Storms rock southern Minnesota

That was a big one. Powerful storms swept across southern Minnesota this morning — KARE’s Dana Thiede reports on the toll: “The worst damage occurred along Interstate 90, with multiple reports of trees down in communities like Fairmont, St. James and Sherburn. Wind gusts in that area were expected to reach between 70 and 80 miles per hour. In Sherburn a tree actually fell on a mini van in a resident’s driveway, leaving it crushed.”

Better start hoarding the real Honey Nut Cheerios. “General Mills announced Monday it will remove all artificial colors and flavors from its cereals beginning with Trix, Cocoa Puffs and Reese’s Puffs by the end of 2015,” reports Mike Huglett for the Star Tribune. “As more consumers have become wary of processed foods, they’ve gravitated toward “clean” labels free of stuff that doesn’t look natural. … ‘Consumers increasingly want the ingredient list for their cereal to look like what they pull out of their pantry,’ Jim Murphy, president of General Mills U.S. cereal business, told the Star Tribune. They don’t want labels chock-full of ‘colors with numbers and ingredients you can’t pronounce.’ ”

Today, we are all Norwegians. Forum News Service’s Robb Jeffries stopped in at “ Norway House, a nonprofit cultural education center founded in 2004, [that] celebrated its grand opening Friday, with visitors touring its new facility in South Minneapolis. … ‘We want to be a link, a bridge, to contemporary Norway, without giving away our immigrant base,’ said Linda Mona, past board chairwoman of Norway House, whose mission is much like that of the long-standing Swedish American Institute, also located in South Minneapolis.”

Even more questions about Bloomington’s handling of the Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America last year. KARE reports, “A public records researcher and activist has filed a lawsuit against the City of Bloomington over what he calls a failure to release data involving December’s Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America. … The plaintiff submitted his public records request on Dec. 23, three days after the high-profile protest that all but shut down the Mall of America on one of the busiest retail days of the year. Webster asked for emails, voicemails, video and audio recording and other documents. He says the city gave him access to only a fraction of the available data, and alleges that a full six months later Bloomington officials have cut off all his access to public information.”

In other news…

Minnesota: We’ve got pretty good farmers markets. “St. Paul Farmers’ Market gets national shout-out” [Pioneer Press]

Tell St. Paul how you feel about bikes. “St. Paul Residents Invited to Discuss City’s Bike Plan at Upcoming Workshops” [KSTP]

Guess which way their morality points them on this one. Forum Communications tells employees that covering birth control is ‘a moral issue’ ” [Romenesko]

Home sales are hot right now. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

The Little Falls zoo has a new baby tiger and the St. Cloud Times has a video of it.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 06/22/2015 - 02:17 pm.

    Records requests are never priorities.

    People like to harp on about government transparency but then they value their tax cuts more. If you want someone to spend hours and hours combing through communications, records, and correspondence, you need to pay for that, and I’m not just talking about the copying fee. Furthermore governments have a variety of data practice laws they have to conform to because when people aren’t complaining about transparency they’re freaking out about their privacy and passing laws to protect it. We put people in jail for releasing confidential information to the public. This means that you can’t walk into a government office and browse through whatever they have lying around. Stuff has to be compiled, reviewed, redacted, and the more you ask for, the longer it will take. This request borders on absurd so the idea that this guy is waiting too long is nearly comical. As for everyone else, unless you want your government workers to take time away from their actual jobs, i.e. law enforcement, outbreak investigation, health inspections, criminal prosecutions, road repair, etc. in order spend hours responding to broad requests for any data someone can imagine, you better get off this “small” government wagon your on and chip in the money to pay for it.

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