The claim by a Minnesota firm that it was the Steve Jobs’ supplier for his iconic black turtlenecks hasn’t done the company any more good over the weekend. TIME’s Aylin Zafar adds this to the flap: “So, how did St. Croix run away with credit — and the sales — of Jobs’ signature style? The founder of [Minnesota-based] Knitcraft (producer of St. Croix), Bernhard Brenner, gave an interview affirming this relationship just a day after Jobs’s death. Brenner said Jobs would purchase two dozen of their turtlenecks each year, as well paying the company personal calls to say how much he enjoyed the shirt. Reps for the brand are now skirting around the issue, saying that it’s the first time they’re hearing that it’s not their shirt. Well, as long as they’re profiting off this lie, at least they’re dedicating $20 of each purchase toward the fight against cancer. Still, false advertising — bad look, St. Croix. Bad look.”
A piece by the AP’s Steve Karnowski offers yin and yang on deep mining near the BWCA: “Two executives looking on from Twin Metals Minnesota LLC say the project heralds a new era in mining for Minnesota. It promises ‘hundreds of jobs, if not thousands of jobs’ in a struggling region, said Bob McFarlin, vice president of public and governmental affairs. He described the mineral reserves as ‘vast, world class, possibly among the largest untapped nickel and copper resources in the world.’ But the site is near a jewel of the North Country, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, some 1 million acres of pristine wilderness that draws 250,000 visitors a year from around the world.”
The plastic-tent look didn’t last long at the OccupyMN. Rupa Chenoy of MPR writes: “The protesters, who are demonstrating for economic equality, placed several tents made of transparent plastic in the plaza Saturday afternoon, despite a ban on structures there. Ben Painter of Minneapolis said he was sleeping in one of the tents when, at about 1:30 a.m., more than three dozen sheriff’s officers arrived to remove the tents. Painter said he and about 70 other protesters formed a circle around the tents, but the officers dragged them away and took the tents down.”
Then … Nicole Norfleet of the Strib reports: “[D]emonstrators said they planned to erect more Sunday night on the periphery of U.S. Bank Plaza. That’s across the street from the Hennepin County Government Center, where demonstrators have been staked out for more than a week. A subcommittee of OccupyMN protesters decided Sunday night, as this edition of the Star Tribune went to press, to set up tents on the plaza area that’s city property, said Nick Espinosa, a protest organizer. Since that would put the group in the jurisdiction of Minneapolis police instead of Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, who confiscated 28 tents earlier Sunday, Espinosa said he hoped for a different outcome.”
Dateline: the Great City of Montevideo … Tom Cherveney of the West Central Tribune says: “Congressman [Collin] Peterson bagged a bird early and was with a party of hunters that harvested five roosters while chasing up lots of hens. Peterson rated the hunt as good as last year’s despite predictions that pheasant hunting would be poor due to an estimated 64 percent population drop from last year. Peterson has been a participant in an annual community hunt hosted by Montevideo, and had originally suggested to [Gov.Mark] Dayton that he make it the site for a first-ever Governor’s Pheasant Opener. By all accounts, getting birds was second to enjoying the morning’s sunshine, the countryside and wildlife, and taking opportunities for good-natured ribbing. Dayton and [House Speaker Kurt] Zellers joked that they had agreed to make Montevideo the site for a new Vikings stadium but would hold off until halftime of the game with the Bears tonight to break the news to the team’s owner. Dayton also teased Zellers that his hunting dog was badly behaved, but added: ‘He behaved better than members of your caucus.’ ’’ That’s not saying much, Gov.
The U of M is going to go a bit heavier on the sciences. The PiPress story, by Mila Koumpilova, says: “The University of Minnesota is gearing up for a slight enrollment bump in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields — even as it plans to rein in the rise of other undergraduate enrollment. The plan came out of the work of an enrollment task force led by outgoing U Provost Tom Sullivan; the U’s Board of Regents backed it enthusiastically at its Friday meeting, saying the focus on STEM enrollment takes into account the demands of Minnesota’s high-tech job market. ‘This is what the state’s employers look to us to do,’ said regent David McMillan. The plan ties in with President Eric Kaler’s decision this fall to invest in hiring additional STEM faculty.”
Take it from Larry Howes. Don Davis at the Forum papers reports: “A Minnesota House Republican promises that a property tax change that especially hurts rural Minnesota will be repaired next year. ‘We are going to do some fixes on that,’ said Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker. ‘We just are not ready to say what that is going to be.’ But Howes did say part of the way taxes will be made more acceptable is that a property tax refund program may be used to give more money back to those whose taxes rose because of the little-known change made earlier this year. Lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this year dropped the homestead market value credit program, which lowered many Minnesotans’ home property taxes.”
News that Our Guy, T-Paw, owes $450K from his presidential dream was kicked about the Internets over the weekend. At Slate, Ben Johnson wrote: “Put simply, you have to spend money to make it, but if you don’t make it, you’re in trouble. In an interview with Minnesota public radio, Politico reports Pawlenty hinted that by the Ames straw poll, the campaign had run out of fundraising steam. ‘You have to raise a lot of money to be successful, and at that point at Ames, our finances had basically run dry.’ In the last quarter of his campaign from July 1 to Sept. 30, Pawlenty’s organization spent nearly $3 million and only brought in about $1 million. Maybe this explains his failed efforts to get a job at Fox News.” He had to do something to beat Santorum and Gingrich and Bachmann to their door.
In the latest on the Amy Senser story … Abby Simons of the Strib writes: “Civil court proceedings are on hold for at least four months in the wrongful death lawsuit against Joe and Amy Senser for the hit-and-run death of a Roseville man. Hennepin District Judge Bruce Peterson ordered that neither side may gather evidence in the civil case while the criminal investigation continues. His decision grants a request by the Sensers’ attorney, Brian Wood, that proceedings be stayed until Feb. 6. Amy Senser was charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide in the Aug. 23 death of Anousone Phanthavong, 38, whom she struck and killed as he filled his car with gas on the Interstate 94 ramp at Riverside Avenue.”