Friday, May 24, 2013
In an opinion article in the Brainerd Dispatch, the deadly storm in Moore, OK brings back memories of 'a community shredded by tornadoes' in Fridley.
Mike Holst of Crosslake was a first responder when tornadoes struck Fridley 48 years ago this week. In an opinion article in the Brainerd Dispatch, Holst warns that rescuers who responded to the deadly twister in Moore, OK will long "remember a day that was—as if it was yesterday." An excerpt from Holst's Brainerd Dispatch article: Every natural tragedy, like the tornadoes this week in Oklahoma, bring a floodgate of memories to all of the people, who once worked or are still working as first responders. I know for me it was Fridley, Minn., in 1965. How well I remember the eerie darkness that night as it fell over a community shredded by tornadoes. It was the hopeless feeling of where to start when it came to finding and helping the …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Citing concerns over corporate ag giant's practices, blogger Shawn Aune organizing Saturday rally.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
What's your take on Minnesota's higher cigarette and income taxes, same-sex marriage law, all-day kindergarten funding, gun control measures, minimum wage and more?
What do you like—or dislike—in what the Minnesota Legislature did or didn't do? Leave a comment below. The Star Tribune posted a handy list of issues the Minnesota Legislature did and didn't tackle in the session that ended Monday at midnight. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Leave a comment below. DID: DIDN'T DO: See the full post at startribune.com. Which actions the Minnesota Legislature took do you support or oppose? Leave a comment below.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
As you give your child an extra hug, send out your thoughts to Oklahoma and share what makes the educators in your child’s life special.
Last week, I had the opportunity visit with a few children at the Excelsior Farmers Market. Not surprising, they knew the exact number of days left until summer break. While many of our kids in Minnesota are eyeing the calendar with anticipation for summer break, I was reminded this week how much we owe our educators. As parents, we send our children off to school each morning expecting another typical school day until we pick them up. It becomes a parents worst nightmare when unexpected tragedies and circumstances hit a school – situations that seem to have been all too common nationwide during the 2013-2013 school year. Yet, time and time again, we hear about educators that put their life on the line to save those students they are …
Monday, May 20, 2013
A Brookings Institution study found that the number of poor in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs more than doubled over the past decade.
If the stressed food banks and increasing demand for social services weren’t enough proof, Twin Cities residents now have further evidence that poverty is part of the suburban landscape. A Brookings Institution study released Monday reports that the number of poor in Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs more than doubled between 2000 and 2011. The 127.9 percent increase in the suburbs was well above the 47.7 percent increase in urban areas. Click on the PDF to the right of the article to see a summary of the Twin Cities data. This is a trend providers have been well aware of for some time. Hennepin County's Human Services and Public Health Department is in the process of creating “social services hubs” in the suburbs specifically to create one-…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hear about and comment on the city's Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the former JLT/Tiro site at Fridley City Hall on May 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Have a look at the City of Fridley's report on the former JLT or Tiro Industries site here or at the City of Fridley website. Then attend a public information meeting Monday evening: On May 10, 2013, The City of Fridley submitted an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to the State Environmental Quality Board for Publication. This EAW is associated with the redevelopment of 27 acres of the former Tiro Industries Site (5601 East River Road). The EQB will publish in their EQB Monitor on May 27, 2013. There will be a public information meeting at the Fridley Municipal Center, 6431 University Avenue N.E. on May 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of: Providing information on and allowing comments on the EAW Document prepared in …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Reader and blogger Shawn Aune says we should prepare for even more expensive gasoline—and more.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development gives tips for starting a business.
The Philadelphia doctor was found guilty of murdering three babies after botched late-term abortions and was given life in prison Tuesday.
A Philadelphia doctor found guilty of murdering three babies born alive in an abortion clinic serving low-income women agreed to two life sentences Tuesday, and was sentenced to a third Wednesday. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, agreed to his sentences and waived his right to an appeal in order to avoid the possibility of being condemned to death. According to ABC News, prosecutors were seeking the death penalty, but because of Gosnell's advanced age it was deemed unlikely that he would live long enough for death penalty appeals which can last decades. According to Reuters, Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder Monday after he reportedly delivered the live babies during late-term abortions and then deliberately severed their spinal cords. …
Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature Tuesday didn’t end the heated debate around same-sex marriage.
Whatever side of the debate you fall on, there’s no denying that this week’s passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage was a historical moment. Minnesota became just the 12th state to sanction gay marriage when Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. Patch readers quickly wrote in to share their thoughts on the moment. Eagan Patch reader Kathi Malone echoed the view of legislators who voted yes in seeing same-sex marriage as a civil right: I am so happy that finally gay people will be able to have the civil right to marry. This is truly an American vote for freedom. I applaud Sen Clausen and all other legislators who voted for this historical bill. James N added: Thank you Senator Carlson and the entire MN legislature for extending …