Target doubles down on ‘Trophy’ women’s T-shirt

Sorry, not sorry. “Target says it had no intention of offending anyone by selling a women’s shirt with the word ‘Trophy’ written on the front of it,says the AP’s story (in the Pioneer Press). “… Target said Wednesday that the shirt is part of a collection of engagement and wedding shirts that also includes shirts with sayings such as ‘Team Bride,’ ‘Mrs.’ and ‘Bride.’ … The Minneapolis company said in a written statement that it was never its intention to offend anyone and said that it has received an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response from customers about the shirts.”

Not tolerating trash on Lake Minnetonka. The Star Tribune’s Kelly Smith writes, “As the Twin Cities’ most popular lake, [Lake Minnetonka] accumulates garbage on its shoreline and underwater, especially after busy summer weekends when hundreds of boats tie up for parties on Cruiser’s Cove next to Big Island. … As a result, the association is ramping up cleanup efforts this year, relying on volunteer divers with donated trash bags to clean up beer cans, broken liquor bottles, beer bottle caps sprinkled across the lake bottom, even underwear and shoes that boaters toss overboard. Despite bolstering the efforts, they say they need help.”

What Lake Minnetonka could really use is a paddle-up library. As MPR’s Tracy Mumford reports, they’ve got one on Silver Lake: “This month, Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minn., is playing host to a library unlike any other. … It’s filled with one-of-a-kind books crafted by artists from all over the world. You can browse the reference collection or check out a book for the afternoon. … You don’t need a library card — but you do need a boat. … The books are stored on The Floating Library, a pop-up art project devised by Sarah Peters.”

The Atlantic poses a question of special local interest: “Can Chris Thile — or anyone else — ever take Garrison Keillor’s place?” David A. Graham breaks down the Prairie Home magic: “But is that why listeners tune in week after week? I suspect not. What they want is to hear Keillor’s self-consciously cheesy skits — Guy Noir and the American Duct Tape Council and the old-school radio special-effects gags. And, of course, they want to hear Keillor’s soothing, mellow relation of that week’s news from the fictional Lake Wobegon. What Keillor is offering listeners is a set of comfy, musty, fusty, and dusty Midwestern roots: ‘The little town that time forgot, and the decades cannot improve.’ It’s a place the listeners probably didn’t come from — these are coastal NPR elites, after all — and that never existed anyway, which is the attraction: familiar enough to soothe, fictional enough to be endearing.”

In other news …

Safe to say Kasich just lost himself Minnesota: “That time John Kasich tried to get his local Blockbuster to pull Fargo from its shelves” [Vox]

Why can’t we have nice things? “Thieves Steal Solar Wire from St. Paul Saints’ New Ballpark” [KQDS]

St. Paul police want you to weigh in on body camshere’s a survey. [Survey Monkey]

Kudos: “Spokesman-Recorder building moving toward historic designation” [Star Tribune]

FYI: “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin” [RoadSnacks]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by jason myron on 07/22/2015 - 02:55 pm.

    I don’t have a problem with Target selling the shirt.

    I just can’t figure out why a woman would want to wear it, especially in the 21st century.

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