Don't get mad at drivers who stay in an ending lane and merge at the very last second. They're actually doing the right thing and zipper merging. GoMN spent some time riding around with Ken Johnson, a Minnesota Department of Transportation work zone, pavement markings and traffic devices engineer. He explained how zipper merging works and why officials want you to do it.
Roundabouts: Some people love them, some people hate them. Wherever you stand, please use them correctly. The circular intersections are becoming more and more popular in cities around the state. Richfield, which is just south of Minneapolis, already has a few and is adding more this year. So GoMN met up with City Engineer Jeff Pearson to see what mistakes people commonly make with roundabouts. There are a couple things to think about as you're approaching a roundabout.
Police in southern Minnesota are warning dog owners to keep an eye on their pets after a resident made a disturbing report. Apparently someone had thrown meat into their yard for their dog, and there were fish hooks jammed into the food, according to the Austin Police Department's Facebook page. Police say the owner's dog had been chewing on the meat, but it doesn't seem like the pet ate any hooks.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".