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Twin Cities a top metro for college-grad retention

MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington ranks among the top metros for retention of college grads. Richard Florida writes over at the Atlantic’s CityLab: “Over the past decade or so, cities and metros across the United States have greatly increased their efforts to retain college graduates. And for good reason. College grads are a key driver of innovation and economic development, and are closely connected to the wealth and affluence of cities and metros according to a large number of studies. But Americans are much more likely to move in their mid-to-late twenties, so it’s the metros that hang on to more of their college grads that stand to gain a long-run advantage.”

Perfectly rational and mature move here. The Duluth News Tribune’s Jamey Malcomb reports, “The Silver Bay City Council voted 3-2 this week to remove Bent Paddle beer from the municipal liquor store in response to the brewery’s stance on proposed copper mining in the region. … The vote went against a city Liquor Commission recommendation to allow customers to make a choice about whether to purchase the products, and allow the market to determine if there is a reason to remove Bent Paddle from shelves.”

With 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. Former City Pages blogger Aaron Rupar writes for Think Progress about a new bill from Minnesota Republican Nick Zerwas aimed at curtailing protest: “Black Lives Matter helped stimulate a discussion about racial inequities in Minnesota, but some oppose the tactic of shutting down public roads and police precincts. In an attempt to deter those sorts of protests in the future, Republican Rep. Nick Zerwas has introduced a bill that makes protesters civilly liable for law enforcement costs if they refuse to disperse when ordered to do so and end up being arrested and convicted of a crime. The ACLU, however, says the proposal is unconstitutional.” Zerwas is also hoping to re-introduce the death penalty in Minnesota.

Rural Minnesotans might want to keep those hunting and fishing skills sharp. The Star Tribune’s Mike Hughlett reports: “Almost two-thirds of rural grocers say they plan to leave the business within 10 years, yet most have no plans to ensure that their stores will continue to operate after they are gone — a possible blow to small-town consumers. … That’s the conclusion of a new study by the University of Minnesota, which found that rural grocers are particularly important for supplying fresh produce, and that their absence could diminish nutritious food options.”

In other news…

Congrats to former Minnesota U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy! “Mark Kennedy named next UND president” [Grand Forks Herald]

Iowa Statesman editor — and Pulitzer-Prize winner during her days at the Pioneer Press — Vicki Gowler is retiring. [Iowa Statesman]

Lots of Minnesotans nominated for James Beard Awards. [Star Tribune] Full list here. [James Beard Foundation]

Sabo’s funeral scheduled for March 19. [Pioneer Press]

Winter may be over early (*knocks wood*) but Little Box Sauna season is still very much on. [The Growler]

Bonnie’s Cafe is calling it quits. [KARE]

This was a thing apparently: “Royals’ Drew Butera squashes rumor: He is not cousins with Ariana Grande” [Kansas City Star]

Not too late to grab a free cone from DQ. [Star Tribune]

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