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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 →

Legislative Impasse Continues, State Workers Expect Layoffs

The standoff at the state capitol continues. Governor Dayton wanted to bring in a mediator to discuss the stalemate in the state budget, but the GOP wasn’t very into that idea. Conversely, Dayton didn’t send his commissioners to the meeting… Continue Reading →

Friday Open Thread: Sometimes Short Weeks are the Hardest

It was a sprint, but you made it to Friday.  Congratulations.

Mn/DOT Denies Wisconsin Beer Runs

Despite the support of the LaCrosse Area Planning Committe and local cycling organizations for pedestrian lanes, a new, 100-year-lifespan bridge linking the Minnesota and Wisconsin via Interstate 90 will be built for motor vehicle access only. La Crescent’s Planning Commission… Continue Reading →

Your Morning Coffee

Stuff About Minneapolis: The Northern Spark nuit blanche participatory art festival begins Saturday evening, 6/4, in Minneapolis. The overnight fest will feature “multi-story projections, audio environments with vistas, floating works on barges, houseboats and paddleboats, headphone concerts, and the use… Continue Reading →

More Apartments on the Way in Uptown, Booksmart Moves into Cheapo Space

A quick bit of news in Uptown around the Henn-Lake area via The Southwest Journal: The building those houses Cowboy Slims is going to be remodeled to include a new apartment complex (just what Uptown needs, right?) and that the Booksmart on Hennepin… Continue Reading →

North Dakota Courting Employees from Minnesota

It’s a tough job market across the nation, and that includes our own state of Minnesota. There’s one place in the country looking for employees, however, and that’s North Dakota. Governor Jack Dalrymple recently visited the Twin Cities to meet… Continue Reading →