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'Vampire King' Jonathon Sharkey running for Minnesota governornew

Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey has big ambitions. The self-described king of the vampyres just got out of an Indiana jail cell after cooling his heels on a conviction for threatening a judge. He's resting up in Tampa before heading home to New Jersey.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Hart Van Denburg  |  01-20-2010  |  Politics

Meet the Invisible Hands Behind Some of Minnesota's Biggest Billsnew

There are few things lawmakers like talking about less than the lobbyists they work with on a daily basis. This despite the fact that lobbyists write 90 percent of bills, clue legislators in on what backlash they can expect, and prep lawmakers on minutiae they don't have time to ponder.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Matt Snyders  |  01-20-2010  |  Commentary

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann: Crazy Like a Foxnew

Many worry that her remarks are detrimental to the national Republican Party's credibility, which is why not everyone inside the GOP is thrilled at the prospect of Bachmann becoming the face of their party. Nevertheless, GOP higher-ups have shown no effort to muzzle her, which suggests she fills an important role.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Matt Snyders  |  11-18-2009  |  Politics

Is the Smart and Well-Liked Legislator Paul Thissen Ready to be Minnesota's Governor?new

There hasn't been a Democrat governor of Minnesota since 1986. While the state DFL has seen success in nearly every other public office during that stretch, the last DFL governor was Rudy Perpich, a politician who served before many of today's voters were even born.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  10-14-2009  |  Politics

Is Tony Sutton the Savior of Minnesota's Republican Party?new

The "relentless" Sutton has the unenviable job of turning around a party that seems to have lost its bearings on a national scale. But don't tell that to Sutton. Far from playing defense, he has come out swinging with a gloves-be-damned attack on Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  08-26-2009  |  Politics

The Third Annual Comix Issue: The Meaning of Minnesota Nicenew

Twin Cities artists explain our unique disposition.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Staff  |  08-19-2009  |  Cartoons

My Experiment With Living Off the Land in Minneapolisnew

Teresa Marrone, who wrote Abundantly Wild: Collecting and Cooking Wild Edibles in the Upper Midwest, had agreed to assist me in my attempt to spend a day living off the land in the Twin Cities. When I first asked her if my conceit was possible, she replied, "Oh gosh, yeah -- but it won't be exactly what you wanted to eat."
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Rachel Hutton  |  07-29-2009  |  Food+Drink

Tim Pawlenty's Path to the Presidency: What He Needs to Do to Become No. 45new

His political allies say Pawlenty has said he'd like to be president, but the governor is no fool. If he wants to seize the Republican nomination, experts say there are several steps he'll need to take -- and fast. Consider this his to-do list.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Erin Carlyle  |  07-15-2009  |  Politics

Bowfishing: Catching Carp With a Bow and Arrownew

As partisan bickering over Minnesota's budget bubbled over in the Legislature this season, a little-known bill sailed through without controversy. It amended laws crafted during WWII and opened up pretty much all lakes and rivers to nighttime bowfishing.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  07-01-2009  |  Recreation

Minnesota's Legislators Didn't Get Obama's Mideast Memonew

The state's push for divestment from Iran came on the heels of President Obama's call for diplomacy. Just last week, Obama reiterated that Iran has some right to nuclear energy, provided it can prove it's for peaceful purposes.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Matt Snyders  |  06-10-2009  |  Politics

Minnesota Governor Cuts Healthcare for the Poornew

For over 30 years, General Assistance Medical Care has protected patients living far beneath the poverty line in Minnesota. But in the twilight of the legislative session, it became the victim of a line item veto from Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  David Hansen  |  06-05-2009  |  Policy Issues

A New School of Microbreweries Crops Up in Minnesotanew

Brau Brothers, Flat Earth, and Lift Bridge try their hand at estate beers, fruit-infused concoctions, and ... the "Facemeltor"?
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Rachel Hutton  |  05-14-2009  |  Food+Drink

Meet the Vulcans: The Twin Cites' Most Controversial Partiersnew

The Winter Carnival may be over for the year, but for St. Paul Vulcans past and present, the cape and goggles represent a year-round way of life.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Matt Snyders  |  02-18-2009  |  Culture

New Law Could Make Fathers' Rights Come Smoothernew

In Minnesota family courts, judges decide what's best for the kids on a case-by-case basis. But fathers' groups are pushing to change the law so that judges must favor shared parenting time, known as joint physical custody.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Erin Carlyle  |  02-04-2009  |  Civil Liberties

Great Lakes Surfers Pay No Mind to Frigid Tempsnew

We go to Duluth, Minn., to see what kind of brave souls partake of winter boarding.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  12-10-2008  |  Sports

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