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 argues that Mn/DOT has not been forthcoming about the project or receptive to other solutions, but the department counters that additional lanes are not feasible, due to cost, environmental impacts, aesthetics, and safety concerns on the span. Should Minnesotans be able to make a literal run for Sunday booze and illegal fireworks?

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 of everything from bioluminescent algae and sewer pipes for organs to more traditional media such as banjos and puppets.”

ʇɔǝɟɹǝd Duluth Day: Jump down a manhole/Light yourself a candle/Cast your aspirations/Forge an ironclad sensation. (Then, with  your winnings, you can deal with the handles stolen by some vandals.) [via]

City Pages: It’s Grand Old Day this Sunday in St. Paul! The official start of summertime drunken debauchery outdoor music festivals.

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 is relocating to the basement of Cheapo (the vinyl is heading upstairs).

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 with investors and business leaders, and the following day a career fair was held to highlight some of the sectors, many of which are surprisingly non-oil related, with job openings.

(Semi-related, in case you haven’t heard, there’s very serious flooding happening right now in the middle of our neighboring state. Many people along the Missouri River and Lake Sakakwea are losing their homes to high waters.)