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2008-07-04 09:00:05

By David Hanners, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 4--When politicians claim scads of people earn a living by selling stuff on eBay, Max P. Sanders probably wasn't the sort of person they had in mind. Sanders, a 19-year-old University of Minnesota student, was charged with a felony Thursday, after placing an auction ad on eBay with the headline, "I'm selling my vote in the Presidential Election." "The rules are simple, the highest bidder will tell me who to cast my vote for in the...

2008-07-03 18:00:25

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 3--Just in time for the Fourth of July: another attempt by the nation's major airlines to increase fuel surcharges. On Wednesday night, United Airlines added an additional $20 fuel surcharge to fares on routes where there's no competition from low-cost carriers, said Tom Parsons, who operates bestfares.com. This morning American and Delta matched that increase. Now, Parsons said, the remaining legacy carriers have the entire long...

2008-07-01 21:00:07

By Julie Forster, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 2--Wal-Mart Stores routinely shorted workers at its Minnesota stores of their rest breaks, meal breaks and forced them to work off the clock without pay, a Dakota County District judge has found. In a 151-page decision made public Tuesday morning, Judge Robert King, Jr., found that Wal-Mart was liabile for breach of contract with its workers and that the retailer violated the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act. King's order follows...

2008-07-01 12:00:31

By Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 1--The latest party spot for rent in Dakota County is 150 feet off the ground and steeped in 8,000 years of human history. Wednesday will mark the official opening of the new Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center -- a conference-style nature hub located along the Mississippi River bluffs in Nininger Township, northwest of Hastings. Dakota County officials are touting the center, which is powered by a 110-foot wind turbine, as the first...

2008-07-01 12:00:00

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 1--When Internet Broadcasting Systems hatched its business of helping local TV stations build and run their own Web sites 12 years ago, few people knew much about the Internet. Now, a Web presence is a no-brainer and creating one is getting easier every day. And that's trouble for Internet Broadcasting. None of the Twin Cities' local TV stations, for example, uses its services. "I don't think there's clearly as much...

2008-06-27 21:02:22

By Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 27--While he's not exactly a household name, photographer Lee Friedlander is among the medium's most prolific artists. A retrospective of his work that opens Sunday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts proves the point. It features nearly 500 photos by Friedlander that span a half-century. "There's a lot to absorb in all of his photographs," says George Slade, an adjunct assistant curator at the MIA and artistic director of the...

2008-06-27 15:02:43

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 27--Just 11 weeks after launching its Twin Cities-to-Paris nonstop service, record oil prices and decreased demand are forcing Northwest Airlines to say au revoir. The airline is suspending the Paris service effective Oct. 8, though it plans to bring it back in spring. Two other Northwest international routes -- Detroit to Dusseldorf and Hartford, Conn. to Amsterdam -- are being canceled. The Eagan-based airline recently indicated it...

2008-06-27 12:03:09

By Jeremy Olson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 27--For better or worse, Todd Goodier decided to recover from his stroke by measuring himself against the people around him. When he saw a stroke victim who couldn't comprehend speech, he took solace that his own attack back home in Red Wing, Minn., hadn't been worse. When he saw someone doing better, he resolved to work harder during therapy and recover movement in his left arm and leg. So imagine the value of a bedside visit from...

2008-06-26 12:03:20

By Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 26--csnowbeck@pioneerpress.com St. Jude Medical announced this morning the first patient implants in a study to see whether a brain pacemaker device can help people with a severe form of depression. The patients -- a 59-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man -- received the implantable devices at a hospital in Chicago. Little Canada-based St. Jude's device includes a pulse generator that is implanted near the collarbone and...

2008-06-26 12:00:00

By Nick Ferraro, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 26--A welcome surprise jumped out at Dave Haak as he sat near the shoreline at Lily Lake one sunny afternoon late last week -- and it wasn't a giant sunfish. 'The water looks clearer, a bit cleaner than it was last year,' said Haak, 72, who took his two young grandkids to the Stillwater lake to fish and swim for the first time this year. Thanks to the later-than-normal ice-out and cool spring temperatures, summer enthusiasts eager...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.