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  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Iowa butter cow desecrated by animal rights group [PHOTO]

    One of the Iowa State Fair's iconic attractions was vandalized by a group called Iowans for Animal Liberation early yesterday morning.SEE ALSO: Bryan Hathaway, Duluth-area dead deer sexer, allegedly assaults officer at Wal Mart The group left the fair's butter cow covered in red paint with "FREEDOM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Michele Bachmann reportedly knew about unethical payments to Iowa senator [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom; original post from morning of April 19 --Yesterday, we told you about how Andy Parrish is prepared to throw his old boss under the bus and corroborate allegations that Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign made unethical payments to Iowa Sen. Ken Sorenson.SEE ALSO: Michele Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Vikings' "Love Boat" lives on as family-friendly Iowa cruise ship

    The Minnetonka Queen no longer features Fred Smoot and his double-headed dildo, but nearly eight years after the Vikings made it famous thanks to an infamous in-season outing on Lake Minnetonka, the vessel lives on as a cruise ship.SEE ALSO: "Love Boat" captain Smoot pissed his pants during DWI arre ... More >>

  • 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 11, 2012

    Wells Fargo fires Richard Eggers for using counterfeit coin... in 1963

    SEE ALSO: Wells Fargo fires Wisconsin woman for 1972 shoplifting chargesIn May, we told you about Yolanda Qusada, a Wisconsin woman who was fired by Wells Fargo because she was convicted of two minor shoplifting charges in 1972.If you think losing your job for something that happened during the Nixo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Easter Egg Hunt: Find the journalists hidden on this week's City Pages cover

    This week's cover story, "The Fall of Michele Bachmann," features illustrations by local artist and author Ken Avidor, who also chronicled the Tom Petters trial for City Pages through comic strips a couple years ago. As usual with Avidor, there's more than first meets the eye to his Bachmann art. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Bachmann: God will facilitate victory in Iowa

    Polls indicate you are as likely to win tonight's Iowa caucuses as Michele Bachmann​Michele Bachmann believes God will intervene in tonight's Iowa caucuses and propel her to what would be an astonishing victory in her home state.Seriously -- she does.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Bachmann not pulling punches as Iowa Caucus nears

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Palin hot on Bachmann's heels into Iowa

    Happy couple Bachmann and Palin campaigning together for cash last year.​Whatever she's been doing in Iowa, it's paying off for Michele Bachmann, because she's now second only to Mitt Romney in the first Des Moines Register poll of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls. That gives America's Craziest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Michele Bachmann schedules Iowa presidential announcement

    ​Michele Bachmann will announce on Monday again that she's running for president -- just in case anyone missed the last time she said she was running for president, or the fawning national press reports that have followed. This time will be different, though. Reuters says she'll make the an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Bachmann "all but in" presidential race now that Huckabee is out

    Michele Bachmann thinks the Huckster's given her an opening.​We still don't know if Michele Bachmann is smarter than a high school sophomore, but she's pretty much convinced herself that she's presidential material now that Fox News yakker Mike Huckabee has abandoned the 2012 presidential race ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Michele Bachmann would only serve one term as president

    Bachmann would only serve four years. Probably. Maybe. We'll see.​Critics of Michele Bachmann sometimes suggest that her personal ambition and capacity for delusions of grandeur are without limit. Not so! Bachmann, in Iowa to further her fledgling presidential campaign, demonstrated her humi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Iowa's Lake Delhi flushed away in a single day [VIDEO]

    Lake Delhi drains away​One day, your'e sitting pretty on some pricey lakefront property. The next, you're staring at a big muddy bog. Welcome to what remains of Lake Delhi, east of Dubuque, where torrential rains washed away a not-up-to-snuff dam, property values dropped faster than you can sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty opens PACs in New Hampshire and Iowa just in case

    ​Just because he's launched political action committees in two key states in the presidential race -- Iowa and New Hampshire -- doesn't mean that Gov. Tim Pawlenty is actually setting his sites on the White House in 2012. No no no. Just thinking ahead, ya know? "We filed these committees no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Michael Jackson butter sculpture on tap for Iowa State Fair

    The Iowa State Fair will include a butter sculpture of a moonwalking Michael Jackson this year.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Metrodome screwing ruins your life

    The Iowa women busted for having random sex in a Metrodome bathroom with her own ... More >>

  • Feature

    January 9, 2008

    A raucous Iowa caucus

    The Wizard of Odds: Iowa begins the road to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2006

    Q: What sets the Strib apart from the following news websites?

    CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NY Times, LA Times, WashPost, St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Des Moines Register, Duluth Herald-Tribune, Grand Forks Herald, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, Iowa City Press-Citizen, Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, Rapid City (SD) Journal, Kenosha (WI) News, Yankton (SD) Daily Press & Dakotan. A: Un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2005
  • News

    July 6, 2005

    The Gospel According to Paul Dorr

    How a little-known political consultant from Iowa is beating back the menace of public education, one school referendum at a time

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2005

    Look who bought the myth

    Dr. Dean's image, the MSM and the Strib Howard Dean's slight return to the political pulpit at the Minneapolis Convention Center last night yielded few surprises, but a note or two of inspired rhetoric. The flourishes were largely ignored in the Star Tribune's account of the evening, and what repor ... More >>

  • News

    January 21, 2004

    Greetings from Marshalltown

    Where the campaigning was frenzied, the voters worried, and the outlook bleak

  • News

    March 11, 1998

    Dark Horse

    If he runs for president next year, there's little chance Sen. Paul Wellstone will win. But he just might nudge the Democrats slightly to the left.