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Silva to leave St. Paul schools by July 15

Plus: Allina nurses to strike Sunday; summer ramen; the real Garrison Keillor; and more.

St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva
MinnPost photo by Tony Nelson

Well that was fast. The Star Tribune’s Alejandra Matos got a date for Valeria Silva’s departure from St. Paul Public Schools: “Valeria Silva will no longer be the superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools effective July 15, according to a district source close to settlement negotiations. … In an agreement with the St. Paul school board set to be approved Tuesday, Silva agreed to leave the district’s top job. Silva is expected to announce her pending agreement to her staff Friday.”

Maybe try to not have a medical emergency this weekend. WCCO reports: “Around 4,800 nurses are preparing to launch a one-week strike at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in a dispute over health insurance. … Minnesota Nurses Association members plan to walk out at 7 a.m. Sunday at hospitals operated by Allina Health — Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, Mercy in Coon Rapids, United in St. Paul, Unity in Fridley, and the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis. Allina says it plans to keep the facilities operating close to normally with a smaller staff of replacement nurses.”

Summer ramen? You had us at summer ramen. City Pages’ Mecca Bos fills you in on getting your noodle on when it’s hot out: “In Japan, it actually gets quite hot and humid too, with temperatures topping 100 in some regions, but ramen shops continue to do brisk business year round. If you can’t wrap your mind around the thought of hot broth on a hot day, our local ramen shops have a couple of fixes. … Chilled ramen, or Hiyashi Chuka, is cold ramen with less broth and some fresh accompaniments that make sense for summertime. Or try Tsukemen, where the ramen is served alongside the soup. Otherwise, just opt for a broth-less ramen, or a lighter veggie ramen, which some spots are starting to offer as an alternative to rich, porky or chicken-bone broths.”

For your weekend longreading pleasure, the New York Times’ Cara Buckley tries to get to know the real Garrison Keillor: “Garrison Keillor was riding shotgun in a rented Chevy, motoring east through the steamy Midwestern heat. … His linen suit was appropriately rumpled — everything about this public radio legend suggests disregard for crisp lines — and his gangly legs were jacked up against the glove box, as he resisted suggestions to slide his seat back. Hitching a ride with a reporter from Minneapolis to his home here, he filled the yawning silences with a weird little singsong, ‘bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp.’”

In other news…

Ooh, when do we get our check? “Minn. Recovers $10M In Pharmaceutical Settlement” [WCCO]

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Money well spent: “Time to move in: Mortenson hands over keys to U.S. Bank Stadium” [Star Tribune]

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Grandma’s Marathon is Saturday: “Dick Beardsley saga forever intertwined in Grandma’s Marathon lore” [Duluth News Tribune]