Sayonara, Tokyo. MPR reports: “Delta Air Lines expressed regret Thursday at news of a new U.S.-Japan air service pact that the airline says will force it to end its daily nonstop flight from the Twin Cities to Tokyo. … The agreement lets U.S. carriers operate daytime flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport but allows only five daytime slots for trans-Pacific flights by U.S. carriers.” Thanks, Obama.
Valeria Silva’s done in St. Paul when her contract ends in 2018. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges spoke with the superintendent: “St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva, who has led Minnesota’s second-largest school district since December 2009, says her current three-year contract will be her last. … In an interview at her office this month, Silva said she looks forward to visiting her native Chile once her contract ends in 2018 and then perhaps working with Latino students in some other capacity.
Six months feels a little low. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “The carcasses of three wolves were found together off a northern Minnesota highway in what conservation officials are treating as a case of poaching, federal authorities said Thursday. … The three were discovered last month just off Hwy. 8 near Floodwood, about 35 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). … The gray wolf is currently listed by the federal government as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act, meaning they cannot be hunted except in defense of human life. A conviction for each violation could result in up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.”
Janitor strike heating up. Also in the Star Tribune, Tim Harlow writes: “Protesters supporting janitors seeking higher pay and more sick time took to the streets Thursday morning, blocking downtown streets at the peak of the morning rush hour, which caused massive traffic jams on I-94 and I-35W. … Marchers took over 12th and 11th Streets and the area of 3rd Avenue to 5th Avenue S., Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder confirmed. At the 5th Avenue exit off I-35W, some protesters played music and carried banners to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, as they choked off all cars from entering downtown.”
In other news…
That takes gumption: “St. Paul man arrested after stealing Metro Transit bus” [MPR]
Oh no: “Fire causes major damage to historic Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth” [Duluth News Tribune]
Hell’s Kitchen sort of lived up to its name on Valentine’s Day. [WCCO]
It’s called Freedom: “Wis. Man Can Wear Pasta Strainer In License Pic” [AP via WCCO]