MSP has more ‘close calls’ than most of busier airports

Nothing to worry about here … Pat Doyle of the Strib writes: “The latest and most comprehensive report of air traffic control problems reveals that planes flew too close to each other more often around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport than at most of the nation’s busier airports. Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked 13th in plane traffic but saw more problems than nine of the 12 busier U.S. airports.”

Bad news for anyone living off of legal notices … Kirsti Marohn of the St. Cloud Times writes: “For more than 50 years, cities, counties and school districts in Minnesota have been required to publish details of their meetings, budgets and other business in local newspapers. As technology has changed, so have the methods that local governments communicate with residents. All 87 counties and three-fourths of Minnesota cities have websites. Many also use social media tools including Facebook and Twitter. That’s led to a renewed push this year at the state Capitol to allow local governments to skip printing legal notices in newspapers, which they say costs thousands of dollars every year and is no longer the best way to reach most residents.”

Also at the Legislature … Lorna Benson of MPR reports: “A bill before the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday would allow the Minnesota Department of Health to save newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely. The program tests newborns for 55 rare conditions that could be harmful or fatal if not treated early in life. Under the bill, parents could refuse their consent, but they would have to fill out paperwork to do so.”

Today is announcement day for Collin Peterson, one way or another. Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib says: “U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, one of the nation’s few Democrats representing a Republican leaning district, will announce Monday whether he plans to run for a 13th term. The signs point toward a bid to keep the office he has won, against the odds, since 1990. He has told some Minnesota Democrats he plans [to] launch a re-election campaign Monday. Last week, a source close to Peterson also told the Star Tribune he expected Peterson would run.”

Last week there was a sharp opinion on the art in St. Paul’s City Hall; today the talk turns back to the state Capitol. An AP story says: “Historic or allegorical art like Minnesota’s is common in capitol buildings across the U.S., but some states’ collections are broader. The New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe houses a rotating modern art collection that its curators describe as one of the most comprehensive in the region. Such art has not been without controversy. In Washington state, the House of Representatives voted in 1982 to cover a series of murals titled ‘The Twelve Labors of Hercules’ because some lawmakers felt the images were obscene.” Hercules was a Seattle guy?

(Some of) our kids can spell … Mark Brunswick of the Strib reports: “A 12-year-old from Valley View Middle School in Edina correctly spelled ‘thorium’ and ‘serenity’ to win the 7-County Metro Area Regional Spelling Bee Sunday at Augsburg College. Mark Kivimaki, the son of Mary and Bruce Kivimaki, will now move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee … The victory completes the field for Minnesota’s five state regional champions to head to Washington.”

1,400 strikeouts do not exactly make for good entertainment. Mike Kaszuba of the Strib says: “Five years after Target Field opened, the Minnesota Twins for the first time are in danger of drawing fewer fans in a season than they did in the team’s final year at the Metrodome. After peaking at 3.2 million fans in Target Field’s first year, the team’s attendance has steadily fallen, with the Twins drawing 2.47 million fans last year.”

Three environmentalists have four proposals for the PolyMet project. In a Strib commentary, they write: “[T]he Minnesota Department of Health needs to be included as the project is evaluated to ensure that potential threats to public health are addressed. … water data are at the heart of the predictions made about the amount of pollution and how quickly it could move into rivers, streams and groundwater. The DNR should have this data reviewed by an independent hydrologist to address these concerns.”

The lefty site Think Progress takes note of Minnesota becoming the first state to set a value for solar energy. Kiley Kroh writes: “Minnesota’s value of solar is particularly groundbreaking because the commission chose to look beyond the economic value of solar power to the utility and take into consideration the cost to society and the environment that comes from burning fossil fuels.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 03/17/2014 - 09:08 am.

    Now that the New Stadium Smell has Faded

    Maybe management will actually start doing what it takes to put a team worth watching on the field.

    They knew they wouldn’t have to do so for the first few years after the new stadium was built because people would come to that new stadium no matter how mediocre the Twins were.

    It will be the same with the Vikings.

    • Submitted by Marc Post on 03/17/2014 - 09:38 am.

      and ticket prices

      I agree, but I think ticket prices are a major factor. You used to be able to afford to take a family of 4 to a game. The cost of that, including tickets, parking, and a few hot dogs with beverage, now approaches an average monthly mortgage payment. The fan base will continue to erode at the current costs of attendance.

      And yes, the Vikings are making the same mistake.

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