img_0744a.JPGHello, everyone!  Thought I’d (mostly!) take a break from politics again to talk pretty pictures.

The pretty picture to the left was taken a couple of weeks ago on a bridge overlooking a river gorge on the Willard Munger State Trail between Duluth and Carlton, Minnesota.  (More pretty pictures of the view from that bridge can be found here.)  The gorge looks deeper than it should as the area is in the midst of a drought; though, what with some of the torrential rains that came through on Thursday night (Tower, Minnesota up on Da Range got nearly nine inches of rain!), that might not be the case any more.

Fall has arrived with a bang — or a thunderclap — here in Minnesota.  In the southern part of the state by the Twin Cities, we’re finally rid of the 90-degree temps we’ve had most of the past week; Thursday’s storms rolled through in front of two cool fronts, and now things are much more bearable around here.  I really should be out on my bike heading on down to the Farmers’ Market so I can pick up some bison burgers! 

Speaking of thunderclaps:  Remember the huge rains of the last part of August?  The ones that flooded big chunks of the Midwest, including southeastern Minnesota? Well, a certain Margaret Martin — who just happens to be married to Minnesota (Rich) Taxpayers’ League bigwig David Strom — is claiming that a couple of private $150,000 donations can take care of $72 million of flood damage in our state ($60 million in the city of Rushford alone, which was nearly wiped off the map), thus we don’t need to have a dangerous special session that might force rich people to pay more taxes.  And as far as I know, she hasn’t dropped any purple microdot recently.

So what’s shakin’ in your neck of the woods?