At NBC Sports, Mike Florio has interpreted Gov. Mark Dayton’s support as preferring Arden Hills over Minneapolis: “After several days of meetings with the team, league officials, and legislative issues, Dayton has decided to support the Arden Hills option, with Minneapolis as a fallback. ‘I’d want a stadium to be in Minneapolis rather than Los Angeles,’ Dayton said, per the Associated Press. ‘The only site the Vikings are willing to consider, and put four to five hundred million dollars into, is Arden Hills.’ ”
The full AP story says: “Dayton said Wednesday he’s ready to throw his political weight behind a new, publicly subsidized football stadium that would be built on a site preferred by the Minnesota Vikings. … But he still must convince skeptical Republican legislative leaders, who couldn’t block him from calling a session but whose support would be crucial to passing any stadium bill.”
They done gone and captured one of them alleged hog rustlers. Dar Danielson of Radio Iowa writes: “A Minnesota man has been charged with the theft of several hundred feeder pigs in northern Iowa’s Mitchell County. Deputy Sheriff Greg Beaver says 44-year-old John Arnold Arndt of Hayfield, Minnesota was arrested Tuesday in Minnesota by deputies from his department with help from Mower County Minnesota deputies. He faces several felony counts in connection with the thefts. He says it ranges from 200 to 700 head of hogs. Beaver says an alert deputy was able to get the information needed to track down Arndt. The deputy was in the area of the hog thefts in early September and was able to make a traffic stop, and information from that stop eventually led to Arndt’s arrest. Beaver says Arndt quickly turned the animals into cash. ‘Our information and investigation has determined that the hogs immediately went to a sale barn after they were stolen, so Mr. Arndt didn’t have them in his possession very long, and he did sell them,’ Beaver says.
There could be more people charged in this case.”
Skip Humphrey has picked up a new gig. Brett Neely at MPR says: “Hubert ‘Skip’ Humphrey III is joining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to head the agency’s newly-formed Office of Older Americans. Humphrey, the son of Vice President and former DFL Sen. Hubert Humphrey, served as Minnesota’s Attorney General for 16 years between 1983 and 1999. In a blog post on the agency’s website, Humphrey, who at age 69 is himself a senior, explained his new office’s mission. ‘While we will help track down scams and enforce the law, we will also educate seniors on how to identify and avoid scams before they put their home and savings at risk,’ wrote Humphrey.” Maybe they can track down the Jamaican guy constantly calling my mom.
The alleged financial scam of the day involves a guy named David Blaine … Welliver. Tom Steinert-Threllkeld at Security Technologies Monitor reports: “The SEC filed a complaint in Minnesota federal court against Welliver and his eponymously named Dblaine Capital for borrowing $4 million and placing a portion in worthless securities, as a requirement of the lending. And not disclosing this to investors. That, of course, was against the Dblaine Fund’s investing guidelines, the SEC noted in its action in U.S. District Court. So was spending “at least $500,000 of the $4 million” for Welliver’s personal benefit. The regulator alleges that Welliver bought himself a new car, vacations, meals, home improvements, jewelry and back taxes. He also tried to educate his son, paying for his college tuition, the SEC said.” If you have a sick fascination with this stuff, the full story is pretty detailed.
Simultaneous with the “Occupy” protests, credit unions are making a push for big-bank business. A piece by Myriam Digiovanni at the trade site Credit Union Times notes: “Credit unions across the country have been making the most of the opportunity that Bank Transfer Day represents. In Minnesota, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union has expanded its ‘Ditch Your Bank’ awareness campaign to include advertisements that question the new fees. Launched on Friday, Oct. 7, the ads, which take a swipe at the ‘cloak and dagger fee structure’ also highlight the credit union difference of transparency and helping members hold onto as much of their money as possible. The multimedia blitz includes digital billboards, radio spots and newspaper ads. ‘Minnesotans shouldn’t feel like they’re held hostage by financial institutions that continue adding new fees, charges and rate increases,’ said Kyle Markland, president/CEO of the $1.4 billion Affinity Plus.”
There’s a salmonella outbreak in the state. At Kansas State’s cleverly titled Barfblog (“Safe Food from Farm to Fork”) Doug Powell writes: “The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are investigating illnesses in at least six people in Minnesota that are connected with a recall of organic shell eggs due to contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The contaminated eggs were traced back by the MDA to Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, where environmental testing confirmed the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis. Larry Schultz Organic Farm is cooperating with the MDA investigation and has issued a voluntary recall of the products.”
The editorial board of the Minnesota Daily is the latest to have its say on the Minnesota Catholic bishops “encouraging” a campaign against gay marriage: “If a certain church decides not to confer a marriage covenant as defined by their religion upon a gay couple, they have the constitutional right to do so. However, imposition of those beliefs on the rest of society is not just wrong and impractical; it is also unlawful church influence on the state. These bishops are unacceptably exercising their power as a religious institution — there are about one million Catholics in Minnesota — to restrict the rights of other Minnesotans who may have different beliefs.”
Whoa! Easy, coach! Matt McKinney of the Strib writes: “An argument at the Midtown YWCA between a girls’ basketball coach and the parent of a player spilled outside and ended with the coach firing a gun at the parent, according to a criminal complaint. No one was injured in the confrontation at 2121 E. Lake St. last month, but the coach, Paul H. Hill, 45, of the 2600 block of 18th Av. S., was charged Oct. 6 with second-degree assault and has been banned from all YWCA facilities. The victim told police that he and Hill got into an argument in the Y on the evening of Sept. 29; it escalated into a shoving match before Hill became enraged and shouted ‘I’ve got something for you!’ several times, according to a search warrant filed by the Minneapolis police. He then went to his wife, who was standing nearby, took her car keys and left the building. The victim could see Hill drive away, according to court documents. Ten minutes later, at 6:22 p.m., the victim stood on a walkway near the YWCA when Hill’s vehicle pulled up next to him and stopped. The vehicle’s front passenger window was down. Witnesses told police they saw Hill fire a handgun at the parent from about 20 feet away, missing him, before driving off.” Now, don’t tell me how to run a triangle offense!