Minnesota frac sand mining update: grassroots resistance continues while legislature slumbers

While state legislative leaders declared concerns about frac sand mining off the table for the coming session, grassroots opponents in Southeastern Minnesota's bluffs and sand hills are shifting their resistance to a different branch of government.


Cover crops: Not just foul weather friends

Cover crops proved themselves foul weather friends during the Great Drought of 2012. A groundbreaking farmer survey conducted in the Upper Mississippi River watershed showed that during that year’s brutal growing season keeping the soil covered with small grains and other plants helped fields preserve enough precious moisture to provide a yield bump of, in the case of corn, around 11 bushels per acre. Soybeans planted after cover crops enjoyed a yield advantage as well that year, according to the survey, which was conducted in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas, among others.


Dubliner Pub: "Do you think I have a crystal ball or something?"

Dubliner Pub owner Tom Scanlon taps a Guinness 

Tom Scanlon will tell you that he doesn’t have a crystal ball. He’ll also tell you he has a thing for shoes. The owner of the Dubliner Pub—and, until recently, the Turf Club—grew up in the village of Tarbort in County Kerry, Ireland. He arrived in the United States in 1965, landing in Saint Paul, where his uncle was a fire captain. The firehouse, located at University Avenue and Vandalia, is visible from the Dubliner’s front windows. “I never thought I’d end up on this corner myself for 30 years. I never would have believed that if you’d told me.”


Gonna see my homies! (At the 25th annual MOSES conference)

According to JLo, a sister Puerto Rican born and raised in New York City, my homies, or peeps, are the boys and girls I grew up with on the streets of the South Bronx. Well, yes and no. I had lots of good friends on Tiffany Street, but my heart and life have been elsewhere for a long time.


Passion for Black history, culture leads couple to found Liberation Clothing and Gifts, and Black History Expo

Karla Spencer-George and Anthony George

About two years ago, Karla said to her husband Anthony, “Now is the time to start our own business,” and Liberation Clothing and Gifts was born.


St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization against Broadway-Marshall liquor

Saying that there should be a better “gateway” at Broadway and Marshall streets NE, but that a one-level one-use liquor store isn’t it, the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization (STAWNO) board voted Feb. 13 to oppose a proposal for the Modern Roadways site on the southeast corner.


Minneapolis: Hollywood Theater deal inches closer

Andrew Volna, Miles Mercer, Meghan Elliot and Kevin Reich.

“What we’re doing now has to happen no matter who is in there,” said developer Andrew Volna. He’s referring to a list of things to stabilize the Hollywood Theater at 28th Avenue and Johnson Street NE. “It will not even be useful, but pretty.” It would be a huge leap for a tenant to imagine themselves in the space, Volna said, and the changes would help a tenant better envision their use.


First Lowry Avenue workshop is Feb. 27 at Edison

Historic building preservation, storm water control, permeable pavers, wider sidewalks, bike lanes? What do Lowry Avenue neighbors want?


What comes first: People or oil?

The recent explosion -- both literal and figurative -- of railroad shipments of crude oil from North Dakota has opened a new front in the long-running tension over which interests are served by our transportation system: people's or commerce's.

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