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Early spring brings out the ticks

Been enjoying the weather? Better think again. MPR’s Mark Steil reports: “Ticks are out in full force right now, and Minnesota health experts are warning residents to take precautions. … This year's early spring brought the ticks out ahead of schedule. Anyone who's outdoors should be alert for the blacklegged or deer tick, said Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Elizabeth Schiffman. … ‘They are the ones that transmit the majority of our tick-borne diseases here,’ Schiffman said. ‘Lyme disease, but then also anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus, a species of ehrlichiosis.’”

Minneapolis Park Board racial equity still an issue. The Star Tribune’s Faiza Mahamud reports: “The Minneapolis NAACP has called for a boycott of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board over what the civil rights organization says is unfair treatment of employees of color in hiring, promotions and discipline. … Minneapolis NAACP President Jason Sole said the boycott, which began Monday, includes skipping Park Board meetings, park activities, and directing park employees to not take on any new duties until several stipulations are met. The group also vowed to disrupt the upcoming International Urban Parks Conference that will be held in the Twin Cities. ”

In other parks news … The Journal’s Eric Best reports: “The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board recently unveiled new concepts for Water Works, its proposed destination park that is designed to transform the downtown Minneapolis riverfront over the next several years. … Among the biggest developments in the project is a park pavilion, which instead of a stand-alone structure near Mill Ruins Park is now planned to inhabit what’s left of the Bassett Sawmill and Columbia Flour Mill. The mills are buried beneath the Fuji-Ya building, a former restaurant located between First Street and West River Parkway just east of the Third Avenue Bridge, which is slated to be selectively demolished as the first step in building Water Works.”

Tear ’em down. MPR’s Bob Collins argues: “St. Paul skyways can be scary places at night and perhaps it’s time to consider closing them a little earlier. … There’s not much happening downtown at night when there are no events at the Xcel Center, turning some of the skyways into the lighted version of dark alleys. … The number of homeless people sleeping in them is on the upswing. And the Pioneer Press reports the daughter of one of the biggest property owners downtown encountered a man with a knife in a restroom not long ago.”

In other news…

Big jobs number: “Minnesota Added More Than 15,000 Jobs In April” [WCCO]

Feeling lucky? “Leech Lake voters approve plan to build new casino in Cass Lake” [Duluth News Tribune]

UMD is involved in the project: “$20M Federal Grant Supports New Great Lakes Research Center” [KSTP]

Not fake news: “Meet 'Alternative Fats,' the St. Paul Saints newest pig mascot” [Star Tribune]

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Comments (1)

15K New Jobs???

When the Job Creators fled MN for SD & WI (Open For Business!) in the wake of the Dayton income tax increases on the wealthy, did they forget to take the jobs with them?