Minnesota adds ‘X’ option for gender on drivers licenses

Another option. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “There is now a third gender option for Minnesotans applying for a new or renewed driver’s license. … Listed along with ‘M’ and ‘F’ is ‘X’ for any applicant who does not want to identify as male or female.

Meet the new pact. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brooks Johnson writes: “The president says the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a ‘wonderful’ trade deal, a ‘historic transaction.’ But what does it do for the Northland? … ‘From what I am reading, this agreement is long on rhetoric and short on real impact,’ said Tony Barrett, retired economics professor at the College of St. Scholastica.”

Beer still fully embraced. The Minnesota Daily’s Jordan Willauer reports: “On Sunday, fraternities at the University of Minnesota banned hard alcohol following the announcement of a nation-wide ban from the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). … The University of Minnesota Interfraternity Council (IFC) implemented the ban after the NIC announced in a Sept. 4 statement that all alcohol with over 15 percent alcohol by volume at member fraternity houses and chapter events would be banned, except when supplied by a third-party vendor.”

Molitor out. The Star Tribune’s Phil Miller and La Velle E. Neal III report:The Twins have fired manager Paul Molitor. He will be offered another position with the Twins, according a source close to the team. … Molitor, 62, signed a three-year contract after last season, when he was the American League manager of the year after the Twins made the wild card game. … A Hall of Famer as a player, the St. Paul native took over as Twins manager in 2015. He was 305-343 in four seasons.”

In other news…

Claim of religious discrimination:Delta subcontractor, union quarrel over departure of seven cabin cleaners at MSP” [Star Tribune]

Might be more of a bronze line:Lose the Loop? Gold Line officials torn over St. Paul downtown route” [Pioneer Press]

FYI:Garrison Keillor’s Vermont appearance cancelled after outcry” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Celebrate/complain as you will:El Niño brewing: Another mild winter ahead?” [MPR]

A true marathon:Ely hosts first-in-the-world canoe portaging marathon” [KARE]

It’s that time again:Booyah, baby! Central Minnesotans stirring up for this fall classic” [St. Cloud Times]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/02/2018 - 04:02 pm.

    How many laps around the empty train depot would the Gold Line include?

  2. Submitted by Pat Terry on 10/03/2018 - 11:31 am.

    Hmmm. Would I rather ride one bus that takes me right to my destination? Or get off at a station and wait for a train to arrive that will take me the last mile or two? I’m guessing Ortega has not done a lot of commuting by transit.

    My favorite thing was the complaint that the places where the bus will stop are just glorified bus stops.

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