Flu closes Northrop school in southern Minnesota. mprne.ws/gQjdI
— Minnesota Today (@mntoday) January 15, 2013
“Panther Distillery, Minnesota’s first and only legal whiskey distillery, has bottled its first batch of White Water Whiskey, which hit local liquor shelves last week,” via Fargo Forum.
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Flu cases continue to climb around the state, southern Minnesota is bearing the brunt of the season thus far.
St. James Lutheran School in Northrop canceled classes Monday and remained closed today because of an outbreak of influenza in the student population.
“A mother who left four children in a hot car last summer was sentenced Monday to a year in jail with all but 24 days stayed,” via Bemidji Pioneer.
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Prince back in the saddle again in 2013.
Word is he’s doing these shows at the intimate Minneapolis jazz joint instead of his palatial Paisley Park in Chanhassen because the band behind the mega-hit “We Are Young,” fun., is already booked to rehearse there this week to prep for its tour that starts next Wednesday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Dr. Funkenberry and other fan sites have been speculating for weeks what Prince has planned for 2013, and these rehearsals seem to confirm he is planning a more ambitious concert schedule than his rather quiet 2012. — Artcetera.
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“‘We go past the St. Paul Union Depot right now every day,’ said Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman based in the company’s regional offices in Chicago. ‘The project now is to connect at the station to the freight tracks we use now.’
Officials with the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority had once envisioned escorting train enthusiasts and history buffs onto the depot’s rail platform in late 2012. But Amtrak’s new projected start date means it will be nearly a year since the reopening of the depot’s cavernous waiting room that passengers can begin using it in significant numbers.
We’re starting a new project where we want to feature the best things being made in Minnesota: food, drink, crafts, software, ideas — anything that Minnesotans can take credit for.
Workers are building the massive downhill ice track for the Red Bull Crashed Ice event. Father John Ireland is frequently credited for his visionary role in the placement of the cathedral. Who knew the perch above St. Paul could be so versatile? The track is taking shape. [click the image to enlarge]
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Earlier Red Bull released a Tron-esque computer model of the track complete with prerequisite adrenaline-inducing dubstep.
“The state Capitol is the latest front in the battle over silica-sand mining in southeastern Minnesota as domestic oil and gas production increases have boosted demand for the sand.