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Sex trade follows oil boom into North Dakota

startribune.com — The gray-haired man sat at the bar at Applebee's in a sport coat, nursing a vodka soda on a summer Thursday afternoon. A blonde, middle-aged woman in black leggings, toting zebra-striped luggage, sat down beside him and began to talk. She scrawled "Ginger" on a bar napkin and a phone number with a Virginia area code.
Aug 30, 2014

North Dakota cop: “It’s easier to get a prostitute than it is ordering pizza." buff.ly/1n9gjUv

Aug 30, 2014

"One drive-through coffee hut features scantily clad baristas; another lists drinks in bra sizes." buff.ly/Y16FO3

Aug 30, 2014

"Boomtown Babes Espresso located in a hotel parking lot in Williston, ND." buff.ly/Y16x15 pic.twitter.com/gm7vlQwnlR

Aug 30, 2014

Flip side to North Dakota's revenue windfall thanks to oil: Sex trade follows oil boom. buff.ly/1pUoZmp

Aug 30, 2014

"The man gripped the napkin and grinned, marveling aloud to others at the bar: 'She was a hooker!'” startribune.com/local/27326899…

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With ads and fair fuss, Minnesota's Senate race heats up

startribune.com — Along with enjoying a Guinness and a meat-laden "Gizmo" at the Minnesota State Fair, Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is spending the end of his summer hammering at Democratic Sen. Al Franken. The senator has been too partisan, the challenger decried. He's made distasteful jokes, McFadden stressed for weeks.

Vikings placing safety Sanford on injured reserve

blog.startribune.com — The Vikings will place safety Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, according to a league source. Sanford, a starter for the Vikings in 2012 and 2013, injured his quad in last Thursday's preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs and could not play two nights ago against the Tennessee Titans.

Mayor requests for review of incident involving video of St. Paul police in skyway

startribune.com — St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has requested a "full review" of a controversial incident that was publicized this week when a YouTube video was posted showing St. Paul police officers arresting and using a Taser on a man in the city's skyway earlier this year. Chris V.
Aug 30, 2014

RT @ClaraJeffery: St. Paul's mayor has asked for a full review of the tasing incident. Really horrifying: startribune.com/local/east/273…

Aug 30, 2014

St. Paul's mayor has asked for a full review of the tasing incident. Really horrifying: startribune.com/local/east/273…

Aug 29, 2014

RT @StarTribune: St. Paul mayor asks for review of incident with man Tased on skyway by police. strib.mn/1vVeMH8 Background: strib.mn/1pO40Sq

Aug 29, 2014

St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman calls for "full review" of arrest, tasing of man who sat in lounge on skyway. strib.mn/1vVeMH8

Aug 29, 2014

RT @stribnorfleet: Mayor requests for review of incident involving video of St. Paul police in skyway strib.mn/1vVeMH8

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Lucy Laney School in Minneapolis struggles to meet standards

startribune.com — Lucy Craft Laney Community School Principal Mauri Melander always braces for the release of the annual standardized testing numbers. This year, they revealed a low point that was hard to ignore: Not a single seventh-grader at the school met state math standards last year.
Aug 30, 2014

Lucy Laney School in Minneapolis struggles to meet standards strib.mn/1pSvo1q

U's D-linemen stand out in opener, then sit out

startribune.com — Scott Ekpe was one reason the Gophers believed they could succeed along the defensive line this year, even with Ra'Shede Hageman playing for the Atlanta Falcons. But there were indications Friday that Ekpe, a starting defensive tackle, suffered a potential season-ending knee injury early in Thursday's season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois.
Aug 30, 2014

#Gophers Insider: Why this team is concerned about mounting injuries on the D-line. startribune.com/sports/gophers…

Minneapolis provides final local consent for Southwest light rail

Aug 29, 2014

RT @gspphoto: Mpls city council votes 10-3, provides final local consent for Southwest LRT strib.mn/1sQi9N9 by @StribRoper pic.twitter.com/k5RRZWxo29

Aug 29, 2014

Mpls city council votes 10-3, provides final local consent for Southwest LRT strib.mn/1sQi9N9 by @StribRoper pic.twitter.com/k5RRZWxo29

Aug 29, 2014

Meant to include link in last tweet. Here is write-through of SWLRT meeting strib.mn/1osDqIY

Aug 29, 2014

RT @BairdStrib: Minneapolis provides final local consent for Southwest light rail strib.mn/1sQi9N9

Aug 29, 2014

Municipal consent for SWLRT passes the Council 10-3. Last local approval needed for $1.6B project. Here's story: strib.mn/1osDqIY