Many, many Twin Cities road closures this weekend


Not like people like to travel on the roads in summer, anyway. MPR’s Nancy Yang suggest you just don’t: “There’s no easy way to say this: It’s going to be messy this weekend for motorists in the Twin Cities. … So take a deep breath, maybe scream a little or shake your fist at your computer and read on for a glimpse of this weekend’s traffic conditions.”

Your backyard beehive: it’s not helping. MPR’s Dan Gunderson pours this bucket of cold water all over our heads: “ While experts welcome the rising national interest in beekeeping as a hobby, they warn novices may be inadvertently putting their hives — and hives for miles around — in danger because they aren’t keeping the bee mite population in check. … Many hobbyists avoid mite treatments, preferring a natural approach, but that’s often a deadly decision for the bees, said University of Minnesota bee expert Marla Spivak.”

Sliding in right before the primary. MPR’s Tim Pugmire reports: “Jason Lewis, the Republican-endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District, released his first TV ad of the campaign, just days before the primary election. … Lewis has three GOP primary challengers in Tuesday’s primary. They are Matthew Erickson, John Howe and Darlene Miller. They’re trying to fill the open seat following the retirement of incumbent Republican Congressman John Kline. Kline is backing Miller.”

Not even that funny. WCCO reports: “The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a ‘swatting’ prank call reported a fake shooting and hostage situation at a Rice Lake residence. … On Friday at 7:36 a.m., the sheriff’s office responded to a shooting and hostage complaint at a residence on the 4200 block of West Calvary Road in Rice Lake. When deputies contacted the homeowner and the two juvenile occupants at the house, they were unaware of the emergency call.”

In other news…

Not “targets” in the sense of trying to win their vote, apparently: “In speech, Trump targets Somalis in Minnesota, Maine” [MPR]

Probably had good intentions: “Welcome letter triggers social media backlash at Concordia U” [Star Tribune]

Best of the cities: “Photos: A national park in the heart of the Cities” [MPR]

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