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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 3/6

Federal data affirm Minnesota’s choice to raise the minimum wage

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Ben Horowitz

Gould finds that low-wage earners’ gains are largely attributable to the 17 states (plus Washington, DC) that saw a minimum wage increase in 2014. Low-wage workers’ wages in these states increased by an average of 1.6 percent, compared to just 0.3 percent elsewhere.

A gallery of traffic-signal lenses and LEDs

from by Monte Castleman

Traffic signal companies have always been more in the business and sales rather than production, and thus most of the manufacturing was contracted out. This is especially true with lenses. Originally there were four major glass companies making lenses: Kopp, Corning, Macbeth-Evans, and Holophane.  Macbeth-Evans, notable for it’s Depression Glass, was merged into Corning in 1936. Holophane eventually chose to concentrate on it’s much larger line of industrial light fixtures. Today  Kopp Glass, founded in 1926 from the reorganization of the Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass and Glass Company is the primary manufacturer. Although there’s not much of a market for glass traffic signal lenses nowadays, Kopp still has the capability and will accept orders if someone wants a thousand of them.

Downton Abbey fashions coming to Oshkosh

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

If you’re a fan of the Public Broadcasting System Masterpiece series Downton Abbey, and especially the fashion showcased on this British drama, you understand my enthusiasm. The traveling exhibit wending its way through seven American cities from now into 2017 features 36 period costumes (including jewelry) and a fashion overview from the first four seasons of the show. That covers 1912 to the early 1920s.

Thank God, February’s over: Bring on spring!

from The Middle Stages by Amy Gage

Native Minnesotans are supposed to take the icy sidewalks and bitterly cold temperatures in stride. But I’ve eaten too much. Gotten off my running routine. And been too distracted and stir-crazy even to finish reading a book. Enough. Spring starts in March, and I am holding myself to better habits, starting today.

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