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Posted by Kris Lindahl on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 12:00pm.

Congrats WILD!

As an official sponsor of the Minnesota Wild, the Kris Lindahl Team would be remiss in not offering up our heartfelt congratulations to the team for their huge win on Monday night at Excel Energy Center.

According to media reports every pub in every corner of St. Paul had the tube set to watch the game and fans started rolling in hours before the puck dropped.

Not only did our Wild shutout the Blues (3-0), but they took the lead in the finals. Game 4, also against the Blues, gets underway tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. With a 6-1 record at home in the playoffs we’re expecting nothing less than another huge Wild win.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments a Mess

If your kids came home from school yesterday frustrated by the problems they confronted when trying to take their standardized tests, tell them they’re not alone. They are among the thousands from across the state who met glitches in the system.

It’s a bit like Yogi Berra’s “déjà vu all over again” – this is the first year of a new contract for educational testing company Pearson – the state ditched their last company over these same problems.

The exams have been temporarily suspended, but since MCA testing is set to close on May 8, district officials across the state are beyond frustrated, claiming they may need to extend the deadline if the problems continue.

It appears that Pickets work

Remember last month when employees picketed outside St. Paul’s United Hospital? They’re union workers (SEIU Healthcare Minnesota) and they’ve just been granted a guaranteed minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. Guess the squeaky wheel DOES get the grease after all.

The new agreement covers all seven Allina Health hospitals, including the aforementioned United and also HealthEast Care System here in St. Paul.

Have some fun this weekend

One of the best ways to get over the hump in the middle of the week is to make your weekend plans – it gives you something to look forward to. St. Paul’s Spring Art Crawl may just be the cure for the mid-week blues and it starts this Friday.

Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, St. Paul’s artists throw open the doors to their studios for all of us to ooh and ahh at what’s inside. The best spot to start is Lowertown, but don’t stop there. There’s a full calendar of events all weekend long. Check it out at stpaulartcrawl.org.

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