MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 4/18

Nice Ride Q&A: Funding exists for 17 new stations

from streets.mn by John Edwards

Last Friday afternoon marked the beginning of Nice Ride Minnesota’s fifth season of bike-share in the Twin Cities. The system’s size and geographic layout for 2014 remains largely the same as last season. But there’s still plenty of change as subscribers are introduced to more generous ride times of 60 minutes, and prospective members are given the option of monthly subscriptions. Anthony Ongaro, Nice Ride’s Director of Marketing, agreed to discuss what’s new and what’s to come for Nice Ride and bike-share in general.

The wealthy’s love/hate relationship with Minnesota

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Snow birds want it both ways. They want the warm weather and low taxes of the southern states. But they want the quality of life, the medical care, the transportation options, and the pleasant summers of Minnesota as well. They just want to pay those low taxes…you know, wherever they get the “best deal”.

In praise of northern prairie culture: ‘How Fargo of You

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

TWO DAYS AFTER I FINISHED reading Marc de Celle’s book, How Fargo of You, a 10-episode mini series, Fargo, debuted (yesterday) on FX television. Excellent. Timing is everything.

Eileen Cooke, a National Library Week tribute

from Poking Around with Mary by Mary Treacy

With a firm hand and a smile that could charm the toughest solon, Minnesota native Eileen Delores Cooke (1928-2000) shaped and steered the legislative agenda of America’s libraries.  She anticipated the role of telecommunications technology, held firm to the principle of freedom of information, and saw to it that the there are public libraries in small towns throughout the nation.

Listening to Adama Dieng, and a musing about the United Nations in our ever more complex world

from Thoughts Towards a Better World by Dick Bernard

Ordinarily, if the UN comes up in conversation, it is the subject of general criticism, from being some sort of sinister world government scheme to at best being an ineffective representative on the world stage; a worthless collection of bureaucrats.

It is so often caricatured by use of bad examples of what it supposedly represents. This is not hard, because where the UN is found, there is often trouble which it did not create in the first place: Rwanda, for example, in 1994.

If there was no United Nations at all would we all be better off, or not?

5 reasons to look beyond gut symptoms for Celiac

from The Savvy Celiac by Amy Leger

In no particular order, here are some very quick reasons why you and your doctor should look beyond gut symptoms for celiac.

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