MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 6/13

Minnesota primary elections, annotated

from LeftMN by Tony Petrangelo

This is by no means an exhaustive listing of all primary elections that will be taking place in Minnesota. Some of the primaries taking place feature perennial candidates or otherwise not serious candidates and are not listed here. Rather, this is a listing of the primary elections actually worth paying attention to.

Are we ready for rail? 7 facts to know

from Community Matters by Jane Tigan

There has been much debate on the impact and potential impact of the new light rail on surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. Two new Minnesota Compass reports, Central Corridor Key Outcomes (and its dashboard, the “Tracker”) and Big Picture Project, provide data from the past couple of years to inform the discussion. I’m a researcher on these two reports, but I also grew up just a couple of blocks from the line long before a single track was laid and now work near one of the stations. It’s especially fun for me to share with you these data bites about the Central Corridor.

Walker Art Center a culprit in badness of Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck

from by Nick Magrino

One of those things would be to considerably alter the streetscape along the eastern side of the Walker Art Center. The Walker is the most prominent of the several institutional uses along the bottleneck, and it makes up about a fourth of its total street frontage.

Duane Benson interview: Reflections on caucuses, clowning, and cancer

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

Duane Benson is leading an interesting life.  As a football player, he made the unlikely leap from the MIAC’s Hamline Pipers to the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers.  As a member of what was then called the Independent Republican (IR) Party, he served as Minnesota Senate Minority Leader.

A ‘bearable’ neighbor

from My Minnesota by John Harrington

Here you are, folks, caught red-pawed! Yesterday, mid-day, under bright sunshine, within 25 feet or so of our front door, Mr./Ms. Bear decided a mid-day snack was called for. Not content with the compost heap a hundred or so feet from the house, the culprit started crunching on the bird feeder.

New neighbors, old neighbors, soon-to-be neighbors

from Saint Paul by Bike by Wolfie Browender

People were outside wherever I rode today. It mattered not what block of what neighborhood, young and old enjoyed the sunny, warm Sunday.

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