Favorite Local News of the Week – Bridge Reflections, St. Paul Inline Marathon, and Good Question from DeRusha

We all remember the I35 bridge tragedy last year. WCCO put together a special bridge retrospective with perspectives from survivors, responders, officials, and more. I can’t believe it’s been a year.

I was on the phone wishing my mom a happy birthday at the time. I live pretty close by and remembered seeing some smoke, then hearing some sirens. I didn’t know what it was so I closed the windows so we could hear our conversation.

Tonight I walked toward the Stone Arch bridge just before 6:00pm to call her again for happy birthday wishes. She really appreciated it as I was explaining the scene and the moment of silence nearby. It certainly makes you appreciates life.


The Woodbury Bulletin put out a nice article regarding a high school junior skating her 6th inline marathon, which is this Sunday’s St. Paul Inline Marathon. It’s a great story, although I admit to being a little frustrated that major news outlets don’t cover this event. Last year I remember seeing one of the major’s putting a blurb about it, but it was only because of closed roads during the event.

If you’re an indie, small, or major local news outlet, this marathon is the 2nd largest in the country with approximately 2,000 skaters, both local and international with a huge amount of fans with cowbells and shout-outs rooting people on. I imagine readers would find this event very interesting.

Side note – barring storms, my nickel is on Ed Kohler finishing very close or even beating the 1h 30m mark. I will not and will be at 2+ hours. Nonetheless, we’ll both be hanging at the pre-race expo tomorrow geekin’ with gadgets.


I always enjoy the Good Question segments from Jason DeRusha, and a recent Good Question is regarding hedging. Some beeping came at the Carlson School of Management’s entrance and they provided some humorous banter. Jason never disappoints.

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6 Responses to Favorite Local News of the Week – Bridge Reflections, St. Paul Inline Marathon, and Good Question from DeRusha

  1. Ed says:

    Nice prediction. I did a 1:29:07.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’m so glad you wrote about this! I agree, it was great to see Alyssa’s skating fundraiser get some press (I for one had no clue about in-line marathons before this). It’s been a great fundraiser for CommonBond’s affordable housing, and it’s wonderful that the coverage brought some attention to the sport.

  3. Paul Jahn says:

    Thanks Elizabeth and I’m glad you chimed in. I didn’t know about CommonBond’s housing until reading the Woodbury Bulletin article myself. I hope Alyssa had a great race!

  4. […] over year, things went very well. I dropped my time from around 1 hour 35 minutes to 1:29:07. Big props to Paul Jahn for his accurate prediction of my finish […]

  5. Heather says:

    I too was reminded of the bridge collapse this weekend and recalled being in Memphis, trying to get through to you that night. I eventually made a late night phone call to the parents to find out if they’d heard from you. Thanks for being the responsible brother and notifying them so we weren’t all left wondering if you’d fallen in the drink!

    Congrats on finishing the race. You make me so proud! (wiping a tear from my eye…ha!)

  6. Paul Jahn says:

    Heather, if you saw my time (2h 21m) you might not be so proud. 😉 Redemption next month though at the NorthShore.

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