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Minnesota gets (very) low marks for financial disclosure

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Bluewater Productions will be releasing a new comic book about the life of the music icon Prince.

We’re 45th! In the Strib, Rachel Stassen-Berger writes: “Minnesota, a state known for clean politics, ranks among the worst for financial disclosure from the judiciary, according to the Center for Public Integrity. ‘Minnesota is at the back of the pack for financial disclosure requirements, ranking 45th in the country along with Iowa,’ the Center found in a nationwide study of disclosure required of supreme court justices. ‘It has a self-policing system for enforcing the disclosure rules, in which Supreme Court justices would be asked to rule on a complaint about themselves. And the state currently does not require judges to report gifts, investments such as stocks or any financial debts on the one-page form.’ The Center gave Minnesota an ‘F,’ for its judicial disclosure requirements.”

Of course we’re counting … The Northland News Center up in Duluth reports: “The Minnesota State Patrol says they have responded to 175 car crashes across the state since midnight Wednesday due to the winter weather that continues to pile on snow. Deputies have also responded to 192 vehicle spin outs and one jackknifed semi between midnight and 11am Wednesday.”

And it is still pounding Duluth and the North Shore. In the News Tribune, John Myers says: “The storm that wouldn’t end is far from over. The National Weather Service in Duluth this afternoon is forecasting snow to fall at an inch or more per hour in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin into this evening, adding another 8 to 12 inches of additional snow by the time the storm moves out of the region early Thursday. The highest snowfall will occur along the Interstate 35 corridor through the Twin Ports and up the North Shore. Three-day storm snowfall totals generally ranged from 8 to 20 inches across the region by noon today, with 10 to nearly 20 inches common in Duluth. The Weather Service says final storm totals will range from 12 to near 40 inches by Thursday. But one report north of Two Harbors was at 39 inches by 1 p.m. with no end to the snow in sight.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin chips in, saying: “ ‘We don’t get three-day snowfalls very often, every few years. Even for the North Shore and Duluth, for a storm to hit 30 inches, that’s pretty unusual,’ said Carol Christenson, National Weather Service meteorologist in Duluth. ‘For us to even forecast snow totals like this, it goes against the averages.’ Kelly Fleissner, who leads Duluth’s snowplowing efforts for more than 400 miles of city streets, said city crews worked 16-hour shifts during the height of the storm Monday night and Tuesday. He said they will be out in full force again today. ‘We had so much snow that we had to stay on the main roads all night into Tuesday morning. So we were late getting into the residential streets. I know it’s been tough for people just to get out of their neighborhoods. But please, be patient,’ Fleissner said.”

Yeah … brace yourself. Richard Meryhew of the Strib reports: “In a heads-up to parish priests and administrators, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Wednesday sent an e-mail to all clergy and church trustees preparing them for the disclosure of its list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. The e-mail, from Vicar General Charles Lachowitzer, did not identify how many priests would be on the list, which the archdiocese has said it plans to release Thursday. Lachowitzer, however, wrote that the archdiocese has mailed notices to 92 parishes where at least one priest on the list had been assigned at one point during his career.”

We’re so proud … . The AP says: “A cast of Minnesota beer enthusiasts has a frosty ambition: To stage the largest snowball fight ever. The group started to nurture the state’s craft brewing industry announced the goal Wednesday and hopes to achieve it during the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival on Jan. 25 at the state fairgrounds. It would mean topping a Guinness World Record set this January in Seattle, when more than 5,800 people engaged in a snowball fight. The Minnesota team wants a minimum of 7,000.”

If you drink milk … Tamara Keith of MPR says: “The leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are meeting Wednesday as they continue to try to work out the differences between their respective farm bills. If they fail, the country faces what’s being called the ‘dairy cliff’ — with milk prices potentially shooting up to about $7 a gallon sometime after the first of the year. Here’s why: The nation’s farm policy would be legally required to revert back to what’s called permanent law. In the case of dairy, that would be the 1949 farm bill. And if House and Senate negotiators fail to reconcile their farm bills, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warns, ‘I’m going to be put in a position where I have to invoke and implement permanent law. And I will do my job because that’s what I swore an oath to do.’ “

Be the first on your block to order … the Prince comic book. Says the hype: “Bluewater Productions will be releasing a new comic book about the life of the music icon Prince. Fame Prince is released this week the comic book will be available in print and digital. Prince Rogers Nelson, a musician from Minneapolis, started a musical revolution … challenging even the ‘King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson, for chart supremacy during the 1980’s. The book chronicles his meteoric rise to dominance in the pop/funk music scene. Michael L. Frizell writes the 32-page comic book with art by Ernesto Lovera. The comic book will feature two collectible covers by famed artist Iordan Terziiski and Ernesto Lovera. Writing Fame: ‘Prince was like reliving my teenage years. For me, the music scene wasn’t defined by Michael Jackson, despite his success with Thriller. The 80’s, and music in general for me, were defined by Prince. He takes chances in his music, doesn’t sell out as an artist in order to make money, and still ends up on top. To this day, his music speaks to me. I hope I was able to bring some of his power to the comic page through my script,’ says writer Michael Frizell.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/04/2013 - 09:16 pm.

    If milk prices shoot up

    to $7 a gallon after the first of the year, who is that going to hurt more, consumers who have a choice in what they drink or dairy farmers?

    [cue theme from Jeopardy]

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