Governments' Lighter Side It is an irreverent take on local and state government news. en Mayor McCheese of McDonaldland inaugurated in Washington days before Donald Trump <div class="node-body blog-body">Donald Trump isn’t the only civic leader getting inaugurated in Washington this week. The esteemed and longtime mayor of McDonaldland, Mayor McCheese, assumed the duties of McDonaldland President in Washington on Tuesday. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Governments&#039; Lighter Side Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:58:00 +0000 75561 at Arkansas bridge stands tall despite demolition attempt <div class="node-body blog-body">The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department got a rude awakening when its attempt to detonate a bridge failed completely.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Governments&#039; Lighter Side Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:19:00 +0000 73911 at Dog gets elected to be township's mayor for third term <div class="node-body blog-body">Duke, a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees, recently won a reelection as honorary mayor of 1,039-person Cormorant Township, marking his third term in the post.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Governments&#039; Lighter Side Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:06:00 +0000 73041 at <p>Duke, honorary mayor of Cormorant Township, Minn.&nbsp;Screenshot via PigMine 5 | <a href="">YouTube</a></p> The cat's out of the bag... er, the library <div class="node-body blog-body">A cat fight has resulted between a Texas community and its city council after the council voted to evict its public library’s feline mascot of six years. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement Facilities Governments&#039; Lighter Side Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:06:00 +0000 71881 at <p>Browser the library cat. Image via the White Settlement Public Library.</p> New York City gets salty on salt content <div class="node-body blog-body">A New York City appeals court has ruled that the city can enforce a requirement that chain restaurants must post warnings on menu items high in sodium content.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health & Welfare Governments&#039; Lighter Side Fri, 27 May 2016 17:11:00 +0000 71371 at <p>A salt shaker. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Playing with fire <div class="node-body blog-body">Four new firefighters have been accused of calling in fake emergencies to local police so that they could savor the excitement of riding in fire trucks.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fire Governments&#039; Lighter Side Thu, 19 May 2016 20:39:00 +0000 71291 at <p>Image via <a href="">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.</p> Sign of surrender <div class="node-body blog-body">Frankfort N.Y. Mayor Frank Moracco has been accused of stealing 111 street signs from the New York State Department of Transportation to give to his city's street department, free of charge.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Governments&#039; Lighter Side Fri, 13 May 2016 18:49:00 +0000 71141 at Houston man shuts down highway for proposal <div class="node-body blog-body">A Houston interstate became a deadlock highway of love recently when a man decided to obstruct Interstate 45 for an epic marriage proposal. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Roadways Law Enforcement Governments&#039; Lighter Side Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:37:00 +0000 69081 at New York's Strongest calendar features "faceless" sanitation workers <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week, New York’s Department of Sanitation released its 2016 calendar, featuring 14 of its sanitation workers, dubbed New York’s Strongest.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement Finance Waste Governments&#039; Lighter Side Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:19:00 +0000 68871 at South Dakota town is on the auction block <div class="node-body blog-body">Swett, S.D., a 6.16-acre, unincorporated town, has been placed on the real estate block at the reduced price of $250,000. The town, equipped with a closed bar, a house, purported to be haunted, and scenic land, originally had an asking price of $399,000, </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Finance Housing Governments&#039; Lighter Side Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:31:00 +0000 68581 at