Friday Opinuendo: On a bright day in December and road risk

Art ahead

It’s mid-August already, and the days are shortening. Shortly come the short hours of light and the long hours of dark, along with the rituals and rhythms that help us through. Here’s something to look forward to: Word comes that the new Minnesota Museum of American Art will open to the public on Dec. 2 — “with a full day of free, family-friendly experiences.”

The museum, in downtown St. Paul’s historic Pioneer Endicott buildings, will have been under construction for almost a year, according to a release from the Museum, which also notes: “The Minnesota Museum of American Art is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota, with roots stretching back to the 19th century. Based in St. Paul, the M currently holds more than 4,500 artworks that showcase the unique voices of American artists, guided by the belief that art should reflect the constantly shifting landscape that defines the American experience.”

The grand opening in December 2018 will make accessible 20,000 square feet of exhibition, learning, and gathering spaces, the release said, and in late 2019, the museum will expand further, with the opening of its permanent collection galleries.

 

Risky-road days

Our friends at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued a statement calling our attention to the need for attention during the risky-roads days of summer.

“As Minnesotans remember their sunscreen, bug spray and other essential supplies for end-of-summer getaways, they also need to remember safe choices on the road. We’re entering the final stretch of the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day) on Minnesota roads. Making good, simple decisions can prevent the life-changing stories that have affected too many families through the first 75 days.”

DPS reports that 90 people lost their lives in Minnesota traffic during the first 75 of the “100 deadliest days.” Of the 90 deaths, DPS says:

  • At least seven are known to be distraction-related.
  • 25 are speed-related.
  • 22 are alcohol-related.
  • 14 were not wearing their seat belts.
  • 31 were motorcyclists. Of the 31 motorcyclists who died, 22 were not wearing a helmet.

 

Further, please be careful out there, Opinuendo sayeth not.

 


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