University of Minnesota service workers authorize strike


Mia Laube from KSTP-TV reports that service workers at the University of Minnesota are authorized to strike. The results of the strike authorization vote by workers at the end September were announced Monday afternoon. The vote was passed by 93%. The union represents approximately 1,500 service workers. Brian Aldes is the secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 320 and chief officer. He says that the union will formally file its intention to strike Tuesday morning. According to the union, workers could strike as early as Oct. 22, which could affect university dining services and residence halls as well as bathrooms, exercise equipment, grounds, and other facilities.

Kirsti marohn, reports that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has settled a lawsuit brought by a former employee concerned about how the agency manages petroleum leakage sites. After nearly 30 years of service at the MPCA, Mark Toso quit last year. After nearly 30 years at the MPCA, Toso spent 10 years as a hydrologist within the petroleum remediation program. This program is responsible for assessing, evaluating, and eliminating the risks of petroleum storage tank releases. Toso sued agency in Ramsey County District Court last Nov. He claimed he was subject to retaliation because he repeatedly complained that the program failed to protect groundwater and endangered public health. spotted a story by Lakeland PBS on Oct. 6. It said that five autonomous shuttles are part of Minnesota’s Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative. The autonomous vehicles will be provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and its partners. They will cruise down the paved streets this autumn. For 18 months, these vehicles will be on Grand Rapids roads. This is part of a pilot program to reduce isolation and improve mobility for people with disabilities.

An AP article says that a Minnesota horticulture teacher set a new U.S. Record Monday for the heaviest Pumpkin after raising one that weighed 2,560 pounds. Travis Gienger of Anoka in Minnesota, set the record and won an annual pumpkin-weighing contest. Gienger drove the enormous pumpkin for 35 hours in order to see the rewards of his hard work at the 49th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, which took place in Half Moon Bay, south San Francisco.

Joe Nelson, Sports Illustrated writes: “After a season marred by injuries, the Minnesota Twins has dumped their head Athletic Trainer. Derek Falvey, Twins President of Baseball Operations, announced Monday that Michael Salazar had been fired. He has spent three seasons with the Twins. Falvey stated that there are no plans for changes in the coaching staff of manager Rocco Baldelli. Twins players spent a combined 1,573 days on injured list this season. was highlighted by Byron Buxton, top prospects Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff, and almost every member of the starting lineup: Sonny Gray and Bailey Ober, Josh Winder and Chris Paddack, Chris Archer and Chris Paddack.

This is Stribber Richard Chin. “In July 2022 Keith Yearman was looking at a table at the Maxwell Street Market, Chicago. He noticed an old camera amongst used books and electronic equipment. Yearman stated, “I had to have it for some reason.” It cost $20. … Yearman bought it for $20.

A BringMeTheNews article states, “… a report by It compared data from small towns throughout the county and ranked each spot based upon’metrics of cozy towns friendliness.’ So it’s not surprising that the Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes was featured three more times in this amazing scientific study.

  • Grand Marais, Cook County (#27).
  • Perham, Otter Tail County (#56)
  • South Haven, Wright County (#59).
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