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By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: March 24, 2009 - 8:42 AM

 The measure to be introduced at the Legislature this morning would combine all of Stearns and Benton counties and the northern part of Sherburne County.

Maybe someday, you'll be driving northwest of the Twin Cities and a sign along the highway will echo what you've heard for years from your radio: "Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average."

Several St. Cloud area legislators this morning are announcing legislation that calls for combining all of Stearns and Benton counties and the northern part of Sherburne County.

The bill is being written under the draft name "Lake Wobegon," the fictional town of Minnesota radio storyteller Garrison Keillor. Any eventual reformulated county would be given a permanent name by its residents.

The legislation is being announced at a State Capitol news conference at 10:45 a.m. by Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, and Reps. Larry Haws, DFL-St. Cloud, and Larry Hosch, DFL-St. Joseph.

Several Minnesota cities are spread over two counties, but St. Cloud is the only one in three counties -- and one of only a few like that nationwide, St. Cloud officials say.

According to the St. Cloud Times, the three legislators said in a joint letter to county commissioners announcing the bill:

"The county boundaries drawn by our forebearers worked for the time. They did not anticipate the difficulties three counties in one city -- or 47 different jurisdictions in a thirty mile radius -- would eventually bring."

There is at least one geographic use of the Lake Wobegon name in the region. The Lake Wobegon Trail is a 46-mile, hike-and-bike pathway. It runs from St. Joseph to Osakis and also has an extension on the west side of Albany heading northeast to Holdingford and beyond.

Source: StarTribune
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If I had money to burn a hole in my pocket.... )
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We are so lucky that McCain didn't win the election. Fox News, no less, is exposing how uninformed (I'm using this word to be diplomatic, because I really want to say dumb) she really is:

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OMG, I can't believe it. Tom Keith, who is Garrison Keillor's top sound-effects man (the other one is Fred Newman) is retiring from his morning show. He did say, however, that he will not retire from A Praririe Home Companion? Oh, we are getting old. Rats.  I just hope that GK won't retire. He keeps saying that he won't.

by Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio,
Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
October 15, 2008

St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Public Radio's long-running Morning Show is coming to an end.

Morning Show hosts Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole at the Fair with Star-Tribune Commentary Editor Eric Ringham, "Eric Hunters" Ochen Kaylan and Leslie Ball. (MPR Photo/Mike Pengra)

The program has been hosted by Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole on MPR's classical music service for 25 years. It is currently heard on the Current in the Twin Cities.

The decision to wrap up the show comes as a result of co-host Jim Ed Poole's desire to retire at the end of the year.

Jim Ed Poole was the name Garrison Keillor used to refer to his board operator Tom Keith when Keillor did the morning program in the early days of MPR.

Keith kept the name when he and Dale Connelly took over the show.

Connelly and Poole told listeners the news this morning.

Connelly will develop new programming for Minnesota Public Radio, and Tom Keith, Poole's creator, will continue his work as an actor and sound effects artist on American Public Media's Prairie Home Companion show.

The Morning Show will be replaced by classical music on MPR's classical music service. On the Current, the station's music programming will expand to fill the morning hours.

The final morning show will be broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theater on December 11.

SOURCE:  Minnesota Public Radio


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6 Gold Medals, so far.

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If you are interested in seeing more women who are not as beautiful without the magical touch of the makeup artist, here's the site for you:


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Police Raid Berwyn Heights Mayor's Home, Kill His 2 Labs.

I can't believe that this happened right here in my neck of the woods. This is so sad!

Read the story here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/30/AR2008073003299.html

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 William F. Buckley Jr. Is Dead at 82      
Sam Falk/The New York Times (1965)

-- Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. has died at age 82. His assistant Linda Bridges says Buckley died Wednesday morning at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.  Buckley became famous for his intellectual political writings in his magazine, the National Review. He suffered from diabetes and emphysema, although the exact cause of death was not immediately known. He was found at his desk in the study of his home, his son said. “He might have been working on a column,” his son  said.
SOURCE: Various News agencies
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"Lost" is one of a number of ABC shows included in the company's deal with Sprint Nextel.


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LOST to Return Early?

A few weeks back we were ahead of the pack with news of Day Break's unceremonious ejection from ABC's broadcast calendar. Well, we're at it again with buzz of mammoth proportions. Apparently, amid fears that the ongoing string of critically challenged replacements will bury ABC's chances of regaining its Wednesday footing, execs at the alphabet network have dropped in on the LOST crew with the following proposition: how much money do you need to get LOST on the air early....
This would be huge news for LOST fans who are still spasming over a dread seven weeks with no new material. For sure the move would generate humongous buzz for the network which is still reeling from what is considered a series of bad mistakes over its once dominate Wednesday night line up.

If it is done, LOST would return January 10th or January 17th, three to four weeks earlier then previously expected. The dependent factor is whether or not the production can be rounded out in time so that the series does not miss a week. The cost for beefing up LOST's post production temporarily seems well worth saving some face with a jaded fan base. Such a move could very well make ABC the most fan-friendly network.

Source: fangasm.com
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Mariners report new island in South Pacific
POSTED in CNN.com : 10:14 a.m. EST, November 9, 2006

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A new volcanic island has risen from the South Pacific near Tonga, according to reports from two vessels that passed the area.

The crew of the Maiken, a yacht that left the northern Tongan islands group of Vava'u in August, reported on their Web log on August 12 that they saw streaks of light, porous pumice stone floating in the water -- then "sailed into a vast, many-miles-wide belt of densely packed pumice."

They posted photos of huge "pumice rafts" that they encountered after passing Tonga's Late island while sailing toward Fiji.

"We were so fascinated and busy taking pictures that we plowed a couple of hundred meters into this surreal floating stone field before we realized that we had to turn back," wrote a crewman identified only as Haken.

The next day they spotted an active volcanic island, Haken wrote.

He said they could see the volcanic island clearly. "One mile in diameter and with four peaks and a central crater smoking with steam and once in a while an outburst high in the sky with lava and ashes. I think we're the first ones out here," he reported.

There was no official confirmation of a new island, either from Tonga's Ministry of Lands or the Tonga Defense Service.

Separately, fishing boat captain Siaosi Fenukitau reported seeing the volcanic island, the Matangitonga news Web site reported.

Richard Wunderman, editor of the Washington-based Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, said "a large pumice raft presumably from Tonga has been sweeping across Fiji, and we are trying to learn about its origins."

A previous eruption in the area generated a small island and similar fields of floating pumice, he said.

Pumice rafts drifted to Fiji in 1979 and 1984 from eruptions around Tonga, and some were reportedly 30 kilometers (19 miles) wide, the Matangitonga reported.


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