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 >>
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 >>
As we told you about in March, 36-year-old National Guard veteran and Apple Valley resident Roger Holland was charged with two counts of murder in connection with the death of his pregnant wife -- one for her and one for her dead fetus.THE BACKSTORY: Roger Holland of Apple Valley allegedly murdered ... More >>
According to a newly unsealed affidavit in the federal firearms case against alleged juggalo terrorist Buford "Bucky" Rogers, the 24-year-old Montevideo resident longed to return to the "cowboy days" when "everyone carried a gun," and he sought to get there, in part, by raiding a nearby National Gua ... More >>
Yesterday, police confirmed that three people had been found dead in a Zimmerman home -- 35-year-old Stephanie Shields and her two children, 7-year-old Nolan and 6-year-old Josephine.SEE ALSO: Aaron Schaffhausen pleads guilty to killing daughters, but says he was insane Though authorities said no su ... 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 >>
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 >>
With just 10 days to go until a possible state government shutdown, top GOP leaders are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to deal with the state's $5 billion budget deficit. House Speaker Kurt Zellers says it's time. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says that state legislator ... More >>
The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown. The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 2 ... More >>
Dan Rather insists he's not Michele Bachmann's campaign manager.Dan Rather used to be the poster child of liberal media bias for all good conservatives when he held down the CBS Evening News anchor chair. Then he got suckered into believing some claptrap about George W. Bush's National Guard ... More >>
Is it time to protest in St. Paul?After introducing a bevy of union-busting bills, Minnesota Republicans are sure starting to look like their Tea Party-ing Wisconsin counterparts. One measure, authored by Waseca Sen. Mike Parry, calls for the state--as well as local county governments and schoo ... More >>
State troopers and protesters clash.Tempers are flaring in Madison, where Republicans in the Assembly have used a controversial and possibly illegal maneuver to ram through a public employee union-busting bill. The Senate voted on the measure last night. The Assembly takes it up today -- if ... More >>
Walker's close to getting his wish.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one step closer to getting his union-busting bill, now that the GOP-controlled state Assembly snuck in an early-morning vote on the measure while Democrats were caught flat-footed. Now if only he could get those pesky state Senate ... More >>
Punk'dWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is dispatching state troopers again today in his never-ending effort to hunt down Senate Democrats. But elsewhere he's a laughing stock for having been punk'd into revealing his plans for trying to bust his state's public employee unions. "The 'damage cont ... More >>
Did Ian Murphy break the law with his prank call to Scott Walker?Everyone is talking about the 20-minute phony phone call in which Scott Walker unwittingly reveals his master plan to a liberal newspaper editor posing as a conservative financier.The Buffalo Beast, an alternative weekly, posted the ... 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 >>
Photo: Ruin RaiderIt's wet in Minneapolis. But it's wetter down south.Update: Gov. Tim Pawlenty has activated the National Guard. Details after the jump. Update: An island in Wisconsin is now floating away. Video after the jump. We here in the Twin Cities are grousing about another day of r ... More >>
From Ground Zero of the Immigration Crisis Along the Mexican Border
U.S. Army Sgt. Gregory Opoien ollies off a ramp in an operating base in Basra, Iraq. He's part of the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard.
Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) has enlisted as an infantryman.
The Venezuelan president has taken control of some of the country's rice facilities. Minnetonka-based Cargill's plant could be next.
The latest tactic in Iraq: Scare the crap out of terrorists with roller skis. It just might work.
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.
"Hardball" appearance and radio response to Bush on tap this weekend.
Meet the top enlisted soldier—and top lunchroom monitor—who's battling to dislodge Gil Gutknecht
The Pentagon tells Nat'l Guard families to laugh it up, Aunt Jemima disrupts city council meetings in Florida, James Traficant's prison art, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Beyond soundbites: detailed first-hand accounts from people trapped in the city after Katrina--what they did, what they saw, how they stayed alive.
"The people at the Convention Center were left high and fucking dry": a Blotter/CP web exclusive Dumas Carter, 30, is an eight-year veteran New Orleans police officer who wound up being one of just six NOPD cops on duty at the Convention Center complex after Katrina struck. A couple of days ago his ... More >>
This is the perhaps the most emailed of the numerous New Orleans survivor stories making the rounds. It's already been posted at Counterpunch, Daily Kos, Steve Gilliard's news blog, and many others. But it deserves to be reproduced as widely as possible, so we'll archive a copy here too. Counterpunc ... More >>
A week after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, we've heard from politicians, pundits, survivors, aid workers, and editorialists. Here are just a few of the notable comments coming out of the tragedy... "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." -- Re ... More >>
The first disaster was the hurricane. The second was the federal government's response.
Bush brigade prepares to take Manhattan
W gets in deeper on the guard question; The cover-up's the thing
Desaparecidos watch malaise overrun America's heartland