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Usual Minnesotans makes Forbes’ annual 400 ‘richest’ list

Check to see if you made the list. In a Strib story, Paul Walsh reports: “The usual suspects from Minnesota are among the 400 richest Americans, according to the list released Monday by Forbes magazine, but there is one well-known person from New Jersey whom Minnesotans won’t find on the roster. Leading the way among Minnesotans are Barbara Carlson Gage and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, who are each worth $3.9 billion thanks to their hotel and restaurant holdings. They come in tied at 118th among all Americans. Next is Cargill’s Whitney MacMillan ($3.8 billion, 122nd), media executive Stanley Hubbard ($2.2 billion, 252nd) and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor ($1.7 billion, 327th). The list also includes Richard Schulze, chairman emeritus of Best Buy Co., who is from Minnesota but now officially resides in Bonita Springs, Fla. His $2.7 billion places him 201st.”

In addition to everything else, the guy has an amazing work ethic … At MPR, Tim Nelson writes: “Gophers football coach Jerry Kill is ‘doing well’ after suffering a seizure during the game on Saturday against Western Illinois, University of Minnesota Athletics Director Norwood Teague said Monday, in his first comments after the weekend incident. … Teague said Kill will return to running practice today. But Teague said he’ll leave it up to Kill to decide how to continue, and whether the stress of games is a factor in Kill’s health.”

Someone else getting points for persistence … Mark Zdechlik at MPR writes: “As the state of Minnesota and the Vikings move closer to finalizing a contract to build the team a new stadium, a Republican state lawmaker says the financing package should be restructured so that taxpayers won’t have to pay as much. Rep. Bob Barrett,  R-Lindstrom,  says taxpayers could cut their contribution to the stadium by more than $200 million if the Vikings were required to pay more. ‘This is the proper way to fund it,’ said Barrett at  a state Capitol news conference Monday. ‘It’s not too late. It’s almost too late, but not too late. We haven’t signed a contract and that legislation can be changed with the right negotiating philosophy and with the right facts out in the open.’ ” The NFL could easily “lend” the Wilfs that much more.

And among things that probably should have been negotiated … a long … long … time ago … Patrick Condon of the AP says: “Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf should have to cover much of the team’s share of stadium construction from their own pockets, not through profit from expensive personal seat licenses. Dayton sent a letter Monday to the chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is negotiating final stadium contracts with the team. The governor cites media reports which suggested the team’s owners could get much of their $477 million share of the $1 billion stadium from an NFL contribution, and revenue from naming rights and seat licenses.”

In those parts, he was famous. The Duluth News Tribune says: “Divers recovered the body of a longtime Gunflint Lodge fishing guide on Sunday, three days after he was thrown into the waters of an Ontario lake after a boating accident. Bruce Kerfoot, co-owner of the lodge, said provincial police told him that divers found the body of Dennis Todd, 59, at about 1:30 p.m. in Northern Light Lake in 46 feet of water. Todd, who had been a guide at Gunflint Lodge for 25 years, had been out fishing on the lake with a new lodge employee on Thursday. The woman told officials that she and Todd were on their way back to the lodge when their boat struck something in the water in Trafalgar Bay. The two were thrown into the water and Todd, who was not wearing a life jacket, did not resurface. The woman, who was wearing a life jacket, was able to swim to an island, signal another angler and then alert authorities.”

The GleanOn that big fire in downtown Winona … Rupa Shenoy of MPR says: “Investigators are looking for clues to the cause of Friday’s early morning fire in downtown Winona — one of the largest in the southeastern Minnesota city’s history. So far there’s no evidence the fire was anything but accidental. Rubble from the building where fire officials believe the blaze began early Friday morning — the Islamic Center of Winona — has been carted to the city’s central fire station where investigators are combing through the debris. Many residents and others affected by the blaze assume it was an accident, and are focusing on the work of recovery.”

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s fact-checking desk PolitiFact gives fact-checking desks a bad name when it declares  “half true” a Minnesota legislator’s assertion that we are kicking Wisconsin’s butt on most economic matters. After laying out a long string of hard data on employment numbers, job creation, competitiveness and even test scores … all under-scoring a “butt kicking,” the desk then cites, “Wisconsin did better on other measures.
Business climate: In November 2012, Site Selection magazine ranked Wisconsin 13th on its list of top 25 states for business climate. Minnesota didn’t make the list. The study was based in part on surveys of corporate site selectors.
CEO survey: A national survey of 736 chief executive officers by Chief Executive magazine, published in March 2013, ranked Wisconsin the 17th best state for doing business, with Walker’s election cited as a key reason. Minnesota ranked 30th, with Gov. Dayton’s support of tax increases cited.” I’m not sure if the PolitiFact folks have any connection to the paper’s editorial board, which has endorsed Gov. Walker twice already in his short career.

Speaking of editorial boards … The Minnesota Daily gets tough with Congressman John Kline: “Recent events in the House of Representatives have revealed just how far politicians are willing to go for campaign contributions. Last month, USA Today reported that House Education Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who has received generous campaign contributions from for-profit colleges, is pushing legislation that would protect the industry from losing federal aid, which accounts for much of their revenue. … Normally, Minnesotans might be proud to have one of their own representatives chair the House Education Committee. However, Kline’s recent legislative push is clearly a move on behalf of his big campaign donors and his constituents. His measure would ensure taxpayers and students continue to get burned by the shady practices of for-profit colleges.”

The minimum wage debate may make it to the front burners next session. For MPR, Tim Pugmire says: “A minimum wage debate is expected to heat up again next year when state lawmakers return for the start of the 2014 legislative session. The state minimum wage is $6.15 an hour, but most workers earn at least the federal minimum of $7.25. Democrats in charge of the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton’s office want workers to be paid more, but to pass a bill they will have to find a number they can agree on — which proved to be surprisingly elusive at the close of the 2013 session.”

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