Workplace fatalities up in Minnesota

The GleanGotta be one of the worst ways to go. The AP reports (via MPR): “The number of work-related fatalities in Minnesota last year was up 12 percent from the recent five-year average. … The state Department of Labor and Industry says there were 74 work-related fatalities in 2015, up from 62 the previous year and from the average of 66 from 2010 through 2014.”

You’re telling us Twitter isn’t a totally reliable source? The Star Tribune’s Rochelle Olson reports: “An attempt to shame the Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium blew back on a Twin Cities blogger who by Monday morning had shut down his Twitter account. … Jake Nyberg had tweeted on Sunday that U.S. Bank Stadium would open its doors for homeless people because of the bitter -20 degree temperatures and windchills. The false assertion was rerouted to thousands of Twitter followers. National news outlets picked up the story about how the 66,000-seat building would open its doors for the night.”

Ouch. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz reports: “Greater MSP has just about lost the M in MSP. … Minneapolis pulled most of its next year’s funding for the regional economic development group, as council members questioned what benefit the city gets and raised concerns that Greater MSP pits local governments against each other in the race to offer incentives to companies.”

A pretty good explanation of what was wrong with the Gopher football team’s short-lived boycott. The Nation’s Dave Zirin writes: “It is a good thing the players stepped back from this boycott, removing its poison from a sports-yapping news cycle, defined by false equivalency and ‘embracing debate.’ What they were doing was a perversion of every action by college athletes who have stood up to the rank exploitation of the NCAA. It was a slap in the face to the football team at the University of Missouri, who went on strike last year in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on campus. To even call this ‘solidarity’ is also an insult to everyone in the University of Minnesota community who has engaged in a series of high-profile anti-racist struggles throughout the last several years, while the football team was silent.

In other news…

New gig: “Reports: Kill to be named offensive coordinator at Rutgers” [Star Tribune]

Flying’s about to get a little less convenient: “Delta will trim capacity at MSP in 2017” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Broken hip: “Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, 96, hospitalized” [Pioneer Press]

Minnesota’s entry? Steel Toe. “The most underrated brewery in every state” [Thrillist]

Dude! “Minn. Medical Marijuana Company Announces Price Cuts” [WCCO]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray J Wallin on 12/19/2016 - 09:42 pm.

    Twitter

    The Twitter headline should read:

    National News Outlets Will Repeat Anything Posted On Twitter Without Checking Sources

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