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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 3/29

Duluth–Minneapolis train moving forward, perspectives on Vikings stadium perspectives, a small-town pork chop feed and more.

Duluth train finishes major stage of environmental review

from by Mike Hicks

The proposed Northern Lights Express train from Minneapolis to Duluth (“NLX”) took another step forward on Monday last week when the long-awaited Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Assessment was finally released. 

Perspectives on Minneapolis mayoral candidate Vikings Stadium perspectives

from The Deets by Ed Kohler

I had a chance to catch most of the Minneapolis DFL Mayoral Candidate debate at the Humphrey Institute yesterday, including the opening question on why the heck the city thought it was a good idea to commit $675 million over 30 years to an NFL franchise so they could tear down and rebuild a stadium for less than 300 uses over 30 years.

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Raising monies for jaws of life at a small town pork chop feed

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

As I mingle among diners, chatting with aunts, an uncle, cousins, and locals I haven’t seen in awhile, I’m cognizant of the importance of this event to raise funds for the Vesta Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds will go toward a new $25,000 Jaws of Life device, already purchased with a $5,000 grant, past Pork Chop feed dollars and a loan.

More on the missing flag at Hennepin County Government Center Plaza

from Thoughts Toward a Better World by Dick Bernard

One year ago today – March 27, 2012 – the Hennepin County Board quietly passed Resolution No. 12-0167, rescinding Resolution 86-7-539 and directing “to fly at the Government Center North Plaza solely the flags of the United States, Minnesota and Hennepin County, in compliance with the U.S. Flag Code.”

House and Senate budget targets include investments, but also harmful cuts to health and human services

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Christina Wessel

The budget targets released by the House and Senate last week invest in many of the building blocks of our economic future, but also call for cuts to health and human services that could harm Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents.

Bloomington writers festival

from LitSeen by Robert Martin

The Bloomington Writers Festival is all about the author: according to the festival’s website, “The Writers Festival and Book Fair connects budding and established writers with published authors and other experts in the field to share information, techniques, skills and resources.” 

Dissidents at the Russian Museum

from Macaroni by John Toren

The Museum of Russian Art is always a good bet for a Friday morning visit, and its current duo of shows offer a fascinating aesthetic contrast. The basement of the former church holds an extensive exhibit of brass and bronze devotional icons once owned by members of the Old Believers, a diverse group of worshipers who rejected the reforms instituted during the 17th century by Patriarch Nikon involving such things as how many fingers ought to used when making the sign of the cross.

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