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People flocking to beaches and pools during this early summer heat wave are finding lots of empty lifeguard chairs.
What's happening: Pandemic-related closures at aquatic centers led to a slowdown in the training of new lifeguards, and the backlog comes as many summer-oriented businesses are forced to compete for workers.
Why it matters: Without lifeguards for parts of last summer, Minnesota saw a rise in drownings and near-drownings. Last year, 49 people died in non-boating drownings in the state, the most since 2011, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
Rochester-based Fiddlehead Coffee Co. is opening a hybrid shop-cafe on the ground floor of the newly built Fenley Apartments in Bloomington.
The intrigue: This is a bit of change-up from the developing trend of Twin Cities-based businesses rushing south to Rochester to take advantage of the Destination Medical Center-related boom.
Details: Fiddlehead will open in Bloomington in October at 8051 33rd Ave S., which is just east of Mall of America.
Five days into a stretch of 90-degree heat, the Twin Cities are poised to make it into the top three longest heat waves in the area's history if the forecast holds true.
Driving the news: Highs have hit 90 or above every day since last Thursday, and forecasters expect temps in the 90s through Friday. That would put the area at nine straight days of 90-degree weather.
Yes, but: The forecast calls for upper 80s Saturday through next Wednesday. A couple more degrees warmer and that's flirting with 1936.
Flashback: That heat wave 85 years ago was really something. It hit 108 on July 14, 1936, and 51 people died from the heat on that day alone, according to a Pioneer Press story.
What's ahead: Meteorologist Paul Douglas, who warned of a hot and dry summer weeks ago, is doubling down, saying the climate models "predict excessive heat into August."
The big picture: "One of the most robust conclusions of climate studies is that as average temperatures increase, heat waves are becoming more likely and more severe not just in the Upper Midwest, but worldwide," said Axios' Andrew Freedman.
Efforts to limit the amount landlords in the Twin Cities can increase apartment rent are heating up.
Driving the news: A coalition called Housing Equity Now Saint Paul has collected roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 signatures needed to get a rent control measure on the St. Paul ballot this November. They're hoping to have 10,000 by June 15.