MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 3/13

The market and the math to make passenger rail work

from by Mike Hicks

The Twin Cities region sits at the edge of the populous eastern third of the United States. There aren’t big million-plus metropolitan areas for long distances to the west, so when looking at plans for passenger rail expansion, there aren’t many obvious destinations. However, the lone intercity train to pass through Minnesota, the Empire Builder, is popular enough to suggest that lightly-populated areas can still provide enough ridership to be viable.

What you really need to know about antibiotics in livestock

from Minnesota Farm Living by Wanda Patsche

This past week, there has been a firestorm concerning antibiotic use in livestock, all stemming from the fear of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  McDonalds and Costco recently announced  they will require all poultry to be free of antibiotics used to treat humans in two years. And more than likely, other food companies will be following suit. My friend, Katie Pratt, has a nice recap of McDonald’s position. With antiobiotc resistant bacteria, there is a great deal of concern about the origination of how this resistance is occurring. There are a few things you really need to know about antibiotics in livestock.

Hope abounds at spring training (as always), but Twins have to deliver

from So Many Opinions, So Little Time by Mike McFeely

The question for the Twins in 2015, though, is this: How long will the smiles last?

A franchise that had high hopes after moving into a new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis five years ago that was partially funded by taxpayers has hit an ugly four-year stretch. The Twins have lost more than 90 games since 2011 and have been largely irrelevant since then.

Apostle Island ice caves

from Macaroni by John Toren

It was a 1.4 mile walk down the road to the lake, and I began to wonder if it might have been a better idea to continue on to Meyers Beach Road. But who could say how many cars were already parked there? Mawikwe Road made for a pleasant stroll through the woods and fields, downhill all the way, and the minute we stepped out onto the ice I was glad we’d come.

The ghost town of Old Crow Wing

from Squeaky Green Machine by Heidi Van Heel

Within the borders of Crow Wing State Park are the remnants of Old Crow Wing, one of the most populous towns in Minnesota during the 1850s and 60s.

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