A Reuters story says, “The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that the many lawsuits that accuse Target Corp of failing to protect customers from a data breach will be consolidated in the retailer’s home state Minnesota. The order brings together 33 lawsuits across 18 districts, and potentially many more tag-along actions, before the U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in Minnesota.” Busy judge … busier clerks.
Isn’t there a commandment about speaking untruths? Madeleine Baran of MPR reports, “The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Thursday that it has contacted nearly 50 law enforcement agencies in the past two weeks to provide files on priests accused of child sexual abuse. However, none of 12 metro law enforcement agencies contacted by MPR News confirmed that the archdiocese had offered files to review. The archdiocese made the claim in a statement emailed to MPR News on Thursday morning.”
Not all that great on ice … and worse in water. Paul Walsh and Tim Harlow of the Strib report, “A large SUV drove into the Mississippi River from a road near the eastern shore in Ramsey early Friday, and one of two men in the vehicle has yet to be located and is presumed dead, authorities said. Shortly after 1:30 a.m., police raced to the scene, a stretch of the river behind the 6100 block of Rivlyn Avenue. The vehicle left Rivlyn, cut through a residential yard at the end of the cul-de-sac and rolled into the river, said Police Chief James Way. As morning’s end neared, the Humvee remained halfway out in the river, pointing north against the current and with water up to its headlights.”
Walsh, Harlow and Susan Hogan of the Strib say, “The amount of snow so far — 12 inches or close to it mostly along the metro’s western and northern edges — combined with below-freezing temperatures and strong wind gusts to leave motorists with a most unpleasant end of the week travel scenario. Across from Duluth, the Superior, Wis., area was pounded with nearly 18 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).”
No, really … don’t throw another log on that fire. Paul Walsh (again … take the rest of the day off, pal) writes, “Thousands of gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts made in southwestern Minnesota are being recalled after reports of at least nine explosions that caused minor damage and injured two people, federal regulators said Friday. The recall issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) covers nearly 16,000 Kozy Heat, Ambiance and Stellar Hearth gas fireplaces … .”
(April) snow stats: The AP says, “Forecasters say about 6 to 7 inches of snow fell in the metro area overnight, with greater amounts north and west. Hutchinson in McLeod County is dealing with 10 inches of fresh snow. The Minnesota State Patrol said that between 5 a.m. and about 9:30 a.m. Friday, they responded to 61 crashes statewide and 131 vehicles off the road. Of those, 26 crashes and 75 spinouts were within the Twin Cities metro area.”
MPR’s Paul Huttner says, “Expect chilly conditions to begin the day on Saturday. Overnight lows will dip into the teens and perhaps the single digits over the fresh snow cover in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Relatively quiet weather is in store for Saturday and Sunday, although a mixture of light rain and snow is possible in central Minnesota on Sunday. The moisture from Thursday night and Friday’s snow storm is welcome in portions of the Minnesota River Valley, where drought conditions remained into early April. Up to an inch of moisture likely fell in the most parched regions.”
Eric Roper of the Strib says the neighborhood generally liked what it heard about a significant development at Hiawatha and Lake. “The 6.4-acre project would transform the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenues, an area that has failed to live up to development goals that were set during light rail planning. It would be built in phases at the intersection’s southwest corner, where Hennepin County plans to purchase land currently owned by the Minneapolis school district and sell it to a private developer. … The center of the project would feature a 1.3-acre urban plaza that would house the Midtown Farmers Market, ‘But it’s also going to be the celebratory platform for …community cultural events and opportunities, [Jack Boarman, CEO of BKV Group], said.”
Maybe GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden thinks he has a better shot in … Ontario? At BuzzFeed Politics Andrew Kaczynski took an interest in the serene shot of a couple (Minnesotans?) in a canoe on a glassy (Minnesota?) lake that adorns just about everything McFadden is putting out. “The photo, however, is of Agawa Bay in Ontario, Canada, rather than a lake in Minnesota. … McFadden’s campaign told BuzzFeed … ‘We’re not a typical campaign and we’re willing to admit when we’ve made a mistake. We just wish Al Franken would admit that he made a mistake in voting for a health-care law that kicked 140,000 Minnesotans off their insurance and will reduce employment in Minnesota by the equivalent of 50,000 jobs.'” Wonder where he got that stock info?