Bde Maka Ska pavilion damaged by fire

Minneapolis Fire Department
The iconic pavilion was heavily damaged by fire early Thursday.

Just when the season’s getting started. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow reports: “The iconic pavilion on the northeast side of Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska was heavily damaged by fire early Thursday and investigators were spending the day trying to find out what sparked the blaze. … Hours after the fire, the smell of smoke hung in the air and the building operated by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appeared to ‘be a total loss …’

Speaking of Bde Maka Ska … KMSP’s Courtney Godfrey reports: “Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun? It’s a debate that will likely be decided by the courts, but for the roads around the lake, it’s up to the Minneapolis Park Board. … The MPRB Administration and Finance Committee voted Wednesday to move forward with the name change for the roads surrounding the lake and to officially rename the parkland.

A newly tenured faculty member’s view of the University of Minnesota building-renaming controversy. City Pages’ Mike Mullen writes: “[University of Minnesota professor Katharine] Gerbner and other faculty didn’t expect … just how resistant a couple members of the school’s board of regents would be to embracing change. Despite professors, alumni, current students, and even then-U President Eric Kaler, certain board members ‘came ready to fight’ at meetings around the issue, and attacked the work of the very scholars they entrust U students’ education to. … Gerbner’s tweet-storm is essentially a 27-punch-combination knockout — and has now been retweeted more than 1,300 times — so we ought to just let her tell the story herself.”

Paper trade. The Duluth News Tribune’s Steve Wagner reports: “Forum Communications, a family-owned company operating multimedia properties in four states, has entered into an agreement to purchase the Rochester Post Bulletin from Small Newspaper Group. … The sale was announced Thursday, May 16, to the Post Bulletin staff and is expected to take effect June 1.”

In other news …

Music opinions:We asked for the worst Bob Dylan song. You got pretty mad.” [Duluth News Tribune]

Legislative update:Deal reached for new protections against Minnesota elder abuse, neglect” [Star Tribune]

Slightly up:Minnesota posts 3.3 percent jobless rate in April” [MPR]

Not just a big-city thing:Beer here: Taproom boom takes root across Minnesota” [MPR]

Hope she doesn’t build up fan expectations only to end the season hastily with a conclusion full of plot holes: Saints 2019 ball pig, AKA Daenerys Hoggaryen, is ready to star in Game of Throws” [Pioneer Press]

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