Getting ready for the same-sex marriage debate, a lesson for hotshots, embracing spring, a goodbye to Harmon, and homeowners vs. the power line.
Minneapolis Lake Calhoun was named after Secretary of War, Vice President and South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun, which is odd. Why on earth was Minneapolis naming lakes after a guy from South Carolina? Now, KARE 11 reports, some people want to change the name because he was also a proponent of slavery.
"I am looking at all of this information on Calhoun and the more I see, I think this is one of the worst people ever born in this country," John Winters told the station.
Calhoun sent the Army to survey the area and authorized the construction of Fort Snelling. That's his Minnesota connection, apparently. Good enough, it appears, to get a big lake named after you.
There'll probably be a Parks Board hearing soon on whether the name of the lake should be changed, considering the beliefs of Mr. Calhoun. Perhaps its original name -- Mde Maka Ska -- would work.
The life of Minnesota Twin great Harmon Killebrew is being celebrated in Arizona today. Killebrew died of cancer earlier this week.
Here are some of the audio highlights of today's service.
Country music legend Charlie Pride sings at the beginning of the service.
Eric Queathem, Harmon's grandson, will have you reaching for a Kleenex with his memories of his grandfather. Pay attention to the story of the time he was denied a golf cart in Oregon.
Harmon's daughter, Shawn Bair, told the story of seeing her dad after finding out he had been diagnosed with cancer.
Killebrew's grandson played one of his grandfather's favorite songs, "And I Love You So."
Killebrew's son, Cam, described what it was like growing up in Minnesota and what his father taught him about respect. "It's an honor to be his son," he said.
Twins broadcaster and former player Bert Blyleven:
Remarks from Pastor Don Wilson, a final hymn, and the benediction:
Posted at 4:07 PM on May 20, 2011
by Julia Schrenkler
The expression of the gentleman on the far right makes me want to have a caption contest, but instead I'll simply tell you that the submarine Minnesota is coming along after almost three years of construction. They held the keel laying today in Newport News.
What's happening here. According to Navy News:
In a time-honored Navy tradition, ship sponsor Ellen Roughead, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, had her initials welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to Minnesota's hull. Mrs. Roughead, a former educator, has been a tireless supporter of military families and continuing education initiatives for Navy spouses.
Let's zoom back a little for a better perspective...
(h/t: Bill Catlin)