Farmers market overload; BWCA land swap; ‘Bigotry’s last gasp’?

Does Minnesota have too many farmers’ markets?

Pioneer Press: “At six farmers’ markets each week, Jessica Gilbertson stands behind her white cooler poised to sell meat and eggs. But when customers trickle in, and she nets $50 in sales, she’s left wishing she spent that time on the tractor.”

Despite Chicago mayor’s intervention, Minnesota AG says she won’t back off Accretive probe

Pioneer Press: “Attorney General Lori Swanson is vowing to press on with her investigation of Accretive Health despite the mayor of Chicago asking her to rein it in until she has met executives to discuss concerns about the company’s collection practices.”

Cravaack introduces BWCAW land swap bill

Duluth News Tribune: “Just days after the Minnesota Legislature approved a plan to trade state land in the Boundary Waters for federal land outside the federal wilderness, U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack has introduced the deal in Congress.”

Bonding bill includes funds for affordable housing

MPR News: “The bonding bill Minnesota lawmakers passed Tuesday includes more than $35 million for affordable housing.”

Bonding bill heads to governor without Mayo Civic Center funding

Rochester Post Bulletin: “A nearly $500 million public works bill that includes funding to expand The Hormel Institute in Austin is headed to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.”

Scale of Goodhue County wind project questioned

Rochester Post Bulletin: “A 78-megawatt wind-power project proposed for Goodhue County that has been trying to get a state permit since late 2008 has been stalled by organized and determined local residents who have spent six figures fighting it.”

Zacc Harris and his modern vision

State of the Arts: “If the Twin Cities jazz scene were in one large building, Zacc Harris would be room-hopping.In one room he’s in a trio playing jazz standards. Down the hall, he’s in the band Vital Organ, a classic jazz combination of guitar, drums and the Hammond b3.”

Twins win one but still having abysmal season

Yahoo! Sports: “As the only team in all of Major League Baseball to still be at single-digits in wins, the Minnesota Twins are breaking the hearts of their most faithful fans and becoming the laughingstock of the sports world.”

Op-Ed: Same-sex marriage amendments: bigotry’s last gasp

Ana Marie Cox: “It’s cold comfort to gay couples in North Carolina and Minnesota today, but mainstream America accepts marriage equality.”

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