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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 7/12

Minnesota Senate district partisanship; the economy improves; the meaning of a long home inspection; and more.

Minnesota Senate hPVI, 2013 edition

from LeftMN by Tony Petrangelo

The most Republican district in the entire state is 1 point more Republican than the second most Republican district. The most Democratic district is 7 points more Democratic than the second most Democratic district. Even more telling, there are 12 districts that are more concentrated with DFLers than the most Republican district.

MN economy: Doing well and, by the way, GOP takes credit

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

I have little doubt that the Republican House candidates are going to try to take credit for the current economic uptick in Minnesota. They will try to ignore Democratic contributions and the above mentioned caveats to that credit.

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Economy is improving, but restructuring is still needed

from Barataria by Erik Hare

Which naturally gets us back to the stock market rise.  There is little doubt now that the economy is improving and confidence is coming back.  This will continue to be the lead story through the long summer and people will have a much better attitude than they have in years.  Given this news, we are almost certainly in the best time to take on a genuine restructuring.  Markets are, traditionally, driven by either fear in bad times or greed in good times.  What drives them in an era that nearly everyone can describe as “Meh”?  Fundamentals. We’re not ready to be greedy yet, but are cautiously optimistic.

Q&A: What does a long home inspection mean?

from Structure Tech Home Inspection Blog by Reuben Saltzman

Don’t put too much stock in the amount of time that a home inspection takes.  The duration of a home inspection is affected by too many variables for a home seller to draw any conclusions.  A long home inspection isn’t necessarily bad news.

Chuck Foley, thank you for inventing Twister

from Dating Dementia by Nancy Wurtzel

Chuck Foley, a Minnesota native and inventor of the board game Twister, has died.  When I heard the news on television last night, I couldn’t help remembering the last time I played Twister.  It had to be more than a dozen years ago.

Reason number one to visit Decorah, Iowa: The historic architecture

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Home to Luther College and the world’s largest collection of Norwegian artifacts at the Vesterheim—The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, Decorah definitely presents a college town feel and an ethnic bend toward Norwegians. Interestingly enough, we didn’t tour either Luther or the Vesterheim. Next trip, because we will return.

Early performance of ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ featuring Garrison Keillor, Bill Hinkley, and Judy Larson, c. 1974

from MN70s by Dave Kenney

A new comedy, music, and variety show called A Prairie Home Companion made its first live radio broadcast on July 6, 1974.

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