‘Brave’ hunter admits to unknowingly killing Hope the bear
The (insert epithet) who killed Hope the bear came forward Tuesday. The AP says: “A Minnesota black bear who became a worldwide star when her birth was broadcast over the Internet is presumed dead after a hunter came forward to report that he had shot the animal without knowing it was her, a researcher said Tuesday. Researchers last saw the yearling bear named Hope on Sept. 14. Lynn Rogers, senior researcher at the North American Bear Center and its affiliated Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, said he was contacted Tuesday by a hunter who said he killed the bear when it came to his bait station alone on the evening Sept 16. The hunter told Rogers he would not have deliberately shot Hope and didn’t know she was the same bear. However, Rogers said, the hunter also did not express remorse.”
Don Davis of the Forum papers files a piece on the ongoing repair situation at the Capitol building: “Workers removed chunks of marble from the Minnesota Capitol exterior in recent weeks, meaning scaffolding protecting visitors from falling debris soon will come down. But work will continue on the 106-year-old iconic building. A report on the status of the outside marble is due in a few weeks, complete with estimates of what further work would cost and how soon it should be done. … A $4 million dome-repair project this summer is pretty much completed and planners are ready to replace the rest of the Capitol roof next year. Inside, some water damage remains to be repaired and a dozen large windows in the dome must be replaced next year. Workers have replaced outdated air-handling equipment and are upgrading the heating system. … The state has spent $13.4 million since 2008 and this year’s Legislature approved another $4 million.”
Iron Range politicos want a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Forest Service. The AP says: “[L]awmakers want the DNR and Minnesota attorney general to sue the U.S. Forest Service over its management of a fire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The five DFL legislators say the state of Minnesota owns thousands of acres of forest that were burned by the fire. They argue that because Forest Service officials chose not to put the fire out immediately when it began in August, they should be held accountable for the loss of valuable state resources. State timber sales help fund the state’s K-12 schools.” That’d be like suing Peter to pay Paul, wouldn’t it?
Speaking of cranking up your lawyer, Bob Shaw of the PiPress covers legal action against DuPont for trees damaged and killed by their super-duper lawn fertilizer, Imprelis: “It has been applied to at least 6,200 lawns in Minnesota and thousands of others across the country. In about 14 percent of the Minnesota yards, damage to ‘nontarget’ plants was reported to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Nationally, lawsuits are winding though court systems. At a hearing set for today, a court in Philadelphia will decide whether the claims can be grouped together for a collective lawsuit. But also hurt are the reputations of lawn care companies. They now have to explain to customers why their green lawns came at the price of their trees.”
To no one’s surprise, 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack is against it. “It” this time being high-speed rail from here to Duluth. The AP says: “Cravaack said he doesn’t support spending money on a venture that can’t pay for itself.” Presumably, this also applies to the Pentagon, the CIA and public schools.
Hey, the ratings weren’t that great anyway. A PiPress story reports that Minnesota’s Messiah’s Men have been bounced from competition on NBC’s “The Sing Off”: “Messiah’s Men, who are originally from Africa, competed in a bracket against Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix and Sonos, but their a cappella rendition of ‘People Get Ready’ by the Impressions was not enough to keep them in the competition.”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Meg Jones reports on the anti-cheese billboard near Lambeau Field: “It’s one thing to bash cheese here in America’s Dairyland, but quite another to use a beloved Cheesehead hat to cast aspersions on the food that’s as much a part of Wisconsin as beer and bratwurst. A cheese war of sorts has broken out over a billboard scheduled to go up this week near Lambeau Field. The billboard features a Cheesehead-clad, scythe-carrying Grim Reaper cautioning about the health hazards of eating cheese. When the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine paid thousands of dollars to install the billboard on Highway 41 in De Pere, which many Packers fans will see on their way to Sunday’s game, word got back to the St. Francis company that makes the famous cheddar apparel. The Cheesehead hat makers were steamed.” And you know they’ll brawl if you touch their cheesehead.
Also at the Journal-Sentinel, Daniel Bice dogs Gov. Scott Walker on the immunity granted his chief spokesman: “For the second time in recent days, Walker tried to cast some doubt on news reports regarding the investigation being conducted by the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office over the past 17 months. ‘To me, you look at any of the stories that you and others have been a part of — you’ve either got people who don’t know what they’re talking about as sources or they’re violating the law,’ said Walker, who added that he has not been contacted personally by investigators. Prosecutors did subpoena emails from Walker’s campaign shortly before the November 2010 general election. The campaign has hired former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, now a criminal defense lawyer.”
Target has bought up the site where at one time a 50-story luxury condo was going to rise on the Nicollet Mall. Janet Moore at the Strib writes: “The Minneapolis-based cheap chic retailer has expanded its real estate empire along the city’s signature thoroughfare, nabbing parcels at 10th Street just across from its headquarters. The three parcels had been under the control of a partnership called 10th & Nicollet LLC, which includes United Properties, owned by the Pohlad family, and Pratt Ordway Properties of Vadnais Heights. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, one downtown real estate expert said the property likely brought a price of $11 million to $13 million. … Previous plans to redevelop the site — including a condominium tower and a mixed-use tower including office and retail space — never reached fruition in a tough economy. … Target already purchased the former Church of Scientology building at 1013 Nicollet Mall for $3 million. Meanwhile, Pratt Ordway will maintain ownership of the adjacent Handicraft Guild building at 1004 Marquette Av. and has asked United Properties to help redevelop that site.”