Airport commission to vote on new rules for ride-sharing services at MSP

A Delta Air Lines flight taking off from MSP International Airport
A Delta Air Lines flight taking off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Uber-long. The Strib’s Janet Moore writes about the months-long process of rejiggering rules to allow passengers to use the ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft at the airport. “Three public hearings over the course of nine months were held, and each morphed into a kind of transportation therapy session … Proposed ordinances were retooled along the way, and the most recent version will be voted on by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) on Monday. If approved, the new regulations will take effect Jan. 1.”

Back at work. WCCO-TV’s Rachel Slavik reports on Allina nurses going back to work on Sunday. “The majority of nurses in the Minnesota Nurses Association voted on Thursday to approve the latest contract offer, ending a nearly six-week strike.The contract approval came after a marathon 17-hour negotiating session at the governor’s residence earlier in the week.On Sunday morning, the nurses were slated to return to Abbott Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, United, and Unity.”

Profiles in courage. “Target officials said Sunday they have removed some clown masks from stores and online due to the recent rise of ‘crazy clown’ scares,” says WCCO-TV. “A recent craze that has gone to social media shows people wearing creepy or scary looking clown masks and going up to people to scare them. … Many of the instances were intended to be pranks, but some feel the incidents went too far and were threatening.”

Democracy in action. From the weekend, Star Tribune writers John Reinan and Mary Jo Webster look at the paucity of political candidates for local offices across Minnesota. “Hundreds of local offices — mayor, council member, clerk — have no candidates running for them. … Along with the vacant ballot slots, 60 percent of all local offices in Minnesota have only a single candidate running unopposed. In all, two-thirds of local offices statewide have either no candidate running or just one.”

Thile takes over. The Strib’s Jon Bream reviews Chris Thile’s first time at the helm of “A Prairie Home Companion”: “There was no News from Lake Wobegon monologue, Keillor’s signature. There was, however, a commercial for Powdermilk Biscuits, another figment of Keillor’s imagination, and holdover actor Tim Russell and sound-effects man Fred Newman participated in a few skits. … Thile wants to put his stamp on the show — more music, less talk. He wants to enter the modern world with Twitter, millennial musicians and stand-up comics.” 

Meanwhile, for the PiPress, Rob Hubbard offers his take: “Nothing about Saturday’s program was an affront to the memory of Keillor or the homespun program he started in 1974. … If there’s a significant difference between Keillor’s version and Thile’s, it’s that a show that used to be about stories, skits and songs is now more about songs with some skits and a dash of storytelling.”

Sorry seems to be the hardest wordFrom KSTP: “The Minnesota NAACP is demanding a formal apology from the Edina Police Department in connection to the arrest of a man Thursday. It’s a cellphone video that went viral shortly after it was posted on YouTube.  The video starts with a man on the side of the road on Xerxes Avenue in Edina and a police officer grabbing his arm. You can hear the officer telling him he’s in the middle of the street. The officer escorts the man to his police vehicle and eventually gives him a citation. The city of Edina released a statement saying the incident started several minutes before the recording.”

To be fair, they haven’t really talked about any issues. Via the Duluth News Tribune, Forum Communications’ Don Davis dives in on the lack of talk about rural issues in the presidential campaign: “The candidates seldom talk about issues such as farm policy and mining. And while they do discuss energy, often produced in rural America, it is more of a national discussion than how rural residents may be affected. Even so, information provided by campaigns, a number of interviews with political observers and examination of the few rural-oriented surveys the two campaigns completed produced information about how each would affect people who live outside the country’s cities. The bottom line? No surprise.”

Good question: “Has the annual ‘Cities 97 Sampler’ peaked?” asks the Pioneer Press’ Ross Raihala. “Last year, the station offered fans the chance to buy the CD online for the first time and also sold it in Target stores as usual. But unlike previous years, the limited-run compilation didn’t sell out immediately, suggesting its popularity may be waning. … The 28th ‘Sampler’ will be available for purchase online at cities97.com starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 11, with in-person sales opening at 8 a.m. Nov. 15 in metro area Target stores.” 

Sad. “A father and son were electrocuted Sunday while working on a family farm in Sand Creek Township in Scott County,” writes the PiPress’ Richard Chin. “‘It appears that the men had been lifting a farming auger when it made contact with an overhead power line,’ said Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen. A family member found the two men unresponsive and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies performed CPR and defibrillation on both men, but the 53-year-old father was pronounced dead on the scene and the 25-year-old son was pronounced dead after being flown to Hennepin County Medical Center by air ambulance.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by irosaofthelight Rodriguez on 10/18/2016 - 06:33 am.

    Chief Cunningham’s Apology to Minority Community

    Cunningham’s apology appeared to be sincere and heartfelt. As a minority (US citizen), I accept the Chiefs apology. I appeal to other law enforcement personnel to refrain from becoming defensive, but rather try to have a humble approach in the acknowledgement of some officers atrocities towards minorities in the USA. To be clear, I’m advocating for all of us to have an attitude of humility and acceptance as a start and a chance toward a more fair and trusting relationship between Police and people of color. Let this be an Olive branch offering in the start of a healing process. A next step could be regular and on-going Face-to-face meetings between communities of color and Police in every community in America. I have been a life long social and racial justice activist who has presented at International Police Forums on community policing strategies. Irene Rodriguez, former leader of Community Action Against Racism. Minneapolis, MN irosaofthelight@gmail.com

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