MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 6/19

Why I left Minnesota for Wisconsin

from Stubble by Tom Johnson

In the end, we had been coming to Elkhart Lake, WI for years to spend time with friends and for me to attend the road races at Road America and the resort car culture of the village. It was within reach of the Twin Cities and her family. It seemed to offer the right balance. On top of that, there is no comparison between the quality and cost of living here and the Twin Cities.

Why I’m done wearing a helmet

from Biking in Mpls by Lindsey Wallace

Cyclists don’t die from just falling off their bikes, they die because they are hit by cars. Bike helmets only protect against certain types of injuries to certain parts of the head, and the evidence is not compelling that they even do that well.

Next time pull off in Pine Island

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

TRAFFIC ZOOMS BY on U.S. Highway 52 around Pine Island, hurried motorists rushing to Rochester or St. Paul or places in between.

I’ve been one of those travelers all too many times while en route to and from Wisconsin. Never pulling off to explore Pine Island. But always wondering what this small town holds and thinking I really ought to stop at the highway side Pine Cheese Mart.

It’s too late now to visit the Cheese Mart. The long-time business folded last year after an exit into Pine Island was closed due to traffic safety issues. That closure made navigating to the Mart cumbersome, resulting in a business downturn. So I missed out on the cheese.

The day you’re hired, the bullet’s fired, yet again

from Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood by Mark Heuring

Corporate America is a ruthless place. A guy with a spreadsheet and a desire to make his bonus can wreak havoc on a lot of lives. I’ve experienced this myself — during my days at Bank of America, a financial analyst based in Charlotte decided that B of A should close its Minnesota operations because this market “wasn’t in footprint.” It didn’t particularly matter that our loan center was outperforming every other loan center in the country. It didn’t matter that B of A spent considerable sums on relocation for some and severance pay for others. The person who made the decision didn’t take any of that into consideration, because he didn’t have to.

Transit + bike share = freedom

from streets.mn by Nick Magrino

The one thing I really like though, is that when taking Metro Transit and using Nice Ride, I kind of feel like I’m part of the city–part of the landscape, really. It’s hard to describe exactly, but when you’ve got that monthly transit pass and that yearly bike share subscription, you get to avoid a lot of thinking. You see a bus, you can hop on it. Running late to an appointment and you don’t want to wait for the bus? Hop on a Nice Ride. The kiosks are just there; the buses and trains just run. You’re part of that whole ecosystem.

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