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Uptown Bar Owners, Residents Discuss Proposed Noise and Patio Regulations

Minneapolis City Council Member Meg Tuthill caused a storm of controversy when she laid out new late-night noise restrictions for her Uptown district. Yesterday both bar owners and residents voiced their opinions on the proposed ordinance at City Hall;┬áTom Horgen… Continue Reading →

Target Turns Concrete Barriers into Beach Balls, Causing Concern About Injuries

Well, that’s unfortunate: Target had to remove the beach ball decorations from the concrete barriers in front of their stores because of concern about potential injuries.

Your Morning Coffee

CBS Local: Jason interviews the new youtube fav “just learned to ride a bike kid” MPR: State budget stalemate and politicking continues KARE 11: I-94 buckles in the heat PiPress: Hastings says ‘Those darn teens are back, turn on the… Continue Reading →

MN’s John Kline Becomes Key Figure for Education Funding

Two interesting reports this morning on Minnesota Representative John Kline‘s work as chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee in Congress. MPR talks with Kline about his work overhauling the very unpopular No Child Left Behind initiative, its corresponding… Continue Reading →

Lawsuits Still Being Settled from RNC in 2008

The TC Daily Planet is keeping a running score on recent payments for lawsuits stemming from 2008’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul. So far plaintiffs have received separate settlements for a warrantless raid, being shot in the stomach with… Continue Reading →

Your Morning Coffee

PiPress: Pianos On Parade at Grand Old Day. St. Cloud Times: When I used to visit Grandma/I was very much impressed/By her all-purpose apron/And the power it possessed. Strib: Do the results of health code inspections greatly influence your dining… Continue Reading →

James Arness dies at age 88

Here’s the Strib obit, filled with Minneapolis-centric detail. Jim’s big break came when his mentor, John Wayne, recommended that Arness be cast as Matt Dillion in “Gunsmoke,” which later became TV’s most-watched series from 1957-1961. Prior to that, Arness had… Continue Reading →