As I’ve been touring the culinary scene around San Francisco I have noticed several places are offering discounts, like the one seen above, to customers for writing a review. While this is a terms of service violation for the site, it hasn’t stopped businesses from doing it. I have long suspected one local restaurant which doesn’t have that great of food for doing this because I see regular updates on Urbanspoon for them and all glowing reviews. No other restaurant around town is getting that sort of traffic on Urbanspoon so they must be doing something to game the system.
Knowing that these sorts of systems exist, do you put even less weight in the online review sites out there? Would you take up a restaurant on their offer for 20% off for a review? Can you guess which restaurant locally I’m talking about? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
I have done some food touring including eating at Thai Idea Vegetarian which looks like your standard Thai menu until you realize all of their meat offerings are vegetarian faux meats. It was beautifully plated and tasted great but the best part was spending time to catch up with an old friend, so much fun! On Sank’s recommendation I walked into Chinatown and down to Delicious Dim Sum for, well, dim sum and darn if it wasn’t delicious and super cheap!
Yesterday, a spur of the moment decision was made by a previous coworker’s new team to take a cab to the Golden Gate Bridge and walk across it. I didn’t even know you could do that except in zombie movies. So off we went, just before a foggy sunset and made the 40+ min walk taking pictures and enjoying the view.
Have you ever been to SF? If so do you have any must-do recommendations for things to see or do while people are here? Food to eat? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
From the article:
Pizza is something practically everyone loves, but not everyone agrees on.
Thin crust or deep dish, anchovies or extra cheese – and who makes the best pie in town?
It’s too difficult a question for us to answer, so we put it to a vote of WCCO viewers.
More than 8,000 people weighed in, and picked a place that got its start at Cleveland and Grand avenues in St. Paul – Davanni’s.
“There’s nothing terribly romantic about the Blodgett ovens that are behind me,” Stenson said. “They aren’t the wood fired ovens, but they make really great pizzas.”
‘Really great pizzas’? Not hardy. In fact, their pizza ranks lower on my list than Pizza Man and that’s saying something. The pizza is your typical Midwestern pie with too much cheap cheese, not enough crust, and toppings that suffice on $5 Pizza‘s pies. So gross.
Now you have to wonder how a bunch of unknown pizza places such as Old World in Inver Grove and Jake’s in Willmar even got a mention on a site like WCCO. Why would such small places earn even a footnote mention when there are some world class pizza places like Black Sheep around? Either WCCO purposefully limited it to “pizza that is nasty” or the people responding were gaming the system.
What do you think about this one? Do WCCO viewers have working tastebuds if they chose Davanni’s as the best pizza in Minnesota? What parlor would you pick instead? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
From the complaint:
On November 21, 2012, at approximately 1:27 p.m., an officer in the City of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota, was dispatched that a reporting party observed a female who appeared intoxicated get into a white Chevrolet pickup truck with Minnesota license plate number XRN950. The reporting party stated that the female had an infant with her and was staggering and walking into cars.
The officer located a vehicle matching the description of the reporting party with Minnesota license plate XRM950, driving in the location of the original report. The officer observed that a female was driving the vehicle. The officer followed the vehicle and observed it weave within her lane and hit a curb. The officer activated her squad lights and the suspect vehicle continued to speedy up. The vehicle continued traveling for approximately two blocks and eventually stopped for a red light. When the light turned green, the vehicle continued driving and eventually stopped north of that intersection. When the vehicle pulled over the driver drove onto the curb and parked.
The officer identified the driver as Christina Maria Thorne, date of birth: 7-30-1968. The officer could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Thorne’s person and observed that her eyes were watery. The officer asked Thorne how much she had to drink. Thorne stated not much, and then stated that she had been trying and only had a couple of drinks that day. Thorn admitted that her four month old son was in a car seat in the back of the vehicle.
While nothing is mentioned about the future welfare of the child, with four DWI convictions over the last 15 years, two of which were over .20, one has to wonder whether she should ever be permitted to be with the child. This isn’t only about driving, this woman is likely intoxicated all the time around the child being that she’s very likely an alcoholic and hopefully she has opted for formula instead of breastfeeding.
What do you think about this one? Should the child endangerment charge coupled with the .22 DUI charge dissolve her rights as a parent especially knowing she was carting around an infant while nearly falling over drunk? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
From the article:
Last week, the Eagan City Council approved a joint agreement that will allow the city to operate the coffee shop/concessions business—which is currently owned and operated by entrepreneurs Tyler Liedman and Chris McLean. On Tuesday, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners also approved the agreement.
Liedman and McLean opened the café two years ago as part of a public-private partnership with the library. Although the business built a loyal following during its tenure at the library, the pair was was unable to make it financially viable, McLean said.
“It’s a job we both loved, but with what we were pulling in each month, it was hard to make it work,” McLean said. “it was always a really nice spot to be in … but we felt it was time to move on.”
There’s some silver lining for Dewey’s fans; McLean will remain on board to help operate the new café once the city takes possession of the shop on May 1.
Most people would probably believe that a library is not the best place for a coffee shop in the first place, especially one that’s tucked away in the corner of a library rather than taking a prominent place in the center of the building like Starbucks has at Barnes and Noble. Poor location aside, private businesses fail every single day in this country and spaces remain vacant for years at times. The surprising thing here is that the City of Eagan decided to take a business which was not financially viable and put its taxpayers on the hook for even more potential losses by taking it over. The City of Eagan should not be running concessions anywhere, let alone in this library where the private sector failed to operate successfully.
However, lets blatantly ignore the fact that the public sector should not be taking business away from the private and should make better choices as to which businesses it chooses to take over. Now after stripping away these issues from the discussion, let’s confront the elephant in the room: the fact that one of the people who managed the coffee shop poorly for the last two years is going to stay on after the City of Eagan takes over ownership and will continue to run the shop.
So, not only did the City of Eagan decide to put its nose in where it doesn’t belong and run private enterprise as a public one, but they’re going to keep on 50% of the people who couldn’t do the job the right way the first time instead of bringing in people who actually could run a viable operation. ONLY IN GOVERNMENT.
What do you think about this one? Should the City of Eagan get involved with this venture? Does a library need a coffee shop considering the limited hours they’re open? Are you concerned the City is going to keep on one of the previous employees to run the shop knowing they weren’t able to successfully do it with their own dollars? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
From the article:
“What we call fresh in the supermarket is really better termed raw,” says Kristin Reimers, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods. “A lot of times, those vegetables have been transported for days, and then sit. It could be a matter of weeks between when they’re picked and consumed.”
Frozen vegetables, she says, are “probably more nutrient-rich than many of the raw vegetables in the produce section.”
(In an advertisement) Shana abandons the farmers market, heads to the store and buys Healthy Choice Top Chef Chicken Margherita with Balsamic. What the ad doesn’t note is that the meal has 310 calories, 8 grams of fat and 600 milligrams of sodium — 25 percent of the daily recommended maximum.
Jen abandons the farmers market, heads to the store and buys Marie Callender’s Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo. (FYI: It gets 100 of its 350 calories from fat, and has 970 milligrams of sodium — 40 percent of the daily maximum.) Then she tops that off with Marie Callender’s Peanut Butter Cream Pie, with 600 calories and a whopping 44 grams of fat.
While there is no doubt, especially in Minnesota’s cold winters, that frozen vegetables are a reliable and convenient source for what is definitely puny and bruised in the fresh section, they are absolutely not a direct replacement for them. While these companies could have made a real impact with their commercials had they stuck to a squash to frozen squash comparison instead of moving from farmer’s market to frozen meals, they would definitely have been more successful; however, by bringing in fat, calories, and sodium to the mix they’ve lost most people except those who were buying their trash anyway.
What do you think about this one? Do you buy frozen vegetables? If so which ones are your staples and why? Do you buy frozen meals too? Do you do it regularly or just for convenience/last minute? Do you think they shot themselves in the foot by making the commercial they did? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
From the article:
But the website would be a more visible location for ads, raising such questions as: Would it cheapen the city website to have adds alongside official information? Would it imply a city endorsement of the business or product advertised? Would advertising be limited to Burnsville businesses and organizations?
The city has asked residents, community organizations and businesses to take a survey at http://surveymonkey.com/s/webads. It asks: What are your thoughts about advertising on the website? Would your business or organization buy an ad if the city opened the website? How much would you be willing to pay for advertising space on the city’s home page?
While City Councilmembers are currently ignoring the paper’s questions about the topic for now, or outright refusing to comment, hopefully it’s because they don’t want to influence the public’s input and not for some other reason. One person commented on the StarTribune article and noted:
It’s fine as long as long as the advertising brings revenue to Burnsville AND the revenue from the ads is used to reduce taxes and NOT offset additional spending.
kruzelc/Apr. 21, 13/10:47 PM
As someone who gains revenue from ads and pays fairly close attention to that revenue as well as the traffic which creates that revenue, I have to say that if I were a Burnsville taxpayer I would want to see those numbers broken down as pageviews/visits, impressions, and revenue to the city. I would want to know the rate scale for the ads and how much each individual ad paid the city. While I’m sure the city is willing to do some of that, those sorts of stats might end up costing the city even more because they may have to resort to a third party vendor to track those necessary stats instead of doing it in-house.
What do you think about this one? Should the City of Burnsville put ads on their website? Is it really a possibility to ‘cheapen’ what the City has done already? As a business owner and knowing the City’s website abilities, do you think you’d bother paying them to put ads on their website? Best photoshop job of ads on the City’s website wins a pat on the back and a +1. Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
From the article:
Although it abuts a residential neighborhood, the property has been zoned for heavy business use since Farmington started zoning property in 1969, according to planning commission chairman Dirk Rotty.
Garvey approached the planning commission in January to request a conditional use permit to locate a truck repair shop at another property he owned on Fifth Street. He received approval for that business. At the same time, Garvey asked the commission to allow him to use the land he owns between Third and Fourth streets as a parking lot for some of the vehicles associated with his business.
“You can understand, this is our neighborhood. This is where we live. This is where we carry out our day to day activities of families in our back yards,” Joseph Gentry said.
Gentry said neighbors are concerned for the safety of the children in the neighborhood, particularly if there are going to be large trucks on the otherwise residential street.
The city has mandated he not conduct any repairs there, clear the remaining brush by June 1 (a challenge considering the weather lately), screen the lot to block the current residents’ view, and keep lighting pointed away from the surrounding homes. The owner has agreed to these items and has noted that no one has approached him to speak about the plan and have instead resorted to rumor mill and the spreading of “lies” to get other’s hackles up.
What do you think about this one? Is this simply your typical NIMBY thinking coupled with lack of understanding of zoning regulations going back 45 years? Do you think the neighbors have a point? Should everything they say be immediately invalidated when they resort to “think of the children” arguments? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
From the article:
The city began exploring new management options in late summer of 2012, with one year left on VenuWork’s contract. Over fall and early winter, the center attracted two suitors in addition to VenuWorks, said BPAC Advisory Commission Chair Sal Mondelli. Only one of them, LHR Hospitality Management, submitted a full proposal before the deadline on Jan. 10, 2013.
VenuWorks was the clear winner for both a special panel selected for the exploratory effort and the BPAC’s Advisory Commission. Both bodies unanimously voted to recommend VenuWorks to the council.
“Gone are the days when we’ll accept a $200,000 or $250,000 operating loss. I just don’t believe anyone has the stomach for that,” said Council Member Dan Kealey. “No one really believes that’s acceptable.”
“As of Wednesday, the (projected deficit) is $239,000 for this calendar year and that’s with a lot of runway. We believe we will significantly beat the forecast and perform better than we did last year,” Mondelli said.
Congrats to VenuWorks for taking five years to get back to the point they originally said would be the entire operating loss for the first year and missing the fact that it was estimated that in 5 years it would be running at break-even.
While it’s cute and cuddly for Kealey to claim he’s fighting for the common man with such empty threats as “gone are the days when we’ll accept…”, NO ONE EVER accepted the losses except the city’s politicians and its staff. While the City Staff repeatedly noted they were not experts in running an enterprise like the BPAC and it should never have been opened in the first place, it took YEARS to get a citizen commission off and running and they HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING POSITIVE at all with the BPAC. The BPAC Commission continues to do the only real thing it was meant to do–to take heat off the City Council who should have immediately stepped in after the first year with VenuWorks and booted them out on the street for losing two times what they originally projected.
Hey Councilmember Kealey, please do us all a favor and let us know what you personally plan to do when VenuWorks comes around again with another $200,000 deficit this year? Are you going to spew more empty threats or are you actually going to start putting forth some motions to immediately remove them and force City Staff to solicit RFPs from viable companies who can do the job instead of allowing for the bidding to move forward without any companies actually doing the bidding (which the first time around was garbage and everyone, including members of the BPAC Commission, know it).
Best of luck Burnsville taxpayers! You’ve got another few years of teetering along losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating costs, let alone the money lost due to depreciation of the building, because the Burnsville City Council and its shield, the BPAC Commission, aren’t doing enough to ensure your money doesn’t go down the drain with a management company which has only one proven track record: losing money.
What do you guys think about this one? Whatever you have to say go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
From the complaint:
On April 12, 2013, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Hastings police officers were dispatched to a residence on 6th Street West in the City of Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota, on the report of an assault. The call reported that it sounded like a young male was screaming for help.
Upon arrival in the area, officers observed two males walking east from the location and they were able to identify one of the males as Bryce Tyrese Nixon, date of birth 7-10-93, hereinafter referred to as Defendant. Defendant stated he was watching his little brother at the house when his little brother got out of hand so he held him down and left the residence to cool down. The second individual was identified as Tyler Lee Bowers, date of birth 6-17-92, who had an outstanding warrant and was taken into custody on that.
Defendant gave a more detailed statement but he continued to deny that he had struck his younger brother or done anything other than hold him down. He stated that his younger brother had pushed him in the chest and then he got on top of him to calm him down.
Officers then spoke with the younger brother who reported that Defendant told him to move from where he was sitting watching TV and when the younger brother refused, Defendant pushed him onto the floor and then grabbed him by the feet, dragging him from the living room towards the bedroom. The younger brother began to struggle, Defendant dropped on top of him and punched him three times in the face with a closed fist. Defendant then continued dragging his younger brother into the bedroom where he used both is hands to choke his younger brother for a period of two to four seconds. The younger brother said that he had lost the ability to breathe because his airway had been restricted during the time he was being choked. Officers were able to observe swelling on the victim’s left eye and marks on his neck.
Being that I am an only child and never had experiences like this with a sibling, I can only rely on the stories of others many of whom recount similar situations during fights with male siblings. While this certainly may be an on-going issue that is more one-sided than not, do you think this is simply a normal occurrence in the house with the siblings routinely fighting? Did you fight with your siblings in a physical manner? Would you have ever called the police about neighbors’ kids fighting?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
We arrived at around 5:15 and found most of the restaurant empty. There were a few people at the bar drinking the boring domestics they had on tap and a few scattered tables, mostly around the outside of the restaurant, populated with people eating early. We ordered several items off the happy hour menu: the wings (buffalo comes on the side), the three sliders (pulled pork, cheeseburger, and chicken sandwich), a spicy giardiniera pizza with sausage, and an order of sweet potato fries. Their happy hour specials range between $4 and $7 and we ordered items from each level. FYI, their online menu seems a little out of date to what we were provided last evening and some of those options were either not available or were slightly modified from what you will see on their website.
The food was out in a reasonable amount of time and came to the table looking like what I would expect from a Sysco-truck-to-table restaurant. The sweet potato fries were abundant but obviously came from a bag. They were accompanied by ketchup and their ‘signature’ root beer ketchup. Now, I want you to stop for a moment and take some time to think about what just went through your mind when you heard “root beer ketchup”. Whatever shock or horror came to mind would never, ever, ever even come close to preparing you for the horrendous flavor which would erupt in your mouth when you dipped one of those previously frozen sweet potato fries in this disgusting concoction and then decided it would be safe to eat. I really have to wonder who thought that up and whether they actually ate the stuff afterward because, if they had, they would NEVER have served it to anyone. SO. UNBELIEVABLY. GROSS.
The Slider Trio were nothing special at all. I have seen previously frozen White Castle hamburgers which looked to be more appetizing than these three. While I didn’t bother to taste any of them, the overdone cheeseburger looked grey and droopy with a tiny bit of cheese; the chicken sandwich looked like a dried frozen patty; and while the pulled pork was said to be the best of the three, it looked like it came straight from a microwaved Lloyd’s bucket instead of from the corner of the wood-fired oven.
The wings were meaty but tasted off and had the texture of frozen wings defrosted and cooked in an oven instead of the crisp and flavorful wings they should have been either from the wood-fired oven or a grill. While the wings were edible, their version of Buffalo sauce was not. I don’t know how anyone could screw up Buffalo like they did but even though it looked like buffalo, it tasted like spicy tea and the weak bleu cheese dressing did absolutely nothing to save this eye-watering disappointment. It was right about this time that I realized why the restaurant and bar were empty…it’s because the place is horrendous. However, the pizza was the only decent item we had last night. While it was doughy, undercooked, and looked like a frozen Target-brand pizza, the giardiniera was not oily, the truly spicy pieces were large and could have been confused with being homemade, and the sausage was abundant. I enjoyed the pizza for $5 but they need to utilize that wood-fired oven to make the crust crisp and charred, not bring it down to its other miserable happy hour counterparts by appearing as a pale and sick previously-frozen pizza.
Overall Roasted Pear has really gone down hill in the last few years and we wouldn’t be surprised if they close their doors soon. The most surprising part of the entire evening was that not one single employee asked us what we thought of the food. While the service was fine, they spent most of their time huddled in the kitchen and service area chatting instead of trying to make the experience better. Great service when the place is empty is one thing but when the food is borderline inedible, it doesn’t make for a pleasant experience and more should be done to remedy that situation. Honestly, I’d rather have eaten at Ernie’s Pub. Yeah, it was really that bad.
14200 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN 55337
From the article:
Politics in Minnesota is reporting that Gov. Mark Dayton has included $5.2 million for a security fence at the Shakopee women’s prison in his bonding bill proposal released Monday morning.
Like his predecessor Tim Pawlenty, Dayton has tried before to obtain funding for the controversial prison fence.
Although a top priority for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, it was ultimately left out of the final legislation that passed the Legislature, judged by some lawmakers as too expensive.
The fence’s estimated $5.4 million price tag is hefty due to the secondary interior invisible detection system, as well as the brick and wrought-iron design preferred by neighbors, some of which would prefer not to see a fence at all.
Shakopee’s Women’s Prison houses all five levels of inmates from minimum up through maximum security offenders. With a wide range of prisoners being housed there, one would think that neighboring residents would want the best barriers available regardless of their aesthetics. If the costs would come down with a less visually appealing fence but would offer the same or better protections, it’s surprising that the battle continues.
What about you? If you lived near a prison would you prefer looks over potential safety especially knowing that all 5 levels of offenders were housed within? Do you think that compared to the other items on the countless bonding bills passed over the years that a $5.5 million prison fence should be included over some others? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
According to a recent SunThisweek Letter to the Editor from a Burnsville resident, the lack of a modern traffic signal coupled with a sign forbidding right turns on red has created a situation where lengthy delays for no good reason are frequent. One has to wonder whether most, if not all, traffic signals should be upgraded and have right turn restrictions eliminated.
From the Letter to the Editor:
Isn’t it time to rethink the no-right-turn sign at the foot of the southbound exit of I-35E as it controls traffic entering County Road 42?
Currently, I estimate that one out of every five drivers disregards the no-right-turn sign and I can completely understand their frustration after waiting, in some instances, as long as a minute and a half, while no westbound cars are even visible at this intersection.
How many times are you sitting at a light about to turn right and realize you’re forbidden to do so by the tiny little sign that mocks you as no traffic approaches? This is often the case at many lights in the state, especially those that ignore or simply do not support detection of cars at an intersection with no cross traffic. It’s not only frustrating but increasingly irrelevant now that we have the ability and, in many cases, the built-in support for smart signals which simply are not doing their jobs. For once I agree with a Letter to the Editor writer entirely. This, and most other SOTR signals, need to be reevaluated for right turns on red and have the smart technology installed or utilized as intended.
What do you think about this one? Do you agree that forbidden right turns on red is generally useless? How often do you see people ignore the tiny signs suggesting they do otherwise? Do you think more often than not signals should be detecting cross traffic presence and changing the light to alleviate stacked traffic in the other direction? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
From the article:
The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association has effectively lobbied against broader Sunday sales with the same argument: Its member stores want one day off a week and the extra day open would merely spread six days of sales over a full week. Association lobbyist Joe Bagnoli said liquor stores feel the same way about Super Bowl Sunday.
“The Super Bowl is not a day that creeps up on people,” he said. “We’re virtually certain that if Sunday sales were allowed on Super Bowl Sunday, you’d just have much less sales” in the days leading up to the big game.
Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, has led the push to legalize Sunday sales in the House several times in the past decade. She said it’s an economic no-brainer, citing previous estimates that suggest an extra day of alcohol sales could generate between $3 million and $10 million in extra revenue for the state.
“If the Vikings were playing (in the Super Bowl), it would be $10 million” in one day, said Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska.
Should the state allow pressure from the lobbyists in this regard? Should they just ignore them and allow Sunday sales over their objections? Do you believe if the Vikings were in the Super Bowl that there would be a huge 10 million dollar day? Do you ever have the urge to buy liquor on a Tuesday? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
From the complaint:
On April 4, 2013, Lakeville police responded to the Mills Fleet Farm on a report of a theft in progress. Upon arrival officers spoke to loss prevention employee, S.A., who stated that he observed the suspect, later identified as Trent Joel Foley, remove the tag from a $14.00 box of ammunition and put it on a $219 box of ammunition. Foley then went up to the checkout and paid $14.00 for the $219 box of ammunition. Foley then walked out of the store.
Once outside of the store, S.A. approached Foley and identified himself as loss prevention and told Foley that he needed to talk to him about a problem with the merchandise he just purchased. Foley told S.A. that he had done nothing wrong and continued to walk away. Foley got into his vehicle and refused to talk to S.A. S.A. continued to ask Foley to stop, but Foley drove into S.A. and hit him in the knee area. S.A. backed away and Foley drove into him a second time. S.A. said that he tried to move away again but Foley once again hit him a third time. After the third hit, Foley left the parking lot.
Supposedly the reason ammunition is flying off the shelves in the United States is because people need to protect themselves from the criminal element in this country as well as the evil government that rules us. One really does have to wonder what would have happened if the Fleet Farm employee had been armed with the same ammunition which was stolen by the thief who attempted to run him down.
Are you surprised something like this happened at Fleet Farm? Knowing the shortages of ammunition, the prices because of that shortage, and the media and political hype over the issue, are you at all concerned that these sorts of issues will start to become more commonplace? What would you have done if you were in the shoes of the loss prevention employee? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
From the article:
The council will consider purchase of the Hanson Building in downtown, between Buffalo Tap and the Motor Mart Gas Station, which was most recently used as a small warehouse. The building has been vacant for a year. The city has been in negotiations with a local developer on a concept for an office building on the site. Though no formal agreement between the two parties yet exists, the city could buy and raze the building (which would cost $375,000 to $400,000), then resell the plot to the developer at a lower price.
Based on the city’s previous failed investment in the Savage Depot building and their recent consideration to alter the regulations for cooking inside in order to help boost success rates for businesses therein, one would think that the Savage City Council would hesitate before even considering spending up to $400k on a venture which could very well fail and will very likely do just that.
Right now the City Council only sees a vacant building that could be redeveloped. However, either way this building is making no tax revenue but razing it for $400k and having nothing rebuilt on the spot will lose money rather than remain at the status quo. Other similar ventures and buildings around the South Metro are vacant and have remained so for the better part of a decade. This should remain exactly where it is, in a worksession.
What do you think about this one? Considering the failure of the Savage Depot and other local vacant redeveloped office spaces around, do you believe Savage’s City Council has the business acumen to spend $400,000 and make it a worthwhile venture? Is this really the time to do this and hope that in the next decade to come that it will begin to make money? If you were a business owner would you make Savage your home and why? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
On Sunday I wasn’t in the mood for eggs or cereal for breakfast, so I took The Koala out with me to get some donuts. While we had previously tried Puffy Cream in Eagan, some others had reminded me of Donut Star in Burnsville so I decided to give it a try.
Walked in just after 7:30 AM and there were two people sitting down reading the paper and one guy in line. I was surprised at the selection being smaller than that of the already small selection at Puffy Cream and I was doubly surprised at the mostly boring offerings. Aside from the maple-glazed, bacon-topped long john, which I had to immediately request, there really wasn’t anything there that jumped out at me.
I ordered several standard glazed, two Bismarcks, the bacon topped long-john, and a few old fashioned as well as some others I now forget. Like Puffy Cream, they had a few drinks in the cooler and some fairly standard coffee brewing. It’s no wonder Minnesotans aren’t into donuts; the shops don’t make decent ones and the coffee there is terrible.
The donuts themselves (at $11.80 for a dozen) were terrible. The glaze was thin and generally tasteless and the donuts, only 1.5 hours after open, seemed day old. The bacon-topped long long should have been stellar. The crispy and salty bacon countering the sweet of the glaze and the soft of the donut but the bacon was flavorless and aside from the crunch did little to help the situation. I was just bored with this one and let The Wife eat the rest; she seemed similarly bored with the donut. Shame.
Overall I won’t be returning to Donut Star. While the service was great, the food just was not. Coming from the East Coast were donuts and coffee start just about everyone’s day, I have a different view of how these sorts of places should operate and while neither Puffy Cream nor Donut Star meet that standard, Donut Star isn’t even in the same universe.
Have you had Donut Star donuts? If so what did you think? Where else around town do you go for doughnuts when you feel the craving? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
2901 Cliff Rd E
Burnsville, MN 55337
From the blurb:
About 55 percent of the Twin Cities metro region’s waste comes from businesses, and several area organizations are hoping to reduce that number by getting businesses on board with recycling. Dakota County is offering tips to businesses on what, how and where they can recycle. KARE 11 TV and Rethink Recycling are also hosting the Great Green Challenge through April 22 and providing weekly highlights of how businesses can reduce waste.
Six Dakota County businesses have already joined the challenge by taking Rethink Recycling’s pledge to improve their recycling efforts. Other businesses can take the pledge atwww.rethinkrecycling.com and gain immediate recognition for their commitment.
The County’s website on the topic provides five reasons why recycling is great: saving money, providing a positive image to customers, conserve, create jobs, and civic responsibility. However, it doesn’t provide much information at all about costs associated with starting the program, how the county could help, etc; all far more important bullet items to businesses than what they list.
What do you think about this one? In 2013 do you even give a second thought to recycling? Don’t you already assume businesses recycle like everyone else? Are you surprised that the county is doing this campaign, likely funded through some grant from the federal government? Do you think the county’s program is anywhere near where it needs to be to actually be successful? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
From the article:
On March 20, 2013 at about 7:00 P.M. Eagan officers were dispatched to a residential address in the City of Eagan regarding a report of information about some type of domestic case. Upon arrival at the residence, the officers talked to an adult female. The woman told the officers that she was a nurse at a Twin Cities hospital, and that she had a friend by the name of Amy Losie who was also a nurse at the hospital. This witness stated that she had received a call from Losie earlier that day at about 2:30 P.M. The witness stated that Losie seemed frantic and asked her if her phone was “bugged.” The witness said that Losie began talking about her husband and asked the witness, “how do you give somebody 60 units and then 80 units of insulin and they don’t die?” The witness said that Losie continued and said that she recently had been waking her husband from one of his drug-induced states, when he was passed out, and tried to give her husband a smoothie in which she had blended 15 Ambien pills. (Your complainant knows that Ambien is a prescription sleep medication). Losie told her friend that her husband did not like the taste of the smoothie, and did not finish drinking it. Losie also told the witness that on another occasion she had tried to put a pillow over her husband’s face. Losie told her friend that, “he just keeps coming back.” Losie also stated that she had been thinking about this for a long time, but has been really thinking about it hard for the past three weeks. The witness told Losie that someone would be able to tell that her husband died from an insulin overdose, but Losie told her that they would not find the insulin and would just think that he overdosed on his medications. The witness told the officers that she believed that Losie actually meant to harm her husband. She added that Losie would be able to steal small amounts of insulin from the hospital where they both worked and it would go unnoticed.
After the woman was arrested, her husband admitted to using Oxycontin often to deal with the pain from a number of slipped discs in his back but stated he did not believe his wife could harm him. A bruise was found on his stomach but the husband believed it occurred during a recent move to a new residence.
This story was in the news a bit recently likely because it’s absolutely crazy. A few questions come to mind: is she mentally stable? Did she really do this or was she making it all up to get attention? Why is her husband so very stoned on Oxycontin for slipped discs in his back? Why was she only charged with stalking/harassment and terroristic threats instead of attempted murder? Will either of those stick any better than the attempted murder charge? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say about the sick and twisted people we have South of the River.
According to this Business Insider article, Kraft is fighting to keep its hold on the use of dyes which are illegal in most other countries which color its flagship product in the United States.
From the article:
Yellow Dye 5 and Yellow Dye 6 — require a warning label in some other countries.
“These unnecessary — yet potentially harmful — dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they were removed due to consumer outcry,” they wrote in the petition posted on Change.org, which now has more than 275,000 signatures.
The risks cited include hyperactivity in kids, allergies, and a possible link to cancer.
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese has been the same bright yellow color for ages, and it’s what consumers have come to expect. When they mix in that cheese, they expect the pasta to be as vibrant as ever. The color is part of the overall brand experience.
The article notes that studies have been conducted which prove color has a huge affect on taste. They cite examples of food being fed to people in the dark and how people became queasy after being shown the food was dyed different colors. They also note the famous failed experiment of Pepsi Crystal which I tried and can tell you it most certainly tasted different than Pepsi–something the article seems to claim was not true.
Should these artificial dyes be banned and and/or more clearly labeled in the United States just as they are in other countries? Are these sorts of things the way the American public will have to deal with the corporate food structure in this country especially after laws get passed such as the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act”? If Kraft were to remove the dyes do you think it would taste different to you? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.