As we all know, transparency and disclosure are the enemies of democracy. Jake Grovum at Politics in Minnesota reports: “The spearhead group backing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota said Tuesday it intends to only comply with current state fundraising disclosure laws, balking at more stringent requirements recently proposed by the Campaign Finance Board. In a news release, the Minnesota for Marriage campaign fired back against new proposed guidelines for disclosure that would require not only the campaigns to release detailed income and expenditure reports, but also the release of any donors who support nonprofits that eventually contribute to campaigns.” My dad used to say, “If you’re ashamed to put your name on something, you probably shouldn’t be saying it in the first place.”
So the dad spills the drink and … she slaps the kid? The Pierce County Herald reports: “A woman from Austin Minnesota is charged in La Crosse with hitting a five-year-old boy in the face, after his dad spilled a drink on her. Police said it happened 10 days ago during Oktoberfest in La Crosse. 32-year-old Angela Tuchek is charged with physical child abuse and disorderly conduct. Authorities said the man tried to apologize for spilling alcohol on Tuchek — but she [got] angry, tore a hat off the man’s head, and struck the child’s face.”
Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl, writing at MPR, notes that right about now is prime hops season: “Hops, of course, are the ingredient added to beer to make it “hoppy” — that is, astringent, perky, brisk, floral- and spicy-scented, and above all, bitter. They’re in season right now; hops harvesting has been taking place all through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas over the past month, and the first few weeks of October will see the release of a number of local ‘wet hopped’ beers which showcase the aromatic complexity of fresh hops. Surly ‘Wet’ will be released Oct. 10, at Tracy’s Saloon, after which it will be distributed around the state. Lift Bridge Brewery ‘Harvestor’ is due out on Oct. 8 at the Stillwater Harvest Festival, and will go to bars after that. The Brau Brothers ‘100 Yard Dash,’ from Lucan, Minn., is available now.”
Hey, they’re all about customer service. The St. Cloud Times story by Kevin Allenspach says: “The Minnesota Department of Revenue is launching a new online system to offer a variety of services to the state’s 400,000 business taxpayers. The new e-Services system replaces e-File Minnesota. The department will start transitioning businesses to the new system on Oct. 17. Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said the department has worked during the past four years to create an electronic filing and paying system that meets the growing needs of taxpayers. The e-Services system will provide business taxpayers a way to file and pay their taxes, as well as update their contact information, register new accounts and send secured messages to the department.”
It is very dry in outstate Minnesota. The Alexandria Echo Press says: “The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for portions of West Central and South Central Minnesota today from noon until 7 p.m. Wednesday. The warning is along and west of a line from Alexandria to Fairmont. It was reported that conditions will occur mainly during the afternoon and early evening hours today and Wednesday.”
What hedge funds want they usually get. Tom Webb of the PiPress says the fund with its teeth in the Regis Corp. wants … more: “An activist hedge fund is unimpressed by Regis Corp’s proposed cost-cutting measures and management changes, and will continue to press its proxy fight. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Starboard said it will keep pushing to install its own slate of three directors on Regis’ seven-member board, when shareholders vote on Oct. 27. Starboard’s slate wants ‘additional cost-cutting measures, including workforce reductions.’ ‘We believe the current board has failed to maximize value for shareholders and we have little confidence the board as currently composed will adequately address’ problem areas like the company’s lagging share price, its ‘bloated operating expenses’ and ‘excessive executive compensation,’ Starboard wrote in its filing late Monday.” Isn’t the hedgies’ carried interest deduction a badge of their “jobs creator” status?
Now what could this possibly lead to? The AP reports: “Wisconsin is pulling the plug on machines that roll cigarettes while you wait. The Department of Revenue has informed the machine owners they need manufacturing and distribution permits and other approvals for selling cigarettes. But owners, including Kurt Kruchten, say they are selling loose tobacco, not cigarettes. Kruchten operates Smokes-4-Less in Slinger. The roll-your-own stores sell loose tobacco and the consumer loads it into the machine, which rolls a carton of cigarettes in 10 to 15 minutes.”
When she said, “I make killer enchiladas,” maybe she meant it. Another AP story reports: “Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a 68-year-old North Dakota woman who, they allege, told staff at a hospital where she’s being treated that she had tried to kill her husband by serving him enchiladas laced with a potentially dangerous mixture of medicines. A warrant on an attempted murder charge was issued for 68-year-old Judith Tosseth, of Steele, who was admitted to St. Alexius Medical Center late last month for an undisclosed reason and who remained there today. According to the Kidder County Sheriff John Lemieux, Tosseth told hospital staff that she tried killing her husband, 69-year-old Russell Tosseth, on Sept. 23 by mixing the sleep aid Ambien and a blood pressure medication into his food. Russell Tosseth initially complained of not feeling good but has since recovered, Lemieux said.” Uh, copy desk … “not feeling good”?
Newspaper editorial boards regard civic boosterism as a kind of moral mandate. But in the case of the Duluth News Tribune, they did have all these out-of-towners going on … and on … about the place: “National experts on urban design and revitalization, community planning and other issues related to imagining and then realizing vibrant, wanna-live-there cities descended on Duluth this week. They came to celebrate accomplishments and to plot the next steps related to an intensive weeklong community planning process in 2005 that focused on Duluth’s eastern hillside and waterfront. During a stop at the newspaper yesterday morning they couldn’t stop talking up the progress that’s been made over the past six years and how Duluth has become a more walker-friendly, accessible, better-connected and more-vibrant place. It was actually a little embarrassing.” And then they all went down to the Club Saratoga for happy hour.
Remember Emily Litella? Dan Browning of the Strib, covering the family feud involving the local Wozniak family, reports on one of those … “never mind” moments.:“Victoria Alvina Morton wants to remove her uncles Dan and George Wozniak as trustees, citing alleged financial improprieties. Among her allegations is that Dan Wozniak took out a $550,000 loan from Pinehurst Bank, where he was purportedly a director, in the name of the trusts. The money was for a real estate deal from which Dan Wozniak allegedly benefitted. … He never served on the board of the St. Paul bank or its parent company, according to Tom Lohmann, the founder and former chairman of the board of Pinehurst Bank. The bank was closed in May 2010 by the state Department of Commerce, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver. … So why did Morton think her uncle was a member of the bank’s board? ‘We based our allegation that he was a Pinehurst board member on the fact that he has made statements declaring himself to be one — including the … web page advertising for his company, JMW Development,’ Dulce Foster, Morton’s attorney, said in a statement.”