Bob Collins is off today, and no one can do 5x8 like him, so we won't even try
This just in: The rapidly-spreading "Sitting is killing you" meme may killing you faster than sitting is killing you. It's producing a lethal cocktail of guilt for enjoying sitting and frustration over the inability to do much about it in the workplace.
You've seen this infographic, right?
Via: Medical Billing And Coding
Some people are, ahem, taking a stand -- take Steve Mullis of MPRnews.org, for example.
We even have a treadmill in the MPR newsroom now. Fighting the good fight.
In a few years Arden Hills, Minnesota could be one of those cities that national TV audiences hear a lot but know nothing about. You know, like Pontiac, Michigan, former home of the Detroit Lions stadium.
Heck, Minnesotans don't know much about it. So as the legislature considers whether to spend public money on a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills, here are five things to know about the Twin Cities suburb:
1. The City of Arden Hills agreed to buy a portion of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site in 2006, intending to develop the site for homes and commerce. Price tag: $45 million, according to Wikipedia.
4. Arden Hills is the corporate base of Land O'Lakes, which for some reason maintains a Twitter account.
5. Van Morrison wrote and recorded a song called "Linden Arden Stole the Highlights," which has absolutely nothing to do with Arden Hills. But hey, we're running out of material here.
If you don't think this is strange, it's only because you haven't thought of it yet.
Remember August of 2009, when the Lutherans were meeting in Minneapolis? They voted to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy. During the meeting, a tornado hit the convention center and nearby Central Lutheran Church. The Rev. Tom Brock (who later turned admitted struggling with his own sexual orientation) called the tornado an act of God.
"It was God saying 'hello,' and sadly, the Lutherans ignored it," Brock said on a radio show.
Jump ahead to 2011. Two nights ago, a vote by ministers and elders meeting in St. Louis Park cleared the way for the nation's largest Presbyterian group to reverse its ban on openly gay members of the clergy. And what was the other breaking news story of Tuesday evening?
Minnesota's first tornado of 2011, that's what. It touched down in Wright County, a far piece from St. Louis Park. But still.
Now, people are just asking for trouble when they try to discern the hand of God in severe weather, let alone in natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Think of Pat Robertson's pronouncements on Haiti and 9/11. Even so, this is a pretty big coincidence.
Wait a minute, though. Didn't the Lutheran vote come AFTER the 2009 tornado? We should check the headlines from Wednesday, not Tuesday night. What happened on Wednesday?
Hmm. Maybe we should just agree that God moves in mysterious ways, and leave it at that.(9 Comments)
Anglers are double-checking tackle boxes and making the final preparations before they head out on the open water for the fishing opener this weekend. But after a look at the DNR's account of state record fish one is left to wonder if the fish have gotten smarter, or simply smaller.
Of the prize fish pulled out of area lakes, most of the records were set decades ago. The biggest walleye weighed in at 17 pounds 8 ounces was caught in the Seagull River in 1979. The largest smallmouth bass was an 8 pounder caught in 1948. A 45-pound northern pike was pulled out of Basswood Lake in 1929.
There certainly are some more recent records, but the accomplishments of modern anglers are dwarfed by our elders.(2 Comments)
Posted at 2:40 PM on May 12, 2011
by Eric Ringham
Filed under: Politics
The advocacy group A Minnesota Without Poverty has just released a video arguing for a public-sector response to public problems. A note from AMWP Director Nancy Maeker says the video "uses humor to address the notion that charities and the faith community should be able to pick up the pieces if the state budget is solved only through cuts."
Humor works best when you don't explain it, so here goes.
And if you think hot dish pothole patch sounds outlandish, remember: They're already using sugar beets as ice melt.