I read “Study finds correlation between GAF, cancer rates” with great interest, followed by dismay that preliminary, unscrutinized, and possibly quite flawed results had been released by the Bottineau Neighborhood Association and reported credulously by your newspaper. By way of background I am a Northeast resident, a cancer epidemiologist by training, and Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Based on the reporting in the Northeaster and elsewhere, there are some serious problems in both the execution and interpretation of the study.
Justus Sanchez and Emily Reese of KBEM Radio experienced lutefisk for the first time January 20, 2018, and lived to tell about it. Their light-hearted documentary about the dedicated folks who make it happen at First Lutheran Church of Columbia Heights is here.
A sixth-floor aerie in the California Building was the setting for a Valentine’s day-themed glassmaking class on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Malcom Potek’s Potekglass Studios offers “Try-It” introductory classes. This one was called “Hearts and Wine,” and its nine students included couples who were there as gift recipients.
A popular community gardening site has been deemed “surplus property” by Hennepin County and the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CP). The county and the railroad issued a request for proposal (RFP) to purchase the site on the corner of 37th Ave. N.E. and University Ave. N.E. on Feb. 9.
The shooting of Philando Castile resonates well beyond his death. The tragedy brought renewed awareness to the racial component of police traffic stops, protest demonstrations and multiple arrests, prolonged investigations, and even a scholarship fund in Castile’s name.
In the more than 40 years since the last barrel of beer left the Grain Belt brewhouse, the city around it has changed enormously. And building by building, the brewing complex that once produced 500,000 barrels a year has itself gradually caught up with the 21st century.
The St. Anthony Planning Commission voted Feb. 26 to recommend Continental Property Group’s proposal to the City Council. However, it tacked on an amendment that urged the council to strongly tie the financing of future housing projects to increased levels of affordable housing in the city. The move came near the end of an emotional, nearly three-hour public hearing. More than 60 people were in attendance.
GAF, founded in 1886, has become North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing. The business operates a shingle manufacturing plant at Lowry Avenue and the Mississippi River in the 4th Ward. Over the years, residents have raised concerns about the odors from the plant and its environmental impacts.
Starting in April, some Columbia Heights residents might be putting three refuse containers out at the curb instead of two. April signals the start of the city’s curbside organics recycling program—a voluntary effort designed to augment its trash and recyclables pickup.