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chris berg

minneapolis, MN
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Reduce the number of troops in post WW2 bases in Germany and Japan. These are two of the wealthiest countries on earth - they can afford to defend themselves. This isn't the 1950's and 60's.

Posted on 06/01/12 at 01:00 pm in response to Could Saints’ success lead to another Minnesota minor-league team?

Not long ago, we had two additional independent minor league teams, more or less trying to hop on the bandwagon created by the Saints when they first came to town. The Minneapolis Millers and Loons played at Parade Stadium and Siebert Field respectively, and both teams and leagues failed for numerous reasons.

As far as Wade Stadium in Duluth goes, it's a great old ballpark, and Northwoods league games are a lot of fun.

Posted on 04/10/12 at 08:55 am in response to Twin Cities’ exurban housing boom stalls — perhaps for good

While I've not lived in an exurban development, I did live in a similar tract-style development in a second ring suburb for about ten years before moving closer to work, and I have friends who do live in exurban developments. I now live in an older suburb, and previously lived in the city. There are a number of things here I'd disagree with.

One is the notion that there is a lack of community in these types of tract developments. On the contrary, I'd say there is FAR more community...

Posted on 04/10/12 at 03:25 pm in response to Twin Cities’ exurban housing boom stalls — perhaps for good

The whole comment about alleys is more or less a "back in my day, we walked uphill both ways" kind of statement. I know quite a few people who live in the city, and nobody congregates in alleys. As a planned design, alleys are rather inconvenient in a northern snowbelt climate. They're difficult to clear of snow and become a pain in the winter when they get icy.

As for Jonathan, a number of things led to its demise as a planned city. A little research would give you details on that....

Posted on 03/06/12 at 01:33 am in response to Seeking policy positions from Pete Hegseth

It's quite interesting that Mr. Hegseth chose to rant against the "atheist public schools" when his own upbringing and comfortable well-being as a child was a result of his own father being a public school teacher and coach.

[quote] The idea of a "public market value" disconnected from any economic measurements is basically incoherent. It suggests that we can assign a value to a local team by comparing it to what some other community paid for a stadium. Of course the notion that we're obligated to build a stadium because someone else did it is silly... [/quote]

One can absolutely glean a value to a local team based on other public contributions to stadiums.

The reason being that major professional...

Well, I can pull out random anecdotes too. I was in a small resort town in Australia last year, and when we said where we were from, people knew of Minneapolis because of the Timberwolves (which was really odd, because at the time, few people here cared about them.)

The Twin Cities wasn't the only hub for NWA. They had Memphis and Detroit to name two others.
Unless you're talking about back in the 1950's or something.

Nobody is saying that we have to spend public money to...

Posted on 05/15/11 at 09:46 pm in response to DFL-dominated big cities say GOP cuts target them, their schools

Perhaps some simple fact-checking would be in order here. Duluth is no longer the third-largest city in Minnesota. Rochester is larger based on the 2010 Census.

Perhaps Mr. Schoch doesn't realize that sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional in the State of Minnesota.

Posted on 11/05/10 at 04:42 pm in response to Tony Jones: Randy Moss defines the problem with pro sports

Mr. Jones. It must be true that you don't really follow pro sports much. If you did, you'd certainly know that there is no way Jim Thome will be going into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the White Sox.

Thome spent 12 years of his career with Cleveland, as opposed to four with Chicago, and three with Philadelphia. While the Hall allows a player to choose the team cap he wears on his plaque, if there is clearly a team he is identified with, he must wear that cap. (Winfield had...