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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 9/11

Public policy and the wealth gap; electric and autonomous cars won’t solve all our problems; mining, Minnesota and reciprocity; and more.

Policies play a big role in the nation’s racial wealth gap

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Clark Biegler

A recent report measures the wide racial wealth gap in the United States, and points to public policy decisions that can play a big role in widening or shrinking this gap.

Electric and Autonomous Cars Are Not A Panacea

from by Walker Angell

On a fairly regular basis I hear a comment that autonomous and electric vehicles will solve a multitude of our worst transportation problems. Well, each will solve some problems. And create others. They’re far from a panacea, though. … I am a huge fan of electric and autonomous cars and doubt that I’ll ever purchase another car that requires gas. Even so, they don’t fully solve any problems though they do make a few a bit less severe.

Mining and Minnesota need more reciprocity

from My Minnesota by John Harrington

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… Now, if the rest of Minnesota can get behind the idea that, in order for mining in Minnesota to retain its social license, mine development, operations, closure and post-closure care will need to be sustainable and to do more than meet fundamental legal requirements, we may be able to keep both the Boundary Waters and those 350 or so prospective jobs, at least some of which may go to Iron Rangers. …

Exploring Woody’s In West Concord, A Specialty Auto Lit Shop

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

FOR ANYONE WHO APPRECIATES anything vintage auto-related, Woody’s Auto Literature and More in West Concord is a must stop-and-see.

You don’t have to bike fast

from Biking in Mpls by Lindsey Wallace

You don’t have to bike fast. It’s okay to ride a big, slow bike that you love and enjoy the journey of getting there. It’s okay if bikers clad in spandex pass you on the trail. It’s okay if a casual biker who looks like your mom passes you on the trail. You don’t have to bike fast. Good for them. Maybe they have bigger muscles, more energy, or a lighter bike. Maybe they are fueled by anger, joy, or frustration. Maybe they are simply late for a meeting. That’s their thing. It’s not your responsibility to catch up to them or feel bad for being passed. They’re going faster than you, that’s okay.

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