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GOP Rep. Garofalo, blogger in Twitter spat

Dorset’s 4-year-old mayor seeking “re-election”; constantly changing synthetic drugs hard to control; Anderson seeks list of sex-abuse priests; U pitches new sports facilities; and more.

At City Pages, the latest example of why politicians (or anyone with anger issues) should stay away from Twitter. Aaron Rupar collects the best/worst of a flame war between GOP Rep. Pat Garofalo and liberal blogger Eric Pusey. A selection …  

Rep. Pat Garofalo @PatGarofalo

@eric_pusey By the way, aren’t u the ignorant blog that just labeled an AfricanAmerican as an “Uncle Tom”? #stribpol …

Rep. Pat Garofalo @PatGarofalo

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@eric_pusey Also, your last name tells me all I need to know about you. #Meow #Meow #Meow

Eric Pusey @eric_pusey

@patgarofalo Wow. Haven’t heard that one before. Did you graduate from Jr. High?

Rep. Pat Garofalo @PatGarofalo

@eric_pusey Maybe if you didn’t support using the term Uncle Tom to describe African Americans, people wouldn’t think you are your name.

Eric Pusey @eric_pusey

I just love that a member of the #mnleg, @PatGarofalo, is reduced to calling a blogger a vagina on twitter.  #fail … “

Classy stuff …

The AP covers the re-election prospects of tiny Dorset, Minn.’s 4-year-old mayor: “Supporters of the mayor in the tiny tourist town of Dorset can stuff the ballot box all they want as he seeks re-election. … Every year the town draws a name during its Taste of Dorset Festival, and the winner gets to be mayor. Anyone can vote as many times as they like — for $1 a vote — at any of the ballot boxes in stores around town. Bobby is running for a second term, and he gets to draw the winning name Aug. 4, so it’s possible he could draw his own name. Calls of ‘Mr. Mayor’ greet Bobby as he strolls around Dorset, handing out his campaign card. One side shows Bobby, his dark hair slicked down, wearing his tan fishing vest over a suit jacket. The other side shows Bobby sitting in a porch swing with his girlfriend, Sophie. ‘I would love to be your Mayor as much as I love Sophie,’ the card reads. ‘He’s been pretty good. Lotta PR for the town,’ said his mother, Emma Tufts, 34. ‘I think he’s doing a fine job.’ “

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Today’s story … on synthetic drugs. From Abby Simons of the Strib: “The state has passed laws banning the chemicals that make up the synthetic drugs — the latest will go into effect Aug. 1 — but manufacturers continue to alter the drugs’ chemical compositions minutely, creating new compounds to skirt the laws. Cody Wiberg of the Minnesota Pharmacy Board calls it a ‘Whac-A-Mole’ problem. ‘Every time you stomp something down, something else pops up,’ he told legislators Tuesday. One solution could be a law aimed at the so-called ‘look-alike’ drugs. Such a law would take in not only specific drugs, but alterations that result in a drug with the same effect.” Shouldn’t that be “feel alike,” or “buzz alike”?

This one has gone criminal … . Tim Krohn of the Mankato Free Press writes: “Colorado police say their investigation into the disappearance of St. Peter native Leann “Annie” Meyer is shifting into a criminal investigation. … Meyer’s roommate, Melissa Miller, remains a person of interest in the case but she has hired a lawyer and is not cooperating with police. Meyer’s family last heard from her on Feb. 10 when she spoke to her mother on the phone. Her co-workers reported her missing on Feb. 27. Meyer’s mother and eight siblings, some from St. Peter, have made multiple trips to Colorado assisting in the search for her. Meyer’s 1995 silver Toyota pickup and her other vehicle, a 2009 RAV4, were recovered in different locations, away from her home, days after her disappearance.”

Almost all of these stories have details a lot like thisJohn Brewer of the PiPress reports: “The most powerful men in Waverly, Minn., in the 1960s were the banker and the parish priest. That’s why when the Rev. John T. Brown told the parents of 10-year-old David Pususta to send him over to the rectory for sex education, they sent him. It was on that summer night, Pususta, now of St. Paul, said Wednesday morning, that Brown first sexually abused him. Pususta said that during Brown’s sex education, he stroked, gripped and tugged the boy’s private parts. … attorney Jeff Anderson … on Pususta’s behalf, filed a notice of intervention in Ramsey County District Court to unseal a list of 33 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.”

And you thought gals only drank Pinot Grigio … Lindsey Seavert of KARE-TV reports: “Minnesota is home to about 50 breweries and counting, according to the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Industry insiders say more women are rising to the top of an industry once dominated by men. Last year, the Brewers Association charted a staggering 81 percent jump in the craft beer produced in Minnesota, the second-fastest increase of any state in the nation. The success is steeped in history. From ancient times, women were the original brewers of beer and now women are back on the forefront of brewing. … Rob Shellman, with the Better Beer Society,  says in the United States, an estimated one in four women drink beer, what he calls a growing demographic still not reflected in the craft brewing workforce.”

City Pages writer Andy Mannix gives you everything you ever wanted to know … and more … about teenage drinking in small towns. On the story out of Milaca last May where one kid nearly died from boozing on the property of the county attorney, Mannix writes: “The day after her son was rushed to the hospital, Kim Hamilton learned the occupations of Megan Kolb’s parents. Her stepfather, Russ Jude, is a tribal investigator for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Her mother, Jan Jude, is the Mille Lacs County attorney, with jurisdiction over more than 25,000 people, including a large portion of the Ojibwe reservation. Both parents were home that night, but say they had no idea that kids were drinking on their property. This isn’t Jan’s first brush with controversy. Most recently, Jude has been at odds with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribe over its request for more federal law enforcement.”

Whew … I was getting worried. It has been literally days since we last had news of plans for more/new/better luxury sports facilities. In the Strib, Amelia Rayno reports: Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague on Wednesday presented phase one of a massive $190 million athletic facilities master plan to the U of M Board of Regents. Projects included in phase one include a new academic center, training table, football complex, women’s gymnastic facility, Olympic sport indoor practice facility, outdoor Olympic sport track, men’s/women’s basketball practice facility and a wrestling training facility. … The timetable for completing the entire project is estimated at 6-8 years.”

And a review of His Bob-ness’s show in Duluth last night, from the Strib’s Chris Riemenschneider: “On Tuesday, he made no comment about the homecoming, nor did he drop any special tunes for the occasion. The first half of the 90-minute set was filled with recent songs such as ‘Duquesne Whistle’ and ‘Things Have Changed.’ Most of the oldies came later, including ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.’ ”

For the News Tribune, (not that) Tony Bennett writes: “Robert Zimmerman, the man who was born in Duluth and raised in Hibbing before he went on to become one of the most feted songwriters in music history under the nom de plume Bob Dylan, walked onstage with his band just as night fell. … The mood was dark, and the music was, too. Dylan, who was dressed in a relatively colorful gray suit when compared to his band’s all-black attire, went without an instrument for the first few songs, and he seemed to enjoy playing his music without being strapped to his guitar. He put his hand on his hips like Mick Jagger, threw shapes and illustrated his lyrics with subtle hand motions. … As the show progressed, a number of lesser-known songs acted as a warm-up to the famed songs, ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ being the first one of those played. Even though the arrangement made the tune unrecognizable, the recitation of the chorus lyric sent a wave of electricity through the crowd.”