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Lawsuit accuses Wild in Boogaard death

As if the NHL, with its lockout, doesn’t have enough problems … Jeff Klein of The New York Times writes: “It is a single lawsuit and, at that, a legal action in its infancy. But the lawsuit brought by the family of former Minnesota Wild Derek Boogaard against the NHL's players union could lead to some novel and tumultuous territory for the sport. … The lawsuit alleges that the Wild and the New York Rangers, the two teams for which Boogaard played as a designated fighter, contributed to his death. It says doctors for the teams repeatedly prescribed painkillers and other drugs to Boogaard, even after his addiction to those kinds of drugs was known.”

Things haven’t gotten any easier for Rebecca Treptow. In the Strib, David Chanen writes: “An Anoka County woman convicted of road rage last month was back in court Thursday, asking to be released from the county workhouse because she suffered a miscarriage Sunday after staff repeatedly ignored her pleas for help. Rebecca Treptow, 33, has been serving part of her sentence at the workhouse because it was easier to monitor several serious health issues and take care of her three special-needs children through furloughs. She didn't find out she was pregnant until after she was sentenced earlier this month.”

Not so fast there, Padre. Christopher Magan of the PiPress reports: “Authorities in Illinois have found a 16-year-old West St. Paul girl who was allegedly trying to run away to Mexico with her 39-year-old church pastor, according to the Dakota County Attorney's Office. Gustaro Resendiz Talabera faces a felony charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct and two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of parental rights, according to the Dakota County Attorney's Office. Police tracked Talabera and the 16-year-old girl by their cell phones to a relative's home in Joliet, Ill. Talabera is in the process of being extradited back to Minnesota and the girl is in police custody. Family members believe Talabera was having an affair with the girl who is a parishioner at a church where he serves as a pastor, according to the charges. The charges further state that one of Talabera's sons told police his father believed the girl was pregnant and that's why they were attempting to flee to Mexico.”

Well, here’s one we lost to South Dakota. Dave Shaffer of the Strib writes: “American Engineered Products, a Minnesota manufacturer of flagpoles, is moving its business to De Smet, S.D., about 100 miles northwest of Sioux Falls. The company, which also makes slot machine bases, plans to hire 15 to 20 employees who will begin working Nov. 1, according to the South Dakota governor's office. … Audrey Saylor, American Engineered Products vice president of operations, [said] the company is making the move ‘to significantly reduce our monthly production costs.' She also said it is an ideal setting to raise a family.”

Prior Lake lawyer Riley Balling has a view of how same-sex marriage affects his marriage. In a Strib commentary, he says: “Same-sex marriage falls short of producing safe environments for children because it, at the very least, reinforces changes to the marital definition. Historically, before the sexual revolution, society's definition of marriage was focused on the raising and bearing of children. A man married a woman; they had children, and did practically everything around the raising of those children. The interests of a parent became tertiary to the interests of their children and their spouse. Currently, as a society, we have wavered from this traditional motivation, and many, not all, view marriage as a venue for self-fulfillment. This modern view is directly culpable for the rise in broken homes and its resulting negative effects. Because same-sex marriage is made possible by this modern view of marriage, if we make same-sex marriage equivalent to traditional marriage, we only more firmly impart to future generations that marriage is about personal fulfillment.” What a crazy romantic …

Why we have government regulation … Josephine Marcotty in the Strib reports: “The eagles are back, the fishing is good and, 40 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, the length of the Mississippi River that flows through the Twin Cities is healthier than it's been in a generation. The findings, released Thursday, show that decades of effort have reduced the flow of industrial pollutants, storm water runoff and human waste into the nation's largest river at the point where it begins its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, they focus attention on the river's emerging threats. The Mississippi also contains rising levels of new contaminants from household products and pharmaceuticals that could affect the health of both wildlife and people, bigger surges of water from bigger storms and significantly more pollutants from agriculture and urban runoff.”

At MPR, Martin Moylan looks at the status of Richard Schulze’s plan to buy back … Best Buy: “Before he spends between $8 billion and $9 billion for Best Buy, Schulze has to be sure he is not offering too much and that the company has a good future. Schulze may know the consumer electronics chain inside and out, but his partners in the deal need to know what they'd be getting into. … To get lenders on board, Schulze must convince them Best Buy will generate sufficient profit to pay back billions in loans needed to complete the deal. And to win additional billions in commitments from private equity investors, Schulze has to convince them the deal will deliver hefty returns. ‘I don't think they like anything less than 30 percent over a five-year period, and probably more,’ said Stephen Quinlivan, a mergers and acquisitions attorney with Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis.” If he’s guaranteeing 30 percent, he’ll find plenty of takers.

Democratic 1st District Congressman Tim Walz and GOP challenger Allen Quist had their first debate Thursday. Heather J. Carlson of the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports: “Walz emphasized his willingness to work across the aisle to get things done. He repeatedly referred to Quist as an "extremist," citing his opposition to the proposed Farm Bill. Walz said that if voters want more gridlock in Washington, his Republican opponent deserves their vote. ‘We have a group of extremists. Allen says he wants to join them,’ Walz said. Quist responded by demanding an apology from Walz for calling him an extremist. … At times, the debate turned personal. Walz called Quist a ‘hypocrite’ for accepting $600,000 in farm subsidies while railing against government subsidies. He also cited a statement Quist made when he ran for Congress two years ago in which he said that Democrats are a bigger threat to democracy than terrorism. ‘I didn't serve this country in uniform for 24 years to be compared to a terrorist,’ Walz said.” I still miss Mike Parry.

Local author William Souder (“On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson”) writes in an MPR commentary: “Famous in her lifetime, Rachel Carson is today largely unknown, except by people old enough to remember her work — or young enough to have learned about her in an environmental studies class. But her legacy is enormous, and the controversy that greeted ‘Silent Spring’ dominates public debate over the environment to this day. … The chemicals industry — and its allies in government — fought back against ‘Silent Spring.’ Critics dismissed the book as hysterical and one-sided. Its author, meanwhile, was described as an agent of the far left, and probably a Communist. Carson's critics saw ‘Silent Spring’ as inimical to U.S. economic interests and therefore fundamentally un-American. Here, then, was the source of the bitter, right/left divide that has animated the environmental debate ever since. On one side are the voices of science and those concerned with the balance of nature; on the other side stand economic incentive and the powers that be — the massed might of the establishment.” Today she’d be called an “enviro-nazi.”

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Purpose of Marriage

So if we follow Mr. Balling's line of reasoning, married couples who don't intend on procreating should not be allowed to marry, and divorce should be outlawed. Did I get that right?

Or is it, heterosexual marriages fail all the time, and if we stop gay marriage, then heterosexual marriages will fail less.

Mr. Balling's agenda

may simply be that of the Mormon church. A bit of google discloses that he is a graduate of Brigham Young University, leading me to conclude that he likely is a member of that church. As most who follow the issue know, the LDS church has been one of the most active opponents of gay rights in the U.S.

Again with the irresponsible commentary.

You can't just declare an historical fact, you have to prove it. This idea that marriage has historically organized around one man and one woman and child bearing is simply daft. This is nothing more than 50's nostalgia pretending to be history. I remind everyone that in many cultures polygamy has been (and continues to be) a norm for thousands of years. Furthermore marriages have historically served several purposes ranging from treaty obligations to wealth acquisition. This is NOT an attempt to recognize or preserve traditional norms, it is an attempt to codify nostalgic religious fantasy in out constitution.

Stop self-fulfillment!

There is no way to prevent the moral decline of our society, and in the institution of marriage, until we get rid of the insane notion that people choose to marry to make themselves happy. The only way around it is to get rid of the idea of mutual consent. Marriages should be arranged by the couple's parents, without regard to what the couple might think or want.

The time to act is now. Self-fulfillment, my left foot.

I understand Mr. Balling's concerns, however

...while it's true that the leftist view of marriage may well include same sex households, human biology procludes that view from ever making it equivalent to traditional (ie: biologically viable male\female) marriage.

The point of this comment, is, Mr. Swift?

If the gay couple are lesbians, of course they can participate in a biologically viable marriage by producing offspring with the assistance of a sperm donor.

And if the couple are male, they can, with the assistance of a surrogate, produce biological offspring.

At least one of Mr. Romney's male offspring used a surrogate in the production of one of Mr. Romney's grandchildren.

Your arguments against same sex marriage are getting a little tiresome. Whole countries allow it without incident. Canada, for example.

That country seems to be biologically viable.

Mr. Balling Shares a Standard Conservative Limitation

Having lived untroubled lives where following all the conventional rules worked out well for them,...

they believe that all the problems of the world could be solved if everyone would just follow their example.

Of course their self identification as paragons of virtue might likely be disputed by their family members and associates,...

but believing that the only reason other people aren't as successful and self-satisfied as you are is because they haven't followed your own admirable example certainly seems to justify your lack of empathy and compassion (i.e. people who are not like me do not deserve consideration or understanding except, perhaps, if they are seeking to become like me).

That blissfully ignorant approach to life works for such people right up until something major goes wrong in their lives and they have to face the reality that bad things really do happen to good people,...

after which some of them grow up into actual adults with deeper, broader understanding and a more forgiving, less judgmental faith perspective; able to say "there, but for the grace of God, go I,"

and others simply deny reality and become even more deeply knee-jerk, judgmental, angry conservatives.

Mr. Balling and De Smet

As others have noted, Mr. Balling is somewhat disconnected from reality. Much of his complaint is about what he’s characterizing as “modern attitudes,” and has, literally, absolutely nothing to do with anyone’s sexual orientation. Self-absorbed parents intent on finding "fulfillment" come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ethnic groups, income levels and sexual orientations. The proposed amendment will do nothing to alter their self-absorption.

De Smet, South Dakota has a population of 1,089, and its chief claim to… um… fame is that is was the childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder (“Little House on the Prairie”), and the town hosts a Laura Ingalls Wilder festival every July. De Smet has a swimming pool, a golf course of indeterminate quality, and is only 6 miles from South Dakota’s largest natural lake.

I’d guess American Engineered Products is not moving to De Smet because of its world-class infrastructure, and yes, their production costs should be considerably lowered – median household income, according to the last census, was $27,760, and median family income was $41,989. In other words, they’re used to low wages in De Smet, and the taxes are probably quite low by Minnesota standards. My guess is that significantly increased shipping costs, however, might take a big chunk out of that advantage.

I suppose it might be a “ideal setting to raise a family” if your cultural and recreational expectations are not too high, and isolation appeals to you. That said, it might be an interesting test – if any of its current employees besides Audrey Saylor, were to follow the company to South Dakota – of the degree to which electronic media can make up for, or substitute for, the economic, cultural and recreational advantages of a metropolitan area.

I spent my high school years on a farm, I don’t mind the physical isolation of genuinely rural areas at all, and I've lived in similar (very) small towns, but I’m not sure that necessarily makes those kinds of circumstances “ideal” for raising a family.

Swift biology

Marriage is not a biological necessity, it's social construct. One need not be married to procreate, ask any rabbit. There is no biological necessity associated with marriage.