MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 8/10

Dramatic photos of Glacier National Park then and now

from Neorenaissance by Shawn Lawrence Otto

When the park was established in 1910, it had 150 glaciers.  This stunning collection drew tourists from all over America.   Today there are just 25, and they are shrunken remnants of their former selves.  The winter snow melts off so fast that it doesn’t replenish them.  At the current melt rate, these remaining holdouts are expected to be gone entirely some time between 2020 and 2030, after which point Glacier National park will have no glaciers.

Clock is ticking on FDA’s ruling about gluten free labeling

from The Savvy Celiac by Amy Leger

The FDA couldn’t tell me anything more about how they were leaning with the ruling and what we could expect in terms of content of the announcement when it comes.

Bill’s Skyway Revolution Tour

from by Nathaniel M. Hood

Our hero leads the revolt … with an educational walking tour! 

What to watch: MN House 6B DFL/GOP primaries

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron Brown

I’ll be watching the DFL and GOP primaries in 6B along with the MN-8 DFL primary on Tuesday night. Meantime, I’m going to share the paths to victory that each candidate hopes to find on Aug. 14. I talked about this race on KAXE yesterday and did an MPR interview on the topic which will be posted at some point.

Minnesota stands to lose millions under federal deficit-reduction plan

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Nan Madden

New analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that Minnesota would lose an estimated $420 million in federal funding for education, law enforcement, clean water, and other state and local priorities in 2014 under the House-passed Ryan budget, which illustrates what a deficit-reduction plan that doesn’t include revenues would look like. The total impact from 2013 to 2021 would be a loss of $3.8 billion in federal funding to Minnesota and local communities.

Twenty debates? Oh no, Mr. Bills!

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

But clearly, there can be too much of a good thing.  In the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Mark Dayton, Tom Horner, and Tom Emmer debated and debated, and debated some more.  They debated an eye-glazing 25 times.  Most of the debates ended up getting ignored by reporters, and just about everyone else, because they became complete and utter re-runs. I mean, even if you love Gilligan’s Island, and who amongst us does not,  the 25th time you see a re-run about Gilligan’s pedal powered bamboo car is significantly less riveting than the first 5 times.

Flour made fun: Mill City Museum

from Borealis by Jennifer Thorson

Minneapolis is Mill City, dontcha know? For fifty years, Minneapolis was the largest producer of flour in the world, and the Washburn A mill along the Mississippi river was the world’s biggest mill. It closed in 1965 and nearly burned down in 1991. The Minnesota Historical Society’s Mill City Museum is built into its ruins.

Reflections on the Dakota War

from Macaroni by John Toren

The Minnesota Historical Society has mounted an engaging exhibit about the Dakota War that erupted in the summer of 1862 in the Minnesota River Valley. There is nothing flashy about the exhibit itself—just text and maps and a few photos. It’s the events themselves that are engaging. To their credit, the designers of the exhibit have brought those events to the forefront, examining them from various perspectives in an effort to get a “true” picture of what really took place, and why, with nary an interactive kiosk or a “talking head” in sight. It’s a harrowing and heart-rending tale, to say the least.

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