The Annual Surge: Married Folks Ring in the New Year by Filing for Divorce

Photo courtesy of Dan Bluestein
January is the month of choice for divorce.

About the same time each year that winter announces its arrival, the number of aspiring divorcees walking through the doors of Michales & Barbosa surges.

The annual migration of the matrimonially challenged starts around Thanksgiving, gains strength through the holidays, and is a full-blown phenomenon by the early weeks of the New Year.

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Rain Costs Phil Hughes $500,000

Hughes walks off the Target Field mound for the last time this year.
Nobody was more impacted by yesterday afternoon's rain showers than Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, who likely lost out on half a million bucks as a result.

Hughes, you see, has a clause in his contract calling for him to receive a $500,000 bonus if he hits 210 innings pitched, and during his last start of the season, yesterday's 2-1 Twins win against Arizona, he was just one out away from that mark -- 209 2/3 innings pitched -- when rain brought things to a halt during the eighth inning.

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David Witt's cool Stillwater PBR mural painted over just before completion [PHOTOS]

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Minneapolis's drive to destroy kid's cool treehouse is kinda heartbreaking

Photo of Daniel's treehouse (visible at left) via Smith Wilkinson on Twitter
After a two-year drama, the Minneapolis Zoning Board will hold a public hearing tomorrow on whether to allow middle schooler Daniel Pryke to keep his impressive treehouse.

It doesn't look good. City staff's recommendation, phrased somewhat euphemistically, is to "deny... that the treehouse located at 1812 Emerson Ave S should be allowed to remain."

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David Witt's cool Stillwater PBR mural painted over just before completion [PHOTOS]

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Witt's mural looked like this shortly before it was scrubbed from existence.
On May 29, David Witt was riding high. After two weeks of work, the full-time illustrator was just about to wrap up the sponsored Pabst Blue Ribbon mural he was painting on the rail car outside the Freight House bar and restaurant in Stillwater.

Witt took to Twitter that afternoon and updated his progress:

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The State Fair poster looks like something out of a drug-induced nightmare [PHOTO]

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This page greeted some of the folks who tried to access today and donate.
What do the Obamacare website and have in common today? They both work about as well as e-pulltabs have in funding the Vikings stadium.

About two-thirds of the way though today's "Give to the Max Day," heavy traffic caused the Razoo-powered GiveMN site to give out. And while the coincidence of the crash happening around the same time Barack offered up his mea culpa about the Affordable Care Act's balky website may have caused some to chuckle, it's certainly no laughing matter for Minnesota's nonprofits.

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City Pages blogger plays e-pulltabs: A review

Photos by Aaron Rupar
Playing these machines isn't as painful as getting kicked in the shins, but it's more costly and comparably fun.
I've devoted a lot of digital ink to the epic disappointments that are e-pulltabs, so last night, I figured, What the hell? I'll head to O'Gara's and give 'em a shot.

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I'm a seasoned casino blackjack player, but until last night, I'd never ever played pulltabs in any form. So in order to compare and contrast, I decided to spend $5 on the electronic version and $5 on their old-school paper counterparts.

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E-pulltabs have raised as much money for the Vikings stadium as the tooth fairy

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So far, the state's e-pulltab plan has failed, and failed hard.
Lawmakers projected that e-pulltabs would raise $35 million toward the state's contribution for the new Vikings stadium during their first year of existence. Turns out that forecast was about $35 million too optimistic.

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According to numbers released yesterday by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board, e-pulltabs actually contributed $0 to the stadium cause after expenses were accounted for. Gamers spent $15 million playing e-pulltabs, but $13 million of that was gobbled up as prizes, with the remaining $2 million covering various charity expenses and taxes.

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New NoDak TV news anchor's first two on-air words are "fuckin' shit!" [VIDEO]

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To say A.J.'s debut was inauspicious would be an understatement.
A.J. Clemente's career as an anchor for Bismarck's NBC affiliate KFYR might've literally ended as soon as it began.

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This because the first two words Clemente uttered during his first telecast as anchor yesterday evening were "fuckin' shit!"

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MNGOP Sen. Sean Nienow says Dayton "duped" public about e-pulltabs, demands investigation

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Nienow wants answers about "how the Dayton administration provided estimates that are so amazingly wrong and how Minnesota won't be duped again."
The e-pulltabs that are supposed to fund the state's $348 million contribution for the new Vikings stadium were initially projected to generate $35 million by the end of this year. As the Star Tribune reported last Sunday, that projection was largely the handiwork of the very gambling companies that stood to profit if e-pulltabs were approved, while the organizations that have actually run charitable gambling operations in the state for decades weren't consulted.

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But thanks to a slow rollout and less-than-enthusiastic interest in the machines, the most recent projection has sliced the end-of-the-year number all the way down to a measly $1.7 million. And Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, wants answers.

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Lamborghini towed at University of St. Thomas [PHOTO]

Attention: If you are the owner of this white Lamborghini, it has been towed.
Now here's something you don't see every day: A Lamborghini being towed away.

The white Lambo was the talk of the University of St. Thomas campus on Friday after it was towed away in front of the stunned eyes of dozens of students, many of whom likely ate Ramen for lunch.

"Apparently there were multiple squad cars and two tow trucks there at one point," says University of St. Thomas student Bianca Jones. "They were obviously afraid of doing ANY type of damage."

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