Bachmann shakeup: Julie Quist to run Minnesota office, three staffers departing
by Eric Black, Minnesota Monitor
The staff of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is in the midst of a significant shakeup, with major departures from both the Washington and Minnesota offices, and a controversial social conservative taking over Bachmann’s Minnesota operations.
The Winnipeg Project : A new beginning for Rice Street
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
The sun shone brightly in a cold, blue November sky, and smiles were the order of the day, as community members, developers, architects, and elected officials broke ground for the Winnipeg development at Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue in Saint Paul. The $12.7 million mixed use project will have commercial shops at street level in each of its two buildings, and 56 units of rental housing for families with varying income levels. Sparc, the local non-profit community development corporation, and Legacy Management and Development Company are co-developers. Legacy will manage the project.
City tightens heating ordinance
by Anna Ewart, Minnesota Daily
The new laws place stricter controls on how property owners respond to tenants’ problems with heating
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Midtown Eco Energy public meeting is Thursday, Dec. 13
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Public comment period on controversial biomass burner closes Jan. 14
Worker rights are human rights, legislators told
By Michael Moore, Union Advocate
A State Capitol forum Monday afforded lawmakers the opportunity to hear workers describe the intimidation, harassment and uphill battle they face in trying to organize unions at their workplaces.
Suspicious disease at Quality Pork Processing plant
by Lauretta T. Dawolo, KFAI
The Minnesota State Department of Health is investigating a mysterious neurological illness among workers at a pork processing plant in Austin Minnesota. In the past year, eleven employees at Quality Pork Processing, the lead distributor to Hormel Foods, have come forward with signs of a chronic inflammatory disorder called CIDP.
Molly Breen tends the musical garden
by Michelle Christianson, The Park Bugle
Anyone who knows five-year-old Henry Breen could tell you he’s a child who knows what he wants. He wears a suit and tie to church his choice), instructs his younger brother about all appropriate (and not so appropriate) ‘boy’ behavior and, most especially, loves music.
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Let’s get real on sex ed
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
The Centers for Disease Control reported last week that the U.S. teen birth rate rose for the first time since 1991.
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St. Paul ‘outsider’ wants to reshape city’s downtown
by Todd Melby, Building Minnesota