Soon to cripple Duluth’s economy … . Peter Passi of the News Tribune writes, “Tonight, the Duluth City Council will consider a resolution in support of raising Minnesota’s minimum hourly wage to at least $9.50, with the promise of future adjustments pegged to the inflation rate. If it passes, Duluth will become the first city in the state to take a stand in favor of boosting the minimum wage.” But will Duluth’s millionaire/job creators move to Superior?
Last week it was Xcel vs. GE. Today it’s The Minnesota Twins vs. Visa and MasterCard. Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports reports, “Baseball is a business just like any other. And just like many other businesses — millions of them, in fact — baseball teams feel like the credit card companies hold them hostage by imposing fees every time a customer swipes their card. The Twins feel like Visa and Mastercard have gone too far in this regard … .”
She would be better off lobbying Rush Limbaugh … . Corey Mitchell of the Strib says, “Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has joined a coalition of 15 Democratic mayors urging Congress to pass a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. In a letter addressed to House and Senate leaders, the mayors stressed the need for significant reform to address flaws in current U.S. immigration laws that affect immigrants, employers and national security. The letter signers include city leaders from California to Connecticut, including those from Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix and Philadelphia.”
Speaking of the mayor … . Curtis Gilbert of MPR writes, “Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is encouraging all city employees to speak up if they witness or experience bullying, discrimination or retaliation in the workplace. Hodges sent an email to all city employees Monday morning, following revelations first reported by MPR News about Rocco Forte, the city’s former emergency management director, who resigned in 2011 amid an investigation into his conduct.”
MmmmMMMmmm … fine dining … Wisconsin style. Says Janet Moore in the Strib, “Wiconsin beef jerky king Links Snacks Inc., best known for its Jack Link’s meat snacks, is expanding in downtown Minneapolis. The Minong, Wis.-based firm will expand its office space in the Butler North Building by about 20,000 square feet, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.”
A bit more on that wild scene in Eden Prairie last Friday that left two dead. Beth McDonough of KSTP-TV reports, “Authorities say it was 34-year-old Dawn Marie Pfister and 36-year-old Matthew Vincent Serbus. They were a new couple; a post on Pfister’s Facebook page indicates they’ve been dating for about a month. It was a brief but troubled time together. Both Pfister and Serbus were wanted in Olmsted County; KSTP Reporter Beth McDonough’s sources confirm warrants were issued for their arrests. … According to police records, Serbus has a revoked license. He also has nine previous felony convictions, including check forgery, receiving stolen property and third-degree assault. Serbus is considered a chronic offender in Minnesota where there have been 36 cases against him, with another 21 in Wisconsin.” Good god … .
Also from Channel 5, Tim Sherno reports, “A bill introduced at the State Capitol would outlaw cellphone use in designated highway work zones. HF-1949 would prohibit anyone from operating a motor vehicle while using a cellphone, either handheld or hands free when the vehicle is driven through a designated work zone. Rep. Ron Erhardt (DFL) from Edina says similar curbs are already in place, ‘12 states have banned cell phones entirely.’ ”
And more on drones … . Brian Bakst of the AP says, “The Minnesota proposal demands that agencies get warrants or meet tests of ‘imminent’ danger before they may use camera-toting drones. If those conditions aren’t met, government agencies could be exposed to lawsuits or face suppression of criminal evidence the devices obtain. Republican Rep. Brian Johnson of Cambridge, a retired sheriff’s deputy, is leading a bipartisan charge in the House. He said he isn’t trying to deprive law enforcement of a potentially valuable tool.”
Why wasn’t this kid in school? Says John Brewer of the PiPress, “A 14-year-old St. Paul boy said he was just trying to return what he called an ‘abandoned’ school bus Monday morning when he ended up going for a three-mile drive — and blazing through a couple of controlled intersections — before getting hung up in a gas station parking lot. … the Centerline Charter bus was parked outside the Holiday gas station at Rice Street and Wheelock Parkway when the teen boarded it. He told police he had been watching the bus for about 20 minutes when he decided it had been abandoned and needed to be returned to Centerline’s headquarters, just a half mile up Rice.”