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Surly Bill Passed by Legislature

Yay! One of the bills passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton (one of the 32 bills, actually) allows Surly to move ahead on their brewery/beer garden/restaurant/beer lover vacation hotspot.

Your Morning Demitasse

MPR: Rescuing North Minneapolis’ blue herons in the tornado’s aftermath. Also: Raptor expert among the tornado victims. AP: Fact-checking Tim Pawlenty’s campaign kick-off. Grade: F. Salon: Why do Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann misquote the Constitution? AV Club: Some weird… Continue Reading →

Pawlenty Jokes That Rush Limbaugh is Buying the Vikings

Oh, official presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, you crack us up! While Pawlenty was on Rush Limbaugh’s talk show yesterday, Rush raised the issue of public funding for a stadium for the Vikings. T-Paw’s response? “The rumor is you’re gonna buy… Continue Reading →

Dayton Vetos GOP Budget, Move Creates Likelihood of Gov’t Shutdown’

Governor Dayton just used his veto pen on all nine Republican budget bills. GOP lawmakers contend that they balanced the budget through cuts and that the budget doesn’t need a tax increase, however, Governor Dayton saw the budget leading to… Continue Reading →

Calhoun’s Bad Rep Fits with Other Notable Local Names

Now that the scandalous history of Mr. Calhoun has been brought to our attention (and the attention of the Minneapolis Park Board), Stuff About Minneapolis raises the point that Calhoun is not the only name in Minneapolis with a dark… Continue Reading →

Your Morning Coffee

MPR: Happy 70th birthday to Bob Dylan STrib: End of session leaves Legacy funds hanging State of the Arts: Mixed Blood Theater to stop charging for admission Heavy Table: Pat’s Tap to finally open? MSP Biz Journal: Vodka cake! Arne… Continue Reading →

Lunds Poised for New Grocery and Liquor Store in Downtown Minneapolis

TC Biz Mag has the scoop that Lund’s has continued the process of bringing a large grocery and adjacent liquor store (and a Bachman‚Äôs store and potentially a Caribou coffee shop) to Hennepin Avenue and 12th Street South in downtown… Continue Reading →

Volume of Emails Opposing Gay Marriage Ban Crashes MN Senate Email

It took 38 of Minnesota’s senators to pass the bill that puts a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage up for state-wide vote, and The PiPress’s Political Animal reports it took around 230,000 email messages to overload the Senate’s email… Continue Reading →

Food Trucks Head to North Minneapolis to Help After Tornado

Sarah Boyd at CBS Local has a great report about local food trucks — including Smack Shack, Gastrotruck, Nate’s Dogs, Simply Steve’s and World Street Kitchen — using their mobility to move up to North Minneapolis to help out after… Continue Reading →

MN Rep. Cornish Replies to Gay Marriage Supporters: “Give It a Rest”

Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder has been in the news more for his bill to expand the use of deadly force with a gun, than the gay marriage issue. But after the Legislature passed a bill putting a constitutional amendment… Continue Reading →

Pawlenty Finally Makes It Official: He’s Running for President

After many months of running for President without officially committing to running for President, former Minnesota Governor Pawlenty is now on the record as running for President with one of his now signature high-end video trailers.

Your Morning Coffee

Strib: Deadly tornado and its aftermath. From Paul Douglas‘ weather blog: “It was the worst metro tornado since 1981, maybe ’65. Half a mile wide, winds may have topped 125 mph.” He says without the 7-minute warning that was given,… Continue Reading →