MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 10/18

Paulsen and Kline finally support a jobs bill

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

In the past, I’ve been critical of Minnesota Republican  Congressmen John Kline and Erik Paulsen for not doing enough to address America’s chronic unemployment problem.  But I have to hand it to them, because yesterday they passed legislation ending the government shutdown that will immediately put 800,000 Americans back to work, and stabilize the economic position of many others.  That’s fantastic news.

MN congressional races must be part of national solution

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

It is not really Democrat vs Republican anymore…it is rational vs irrational. The instigators are safe – but the enablers can be defeated. That is why broad support is needed to complete the job of targeting Republican Congresspeople who are vulnerable in the general election for defeat. And we need to defeat enough of them to take the gavel out of John Boehner’s hands and turn it back over to the Democrats. And this is the important point….. It is not just for a change in Party control, but a change that can bring back actual governance.

University Avenue: designed to be dangerous

from streets.mn by Jeremy Mendelson

The reconstruction of University Ave is a major missed opportunity and a case study in why we need pedestrian planners. Somehow we designed a major transit corridor to be dangerous for transit users and anyone else not in a motor vehicle. Every bus trip requires you to cross the street at least once — in this case twice because of the insane width of the stroad — so transit can’t be useful if you have to risk your life to access it.  The corridor is full of unsignalized crosswalks that are ignored by drivers and signalized crosswalks that make it impractical to cross safely and legally.

Stubble: Interviews with Minneapolis mayoral candidates

Stubble editor Tom Johnson continues his tireless pursuit of answers from those who wish to be mayor.

In Wisconsin: A quick stop at a Tomah cranberry farm

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

cranberries
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

THE “FRESH CRANBERRIES” SIGN grabbed our attention along State Highway 21 just east of Tomah in the heart of Wisconsin cranberry country.

So my husband slowed the van in a flash and turned onto a side road to North Tomah Cranberry Co. operated by John Rezin & Sons. Randy loves cranberries. Me, too. As juice or in pie. You won’t see me scooping cranberries onto my plate at Thanksgiving.

We’d never been on a cranberry farm nor purchased just harvested cranberries. So we were excited—or at least I was to photograph a true Wisconsin cranberry farm.

Chronicles of a bike commuter

from Human Rights Warrior by Jennifer Prestholdt

I’ve been a bike commuter on and off for twenty years.   But it wasn’t until I began posting about it on Facebook recently that I began to realize that maybe biking is more for me than just transportation to and from work.  I know that bike commuting impacts my daily  life (I’m definitely grumpier when I have to drive), but is it possible that the simple act of riding a bike has also influenced me in other ways?

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