MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 1/3

Gov. Dayton raises $1 million for re-election

from by Michael Brodkorb

It will be a few weeks before the public will know how much the Republican candidates for governor raised in 2013. Year-end Report of Receipts and Expenditures are due on January 31, 2014, for the period covering January 1 to December 31, 2013. I would only expect one or two of the Republican candidates to have raised over $500,000 in 2013, so Governor Dayton’s totals could give him a sizable lead.

Obamacare and MNsure: In the business of changing lives

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Roxanne Mindeman

Yesterday my family started the day frustrated and losing hope that the promise of the Affordable Care Act would ever be realized. This morning we find ourselves enrolled (and having paid our first premium!) in a solid comprehensive plan that will reduce our monthly health insurance premium by $900, and spare us an additional $300 to $400 (or more) a month in deductibles, co-pays, and out-of-pocket expense!

Thought for 2014: Government ought to be all outside and no inside

from Poking Around with Mary by Mary Treacy

Still, at the core, I maintain my firm, if naïve, conviction that information by and about the government, information that is the lifeblood of a democracy, belongs to the people. As James Madison warned,  “popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both.”

Target’s losing advocates because of poor crisis management, not security

from Girl Meets Geek by Kate-Madonna Hindes

Other banks in return, were issuing new cards for their customers, simply because it would protect both against the fraud. Target, simply stated to, “look at statements.” Maybe I’ve come to expect more of Target, or maybe I’m still baffled as to how one of Minnesota’s greatest companies could handle a data breach so poorly. It was almost a P.R. case study for what NOT to do. By remaining quiet until the last possible minute about the breach and ignoring customer’s questions on Facebook and Twitter, they hurt potential relationships and trust. By refusing to admit the PINs were stolen, Target solidified a message of either, “We actually have no idea what happened,” or even worse, “We know, but don’t believe you need to hear the truth until we have to tell you.” Truly, either way is not what we’re used to, from such a forward-thinking retailer.

Northern Minnesota colder than Mars this week

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron J. Brown

Embarrass and International Falls were both under 40 below (F) last night, while the Mars rover reported a mere 26 below.

Ice rinks I have loved and tips for making your very own

from Snapshot by Kristen Neurer

Now, as a city dweller, my husband has become somewhat obsessed with our backyard rink as I’ve noticed quite a few of our family members and friends are. The guys strategize and drink beer while trying to create a perfect mirror surface atop backyard crabgrass. Nature is a cruel task master however, and it has bested others at the rink game. Our neighbor was so gung-ho a couple of years ago, he went right out and got a liner and boards but after an entire winter of teasing (a week of flooding for a pristine surface and then weather too hot and melted ice and slushy ice and bumpy ice and then too cold and more flooding and then perfect and then too warm again and lumpy and, well, like that) he cried uncle.

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