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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 8/23

Minneapolis mayors’ race, rain gardens, healthcare exchange obstacles, Brodkorb’s legacy and more.

Does Mark Andrew think his opponents aren’t Minneapolis enough to be mayor?

from The Deets by Ed Kohler

Is Mark Andrew’s campaign honestly saying that candidates who weren’t born in Minneapolis aren’t qualified to be mayor?

Keeping green streets alive

from by Samuel Geer

Rain gardens and other streetside stormwater retention systems are designed to infiltrate street runoff, retain pollutants, and incorporate attractive plantings.  That is the vision, but the reality is that they are hard to get right, particularly in a cold climate like Minnesota. What makes a curb-cut rain garden project sucessful?

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Healthcare exhange: Do we need intentional obstacles?

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

The implementation of the new Health Care system is an enormous undertaking. As we try to deal with 30 million uninsured people, the logistics of moving them into the exchanges will be a big enough task, but intentional obstacles are ridiculous.

The legacy of Cal and the Deputy

from LeftMN by Steve Timmer

Even semi-faithful readers here know that I have written often about the travails of Michael Brodkorb since he was fired in December 2011 by the then-Secretary of the Senate, Republican Cal Ludeman. It is easily the most fascinating story to come out of the brief Republican interregnum of Senate control after the 2010 elections. Compared to it, the shutdown of state government earlier in the year had zero frisson.

Meet Bill, the sweetcorn salesman

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND why Bill Edelbach sold an entire pick-up full of sweetcorn and other farm fresh vegetables while parked along a busy street corner in Kenyon this past Sunday.

Minnesota State Fair time! Get your gluten free food list

from The Savvy Celiac by Amy Leger

But bottom line, people love to go for the food and to see what else could possibly be put “on a stick.”  More than 450 foods are available at 300 food concession stands.  So you can imagine the disappointment it was years ago when going to the fair either meant starving for folks with celiac disease or non-celiac related gluten intolerance — or it meant them taking a chance and getting sick.

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