What now, Williston; dispatches from the American now, St. Francis' flag tattoo brouhaha, a cyclist's blind faith, and the stand-up society.
The National Weather Service has just issued a "heavy snow" warning for the Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIESCHANHASSEN HAS
ISSUED AN AIRPORT WEATHER WARNING FOR...
MINNEAPOLISSAINT PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MSP
* VALID FROM NOON TODAY TO 4 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON
FOR THE FOLLOWING THREATS...
* SNOW FALLING AT A RATE OF 34 INCH OR MORE PER HOUR
LIGHT SNOW WILL ENVELOP THE TWIN CITIES METRO AIRPORT SHORTLY BEFORE
THE NOON HOUR. SNOWFALL RATES OF UP TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH
PER HOUR ARE LIKELY BETWEEN NOON AM AND 430 PM. SNOWFALL
ACCUMULATION OF NEAR AN INCH SHOULD BE EXPECTED.
This invites some math. If the rate of snowfall is "up to" 3/4 of an inch per hour, and the snow will last for four hours and the total accumulation is near an inch, for how long would the rate of snowfall be 3/4 of an inch per hour?(8 Comments)
Former Pioneer Press top editor Thom Fladung is in the center of a journalistic firestorm -- or what passes for one -- in his native Cleveland.
Fladung, who left Minnesota for the Cleveland Plain Dealer a year ago, removed a reporter from his beat -- covering the Cleveland Browns -- because Tony Grossi thought he was sending a direct message to someone when he tweeted to the world that team owner Randy Lerner is "a pathetic figure, the most irrelevant billionaire in the world"?
"It's a testament to the fact that, in this day and age, where social networks make people more accessible than ever, public figures must be especially careful as to how they present themselves," a writer for the Dawg Pound Daily says.
It also rekindles an old debate: Is the crime here that the reporter has an opinion? Or is it that now you know what it is?
Fladung called a local sportstalk station to explain it...
In other Cleveland football news, the Browns are about to hire former Vikings coach Brad Childress. In the interest of job security, it might not be a bad idea for football beat writers in that city to go ahead and shut down their Twitter accounts now.(3 Comments)
Sometimes we need a reminder that there are more important things in the world than football stadiums, bases on the moon, or political squabbles.
This picture is one such reminder:
Photographer Stephen Geffre of Minneapolis took this picture of his wife, Michelle Shaffner, and child, Thomas, and posted on his Facebook page with this explanation:
"Holding it together while your kids is suffering is a hard thing to do. Most of the time you find the strength because that is what you have to do as a parent. Yet there is that time when tiredness, fatigue, stress and sadness all converge and you have to let go. Today was that time for Michelle."
We look forward to seeing another picture soon with lots of smiles.
(h/t: Curtis Gilbert)(6 Comments)