It’s not unusual for airports to report instrument flight conditions, in which it’s legal to take off and land only if a flight is operated under instrumental flight rules. But it is unusual for the conditions to exist on an otherwise sunny day.
The smoke from the Saskatchewan wildfires came pouring into Minnesota today, closing several airports to flights operated under visual flight rules (VFR).
In the Twin Cities at the moment, VFR flight — landing and departing — is prohibited at downtown St. Paul, Flying Cloud, Anoka, and Crystal Airports where the smoke has lowered the visibility to a little more than a mile. Under FAA rules, pilots who aren’t instrument rated must have at least 3 miles visibility.
Visibility is barely at minimums at St. Cloud, Minn., Duluth, Red Wing, Minn., Lakeville and South St. Paul.
The smoke has no effect, however, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Airline flights are all operated under instrument flight rules.
One of the three bears (insert obvious joke here) in the Minnesota Zoo’s “Russia’s Grizzly Coast” exhibit picked up a rock and repeatedly slammed it against a window pane until it cracked, the Star Tribune reports.
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Forum Communications is a fairly conservative media outlet whose editorials and endorsements have mirrored the tax policies of the Republican Party.
So it wasn’t insignificant yesterday when the company’s editorial in the Fargo Forum acknowledged when it comes to business, Minnesota — long painted as the anti-business state — has it over North Dakota. Read more →
An acquaintance said ‘You’ve got to see the Madeline Island Fourth of July Parade’ and so we checked it out on Saturday. And he was right; it was the perfect blend of what passes for a patriotic gathering on the quirkiest of the Apostle Islands. Read more →
Minnesota has its political flaws, to be sure. Most of its important legislation is cut in back-room deals and we find out well after the fact that somehow, someway, an Iron Range lawmaker got a million dollars to replace an outhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Sometimes lawmakers vote for things without having a clue what the impact is and sometimes the impact is tragic, but for the most part their lack of vision is out in the open for most of us to see if we want to take a look. Read more →