Whalen shares WNBA finals memories ahead of Hall of Fame induction

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ESPN.com’s M.A. Voepel shares some of the memories of Lindsay Whalen, a Minnesota basketball legend, ahead of her induction into Saturday’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Whalen will be the first member of the Lynx championship team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Whalen, a Minnesota native, was the women’s basketball equivalent of Paul Bunyan. It’s why she was loved by her teammates and fans. She was the No. 4 pick in the 2004 Final Four for Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball. She was the 4th pick in the WNBA draft. Minnesotans wanted her to join the Lynx but she was not selected by Connecticut. She was a part of two WNBA Finals for the Sun and was instrumental in launching the Lynx dynasty with coach Cheryl Reeve.

WCCO-TV’s Adam Duxter reports that the St. Paul Fire Department has requested nearly $4 million in city relief in 2023. Wednesday’s presentation by Chief Butch Inks to St. Paul City Council highlighted the department’s achievements with a staffing level that is slightly lower than it was in the past. … The department’s 433 sworn personnel responded to 38.569 calls in 2013. It is expected that 444 staff will handle 63,221 calls next year. This means that while staffing has increased 2.5%, demand is up 64%. ” We are the busiest department within the state,” said Mike Smith, St. Paul Fire Captain. It’s taken a toll upon the men and women who serve every day. ‘”

An AP article states that former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly announced Thursday that he would run for a vacant spot on the court’s next year. Kelly served for four years and lost to 2020. The majority of the court’s control will be determined by the race. Kelly, a conservative joins two other liberals who previously announced their candidacies. These are Everett Mitchell, Dane County Circuit Judge, and Janet Protasiewicz from Milwaukee County Circuit. …’Wisconsin’s public policy for next April would be implemented by four Madison lawyers, rather than being adopted through our constitutional process,’ Kelly stated in a statement that he was announcing his candidacy. “I will not allow that to happen on my watch.”

MPR News’ Dan Kraker said that, aside from the wastewater treatment plant at Aurora in Iron Range, a trailer could offer clues to solving the big environmental problem facing northern Minnesota: how to protect wild rice against sulfate. This is a pollutant created by iron ore mining, wastewater treatment plants, and other industries. The Partridge River is where the treated water from the city water plant flows. It was added to the Minnesota list of waters that don’t meet the state’s wild-rice sulfate standards.

Jordan Hart, Insider says that “businesses are increasing their wages in Mankato’s tight labor market, Minn., which has more open jobs than available workers. The unemployment rate in Mankato, home to 103,000 people, is nearly two percentage points lower than the national average. This forces companies to compete by offering higher wages than the minimum wage in Minnesota, $8.42, and other benefits.

An article at The Racket written by Em Cassel. says that “When Flip Phone Events began in 2012, the Twin Cities Drag community was a very different and smaller place. Chad Kampe, Flip Phone founder, says that few people would see drag so often. ‘You had the Gay 90’s to see any drag back then.’ Now, drag is all around. Flip phone is available in six cities across the country. Kampe and his wife have become full-time educators and event producers. … The explosive rise in popularity of drag has been met with protests and attacks. A vocal conservative opposition wants to see it be relegated back to the margins.

Stribber Liz Navratil reports that Kristyn Anderson, an experienced attorney in state government, will be taking over as Minneapolis’ city attorney . Her nomination was approved by the City Council on Thursday morning. Anderson will take over the role of city attorney on Sept. 26. This makes her fifth time in four years. Anderson will be the city attorney. She will manage a civil division, which provides guidance for elected officials and city staff, and defends the city from lawsuits. A criminal division prosecutes misdemeanor offenses that occur within the city.

For the Strib , DeWarren Harris, 33, was awarded more than $35 million in damages by a Ramsey County jury. This is for a man who suffered severe burns from hot water that escaped a high pressure hose at Summit Brewing Company. DeWarren Harris (33), was awarded more than $35,000,000 in damages after jurors found that the manufacturers of the power-washing device and the St. Paul brewery were negligent. He was severely burned by hot water while cleaning a canning area floor in the warehouse in May 2014.

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