Minnesotans ‘Feel the Bern’ in St. Paul

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The normally bone chilling Minnesota was really “Feeling the Bern” on Tuesday, January 26th as Bernie Sanders rode into Minnesota to speak in front of thousands of Minnesotans in Duluth and St. Paul. Excited attendees braved turbulent masses of people and the cruel Minnesota gusts outside the RiverCentre in Downtown St. Paul to catch a glimpse or hear a word from the Vermont Senator.

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Nye’s Polonaise Room Officially to Shut Down in Early Spring

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One of Northeast Minneapolis’s most notable restaurants, Nye’s Polonaise Room, will close its doors in early spring after 67 years of service. Nye’s has given people around the area a chance to sit back, enjoy a Classic Martini and listen to the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band. If you haven’t already had the pleasure of experiencing Nye’s, April 3rd is the last day to do it.

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101 Year-Old Still Out Shoveling Snow

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Recently, a 101-year-old man was filmed shoveling the neighbor’s walkway after a recent snowfall. Richard Mann, of St. Paul, was filmed by 55-year-old Keven O’Bannon shoveling another neighbor’s driveway while the neighbor was out of town. In the video, which has gone viral, Mann stated that he needed the exercise and that he wasn’t going to exert himself.

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Albertville Could Be Home to a New Family Theme Park

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Albertville could soon have a new indoor amusement park — the proposed family destination would be chock full of activities and events all based around the world of Sony’s movie universe.

A group of Minnesota developers and Sony are pooling resources, attempting to construct this mini indoor amusement park which will feature characters like the Smurfs, Ghostbusters and more, a Marriott hotel and a massive indoor water park. The project, which will cost an estimated $115 million to complete, is said to create some 2,000 jobs for Minnesota workers. As of now, the proposal has the support of elected officials like Governor Mark Dayton and Albertville Mayor Jillian Hendrickson.

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Salvation Army Receives $500k Donation in Red Kettle


Around the holiday season, you can hardly go into a retail store without seeing someone in a red apron ringing a bell in front of a red Salvation Army kettle. The donation buckets have become synonymous with the Christmas season — while many make it a point to drop some dollar bills or coins in the bucket, very few of us (or none) could ever match the donation the Salvation Army got last week.

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Metro Mobility Employees Face Sexual Assault Charges


It’s been reported recently that two Metro Mobility Drivers have been accused of sexual assault. The most recent incident involved a 23-year-old woman who has the mental capacity of a 12 to 14-year-old. Segundo D. Aucapina, 44, of Minneapolis, has been charged in Hennepin County District Court with third degree Sexual Assault criminal conduct. He remains in jail on a $150,000 bail.

KSTP TV reports if he is convicted, Aucapina faces a prison sentence of up to 15 years and up to $30,000 in fines.

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The St. Paul Police “Cowhunt”


It is not often you see a cow running loose in the middle of a city, but that is exactly what happened midday last Friday.

During the lunch hour, police in St. Paul tried to capture a heifer that had escaped from the State Fairgrounds while being unloaded. The cow was part of the Minnesota British White and Park Association sale. The cow which was first mistaken for a bull was seen in the railroad yard of Energy Park Drive and Snelling Avenue.

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Minnesota Vikings to Better Accommodate Nursing Mothers


For those of you mothers that are nursing your babies, finding a place with some privacy is tricky at sporting events. Often, you have to breastfeed or pump your breast milk in the women’s rest room or if you don’t want to have to deal with taking care of your baby at the game, staying at home.

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MSP Runway Ban: $624 Million Dollar White Elephant?


On July 24th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suspended landings on the 2005-built South-North runway 35. A year ago that route over Apple Valley and Bloomington flowed an estimated 17 percent of landings into MSP. In the first two weeks of August, the new ban brought that traffic down to a trickle at .5 percent. The FAA imposed the restriction to prevent converging runway operations that could facilitate a midair crash if a pilot aborted a landing. While the directive affects planes arriving from Dakota County, it also dramatically reduces the MSP airport’s arrival capacity from 90 planes per hour into the range 60-64. There are 3 major impacts you need to know from the FAA ruling:

1. Lack of Utilization of $624 Million Runway

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Sun Country: No News is Good News for Traveling Public


Last Thursday, the Sun Country pilots’ union (ALPA) sent a letter asking the National Mediation Board to schedule one final meeting with the company to seek agreement on a new contract. Should that effort falter, we are hearing echoes of the Humperdinck song: “Please release me, let me go.” After five years in negotiations, one of the longest in recent history, a release by the Board would enable the parties to choose binding arbitration, or more likely, the clock would start ticking for a 30 day countdown to a strike or shutdown.

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