Nurses urged to approve open-ended strike against Allina

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A strike. Here’s Lorna Benson, also at MPR.  “Union nurses at five Twin Cities hospitals will vote Thursday on whether to authorize another strike at five Allina hospitals. Negotiators for the Minnesota Nurses Association are urging their members to authorize an open-ended walkout. They hope the prospect of an indefinite strike will put more pressure on the health system to settle a contract. In June, 4,800 nurses struck Allina for one week. in a dispute that still centers on health benefits.”

These things are never easy. A Strib story by David Peterson says, “The company chosen to oversee one of the biggest developments in the state is asking the suburb of Arden Hills to move its City Hall onto the site and to approve residential buildings as high as 12 stories. Developer Bob Lux of Alatus LLC on Monday outlined the company’s vision for a town center on hundreds of acres at the site of the old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. Anticipating criticism, Lux told City Council members, ‘please don’t throw things at me.’

Who said real estate? Another Stribber, Jim Buchta writes, “By now it’s clear that 2016 will go down as the year that home prices in the Twin Cities metro area reached new highs as listings evaporated. But it’s also stacking up to be a stellar year for several suburbs closest to Minneapolis and St. Paul, where an abundance of inexpensive houses are helping those markets achieve record prices. … places like Falcon Heights, Richfield and Edina are leading the region’s residential real estate market.” Did you see that? “Inexpensive” and “Edina” in the same paragraph!

A little help is on the way. Says Maya Beckstrom at the PiPress, “People of color buying a house for the first time will benefit from grants announced this month from the Minnesota Department of Commerce to seven nonprofits across the state that counsel potential home-buyers. The grants, totaling $350,000, will expand efforts to address racial disparities in homeownership, primarily through financial and home-buyer education and matched savings accounts. According the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Minnesota has the third largest racial gap in homeownership in the country.”

Eyes on the road if you’re driving three tons at “highway speeds.”  Mara Gottfried in the PiPress says, “An Eden Prairie man killed when his car was rear-ended by a reportedly distracted driver Saturday on Interstate 35 in Faribault has been identified as 63-year-old Scott W. Connell. … According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Chad M. Gibson, 40, was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche south on I-35 about 11:45 a.m. Saturday when he looked down. When he looked back up, he saw traffic was stopped due to construction and rear-ended a Kia Sorento at highway speeds, according to the state patrol. The Kia was pushed into a Subaru, which spun into a Ford Edge. The driver of the Kia, Scott Connell, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died Sunday … .”

Maybe the new Shawn is more fun than the other Shawn?  A City Pages story by Mike Mullen says, “As best man for his friend Tyler’s wedding, Steve Hanson was handed the task of herding a dozen loosely affiliated friends-of-the-groom together for a bachelor party. Back in April, Hanson, who grew up in the Minneapolis area and now lives in Colorado, got the ball rolling with one group email to all the guys invited, giving them a rundown of what to expect when they arrived at their northern Minnesota destination for the weekend of August 19-21. … Hanson sent off the email and awaited responses. He didn’t get many. One person did start writing back, a guy by the name of Shawn McGovern. The name belonged to a friend-of-a-friend, and Hanson didn’t know McGovern personally. Actually, no one did. Hanson had emailed the wrong Shawn McGovern, and had just unwittingly sent the details of the northern Minnesota bachelor party to a random guy who lives in Massachusetts. As it turns out, this Shawn McGovern is not the type to politely email back and cop to being mistakenly included on the email thread.” This sounds like set up for one of those quickie Zac Efron bro-coms.

Assess away. The AP reports, “Minnesota emergency management officials will visit four counties this week to assess damages from recent storms. Local emergency managers in Aitkin, Carlton, Crow Wing and Pine counties have forwarded their initial damage estimates to state Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials. … Heavy downpours overwhelmed drainage systems, rivers and streams with 7 to 14 inches of rain. Flash flooding damaged roads, washed out culverts, prompted closures and stressed sewer systems. Storm debris and downed utility lines caused additional damage.”

Look who shows up in the ultra left-wing Red Star:  John Hinderaker of The Power Line. He says this about our not-even-average state economy. “Minnesota is experiencing a growing concentration of employment in industries and occupations that produce less economic output per job. … Perhaps most worrying is the fact that every year, thousands of households — on net — leave Minnesota for other states, overwhelmingly for lower-tax states. In 2014, the most recent year for which Internal Revenue Service data are available, those households took with them — again on a net basis, subtracting those who arrived from those who left — $980 million in income.” (BTW the study comes from Hinderaker’s Center of the American Experiment.)

This could be nice. For KSTP-TV, Jennie Lissarrague says, “Fundraising efforts are underway to make a planned Chinese garden in St. Paul a reality. In July, the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society dedicated a 1.2-acre site at Phalen Regional Park for the Changsha Garden, which would be the first Chinese garden in the state. St. Paul and Changsha, China, have been sister cities since 1988, and Changsha is also the ancestral home to Minnesota Hmong, according to the society. Plans for the garden have been in the works since it was included in the Phalen-Keller Master Plan in 2011.”

We’re #2!  The International Falls Journal says, “A new report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Election Performance Index ranks Minnesota second in the country for its overall election performance, including being named the number one state for having the least amount of registration or absentee ballot problems. Minnesota, along with Wisconsin and North Dakota, has ranked among the top four states for each election year measured (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014).” Is that with or without all the rampant voter fraud?

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