Plans for Ford site excite, encourage neighboring businesses in St. Paul

The 1800’s Paddle Wheel replica “Pearl of the River” cruises the shore of Lake Pepin on a early October evening.

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Blake Montpetit said he took a chance by knocking down a wall of his St. Paul sports bar to make room for another 110 customers. Now that Ryan Cos. has revealed its vision for redeveloping the former Ford site, Montpetit said the expansion of Tiffany Sports Lounge looks like a pretty safe bet.

‘We feel a lot better about it,’ Montpetit said Thursday. ‘It’s not such a gamble after the presentation last night.’

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Eek Fest, reptiles, comedy and more: What’s on around Edmonton this weekend

On the hunt for Halloween couture? The Citadel’Costume Sale returns to’the Citadel Theatre’Friday and Saturday with outfits starting at $5.

The vistas of Jasper National Park are the backdrop for the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival with talks, walks and stargazing kicking off Friday and wrapping up Oct.’21.

Like authors, and reading books? Then the Litfest Festival is for you,’on until Oct.’21 at various Edmonton venues.

Pop culture, comics and costumes, along with a’Halloween vaudeville show, make up’Eek Fest‘at St. Albert Place on Saturday.

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The Latest: Georgia crops hit hard by Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) ‘ The Latest on the impact of Hurricane Michael’s destructive path across the southeastern U.S. (all times local):

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Georgia’s Department of Agriculture is coordinating efforts to assist recovery in Southwest and Central Georgia, areas most affected by Hurricane Michael.

Commissioner Gary W. Black, in a news release Thursday, said crops, animals and infrastructure have all taken a substantial loss because of the storm.

Black says poultry contributes $23.3 billion to Georgia’s economy and has reported the most widespread power outages and losses. He says 84 chicken houses, estimated to have held more than 2 million chickens, were destroyed. The farms, dairies and processing plants affected were in Appling, Colquitt, Coffee, Decatur, Evans, Houston, Mitchell, Randolph, Lee and Wilcox counties.

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The Latest: Michael caused estimated $8B in insured losses

Damaging winds also drove much of the cotton crop to the ground for a total loss or tangled it, making it harder to extract clean lint during the ginning process. Assessments for peanuts and pecans are ongoing.

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An insurance company that produces models for catastrophes is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8 billion in insured losses.

Boston-based Karen Clark & Company released the estimate Thursday. It includes the privately insured wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial and industrial properties and automobiles. The figure does not include losses covered by the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Latest: More than 530,000 NC households without power

Fast-moving Michael was leaving North Carolina behind with rivers rising and more than 530,000 households in the dark.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s office said the power outages were concentrated in central North Carolina’s Piedmont region, as trees and power lines toppled under the pressure of winds of up to 60 mph.

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Flash flooding was snarling the state’s two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as the university town of Chapel Hill. Dozens of swift water rescues and evacuations were needed in the Piedmont region as well as the state’s mountains and foothills.

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