City slickers can feel right at home with what's hip and happening in these five Minnesota towns. There's a certain kind of town that people who live in big cities daydream about while they fight traffic or jostle through crowds. We want to escape to a place that's unpretentious, charming and hygge. But at the same time, we don't want to give up kombucha, yoga and good live music. Fictional examples of hip but idyllic Brigadoons are a staple in movies or television. Think Stars Hollow, Conn., of "Gilmore Girls," Cicely, Alaska, of "Northern Exposure," Ferness, Scotland, of "Local Hero," or Portwenn, Cornwall, of "Doc Martin." But also think of places like Red Wing, New Ulm and Winona. These Minnesota heritage towns are places where the country mice don't have to come to the Twin Cities to appreciate art house films, craft cocktails and retrohip doughnuts. They're making those things happen right where they are. Want to join them? Just read on. — Richard Chin WINONA With its … [Read more...] about 5 hottest small town destinations in Minnesota
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By Jeff Collins | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am | UPDATED: March 19, 2019 at 7:38 am Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract housing to make it easier to accurately price houses. While iBuying has been in full swing in places like Phoenix for several years, the first iBuyers started working in Southrn California in 2017. In the past six months, RedfinNow expanded from the Inland Empire into Orange and Los Angeles counties. Opendoor and Zillow Offers recently announced plans to expand … [Read more...] about What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?
Minnesota lawmakers and labor leaders began a push Wednesday to stiffen penalties on employers who fail to pay workers the wages they’re owed, a top priority for House Democrats this session. They said state figures show that at least 40,000 Minnesota residents are victims of wage theft every year, costing them around $12 million in unpaid wages, and those are probably low numbers. And they said the state lacks sufficient power to help shortchanged workers recover the money they earned. Rep. Tim Mahoney said at a news conference that the bill would “finally define in law that wage theft is illegal.” It would beef up record-keeping requirements for employers and give the state Department of Labor and Industry subpoena powers to obtain records from unwilling employers accused of wage theft. “I represent an area that has people who live on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis, and when they don’t get paid, when they get stolen from, their lives spiral out of control, … [Read more...] about Minnesota lawmakers, labor want stiffer penalties for ‘wage theft’
At first, it seemed like the stomach flu. Weeks before his 24th birthday in May 2015, Alec Raeshawn Smith was overcome by troubling symptoms. His body ached, his stomach hurt and he wasn’t sleeping well. Laine Lu, a co-worker at his restaurant job, urged him to see a doctor. “This is not normal,” she recalls telling him. “Go get checked out.” His mother, Nicole Smith-Holt, worried too. He called her when he decided to go to a health clinic near Minneapolis. He said, “Seriously, Mom, I think something is really wrong with me.” The diagnosis was surprising: Type 1 diabetes. Alec’s blood sugar levels were nearly twice the healthy limit. His family didn’t have a history of diabetes, and lanky, 6-foot-3 Alec looked like the picture of health. At 23, he seemed too old for Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes because it often strikes children. But as Alec discovered, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune response that can appear at … [Read more...] about Twin Cities mother fights for lower insulin prices after death of diabetic son believed to have been rationing
In St. Paul’s North End, Mike Hartzell was known by another name, one that drew familiar nods and warm smiles. “Bones” called Rice Street home, and residents and business owners claimed him as their own. When television and newspaper reports described him as homeless, some bristled. “The writer missed the point,” said a reader, responding online after a Feb. 2017 news article about a state legislative proclamation recognizing Bones on his 70th birthday. “Bones isn’t homeless. Rice Street is Bones’ home!” Bones, a Vietnam veteran who swept and shoveled Rice Street’s sidewalks for his meals and found community outside its bars and stores, died Sunday at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center following an illness, according to friends and family. He was 71. “He went in and they believed he had pneumonia, but because he was so stubborn, they couldn’t really do tests,” said his sister, Annette Hartzell-Walters. He … [Read more...] about Mike ‘Bones’ Hartzell of St. Paul’s Rice Street dies at 71