Picking up in Duluth, the jobless recovery, the jobs we do, the Neiman-Lanpher snit remembered, and 21 images to restore your faith in humanity.
I'll leave the particulars on this to Paul Huttner on his excellent Updraft blog, and provide only the top-line headline, but the top-line headline is pretty interesting in light of the news of the last 36 hours from Duluth.
There are mild drought conditions in sections of Minnesota:
The drought monitor report for the area was released this morning.
Roughly a third of the state is rated "abnormally dry," according to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group.
North Dakota Rep. Rick Berg is the Washington Post's poster child for disguising an important fact in campaign advertising.
Words like "incumbent" or "representative" or "senator" are out. The campaign marketing people are downplaying any previous election to the Senate or House.
The Post takes Berg, who's running for Senate, as an example, noting that in biographical profiles, the campaign ads leave out any reference to being an elected politician.
It's a difficult theory to prove on this side of the border, however. None of Minnesota's sitting congressional representatives has produced an ad yet. Nor has incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar.(4 Comments)
Duluth's "unfair" campaign, already a flashpoint for suggesting white people can't see the racism in the community, is again the target of some opponents following the latest PSA video.
The group CampusReform.org, claims it's obtained documents showing a backlash against the campaign on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. It did not present the documents online, however.
The campaign launched in January as an anti-racism effort targeting the role white people can play in addressing racial disparities.
(h/t: Paul Tosto)(22 Comments)
We usually pay attention to these river charts from the National Weather Service only in the spring, when the Red River or Mississippi River begins its nearly annual march over their banks.
But this is the first time we've seen a graph quite like this. It's the St. Louis River near Cloquet, and it details just how quickly it came up the other night.
As of 10 this morning, the news is, the river level started coming down.
Getting less attention is the Mississippi River in Aitkin...
It's coming your way, Brainerd...
That'll all end up in Saint Paul by the middle of next week. Locks and dams in the Twin Cities region will be closed to recreational boaters starting on Friday morning.(2 Comments)
The fastest-traveling news story in America today is the story of Karen Klein, a bus monitor in suburban Rochester, New York, who was tormented by the most vicious pack mammal on the planet -- the 13-year-old human. I posted the video and follow up on 5x8 this morning.
The police have rounded up the kids, but Ms. Klein is not pressing charges against them, a police captain said during a news conference today.
The school spokesman made a terrific point. The video should be a springboard for parents to have a discussion with their children about bullying. You don't have to be in Greece, NY to comply with the suggestion.
Meanwhile, an online fundraising effort to give Ms. Klein a vacation passed $250,000 this afternoon. That's $250,000 more than the cost of what she really wants -- an apology.(5 Comments)