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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.)


More Merchandise on the Move in Minnesota

The PiPress takes at two trends in mobile vending. First, Kathy Jenkins gives us a breakdown on the make-shift food truck food court that is now popping up at lunch time in St. Paul. The trucks, including the Chef Shack, Magic Bus Cafe, 128 Mobile and more, set up shop on Kellogg Boulevard near Wabasha Street for downtowners to walk over and get some grub.

And while food trucks on a part-time schedule are delivering food options to busy parts of St. Paul, some temporary stores — or “occasional shops” — are also popping up around the metro.


Your Morning Coffee

MPR: Public Policy poll says Minnesotans don’t want Bachmann or T-Paw to run for White House

CBS Local: T-Pups close deal with Ricky Rubio

LOL/OMG: GLEE dines at the Red Stag

myFOX9: Twin Cities get new high tech fancy soda fountains! [via]

STrib: Downtown Minneapolis gets new theater!

The Journal: Video interviews with people affected by the devastating tornado damage


Inside MPR’s Newsroom: Past and Present

Riffing on this week’s City Pages cover story on and Q&A with Minnesota Public Radio founder and American Public Media empire builder Bill Kling, Bob Collins took a photowalk through the MPR newsroom to show Newscut readers a behind the scenes look on how the reporting is made.


Visanthe Shiancoe Wants You to Answer the ‘Call of Duty’

When it comes to the Minnesota Vikings and video games, it’s usually kicker Chris Kluwe who gets the recognition. But Complex Magazine, a magazine for aficionados of the dude lifestyle (slightly NSFW, lots of bikinis), recently talked gaming with Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who has recently been using his twitter account to recruit online opponents to play against him in Call of Duty Black Ops.