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Government shutdown costing U of M $500k a day

Also: TSA workers open a food bank at Terminal 2; how zebra mussels get from one lake to another; study reveals most dangerous Minneapolis streets for bikers.

Mayo Memorial Building, University of Minnesota

Hope it doesn’t affect building a new sports arena. Christopher Magan of the Pioneer Press reports on how the partial government shutdown is affecting the U: “… the University of Minnesota is covering $500,000 per day worth of government grants that are not being paid. The tally has reached $10 million so far, the cost is growing and there’s an expectation, but not certainty, the university will get paid back.”

Growing security crisis. Jennifer Mayerle has a piece on TSA workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport creating a makeshift food pantry to help make ends meet: “Behind the closed Checkpoint 2 at MSP Airport’s Terminal 2, TSA workers found a way to help each other. ‘This is our little repurposed food pantry. This is all supplied by TSA employees who have brought it in to help those who are facing challenges during this shutdown,’ said Cliff Van Leuven, TSA Minnesota’s federal security director. They began stocking it with items to support their own a week into the government shutdown.”

Unwanted passengers. Also in the PiPress, Dave Orrick shares a U of M report on zebra mussels: “The best way for invasive zebra mussel larvae to get from one Minnesota lake to another is aboard wakeboard boats, a new study has found. The ballast tanks of recreational wakeboard boats beat out other leading stowaway suspect, including sterndrive inboard/outboard engines, bilges and livewells — all of which can harbor the larvae — according to a study by the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.”

Tale of the tape. Andy Mannix at the Star Tribune reports Hennepin County’s top public defender wants to know more about the MPD giving permission to a film crew to follow officers: “After learning of the access agreement, Mary Moriarty, the Hennepin County’s chief public defender, wrote a letter to Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal expressing concerns over the arrangement and asking for the names of her office’s clients who have been filmed. Nearly three weeks later, as the contract moves through the council, she has yet to find answers, she said. Moriarty said she doesn’t know what’s in the raw footage but worries there may be evidence related to cases handled by her office that police would be legally obligated to produce.”

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Danger zones. Dylan Thomas at the Southwest Journal shares information on Minneapolis bicycle accidents from a recent study: “Eighty-one percent of those fatal and severe crashes occurred on just 3 percent of Minneapolis streets, mainly at intersections, according to the study, and the vast majority involved motor vehicles. Those streets, including much of Lake Street and a multi-block stretch of Lyndale Avenue between downtown and the LynLake intersection, are among Minneapolis’ busiest, accounting for 10 percent of all vehicle miles traveled in the city.”

In other news …

When life gives you bagels: “Minneapolis brewery Modist is making beer out of unsold bagels” [Bring Me the News]

Slap the cuffs on him: “St. Paul Slapper update: Man matching description arrested in Minneapolis” [City Pages]

Tiki taker: “300-pound tiki statue missing from Minneapolis store” [KARE]