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Cost of Strib land redacted in Vikes stadium park report

Some interesting details about that “ultimate park” proposed for in front of the new Vikings stadium. Tim Nelson of MPR reports: “[Mayoral candidate Cam] Winton released an 8-page document, The ‘Ryan Companies US, Inc. Proposal for East Village Park, Parking and Infrastructure Funding,’ which has details about the proposed $400 million development set for the Star Tribune’s land next to the stadium. … The document also redacts the estimated cost of the deal’s key real estate, the five blocks of Star Tribune land where the park and the Ryan development will sit west of the stadium. City officials cited routine non-disclosure for prospective real estate deals in which public bodies might be involved. Winton says he would like to see the city disclose the prices, and at the very least he’d like to know the costs of the park land that the city ‘or other public or non-profit entity’ may be on the hook for come 2016. Given the history of stadium financing so far, Winton says, it behooves the city to set terms before possibly involving taxpayers in the purchase.” After all the cheerleading for this deal, is the Strib really going to keep playing coy with hard numbers?

She’s baaaaack … Evan McMurry of Mediaite reports on Our Favorite Congresswoman — back from her fact-finding mission to Russia — chatting with, you guessed it, Sean Hannity: “Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night for her first interview since announcing her retirement from her House seat last week. … ‘I’m not retiring,’ Bechmann said. ‘I’m not going silent. I’m not the quitting my public involvement. In fact, I may run for another public office. But for right now I think I’m going to find a different perch in order to be able to weigh in on the matters. Sometimes you [can] be more effective on the outside than on the inside.’ Bachmann credited her continual role in the spotlight to her threatening presence to the Nancy Pelosis of the world. ‘Nothing was more feared by the radical left than the rise of normal Americans asserting their Constitutional rights,’ Bachmann said. ‘They certainly don’t want to see conservative women be able to articulate our views to the American people. That’s what they want to do: they want to silence the African Americans who are conservative, Latinas who are conservative, conservative women, they certainly want to silence our voice.’ ” Boy, they sure did a lousy job …

Speaking of … my apologies for missing this from a few days back. David Shuster, at The Huffington Post, writes: “According to sources close to the criminal investigation of Bachmann’s presidential campaign, the FBI has now been given sworn testimony and documents alleging Bachmann approved secret payments to Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his help and support in that state’s 2012 Presidential caucuses. Ethics rules explicitly prohibit Iowa lawmakers from accepting payments from Presidential campaigns or PACs. Investigation sources tell Take Action News the FBI is examining money laundering allegations against Bachmann, as well as possible wire fraud and mail fraud. … Her own team is alleging the campaign violations, and declaring that Bachmann knew about the actions in advance. Presumably, Bachmann — like other Presidential candidates — signed hundreds of disclosure reports filed with the federal government. If she lied on those reports, or mailed misleading financial statements, however, she may face serious legal trouble.”  

So do we all get a ride … ? Paul Walsh of the Strib says: “The USS Minnesota, the Navy’s newest attack submarine, was delivered Thursday to the military nearly 11 months ahead of schedule, the vessel’s builder announced. … A crew of 134 officers and enlisted personnel will operate the $2 billion, 7,800-ton, 377-foot-long Virginia-class submarine. … The Minnesota’s logo features a Viking whose helmet has a glistening North Star, a walleye on the hull of the submarine and a Latin inscription meaning ‘From the North, Power.’ The logo was designed by Jakob Bartels, 18, of Roseville, who received a $1,500 college scholarship and a free trip to the commissioning ceremony.”

The GleanSome guys don’t know when to quit. Marino Eccher’s PiPress story says: “For nearly a year after her divorce, a West St. Paul woman opened up to a man she dated online, sharing intimate details of her personal life and struggles with her ex-husband. Then, prosecutors say, she got a surprise. The man on the other end of the computer was her ex-husband. Brian Matthew Cornelius, a 36-year-old Sturgeon Lake, Minn., man, created an elaborate online persona under an assumed name and with borrowed photographs to strike up a digital relationship with his former wife, according to charges filed Tuesday in Dakota County District Court. Prosecutors say Cornelius went so far as to arrange to watch the woman through a webcam, and he persuaded her to skip a court appearance in which she was seeking an order for protection against him.”

The Strib is displeasedwith fat pay-outs for cop misbehavior ands no reforms: “Most big-city police departments deal with some level of police misconduct. But a small number of those departments have found ways to analyze information gathered from lawsuits and settlements and use it for personnel and policy lessons. … The MPD has a long history of problems with community relations and use of excessive force. Local attorneys who have successfully sued the department for misconduct say wayward officers too seldom are disciplined. The now defunct ­Civilian Review Authority wrote in a 2010 report that the ‘lack of discipline in the MPD fosters a culture of impunity which will likely lead to further cash payouts related to police misconduct.’ ’’

Mila Koumpilova of the PiPress has a story about a new process to identify and nurture bright minority and low-income kids: “The catchphrase is “talent development” — a shift from intercepting kids with high IQs as they walk through the door to coaxing out a slew of learning fortes throughout the grades. Behind the new push is a two-fold challenge: Districts across the country have long had a hard time tracking down gifted minority and low-income students. And they tend to offer stinting stimulation to many gifted students they do identify. The goal is to give all children more chances to explore their interests and high achievers more opportunities to dig deeper, right in their classrooms.”

Somebody doesn’t have enough to do … The AP reports: “Wisconsin lawmakers are considering making kringle the official state pastry. Democratic State Rep. Cory Mason of Racine proposed honoring the kringle — a large round flat Danish pastry with a hole in the middle made predominantly in Racine County — in the state budget proposal that passed early Wednesday. But a majority vote in either house can take out any budget provision, and the governor could use his partial veto power if it reaches his desk. Both houses are controlled by Republicans.”

More than 50 same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses Thursday. Rupa Shenoy’s MPR story says: “Officials in Hennepin County say they processed at least 38 marriage license applications from same-sex couples on Thursday, the first day the county allowed such applications. In Ramsey County, authorities reported receiving 14 marriage license applications from same-sex couples. Hennepin County saw 64 couples apply for marriage licenses in all. A county spokeswoman said 7,000 and 8,000 applications are accepted annually, or about 135 to 154 per week. Ramsey County received 19 applications Thursday from heterosexual couples.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 06/07/2013 - 05:30 am.

    ….Sometimes you [can] be more effective on the outside than on the inside…

    Gee, some self-awareness of the paucity of her legacy—I’m shocked !!

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 06/07/2013 - 09:02 am.

    There is nothing “routine” about the

    Strib-stadium combination. Provide the numbers now. Especially when the Strib will be the only entity to profit from this boondoggle other than the Viking owners/billionaires.

  3. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 06/07/2013 - 02:00 pm.

    She’s baaaaack!

    Let me guess. OFC wants a third career as a reporter/analyst on Fox News. Like the clouds in a Minnesota summer, she will never go away.

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