U.S. Air Force

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Riley Swearingen Charged with Assault for Giving Mankato Cop "Wet Willy"

    Sure, it's no fun to be on the receiving end of a "wet willy," but you wouldn't think one would constitute felony assault, right?But that's one charge among a few 24-year-old Riley Swearingen faced for putting his saliva-dampened fingers in the ears of a Mankato cop during the course of drunken shen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Pot smoker, 73, could face prison for "25 to 30 bowls-a-day" habit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Philip Pariso, phony bomber, was discharged from military for drug abuse

    See Also: Pariso charged for holding bankers hostage with a fake bomb Before he allegedly held employees of a downtown Minneapolis bank hostage with a bomb hoax, 33-year-old Philip James Pariso was a senior airman in the United States Air Force, where he faced a court martial and discharge for inj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Michele Bachmann presidential announcement [VIDEO]

    Bachmann makes it official again.​To the surprise of exactly no one, Michele Bachmann walked out onto a stage in Waterloo, Iowa, this morning to announce again that she's running for president, just in case anyone missed it the first time, or the second time. Here's America's Craziest Congresswom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Rosanne Cash at the Minnesota State Fair, 8/31/10

    Photo by Nikki Miller​Rosanne Cash August 31, 2010 Minnesota State Fair, Leinie Lodge Bandshell On a summer night that brought two of music's biggest female artists to stages in St. Paul - Carrie Underwood at the State Fair Grandstand, and Lady Gaga at the Xcel Energy Center - it was on a thi ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2010

    Bill Hinkley, 1942-2010

    Saying goodbye to the Prairie Home Companion musician

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Bill Hinkley, 1942-2010

    Photos courtesy A Prairie Home Companion​Midnight on the Water: Bill Hinkley, in memoriamBY MARTIN KELLER The choice moments that suddenly arise when you can see a grand life coming to a close in front of you seem to have no respect for death -- and even less reverence for the heavy grief waiti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Jim Oberstar sets House hearings on BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle

    U.S. Air ForceA U.S. Air Force C130 drops oil-dispersing chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico​BP executives and others are going to get an earful from members of Congress tomorrow, when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure opens hearings into the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Shooting high-powered rifles

    We're getting jazzed just thinking about it. Power trip!

  • Columns

    June 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 14, 2006

    4/14: Morning Communique

    Wal-Mart sues logo parodists, ACLU sues the Air Force Reserves, W to get an upgraded Marine One, maps of religion in America, the Al Gore/global warming documentary, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2005
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2005
  • Blogs

    April 7, 2005


    Hands off the Slushy   In a muscular new campaign, Canada lays claim to its icy nether regions   A new regime with expansionist ambitions has begun to terrorize the world's seaways. The name of these brigands is the High Arctic Sovereignty Patrol and from Meighen to the Amund Ringnes Islands, the ... More >>

  • Music

    November 5, 2003
  • News

    January 8, 2003

    Whistle Stop

    Did Northwest Airlines try to muzzle a whistleblower?

  • News

    April 25, 2001

    Love, Money, or Mercy

    One thing is certain: Roy Hagen killed his wife with a single blast from a 12-gauge shotgun. After that, the story gets a whole lot murkier.

  • News

    September 20, 2000

    The Final Frontier

    An imaginary spaceship. Disembodied voices. An angel/whore named Amy. Rocco Dandrea's descent into madness and death--and the mental-health system that was ill-equipped to stop it.

  • News

    April 5, 2000
  • News

    August 18, 1999
  • News

    August 11, 1999

    Fall Out

    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.

  • Feature

    December 1, 1998
  • News

    June 25, 1997

    No Exit, II

    Monday's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Confinement of Sex Offenders Leaves Questions Unanswered, Including the Fate of Minnesota's Sexual Psychopath Laws.

  • Books

    March 26, 1997
  • News

    December 18, 1996

    Friendly Fire

    Gulf War Syndrome and How It All Began