Edina Happy Hour, Pink Water and Gay Marriage: Pick of Our Patches

This week's selection includes lots of school news, including state Teacher of the Year and Robbinsdale's top educator for 2013.


The amendment removes part of the city ordinance governing prices of alcoholic beverages at Edina's restaurants. 

The Joint Powers Water officials that oversee the area's tap water supply are aware of the situation. The colored water is harmless in normal doses.

Three Catholic churches in Richfield recently affirmed they will be following the lead of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, urging members and others to vote yes on the anti-gay marriage amendment.

 The 10th-grade English teacher at Edina High School is first-ever Teacher of the Year from the district.

 Kristine Browers, a biology teacher at Cooper High School, was named the district's Teacher of the Year.

Students were evacuated from the Earle Brown Heritage Center, but nothing was found.

U.S. News and World Report released its annual report Tuesday.

The family members were killed and several others injured April 1, after their their box trailer converted into a recreational vehicle lost control and crashed into a ravine on Interstate 35 in Kansas.

Two 50-unit apartment buildings could be constructed near Arbor Lakes as early as next spring.

Hopkins officials worry some of the communities have been scared off by unwarranted fears about the demands it would place on city staff.

 Rashad Cohen plans to continue his track career at St. Cloud State.

Elaine Wynne May 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM
It seems difficult for some members of the Catholic and Baptist faiths when confronted with the anti-gay marriage amendment. There is a way to deal with this inner conflict...The State of MN already has a law on the books that says marriage is only between a man and a woman. You can hold that belief and still vote No on the amendment. It is important to decide carefully when to amend the Constitution of our state. At one time it was against the law in many places for a black person and a white person to marry. That law has changed. It is much more difficult to change the Constitution. If you have one single doubt you should vote "No" on this amendment, only because you think it should not be in the Constitution of the state.
Easy Vulcan May 14, 2012 at 01:36 PM
This is exactly why we need a constitutional amendment~! Elaine says, "That law has changed", above, reminding us that laws are easier to change. If you feel that Marriage should only be between a man and a woman, voting No means that this law will change, and soon. This is the goal. Voting "Yes" this Fall is the only way to truly guarantee that Marriage remain as it is today.
Fran Sepler May 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Easy Vulcan, if my religious beliefs aren't the same as yours, why should yours be put into our civil constitution? I don't understand that those who have been claiming a lack of religious freedom can simultaneously impose their religious beliefs on me and others of my faith and other faiths whose leaders have opposed the amendment.
Easy Vulcan May 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Fran, our constitution is based on religion. Am I missing something?
James Warden May 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I'm wondering if we need to rethink our belief that the Minnesota Constitution really is harder to change than state laws. We're seeing constitutional amendments precisely because the proposals couldn't make it through the law-making process. In other words, amendment supporters see it as an easier process than one that forces them to go through the governor. So I think it's more accurate to say that constitutional amendments pose different challenges than state statutes, not necessarily greater challenges. Of course, the situation would be different if a single party ever gained control of both legislative chambers and the governor's office. And the above only applies to the Minnesota Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is clearly a whole different level of difficulty. Still, I don't think we can take it for granted anymore that the Minnesota Constitution is so much harder to change. What do y'all think?


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