It’s the road that runs past Buck Hill

As many of you know by now the 35W Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed. My sincere hope is that all who read this and all the people in their lives are safe and sound. For those who aren’t from around here, not only is 35W a main traffic artery here in the Twin Cities, but it’s also the road that takes you to Buck Hill (Buck Hill!)

Last night while I sat glued to the KARE 11, running a weird sort of command post receiving and sending updates to friends and family, I got a comment on wondering about Paul and Chris Mars’ safety.

At first, I kind of shook my head and wondered about people. But then I remembered hearing reports from the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe that Alex Chilton was missing and being hella concerned.

For many, the moment they hear Minneapolis they think The Replacements/Paul Westerberg immediately. I guess when you live here, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind.

As far as I know (and as far as the Man Without Ties Message Board knows) he’s fine. As I said on I haven’t heard anything about an injured or missing rock star.

No news is good news, I guess.

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  1. mmr421 02.Aug.07 at 12:28 pm

    that was me who left that comment on iwilldare. I had CNN on at the time, and i was hearing about drowning death(s?) and a school bus; then i thought, “well the only thing left is the ‘mats, anything happen to them? maybe this blogger will know” and as a immature californian i can’t say i know anything about Minnesota. I feel like an a-hole for but it was nice to read about your concern for alex chilton when katrina hit. so sue me

  2. Jodi 02.Aug.07 at 12:35 pm

    Don’t feel like an asshole. It’s totally cool, and if I didn’t live here the ‘mats might have been the first thing I thought about too.

  3. Color Me Impressed 02.Aug.07 at 1:52 pm

    That’s really sad to hear, but I’m glad Paul and Chris and their familes are OK. Sounds like the government is actually trying to help this time around, which is good to hear also.