Local food giant Supervalu is getting hammered. The third-largest grocery store chain in the country made the news this week when it axed more than 2,000 employees from one of its chains, Albertsons. Supervalu bought Albertsons in 2006, and this meant it bought Acme as well, which Albertsons bought in 2006. Previously, Acme bought Food Fair/Market Pantry, which bought the Seltzer chain in 1958, which purchased (timeline edited for space constraints) ... the Romanus Maximus chain, which bought the Rubrum Noctuam chain in 32 A.D. from Julius Caesar.
Updated: June 07, 2012, - 09:37 PM
If you ask me to name the most decisive battle of the Hundred Years' War, I might roll my eyes, point out that the colloquial name is inaccurate -- it was a series of conflicts, much like the World Wars of the 20th century -- and say it's hard to choose, but the 1429 rout of the English at Patay would certainly number among the crucial events. Gosh! you'd say, how do you know that?
Updated: June 02, 2012, - 03:52 PM
If you've been stumbling around in a fog for a few years, wondering which of all the plants in Minnesota is the most influential, you can relax: The University of Minnesota has settled the matter with a top 10 list. Potatoes are included. You may think, "Rarely have I been influenced by a potato. Seduced, perhaps. Intrigued, well, it goes without saying. But are they really influential?"
Updated: May 31, 2012, - 08:09 PM
This weekend is the start of summer, or, as the pessimists see it, the start of the end of summer. It's the only season whose conclusion seems built in to the official beginning. The mind leaps ahead: June zips by, then it's the Fourth, then the family vacation, then the State Fair: bang. School and bonfires, the nip in the air.
Updated: May 26, 2012, - 07:35 PM
It's been a slow news week. When you're running stories like "Minneapolis swimming pools rated among nation's wettest" or "Como Park gorilla yawns, scratches self," it's a sign the holiday is nigh. Good thing I have an exciting topic I've kept in the back pocket for just such a slowdown, and, no, it's not the plague of caterpillars some are reporting. I'll start worrying about an excess of caterpillars when they start coming through the second-floor window.
Updated: May 24, 2012, - 09:34 PM
It's Art-A-Whirl this weekend, where people walk around northeast Minneapolis galleries and look thoughtfully at things and say, "Hmmm." Occasionally someone will pause at a drinking fountain: Maybe it's art. Maybe it's intended to highlight our expectations of constant fresh water in a world where such things can be precious commodities. You look for a little card on the wall, and there it is: Bubbler / 1987 /Mixed media with plumbing.
Updated: May 19, 2012, - 04:40 PM
The city of Minneapolis is considering a change in the recycling arrangement: You won't have to separate your stuff. Dump it all in a bin, and it gets sorted out downstream by robots or elves. (They're still working on the details.) This may increase recycling, thus saving the planet. We all want a saved planet, if only for later. Where's that planet? I knew I saved one somewhere. Oh, there it is.
Updated: May 17, 2012, - 08:23 PM
It's the fishing opener! Many fish will be caught, and then opened. Anglers will throng to our 10,000 lakes -- 11,842 if you want to be specific. (It was 11,843 last year, but Lake Pluto got downgraded to a pond.)
Updated: May 12, 2012, - 04:58 PM
Of course we have a stadium. This was never in doubt. I don't believe it'll take until 2016 to build it; I think it's been sitting in a warehouse somewhere since 2010, and once the Dome's been blown to rubble, the foreman will say, "OK, boys, get 'er on the truck," and voila.
Updated: May 11, 2012, - 12:06 AM