Ah, April 1, when the Internet fills with hilarious pranks, each funnier and more unexpected than the last. Here are some local efforts, rated:
City of Ely, as reported by the Forum News Service in the Pioneer Press: “Minnesota: Ely declares ‘No Drone Zone’ (wink, wink).” This one bridges the gap between April Fools joke and a news story about the city of Ely’s annual April Fools joke, but the “wink, wink” in the headline really ruins it for us. 2/10.
In a similar vein, the Star Tribune got out way ahead of the April Fools thing with its March 30 (!) report on Caribou Coffee’s press release announcing a new roast engineered to stay hot for 8 hours: “Check the date: Caribou says brew debuting April 1 stays hot for 8 hours.” Again, the headline totally kills it, but we’ll give an extra point for catching people off guard with a two-day-early report. 3/10.
Luther College: “Luther changes mascot to Fighting Gnome.” This is actually a great idea, and credit’s due to the Luther folks for working up a pretty decent logo. Plus, they respect their readers enough to skip an obvious tell. 8/10.
All of streets.mn is April Fools jokes today, but we’ll just call out the most meta: “Bridge Reconstruction Just April Fools’ Joke, City Says,” an April fools joke post about the city making an April fools joke that they actually aren’t. Admit it, you’ve seen those “Road work beginning April 1” signs and wondered this, at least for a second. 6/10.
Twin Cities Daily Planet: “Guthrie to move, turn building into condos.” Lots of good details here, but a missed opportunity to mention “luxury apartments.” 4/10.
An email from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce announced “Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Selected as Primary Ford Site Developer.” This one just sounds a little too plausible, but the effort they put into the image accompanying the message redeems it:
Look at that shadow! 7/10.
In other (real) news…
The Lakeville South staff who worked with the school’s dance team and were apparently responsible for the snub of state dance tournament winners Faribault have been officially reprimanded. [Star Tribune]
MnDOT has announced that “Adopt a Highway” volunteers save the agency $7 million a year. See, they’re well on the way the the $120 million per year Republicans expect the agency to be able to save through “realignments” in their transportation plan. [WCCO]
Meet the voice of light rail: St. Paul actor/singer Kathleen Humphrey. And please, keep your feet off the seats. [Pioneer Press]
“Minnesota factories report flat growth in March” [Star Tribune]