White-nose syndrome responsible for bat deaths in northern Minnesota

A little brown bat exhibiting symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

It’s official: White-nose syndrome has killed bats in Minnesota. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers writes: “White-nose syndrome, the deadly fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. and Canada, has been found in bats in Northeastern Minnesota’s Soudan Underground Mine. … Several hundred bats have been found dead near the main entrance to the mine since January, and a sample sent to a federal wildlife laboratory confirmed the cause was white-nose syndrome. … It’s the first time bats have been confirmed as dying from the disease in Minnesota.”

Still guilty. MPR’s Jon Collins reports: “The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the first-degree murder convictions of a Little Falls man who shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. The court also found that Byron Smith wasn’t eligible to appeal an order that he pay for the teenagers’ headstones. … Smith, 67, was found guilty in April 2014 of murdering Nicholas Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18. Smith received a life sentence without the opportunity for parole for the killings.”

You know Minneapolis wouldn’t be giving this guy any trouble if he were blocking the sidewalk with a kombucha-tasting bar. In the Southwest Journal, Dylan Thomas writes: “Mark Brandow opens his story in the spring of 2005, which is when he says someone at the city first got after him about the cars parked on the sidewalk in front of Quality Coaches, his auto shop near the intersection of 38th & Nicollet. … ‘I got a ticket and a car towed — a customer’s car,’ Brandow said. … That decade-ago incident set it off, he said: the obstruction permit granted and rescinded just seven months later, the paper storm of violation notices falling on his business since 2014. Finally, in January, a zoning inspector filed a notice of non-compliance ordering Brandow to remove the barbed wire topping the fence around his back lot.”

Spoon and Stable chef Gavin Kaysen has put a lot of thought into pot roast. The New York Times’ Brett Anderson writes: “Pot roast was one of the first dishes the chef Gavin Kaysen learned to cook, if you can call it cooking. The recipe he used as a teenager growing up in Bloomington, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb, required no culinary training. … The first drafts of the menu at Spoon and Stable featured clear nods to the region: Canadian bison, cheese curds in the creamed spinach, dill-cured salmon. … But pot roast was not in the mix because Mr. Kaysen feared that a dish commonly associated with slow cookers and bouillon cubes would hurt his bid for local acceptance. ‘I didn’t want people to think, “Oh, this New York chef comes home and only cooks what he thinks we like to eat, which is pot roast,”’ Mr. Kaysen said. ‘I didn’t want to offend people.’ ” One of us.

In other news…

Minnesota’s teacher licensing system, on which we published our latest report yesterday, has garnered national attention (but not necessarily the good kind). [The 74 Million]

Just one more thing the Internet has completely ruined: “Snow days could be a thing of the past in some school districts” [MPR]

And Grand Forks can’t even land Motley Crue: “Paul McCartney to perform in Sioux Falls [Argus Leader]

Well, here’s another thing for you to worry about: “How to detect a credit card cloner at the gas pump” [City Pages]

St. Paul is the nation’s 10th best St. Patrick’s Day city (Minneapolis comes in at #20). [WalletHub]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/09/2016 - 03:36 pm.


    I’m very sad for the plight of the bats, not at all sad for the plight of Byron Smith, and ambivalent about the plight of Mark Brandow.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 03/09/2016 - 03:32 pm.

      Quality Coaches

      I’m a former customer (former because my MG hasn’t been used for quite a while). It’s a welcome, productive business that deserves a fair shake.

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