Minnesota to host national LGBT meeting this week
Minneapolis will host more than 160 national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates this week for an event where participants will celebrate legalization of same-sex marriage measures and discuss how to push the movement forward.
The event will run from Tuesday to Aug. 2. The Equality Federation Institute, a partner with state-based LGBT advocacy organizations, will sponsor the event, which attracts gay rights supporters, national leaders and lobbyists.
Officials said Minnesota was chosen to host the meeting because of its “spectacular three years” in advancing rights of gay and transgender people, including defeating a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in 2012 and then legalized such unions a year later. The state passed antibullying legislation in 2014.
DNR to give free training on fighting zebra mussels
In the battle to stop the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species in Minnesota’s lakes and rivers, the state Department of Natural Resources is offering free training Aug. 6 for lake businesses to learn how to decontaminate boats.
For the second year, the agency will teach lake service providers how to pressure-wash boats with 160-degree water to kill off any invasive species.
The sprayed water is captured in a mat so it doesn’t wash into lakes and streams, then it is filtered and reused. The businesses then could offer the service to their customers.
The class will take place 1-4:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Tonka Bay Marina in Excelsior. To preregister by Thursday, contact April Rust at email@example.com or at 651-259-5706.
KELLY SMITH @kellystrib
Council, mayor reach agreement on street fix
Rutted stretches of 11 heavily traveled streets in St. Paul will be milled and repaved with asphalt this year, following the City Council’s approval Wednesday of Mayor Chris Coleman’s street repair plan.