Security lines at MSP among longest in the country

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The Star Tribune’s Janet Moore reports: “As the federal government shutdown drags on, so do the security lines at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The average wait time for security screening at MSP Airport Saturday was 41 minutes — the longest recorded in the country that day, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). … Saturday was extra brisk due to a plethora of Delta Air Lines’ charter flights whisking sun-starved Minnesotans to warmer climes, said Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which operates MSP.”

From Kirsti Marohn at MPR: “Allina Health will restrict visitors to its hospitals and clinics starting Tuesday to protect patients and staff from the flu. The health care provider said it typically restricts visitors when the Minnesota Department of Health determines that influenza is widespread across the state.”

The Strib’s Torey Van Oot writes: “Democrats in east-central Minnesota head to the polls Tuesday to choose their nominee in an expensive and intensely competitive state Senate special election. The Senate District 11 primary pits Michelle Lee, a longtime local news anchor who ran for Congress last year, against Stu Lourey, a first-time candidate from one of the area’s most well-known political families. …The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Rep. Jason Rarick, R-Pine City, and Legal Marijuana Now candidate John Birrenbach, of Pine City, in a Feb. 5 general election.”

KSTP-TV also reports: “A Minnesota native died after being buried in an avalanche in New Mexico, according to KOAT, an ABC affiliate in Albuquerque. KOAT reported the family of 22-year-old Corey Borg-Massanari confirmed his death Monday. Borg-Massanari was raised in Brainerd, according to KOAT. The avalanche occurred Thursday at Kachina Peak near Taos.”

Stribber J. Patrick Coolican reports, “Three legislators are kicking off the debate to legalize marijuana for recreational use, although they take different routes to get there. Rep. Raymond Dehn, D-Minneapolis, wants to put the issue before the voters as a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot …. Rep. Mike Freiberg, D-Golden Valley, and state Sen. Melisa Franzen, D-Edina, are working on measures that would legalize marijuana, with the Legislature directing the Department of Health to write regulations to mitigate negative consequences.”

The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany writes: “Six people suffered minor injuries in a collision in northeast Minneapolis at midday Monday, which followed a brief police chase that wove through north and northeast Minneapolis before being called off for safety reasons. Three of the injured were in the suspect vehicle and were arrested, according to police spokesman John Elder.”

From Dan Gunderson at MPR:  In January 2012, Edie Ramstad started wrapping wire around a knitting needle and cutting the coil into rings with a small hand saw. … She had experience making the rings for a jewelry class she taught in Arizona. So she started making jump rings, tiny metal loops that are woven together without soldering or welding. She figured she could make 2,000 rings a week. So the hobby became a side job. … Seven years later, her sales are well over $1 million a year.”

Says Michael Rand in the Strib, “In an interesting but sometimes wandering recent ESPN story that maybe attempts to weave together too many narratives, we nonetheless learned — or gleaned from some new voices —more about the dynamic in the Timberwolves locker room that preceded Jimmy Butler’s trade to the 76ers.

KSTP-TV reports: The University of Minnesota dance team has added yet another national title. During the competition at the 2019 UCA and UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship this past weekend in Orlando, the Gophers captured a 19th national championship in the Jazz Division. Ohio State finished second, Arizona State finished third, Tennessee was fourth and Washington State finished fifth. The Gophers also finished second to Ohio State in the Pom Division.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Nathan Johnson on 01/22/2019 - 03:26 pm.

    Special Senate Dist. 11 race is an interesting one!

    Thanks for the coverage.

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