congress in the Fifth District, has spent the summer countering attacks from Republicans—and Democrats. What made him everyone's favorite target?

  • News

    August 23, 2006

    Drawing Dead

    Tony Tran and Laura Xiong started out as small-time gamblers. Then they became lovers. And then her husband turned up murdered.

  • News

    June 28, 2006

    The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much

    The Zapruder film? It was faked. The Wellstone crash? It was a hit. 9/11? An inside job. Tumbling down the rabbit hole with professional philosopher Jim Fetzer.

  • News

    April 13, 2005

    The Great Minnesota Tax Dodge

    Meet 10 of Minnesota's most notorious state tax scofflaws

  • News

    February 23, 2005

    Somebody Say Oh Lord!

    Michele Bachmann heads an all-star cast of GOP Christian flat-earthers in the Sixth District

  • News

    July 28, 2004

    I Hate 1984

    The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.

  • News

    December 31, 2003

    Artists of the Year

    Iraq. SARS. Jay Leno, Still on television practically every night. Yeah, 2003 was about as much fun as a social disease.

  • News

    August 28, 2002

    The Estate Sale

    Six bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors, two fireplaces; walk to lakes, Minneapolis nightlife. Shown to pre-approved buyers who aren't worried what happened to the little old lady who owned it.

  • Arts

    July 31, 2002

    A Picture of Discontent

    A series of artist showdowns paints an unflattering portrait of the diStilo Gallery

  • Books

    March 27, 2002

    Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Mundane Thoughts About Jesus and Roosters and...

  • Books

    August 8, 2001

    Quick Fade

    A charter school that opened with big promises last fall quietly goes belly-up

  • Books

    April 4, 2001

    Welcome to MinneVegas

    Bloody marys with a bookie at the height of March Madness

  • Books

    August 9, 2000

    Dark Days for Camelot

    Minneapolis police said they raided a natural-foods charity in search of drugs. The people they routed say the cops' real fear was their politics.

  • News

    July 12, 2000


    Jean Sandberg asked her post-office bosses to put a stop to the penis jokes and the wet T-shirt invitations. They sent her complaint to the dead-letter office.

  • News

    April 19, 2000

    Station Break

    Can the Cities' oldest black radio station survive a date with the bulldozer?

  • News

    March 22, 2000

    The Paper Trail

    What you won't read in the morning paper about how the news gets delivered

  • Books

    October 6, 1999

    Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Major-Party Status

    Local Libertarians gathered at Mystic Lake Casino to fine-tune their message, play the slots, and practice the Ransberger Pivot

  • Books

    March 10, 1999

    Trouble in Store

    Samir Abumayyaleh says he tried to get Minneapolis cops to crack down on drug dealing around his shop. He never figured they'd target him.

  • News

    January 27, 1999

    The Meal at the End of the Millennium

    How to answer God's call to feed the world's starving children? Richard Proudfit couldn't figure it out. Then Y2K answered his prayers.

  • News

    October 15, 1997

    School of Hard Knocks

    Former students of a local high-tech graphics training program paid up to $25,000 for their diplomas. Many say they didn't get the education they were promised. The school dismissed their complaints; state and federal authorities didn't.

  • Feature

    January 8, 1997

    The Least and the Slightest

    Eye of Newt, Clinton's toes; Beltway whores have ethics woes!

  • News

    July 17, 1996


    A Clinton Scandals Primer

  • News

    April 10, 1996
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    November 22, 1995
  • Feature

    October 18, 1995