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Wilfs deliver ‘some’ financial data

According to a Richard Meryhew story in the Strib, the Wilfs have delivered “some” of the financial information the Sports Facilities Authority was looking for: “Days after a public squabble over access to the financial records of Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, team representatives delivered some of that information Tuesday to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. … [Vikings VP Lester] Bagley said Tuesday that the team had previously shared financial data through a major bank. He said the paperwork provided Tuesday involved financial data ‘directly from the Wilfs.’ ‘Today was progress,’ Bagley said. What affect that ‘progress’ will have on stadium negotiations and the construction timeline is unclear.”

Elsewhere, Meryhew colleague Eric Roper says the Minneapolis sales tax — dedicated to the Vikings stadium  is turning in good but not great numbers: “Recently released budget documents show that revenues from the sales taxes Minneapolis will dedicate to the Vikings stadium continue to grow, though not as fast as previous years. Revenue from the city’s local sales taxes is projected to jump about 2 percent in 2013, compared with 6.2 percent a year before, according to the mayor’s proposed budget. That clashes a bit with this line in Mayor R.T. Rybak‘s budget speech earlier this month: ‘We estimated that these taxes would grow by 2% a year, but because of our rebounding economy, today those revenues are growing at more than double the projection,’ Rybak said.”

It’s the State Fair version of the Trevi Fountain … John Brewer of the PiPress says: “There’s something in the water at the Minnesota DNR fish pond at the Minnesota State Fair, and officials aren’t happy about it. For the second time this year, people have jumped into the pond and taken a dip with the walleye, pike and sturgeon circling its depths. ‘It’s not designed for human swimming. It’s for the fish,’ said Steve Carroll, DNR spokesman. … Police were unaware of the second incident until a reporter alerted them to a video posted on Instagram, an image-sharing site. In the video, posted Sunday night, a young man in a University of Wisconsin basketball tank top looks into the camera and says, ‘It’s happening now. It’s happening now.’ ” The Cheeseheads have to pay double to get in, right?

And yes, someone is studying how to make intense heat less life-threatening. Lorna Benson of MPR writes: “Dr. Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic physiologist and anesthesiologist who studies how people respond to heat …, is trying to figure out if sensors in the body that drive breathing also detect temperature changes. And if so, he’s trying to determine whether these sensors are faulty in people with heart failure, hypertension and diabetes the three conditions that cause the most problems for people during periods of high heat. … Overnight low temperatures in Minnesota have been rising faster than the maximum temperature, and that’s a potential problem because heat-related conditions are cumulative, according to Katie Muehe of the Minnesota Climate and Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health. In other words, the longer people experience high heat, the more likely they will develop health problems.”

“Gray divorce” was the topic on MPR’s The Daily Circuit Tuesday: “In 1990, fewer than 1 in 10 individuals who divorced were 50 or older,[said Eli Karam, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky and president of the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy]. Now, that number has jumped to 1 in 4, accounting for more than 600,000 divorces in 2009.” Some advice: “3. Fix problems that are solvable and acknowledge issues that you can’t resolve. ‘Successful couples learn to solve what is solvable, which really the research indicates is only about 31 percent of marital issues,’ Karam said. ‘The majority, 69 percent, are really what we call unsolvable problems or perpetual issues that when you can’t solve it they take acceptance and tolerance.’ “

There isn’t a lot of upside to having your car stolen in St. Paul. Former Blandin Foundation executive Paul Olson writes in the Strib: “[T]he St. Paul police are failing the test of improvement in two ways: deterrence and customer service. The fact that St. Paul leads the metro area in the number of thefts per 10,000 residents should be cause for concern. What are the mayor and City Council doing to make Minnesota’s ‘most livable city’ to not also be the car theft capital of the state? … Two days later, I got a call saying that the car had been located. Great, I said. I’ll come right down. Sorry. It will be towed to the impound lot. I argued, to no avail. So I got a ride to the impound lot. This is the ugliest place in the city, guarded by five not very friendly people. At the counter, from behind 2 inches of Plexiglass, the man said I owed $146. No checks.”

Bad year up at Mille Lacs … . Conrad Wilson of MPR says: “First it was the ice, huge chunks that hung on Lake Mille Lacs into May, crippling the fishing opener. Then gas prices broke $4 a gallon. Both nicked Bill Lundeen’s bait business. The ice receded and gas prices dropped, but the sport fishermen that drive so much of the Mille Lacs economy still have not come like in prior years. The state this year slashed the number and size of walleye fishermen could take from Mille Lacs  the chief reason people go there. Officials say they had to do it for the long term health of the fishery. But Lundeen’s Tackle Castle and other businesses with fortunes tied to the lake are paying the cost. Tighter walleye fishing regulations are cutting deeply into revenues this summer. It may be that way for several years.”

Both Sens. Franken and Klobuchar are supportive of action … of some kind … against Syria. Mark Zdechlik of MPR write: “Franken said he does not think the Obama administration needs congressional approval to launch a strike.  He said there is little doubt that Syria’s Assad regime was behind chemical weapons attacks in the country. … ‘The reports of chemical weapons attacks on innocent civilians are horrifying and cannot be tolerated,’ Klobuchar said.  ‘An international response is needed to prevent these atrocities from continuing.”

At City Pages, Olivia LaVecchia notes the disconnect between gay marriage and still allowing gay conversion therapy to be practiced: “Last week, New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, signed a law banning licensed therapists from practicing so-called “conversion” therapies on patients under 18. But here in the land of 10,000 gay marriages, we don’t have any laws to prevent therapists like Marcus Bachmann — whose clinic was caught practicing this kind of therapy — from trying to convert homo kids to hetero at their parents’ behest. At least for now. Minnesota Sen. Scott Dibble — the same guy who was a key player in passing marriage equality — is considering another step forward: A law like New Jersey’s, and a similar one in California, to restrict ex-gay therapy. ‘These therapies are premised on a falsehood,’ Dibble explains to City Pages. ‘We all know that you can’t change people.’ But it’s not just that the therapies don’t work. According to leading organizations like the American Psychological Association, they’re actively harmful.”          

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/28/2013 - 07:54 am.

    ‘We all know that you can’t change people.’

    Please tell me Dibble didn’t say that. If that’s the case, readers can stop contributing to MinnPost’s Mental Health and Addiction coverage. According to Dibble, it’s pointless.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 08/28/2013 - 11:03 am.

      Don’t be disingenuous

      I’d be willing to wager a large amount of money that Scott Dibble was specifically referring to sexual orientation when he said “you can’t change people”.

    • Submitted by Susanne Wissink on 08/28/2013 - 12:57 pm.

      Proper context

      Please keep Senator Dibble’s remark in context. He was specifically talking about gay conversion therapy. This is therapy that purports to change a child’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. The American Psychological Association has found that efforts to change sexual orientation can pose critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.

      Homosexuality is not a mental illness nor an addiction. I don’t see what relevance MinnPost’s Mental Health and Addition coverage has to do with this article.

    • Submitted by Joe Musich on 08/28/2013 - 01:28 pm.

      What ?

      Back to school for you. There seems to be some trouble with reading comprehension.

  2. Submitted by richard owens on 08/28/2013 - 08:00 am.

    Could someone explain

    What will be accomplished by a US attack on Syria, even if the target deeply hurts the Assad administration and has zero human casualties?

    Or, put another way, “How is US military action going to avenge the deaths of innocents (ostensibly by poison gas) or ‘Teach Asaad a lesson'”?

    There must be a better way to uphold the Geneva Protocol.

    Why honor MLK and then give up on peaceful solutions that we know won’t accomplish anything?

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/28/2013 - 09:50 am.

      What will be accomplished?

      Not much. The mistrust of the US will increase. Any foreign support for pro-democracy/anti-dictatorship movements will be tainted by association.

      If the attacks are long-lasting assaults, we can expect entanglement in yet another foreign war. If the attacks are short, one or two day affairs, Assad will be emboldened as the man who stood up to the US and survived.

      From a military standpoint, it depends on whether the attacks will be made on chemical weapon storage facilities (counterproductive, at best), or on the systems used to deliver those weapons. Cruise missiles have small warheads, so they are unlikely to inflict much damage on anything. Of course, their accuracy is no always as good as promoted, so the chances of civilian casualties are high.

      Apart from that, I can’t think of anything.

    • Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 08/28/2013 - 01:55 pm.


      So, what should be the appropriate response? Nothing?

  3. Submitted by James Lockwood on 08/28/2013 - 10:19 am.

    Mental Health is not about changing behaviors

    Jackson, I think your critique of Sen. Dibble is based in a misconception about mental illness treatment. Mental health care is not about changing behaviors outright. It is about helping people manage an illness they have and try to find a way to move beyond the illness. Hopefully, through MinnPost’s coverage of mental health and addiction coverage, some of the misconception will change.

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/28/2013 - 11:59 am.

    A military strike

    on foreign soil was still an act of war, the last time I looked. So, yes, the President does need Congressional authorization to act in Syria.

  5. Submitted by jody rooney on 08/28/2013 - 12:33 pm.

    Wait a second on the Mille Lacs story

    I heard that and you need to also talk about the rest of the story.

    They also talked with McQuoid’s and Twin Pine Inn while Twin Pine also complained about the drop McQuoid’s said they are doing well and expanded.

    Many of the resorts are stuck in 1950’s operating mode and haven’t changed and they complain about circumstances incessantly.

    After having worked up there I can tell you that the owner of McQuoid’s is an innovative savvy business man and resort owner. He sells the fun along with the fishing. It is still a good place for both serious fisherman and folks who want to have a good time not to far from home.

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