Andy Sturdevant: Fortunately, we can occasionally elect take a stroll though the Cities using a literary, artistic, or cinematic proxy, and that’s just what I am doing this week. Sinclair Lewis’ famed account of the endless disappointments and miseries of 1910s small-town living in “Main Street” gives one of the most wonderful walking tours of the city in the annals of literature.
About seven in 10 minimum-wage workers in Minnesota are women.
Last night, Minneapolis declared its seventh snow emergency of the season.
Use our new snow emergency tracker to figure out where to park your car: www.minnpost.com/snow
(p.s. It works great on mobile, and can easily jump to your current location.)
The people of this precinct deserve to have their voices heard in a process free of intimidation, threats, and physical violence. While we may disagree on who is best fit to serve this district in the Legislature, one thing we do agree upon is that these acts of violence have no place in our party.
Joint statement from Rep. Phyllis Kahn and challenger Mohamud Noor
The DFL caucus that ended in a brawl and sent a woman to the hospital earlier this month is at the center of allegations that threats and bullying were used to disrupt the political process and that some people were paid to attend the caucus.
Further, Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame’s involvement in a contentious state House race that prompted the caucus fight has swept up City Hall and fractured the East African political community.
Intrigued by data on rental prices in Sunday’s Star Tribune, Stubble editor Tom Johnson made some charts. Among his findings:
The difference in rent between Minneapolis and St. Paul for a studio apartment is $8 ($757-$749), for a 1 bedroom this number grew to $123 ($962-$839), and for a 2 bedrooms it was $300 ($1335-$1035). Interestingly enough, for 3 bedrooms the difference broke the trend of increasing cost difference as more bedrooms were added and fell back down to $18 ($1,446-1,428). Why is that?
This winter has made even the hardiest Minnesotans question why we bleeping live here. But the freezing weather has some charms — including the tradition of homemade ice rinks.
MinnPost’s Jim Walsh put out a call for readers’ photos and stories of their own backyard rinks in Minnesota, and the results are delightful.
The infamous gaps that separate the Twin Cities’ relatively affluent white population from its persistently poor populations of color — gaps that are wider here than nearly any place in the nation — continue to embarrass and mystify this proudly progressive region.
The caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside produced an overflow crowd of more than 300, a pre-caucus argument handled by the police and a subsequent physical attack on one of the participants. The cause of the uproar was strong feelings among backers of longtime Rep. Phyllis Kahn and her challenger, Minneapolis School Board Member Mohamud Noor, who has strong support in the Somali community.
The Minneapolis Central Library fourth floor collection is an odd little vacuum that exists out of time. The books are accessible if you ask for them, but they’re also somewhat invisible. Not only have many of these books not had their classification updated, but most haven’t even been catalogued.
Andy Sturdevant: Cracking the spine on Hennepin County Library’s many hidden charms
What you are doing is you are the hens and you open up the hen house to the fox. The NFL comes in and opens up their super store and all they are doing is selling their NFL memorabilia. What you have done is invited a national chain to come into your community and compete with you.
University of South Florida economics professor Philip Porter, on the economic impact of hosting a Super Bowl
One of the reasons I’m compelled to return to cemeteries again and again is that they’re such great places to walk. What other part of a city is so focused on foot traffic, so amenable to pedestrians? Cemeteries are designed to be walked through, to be admired. They’re designed for you to linger for a while, to be alone with your thoughts.
Andy Sturdevant: Exploring the grand, lonely beauty of Sunset Memorial Cemetery