08/03/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“A handful of storefronts are still vacant, the corridors are still quiet, and the foot traffic at the Moorhead Center Mall isn’t quite elbow-to-elbow yet. But with four new tenants opening their doors in August, the once-troubled shopping center is showing signs of life,” reports Marino Eccher in the Fargo/Moorhead Inforum. The story says three new lessees will open this month: computer repair shop Raptor PCS, fashion retailer Glik’s, and Furniture For Less, which opened Aug. 1. A fourth newcomer, Thai Orchid, will move from its current First Avenue location on Sept. 1.

The replica Nina and Pinta ships that sailed into Lake City on Monday will stay until Thursday, writes Eric Ludy in the Red Wing Republican Eagle. According to the article, The Nina and Pinta will be open to the public for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Wednesday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for children aged 5 to 16. Children 4 and under get in free. You can call 787-672-2152 to arrange a half hour guided group tour.

“A new regional effort to guide the St. Cloud area toward sustainability could shape community decisions on everything from transportation to building to agriculture,” reports Kirsti Marohn in the St. Cloud Times. “More than two years in the works, the St. Cloud Area Joint Sustainability Framework Plan is nearing completion. It’s expected to go before the six area cities and three counties for approval within the next two months.”

MNForward, a pro-business group running an ad to get Republican Tom Emmer elected governor, received $50,000 from Red Wing Shoe Co., reports Mike Longaecker in the Republican Eagle. The article says, “Peter Engel, marketing director for the Shoe, said the contribution was not a proxy endorsement of Emmer, a House member from Delano. ‘We just need a more positive business climate,’ Engel said.”

Just in time for National Night Out, “the annual event aimed at strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, [Duluth] city officials have announced a new neighborhood blight reduction program to clean up neighborhoods and improve quality of life for residents,” writes Lisa Baumann in the Duluth News Tribune. The story says, “The Duluth Fire Department is partnering with its Solid Waste Compliance team to tackle the issue. Starting Aug. 15, firefighters will systematically survey every property in Duluth through streets and alleys, according to Duluth Fire Chief John Strongitharm.”

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