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MN Blog Cabin Roundup 4/22

Making a case for Hillary Clinton; was Tim Pawlenty a health care policy all star?; in praise of housing diversity; and Owatonna’s Mineral Springs Park.

Making a case for Hillary Clinton

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

I have been trying to figure out why Bernie Sanders supporters think that Hillary Clinton is the poster child for corruption. Everything she says, everything she does, everything she has a connection to, is suspect.

So here are a few thoughts. This will get lengthy. (And I am only saying this for discussion purposes – I am not being condescending, argumentative, pompous, elitist, or a spokesperson for the establishment. I am just offering a point of view). You can ignore it at your leisure.

Tim Pawlenty: ‘Health Care Policy All-Star?’

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

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Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is being featured as a “health policy all-star” by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. No, I’m not kidding. 

The University event is celebrating the accomplishments of a 2008 Healthcare Transformation Task Force that happened during the Pawlenty years.   Governor Pawlenty is the keynote speaker.  The invitation portrays the Pawlenty years as a time when there was less intense partisan disagreement. Again, not kidding.

In praise of housing diversity

from by Bill Lindeke

I live in an old neighborhood, by Minnesota Standards. The West Side dates back to the territorial era, the flats were settled back then and a few homes were built up on the bluff, though the “city” remained distant from booming 19th century Saint Paul until at least the 1870s when the toll was finally taken off the Wabasha Bridge.

But because of the age and the relative lack of modern day real estate pressure, the housing stock on the streets around my apartment are extremely diverse.

Delighting in Owatonna’s Mineral Springs Park on a Sunday afternoon

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

I DRANK A LONG, deep drink of glacier cold spring water bubbling from a fountain in Owatonna’s Mineral Springs Park. Water that tasted of iron, of the earth. Water that, as legend goes, holds healing power. Princess Owatonna, the daughter of Chief Wabena, supposedly drank daily of the springs along Maple Creek, regaining her health.

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