The meteor above, wiping away history in White Bear Lake, the hardest words to say, winning women and Minnesota sports, and another love story.
If what happened this week in Crookston actually made it to an episode of A Prairie Home Companion's "News From Lake Wobegon" segment, it could be good for laughs.
The Crookston Daily Times reports that a new resident, who just moved from New Mexico, stopped into the Crookston City Council this week to tell them how to change the city.
In any community, certainly not just those in Minnesota, it's a dicey thing for an outsider to drop in and tell the locals what they're doing wrong.
But why is there a Broadway in downtown Crookston when there are no Broadway shows there, Peter Rimar apparently wondered. He had recently moved from New Mexico and didn't know much about either Crookston or Minnesota except what he heard on the radio.
"One thing I knew about Minnesota before I came here was Lake Wobegon and Garrison Keillor," Rimar told the council. Crookston exists in the shadow of Grand Forks and Fargo, he continued, and when people ask themselves why they'd want to come to Crookston, the answer needs to extend beyond recreational activities or a University of Minnesota campus. "So what would be more Minnesotan than to designate your downtown a Lake Wobegon historic district?" Rimar wondered. It would be easy to say nice things about his idea but then not pursue it, he continued, bringing a farming analogy into the discussion. "Farmers have been planting a lot of seeds around here for a long time," he said. "Maybe it's time we planted this seed."
As for the Downtown Square itself, Rimar said that if the city's goal is to build some structures, than the city should follow the lead of New Mexico, where people like to sell bricks when it's time to build something. "You buy a brick, you get your name or your business name on it, and pretty soon you have a lot of bricks, and some money, too," he said. "When I see a town this size that has a daily newspaper and a radio station, that tells me there is a business community that is willing to get behind things and support things."
From the sound of things, the local leaders were quite courteous as the presentation was delivered.
"It's definitely a different concept," one city council member said.
Keillor could hit that softball a mile.(1 Comments)
This is what an exploding meteor looks like...
The first seismometer is located near Kurchatov, Kazakhstan; the second in Borovoye, Kazakhstan.
The meteor was traveling an estimated 33,000 miles per hour. That's a lot of energy converted to a shock wave.
Enough, so it appears, to register in South Dakota's Black Hills, too.
NASA said today before it entered our atmosphere, it was only 50 feet wide.
Meanwhile, here's some live coverage of the flyby of the asteroid that got away. This time.
The day Asteroid #2012DA14 hits Earth it will likely explode in our atmosphere, with 1000x the power of Hiroshima atomic bomb— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 15, 2013
First Lance Armstrong, now Tom Mead?
It's quite a brouhaha that's broken out in Park Rapids where the winner of the community fishing contest has been accused of cheating.
The bulk of the evidence against the Long Prairie angler, from what we can glean from the Alexandria Echo Press today, is that he has a knack for winning fishing contests.
He won a new pickup truck in 2004 in Alexandria with his 7-pound walleye catch. Two years ago he won an ATV with a northern pike at the same tournament from where he was escorted off the ice by the police earlier this month, the newspaper says.
Aukes (the sheriff) said he had some difficulty escorting Mead through the crowd as angry anglers yelled "Cheater!" and crowded around him and the disabled man.
Other than that incident, Aukes said the derby went off without a hitch.
Because Mead has a disability, he is able to drive a vehicle out onto the ice. Security personnel otherwise were checking every angler for contraband on the way through the entry gates.
Mead, for his part, insists he is innocent and when the facts come out, he will be cleared of any alleged wrongdoing.
This, apparently, is a big problem in some parts of the country. Last October, the New York Times reported that fishing tournaments are beset by cheaters as the prizes grow larger.(2 Comments)
It was only last week that I wondered on Twitter why we don't hear a lot of controversy surrounding the Girl Scouts?
And then came this -- the death of the perfectly fine Girl Scout cookie.
The most startling aspect of the story may be that it occupied four minutes of a local TV newscast.(4 Comments)
If last evening's meteor in Siberia has you yearning to take a look at what happens when a meteorite hits earth, you can save yourself some time and just head up north in Minnesota.
On the Gunflint Trail a few years ago, geologist Mark Jirsa of the Minnesota Geological Survey found debris from a meteorite that hit Sudbury, Ontario. The impact created a crater 150 miles wide, and scattered rock over a million square miles.
The "impact layer" is a mix of fragments that were broken from the iron and cemented together by the effect of the impact.
Mr. Jirsa said the Gunflint was probably a shallow sea when the meteorite hit, setting off a tsunami that ripped up the sea bottom, and mixed them with rocks that fell from the sky.
Only to eventually become part of the fireplace at Gunflint Lodge. Oh, and Minnesota itself.
When the meteorite hit, the temperature is estimated to have reached 10,000 degrees.
A timetable in his report says that 13 seconds after the meteorite hit Sudbury (500 miles away), the fireball erupted at Gunflint Lake. The airborne rain of rocks hit 5 to 10 minutes later, and 40 minutes after that, wind speeds hit 1,400 mph.
"I think the excitement for the people of Minnesota is that we are one place in the world where you can see evidence of an ancient meteorite impact," University of Minnesota geology professor emeritus Paul Weiblen said of the report, which he co-authored.(3 Comments)