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Kieffer's News Tribune communications

Howard O. Kieffer won't talk to the News Tribune about allegations that he was a phony attorney, but he has written the newspaper before. Only a few weeks before his Aug. 27 arrest, he sent an e-mail submission to the News Tribune's cookbook contest.

Howard O. Kieffer won't talk to the News Tribune about allegations that he was a phony attorney, but he has written the newspaper before. Only a few weeks before his Aug. 27 arrest, he sent an e-mail submission to the News Tribune's cookbook contest.

On Aug. 6, he wrote:

Following is my entry in your recipe contest:

Howard's California Cream Cheese Flan

6 eggs (jumbo if possible)

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1½ cups sugar

3 tblspns Water

1 8 oz. package cream cheese (Philadelphia brand or similar)

1 12 oz. can evaporated milk (Carnation or similar)

1 tspn vanilla extract

Let cream cheese come to room temperature in mixing bowl. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a Pyrex loaf pan, add 1/2 cup of the sugar and 3 tblspns water. Tilt back and forth slightly until all the sugar is wet. Put in microwave for 5-7 minutes on high power. Pay attention after 5 minutes and when sugar/water mixture turns a medium golden brown stop and remove. Tilt loaf pan (very hot on bottom) to all four sides so burnt sugar mixture coats all sides to within 1/2 inch on top; set aside. Cream the cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup of sugar, add three eggs, plus three egg yolks. Beat with mixer on low/medium speed. Add evaporated milk and vanilla, beat until thoroughly mixed -- there may be small bumps. Pour mixture in loaf pan that is coated with the burnt sugar. Place loaf pan in a 9 x 12 Pyrex baking dish that is filled half full with water. Place in center of 350 degree oven and bake for 70 minutes. Remove from oven, but not from water bath. Cool 15 minutes and (carefully) invert onto serving platter (remove loaf pan). Refrigerate until one hour before serving.

letter to the editor

On Feb. 8 this year, Kieffer also sent a letter to the editor, chiding the News Tribune for inappropriately naming people running for president as "candidates":

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Party nomination is not equivalent to the presidency

I appreciated that the News Tribune invited Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, as well as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, to submit their own persuasive pieces relevant to Northeastern Minnesota. I felt educated after reading all the submissions.

However, I do believe the News Tribune's identifying information, added after each piece, stating each was either a Democratic or Republican candidate for president, to be misleading -- or at least oversimplified. Make no mistake, each is a candidate for his or her party's nomination for president. They are not yet, however, candidates for president. At least for now.

Howard Kieffer

Duluth

And then there was his e-mail to Editorial Page Editor Robin Washington on Dec. 28, 2007, asking to be considered as a member of the News Tribune's Editorial Board:

"Hey Robin, I'd be interested in on on [sic] stint on your Editorial Board."

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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