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Bob Quarrels

Minneapolis, MN
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7 years 10 weeks

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Posted on 12/08/14 at 01:24 pm in response to Minneapolis to see fee hike for citywide organic-waste recycling program

Isn't it something that a city with subpar schools, increasing congestion and a police force that prompts people to lie down on an interstate in protest finds time for this. We already pay more in taxes than homes in the suburbs. We're subsidizing three stadia. Trains will plow through wooded areas just to benefit suburban interests not areas that could use transit and development. Now this. It would be nice if the mayor would take time from posing for inopportune get-out-the-vote photos to...

Posted on 11/18/14 at 10:33 am in response to UCare pulls advertising from KSTP over Pointergate

In a way, it's refreshing that a story on local TV news generates any kind of conversation at all. I thought it was just weather, cute children undergoing medical procedures and concerned corporations painting houses. If it weren't for the flashing lights on cars out front, the camera crew couldn't find city hall.

Looking at channel 5's ratings, the current boycott must have started in the mid to late '80s.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 11:47 am in response to Minneapolis has one too many streets named for Rod Carew

It's reasonable to leave Kirby Puckett's street as it is, since his heroics took place on that site. Bud Grant certainly deserves a street, but then, if the Vikings organization wants it, then they should cough up some money, since none of "the Vikings' share" actually came from the Vikings.

Seems like the time for the city of Minneapolis to lodge a protest would have been before ponying up hundreds of millions money for the new NFL stadium here. Not after. And where was the issue during the summer when Cleveland's baseball team came in, as it does multiple times a year?

The names are offensive, but so are the desperate lunges for attention from politicians with issues within the jurisdiction of their electors.

Posted on 10/01/14 at 07:43 pm in response to A slow and sarcastic first McFadden-Franken debate

The Senator--and I'm for him--needs a better response to McFadden's sniping than discrediting the statistics. Especially when the challenger tees it up--if you don't want gridlock, you can't blame me for voting with the president.

Posted on 06/03/14 at 06:05 pm in response to How the Timberwolves should get rid of Kevin Love

If he's traded, the new team could give him that $20 million. That's his motivation in telling the Wolves his plans; the Wolves benefit by knowing they should get something for him rather than suffering false hope as Cleveland did with LeBron.

If he's not traded, the $20 million guaranteed comes in an extra contract year, and he'll make that in his next contract. The latest collective bargaining--which Glen Taylor was in on negotiating--lessened players' incentive to stick around.

Posted on 06/04/14 at 02:53 pm in response to How the Timberwolves should get rid of Kevin Love

This bugs me. No player has left the T-Wolves because they didn't like Minnesota. (Perhaps Marbury, but there was also the jealousy over Garnett.) The problem is the "generous" owner who perpetuates a bottom-of-the-barrel short-sighted operation. Who doesn't love Flip Saunders, but to this point, his moves look like McHale's and Kahn's. Ill-thought free agent contracts. Shabazz over Antetokounmpo. Selling the last first-rounder. What player who wants to win could imagine they know what they'...

Posted on 06/04/14 at 02:52 pm in response to How the Timberwolves should get rid of Kevin Love

If he's traded, that team becomes the current team and can then offer him the fifth year.

Posted on 05/22/14 at 12:29 pm in response to 'Trickle-down transit' doesn't work; reboot Southwest LRT design

Minneapolis went along with the route as long as the freight rail would be moved. That was the condition. The city would go along with the cheaper but much less beneficial route as long as it didn't ruin a unique green space in the city. Now that St. Louis Park, the railroad and the Met Council have decided they can not or will not meet that condition, your point is moot.

No, running the Green Line down the Greenway and Nicollet would not help North Minneapolis. It would, however,...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 01:08 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

...has park trails many less fancy people use--even you hard-scrabble suburbanites--and does not need transit. Poor people do, and if they were as excited about Van White and Royalston as the earlier commenter claims, then why aren't ridership projections higher?

The main reason train tracks are worth the price is development. Where is the room in Linden Yards? The Penn Station will lie below a cliff hemmed in by I-394. Van White will encourage development simply by replacing the...