St. Paul 14-year-old takes school bus for a three-mile cruise

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courtesy Roseville Police
The bus this morning, where it was stopped by a Shell station fuel island.
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Especially if you're driving a school bus.

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Global Village Duluth apologizes for "Annual MLK Day Black Sale"

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Global Village Duluth -- a downtown store selling "Clothing, jewelry, scarves, incense, cards, tapestries, lamps, instruments...more unique gifts than you can imagine!" -- published the above post on its Facebook page Friday.

SEE ALSO: Maynard's Restaurant apologizes for ill-conceived 9/11 promotion

This wasn't the first year Global Village held the "MLK Day Black Sale." But it was the first that the promotion was widely decried, and as a result store owner Rachel Mock issued a public apology earlier today.

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Mankato Free Press's "Rapefruit" gaffe makes list of 2013's top layout disasters

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The forbidden fruit...
Take a bow, Mankato Free Press layout folks. You've been recognized for your work this year.

THE BACKSTORY: Mankato Free Press runs story about "Rapefruit" on cover of food section [IMAGE]

Sure, it might not be the sort of recognition you want, but still... maybe it's better than nothing? I mean, at least people are paying attention to you, right?

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Serge Vorobyov wants your cash to help him build money-shooting truck

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For $5,000, Serge promises a diesel truck that shoots money out its exhaust.
Serge Vorobyov made it rain $1,000 in one dollar bills a week ago today at the MOA, but his 15 minutes of fame are just about through and so he's trying hard to dream up an encore.

RELATED: Serge Vorobyov's ex-wife on his MOA stunt: "It's not right"

Toward that end, Serge, 29, is trying to raise funds for one of the craziest ideas we've ever encountered. He wants to build a diesel truck that can shoot money out its exhaust pipe. He then plans to drive it to "the most needy part of the Twin Cities" in hopes of "making some Peoples [sic] Day." We shit you not!

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Chisago County Republican Party publishes extremely racist Facebook post

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"Pro-choice: Against slavery? Don't buy one"
-- Updates at bottom --

From the "I can't believe anybody thought this was a good idea" file: The Chisago County Republican Party posted the image at the top of this post to its Facebook page this morning.

SEE ALSO: Obama effigy hangs from Duluth billboard [PHOTO]

Yes, it's a shocking display of racism and bad judgment, but it's not as though many people in the right-leaning exurban county or elsewhere have taken notice -- the page only has 156 followers, and though new posts are published almost daily, not one of them has received a single "like" since October 6.

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ABM director, watching Amazing Race: "I'm cheering for a plane crash that kills 2 teams"

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Carrie Lucking
On Sunday, Carrie Lucking, the executive director of the liberal nonprofit Alliance for a Better Minnesota, wished death upon the two teams competing on the Amazing Race (facetiously).

SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison deletes 'Nothing like coke addicted James Brown to close GOP convention' tweet

As you'd expect, Lucking, formerly the communications director for the House DFL caucus -- she's also married to Mark Dayton's deputy chief of staff, Bob Hume -- is taking heat from Republicans for being so callous, even if she was only kidding.

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Mpls runaway girls planned to travel "out of the country to Wisconsin"

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The girls were found in St. Paul.
Tuesday afternoon, the MPD sent out an alert about five missing girls, ages 11 to 13, who vanished Monday after attending class at the Seward Montessori School.

SEE ALSO: Missing Minneapolis girl was simply crashing at a different friend's house

Thankfully, it turned out the girls weren't abducted or anything horrible like that. They were found safe and sound in St. Paul on Tuesday evening, still in the early stages of their plan to walk all the way to a foreign country -- that strange land of cheese and beer we know as Wisconsin.

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Maynard's Restaurant in Excelsior also offered a tasteless 9/11 promotion [IMAGE]

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:::: UPDATE II :::: Maynard's has now apologized for the promotion.

:::: UPDATE :::: Reached for comment this afternoon, a Maynard's employee said that despite the backlash, the restaurant is going ahead with the 9/11 promotion. It begins at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Management at Maynard's Restaurant in Excelsior must not pay much attention to the news. Because just a day after a Wisconsin golf course got eviscerated locally and nationally thanks to a tasteless 9/11 promotion, Maynard's went ahead and basically did the same thing.

SEE ALSO: Rainbow tries to make a buck off black history month

The image at the top of this post is a screengrab of a promotion that was running on the popular Lake Minnetonka restaurant's Facebook page earlier today. It was quickly deleted.

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Cub Foods apologizes for giving kids pill bottles with candy inside

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One of the pill containers Cub gave away at a parade, unpacked.
Cub Foods has apologized for giving kids pill bottles with candy inside them during last weekend's Inver Grove Heights Days Parade.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota House members vote to drug test themselves

As you can see at the top of this post, Brian and Katrina Leonida, parents of three kids, gave KARE 11 one of the bottles handed out by Cub representatives at the parade. It contained Laffy Taffy, gum, and a coupon.

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Peter Stasica admits to stealing prosthetic limbs from Fairview hospital

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Stasica worked as a manager at Fairview's prosthetics department.
A former manager at Fairview Health Services admitted today to stealing more than $122,000 in prosthetic limbs and other supplies and selling them on eBay.

Peter Stasica, a 52-year-old from Coon Rapids, worked as a manager at Fairview's orthotics and prosthetics department in 2011 when he began taking materials from the hospital, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He also solicited prosthetics no longer being used from patients, not disclosing his plan to put them up for bid.

Jeanne Cooney, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota, says this marks the first time she's seen anyone charged for dealing in stolen prosthetics. "This is a unique case."

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