Posts Tagged ‘lynx’



National Geographic Traveler‘s 48-Hour Guide to Minneapolis (July/August 2008 edition) lists local blogs and podcasts to check out, followed by newspapers and magazines, maps, and books and movies. We’re a design mecca on the prairie. (I didn’t know Building Minnesota had a podcast.)

TC Daily Planet: Copper Thieves at Coldwater. Exploring the effects of neglect of the Coldwater/Bureau of Mines land.

I knew there was the Minnesota Thunder, our professional men’s soccer team in the United Soccer Leagues. I didn’t know there was a women’s team, the Minnesota Lightning. They’re clearly affiliated, judging by the look of the websites. And by the extremely confusing navigation of the Lightning website, in which all of the links and even the site name up at the top of the browser point to the Thunder, but with a light blue color scheme instead of a dark blue one and a picture of women playing at the top instead of men. Boo! [twitter: @mnthunder]

Vote Yes MN implores you to protect the Minnesota you love. Everything you need to know about the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, a proposed amendment to the Minnesota state constitution appearing on the ballot this fall. If passed it will dedicate funding to protecting the environment “by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034.” [web:] [twitter: @yesformn] [facebook: group]

While the Lynx‘s Seimone Augustus is off playing in the Olympics, the team and staff will spend the WNBA league break out in the community, putting on the 33 Days of Augustus.

Common Roots is celebrating its 1st year of operation with a Summer Celebration on Saturday August 9th from 2-9pm. “Featuring grilling on the patio, an heirloom tomato tasting, local beer and wine samples, family activities and live music.” [facebook: profile] [facebook: event] [twitter: @commonroots]

Are y’all checking the late night movie schedule at the Riverview Theater?

FringeFamous is a blog covering the Minneapolis/St.Paul independent theatre scene, written by a group of quasi-anonymous “Twin Cities theater professionals.” They do year-round coverage (as of March of this year, anyway), but you can imagine how frothy they are over the impending Fringe Festival. [twitter: @fringefamous]

Community Design Group is “an urban planning and policy consulting group” touting “a people-centered, asset-based approach to urban planning, policy and design.” (via mediation)

Edina Realty now offers foreclosure searching.


This is Why I Love Minneapolis: “New initiatives (for people smarter than me to spearhead)” Many related to getting around, which Leif does a lot of.

Minnesota Lynx: Photos on Facebook from the Lynk Up and Get Down 2009 season ticket renewal campaign shoot. All the players and Prowl decked out in ’70s high fashion.

Perfect Porridge: “Social Information Hoarder: MIMA’s Data Overload Panel and Helpful Links” This is Greg and others presenting to the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association.

Star Tribune: Data porn! (via s4xton)

About: “I-35 W Bridge: Before and After Exhibition Opens July 18”

Twin City Sidewalks: Sidewalk Closed Signs. Also see Bill’s new project, Twin Cities Streets for People, “where a team of Minnesota urbanists are going to try to keep tabs on what’s going on in the local urbanism scene.”

Eleventh Avenue South: Andy responds to criticism of his (perceived lack of) coverage of congressional candidates’ stand on GLBT issues (i.e., “Why don’t you light into Keith Ellison like you do Michele Bachmann?”).

Minnov8: Recapping PublicRadioCamp.

Minneapolis Issues Forum: “Minneapolis: getting power from our poop” … … … Heh.

See a baseball game played according to the rules from 1860 as part of the Minnesota’s sesquicentennial celebration. Saturday, 7/19, 11am, B.F. Nelson Park. (via NRP)

KFAI: Converting to digital and increasing power! (via Rhubarbarism)


Eat them together: Today’s Midday broadcast on MPR was recorded during the Journalism That Matters conference. “Journalists, citizen journalists and members of the public recently got together at Minnesota Public Radio’s UBS Forum to discuss the evolving role of the public in reporting the news.” MPR/Public Insight Journalism’s Michael Caputo, who moderated the forum, comments on the competitive aspect of news.

Rhubarbarism has the best assessment of yesterday’s meta-story of the dispute between MinnPost‘s David Brauer and the Star Tribune‘s Jill Burcum and the rest of the media’s “coverage” of it. He has all the relevant links and appropriate context so just go there and read. I’ve got nothing to add.

The Saint Paul Saints will take the field wearing Zubaz at next Wednesday’s (7/16) game. So will their piggy mascot Boarak Obama and a monkey who will be performing various tasks around the park such as taking tickets.

Lazy Lightning wants to know why it took south metro cities so freaking long to decide they needed to cut fuel costs.

MPR’s Bleacher Bums blog has been branching out from baseball. (I did not intend for that sentence to be so alliterative.) They’ve profiled a number of Lynx players. Today’s installment is Seimone Augustus: Our Unknown Superstar.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association Beer Bust for Bike Cops

Lyndale Neighborhood Association logoThe Lyndale Neighborhood Association is having a Beer Bust fundraiser for its Bike Cops program next weekend (Saturday, July 19) at Champions Sports Bar and Grill.

Support the Lyndale Neighborhood Association Bike Cop Program. This program builds community and safety in the Lyndale Neighborhood. Come and meet your Bike Cops! We will serve unlimited beer from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for $10.

Beer Bust! $10 tickets can be picked up at the LNA office, 3537 Nicollet Ave S. or at the event. For more information, contact Mike and Shirley Montrose at 612- 822-2372.

MPLS Mirror tells the story of the Bike Cops program.

The neighborhood decided to change the community’s attitude towards the police by financing an innovative program, utilizing ‘bike cops’. In some ways, ‘bike cops’ isn’t innovative because instead of trying something that’s never been done before, it’s something that was done for years by ‘beat cops’ and abandoned in favor of patrol cars. The neighbors believed that the downside to patrol cars was the distancing of police from the citizens, especially youth that they pledged to protect and serve. The other downside was the distancing from the criminal element. Residents believed that police patrols, speeding past criminals going about their day-to-day criminal pursuits, distanced them from what was going on in the ‘house next door’.

LNA decided to earmark funds to pay off-duty officers to patrol the streets to bring them closer to both groups.

I’d be curious to hear how they measure their success. Clearly the program has a lot of support from residents and businesses.

One more thing…


  • The Four Firkins. Minnesota’s first specialty beer store opens Saturday in SLP. Grand Opening on June 14. (via east-lake and MN Beer)
  • “The Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) (formerly the Saint Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium) is a nonprofit organization that provides energy efficiency information, services and programs to residents, businesses, and communities across Minnesota.” They provide a lot of info, connect you to a lot of resources, and also provide some for-pay services.
  • NextStep: “This site has been designed to provide Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) members and others with information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities. NextStep site users have the ability to post information and resources on the site as well as to access the resources and information posted on the site.” Great event listing. Sortable by regions around the state.
  • The Sibley Bike Depot is “a non-profit membership-based biking and walking organization. We promote healthy transportation and help new riders through advocacy, classes and the Sibley Bike Depot (a community education, repair and retail facility).” Located at 712 University Ave in St Paul. They have a pretty cool Earn-A-Bike program.
  • Matt and Colin are filling in for Taylor at Mediation this week. Matt starts off with a self-pimp of a legislative session wrap up. “If you are a lunch room lady…
  • Citizen-penned marriage equality bill introduced in Minnesota legislature. “The bill is modeled after a similar bill that has passed the California Legislature twice, only to be vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger said that the issue was for the courts to decide — and they did.”
  • Bob Collins is a Lynx fan! Sunday afternoon’s home opener was a stellar display. Only one game, yes, but the win over Detroit (three Eastern Conference championships in a row) bodes well for the team’s 10th season. I had courtside seats!
  • The Uptake on the RNC media walk through.


Lynx Draft Day Grade: A!

Nicky Anosike and Candice WigginsI’m listening to the press conference the Lynx held with Candace Wiggins (Stanford) and Nicky Anosike (Tennessee) on Thursday, the day after the WNBA draft. They were our 1st and 2nd round picks respectively, and we picked up Charde Houston (UConn) in the 3rd round.

Let me just say this: Reporters ask some dumb questions sometimes. C’mon Twin Cities sports press corps! Come up with something unique. Or do your homework before you come to the press conference.

The LFO offered season ticket holders a chance to attend the press conference. I couldn’t go, but I would have loved to. That’s a really cool thing for them to do. I have mixed feelings about the overall fan experience at the Target Center, but they’re pretty good about the STH benefits.

Speaking of the press, my favorite Lynx coverage comes from Stephen Litel from Downtown Journal. Turns out he’s now doing WNBA coverage for SLAM Online, too. I’m-a have to make my way down to the press table and introduce myself.

After the Lynx pulled off the draft-day trade for Lindsey Harding last year, I was pretty stoked going into the season. But I didn’t know anything else about our other draft picks so I didn’t really have any expectations around them. And while last year’s 10-24 record doesn’t look great on paper, there were some exciting things on the floor and the record doesn’t at all reflect the improvement over the previous year’s 10-24 record.

But this year. I’m not expecting a championship or anything. Hell, I may even be expecting a lot with a playoff berth. (I’m big on managing your expectations.) I’ll settle for .500 this season. But the addition of Candice and Nicky and Charde and (hallelujah!) a post coach for an assistant (that’s former WNBA player Jen Gillom) is really just so exciting. I watched the Final Four, so at least I’ve seen all three of our picks play once or twice.

I hear the Draft Day party at NBA City was packed. That’s great to see. I know this team and this league doesn’t have the widespread appeal that others do. I suppose it’s like any passion; you want everyone to be as excited about it as you are.

The home opener is a little over a month away, against Detroit. Eeeeee!

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Lynx.

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