Hodges’ MLK Day speech blocked by activists

Some people aren’t interested in what Mayor Betsy Hodges has to say. WCCO reports on the Minneapolis mayor’s (attempted) Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech: “Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ planned comments at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event were interrupted on Monday by protestors. … Video posted by the group Black Liberation Front shows Betsy Hodges at the podium at the Monday night event, which was taking place in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Nicollet Avenue and 40th Street South. … As Hodges was at the podium, a number of other people joined her on stage, shouting ‘If Jamar don’t get it, shut it down.’ ”

What’s going on in northern Minnesota? The Guardian’s Zoe Sullivan examines a disturbing series of crimes: “A recent spate of cases involving Native American women from northern Minnesota being murdered or going missing has raised questions about how seriously such disappearances are taken by the police and other authorities. … As Duluth, Minnesota, marks trafficking awareness month, local activists say some of the disappearances and deaths are linked to this issue, and argue that the invisibility of the Native American population contributes to neglect by police, media and social services and point to the need for better data collection in order to track the number of missing and murdered women.”

On the mean streets of Fargo, not even a brightly colored bison sculpture is safe. Inforum’s Tu-Uyen Tran reports, “After Sunny, downtown’s bison statue, was again struck so hard overnight Saturday that its legs broke, Dayna Del Val wondered what kind of community would let its public art be treated that way. … ‘In the five and a half years that I have been at the Arts Partnership, almost every single piece of public art that has gone up has been vandalized,’ said Del Val, who is executive director of the group that represents much of the Fargo-Moorhead arts community.”

Not bad. In this afternoon’s list-of-the-moment, Business Insider calls Minnesota the 15th best economy of all states, plus D.C.: “Minnesota’s November 2015 unemployment rate of 3.5% was tied for seventh lowest among the states and DC, and the state’s Q2 2015 GDP growth rate of 4.5% was tied for 13th highest. However, nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 1.1% in Minnesota between November 2014 and November 2015, lower than the national growth rate of 1.9% over that year.”

In other news…

Thin ice isn’t the only hazard facing ice fishers: “Victim identified in fish house carbon monoxide poisoning” [Duluth News Tribune]

The Glean

The all-powerful “bicycle lobby” strikes again: “Bicycle lobby to seek lower speed limit for cities in Minnesota” [Star Tribune]

Minneapolis culinary star Adam Vickerman is leaving Cafe Levain for the Seward Friendship Store. [City Pages]

5 Mayo clinic references in TV and movies. [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Please stop citing windchill to make Minnesota seem tougher than it is: “Wind chill is a terrible, misleading metric. So why do we still use it?” [Vox]

Bye, bye, Guppy: “Any fish or plant will be accepted; no questions asked.” [Sea Grant MN]

Apparently that frozen pants thing from last week got a lot bigger. [NBC News]

Here’s Former Minneapolis Public School HR director and Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson on Colbert last night:

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Michael Hess on 01/19/2016 - 01:44 pm.

    Mayors Speech Attempt

    If the Mayor hadn’t shown up at this event, she would have been criticized.

    If she had attended but not addressed the crowd, she would have been criticized.

    She attended, attempted to speak, and was blocked. And the activists declare success.

    Did I get that right?

    • Submitted by Ray Schoch on 01/19/2016 - 03:01 pm.

      Mayor’s speech attempt

      Yes, i think you got that right. On the one hand, it’s a form of shooting yourself in the foot. On the other hand, the point is to bring attention to the… shall we say, glacial… pace of the “investigation” regarding the shooting of Jamar Clark. On the whole, I’m inclined to think it’s more the former than the latter, but I’m an old white guy who has so far avoided even a traffic ticket in Minnesota.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 01/19/2016 - 02:06 pm.

    When I Stand with my Grandsons at the End of the Driveway

    on these dark, cold mornings,…

    waiting for the school bus to arrive,…

    wind chill MOST DEFINITELY matters.

    I’m sorry if the folks at VOX, sitting on their backsides in their nice, warm offices,…

    find that offensive.

    Even the example they give,…

    in which they claim that 38 degrees with a windchill of 32 degrees will give you frostbite,…

    demonstrates their complete ignorance.

    You don’t get frostbite until the temperature is BELOW 32 degrees (likely considerably colder),..

    after which the wind accelerates the process on unexposed skin,…

    and also accelerates how rapidly you’ll cool down while you’re out in that wind, even if you’re wearing appropriate clothing and your skin is covered.

    It IS, however, possible to die of exposure at 38 degrees, a process which wind will ALSO accelerate.

    At least out here in the countryside, wind makes a huge difference in winter temperatures,…

    and dressing appropriately for the temperature AND the wind can make the difference between life and death,…

    whether your skin is exposed or not.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 01/19/2016 - 03:17 pm.

      I think you and the article . . . . .

      are actually mostly in agreement. The article bemoans the fact that traditional windchill numbers oversimplify what’s going on. In fact, the next paragraph after the “38 vs 32” discussion you disliked said “more often than not, wind chill dramatically exaggerates the cold we actually feel.”

      He’s not saying that some sort of indicator beyond simple air temperature that factors in the effect of wind isn’t needed. He’s saying that traditional windchill (and even the more recent updated version) as it is being used today is probably not the best and most accurate model.

      But he’s also expressing concern that the overall situation is so variable, so dependent upon individual circumstances, not to mention individual physiology, size, activity, location, etc. etc. etc. that coming up with a single “one size fits all” metric is remarkably complex and probably always doomed to fail at some level.

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