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Teamsters drop objection to Sunday growler sales


One step closer to Sunday beer growler sales. The AP reports, “Ed Reynoso of the Teamsters Joint Council 32 told a Senate committee on Monday that ‘at this point’ the union won’t oppose a bill legalizing those growler sales on Sunday. It’s a shift from last year when Teamsters’ concerns about those sales affecting labor contracts helped derail the proposal.”

Sid says goodbye. Anticipating the imminent destruction of the Star Tribune headquarters at 425 Portland Ave S, Hartman reflects on his 67 years (!) working at the building, and the outsize role played by the paper in luring major league sports teams to Minnesota, from the Twins to the Vikings. Probably didn’t hurt paper sales too much, either.

They can’t build apartments fast enough in Minneapolis. In spite of 4,470 new apartments added to the market in 2014, the Twin Cities’ vacancy rate remains extremely low — just 2.9 percentaccording to Matt Sepic reporting for MPR. That means “ anyone looking for an apartment in the Twin Cities likely will find fewer options and higher rents than they’d hoped. The metro area has one of the tightest rental housing markets in the nation.”

Relatedly, a new analysis by the Brookings Institution puts Minneapolis at spot #10 on a list of America’s most unequal cities. Fast Company’s Ben Schiller breaks down the findings:

The most unequal places in America continue to be the biggest, most successful cities. And not surprisingly. There’s inevitability to inequality in New York and Boston, where people go to make large amounts of money. But what’s worrisome is how the gaps are growing. Between 2007 and 2013, the rich-poor gulf widened in 21 of America’s largest 50 cities …

Remember how we told you last week that B. Todd Jones was resigning his job heading the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms? Well, it seems he got a better offer. Chris Miller writes in the Star Tribune’s Access Vikings blog, “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today Jones would join the league as Special Counsel for Conduct.”

The Atlantic’s look at the lack of scientific support for Alcoholics Anonymous as a treatment for alcohol use disorder will be of great interest here in the land of 10,000 rehab centers. Author Gabrielle Glaser paints a dire picture:

Mark Willenbring, the St. Paul psychiatrist, winced when I mentioned this. “What’s wrong,” he asked me rhetorically, “with people with no qualifications or talents — other than being recovering alcoholics — being licensed as professionals with decision-making authority over whether you are imprisoned or lose your medical license?

“The history — and current state — is really, really dismal,” Willenbring said.

In other news…

“Slain officer Scott Patrick‘s beat was Dodd Road. Soon, it could bear his name.” [Pioneer Press]

A St. Cloud State U prof played a major minor role in the original Star Trek [St. Cloud Times]

How Minnesota plans to hire more teachers of color [Star Tribune]

A list of the world’s most ethical companies includes four from Minnesota: US Bancorp, 3M, Ecolab and Thrivent. [Ethisphere]

MSN calls Punch Minnesota’s best pizza. Discuss. [MSN]

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/23/2015 - 03:09 pm.

    I quit smoking

    and my brother quit drinking using the same method. We quit buying the stuff.

    • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 03/23/2015 - 03:57 pm.


      I’m with you on that one Dennis. I gotta say, the first two weeks were hard, but after that, it was just a year of vigilance until the muscle-memory went away.

    • Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/23/2015 - 09:34 pm.

      Me, too

      I’ve always been a teetotaler when it came to drinking, but I smoked cigarettes for 29 years – until one February weekend in 1990 when I just decided “enough is enough.” That first weekend was tough, the next week less tough, and a month later, I was through with it. Haven’t ever been tempted to revert. Put on 25 lbs. over the next year, but every doctor I’ve had has said that it was a good tradeoff.

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 03/23/2015 - 03:40 pm.

    Actually, Mr. Jone’s job will stay the same

    If he’s dealing with NFL player conduct, he’ll still be dealing with Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms.

  3. Submitted by JL in Minneapolis on 03/23/2015 - 04:19 pm.

    Interesting about the apartment shortage.

    I just looked for a new place from Nov-Jan around Uptown/S Minneapolis. Almost all the places were offering either steep discounts or 1-2 months free. Seemed like they were desperate, not in a shortage. Although, these were for regular, middle-aged stock apartments, not the highend type.

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 03/23/2015 - 07:27 pm.

    With the Reality That There Are Multiple Healthy Personality


    as evidenced by a variety of very useful inventories which help folks identify their own operating styles and proclivities,…

    not to mention a huge variety of personality dysfunctions which mostly arise in response to traumatic things which people suffer in their early years, (and as adults, too)…

    at the hands of their families, friends, communities, communities of faith, and work situations (including combat),…

    one of the most common being completely unable to experience or express empathy or compassion,…

    i.e. to imagine what it might be like to be someone else and care about how another person’s personality and life experiences may provide them with abilities (and disabilities) very different from your own,…

    it’s quite pathetic that there are still those among us who tell themselves that the world would be perfect “if everyone were just exactly like me,”…

    especially since the reality is that the world would be completely clueless if that were the case.

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