New Bus Rapid Transit Line Coming To Lake Street In 2024

BRT will not be exactly right over there. Janet Moore of the Star Tribune reported: “Despite being happy with his new home in Uptown, Alan Wiggs still missed the ease of access to the light rail he enjoyed while living in downtown Minneapolis. … But by 2024, that will change when Line B begins service. … The $65 million Arterial Bus Rapid Transit will connect Uptown with Union Depot, and operate primarily along Lake Street in Minneapolis and Marshall and Selby in St. Paul. “I’m really excited about my BP line,” said Wiggs, a bank employee who doesn’t have a car. Now, visiting friends or going to performances in Capitol City using public transportation “takes a long time.”

Recognizing the legacy of boarding schools. Peter Pacey of the Duluth News Tribune says: “After lengthy and often emotional testimony from members of the Aboriginal community in Northland, Duluth City Council passed a resolution Monday night acknowledging the pain and suffering caused by years of federal policy that separated Native American children from their families., sent them away to boarding schools and sought to deprive them of their original heritage. … Ray Skipp Sandman said that his mother was removed from her family at the age of six and sent to a boarding school. She wasn’t able to come back until after her 18th birthday, and Sandman said that by then, the damage had been done. … She has lost her language. She has lost her culture. She has lost faith that she is authentic.

The first city on the Mississippi River and in our hearts. John Camp wrote in the Wall Street Journal: Chara Gauna didn’t know much about Topeka when the pandemic hit. But a remote United Airlines analyst, unencumbered by her Chicago office, decided to move to the Kansas capital and raise $10,000 in local government incentives. … Topeka is on a growing list of locations — from Bemidji, Minnesota, to West Virginia — that offer incentives to entice remote workers. Many companies offer office-free jobs, and some workers are willing to relocate for cash, cheaper housing, or other perks.”

No relief in sight. Dana Ferguson of the Forum News Service reported (via West Central Tribune): State Agriculture Industry Leaders on Tuesday 12th October, Minnesota lawmakers have called for approval of $10 million in emergency funding for farmers hard hit by the state’s historic drought conditions. …Governor Tim Walz and his administration last month proposed a relief package for farmers and ranchers who sold animals or lost their crops to drought. But lawmakers have not yet been able to come to an agreement on this package or a plan to send $250 million to frontline workers who have remained in their jobs during the pandemic.”

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