Here's what Accuweather says about the winter ahead -- not so bad, for us:
Springlike Highs to Visit Northern Plains on Occasion; Below-Normal Temperatures to Grip Southern Plains
Here's what Accuweather says about the winter ahead -- not so bad, for us:
News release regarding the Bob...comes at the expense of La Mera Bueano, however.
KLCI “BOB FM” 106.1 FM Doubles Signal Coverage
“Total Country BOB FM” 106.1 (KLCI) has doubled its signal’s coverage as of Monday, October 5th, 2015 by fully simulcasting station programming, breaks, and music logs on KBGY 107.5 FM.
“Total Country BOB FM” has replaced long-running Spanish station “La Mera Buena 107.5”, both affiliates of locally owned Milestone Radio, LLC. Currently strongest in the North and West Metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the format change comes in response to a growing demand for increased signal strength by BOB FM listeners, particularly those located outside of the Northwest corridor.
BOB FM’s 106.1 station is located in Ramsey with its transmitter tower broadcasting from Albertville, MN. With the expansion, BOB FM’s 107.5 transmitter tower will be broadcasting from Faribault, MN. The new 107.5 signal will overlap with BOB FM’s current 106.1 signal to cover the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, and will also provide coverage as far south as the Minnesota/Iowa border.
BOB FM 106.1 recently simulcast its music log and national commercial breaks on its sister station out of Albany, BOB FM 105.5. Listeners can now enjoy total country music on BOB FM 105.5 as far north as Alexandria, in the heart of the city on BOB FM 106.1, and on BOB FM 107.5 as far south as Mason City, Iowa.
All broadcasting for BOB FM 106.1 and BOB FM 107.5 will take place at BOB FM headquarters, located at 14443 Armstrong Boulevard NW in Ramsey.
Total Country BOB FM has a format focused on providing listeners with true country variety. BOB FM features the best country songs of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s with a mix of the old, the new, Minnesota homegrown talent, and everything in between.
The last scoop of "Stone Soup" will be served on Oct. 16 -- if you have a comic strip you'd like to see in the P-B, let me know ASAP.
FYI, we don't run the color weekend strip, just the daily.
Here's the news release:
(September 21, 2015) Kansas City, Mo. — Jan Eliot has announced the decision to retire the daily version of the Stone Soup comic strip. The Sunday version of Stone Soup will continue.
“Every Monday morning, there it is, the blank paper that represents the seven comic strips that need to be created,” Eliot explained. “I have reached a point in life where I’d like to be free of these daily deadlines — free to travel more, spend more time with family and friends, pursue other creative projects. I love to write. I love photography. I’ve always been interested in marine science and scientific illustration. Who knows what might be on my horizon? It is exciting to think about the possibilities. But most of all, I’m looking forward to having just one great cartoon to create every week, to linger over the drawing and ideas and savor the fun of it.”
Originally created in 1990 and syndicated by Universal Uclick (formerly Universal Press Syndicate) since November 1995, the comic strip is available in more than 250 outlets worldwide with a dedicated following. The final week of Stone Soup dailies will begin on Oct. 12, 2015.
“For 20 years, I have held the most wonderful job in the world — making a living in art, creating a daily comic strip that I’m privileged to see published in newspapers,” Eliot said. “As someone who grew up fascinated by newspaper and magazine cartoons, it is hard to explain the private thrill I get seeing my strip on the funny page, hearing someone comment about it, receiving fan mail. But with this wonderful job comes the pressure of daily deadlines. It may seem like a small task, creating one cartoon a day, but it is herculean in many ways. The pressure to be good enough, funny enough, to create interesting-enough drawings, live up to the standards of great cartoonists I admire and share the comics page with is not a small thing.”
A realistic and relevant comic strip, art truly imitates life in Stone Soup. Once a single working mom herself, Eliot feels a special empathy for women struggling to raise their children and make ends meet with too little time, money and patience. She knows only too well that finding the humor in life's challenges is often the only way to survive, and she conveys this idea through her work.
“I thought long and hard about relinquishing my daily spot on the funny pages,” Eliot said. “I fought to get there, after all. But 20 years is a long time, especially when it comes after my previous incarnations – as a waitress, car salesperson, bookmobile driver, community college instructor, graphic designer and copywriter … all things I did along the way to syndication and that inform my characters and storylines now.”
Stone Soup follows the saga of an extended, blended family, starring two working-mom sisters living just across the fence from each other. Val and Joan share life with their opinionated mother; a middle-school diva and 10-year-old tomboy; a reclusive teenage boy; a wild preschooler and his new baby sister; Wally, the ultimate nice guy who steps in to his stepdad shoes with grace amid the chaos; and Phil, Val’s new husband.
“I am not at all ready to give up my Stone Soup family, which is why I am looking forward to continuing the Sunday strips. I am very grateful I have the opportunity to do that, and I hope my fans will continue to follow the fun and chaos of the Stone clan.”
Eliot began cartooning when she was a single mom trying to raise two daughters, stay fully employed, pay the bills and still have a little fun once in a while. Running for five years in 10 weekly and monthly papers, her first comic strip, Patience and Sarah, featured a single mom and her daughter. Eliot continued cartooning while working as a copywriter and graphic designer and developed a second strip called Sister City, which ran weekly in the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard for five years. In 1995, Eliot created Stone Soup. Eliot works from her home studio in Eugene. She has remarried, and her two daughters are grown with families of their own.
Stone Soup is available online at gocomics.com/stonesoup.
News release that just hit my inbox:
PedalPub to End Service in Rochester, MN in November 2015
Minneapolis, Minn – PedalPub-Rochester, LLC announced today that they will end their tour services in the Rochester market on November 15, 2015. The popular attraction featured a 16-person Dutch-built bicycle, providing two-hour tours of downtown Rochester stopping at select restaurants, bars and breweries. The business hosted birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette events, family reunions, and corporate team-building events.
Launching in Minneapolis in 2007, the Rochester market was opened in April of 2013 as an expansion of PedalPub Twin Cities. The company continues to operate ten bikes throughout the Twin Cities metro area. PedalPub Twin Cities will not be effected by this closing and Rochester based reservations are being taken over the next six weeks.
“We have been pleased to have been a part of Rochester’s vibrant community culture for the past few years,” says Al Boyce, Managing Partner of PedalPub-Rochester and PedalPub-Twin Cities. “We would like to thank everyone who supported us by scheduling a ride on PedalPub Rochester.”
About PedaPub LLC
PedalPub LLC is a Minneapolis, Minn based business that provides bicycle tours on uniquely crafted bikes that accommodate 16 riders and a company driver. For more information visit www.pedalpub.com.
Here's the statement from Austin Public Schools on the incdient after school today:
After school today, there was a fight at Austin High School which resulted in the building being locked down. The police liaison officer and staff responded to the situation according to procedure which resulted in additional police support onsite. It was reported that a gun was involved. It has been confirmed that there was no gun involved. Law enforcement is now investigating the situation.
The safety and security of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to the district. Therefore, there will be additional security measures in place at Austin High School tomorrow.
News release from MnDOT:
Highway 14 expansion project east of Owatonna opens lanes
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on the Highway 14 expansion project east of Owatonna began driving on all four newly constructed lanes on Friday afternoon, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
However, westbound traffic will be detoured on Wednesday, Sept. 30 for approximately five days to allow construction crews to complete final work on the driving surfaces. Traffic will reopen Oct. 6, weather permitting.
The detour is only for westbound traffic. It goes west on Steele County Road 180 to Steele County Road 43 south where it rejoins Highway 14 west.
The $12 million Highway 14 expansion project, which began in July of 2014, is located east of Owatonna from Highway 218 to 54th Avenue.
The contractor, Mathiowetz Construction Company, Inc. of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, expanded 2.5 miles of Highway 14 from two lanes to four lanes. It is part of the Corridors of Commerce state program for highway construction in Minnesota.
Next week, in a separate project, work on Highway 14 west of Highway 218 in Owatonna will require the closure of the Steele County Road 45 traffic ramps. Construction crews are repaving the stretch of Highway 14 between Interstate 35 and Highway 218, including the Steele County 45 ramps. The ramp closure will last about three weeks.
Walz Statement on Speaker John Boehner
Washington, DC [9/25/15] – Today, Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) released the below statement following Speaker John Boehner’s announcement he would resign at the end of October:
“While John and I don’t agree on every issue, we were often able to work together when we did agree. I believe Congress needs more people willing to work across the aisle, not less. At his core, Speaker Boehner believes in the promise of America and has served this institution with dignity for more than two decades. I will always be grateful to him for his help in passing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act and I wish him well as he begins life outside of Congress.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy today announced the expansion of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge to include most of St. Martin Island and all of Rocky Island in Lake Michigan, adding another 1,290 acres to the 330-acre refuge. The islands are part of the Grand Traverse chain, which extends from Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula to Michigan’s Garden Peninsula.
“It’s gratifying to see our shared conservation missions coming together to protect these unique Great Lakes islands,” said Tom Melius, Midwest regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We couldn’t do this without a common vision among all the partners.”
“We are happy to have been part of protecting St. Martin and Rocky islands and are excited they will have a home in the National Wildlife Refuge System and be managed for the benefit of migratory birds, fish and other wildlife,” said Mary Jean Huston, director of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.
Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1912 as habitat for migratory birds and consists of the 325-acre Plum Island and the smaller Pilot and Hog Islands. With the addition of St. Martin and Rocky Islands, the refuge will increase by five times its original size.
Along with the other islands in the Grand Traverse chain, St. Martin Island is part of the Niagara Escarpment and has significant bluffs, which have rare native snails and plants associated with them. In addition to the bluffs, the island also supports forests, wetlands and an extensive cobblestone beach.
On a quick archive search regarding the legendary Yogi, he made a visit to Mayo Clinic in November 1957 to have his eyes checked...more to be reported on this, as part of a look back at his Hall of Fame career and his equally stellar contributions to the English language.
Med City Beat, the one-man Rochester news blog, has taken on a cause: Promoting the extension of off-sale liquor hours in Rochester so brewpubs and taprooms can sell growlers until 10 p.m. on weeknights.
In fact, Sean Baker of Med City Beat cares so much about this vital public issue that he's initiated a Change.org petition. "If we get at least 500 signatures, we will present this petition to the city council at Monday's meeting. While we generally try not to take sides on issues, there are times when the public has spoken and our government needs to listen."
It's interesting that Baker says he "generally" tries not to take sides on issues. I wonder what other issues he would acknowledge taking sides on? And how has he determined that "the public has spoken" in favor of the 10 p.m. close? Some people have spoken. It's an issue that interests people who like locally made beer. That includes me. Prior to the growler angle, though, citizens weren't rushing to the barricades to get an ordinance change for weeknight off-sale hours.
Here's the Change.org posting, which also asserts that the Rochester City Council "bowed down to the demands of liquor store owners" when they voted a few weeks ago to extend off-sale hours only for microbreweries. "Bowed down?" I don't think the majority council members who voted to extend hours -- inadvertently contrary to state law -- would say they "bowed down." They'd likely argue they bent over backwards to accommodate the four local microbreweries -- the businesses that are now pushing hard for the fuller ordinance change.
About 360 people have signed Baker's petition as of Saturday morning.
So much for Med City Beat's "independent" journalism. Independent journalists don't start petition drives for their particular cause. They report news -- they don't actively participate in making news. Why should readers believe your reporting is credible and accurate if you're part of the story?
Yes, newspapers run editorials every day -- produced by an editorial page staff apart from the news staff -- but we don't launch petition drives, nor do reporters and editors get involved in campaigns or grandstand at city council meetings. That's a clear, bright line that independent journalists don't cross.
It has to be mentioned that one of the eight "founding contributors" to Med City Beat, which raised money online several months ago for its "independent" reporting, is the newly opened Forager Brewery. Also, Baker's office is at 4 Third St. SW, upstairs from Grand Rounds Brewpub.
As he used to note on his blog, "His office is above a brewery, so please excuse any typos."