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SPAM and legs: ‘Hormel Girls’ danced, sang, sold

By David Hawley | Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007
After World War II, scion Jay C. Hormel recruited G.I. Janes — Wacs, Waves, Spars, Women Marines and nurses — for a traveling troupe that grew to 60 performers before disbanding in 1953.

What’s the U.S. need from Pakistan? Its army

Ghulam Haniff has watched many a crisis shake the democracy in his native Pakistan over the years.
But the current flareup represents a more serious threat than even Pakistan has seen in the past, said Haniff, a political science professor at St.

Coming to a pump near you

What is this world coming to?
Whatever it is, it’s likely coming to a TV screen near you.
A bank of monitors at the gym or the airport already is no big deal. Same goes for multiple plasma screens above the bar.

How I got my brain scanned

A scientist at the University of Minnesota claimed recently that a brain scan machine he uses for research is so safe that one day people will be able to use it at the state fair, the mall or the science museum to find out just what’s going on in

Word by word, typo by typo, page by page

By Dave Wood | Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 Jon Hassler, who is busy working on his 15th novel, declines to let a Parkinson’s-like illness redefine his life.

Public disdain of Congress: less than meets the eye

By David Brauer
Monday, Nov. 12, 2007
Poll after poll shows Americans hold Congress in low regard. But a new and overlooked poll indicates that disapproval and happiness can go together.

To roof, or not to roof — a Shakespearean stadium question

To roof, or not to roof?
That is one of the fundamental questions facing the Vikings, policy makers and the pigskin-loving/tax-paying public as the discussion swirls around a new pro football stadium.

Rybak-Pawlenty political truce

Tick, tick, tick…By G.R. Anderson Jr. | Friday, Nov. 9, 2007 In the hours and weeks after the bridge collapse, longtime political adversaries Tim Pawlenty and R.T.