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Gay Sex Panic Over School’s Rainbow Window Decal Useless
Sometimes a rainbow is just a rainbow, especially when it’s in an elementary school. That’s what some parents are learning after raising concerns about a rainbow flag seen in a window at a school in Willmar. After receiving complaints, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Holm investigated Rainbow and determined that it was not used to indoctrinate children in the LGBTQ+ world, and that it only reported nor that the children received any sexual education (the horror!). Turns out it was just used as a cute decoration for kids learning more about colors and color theory. “Elementary schools dating back to the beginning of time were decorated in the colors of the rainbow,” Holm explained via Willmar Radio. “[The decorations] weren’t quite in the same configuration of a rainbow flag, and I don’t believe there was any hidden intent or meaning there.
St. Paul’s Suburban Purple Line: Maplewood Probably Out
The Purple Line has been in pre-development hell for about 25 years, but $475 million later, it’s still unclear how, when and, perhaps most importantly, where it will be built. Once dubbed the “Rush Line,” the route was originally supposed to connect downtown St. Paul to downtown White Bear Lake, with stops at Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, and White Bear Township. Last spring, White Bear Lake retreated over fears that public transit would detract from its small-town feel. Now, it looks like Maplewood is planning to backtrack on a mall. Once an ally, Maplewood Mayor Marylee Abrams voices her opposition after learning that the Metro Council was seeking to use eminent domain to demolish the Birch Run Station mall, which she discovered after receiving a tip. A lack of communication or collaboration is the main reason she cites for withdrawing. “This new route is something the Met Council is doing to us here in Maplewood. They don’t do it with us,” Abrams said at Monday’s city council meeting. The issue will be discussed in more detail on October 24.
Saint Paul relinquishes the mandate of Vax
Don’t you hate it when your employer forces you to follow basic health rules so you don’t help spread a deadly pandemic? Well, we have good news for you: In a “victory” for public employees, the City of St. Paul has announced that it has dropped its vaccination mandate for city employees. Unlike other mandates, St. Paul regulations did not allow them the option of periodically testing negative for Covid as an alternative – it was take the hit or hike. But the warrant was never enforced as the unions took the case to court, and in June a Ramsey County judge ruled that Minnesota labor laws required the city to negotiate with the unions or to request arbitration.
GREAT PUMPKIN NEWS
Travis Gienger knows how to handle a fucking pumpkin! The Anoka-based horticulture teacher and gourd enthusiast just won first prize at the Safeway World Pumpkin Weighing Championship in California with a pumpkin weighing 2,560 pounds. It’s a new North American record, organizers told NPR, and it’s not Gienger’s first pumpkin to steal the show either — he won the award in 2020 with a 2,350-pound plant. While no massive specimen could land the world record, which apparently belongs to a 2,703-pound pumpkin grown in Italy last year, we still commend Gienger for those abnormally chonky antlers.