3 inches of rain over two days
Yup, it’s been raining a lot more than 3 inches of rain in 48 hours in areas around the Twin Cities. The accompanying storms and winds produced the area’s biggest power outage on record. (Sunday), dropping up to 2.5 inches, and the area was under a flash flood warning. Flooding also was reported in Glencoe and Winsted in McLeod County . One narrow swath from Gibbon to Glencoe to St. Michael received 3 to 6 inches.”
What’s next? Craig Edwards at MPR’s Updraft weather blog says after a relaxing Sunday night, thunderstorms could return Monday and Tuesday. To bolster his argument, he has A LOT of maps and whatnot: “When the precipitation amounts are tallied from Thursday through Sunday morning, some locations likely accumulated nearly 7 inches of rain. This may have a serious impact on emerging crops. Rockford, northwest of the Twin Cities, recorded 3.09 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. Expect a fresh bout of strong storms in southern Minnesota on Monday afternoon and Monday night.”
For his part, Paul Douglas blames global warming. In his Sunday Strib blog, Douglas writes “Fr pandora bracelets iday was a head shaking moment for me. After discussing climate change on TPT “Almanac” how a 4 percent increase in water vapor is spiking summer rains and increasing flash floods (four 1 in 1000 year floods since 2004 just in Minnesota) I drove home from St. Paul right into one of these super sized severe storms I had just described: hurricane force gusts, white out conditions with waves of horizontal rain. Instant flood. With the exception of Tuesday most of the upcoming week looks dry. Highs may hit 90 by midweek, followed by cooler, more comfortable air late week.”
I know it’s Monday and Grandma’s Marathon was Saturday, but it’s an iconic Minnesota event so it deserves a little notice. A staff report at the Duluth News Tribune spells things out nicely: “One of the fastest men’s fields in Grandma’s Marathon history competed in the 37th annual event on a cold, wet and foggy Saturday, but when Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku, 22, crossed the finish line as the 2013 champion, Dick Beardsley’s 1981 mark of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds was safe for another year. Worku clocked in at 2:11:14. But Sarah Kiptoo, 23, of Kenya scorched the women’s marathon field and shattered the course mark with a personal best time of 2:26:32, bettering the previous mark of 2:27:05 from 2003 by Fira Sultanova. John Klecker, 19, followed in the footsteps of his Grandma’s Marathon winning parents by winning the 23rd annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon men’s race in his first attempt in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 19 seconds. . More than 14,000 runners completed the various races held in Duluth during Grandma’s Marathon weekend.”
In a sad side note, the News Tribune’s John Lundy wrote about the increased security necessary at the marathon after the bombings at the Boston Marathon: “The increased security wasn’t a secret. Duluth police had announced more officers would be present and more cameras would be focused on the course. A message board at the entrance to Canal Park urged people seeing suspicious activity to call 911. Several agencies were involved in security, Duluth police spokesman Jim Hansen said, and the effort went well. Several unattended bags were checked out during the day, including one on Superior Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues west. All were secured without incident, he said.”
You’d think after 2,000 years, they’d get a better sense of timing. reports that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is asking parishioners to donate more money: “About one fourth of the nearly 190 parishes will see their assessments on the collection plate and other income rise from 8 [percent] to up to 9 percent [The archdiocese is also] considering a $165 million capital campaign shared with parishes and other partners to pump money into Catholic schools, charities, seminarian education and preservation of the St. Paul Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. The moves come at a time when many Catholics are still upset with church leaders for contributing nearly $650,000 to the campaign for a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which failed Nov. 6. Archdiocesan officials say they’ve been considering the new assessment and capital campaign for years. The last major fundraising effort in 2000 03 raised approximately $89 million, reports said. It went toward supporting parishes, education, care for retired priests, charities and renovation of the Cathedral of St. Paul.”
Bill Salisbury at the Pioneer Press reports that former House Speaker Kurt Zellers announced his campaign for governor on Sunday. Rep. Zellers is “the third Republica pandora bracelets n in the race. Orono businessman Scott Honour and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson announced earlier this spring, and the field is about to get more crowded. State Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville plans to file as a candidate and launch his campaign Wednesday. Other possible GOP contenders include state Rep. Matt Dean of Dellwood, Senate Minority Leader David Hann of Eden Prairie, Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont and former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall.” Salisbury also notes that “Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state, incumbent governors are difficult to unseat, and 57 percent of Minnesotans approved of (DFL Gov. Mark) pandora bracelets Dayton’s performance in a Star Tribune poll released last week.
New revelations in the ongoing saga of Michael Brodkorb, the Senate staffer who got the ax after word got out of his affair with then Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. that days after he was fired, Brodkorb recorded a 30 minute phone conversation between himself and GOP Senate leader Michelle Fischbach without Fischbach’s knowledge. The recordings are part of the lawsuit Brodkorb filed that claims he was improperly fired “in part because previous affairs involving female staffers and male politicians did not result in any dismissals. The suit, scheduled for trial next summer, has already cost state taxpayers more than $200,000 in legal fees. The profanity laced conversations between Brodkorb and Fischbach were obtained by the Star Tribune from a source who requested anonymity and who is not directly part of the lawsuit.” Helgeson writes that the tape shows Fischbach agreed there seemed to be “an incredible double standard here,” regarding the handling of the affair. Sen Al] Franken pandora bracelets barely figures into the GOP’s calculations for trying to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats. Republicans don’t consider him a top target for defeat, and they haven’t found a strong challenger in the Democratic leaning state. Republicans are going after vulnerable Democrats in their quest to gain the six seats they need to return to Senate power. They’re largely focusing on vulnerable Democrats in Republican tilting states: Louisiana, North Carolina, Alaska and Arkansas, as well as swing and conservative states where Democrats are retiring, such as Iowa, South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana. A big part of the problem for the GOP: High profile Republicans don’t want to run. . So far, Franken has two definite Republican challengers: Mike McFadden, a businessman and political unknown; and Jim Abeler, an eight term state representative who has never run for higher office. Another lawmaker, state Sen. Julianne Ortman, also is considering a bid.”
Up north, biologists say a long term project to promote sturgeon spawning in the St. Louis River has again shown signs of success. Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune writes that last week, fisheries crews found a single sturgeon that hatched from an egg this year. “That is only the second time that young, recently hatched sturgeon have been found in the river. In 2011, the same team of biologists found four of the tiny sturgeon. That was the first documentation of natural reproduction of sturgeon in the St. Louis River since the fish had been extirpated through overfishing and pollution. “It means we’re getting consistent natural reproduction,” said John Lindgren, fisheries specialist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
La Velle E. Neal III, or LENIII as he’s called in the Star Tribune comments section, looks to the future in his story about Sunday’s 5 3 Twins win against the Cleveland Indians as he predicts the coming of the Kyle Gibson era for the hometown nine. Gibson, as you may recall, had his short minor league career speedbumped by Tommy John surgery: “Gibson, perhaps the Twins’ top pitching prospect, has been called up and will make his long awaited debut Saturday against the [Kansas City] Royals at Target Field. The long term goal is for Gibson to become a rock in the Twins’ rotation, and that era will start Saturday. Gibson was 7 5 with a 3.01 ERA in 92 innings for the [AAA Rochester] Red Wings. Over his past four starts, he went 3 0 with a 2.08 ERA. This is his first full season back following Tommy John surgery in 2011, and the Twins were eager to see him before he reaches his innings limit, believed to be around 130 to 140 innings. ‘He’s done a good job down there,’ Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. ‘Basically, we were just looking for an opening and an opportunity when it presented itself.’ ”
Lastly, National Public Radio has a piece on a new book by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, now with the Oakland Raiders: “Last year, Kluwe wrote a bombastic letter to a Maryland state legislator, accusing him of bigotry after the congressman suggested that football players not express opinions about gay marriage. The language in the letter was so, shall we say, colorful, that it went viral. Kluwe’s thoughts on gay marriage, football and the universe are collected in a new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies. He tells NPR’s Rachel Martin that his writing style serves a purpose. “One of the things I’ve found,” he says, “is that if you make a logically constructed argument and then you throw in some very inventive swearing, they’ll remember the swearing and then that triggers your point!”
John Fitzgerald is filling in this week for Brian Lambert.
We have already seen Zeller’s total lack of leadership while he was the Speaker of the House. Rather than focusing on the states fiscal and jobs problems he was laser focused on Republican social engineering issues. The rest of the Republicans who followed George W. Bush right into the ditch can save their money too. We don’t need that kind of leadership. Right now the Republican’s are in a political leadership wasteland. They need to complete their party repair before they declare themselves a changed party willing to work for all. Rhetoric changes won’t work with the public, we need positive actions that show they are serious about a change in the party. Putting forth the former so called leaders and calling it change is bogus political change.