Here’s Darryl Frears of The Washington Post on how the new EPA ruling will affect Minnesota’s streams. “Navigable waterways such as rivers and tributaries are protected because the flow of streams and creeks, if polluted by farming and development, could impact the health of rivers and lakes, the rule states. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, who announced the rule, said it safeguards waters such as wetlands that adjoin those waterways and also protects certain unique pools, bays and prairie wetlands that flow into waterways downstream. … The clarification brought mixed reactions in Minnesota. … According to EPA estimates, the rule will now protect 51 percent of Minnesota’s streams, including some of the drinking water sources for 978,900 people, he said.”
On the special session, Tim Pugmire at MPR says, “Perhaps almost as difficult for Dayton will be negotiating the differences between Democrats who disagree on big issues in the bills he vetoed, including education, economic development and the environment. They expose an urban-rural divide in his party. … Dayton’s list of objections included the elimination of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s citizen review board, added rule-making steps for the agency, cuts to two landfill accounts and amnesty for polluters that self-report violations.”
We have a design. Kristin Leigh Painter of the Strib says, “The city of Minneapolis has the design for its $18 million Downtown East Commons park in hand. Now it needs to find the money to build it, an effort that — because of contractual restrictions — won’t have the luxury of tapping into a lucrative naming-rights deal. Landscape architect Hargreaves Associates, based in San Francisco, presented the first images of the direction the park will take at a public meeting Wednesday night at the Minneapolis Central Library. Featuring a large grassy oval that can accommodate thousands of people, a cafe, a playful water feature and tree-lined walks, the park is a central component of the redevelopment of the area around the new Vikings stadium.” Shouldn’t there be an e-pulltab carousel for the kiddies?
Don’t freak out too much. Paul Walsh’s Strib story on the dog flu outbreak says, “A highly contagious strain of canine flu that has surfaced in several Midwestern states has been confirmed in Minnesota, officials said Wednesday. Five dogs came down with the H3N2 strain at a training and rescue facility in Detroit Lakes and have since recovered, according to the state Board of Animal Health. While the virus is considered quite contagious, it typically produces only moderate symptoms, and the board is not advising dog owners to do anything out of the ordinary in ensuring their animals’ health.”
Speaking of animals, Robin Baumgarn of the Forum News Service says, “A southwest Minnesota woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court in an animal neglect case stemming back to March of last year where she failed to care for her horses — with 15 dying while on her property. Originally, Joan Moore of Reading, Minn., was charged with 11 felony counts of animal neglect and nine misdemeanor charges of depriving an animal of food/shelter. In open court Tuesday, Moore pleaded guilty to five misdemeanors counts for depriving the horses of food, water and shelter. All other charges against her were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.”
Beloved sort-of-hometown airline Delta is moving still more people to Atlanta. In the Business Journal, Jim Hammerand says, “Delta Air Lines Inc. is moving its 40-person Delta Connection group from Minnesota to Atlanta. Delta Connection is Atlanta-based Delta’s regional operation, which contracts shorter routes to a half-dozen smaller carriers. The Twin Cities employees manage Delta’s relationships with those carriers in jobs that include finance, operations and legal.”
Still a mystery. Liz Collins at WCCO-TV reports, “Next month will mark 20 years since an Iowa TV anchor went missing. Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance has remained a mystery ever since, but a group of retired police officers and journalists have organized to keep her story alive. They were in Iowa Wednesday to spread the word about a special tribute they have planned.”
That stadium bridge is a done deal. MPR’s Curtis Gilbert says, “The Metropolitan Council has approved plans for a controversial pedestrian bridge for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Supporters argue the bridge is needed to allow visitors to safely cross the light rail tracks in front of the stadium. Several Met Council members objected to spending $6 million in public money on the project. But Met Council Member Harry Melander said the project is in the public interest.” I don’t know about you, but I’m getting my Personal Bridge License.
Rebirth on the Duluth docks. Dan Kraker of MPR reports, “A $17.7 million project at the Duluth waterfront will help the Port of Duluth-Superior grab a bigger share of global cargo, according to officials. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority held a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday for the project, which will allow ships to connect more efficiently to trucks and trains. The work will restore Docks C and D along the Duluth waterfront — 28 acres jutting out into the harbor that have sat vacant for more than 25 years. A $10 million federal transportation grant is funding much of the work. The state of Minnesota is contributing $3.7 million and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority is investing $3.9 million in the project.” Taxpayer money and no stadium? I don’t get it.
What does Pasadena have in January that we don’t? The AP reports, “The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says Minnesota has submitted its bid to host the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2020. The bid was submitted Wednesday, after Gov. Mark Dayton announced earlier this month that the state would be competing for the game. The bid committee will be led by a coalition of local business and community leaders, including Land O’ Lakes chief executive officer Chris Policinksi and Willis of Minnesota CEO Scot Housh.” And why not the Hormel guys?
ESPN doesn’t see a trade of Adrian Peterson to the Dallas Cowboys. John Clayton writes, “Forget about the Cowboys dealing for Peterson. Yes, it makes football sense given the uncertainty of Dallas’ running back situation, the opportunity for Peterson to run behind the Cowboys’ outstanding offensive line, and his reported interest in playing for the team. But his $12.75 million salary doesn’t fit in the Cowboys’ salary cap. As of Tuesday, the Cowboys have $12.8 million of cap room. Unless the Vikings would give Peterson away for a low draft choice and Peterson would accept a big pay cut along with a restructured contract, the Cowboys are out of the bidding. Neither of those scenarios is very likely.”