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|Dems: Burning Out the Volunteers?
Been a long couple days on the campaign trail. And yes, I know this ain't even election year, 'cept for a few off year local elections. But here in Minnesota our Democratic Farmer-Labor Party has a ...
|Bachmann Returning to Iowa?
(crossposted from Buffalo Ridge Blog ) Been working on a post for a while... The theme was how the republican strategy seems to be to retreat to their conservative homelands where they can win ...
|From Floods to Drought and Back: Global Weirding
Global warming we can handle... Drier and a couple degrees warmer, just farm like it's Nebraska instead of southwest Minnesota. Maybe have to irrigate and actually rotate beans with the corn, but we'...
|Midwest Blizzard(?) Open Thread...
The Weather Service hasn't officially upgraded the Winter Storm Warning to a Blizzard Warning yet, but the 10 am CDT observations showed winds gusting over the 40 MPH blizzard criteria in South ...
|City Cousins, Can Ya Give Yer Country Cousin's a Break?
Hi, country cousin here- You know, the folks that grow your food and preserve our natural and cultural resources. We're a lot like you, believing in living wages, family farms, small business, ...
|Sequester Cuts Deep in Rural America...
The way the republican congresscritters from the Buffalo Ridge and beyond tell it, the federal government is a bloated jobs program and all the sequester shrunken legions of feds will have to do to ...
|High Plains Held Hostage... By Keystone XL Combatants!
On the tracks barely 100 yards from my home a steady parade of 100+ car unit trains of crude oil from the Bakken pass by each day and night. Yup, over a hundred 25,000 gallon or so tank car loads, ...
|Axing Saturday Delivery Won't Save USPS
The Postal Service today released it's latest scheme, following on the heels of a bunch of other schemes that closed tiny local Post offices and giant Postal sorting centers all over the country but ...
|Armed Guards for One Room Schools?
And not even a full room at that... In the next county over they've got a high school with two students, taking coursework online. In my district we've got three buildings serving less than 500 ...
|Hostess: the Vultures are Winning
After lecturing us for years that Hostess is a worthless legacy company saddled with overpaid union workers, Hostess 'fessed up yesterday... There's been over a hundred offers to buy all or parts of ...
|Breaking: Hostess Lives!
Here's the story from the New York Post, continuing it's excellent coverage. Bankruptcy Court Judge Drain refused to grant the usually routine motion for Hostess to switch from a bankruptcy ...
|Hostess Brands: Logistics Loser!
(Crossposted from my blog for "gearheads" and written a few days before the execs killed Hostess off) Hostess Brands is a trucking company that bakes a bit on the side. The process of morphing from ...
|RIP: Hostess Brands, 1925-2012
In a dawn press release that they obviously took days preparing, Hostess Brands execs murdered the once great giant of the baking biz, Hostess Brands. Hostess Brands was born in a "merger" of over a ...
|Hostess Brands Death Watch.
After union bakers near unanimously vetoed the latest round of wage and benefit cuts, Hostess Brands imposed them anyway. Since Friday the bakers have been forced to strike, shutting down 25 of ...
|Memo to Hostess Brands Execs...
Good day, hope you're enjoying nice weather in your suburban Dallas office suites. Dallas? What the hell are you doing in Texas? I realize it was before your watch (which has been rather short) but ...
|Hostess Strike, Day 3: Execs MIA
First, a status update- The strike spread to the west coast overnight, and 20 and counting of Hostess Brands 36 bakeries are now down and their ovens going cold, assuming anyone bothered to shut ...
|Hostess Bakers Strike!
It's spreading like wild fire- At noon bakers walked out of Hostess Brands' Lenexa, Kansas bakery and onto the picket line. In the last few hours bakers at the Indianapolis, Columbus, Indiana, and ...
|Death of a Dairy.
The news bled out late friday like a million gallon milk spill on the bare autumn toned prairie- Giant dairy co-op AMPI will be closing it's 200,000 square foot dairy plant near Dawson, MN. Over a ...
|Hostess Brands Put On Suicide Watch
Hostess Brands, having already murdered over half of it's family of bakeries and killed thousands of jobs, has been placed on suicide watch. Suicidal ideation is evident in a threat by Hostess Brands'
|Death of a Bakery: Unhealed Wounds, A Quarter Century Later
On this last weekend in September 1987 the oven in Minneapolis' Wonder-Hostess bakery went cold for the first time in decades. All told, 200 hard workers lost their jobs, many never to work again. ...
|Weekend Harvest: How Marriage Equality Can Save the Family Farm...
(crossposted from www.buffaloridgeblog.com ) Rode into the cities friday, 'twas a great day for the harvest with pretty much clear skies and moderate temps. Saw lots of combines, tractors, gravity ...
|Mitt Makes Naples... Further Dispatches From the Swamp
(crossposted from Buffalo Ridge Blog ) Yup, this is Florida's week in the sun(?), as the four survivors of the seven dwarfs AKA the republican ...
|Overpaid? A Workday In the Life of a Hostess Brands Driver
It's midnight saturday morning and your "Screaming Meanie" alarm goes off. Not that you'd been sleeping all that well- your neighbors with normal jobs are just getting to bed, and the folks in the ...
|Newt Does Naples...
(crossposted from Buffalo Ridge Blog ) Greetings from the swamp AKA greater Naples, in Collier County, so named because they actually sold the naming ...
|Hostess Brands Goes Bankrupt (Again), Stiffs Workers For a Billion
After months of coercive threats, Hostess Brands is filing for bankruptcy for the second time in less than a decade. Hostess has assets galore- 40 odd bakeries with replacement values of $10,000,000 ...
|Caucuses: Prognosticating the Train Wreck
(crossposted from Buffalo Ridge Blog ) There's a whole emerging science of crash analysis where investigators calculate the speeds, timing, and ...
|Browser Night: Black Friday Is Obsolete!
Traffic was strangely heavy last night at a few minutes before ten as I drove past Marshall, Minnesota on highway 23. Looking over at the WalMart parking lot, it was half full, and seemed like ...
|Buffalo Ridge Federal Races: One Year Out
(Crossposted from Buffalo Ridge Blog ) It's past time for anyone that's serious about running for federal office to have set up their committee, website,
|One Year Out: Presidential Prognostication from the Buffalo Ridge...
The republican homeland of Northwest Iowa is the south end of the Buffalo Ridge and the base for Congressman King, Michelle Bachmann's partner in craziness. So one year out, lets have a look at the ...
|'91 Halloween Blizzard: Climate Change's Opening Salvo?
I've driven through more than a few midwestern blizzards, driving truck for an insane chain of wholesale bakeries from 1978 through 1992. November just flirted with us, providing mostly a hint of ...
|Playing With Fire: Crystal Sugar Locks Out Experienced Union Workers
Another day, another fire at an American Crystal Sugar plant being run (badly) by inexperienced scabs. ACS is, quite literally playing with fire. And the risk of a flaming halocaust is not overblown-
|Paying to Work: How the 99% Try to Survive
Yesterday I had to hang around my empty house in Minneapolis- yes, another of those infamous little houses that nobody wants- and let a sub-sub-contractor for the gas company in to do a mandatory ...
|Bachmann's Farewell Tour Plays Rock Rapids
crossposted from www.BuffaloRidgeBlog.com ) There was no 2nd and 3rd bus for the press, no phalnyx of staffers with clipboards IDing every attendee, no spin doctors, and not a single satellite ...
|Beyond Occupy: How We Take Back Our Country
(crossposted from my regional Buffalo Ridge Blog ) Few years back I was making the rounds of the financial district looking for a place to park my IRA.
|Occupy? Hell, We're Takin' It Back!
Fellow Citizens, you may not have been told this, but we own much of this great nation. Yup, take a look at the map- those states on the left, we own most of them. Granted, agencies like the BLM ...
|The Scrapping of America
Recycling is a good thing, to a point. As readers of my blog have noted, I've been making the rounds of the local auctions lately. Now I'm not ...
|Bring Back Homesteading, Urban & Rural!
Back about a century ago our nation had a few problems besides the Civil War. We'd bought (and stolen) this big empty space out west, and if we didn't get it occupied with our folks, somebodies else ...
|Rural Auctions As Economic Indicator...
So I cruise the VW dieselcar & 4 by 8 trailer the fifty odd miles to an auction near Brookings this morning. Good turnout- half an hour before the auction starts and there's already forty or so ...
|$3.19 a gallon for high performance fuel?
Bring On the Blender Pumps! Yesterday I rolled up to the pump at the co-op in Hendricks, Minnesota and examined my options. Let's see- gasoline with 10% ethanol for $3.49 a gallon, E20 (20% ethanol)
|Robbed Blind: Our Postal Service!
Every couple months I get a magazine from the M.S. Society, labeled "Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped". The M.S. Society doesn't pay a cent in postage to mail thousands of these magazines, ...
|Theft In Progress: Your Postal System!
The heist has grown beyond just your local Post Office, now they want to trash one of the world's finest distribution systems too.. It's the friday before Christmas 2013, the winds are rising, ...
|Good Roads, Rails, & Trails!
(crossposted from Buffalo Ridge Blog .) My County Board had a trying meeting last night... They were considering the highway budget. Sounds like the ...
|Indies Rising: the End of "Turnout the Base" Strategies?
I shouldn't say "the end", I'm sure the faithful practicioneers of " turn out the base" campaign strategies will faithfully repeat the same campaign mistakes for a few more election cycles. In fact, ...
|RuralRoute Joins the Boycott...
When labor and rural folks join black folks in action, we got us a coalition! More details here...
|After 9/11 On the Buffalo Ridge
Crossposted from Buffalo Ridge blog It's hard to find a place safer from terrorist attack than the Buffalo Ridge- no population centers, ...
Couple months back I posted Confronting Ruralphobia , a diary about some of the frustrations I'...
|Rural Labor: We Are Out Here!
(crossposted from Buffalo Ridge Blog ) Conventional wisdom has it that organized labor is a big city phenomenon. Heck, us redneck hicks out ...
|Rural America 1, AT&T 0
(crossposted at Buffalo Ridge Blog ) As you've probably already read three times and heard on the news at the top of the hour all day, the ...
|Theft in Progress: Your Post Office!
Crossposted, along with other interesting stuff, at Buffalo Ridge Blog No, the usual bad guys ain't hooking up their truck to the local post ...
|Stupid "Leftie" Tricks
Crossposted from BuffaloRidgeBlog.wordpress.com : Having given the teabaggers some heat, equal time for the loonie left... If you follow the discussion over at dailykos.com at all you've noticed ...
|Obama's 50 State Strategy... It's Real!
Obama & 50 State Strategy? Yup, I know a lot of you are doing a double take. I was surprised too in Fargo on saturday. We'd set up our Stonewall DFL caucus table, thinking we'd again be the only ...
|56 MPG CAFE Standards: Be Careful What You Wish For...
Governments can make all the laws they want, but they can't repeal the laws of physics. It takes a lot of energy to move cars down the road, you can reduce that some, but you can't entirely get ...
Betcha this'll never make the Rec list! homophobia: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. ruralphobia: irrational fear of, aversion to, or ...
|Megaflood: Minot, North Dakota!
Here's the story from the Minot Daily News.
|GearHeads Group Gets Rollin'!
Do you have more vehicles (bicycles count too) than rooms in your house? Have you found yourself using kitchen implements in the shop (it's not a garage, garages are for storing cars), and, scarier ...
|Ruralphobia at Netroots Nation: Writing off rural america
Greetings from Pipestone, Minnesota, where apparently Netroots Nation doesn't think we have any issues of importance besides a lack of broadband. Well, we got issues... Heck, have we got issues! ...
|NOT@NetrootsNation: Neighborhood Netroots in Minneapolis
Welcome NN attendees to your unauthorized guide to the vast world of progressive bloggers outside of NN's bubble. From NN management's comments on yesterday's diary it became pretty obvious that NN ...
|Netroots NOT! Nation: The progressive voices you'll be missing at NN
When you throw a convention in a city of pricey hotels and charge $300 dollar plus registration fees, you pretty much pre-select your attendees. Then add a harrowing hyper competitive process for ...
|Tax "Gotchas": The Making of a Progressive Fiscal Conservative
First, to set the backdrop: I'm retired, disabled, and have an annual income of around $20,000. It's been a frightening last couple months for me. Try as I might to take advantage of any ...
|The Fierce Reality of Rural
Greetings from Rock County, Minnesota. I'm in the middle of lunch, where do you think the bun of my fish sandwich came from? A hint: probably more than a hundred miles from here. Most of the worlds ...
|Midwest Floods: Farm Catastrophe?
For the past few weeks I've been waiting to do another flood diary. But there ain't been much news- we've had a slow melt here in southern Minnesota, same in northern Iowa. Thus the flood ...
|Public Workers Speak: Are We Overpaid?
I spent most of my adult life driving trucks. My first long term gig was for what was then called Continental Baking, AKA Wonder Bread & Hostess Cake. We were Teamsters, but under a "second tier" ...
|Testing DK4- Ignore if you please...
We've struggled with DK4 for a bit over a week now. As a rural blogger who fights for bandwidth on a daily basis I was concerned that DK4 would take most of a growing season to load. Well, it wasn't ...
|Floods: Sandbag Central is Open for Business!
61,000 filled sandbags was yesterdays production at "Sandbag Central" in Fargo, North Dakota. Yup, you read that right- the filled 61,000 sandbags yesterday, and they're just ramping up production. ...
|DK4=the End of Rural Diaries?
My original plan was to kick off a diary series on midwest flooding today. Yea, I know it's still cold out there, but today is opening day at Sandbag Central in Fargo. Yup, they've got over 100 ...
|Pensions Work: Lessons from a Retired Teamster's Holiday Luncheon
First, let me tell you about my neighbors in Florence, Minnesota. Both are guys in their late 50s/early 60s, they worked hard all their lives and you can see it in their hobbled walk and limited ...
|Repug road underfunding setting the stage for rail?
Today's journey was eastbound along US Highway 14 from almost South Dakota to Mankato. We'd had a bit of snow and wind monday and tuesday, but nothing approaching blizzard standards. I'd driven home ...
|Rural Passenger Rail: Let a hundred Empire Builders bloom!
Yesterday we had freezing rain, this morning brought a dusting of snow. US Highway 14 received a bit of attention from MNDOT, resulting in a wet strip in the center in spots. The right hand ruts are ...
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