Minneapolis fast food workers were on the march for higher wages. Jon Collins of MPR reports: “The ‘Fight for $15’ campaign has spread across the country in recent years, although this is the first time that workers in Minnesota have officially joined the protests. Many fast-food workers do not make much more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which adds up to about $15,000 a year for 40 hours a week.”
Sobering news for high school athletics parents and fans. A new report compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health concludes Minnesota high school athletes suffered 3,000 concussions last year. The Strib’s Jeremy Olson dug in to the numbers: “While the number of concussions was highest among football players, that was in part due to the relatively higher number of players. The rate of concussions in high school football was comparable to the rate for boys’ and girls’ hockey. Rates of concussions were three to four times higher for girls than boys participating in basketball and soccer.”
Speaking of football, Rochester Post-Bulletin managing editor Jay Furst took to the editorial page to explain why the paper will continue to use the Washington NFL team’s name in its news coverage: “Many but not all P-B journalists believe the name is derogatory and should be changed, and they believe the paper should continue to write editorials calling for that. Several people also said the P-B should drop the name in news and sports coverage. Others said they were concerned about the journalistic issues raised by doing that. If we drop the team’s legal name, do we appear to be tilting our news coverage in one direction? Does that risk our credibility on that issue and other issues? In the end, we arrived at the Washington Post’s solution: We won’t use the name in P-B editorials on the Opinions page, but we’ll continue to use the name in news and sports stories.” MinnPost’s policy is not to use the Washington team’s name but to leave it in direct quotes.
Sad news from the arts world. Former Walker Art Center design curator and editor of Design Quarterly Mildred “Mickey” Friedman died Wednesday at the age of 85. Walker senior design curator Andrew Blauvelt has a tribute in the Walker Magazine: “I was surprised to learn years later that Mickey Friedman had created the Walker’s interiors with Ed Barnes, the architect of its stellar brick tower of a museum. … A testament to the coherence of the Barnes-Friedman interior office vision is the fact that its basic vocabulary survived the 2005 expansion by Herzog & de Meuron, down to the two-and-half-inch-thick, white laminate, parson-style desks and gallery benches, as well as the layers of ubiquitous ‘Walker white’ paint that covers nearly all the surfaces.”
No such thing as bad publicity, right? The Minnesota Twins marketing department got some national attention from Keith Olbermann, who called them, per City Pages’ Aaron Rupar, “not only the worst in baseball, but the people who work for it were the absolutely most reprehensible folks in all of sports yesterday.” The source of Olbermann’s ire? A tone-deaf marketing survey sent to ticketholders. Here’s a taste from MinnPost contributor Aaron Gleeman:
Twins’ marketing department survey asking which car brand is most similar to their brand. Choices are … optimistic. pic.twitter.com/7YfC6DZVtj— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) September 2, 2014
Been wondering how to monetize your dinner parties? There’s an app for that. MPR’s Curtis Gilbert reports on Dishcourse, one of several “so-called social dining companies [that] give amateur chefs a way to get paid for hosting dinner parties at their homes. But the business model could run afoul of health regulations and zoning codes.”