Southwestern Minnesota hit by flash flooding

The GleanStay safe out there. MPR’s Martin Moylan reports:Roads are closing and warnings are up for much of southwestern Minnesota after heavy overnight rains triggered flash floods. Some areas have received 6 to 8 inches of rain. … Authorities are warning drivers to take great care in Lyon and Redwood counties. … ‘It is what looks like to be a 1,000-year storm in this area,’ said Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt, a Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesperson. … In Marshall, Minn., flooding has led to intermittent power outages, including one at the water and wastewater treatment plants and lift stations. Residents are being told to only use water when absolutely necessary to help conserve water until power can be restored.”

Soo important to Duluth shipping. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater reports: “A two-year study released Friday dovetails with President Trump’s call to fund a critical upgrade in the Great Lakes navigation system. … The study into Soo Locks expansion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes a compelling case for lawmakers to approve roughly $1 billion for the construction of a new lock, said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, commander of the Army Corps’ Detroit District, which maintains and operates the locks connecting Lake Superior with the rest of the Great Lakes.”

Affordable for whom? For MPR, Max Nesterak reports: “[Paul] Heuer is the Minnesota director of land planning for Pulte Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in Minnesota — and the country. If any developer could build an affordable house, it would be a company like Pulte: They have the efficiency of scale, so they’re able to buy big, empty fields to build dozens of houses on, saving them money on labor and land. They’re also able to negotiate lower prices on everything from faucets to gutters. … Still, out of the two dozen neighborhoods the company is building across the metro, the most affordable single-family home Pulte is selling starts at $327,000. Other developers in the region say that’s about the minimum they could sell a new single family home for, too. The median price of a new house in the Twin Cities metro area over the past year was $450,000. That puts new homes far out of reach for the typical Twin Cities household, which has a median income of about $73,000.”

A dive into Minnesota’s Billy Glaze case. City Pages’ Susan Du writes: “In the summer of 1986, a young woman was found dead in the bushes beside an abandoned warehouse at the edge of downtown Minneapolis. Before the arrival of Target Field, this low barren was littered with trash and frequented by the homeless. … The killer meant for the scene to shock. The woman was nude, her clothes posed nearby. A three-foot-long pipe, used to smash the victim’s face, lay across her throat. A tree branch protruded from between her legs. … Nineteen-year-old Kathleen Bullman was born on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota and passed from one foster family to another. By adulthood, she’d moved to Minneapolis, where she lived on the streets, suffering from alcoholism and turning tricks to make ends meet.”

In other news…

Locks, cameras and a fence:Large-scale security upgrades in store for Cedar-Riverside apartment complex” [Minnesota Daily]

Sounds fun:Site of former Hudson dog track to become baseball stadium, brewery” [KARE]

Udder chaos:Cattle run loose on Minnesota highway, some still missing” [Duluth News Tribune]

Service journalism for Wednesday:What fireworks are legal in Minnesota? We break it down.” [St. Cloud Times]

Outta control:Where to find the most Instagram-friendly food in Minneapolis & St. Paul” [City Pages]

Nice:Minnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore and Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart lead WNBA MVP race so far” [ESPN]

This is quite a tale:An adopted Wisconsin woman searched for the sister she never met — and found her literally next door” [Pioneer Press]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/04/2018 - 07:59 am.

    An important detail

    From the article:

    “They also determine how small a house is allowed to be. Many of those small, post-war houses that were affordable to the country’s growing population after World War II wouldn’t be allowed to be built today.

    “Those small, existing homes continue to be affordable to first-time homebuyers and middle-income wage earners. The median value of an existing home in the Twin Cities metro area is about $277,000 — which means there are a lot of homes that typical Twin Cities households can afford. But if those small affordable homes are demolished or burn down or get new additions, their loss won’t likely be offset with affordable houses elsewhere.”

    So if builders are literally not being ALLOWED to build smaller, starter homes, then that is a pretty significant part of the problem.

    There are plenty of people out there who don’t want a McMansion and would be perfectly happy being able to buy or build a nice, smaller home. And I’m not talking about the “tiny house” movement, I’m just talking about those nice basic little two or three bedroom homes that you just don’t see getting built any more.

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