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2011: News Of The Weird

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January 13 - Minneapolis Named Gayest U.S. City
When you think of the United States’ gay meccas, you no doubt think of San Francisco or New York, right? Well, gay magazine The Advocate seems to think the nation’s GLBT capital is actually well within flyover country. Read the full story here.
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January 24 - Ventura Sues DHS, TSA Over Body Scans, Pat-Downs
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, saying full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints are violating his rights. Read the full story here.
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February 11 - The Grannies Take On The Grammys
Frank Vascellaro’s mother Rosalie and Mark Rosen’s mother Doris went through the Grammy nominations for Record of the Year. Read the full story here.
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March 8 - Mpls. Men Robbed After Hiring Exotic Dancers Online
A couple of young Minneapolis men who hired two exotic dancers they found on Craigslist ended up getting robbed at gunpoint. Read the full story here.
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March 11 - Comedian Gallagher Recovering From Heart Attack
Gallagher’s manager said the comedian was recovering from a minor heart attack after collapsing during a performance in Minnesota. Read the full story here.
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March 14 - MN Dog Owner Chooses At-Home Euthanasia For Beloved Dog
Janis Olson will tell you the hardest part of having a pet isn't cleaning up a litter box or the backyard, it's saying goodbye. She agreed to let WCCO-TV witness the death of her Husky Heather because she wants pet owners to know that at-home euthanasia is an option for them. Read the full story here.
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March 28 - Man Lives In Glass Apartment Inside Mall Of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota’s campaign "Let me see you move" is now on display at Mall of America. Read the full story here.
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April 4 - Minn. Nurse Hangs Up Scrubs For Women-Oriented Sex Shop
A Twin Cities nurse has hung up her scrubs to open an adult sex shop tailored to a woman's wants and needs in the bedroom. Read the full story here.
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May 12 - Man Reaches Plea Agreement In ‘Sex Toy Bomb’ Case
A Waseca man who was charged with turning a sex toy into a bomb, with the intentions of giving it to an ex-girlfriend, reached a plea agreement. Read the full story here.
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May 13 - Camel Eats Reporters Hair On Live TV
Reporter Tara Morgan, from WWBT-TV, thought she was doing a routine news shoot at a farm near Richmond, Va. Read the full story here.
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May 17 - Gingrich Hit With Glitter At Minneapolis Event
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista were hit with glittery confetti by a protester during the couple’s appearance at a book-signing. Read the full story here.
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May 17 - Wis. Man Plans To Eat 25,000th Big Mac
Don Gorske planned to eat his 25,000th Big Mac on the 39th anniversary of eating his first. Read the full story here.
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May 30 - Man, 21, Plans To Paddle Board The Mississippi River
A 21-year-old Mendota Heights man planned on paddle boarding the entire Mississippi River for a world record. He was doing it for a good cause, too. Read the full story here.
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May 31 - Waconia Man Named ‘Sexiest Vegetarian’ By PETA
A Waconia, Minn. man has been named the Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door for 2011. PETA and the readers of its website voted Jason Velick as the sexiest guy. Read the full story here.
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June 1 - 72-Year-Old Grandma Bites Robber
A 72-year-old East St. Paul woman found an effective way to deter robbers in her home. Nina Kraft bit one of them in the arm. Read the full story here.
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June 6 - Screech Machine Could Drive Teens Away From Park
The city of Hastings was looking to curb vandalism at a local park by installing a device that emits a high-frequency sound only heard by teens and some adults. Read the full story here.
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June 8 - Horse Loose On I-35 Backs Up Morning Traffic
Traffic was backed up on Interstate 35 E southbound because of a horse that was loose on the road for more than an hour. Read the full story here.
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June 11 - Fawn Rescued From Police Car
A Savage Police officer had an unusual suspect to deal with in the back of his squad car. Read the full story here.
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June 20 - Woman Pleads Guilty To Hiding Stolen Fur In Underwear
A 46-year-old woman pleaded guilty to hiding a stolen mink coat in her underwear. Read the full story here.
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June 29 - Man Trying To Get Candy Out Of Gas Tank Gets Stuck
A Fond du Lac man got his hand stuck in a car’s gas tank after he reached in to try to retrieve a Snicker’s candy bar he saw inside. Read the full story here.
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July 11 - Blind Yellow Lab Has Her Own Guide Dog
Some things in life are predictable. Find Duke and you’ll find Daisy. It is quickly apparent the two yellow Labrador retrievers get along better together. Without Duke, you see, Daisy bumps into things — a lot. Read the full story here.
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July 25 - A Breed Like No Other: Fainting Goats
There’s a breed of goats that give true meaning to the phrase “paralyzed in fear.” They’re called fainting goats and the breed is growing in popularity. Read the full story here.
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July 27 - Des Moines Woman Reports Being Hit By Bratwurst
Authorities say a Des Moines woman was assaulted with a bratwurst at her home. Read the full story here.
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August 4 - Police Follow Trail Of Vomit To Find Drunken Driver
It wasn’t hard for police to find a suspected drunken driver in Chaska, Minn. They just followed the trail of vomit. Read the full story here.
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August 29 - 2 Girls In PJs Take Stolen Goat For A Stroll
Mankato police probably never expected to get a call like this. The 911 caller said two young girls, dressed in their pajamas, were out for a walk with a goat. Read the full story here.
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September 2 - Wis. Teen Cited For ‘Planking’ On Police Car
A Manitowoc teen says police overreacted after citing him for “planking” on a squad car. Read the full story here.
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September 5 - State Fair Marriage Booth Glittered From Above
It was a cool and pleasant day for most people attending the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, but a few people got hit by a pop-up shower of a sort. Read the full story here.
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September 16 - Come Up To The Lab & See What’s On The Slab
We'll make this one simple. Don Shelby + fishnet tights. Read the full story here.
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October 3 - 5 Tips For Surviving The Zombie Pub Crawl
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, the rotted flesh is falling from the faces of the masses lumbering down Washington Avenue looking for a beer buzz. Read the full story here.
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October 12 - Northfield Copes With Beaver Boom
From spiders to mice, there has been a population boom among all types of pests this year. Now it seems we can now add beavers to that list. Read the full story here.
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October 12 - Turkey Intruder Crashes Into Apple Valley Home
A recent "break-in" at an Apple Valley home caused a lot of damage -- and a little laughter. Read the full story here.
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October 14 - Restauranteur To Baldies: Have A Free Meal
Blue Plate Restaurants offered the promotion at all seven of their locations -- Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, 3 Squares, Highland Grill, Groveland Tap, Scusi and The Lowry. Read the full story here.
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October 28 - Little Canada McD's Employee Since 1974 Retires (credit: CBS)
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November 7 - Frank Mans Tank, Smashes Car, Shoots Guns
When Frank Vascellaro discovered the fact that there is a Minnesota company that allows people to get inside massive tanks and drive them around, he thought he'd died and gone to Guy Heaven. Read the full story here.
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November 11 - MOA Chapel Brimming With 11-11-11 Nuptials
It was a busy day at the Mall of America's Chapel of Love, as a number of couples planned on tying the knot on 11/11/11. Read the full story here.
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November 22 - Roots 'Welcome' Bachmann With Pointed Song Choice
Jimmy Fallon's house band the Roots didn't have a warm welcome for Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann when she appeared on the NBC show. Read the full story here.
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November 28 - Former Viking Gets Into Cane Fight With Old Foe
As if to prove that some grudges last a lifetime, there was a brawl between two former football players, both now 73 years old, over the weekend. Read the full story here.
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December 8 - 1, 2, 3, 4 — Michigan & Wisconsin Declare Mitten War
Michigan and Wisconsin have thrown off the gloves and are engaged in hand-to-hand combat in a debate over which of them looks more like a mitten. Read the full story here.
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