In the late 1980s when Tejas restaurant was still in downtown Minneapolis, I often went there while visiting friends in the Twin Cities. I remember the food was fine, but the Chocolate Chili Cake was supreme.
In 2005, a coalition of Midwestern corn growers, giant agribusinesses, environmental groups and politicians anxious to assuage public concern over dependence on foreign oil joined together to mandate the addition of ever increasing amounts of ethanol to our gasoline. This was never a good idea, but we now know it is even worse than we imagined as we’ve learned more about its impact on our environment, our transportation infrastructure and our economy.
We were delighted when they set a relish tray before us at the Farmer Dell Steakhouse & Lounge on a recent Saturday night. You just don’t find that much anymore. And if you do, the relish tray is skimpier than it used to be.
Foreclosures have skyrocketed in Duluth, on the Iron Range and across Northeastern Minnesota. In St. Louis County, foreclosures jumped from 219 in 2005 to 476 last year, according to HousingLink, a nonprofit. In Carlton County, they tripled from 41 in 2005 to 124 last year, reflecting the forest industries’ national economic woes.
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