Filed under: “You Have Got to be Kidding Me” … Tim Nelson at MPR writes: “The National Weather service has posted a winter storm warning from south central to northeast Minnesota Monday tonight, including for the Twin Cities. Forecaster Bill Borghoff says 6-10 inches of new snow may fall overnight in the metro area. ‘We should start to see some rain push in later this afternoon, probably around mid-afternoon,’ he said. ‘Then colder air will begin to arrive this evening, and basically, all that rain is going to turn to snow, and we’re looking for a period of heavy snow this evening, and overnight, with hourly rates of one to two inches possible. So it’s going to come down very hard this evening.’ ” And why were the Twins trying to play Miami here tonight? Actually, now they’re not. The Monday night game was canceled and will be made up as part of a Tuesday doubleheader.
And in flood talk … Dan Gunderson of MPR says: “Flood preparations will move into high gear this week in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Construction crews and volunteers will build emergency sandbag dikes and earthen levees as the communities prepare once again for a possible record Red River flood. … The National Weather Service was forecasting a likely river crest in Fargo from 38 to 42 feet. Flood forecasting is complicated this year by the late spring. This will be the latest spring flood in Fargo-Moorhead history.”
Now this could be a good show … if they can clear the snow in time. Ross Raihala at the PiPress reports: “Bob Dylan will return to town this summer to headline St. Paul’s Midway Stadium on July 10. And he’s sharing the bill with a few other big names: Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson. General-admission tickets are $68 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, through Etix. Hibbing native Dylan, 71, drew about 7,000 fans to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center in November, his first Twin Cities concert in four years. He’s taking his summer shows outdoors under the odd title ‘AmericanaramA Festival of Music’. … Wilco and My Morning Jacket are two of the higher profile American rock bands to emerge in recent years.”
One small reason why health care costs are so out of control. Paul McEnroe of the Strib says: “A highly paid psychiatrist working in state mental health hospitals engaged in a pattern of false billing claims while collecting more than $430,000 in payments beyond his base salary over three years, according to investigative documents obtained by the Star Tribune. Dr. Robert B. Jones, who oversaw psychiatric care for hundreds of patients across Minnesota’s northern region, billed the state for services while he was actually working at his private medical practice and his family farm, according to findings documented in three investigators’ reports. As a result, investigators concluded, patients under state care likely failed to receive the treatment they needed. In one instance, the state’s top psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Radke, failed to reach Jones because it was found that Jones ‘was in a tractor plowing his fields and didn’t hear the telephone ring.’ ” He could have been on a golf course in Scotland …
The latest on Bob “Go to Hell!” Davis … Paul Walsh of the Strib tells us: “Twin Cities radio talk-show host Bob Davis is losing advertising and has an offer to be flown to Newtown, Conn., to repeat what he said on the air recently: that the families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook school shooting can ‘go to hell’ for having a visible role in the current national debate on gun control. … Gregg Swedberg, an executive with KTCN’s parent company, Clear Channel, declined to say Monday whether Davis was disciplined for his comment. Davis has not missed a show since his comments were made. Over the weekend in a commentary posted on Startribune.com, Sandy Hook, Conn., resident Brad Greene said he sent Davis an e-mail ‘offering to pay his travel expenses to Newtown to stand in front of people and repeat the words he said on the radio. It is no surprise that he has not responded to my offer.’ … Swedberg said that Atomic Data is the only advertiser to pull its ads from the show.” My guess is the station is getting plenty of support from its upscale, highly educated target audience.
And on the subsidy for Mayo’s expansion, the AP is saying: “State taxpayer money would go toward an expansion of the Mayo Clinic only after a hefty amount of private money and more local taxes are committed to the project, under a reworked plan unveiled in a state Senate committee on Monday. The revisions outlined in the Senate Taxes Committee call for the state to withhold its money for the project until $250 million is spent by others to upgrade the clinic and associated Rochester-area development. That’s $50 million higher than the trigger in a companion House bill. In exchange, the Senate proposal would allow for a higher total state contribution — approaching $400 million in aid and tax breaks — than in the House plan. A range of local taxes would generate at least $128 million.”
Maura Lerner of the Strib has a story on a fascinating medical procedure being attempted at the U of M: “For a child, the brown-eyed boy has had more than his share of misfortune. He was born with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Then several months ago he developed a rare form of leukemia. On Tuesday, doctors at the University of Minnesota are planning to try an extraordinary procedure that they believe may cure him of both illnesses. So far, only one person on the planet has had this type of treatment. And six years later, he’s considered free of HIV. The treatment injects the patient with cells that are resistant to AIDS. If it works — and there are a lot of ifs — it could do more than save a boy’s life, says Dr. John Wagner, a specialist in children’s cancer who is leading the medical team. It would show the world that the first patient wasn’t just a fluke, and set the stage for future research on a possible cure.”
At the PiPress, Mila Koumpilova has a piece about the increasing popularity of acquiring college credits while still in high school. “AGAPE, along with five other St. Paul district and charter schools, is part of a new push to increase student participation in challenging college-credit classes. Led by the nonprofit Center for School Change, the effort has had a promising start: The number of college-credit classes juniors and seniors took this school year is up by more than 50 percent. All participating schools serve primarily students of color and modest means — the ones facing the steepest hurdles on their way to college.”
Come on! Give the kid a break! Who hasn’t had a moment like this … in their first appearance on the air? By now you’ve probably seen this, but it is just too funny. City Pages’ Aaron Rupar has the link to North Dakota TV anchor A. J. Clemente’s debut, and the Twitter chatter afterward … including the station firing the poor yob. But if you screw up a landmark Supreme Court ruling or the capture of a terrorist bombing suspect, you’re back good as gold the next day.