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Edina Cinema to Reopen After $1.5M Makeover

Plus a local 'Bachelorette,' a band van heist, and eviction-o-rama in the MN courts in today's Flyover.

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Movies Are Coming Back to Edina

Great news for retirees who like to talk to each other during movies! The Edina Cinema on 50th Street looks like it’s making a comeback, according to Axios. The movie house, which was most recently operated by Landmark Theaters, never reopened after shutting down for the pandemic, but now the Bloomington-based Mann Theatres is stepping in. (They own the Highland and Grandview in St. Paul, and once owned the Edina, so they know a bit about running a small, historic theater.) There’s a $1.5 million renovation in the works, with a $200,000 grant and a $300,000 (potentially forgivable) loan from the city. Hopefully Mann will keep bringing the small arthouse flicks to the Edina that otherwise won’t screen the area. Oh, and of course, Racket loves all seniors, even the ones in Edina. But come on... shhhhhh!

Protections Down, Evictions Up

Evictions are back, MPR News reports. As Minnesota gradually lets up on renter protections that were put in place back during the when we were still acknowledging the pandemic, renters who often owe a pretty big lump of back rent are facing eviction proceedings again. These cases are currently being slowed if renters have applied for assistance from RentHelpMN, a temporary federally funded program designed to funnel federal dollars to renters. The bad news is, the program is facing significant delays in processing those claims. 

What Kind of Asshole Steals the Gully Boys' Van?

It’s no secret: We’re fans of local rockers Gully Boys. See? Racket has been less forthcoming about another issue: Our disdain for thieves, specifically of conversion vans—and musicians’ gear. If you felt the rage coming off our keystrokes just now, that’s because Gully Boys’s 1996 silver Ford Econoline 150 was nabbed over the weekend, with their gear inside. The vehicle was stolen in Minneapolis’s Powderhorn neighborhood sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the band reports. Keep your eyes peeled for the license plate 230-XDG; the Ford is nicknamed Dad. “Help bring dad back home,” Gully Boys said via Twitter, while cataloguing the various amps and pedals housed inside Dad. 

Love Isn’t Dead—It’s in Minneapolis!

What do you do when you’re a young, sexy single looking for love and/or a career as an Instagram influencer? You make your way onto a national television game show, obviously! The 176th season of The Bachelorette kicks off tomorrow night, and this installment features a dump truck of Minnesota flavor. Michelle Young stars as a lady looking for love via extreme dating challenges with a large group of strangers. So far she’s a local celeb done good—in high school she played on a winning Woodbury basketball team and now she teaches elementary students in Burnsville. Local suitors include Joe, a former Gophers basketball player whose bio states that he “loves snacks,” and Bryan, a former Vikings lineman who says he has some questions for Socrates and finds orchids “majestic.” According to spoilers found on Cosmopolitan, filming locations include Lake Minnetonka, Semple Mansion, and Target Field.

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