For over fifty years she was an integral member of the Grand Ole Opry, and today, Minnie Pearl would have been 100 years old. In honor of the most beloved character in country music this side of Little Jimmy Dickens, here are ten essential facts you should know about the Gossip from Grinder's Switch ... More >>
A Harvard PhD student recently analyzed Google search data from the 2004 and 2008 presidential election cycles in hopes of determining to what extent the Obama vote was limited by racial prejudices.SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota is the least miserable state, according to Bloomberg-- Twin Cities 4th-most peac ... More >>
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With the Iowa Caucuses less than a week away, the 2012 Presidential campaign's preseason is not for long, and Michele Bachmann is far behind Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul in the polls. Republican candidates will begin to drop like punch-drunk boxers as the primary process moves from Iowa ... More >>
Justin Aaberg is one of four gay teen suicides in two years.The Department of Justice is investigating allegations of a hostile environment toward gay and lesbian students against the Anoka-Hennepin County school district.The DOJ, along with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, a ... More >>
Perdue and Wilson: Happy Republicans in white shirts and blue ties.While Michele Bachman's chief operative is calling Sarah Palin names, Tim Pawlenty keeps adding GOP marquee names to his roster.
In a couple of moves that ought to endear him to southerners, he scooped up former Georgia Gov. ... More >>
She's serious.Michele Bachmann has announced that she's going home in June to announce her White House intentions.
Not her home in the 6th congressional district. No, she's going "home" to Waterloo, Iowa. She hasn't lived there since she was small child (and she's faked her own family's root ... More >>
Pawlenty appeared with the also-rans.Tim Pawlenty showed up last night in South Carolina to debate four other also-rans in the GOP presidential race: Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Gary Johnson.
They didn't actually debate, of course. No one debates at debates anymore: They speech ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty faces the also-rans.Tim Pawlenty wanted to look like bona fide presidential material tonight on Fox News, facing down the likes of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich in a GOP debate from South Carolina.
But those folks are not showing up. Neither is Michele Bachmann, n ... More >>
Blame the speech writers!Michele Bachmann is a force of nature when it comes to raising campaign cash. She busted all kinds of fundraising records in her 2010 race for re-election to Congress. She hauled in $2.2 million in the first three months of this while teasing everyone with the idea sh ... More >>
Not ready to debate.Michele Bachmann claims she's not afraid to debate President Barack Obama, but she's not sure she's ready for a prime time debate with other Republicans first, in what she calls the key stepping stone state of South Carolina.
But in order to qualify as a serious White Ho ... More >>
WikiWe keep eight seats.Minnesota will not be losing its eighth seat in Congress.
We had the second-highest Census participation rate in the country for 2010. The nose count means that we retain our political clout on Capitol Hill, our Electoral College votes and a higher share of some $400 ... More >>
Photo: Reiko ArashiOne Wisconsin boy lived the plush life.Jennifer Hanson was shopping with her 9-year-old son at a Wal-Mart in Sun Prairie, Wis., when she noticed that the boy was missing.
With an eerie similarity to Woody's exploits in "Toy Story," he'd already wriggled up into a claw-game ... More >>
Michal DanielKarin Wolverton as MusettaKarin Wolverton's soaring soprano has worked both sides of the Twin Cities. With the St. Paul-based Minnesota Opera she's tackled Rusalka, Don Giovanni and La Bohème, while in Minneapolis she's shared the stage with the Minnesota Orchestra for Dvorak's ... More >>
T-Paw recently raised cash and his profile in TennesseeHe dropped one position, from 4th to 5th, but Tim Pawlenty is still ranked by the Washington Post as one of the Top 10 most influential Republicans. And among GOPers jockeying for 2012, the Post says he and Mitt Romney lead the pack, "dol ... More >>
Photo: DotBenjaminThe true price of a deep-fried Twinkie on a stickDo you look around at the State Fair and think, hmm, "sturdy Midwesterner" doesn't seem to do justice anymore to folks in line for deep-fried Twinkies on a stick? You're on the right track.
Twenty-five percent of Minnesotans ... More >>