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Comment My community still has this... (Score 5, Interesting) 171

...it's run by the local bank. It gives a quick advertisement for the bank, then time and temperature. Many organizations in town use it as the "official" temperature in town - "sportsball practice is cancelled if the temp is below X degrees, call time and temp for the temperature". It's number is 320-587-4700...not sure how many concurrent calls it can handle :-)

Comment Re:Why? You have to ask why? (Score 1) 813

My community of ~15,000 in outstate Minnesota just finished a 10 year project of burying _everything_ but the 69kV lines feeding their substations. We have a municipal electric/gas utility here, not a for-profit one. Reliability is much better now than it was 10 years ago...of course all of the underground stuff is new. Give it a couple decades... -Dave

4chan Declares War On Snow 201

With all the recent hacktivism in the news, Anonymous has decided to take on a new and powerful enemy: snow. On Sunday the group announced that it will "do everything in its power to shut snow down by attacking the Weather Channel and North Face websites, boycotting outerwear, and voting for the sun as Time’s 2010 Person Of The Year." I'm sure there are a lot of people in Minneapolis right now that would wish them luck.

Comment Re:Only 5 (Score 0, Offtopic) 239

MWC was bought by Alltel last year. In fact, they just announced plans to lay off many of the MWC employees at the company's headquarters in Mankato. They were a great company customer service wise, and in terms of how much they supported charities in Mankato & southern MN. It's kinda sad to see them get swallowed up.

For central/southern Minnesota, Midwest Wireless is by far the best carrier in terms of coverage. I laugh at the people who get a "good deal" with Sprint/Tmobile/etc, only to have dismal or no service as soon as they step off of a major highway.


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