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MN Politician Responds To Williams’ Death With Campaign Tweet

A number of political observers and politicians alike took umbrage with a Minnesota politician’s response to news of the death of comedian and actor Robin Williams.

08/12/2014

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Reality Check: Is Jesse Ventura ‘Controversial’?

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation trial had a day off in St. Paul federal court Friday after a week of surprising revelations. Among them, Ventura testified in court that he doesn’t know if he’s controversial, or if he says anything provocative.

07/18/2014

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UND Students’ ‘Siouxper Drunk’ Shirts Denounced

The University of North Dakota is taking heat over shirts students choose to wear over the weekend which some are calling flat-out racist. A group of students photographed themselves wearing the shirts and posted them online.

05/13/2014

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GOP Presses For Resolution On Building Controversy

Legislative Republicans pressed Monday for a speedy resolution to a controversy over a proposed Senate office building, making clear they oppose its construction. Several GOP lawmakers said the state should make do with the space it has, and reconfigure Capitol renovation plans if necessary.

03/24/2014

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Wis. Soldiers Mugging Around Empty Casket Sparks Furor

A group photograph showing soldiers clowning around an empty, flag-draped casket has sparked a furor on Facebook, in military chat rooms and other social media where people say it’s disrespectful of veterans and those killed in action.

02/19/2014

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Cheerios’ Super Bowl Ad Ranks Among Viewers’ Top 10

General Mills’ Super Bowl commercial was ranked among audiences ten favorite ads from Sunday evening. The ad for Cheerios brought back the fictional interracial family who first appeared in a commercial last year.

02/03/2014

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Cheerios Brings Back Interracial Family For Super Bowl Ad

Cheerios is bringing back an interracial family to star in its Super Bowl ad. They were featured in an ad last year that made headlines after it sparked ugly comments online. But the negative remarks were followed by an outpouring of support for the fictional family.

01/29/2014

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Duluth Store Offers Sale On ‘Anything Black’ On MLK Day

A store in Duluth caused an uproar by having a special sale for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A sign at Global Village read “MLK Day sale, 25% off everything black.” The store also posted the sale on Facebook, drawing angry comments from across the country.

01/22/2014

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Wis. Dance Coach Fired Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Routine

The head coach of the Marshfield High School dance team has been fired after the team performed to an edited version of Robin Thicke’s popular but racy hit “Blurred Lines.”

10/02/2013

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Esme’s Blog: A Critical Week For The MN Orchestra

No one disagrees that it is one of the best orchestras in the world. For nearly a year they have been locked out by the Minnesota Orchestra Board. The Orchestra’s renowned conductor Osmo Vanska has […]

09/21/2013

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Twin Cities Forum On ‘Miss Saigon’ Planned

Asian-Americans in the Twin Cities have a chance to discuss an upcoming production of the musical “Miss Saigon.” Mu Performing Arts will host a public “Conversation Around ‘Miss Saigon'” Monday night at the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio headquarters in downtown St. Paul.

09/07/2013

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KDWB’s Dave Ryan Under Fire For School-Slamming Tweets

KDWB-FM radio host Dave Ryan is feeling the heat of controversy after he poked fun at several Minnesota schools on Twitter. While the series of tweets had some people laughing, the Minnesota Department of Education was not amused.

07/31/2013

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Covers That Drove You Mad

Other magazine covers that have stirred up controversy over the years.

07/18/2013

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A Sampling Of Provocative Rep. Bachmann Statements

Here is a sampling of memorable statements made by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who announced Wednesday she wouldn’t seek a fifth term in Congress.

05/29/2013

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Hitler Teapot Controversy

The internet is buzzing over a JCPenney billboard. Does this teapot look like Hitler? Twitter and Reddit users seem to think so. Share your opinion on our Facebook page. Check out the billboard and tweets […]

05/28/2013

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