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birkebeiner ski race canceled for only second time in history


the country’s largest cross-country ski race, the american birkebeiner, surrendered to mother nature on friday and canceled this weekend’s premier race, delivering a gut punch to thousands of skiers, race organizers and western wisconsin towns that depend on the annual economic boost.a weeklong brush with springlike weather destroyed snow-covered trails that had been in near-perfect racing condition a week ago. but organizers and skiers held out hope thursday that an incoming storm would give them what they needed for saturday’s races, which were expected to draw 11,200 skiers from 40 states and 23 countries.it didn’t.“as of now, we barely have 10 snowflakes on the ground from it,” said ben popp, executive director of the american birkebeiner ski foundation. organizers inspected the trails






birkebeiner ski race canceled for only second time in history


the country's largest cross-country ski race, the american birkebeiner, surrendered to mother nature on friday and canceled this weekend's premier race, delivering a gut punch to thousands of skiers, race organizers and western wisconsin towns that depend on the annual economic boost.a weeklong brush with springlike weather destroyed snow-covered trails that had been in near-perfect racing condition a week ago. but organizers and skiers held out hope thursday that an incoming storm would give them what they needed for saturday's races, which were expected to draw 11,200 skiers from 40 states and 23 countries.it didn't."as of now, we barely have 10 snowflakes on the ground from it," said ben popp, executive director of the american birkebeiner ski foundation. organizers inspected the trails






with felony conviction barring top markham mayoral candidate, effort is underway


the south suburban mayor who has aggravated battery charges pending against him for allegedly punching and breaking an umpire's jaw during a youth baseball game in june was defeated tuesday in a bid for re-election.monee mayor jay farquhar was unseated by monee trustee james popp, who received...






birkie organizers scramble to save week of races


the esteemed american birkebeiner ski races in hayward, wis., that draw upward of 10,000 skiers could be reduced to a run when all is said and done.organizers announced tuesday afternoon more contingencies to deal with warm weather and rain that has made big swaths of the ski trail system unusable and forced the cancellation of several birkie week events. plans seem fluid, and already the iconic finish of saturday’s race marathon in downtown hayward has been called off because of conditions.“the birkie staff and board are hard at work and pulling out all the stops,” said birkebeiner executive director ben popp american in a news release that listed three scenarios:• hoping for measurable snow friday, race officials said there is a slim chance for a one-way, timed raced for the marathon, ko






measure s campaign bucks sheriff's dept. demands on 'eviction' mailers


backers of measure s refused monday to comply with county demands tied to a campaign mailer that mimics an eviction notice, arguing that concerns about misleading tenants are “quite overblown.”the mailers are emblazoned with the phrase “eviction notice” under the words “county of los angeles sheriff’s department.” below, in much smaller print, the mailer mentions the measure s campaign committee and the aids healthcare foundation, its chief financial backer. the reverse side urges angelenos to vote for the ballot measure and includes a quotation from eviction defense network executive director elena popp, along with the campaign logo, phone number and website address.“the mailer has a photograph of the eviction defense network advocate on it — who could possibly believe that this was an ac






depaul university's new president is catholic school's 1st non-ordained leader


depaul university leaders named a. gabriel esteban the school's newest president thursday morning, the first lay leader in the history of the 119-year-old catholic university.esteban, originally from the philippines, currently is president of seton hall university in new jersey.he was formally introduced to an audience of students, faculty and staff at a brief event in chicago on the lincoln park campus. depaul's trustees unanimously selected esteban after a five-month international search process.esteban becomes depaul's 12th president, replacing the rev. dennis holtschneider. he will formally assume the post july 1."it is truly a privilege to serve as the university's first lay leader," esteban said. "i look forward to the opportunity to continue to enhance depaul's academic reputation a






palo alto players announce slate for 2017 season – the mercury news


palo alto players’ artistic director patrick klein on jan. 28 revealed the troupe’s slate of five plays for its 2017 season.the season, which the company is calling “the worlds turned upside down,” includes “million dollar quartet,” “peter pan,” “the laramie project,” “rock of ages” and “the man who e to dinner.”it will be the 87th season for palo alto players, the oldest theater company on the peninsula. all shows are staged at the lucie stern theatre in palo alto.• “million dollar quartet,” sept. 15-oct. 1. book by colin escott and floyd mutrux; original concept and direction by mutrux. broadway al based on true story of when sam phillips brought elvis presley, johnny cash, jerry lee lewis and carl perkins into the same session at sun records studio. songs include “blue suede shoes,” “si






warm weather is melting winter economy in minn., wis.


for every minnesotan welcoming this weekend’s warm weather, there’s another putting away skis, skates or a snowmobile and wondering whatever happened to the cold. springlike temps are in the twin cities’ forecast for much of the rest of february, meaning winter’s fans might be the only ones getting frosted.“it’s going to be 50 ridiculous,” said dawn bentley, executive director of the art shanty project on white bear lake, a beloved event that has artists reimagining the traditional ice fishing house into a conversation booth, a dance party and more. bentley said most shanties will stay put for now, but she’s taking frequent bore samples of the lake ice to make sure it’s thick and safe.it’s not just moods that are threatened. small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in dange






warm weather is melting winter economy in minn., wis.


for every minnesotan welcoming this weekend’s warm weather, there’s another putting away skis, skates or a snowmobile and wondering whatever happened to the cold. springlike temps are in the twin cities’ forecast for much of the rest of february, meaning winter’s fans might be the only ones getting frosted.“it’s going to be 50 ridiculous,” said dawn bentley, executive director of the art shanty project on white bear lake, a beloved event that has artists reimagining the traditional ice fishing house into a conversation booth, a dance party and more. bentley said most shanties will stay put for now, but she’s taking frequent bore samples of the lake ice to make sure it’s thick and safe.it’s not just moods that are threatened. small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in dange






warm weather is melting winter economy in minn., wis.


for every minnesotan welcoming this weekend’s warm weather, there’s another putting away skis, skates or a snowmobile and wondering whatever happened to the cold. springlike temps are in the twin cities’ forecast for much of the rest of february, meaning winter’s fans might be the only ones getting frosted.“it’s going to be 50-ridiculous,” said dawn bentley, executive director of the art shanty project on white bear lake, a beloved event that has artists reimagining the traditional ice fishing house into a conversation booth, a dance party and more. bentley said most shanties will stay put for now, but she’s taking frequent bore samples of the lake ice to make sure it’s thick and safe.it’s not just moods that are threatened. small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in dange






warm weather is melting winter economy in minn., wis. towns


for every minnesotan welcoming this weekend’s warm weather, there’s another putting away skis, skates or a snowmobile and wondering whatever happened to the cold. springlike temps are in the twin cities’ forecast for much of the rest of february, meaning winter’s fans might be the only ones getting frosted.“it’s going to be 50-ridiculous,” said dawn bentley, executive director of the art shanty project on white bear lake, a beloved event that has artists reimagining the traditional ice fishing house into a conversation booth, a dance party and more. bentley said most shanties will stay put for now, but she’s taking frequent bore samples of the lake ice to make sure it’s thick and safe.it’s not just moods that are threatened. small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in dange






warm weather is melting winter economy in minn., wis. towns


for every minnesotan welcoming this weekend’s warm weather, there’s another putting away skis, skates or a snowmobile and wondering whatever happened to the cold. springlike temps are in the twin cities’ forecast for much of the rest of february, meaning winter’s fans might be the only ones getting frosted.“it’s going to be 50-ridiculous,” said dawn bentley, executive director of the art shanty project on white bear lake, a beloved event that has artists reimagining the traditional ice fishing house into a conversation booth, a dance party and more. bentley said most shanties will stay put for now, but she’s taking frequent bore samples of the lake ice to make sure it’s thick and safe.it’s not just moods that are threatened. small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in dange






warm weather is melting winter economy in minn., wis.


for every minnesotan welcoming this weekend’s warm weather, there’s another putting away skis, skates or a snowmobile and wondering whatever happened to the cold. springlike temps are in the twin cities’ forecast for much of the rest of february, meaning winter’s fans might be the only ones getting frosted.“it’s going to be 50-ridiculous,” said dawn bentley, executive director of the art shanty project on white bear lake, a beloved event that has artists reimagining the traditional ice fishing house into a conversation booth, a dance party and more. bentley said most shanties will stay put for now, but she’s taking frequent bore samples of the lake ice to make sure it’s thick and safe.it’s not just moods that are threatened. small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in dange






the i-405 toll-lane experiment: how’s it working for drivers, and the state?


it’s been more than a year since the state opened the 17-mile toll corridor along interstate 405. it offers a quicker drive for those willing to pay up to $10 a trip, but has angered many drivers still stuck in heavy traffic.each weekday morning, thousands of eastside commuters have to decide what’s more important, time or money.they can suffer in the crowded general traffic lanes of interstate 405. or they can choose the quicker left lane and pay tolls that average $3 — but reach the $10 maximum for at least a few minutes most weekdays.now in their second year, the i-405 express toll lanes succeed for some people and fail for others. kinks are still being worked out.even drivers who don’t use the toll lanes save an average of five minutes in the morning for the 17-mile trip from lynnwood