There’s something perversely admirable about old grudges. David Hanners of the PiPress tells us: “A man who has spent years trying to be a thorn in Jesse Ventura’s side has sprouted a new branch. Longtime Ventura nemesis Leslie Davis has been granted a hearing on his request to intervene in the ex-governor’s defamation suit against a former, now-dead Navy SEAL sniper. In particular, Davis wants a judge to unseal the sworn deposition Ventura gave in the case. ‘There’s information in there that might not be true,’ Davis claimed in an interview. ‘I want to review that.’ … Davis, a self-described environmental activist, wrote a book with the title ‘Always Cheat: The Philosophy of Jesse Ventura’ (the cover depicts Ventura with devil’s horns and a pointy tail) and in 2003, Ventura got a restraining order prohibiting Davis and another man from harassing him.”
“In the city …” Kari Petrie of the St. Cloud Times writes: “A second skunk has been found with rabies in the city of St. Cloud. St. Cloud Health Director Lisa Schreifels said her office has confirmed that a skunk that was found had rabies. The skunk had no human or animal contact. Last week the city announced that a skunk was found and tested positive for rabies. A dog was potentially exposed to the virus and received a rabies booster shot as a precaution. … Residents should stay away from wild animals. If you are bitten by any animal, wild or domestic, or if you come into contact with infectious material, such as saliva, seek medical attention.” When does that Brad Pitt zombie movie open?
When they collapse, we’ll know we can’t use them anymore … Pat Doyle of the Strib has a story on the state’s crummy bridges “Minnesota has seen a bigger jump in the number of deficient bridges than all but a handful of other states, raising concerns about how the state will fix them. There are 1,191 troubled bridges in Minnesota, a 3.5 percent rise from 2011, according to a new analysis of federal highway data. Most are under county or local control but rely on state and federal funding for much of their maintenance and repair. … Congress last year passed a transportation bill that lacked long-standing dedicated federal funding for bridges. Bridge needs must now compete with other transportation priorities.” What’s the deficiency rate in the current Congress?
Related … A Strib commentary by retired ad man Myles Spicer on the state of our infrastructure: “The American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 report card on America’s infrastructure says it succinctly. The grade the ASCE gives for our deteriorating roads, dams, bridges, water and sewer systems, aviation, and other infrastructure components is a resounding … ‘D.’ … Fortunately, there is a way to mitigate this condition — without even raising taxes. … Which brings us to the potential solution to getting this work done — and creating the jobs that go with it.” Spicer’s solution: canceling the Defense Department’s F-35. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, he says, “estimates the program cost at $12.6 billion a year through 2037 — with a total cost of almost $400 billion!” Talk about “soft on terrorism.”
Xcel wants out of that big wind farm project in Goodhue County. Elizabeth Baier at MPR writes: “Xcel Energy is asking a court to throw out purchase agreements with the New Era Wind company over a project in Goodhue County that has been stalled for more than four years. During that time, New Era Wind has tried to obtain approval to build 48 wind turbines on about 50 square-miles of land in Goodhue County. But opposition to the size of the project and the impact it could have on eagles and other wildlife has stymied the project for years.”
The latest on the deportation issues related to the Minneapolis resident accused of being involved in Nazi war crimes. Says Curtis Gilbert of MPR: “If prosecutors in Poland and Germany decide not to charge alleged Nazi commander Michael Karkoc with war crimes, it’s likely he would live out the rest of his life in the United States. While U.S. officials have successfully stripped more than 100 Nazi collaborators of their citizenship, the government has found it difficult to deport them. … As with any federal lawsuit, a denaturalization case is subject to appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Once denaturalization is complete, a deportation order must be issued through a separate legal process. Deportation orders also can be appealed. It typically takes a minimum of six years to exhaust all those appeals.”
A meteorite. Cool. Tom Meersman of the Strib reports: “[Bruce] Lilienthal saves unique rocks in a pile near his driveway, but one in particular is especially unusual. It’s a rare meteorite, 4.6 billion years old and one of only nine or 10 that have been confirmed in Minnesota since European settlement. ‘We’ve done enough tests to be sure it’s a meteorite,’ said University of Minnesota earth sciences Prof. Calvin Alexander. ‘It is not part of the Earth. It fell out of the sky. It’s an iron meteorite that almost certainly was part of an asteroid’. It’s also very similar to a smaller meteorite discovered in 1894 about 3 miles from Lilienthal’s farm, which is near Arlington, about 65 miles southwest of the Twin Cities.”
And they already have our millionaires … Adam Belz of the Strib says: “North and South Dakota want Minnesotans and their businesses to go west, and they’re making brazen overtures. … This spring, when Minnesota lawmakers hiked the cigarette tax, created a higher top-tier individual income tax and expanded the sales tax to a handful of industries, a fresh round of interstate wooing ensued. South Dakota’s governor hawked Sioux Falls and Brookings on a May afternoon at the Mall of America. North Dakota’s chamber threw up a yellow-and-black ‘open for business’ billboard on Interstate 94 just east of Fergus Falls, and may put another in the Twin Cities. Companies are coming [to North Dakota] because of a tax, legal and regulatory environment that is superior to Minnesota’s,’ said Andy Peterson, president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber.”
Is this a trend or something? The AP reports: “Moorhead police say a young brother and sister were found playing on a highway after leaving their locked home as their parents slept. Police say the 3-year-old boy and his 2-year-old sister were seen playing on U.S. Highway 75 Wednesday morning. A passer-by called police after spotting the children. Police say the boy got on a high chair to unlock the door and go outside. The children were not hurt.”