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$700 benches for sex offenders?

PLUS: Racino put out to pasture, Jesse pops up again, and lockdown story goes international.

Hey, kids! It’s ‘Racino Day!’

PLUS: Car dealer ups (GM lots) and downs (Hecker), and a Ventura “conspiracy” article spiked.

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.

Franken rallies for health care

ALSO: Pawlenty and Bachmann at CPAC; local press bids adieu to Taste of Minnesota founder Ron Maddox; wrestling with herpes.

Judge to Hecker: ‘Liar!’

PLUS: Money issues everywhere — Legislature, school districts, stimulus funds, property foreclosures. And Republican Party politics.