In the biking family, cyclocross comes off as a bit of a wild child — ready to get messy, take some risks, and do it all again if necessary. Right down to the messy part, that was the playbook last weekend in Crystal at one of the premier events of the Minnesota cyclocross season. The Fulton Star Cross is one in a series of weekend races that cyclocross riders have circled on their calendars when the season arrives in late August. By the time riders went over, up, down and around Lions Valley Place Park in Crystal, many had their bike legs. The weekend series began Sept. 9 at the All-City Intercontinental Championships at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Sunday might have lacked Saturday’s free Fulton beer garden and the heckling that is cyclocross etiquette, but it had all the mud, grit and wheeled acrobatics. In this sport, competitors deal with twisty courses (at Lions Park, switchbacks on a downhill, too). They might deal with thick muddy sections, like they did … [Read more...] about Cyclocross in Minnesota is the right mix: Challenges, cut with good times.
The Minnesota 97 bridge over Interstate 35 in Columbus will be shut down from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, as crews replace the bridge. Drivers will not have access to or from I-35 at Minnesota 97 during the closure and will be detoured to the Broadway Avenue interchange, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. After 5 a.m. Monday, motorists will use the north half of the new bridge over I-35 while the south side of the bridge is being constructed. In addition, I-35 traffic will be reduced to a single lane when approaching Minnesota 97 and will be diverted around the work zone by using the exit and entrance ramps at Minnesota 97 for certain periods. Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the weekend. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations. The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project that includes resurfacing the pavement, replacing the Minnesota 97 bridge … [Read more...] about Minnesota 97 bridge closure and I-35 lane restrictions on tap this weekend
Last week, MinnPost brought you a highlights reel of the most interesting local questions on ballots across Minnesota. Now that those ballots have been counted, we’re back to report the results. Minneapolis asked residents if they’d like to repeal a century-old ban on some restaurants selling hard liquor. Verdict: Passed with 72 percent of the vote. While this technically takes effect in December, the council usually only grants liquor licenses in the spring. Menahga asked if residents would like to a-) allow liquor sales on Sundays and b-) allow restaurants and hotels to serve alcohol at all. This came up when a restaurant called Wild Walleye asked the council for a license to serve alcohol — and the council couldn’t legally grant it. Verdict: Passed with 58 percent and 63 percent, respectively. Two Tracy questions dealt specifically with city government: One would require elected officials in the southwest Minnesota town to take a yearlong break … [Read more...] about Questions, answered: How voters decided on Minnesota’s most interesting ballot questions
The recent commentary by John Spry (“Oppose Minnesota’s undemocratic single-payer health plan proposal,” Nov. 1) criticizing the proposed Minnesota Health Plan (MHP) contains inaccuracies and a severely distorted view of how the plan would work. The Minnesota Health Plan is a proposal to cover every Minnesotan for all their medical needs. It would be legally required to put medical decision-making in the hands of patients and their doctors. Spry falsely claims that the Minnesota Health Plan Board “would have control over life and death decisions.” While his statement is wrong about the MHP proposal, it does accurately describe the current health system, where insurance companies, employers, and government frequently overrule choices on life-and-death decisions that doctors and patients make. Today, decisions on which drugs are provided, which treatments are covered, and which medical providers can be seen, are determined by limited … [Read more...] about John Marty: Minnesota Health Plan would cover everyone, save money. And it is democratic
Nov 09, 7:37 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 07/09/18 AT 8:14 AM A Minnesota woman was charged with second-degree murder for killing a 2-month-old whom she looked after in her home without a license.Sarah L. Kortan, 30, called police June 20 about a infant not breathing. When they reached the scene, they found the child lying unresponsive and also noticed bruises on her face and white foam coming out of her nose.The child was taken to a hospital where doctors found she had little to no brain activity. Josephine, the victim, also had symptoms of being shaken. Two days later, she was taken off life support.Post-mortem revealed the child suffered multiple skull fractures and severe eye injuries. Kortan told police she dropped the infant who hit her head on the stove and the floor.Kortan was offering in-home day care at her home in the Prairie Rose Apartments in Red Lake Falls … [Read more...] about Day Care Provider Allegedly Kills 2-Month-Old In Minnesota