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A glance off the beaten track of local news

Babies with pitchforks, men (and women!) with beards, and boys with Civil War rifles. ALSO: The latest health care, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, and Denny Hecker news.

Bad teeth on the Iron Range

PLUS: St. Paul crackdown on “loafers,” a new beer for “Nordeast,” and a catfight in kiddie land.

The Al Franken comic book

ALSO: Ellison votes on genocide; updates on Hecker, Petters and Garcia; Pawlenty takes aim at public television and radio.

GAMC: Let’s (maybe) make a deal

PLUS: Pawlenty assesses Bush presidency, a plan to cut state troopers, and more Hecker developments.