In the PiPress, Mary Divine reports that Stillwater officials are caught in a quandary that could … could … result in their fine city being the object of a lot of juvenile hilarity: “After word got out this week that the new summer festival in downtown Stillwater would be called Stillwater Log Jam, a resident contacted Mayor Ken Harycki. Now, city officials are asking The Locals, the group planning the music and family festival, to consider another name. … City Administrator Larry Hansen emailed festival organizer Cassie McLemore on Thursday afternoon with the city’s request. ‘Somebody brought it to our attention that it could be construed (in a sexual way), and we’ve asked them to consider changing the name,’ Hansen said. McLemore said The Locals … do not plan to change the name.”
This — like lutefisk — is the sort of thing we’re known for outside of the Midwest. The AP story says: “Thirty mushers and 420 dogs will hit the trail Sunday in a rebooted John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon with new, fan-friendly features that organizers hope will help the Minnesota tradition recapture some of its former glory. … People who don’t want to brave temperatures that are expected to be around zero degrees can watch the start live via streaming video.” Just wondering, will the Duluth TV news team be indoors or out?
Meanwhile, just to mix the message we’re sending to the lower 47 (states) … The KMSP-TV story by Jonathan Choe says: “With more subzero temperatures in the forecast, many parents are wondering if they should plan to make child care arrangements in case schools close again — but officials are keeping quiet for now. … For some parents, that could create a spontaneous child care dilemma if schools opt to close once more, but Fox 9 News couldn’t find any school leader who was willing to make the call on Thursday night. If the forecast turns out to be accurate, superintendents across the state will face a big question after the weekend — keep school open or opt to stay closed to keep kids safe and warm?” What would John Beargrease do?
I predict a series of sell-outs. In the New York Times, Michael Cooper writes: “There is no word as to whether Osmo Vanska will be returning as music director to help nurse the Minnesota Orchestra back to artistic health now that its 15-month lockout is over, but the orchestra announced on Friday that Mr. Vanska would conduct several concerts this spring. Mr. Vanska is scheduled to lead the orchestra in three concerts of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies in March, to celebrate the orchestra’s 2014 Grammy nomination for its recording of the symphonies. In April, he is to conduct a concert with Joshua Bell of Édouard Lalo’s ‘Symphonie espagnole’ for violin and orchestra.” MinnPost’s Pamela Espeland has coverage here.
The plot thickens … Janet Moore of the Strib says: “Minnetonka-based Opus Development Corp. confirmed Friday that it is the buyer of the iconic Seven Corners hardware store in St. Paul. A mixed-use development of some type is in the works for the centrally located spot in the Capitol City.” How fast can you say “luxury condos”?
Also … Eric Roper of the Strib says: “The residential construction boom in downtown Minneapolis got another boost Thursday with the proposal of a new 20-story building on Hennepin Avenue. Called Eclipse, the development between Washington Avenue and 3rd Street North would have 360 condominium units and ground-level retail. The site is now vacant land. The project from Shamrock Development also features a whopping 759 parking spaces, which would accommodate the residential and retail activities.”
All with the same easy-to-loot magnetic strips, I assume. The Pioneer Press says: “U.S. Bank said it will reissue all 1.2 million credit and debit cards that were affected by the security breach at Target. Company spokeswoman Nicole Garrison-Sprenger said Thursday that the Minneapolis-based bank expects to complete the reissuing of cards within about a month. ‘We are reissuing as a precaution, to reduce future risk,’ she said Thursday in an email.” Call me “reassured.”
Just something to help you relax, dear. The AP says: “A Twin Cities area woman is charged with murder in her husband’s overdose death. A criminal complaint filed in Washington County says 44-year-old Jennifer Marie Johnson told police she filled up a syringe and gave her husband 30 to 40 milligrams of her methadone after he had consumed some beer in March of last year.”
Bob … reimagined … again. Erik Thompson at City Pages writes: “The music of Bob Dylan has always set up well to be reinterpreted and reworked by other bands and artists. Some of the most beloved Dylan songs of all time are actually cover versions, made indelible by musicians (Peter, Paul and Mary, the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Manfred Mann, George Harrison, PJ Harvey, etc…) who all came by the music second hand. It speaks to the depth and breadth of Dylan’s timeless catalog that each new generation continues to draw inspiration from the Bard from the North Country. On March 25, an entire album of covers will be released that will shine a spotlight on Dylan’s oft-disparaged decade of the ’80s.” And Bob will neither notice nor care.