Following flooding, why don't people follow the news, a Guardsman says goodbye, would painting blacktop white make a difference, and a walk over Niagra Falls.
I went up late this morning to take a look at what's left from the flooding that hit the Cannon River valley area overnight.
The most noticeable thing about the air tour was how concentrated the rain must have been. There are plenty of soggy fields and signs along creek beds where the water went rushing through, but this morning, this area -- this is in the Stanton east of Northfield -- is the only one I could find with significant remaining water in the farm fields.
Just a few miles to the northeast -- that's Byllesby Lake in Cannon Falls off in the background-- not so much...
But there's plenty of water in Stanton...
Approaching Northfield. Sorry for the quality of the picture; it's extremely hazy (click for larger images)...
Well south, now, to the Kenyon area. Not much to write home about...
Following the Cannon River. You can see the evidence of how far the water went over the banks, but you can also see how quickly it receded this morning...
No doubt things are messier on the ground with people having water damage in their homes, and businesses. But I'm hoping Paul Huttner will map out the total rainfall amounts, because I'm betting it will show a very concentrated area of heaviest rainfall.(1 Comments)
Twin Cities gas prices increased another 10 cents a gallon today -- that's a 30-cent run-up in a week. But that's not the story; this is the story.
The price of a gallon of diesel fuel is now equal to -- or, in many cases, less than -- the price of a gallon of regular unleaded.
Since September of 2004, diesel has been higher than gasoline, mostly because of worldwide demand for diesel, tight refining capacity, the transition to ultra-low sulfur fuel and a federal excise tax that's 6 cents higher than for gasoline.
This week the Energy Information Agency lowered its projections for the cost of both diesel and gasoline, citing a weakening economy.
But that doesn't explain why one fuel is dropping and the other is going up. Apparently, it's not just us. In Ohio, gasoline dealers say they're frustrated because the prices are going up while the price of crude is going down. They contend wholesalers and oil companies are trying to make up for the money they lost earlier in the year.
A look at the Minnesota gas prices vs. crude price gives that view some credibility.
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Economists had hoped lower gasoline prices -- other than California, Minnesota has some of the highest gas prices in the country -- would get people to spend more.
At $3.79, the price of gasoline is only 4 cents away from the highest average price in Minnesota in more than a year.
Meanwhile, for truckers -- especially independent truckers -- the lower prices go right to the bottom line. I wrote this article about one such trucker in 2008. Four years ago, he was paying 20 cents more a gallon than he is today.(7 Comments)
It's been awhile since there's been a dust-up between the White House and reporters over the decorum surrounding attempts to question the president, but we got one today.
President Obama was in the middle of a statement on deportations when he was interrupted by a reporter.
The reporter Neil Munro, said he thought the president was about finished with his remarks and he knows the president usually turns and walks away without answering questions. He says he "mistimed" his question.
The question -- "Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?" -- was a bit of a "do you still beat your wife?" question.
After he finished the statement, the president said he'd answer the question from the Daily Caller, but he really didn't. "It is the right thing to do," he gave as an answer, which was exactly the same sentence he delivered at the point when Munro interrupted him.
Reporters who want to make speeches has been the bane of presidents for generations. Some have been good at deflecting them...
It's not President Obama's strong suit.
The search for Jim Thome's homerun ball that he hit last night is over...
The Twins reported today they've found Thome's 607th career homer that disappeared into a flower bed last night.
The Twins are sending the ball back to Thome, who is saving all of his home run balls because apparently, every one could be his last.
(Photo: Minnesota Twins via Twitter)(1 Comments)