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2008-07-25 18:00:14

By Rick Alonzo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 25--MANKATO -- Tarvaris Jackson said the Brett Favre speculation would never have come up if Jackson were an established, proven quarterback. But he's not. The Vikings reportedly are considered Favre's ideal destination if he were to work his way out of Green Bay, with which he remains under contract. Jackson has heard all the speculation regarding Favre, and he's taking it in stride. He said he's not offended by the talk. "I know...

2008-07-24 15:00:13

By Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 24--The lights will stay on at the Ford plant in St. Paul for two more years. Today, Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. said its Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood -- scheduled to close a little over a year from now -- will continue producing the Ranger small pickup through 2011. While U.S. sales of lightweight trucks are down 18 percent, sales of the Ford Ranger are off only 4...

2008-07-24 03:00:59

By Jeremy Olson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 24--Tough negotiating between Minnesota's largest health insurer and the state's third-largest health system has patients scrambling to find new doctors and worrying about disruptions to their medical care. Jennifer O'Hara searched hard to find the right doctor to deliver her first child and felt comfortable with her choice at the Fairview Riverside Woman's Clinic in Minneapolis. Now the St. Paul woman is considering a switch in...

2008-07-22 03:00:34

By Jason Hoppin, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 22--It's not often a lifelong executive in the heavy construction industry is asked for an autograph. That's what happened recently to Peter Sanderson, the Flatiron-Manson project manager for the new Interstate 35W bridge project. In fact, anyone would be hard-pressed to find another construction executive who has received the kind of rock star treatment Sanderson has during his nearly yearlong stay in Minnesota. "It's been something...

2008-07-22 03:00:00

By Julie Forster, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 22--Some baristas at the Mall of America Starbucks are using the company's recently announced plans to close 600 stores nationwide to publicize a 4-year-old union organizing effort. Starbucks plans to close 27 Minnesota locations. On Monday, two workers walked off the cafe floor and delivered a demand letter to the store manager asking for, among other things, a more lucrative severance package for workers in Minnesota affected by...

2008-07-22 03:00:00

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 22--Troubled by tough economic conditions and needing to reduce costs, Midwest Airlines said Monday it's cutting service to some cities and eliminating nonstop flights to others. At the same time, the Milwaukee-based carrier will expand its code-share agreement with Northwest Airlines by more than 100 new city pairs. Midwest will maintain flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Milwaukee. The flights being...

2008-07-21 15:00:31

By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 20--Cell phones, once awkwardly designed and awful to use, have come a long way -- thank Apple for that. When it entered the cellular market a year ago with its groundbreaking iPhone, I declared it the first phone I'd buy. I adored its advanced, easy-to use touch display and its seamless integration of phone, iPod and Web-access features. As a cell-less cheapskate, though, I blanched at the iPhone's steep cost. That was...

2008-07-20 03:00:43

By Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 20--When Sue Sullivan goes in for Botox to help with her headaches, she sometimes indulges in a few strictly cosmetic treatments, too. Sullivan, 53, of Maple Grove, pays for headache treatments out of her family's main budget and taps her bonus for the strictly wrinkle-zapping procedures -- everything from Botox and dermal fillers to laser treatments. But with the slowing economy, Sullivan has held off on certain cosmetic...

2008-07-18 03:00:32

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 18--If you're an ABBA fan, you'll be delighted to know the group's songs in "Mamma Mia!" which opens today, sound almost exactly the same as you remember. Many of ABBA's greatest hits appear in the musical based on the stage smash that was inspired by the Swedish band's '70s hits. And songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have achieved verisipopitude by rehiring most of the musicians who played on the 30-year-old pop hits....

2008-07-18 03:00:00

By Julie Forster, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 18--The rise of social networking Web sites has some employers asking a sensitive question: Should workers be allowed to poke their friends in the office? Sites like Facebook and MySpace have become as common as cell phones for a growing number of workers, many of whom use the sites to post photos and shoot a cyber-hi to friends -- Facebook calls this a "poke" -- during working hours. While many companies look the other way, a...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'