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Red Lake Band of Ojibwe set to reforest 50,000 acres


50,000 acres is a lot of trees. MPR’s Tom Robertson reports: “The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is gearing up to reforest 50,000 acres of tribal land. Red Lake was once a sea of red and white pine forest stretching across the reservation. But tribal officials say the federal government mismanaged the forest starting in the early 1900s. The pine trees were cut down and never successfully replanted. Red Lake sued the federal government and won a $53 million settlement in 2001. The tribe is using that money to grow its own pine seedlings.”

Just what the GOP is looking for … another “No New Taxes” candidate. Tim Pugmire at MPR writes: “Former state Rep. Phil Krinkie said he’s considering a run for U.S. Senate next year, because he says neither of the current Republican candidates can mount a competitive race against incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar. ‘I don’t see us with a candidate in the race that I think can give Senator Klobuchar a truly competitive race,’ he said. Krinkie, a small business owner and the current president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, said he’s concerned about what’s going on in Washington.”

The Minnesota State Fair Art Show has been taking some knocks in recent years. Too much “art” about cows and cute kids, or something like that. Stribber Mary Abbe says the work is better this year: “Smartly judged and sensitively displayed, the show has genuine Minnesota flavor without the cornball clichés that blighted last year’s exhibit. Animals are in surprisingly short supply, with goats and poultry getting way more attention than cattle — which seem, shockingly, to have escaped artistic attention for the first time in many years.”

T-Paw will be back on the road next month. The AP reports: “Pawlenty is scheduled to address an energy company’s gathering at a posh resort in California in mid-September. It’s about a month after he ended his White House bid following a disappointing third-place finish in Iowa’s GOP straw poll. The speech at Royale Energy’s West Coast Energy Summit Conference in Santa Barbara was announced by the company on Thursday. Earlier this year, Pawlenty was commanding five-figure appearance fees through an arrangement with a speakers’ bureau.” A question: What would Pawlenty have to say for you to pay five figures?

The Grand Dame of Twin Cities foodie writing, Dara Moskowitz, has filed her Fair favorites for MPR. In part, she says: “I love the same food everyone does, my must-visit, top three unbudgeable State Fair foods being:

1) Roast corn
2) Mini donuts
3) Cheese curds
I know, I know, no surprises there. I’ll confess I also have two newish tastes that I never miss, which are: 1) Whatever James Beard award-nominated pastry chef Michele Gayer is doing at her Salty Tart presence in the Midtown Global Market booth. (This year she says it will be fresh strawberry parfaits.) 2) Harry Singh’s “doubles,” in the food building. Doubles are the street foods of Singh’s native Trinidad, spicy bits of chick pea-based fry-bread filled with curry. He never makes them at his Eat Street, Nicollet Avenue, restaurant because they’re too casual, and are best made in big batches for big crowds, so if you want doubles in Minnesota, you have to go to the State Fair.”

More teens are getting vaccinations. The Strib’s Maura Lerner writes: “The share of Minnesota teenagers getting key vaccinations rose sharply from 2009 to 2010, according to a survey released Thursday, but state health officials say more progress is needed. For the first time, more than half of the state’s teenagers were vaccinated against a serious form of meningitis. The survey also found an increase in two other vaccines recommended for adolescents, including the HPV vaccine, which guards against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.”

She wore the wire and she’s done the time. Tom Petters crony Deanna Coleman has been released from prison. David Phelps of the Strib says, “Coleman, 45, is the first alumnus of the $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme that brought down former Wayzata businessman Tom Petters, to conclude a prison sentence. Her release comes just weeks shy of the third anniversary of her trip to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis to tell stunned federal prosecutors about the decade-old fraud, triggering a criminal investigation that is still ongoing. … She got a little more than a month cut off her sentence for good behavior. She will remain on probation for three years and faces a $3.5 billion court-ordered judgment that accompanied her 366-day prison sentence.” So let’s see, if she gets a job at Macy’s cosmetics counter, she’ll have that $3.5 billion paid off in …

Greg Sargent at The Washington Post’s “Plum Line” blog goes after George Will and others who misread the situation in Wisconsin: “Ever since the Wisconsin standoff began, the conservative narrative about it has been built on a clear and demonstrable falsehood: That the voters of Wisconsin endorsed Scott Walker’s controversial proposals, and that Dems fighting them were subverting the people’s will. … George Will’s column today — “Liberals’ Wisconsin Waterloo” — recycles this myth yet again.  … The only problem with this is that it has nothing whatsoever in common with reality. In fact, what actually happened is that voters never had a chance to pass judgment on the radical aspects of Walker’s agenda at all before he enacted it. This is a matter of simple, demonstrable fact. Walker never campaigned on any explicit promise to roll back public employee bargaining rights — indeed, this is precisely what triggered the outpouring of protest in the first place. You don’t have to take my word for this. Listen to Politifact — and even to Walker himself. At the outset of this fight, Walker tried to claim that he had, in fact, campaigned on his union-busting proposals. But when Politifact asked Walker’s aides to produce evidence of this, they were unable to provide anything even remotely convincing, and Politifact pronounced the claim ‘false.’

Speaking of Walker, the governor has (finally) declared a state emergency in three northwest counties following a massive blowdown around the Fourth of July and another smaller event this month. The Wisconsin Journal says: “Severe storms in July and early August left nearly 2 million cords of wood on the ground. Local governments and the timber industry are racing to clean up the mess before the wood rots or catches fire. The DNR has been assessing the problem for weeks ahead of Walker’s declaration.”                                         

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by John Kessler on 08/26/2011 - 06:41 am.

    Timmy would have to pay me. Low five figures sounds about right for time I would never get back. In advance please. In cash.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/26/2011 - 09:31 am.

    I hope the Red Lake Band of Chippewa will not discover that, due to global climate change, the land that was once covered in pine will no longer support such a forest.

    If Mr. Krinkie thinks Minnesotans are going to elect him to office so that he can represent Grover Norquist, et al, and serve the citizens of Minnesota by completely ignoring their needs,…

    he needs to think again (if, indeed, it’s possible for reality to puncture the dysfunctional worldview he and his ilk are trapped within).

    –been there, done that.—

    Former Gov. Pawlenty’s speaking fees would seem to indicate that certain types of people have WAY too much money and are willing to pay handsomely for anyone who’s willing to tell them exactly what they want to hear.

    Sadly, those same folks would boo off the stage and likely have arrested anyone who went before them and tried to tell them actual facts and truth.

    Regarding Gov. Walker’s election, although his previous behavior while in other political offices made clear what he was likely to do if elected,…

    and there were people raising the specter of that likelihood,…

    the wealthy-owned media in Wisconsin (as is the case everywhere else, too) ignored those concerns and only covered the horse race (money race, popularity contest) aspect of the governor’s race,…

    and treated Walker with the admiring, sycophantic, kid gloves offered the new political “celebrity” of the moment,…

    and, thereby made sure that the information the public needed about who he REALLY was and what he would REALLY do was obscured by massive barrages of political campaign ads funded by the Koch brothers.

    The deeper question is, now that the fabulously wealthy have the levers of power firmly in their grasp, especially following the “Citizens united” decision, will the public EVER be informed enough to make choices that will not ultimately destroy their own lives and, eventually, our nation?

  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/26/2011 - 03:21 pm.

    Royale Energy was formed by members of the Hosmer family, two of whom are current Co-Presidents. The CFO brother earned his MBA at Oral Roberts U. The company’s tech. specialist’s area is “the generation and evaluation of oil and gas prospects and the application of geological technologies to the exploration process.” In other words, perhaps, fracking.

    Might Royale have its eye on Minnesota? Do its owners think Tim Pawlenty can help?

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