Cold weekend ahead for Minnesota

Photo by Craig Lassig

You may want to plan some indoor activities this weekend. Here’s MPR’s Paul Huttner with a chilling report: “ Batten down the weather hatches. … The season’s coldest air mass so far, and likely winter’s best arctic punch, arrives this weekend. Seriously folks, the level of cold this weekend enters the danger zone. Wind chills to -40 degrees can freeze exposed skin in less than a minute. … The ‘Minnesota hunch’ is back.”

The Ice Road Man Cometh No More. The Pioneer Press’ Mary Divine has bad news for some employees of Andersen Corp.: “Dave ‘Swanee’ Swanson was a godsend for Andersen Corp. workers who live in Wisconsin. …As soon as the ice on the St. Croix River was thick enough, Swanson would fire up his white 1986 Chevy half-ton pickup truck and start plowing the popular “Ice Road,” a route commuters used to save time. … After 24 years of plowing, Swanson is done. He sold his beloved pickup truck and plow attachment in November.”

This is just what Uptown needed. In the Star Tribune, Kavita Kumar and Kristen Leigh Painter write: “Target is opening a store in the heart of Uptown, anchoring a new building with apartments and offices on the bustling site. … The Minneapolis-based retailer is building its smallest-format store in one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, which is a magnet for young professionals. The new store, to open in October 2017, will occupy the ground floor of a new office and apartment building on the site of the former Cheapo music store along Lake Street.”

It’ll be interesting to watch this shake out. Also in the Star Tribune, Dee DePass writes: “Starkey Laboratories’ ousted president on Friday filed a long-threatened lawsuit against the company, alleging several instances of wrongdoing by owner Bill Austin and members of his family. … Starkey’s attorney, David B. Olson, shot back that the company cannot comment on the specifics of the lawsuit but denied the allegations. In addition, ‘we are confident that the investigation will show that [fired president Jerry Ruzicka] abused the trust that was placed in him, by among other things, stealing millions of dollars from the company and its employees over a period of several years.’ ”

In other news…

City Pages’ mistake is your gain: “Minnesota beers strike back at City Pages with ‘Worst Happy Hour’” [City Pages]

The Saints ballpark won recognition from the American Institute of Architectsthe first minor league ballpark ever to do so. [St. Paul Saints]

Welcome to Scott Walker’s Wisconsin: “Wisconsin ACT scores plummet” [Urban Milwaukee]

“Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi was born in Minneapolis. [Pioneer Press]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 01/15/2016 - 04:28 pm.

    Wisconsin ACT Scores Plummet

    Here’s the link:

    http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/wisconsin-act-scores-plummet/

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 01/16/2016 - 10:08 am.

      Walker – prime example of how not to

      Walker used his Wisconsin stats as justification in his presidential run. We all know where Walker ended up – on the scrap heap. Now the state residents can start to dig their way our of the mess he created.

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