Fans celebrated big Sunday after the Packers won the Superbowl. Green Bay is alive with excitement, according to this piece on Minnesota Public Radio today:
"The entire state of Wisconsin had been bursting with anticipation since Green Bay defeated its archrival, the Chicago Bears, two weeks ago to earn its first berth in the title game since 1998. But here in the Packers' hometown, a blue-collar, industrial city of about 100,000 people slogging through another bleak northern winter, the excitement approached frenzy-like levels," the piece says.
"On Sunday, Packer banners hung from almost every other front door. A giant sign on the roof of St. Vincent Hospital proclaimed the facility loves the Packers. People used green-and-gold spray paint to decorate snow drifts with "Go Pack Go!" Everyone on the streets was decked out in Packer gear."
Even kids in Green Bay will get out of school early today so they can give a warm welcome home to the Packers.
Central magnet school?
Today Winona school leaders will talk about Central Elementary and whether it will become a magnet school, which is a school that offers specialized courses.
"Advocates for keeping Central open have been vocal supporters of a science, technology, engineering and math magnet school, but estimates prepared by district staff and presented at the board meeting last week show the total cost of a magnet at Central would top $460,000 - more than any other option," according to today's Winona Daily News.
Over in New Ulm, school officials are looking at ways to save money. They want to go to a four-day school week, according to an Associated Press story on Minnesota Public Radio today:
"Superintendent Harold Remme says the district could save about $135,000 a year on busing and about $70,000 on utilities and by reducing staff hours," the article says.
In media news...
A big story circling around the Internet today, including today's Los Angeles Times, is that AOL is going to buy the Huffington Post:
"In a bid to make itself relevant again, struggling Internet pioneer AOL Inc. announced late Sunday that it would buy the Huffington Post, the well-known news and opinion site, for $315 million in cash and stock," the LA Times says.
"As part of the deal, Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington will oversee a new group responsible for bringing together all editorial content from both companies including news, technology, music and local media websites."
Alternatives to health care mandate
Health care policy experts are looking at the possibility of replacing the part of the new health care law that says all Americans must have health insurance, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Stawicki:
"Last week, a second federal judge struck down the mandate as unconstitutional; two other judges have upheld it. The Supreme Court will likely settle the issue in a couple of years. But in the meantime, some observers are proposing alternatives," the story says.