Rival newspaper staffs join voices to carol for ailing reporter

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In a new video posted to YouTube, veteran political reporter Jim Ragsdale admits he was scooped – the only reporter in town who did not know that rival Star Tribune and Pioneer Press staffers were planning to meet up to serenade him with Christmas carols.

Ragsdale was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, MPR News' Bob Collins notes, and the singing scribes showed up at his doorstep over weekend, crooning the likes of "Holly Jolly Ragsdale" to wish him well.

A poignant few moments of the event were captured in a nice bit of video by the Pioneer Press' Ben Garvin (below).

Ragsdale left the St. Paul Pioneer Press two years ago to join the Minneapolis Star Tribune's political reporting staff, but the warring staffers set aside any differences as they piled into Ragsdale's house to offer him a little more holiday cheer.

"I'm feeling great, I'm feeling better," a beaming Ragsdale said, to cheers. Check it out:

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