If cuddling chickens is wrong, we don’t want to be right. NPR’s Jason Beaubien reports on the latest advice from the CDC: “Don’t kiss your chickens! … That’s the message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is blaming a salmonella outbreak on backyard chicken owners being overly affectionate with their flocks. … ‘We do not recommend snuggling or kissing the birds or touching them to your mouth,’ says Megin Nichols, a veterinarian with the CDC, ‘because that is certainly one way people become infected with salmonella.’ ”
Minneapolis Council Member Jacob Frey responded to Cam Winton’s critique of his voter-registration-forms-for-renters proposal and as it happens the sky is not falling. “Had Winton spoken with me, he would have known that the measure would be of little to no burden on landlords. The tentative plan is for the city to provide voter registration forms to landlords when they renew their licenses. All they would have to do is pass them on to new tenants. That’s it! There would be no obligation to collect or mail in voter registration forms, and once the form had been handed over, presumably along with a lease and other new-tenant information, the building owner or landlord would be done. How this simple “pass on” requirement would increase rents is beyond me.” This is what happens when public debate is conducted through open letters.
Commissioner raises, airport edition. “Metropolitan Airports Commission CEO Jeff Hamiel is poised to get a raise that will lift his annual salary to $200,095, a level the commission says still isn’t high enough compared to other markets,” reports Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Nick Halter. “As the airport prepares for Hamiel’s eventual retirement — nothing is imminent, but he’s worked there for 38 years — officials say the position’s salary needs to be raised even higher to keep up with other airport executives.”
For all we focus on our difference with Wisconsin, it’s refreshing to think about what we share — for example, our love of giving multimillion-dollar subsidies to sports-team-owning billionaires. Deadspin’s Kevin Draper reports, “The Wisconsin Senate voted 21-10 to approve $250 million in public financing for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. The bill will now be sent to the state Assembly for approval. Though the Assembly is likely to pass it, there is still some backroom negotiating and deals to be completed beforehand. … Just a few days ago, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a state budget that includes cuts of $250 million to the University of Wisconsin system, among other cuts to public education funding. Marc Lasry, a Bucks co-owner, is estimated by Forbes to be worth $1.87 billion, while co-owner Wesley Edens was worth $2.5 billion in 2007 before suffering a downturn (though not so big of one to prevent him from owning an NBA team) in the Great Recession. Together, they will pay just $150 million towards the arena.”
Gardeners: Here’s who wants your zucchini. MPR’s Destanie Martin-Johnson writes, “While food shelves receive the bulk of their produce from local farmers, community gardens, larger farmers markets and grocery story donations, most welcome smaller donations. … Demand for food goes way up in the summer as the supply goes down, according to Jennifer Woodford, executive director for Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester. … ‘Produce is what keeps us going [in the summer]. Not only is it a great source of food but highly nutritious food to our clients,’ Woodford said.” Includes useful list of food banks.
In other news…
That BS Facebook story about Super America refusing service to a woman in a military uniform is now officially BS. [Pioneer Press]
Cheating scandal in the … Lakeville Baby Crawl-A-Thon. [MPR]
New exoskeleton system could be a breakthrough for parapalegics. [Pioneer Press]
A year in the Boundary Waters. [KQDS]