“Transit-oriented development” … Frederick Melo of the PiPress says: “St. Paul officials hope to install a major model for ‘transit-oriented development’ along the Central Corridor light-rail line, or Green Line. The city is promoting ideas for one of the larger development opportunities in the city’s borders — the former Metro Transit ‘bus barn’ lot off Interstate 94, near Snelling and University avenues. … A consultant team is studying potential uses for the high-profile site, and a report is expected in April.”
The New York Times’ James Oestreich remains intrigued with the Minnesota Orchestra’s internal dynamics: “It certainly seems that bringing Mr. [Osmo] Vänskä back, if his demands are not unreasonable (and this outsider will not be the one to say whether jettisoning Mr. [Michael] Henson would be reasonable), would go a long way toward rebuilding bridges to the players, to audiences and to, ahem, critics. The chemistry he obviously had with these musicians is rare, and some of them suggest that it could be even more potent if he were to return under these circumstances. Despite the current euphoria at the orchestra’s sheer return, there are fences still to mend with audiences, donors and the public.”
Also from The Times, Nicole Perlroth files a piece on Brian Krebs, the security blogger who broke the story of Target’s data breach: “Krebs — a former Washington Post reporter who taught himself to read Russian while jogging on his treadmill and who blogs with a 12-gauge shotgun by his side — is so entrenched in the digital underground that he is on a first-name basis with some of Russia’s major cyber-criminals. Many call him regularly, leak him documents about their rivals, and try to bribe and threaten him to keep their names and dealings off his blog.”
We’re No. 4! A piece in the Brainerd Dispatch says: “Minnesota ranked fourth among states last year in employee perceptions of job creation at their workplaces, according to a new study released by the Gallup organization this week.”
In terms of “consequences” for state Republicans who supported gay marriage, Patrick Condon of the AP says: “Six months after gay marriage became legal in Minnesota, and nine months after lawmakers voted to make it so, the political repercussions of the vote reverberate. Despite recent court rulings friendly to gay marriage in several moderate and even conservative states, opponents in Minnesota seek to punish some lawmakers they see as betraying their party or their constituents.” And that will be a “righteous punishment,” by god!
“Customized treatment” for aortic aneurysms … James Walsh of the Strib writes: “A Minneapolis vascular surgeon is one of the few doctors across the country to treat aortic aneurysms in the area between the navel and kidneys without surgery, providing a less invasive way to fix what can often be a silent killer. ‘What this has done is open the door to people who were denied surgery in the past, so they can have much better results,’ said Dr. Jesse Manunga of Abbott Northwestern Hospital. ‘The idea was: ‘What if we can take a graft and make it fit the patient?’ ”
And after you pay … you’re still in North Dakota … Jerry Burnes of The Williston Herald says: “Williston’s rental costs are not similar to those of New York or Los Angeles — they’re actually much higher. According to a study from Apartment Guide, an online website for apartment hunters, an entry-level one bedroom apartment in Williston has, on average, the highest rent in the nation. And it’s not even close. Apartment Guide said a 700 square-foot, one bedroom apartment in Williston costs an average of $2,394 a month. Dickinson ranks fourth at an average of $1,733 a month. Boston is sixth, New York is seventh, Los Angeles is eighth and Chicago didn’t crack the top 10.” The upside? Very few insufferable hipsters.
And then … back at you, Larry Jacobs and Joanne Miller… In a Strib commentary supportive of ranked-choice voting, Matt Filner writes: “Jacobs and Miller, possibly blinded by their own opposition to RCV, misread the data, ignore the context within which the 2013 elections were contested and ultimately fail to provide a sober analysis. … The professors claim that the turnout gap between the so-called ‘affluent’ wards and the so-called ‘poor’ wards was not mitigated by RCV. The fact is that turnout for every election is highly dependent on factors having nothing to do with the election system.”
Sorry, Bob Casey can not come with them … Tim Nelson of MPR writes: “The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome may be falling to the wrecking ball, but if you want to relive the thrilling games of yesteryear in living stereo, you can still buy the stadium’s sound system, salvaged from building: A St. Paul Craiglist posting is offering ‘two fully functional collector’s items: high definition audio CPU’s pulled from the Metrodome.’ ”