Minnesota homelessness declines by 9 percent in latest count

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Homelessness is down sharply. Steve Brandt at the Strib has the Wilder Foundation’s latest numbers: “Homelessness was down 9 percent in Minnesota during a triennial count in October, the first sharp drop since the Wilder Foundation began its one-night survey of homeless people more than 20 years ago. … The drop was greater in the Twin Cities metro area than in the rest of the state, which recorded a 7.6 percent drop. However, Hennepin County numbers were down 15 percent.”

Ah, well, if she says so. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “St. Paul schools have been the scene of a number of violent incidents this school year. One left a Central High teacher unconscious and another last week injured a Como Park High teacher. A loaded gun was found in a student’s backpack at Harding High School in October. … The incidents come in the wake of a change in discipline policy aimed at curbing suspensions in the schools. … In an interview with MPR News’ Cathy Wurzer, Superintendent Valeria Silva said she doesn’t think the district is an outlier for school violence.”

U faculty committee considers strong statement of support for free speech. Professor Dale Carpenter writes over at the Washington Post: “Yesterday, by a 7-2 vote, the University of Minnesota’s top faculty committee voted to ‘provisionally support’ a strong statement backing the freedom of speech on campus as the University’s ‘paramount value’–more important than even the university’s commitment to creating a ‘climate’ conducive to equity and diversity. … The move comes after several recent campus controversies over free speech ….”

Pitchfork has a (really long) history of First Avenue in the 1980s. Michaelangelo Matos writes: “You didn’t have to play music to be in the business in the Twin Cities of the ’60s and ’70s. Minneapolis-St. Paul was the record-distribution capital of the U.S., handling roughly one-third of the nation’s vinyl and cassette trade, and local musicians made regular, if fleeting, appearances on the Billboard charts, from ’60s garage-rockers the Trashmen and the Castaways (‘Liar, Liar’), to Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks (half-recorded in Minneapolis), to Lipps Inc.’s 1980 #1 hit ‘Funkytown.’ … But a music scene was something else. For most of the ’70s, cover bands were the rule in Twin Cities clubs. That began to change mid-decade, when groups like the Suicide Commandos, the Suburbs, and Curtiss A found places to play. In particular, Jay’s Longhorn opened in 1977 and immediately became Minneapolis’ pit stop for new wave touring acts, from Elvis Costello to the B-52’s. Peter Jesperson was that club’s DJ—a lightning rod for all things punk.”

Still feeling that daylight saving time drag? National Geographic’s Brian Handwerk has a piece about the origins of the practice of adjusting our clocks by an hour twice each year — it may have all started as a joke — that includes this fun tidbit about our capital city: “ ‘In 1965 somebody wandered into an 18-story office building in St. Paul, Minnesota, and discovered that it housed 9 floors of city employees who did observe [daylight saving time] and 9 floors of county employees who did not,’ [Tufts University professor Michael] Downing says.”

In other news…

Looks like Northshore Mining in Babbitt and Silver Bay will re-open in May. [Minnesota Brown]

Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake compares Sid Hartman to Donald Trump. But let’s not get worked up over this one, or he might move here.

The status of a California venture capitalist and Memphis Grizzlies minority owner’s bid to buy the Timberwolves is anything but clear. [ESPN]

Mankato, Minnesota, has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. [24/7 Wall Street]

Prince played at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres on Saturday. No big deal. [Star Tribune]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Richard Callahan on 03/14/2016 - 02:08 pm.

    U of MN and Free Speech

    So two faculty members voted against the proclamation that “freedom of speech is a paramount value”?

    Things have certainly changed since my collegiate days.

  2. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 03/14/2016 - 03:47 pm.

    Daylight savings time joke

    I can believe that daylight savings time started out as a joke. And it still is. The other day I saw a piece on a Comedy Central show that will go unnamed that asked “why do we have daylight savings time” anyway? and then proceeded to demonstrate that the “interests” that have supposedly been responsible for it never were in favor of it and there really are no good reasons for it. I remember as a kid in the 1950’s when daylight savings time was (re)instituted (I think it might have been in effect for awhile around WWII). It seemed cool when I was 9 years old to have it still be light out at 9:30 p.m. on a mid-summer night.

    But if it was a joke, it’s about as funny as construction season in Minnesota. Nowadays, I’d rather not be forced to get out of bed at 5 a.m.(which is all 6:00 a.m “daylight time” really is). I don’t think I’m alone in finding “springing forward” and “falling back” each year more than a little tedious. Can we please have our one hour just lost for the next few months returned this Fall and then end this joke once and for all?

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