A death in Kasson-Mantorville, the limits of religious freedom, stop and smell the suburbs, a $100 baggage fee, and you're probably below average.
We have reached -- early this year -- the portion of the severe weather season where I wonder if there's a better way to indicate where a severe storm is than by listing the warning based on a county.
We in the seven-county metro have nothing against you, Cottonwood, except that many of us don't know where you are (disclaimer: I know you where you are), and , hence, have no idea whether we should care about the vortex line multiplier doofrazzle echo that the meteorologist says has just been located over you.
Let's noodle on this people. Is there a better way? Go!
And then there's other question: Do we still need counties?(11 Comments)
It's Pete Seeger's 93rd birthday today and I try not to let the occasion pass on NewsCut each year. No sense repeating myself, I suppose.
"It's not enough to say 'you have rights,'" former Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines once said of Seeger. "You have to use them."
Nothing scares people in power like a person who can carry a tune.(9 Comments)
Ricky Rubio should simply own this town.
A video he posted today shows him shooting baskets in a chair, while he recovers from surgery for his torn ACL.
In other words, he puts in more work sitting down than many of his teammates put in this season standing up.
(h/t: A Wolf Among Wolves)1 Comments)
In journalism, there are 5W's (who, what, why, where, when) and 1 H (how?).
Of those, the most important is the "why." An obituary today for a native Minnesotan journalist provides more proof.
Ben Silver died yesteday at his home in St. Louis Park. He was a TV reporter for CBS News before a career as a journalism professor. His "what" is a who's who of historical moments.
But the "why" of his life's chosen work is a better story...
At 17, Silver dropped out of high school to join the Army in honor of his oldest brother, Morris, who had died fighting shortly after landing at Normandy. It wasn't until college that Silver discovered a love for reading and learning. On the GI bill, Silver earned a bachelor's in speech from the University of Iowa. He had intended to go to law school. But while working the potato line at the university's cafeteria, a friend who passed through regularly convinced him to pursue journalism. After graduation, Silver moved back to New York, met and married his first wife and worked for his father managing his apartment buildings. But Silver said he never wanted to be a businessman. He wanted to be a journalist, specifically on CBS
When we meet people, we often ask "what do you do?" How much more interesting would it be if we just asked "why do you do what you do?" With any luck at all, the answer will involve working the potato line at a cafeteria.(3 Comments)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have injected themselves into the debate over taxpayer money for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
Ted Johnson is the chief marketing officer of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who's asking the team's fans to put the squeeze on lawmakers for a Vikings bill because it contains money for renovating Target Center.
Supporters of the idea will quickly point out that the city of Minneapolis owns Target Center, although opponents might point that when you spend money to rescue a franchise threatening to move -- the city bought Target Center when the Wolves' previous owners were threatening to move to New Orleans in the early '90s -- you can easily get stuck with a crumbling building that's eclipsed in the music world by the Xcel Center in Saint Paul.
Target Center is losing money for the city and at a news conference last year, the head of the company that manages it said spending money fixing it up will help it be "relevant."
That's something the chief tenant -- the Timberwolves -- haven't been in years, and when its owner -- Mankato's Glenn Taylor -- was asked how much he'd contribute to the deal, he didn't answer, saying only the team will "be upfront" about how much it would contribute. That was the last we've heard of it.
And that's an important part of the equation in the stadium bill because the question of how much money a wealthy owner should contribute to a project that benefits him is very much at the heart of the debate. And Zygi Wilf, the Vikings' owner, is a very rich man, with an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion.
Glenn Taylor is no Zygi Wilf. His net worth is $1.8 billion. Only 255 people in the U.S. are richer.(3 Comments)