Minnesota State football coach arrested for alleged child porn

Oh, great. Dan Nienaber at the Mankato Free Press reports: “Speculation about why Minnesota State University’s football coach was escorted off the field during practice Friday ended Tuesday when he was arrested at his Eagle Lake home. Todd Hoffner, 46, was booked into the Blue Earth County Jail Tuesday for requested charges related to using minors in a sexual performance and possession of child pornography, said Capt. Rich Murry of the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department. … ‘We began investigating yesterday,’ Murry said Tuesday afternoon. ‘Based on information from our initial investigation we executed a search warrant at his residence this [Tuesday] morning.’ The investigation did not originate with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Murry said. Among other things, the task force identifies Internet sources for child pornography and alerts law enforcement agencies where they suspect those sources are located.”

Jay Corn with the Minnetonka Patch says Tampa-bound GOP delegates are eager to support … Ron Paul: “Minnesota’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will not back Mitt Romney when the party gathers in Tampa next week. Instead, 32 of the state’s 40 nominating votes will be cast for Ron Paul during the roll call of states, according to Marianne Stebbins — chair of the delegation. … ‘I don’t think Mitt Romney is a strong candidate,’ she said. ‘He represents old ideas and what the party has stood for over the last couple of decades, which is not necessarily what the voters want.’ … David Arvidson, the Republican challenger for Minnesota House District 46B, echoed those sentiments and said Ron Paul supporters like him aren’t trying to destroy the Republican Party; they’re trying to save it. Arvidson is contemplating writing in Paul’s name come election time.”

That 450-foot cell tower up by the BWCA … will stand. The AP says: “A 450-foot cellphone tower with flashing lights that would be seen from parts of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness will be allowed to go forward, after the Supreme Court denied a request to hear the case. The high court’s decision means a June ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals — which allows the tower — will stand. The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness had wanted to block the tower proposed by AT&T Mobility, saying its location atop a ridge near Ely would make it visible from 10 lakes within the protected area.”

Reporters were no doubt poised for a good gaffe, but all they got was the veep on the stump. At the Strib, Paul Walsh and Jennifer Brooks write: “Vice President Joe Biden told a Minneapolis crowd Tuesday that while the middle class has been been hurt by the recession, it is staging a comeback. … Biden defended the Obama administration’s efforts to reform Wall Street … Biden said that Congress had passed a law reining in Wall Street despite objections from presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other Republicans. Biden described the objections of Republicans as sounding like ‘squealing pigs’ and called the changes ‘some of the toughest Wall Street regulations in history.’ ”

Over at MPR, Tom Scheck writes: “Biden said the nation has continued to gain jobs since the recession ended in June of 2009. He highlighted the manufacturing sector, which has garnered 500,000 new jobs since Obama took office. ‘The fastest growth since the 1980s and remember when Romney criticized the president for telling young people to look at manufacturing’? Biden said. ‘He said the president is out of touch. Swiss bank accounts? Cayman Islands? Out of touch? I mean, whoa.’ Biden is referencing Romney’s personal investments. He also called on Romney to release additional tax returns. … Biden didn’t make any major gaffes during his speech, as has happened at other campaign events.”

A bit more on Best Buy’s miserable quarterly revenue report. From Martin Moylan at MPR: “Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy wants to know what the company has in the works. ‘We’re maintaining a negative long-term outlook on the company until we see a more substantial plan,’ he said. Hottovy said Best Buy needs to lower prices and find products that will draw traffic into stores that are smaller, both in size and number. There are no signs of Best Buy’s imminent demise, he said, but ‘it does face a long-term uphill battle. Eighteen months from now we will see a company that dramatically reduced its square footage. I think you will see a more competitive online offering from the company. But I don’t think the competitive landscape is going to get any easier.’ ”

Elsewhere in the Strib, it’s another day and another call from the editorial board for another politician to drop out: “Let’s not mince words: Missouri Rep. Todd Akin should drop out of the U.S. Senate race. Congress is no place for a representative who calls some rapes “legitimate,” nor a man who ignorantly claims that the female body has ways to prevent pregnancy from rape. ‘Rape is rape,’ President Obama rightly said in his denouncement of the Missouri congressman’s offensive remarks. This is a congressman who once compared student loans to Stage 3 cancer and fought to insert the word ‘forcible’ into the rape exception law on federal funding for abortion. … The fallout from Akin’s egregious comments prompted him to apologize and claim that he misspoke. That’s pure political spin. His record shows that he’s long parsed words on rape and women’s health care in his advocacy of extreme anti-abortion views.” The Strib forgot to mention a prominent co-author of Mr. Akin’s “forcible rape” legislation.

An influential cardiologist is recommending that St. Jude Medical stop using a wire coating suspected in several deaths. James Walsh of the Strib says: “Dr. Robert Hauser of the Minneapolis Heart Institute had previously connected at least 20 deaths to an earlier generation of defibrillator leads, the wiring that runs from the device into the heart. Little Canada-based St. Jude has pulled those products from the market, but Hauser now says his work indicates that newer products are not immune to the underlying problem, in which the coating of the wires wears away. ‘I’m not saying it’s a bad lead,’ Hauser said. ‘I just don’t know if it’s a good one.’ Hauser’s report, published Tuesday in the online journal Europace, had been anticipated by analysts and industry-watchers for weeks.”

Now here’s a serious level of mayhem. Emily Gurnon of the PiPress reports: “A woman left two infants and a 1-year-old alone in her apartment while she ran out to chase after her ex-boyfriend, nearly running him down in her SUV, police said. Police found the babies in soaked diapers and crying on the couch of the West Side apartment Sunday, Aug. 19, according to a criminal complaint charging Tiffany Venus Bell, 25, of St. Paul with assault and terroristic threats. … An officer on patrol in the area of Cesar Chavez and West Congress streets about 4:50 p.m. Sunday saw a white SUV jump a curb in apparent pursuit of a running man. The man tripped and fell, but rolled out of the way ‘just in time’ to avoid being struck, the complaint said. The driver, later identified as Bell, stopped the vehicle, got out and ran after the man. She had a knife in her hand. … Bell admitted she followed her ex-boyfriend in her vehicle, and then with a knife, trying to scare him. She was angry because she wanted him to stay, she told police. ‘She said she gets very emotional and does crazy things,’ according to the complaint. ‘Bell said it was wrong to leave their three (children) in the home with no one to care for them. She said her anger at (the man) got the best of her.’ “

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/22/2012 - 08:08 am.

    Exposing the Pro-Life hypocrites

    At least Akin is consistent in his beliefs. If it’s truly about the “life of the unborn”, then how it was conceived is irrelevant. Otherwise, you’re just like pro-choicers, in making exceptions for the circumstances of the mother.

    • Submitted by Sean Huntley on 08/22/2012 - 08:33 am.

      Consistent in his beliefs? Yes, there is no doubt about him being an anti choice radical. What is even more disturbing is that someone who sits on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology would believe such utter nonsense about human biology.

  2. Submitted by Steve Roth on 08/22/2012 - 08:42 am.

    Strib, the co-sponsor’s name is pretty important.

    Given that he’s on the GOP ticket.

    • Submitted by Arito Moerair on 08/22/2012 - 11:17 am.

      The MSM has gone out of their way to ignore the connection between Akin and Paul Ryan. This is despite the fact that their views on abortion are exactly the same.

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