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Better Angels, a national group promoting conversations between Republicans and Democrats, has pointers for anyone hoping to facilitate such a conversation on their own. These have been taken from the Better Angels website, moderator Kim Martinson, and published reports. The recommendations:
ST. PAUL — Sam Erb made Republicans seem like the worst self-hating psychos on the planet. “We are racist, homophobic, sexist, deplorable, Islamophobic and any other kind of phobic there is,” said Erb, a dedicated Republican from Minneapolis. But then, listening to Beth Varro, it seemed like Democrats were the monsters of humanity. “We are baby killers,” announced Varro, a Democrat, as she made a list on a poster-board. “We think we are the elites, the intellectuals. We want open borders. We are anti-business.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- An 11-year-old Eagan boy saved a drowning man more than twice his size Sunday, Dec. 30. Advaik Nandikotkur, who weighs 70 pounds, pulled the man from the bottom of a swimming pool in an apartment complex. The 170-pound man was then resuscitated by adults on the pool deck and, apparently, has made a full recovery. “None of the adults knew how to swim,” said Eagan Police spokesman Aaron Machtemes. He called the rescue “amazing.”
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Lake Elmo has been a player in a billion-dollar game of pollution poker. And it’s losing. The other players at the table — Lake Elmo’s neighbors — have received tens of millions of dollars from 3M, which manufactured the pollutant found in the cities’ drinking water. Those cities are expected to get hundreds of millions more from a lawsuit settled in February. But it looks as though Lake Elmo will be getting approximately nothing.
ST. PAUL - Don’t confuse 3M with Gen3M. One is the Maplewood-based $32-billion-a-year maker of products sold worldwide. The other is a business that seeks to represent the generation of the third millennium — get it? Members of Gen3M were born after 2000. 3M is worried about the name Gen3M because it doesn’t want anyone to think that one has anything to do with the other. A spokeswoman for the corporate giant said this week that no legal action has been taken, but that 3M will be watching Gen3M’s activities.
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.—A load of 88 dogs arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday, refugees from the hurricane-ravaged South. "This is my favorite part, when those guys get here and into the shelter," said Danielle Cunnane, as she watched the dogs pour out of the trailer at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. Cunnane and other employees cheered and hugged the dogs after their 25-hour ride. The dog-tired canines survived the trip well, she said. They will be given medical treatment then be distributed to the group's four metro-area kennels.
ST. PAUL — John Strohfus is rehabilitating the outlaw of Minnesota agriculture. "People think this is new," said Strohfus, as he sifted hemp seed through his fingers at his Afton farm. "But the only thing new is that farmers can grow it now." Farmers like Strohfus are tip-toeing into the hemp market, planting fields in Woodbury, Afton, Dakota County and across the state. State officials are encouraging them, saying that hemp would stimulate the state's economy.
LAKE ELMO, Minn.—If you feel like playing buckthorn croquet, there is only one place to do it — the Twin Cities area's newest and most quirky nature center. The Sally Manzara Interpretative Nature Center in Lake Elmo, only four months old, has become a gathering place known for classes, nature walks, art lessons and corporate retreats. And often, laughter. That's the usual response to the 10-foot-tall birdhouse, with the 6-foot-tall statue of a cardinal in front.
ST. PAUL — Andy Davis can think of 42 reasons not to take out the dams of the upper Mississippi River. That is the number of megawatts generated by hydroelectric generators between Minneapolis and St. Paul. If the dams were removed to restore the Mississippi to its original free-flowing state, that source of electricity would be jeopardized. "When I first heard about this idea, I was shocked," said Davis, spokesman for Brookfield Renewable, a Toronto-based renewable energy company that operates two of the plants. The third is owned by Xcel Energy.
ST. PAUL — At two of Minnesota's most troubled prisons — Oak Park Heights and Stillwater — assaults by inmates against inmates increased by 20 percent in one year, according to figures released Monday by the state Department of Corrections. The increase is less than that of inmates' assaults of prison employees, which more than doubled in the year ending June 30.