MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 11/7

Balls & Strikes: GOP must throw out their campaign playbook

from by Michael Brodkorb

While winning control of the Minnesota House of Representatives is no small accomplishment, Republicans expected more wins on Tuesday and the overall election results were devastating to the long-term viability of the Republican Party in Minnesota.

GOP convinced greater Minnesota to support them — but now what?

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

The House Republicans used vague promises to lure greater Minnesota into removing Democrats from the remaining seats they held in those rural areas. But now that they have been successful, the details may not be so easy to explain.

The case of the missing Lyndale bike connection

from by Nick Magrino

There is a small (one long block!) but glaring gap in cyclability on Lyndale Avenue in South Minneapolis between the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck and Franklin Avenue. The cycletrack that begins at Loring Park and travels along the east side of the bottleneck abruptly ends right after clearing the last freeway onramp.

Garrison Keillor to Robert Bly: ‘Few poets can re-order our consciousness…’

from A Prairie Populist by Joshua Preston

While going through the Robert Bly Papers at the University of Minnesota, I came across two letters I wanted to share. In the past I’ve posted pieces from young writers like Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley, and Hunter S. Thompson, but the following come from two of the state’s most-famous contemporaries. The first excerpt is from Garrison Keillor (age 27) and the other from Bill Holm (age 26).

Minnesota Litigator goes to jail

from Minnesota Litigator by Seth Leventhal

If you are one of the fortunate ones, the accompanying photo shows the doors that you get to go through when entering the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on South 4th Ave., in downtown Minneapolis. For those less fortunate, entry (in handcuffs) is through an extremely secure underground garage.

I was honored to be invited on a tour of the facility conducted by Lieutenant Brent Sizer and facilitated by Hennepin County District Judge Jay Quam last week. I tagged along with executives from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

A photographic journey through rural western Wisconsin

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

I am linked to the land by my past, daughter of a southwestern Minnesota crop and dairy farmer. Even after 40 years away from the farm, fields and farm sites hold my heart more than any grid of city blocks or cluster of homes or urban anything.

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