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Twin Cities janitors reach tentative contract agreement

Plus: a high-tech plan to keep carp out of the upper Mississippi; a look at the Eighth District rematch between Nolan and Mills; Minneapolis, underwear capital of the world; and more.

Twin Cities janitors participating in a one-day strike last month at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
MinnPost photo by Courtney Perry

Twin Cities janitors may have a contract. MPR’s Jon Collins reports: “Twin Cities janitors who went out on a one-day strike last month have announced a tentative contract agreement with representatives of employers. … Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 represents about 4,000 janitors working for companies that include ABM Janitorial Services, Marsden Bldg. Maintenance and Harvard Maintenance. They clean about 200 buildings in the Twin Cities.” Details to come later this afternoon.

Some high-tech tools may soon be leveraged in the battle to keep invasive carp out of the upper Mississippi. The Star Tribune’s Tony Kennedy writes: “A team of University of Minnesota scientists thinks it has figured out how to keep invasive carp from migrating up the Mississippi River: Blow them back with jets of water and freak them out with loud noises, air bubbles and underwater lights. … With preliminary blessings from state and federal agencies, they’re looking for money to put their idea into action.”

If at first you don’t succeed… The Forum News Service’s Brady Slater takes a look at the rematch between Rep. Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills in the Eighth District: “A rematch of Nolan’s 1.4-percentage-point victory in 2014 finds the candidates in different places than they were then. Nolan is leaning hard on a growing track record, and Mills claims a benefit to being on more-familiar ground with his supporters. … ‘Two years ago I was just meeting these people for the first time,’ Mills said in McGregor before his unanimous endorsement from the nearly 100 people crammed into the Fireside Inn. ‘I was explaining why I was running and what I was going to do. As we got to know each other, we came together as a team.’ … Meanwhile, Nolan’s advocacy for the flagging iron ore and steel industries is yielding results in the form of higher tariffs on a growing list of imported steel products.”

Submitted without comment. Atlas Obscura: “Fortunately such facilities can be found in spades in Minneapolis, the underwear capital of the world. … The story of how this thrusting Midwestern city came to achieve this legendary status is a tale of liberation, and extremely peculiar names. It begins with Egbert Egberts, whose 1832 invention of a powered knitting machine to make socks in Cohoes, New York, suddenly brought mass-produced underwear to the reach of the general populace. The story is next taken up by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, a temperance campaigner and leading light in the Victorian rational dress movement, which sought to rid women of the panoply of torture devices that were then known as lady’s undergarments such as tight bodices, whale-bone corsets and bustles.”

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Speaking of which, here’s a video of the DNR blowing up a beaver dam:

In other news…

An admittedly exciting sounding high school basketball game in St. Peter drew the eye of the Gray Lady.

42 percent of police calls to hotels in Woodbury are to one Red Roof Inn. [Pioneer Press]

He’s just not that into us: “Bob Dylan announces new album, tour with no MN dates :-(” [City Page]

Um, yeah: “Ice fish houses in southern two-thirds of MN must go” [MPR]