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Medical marijuana boosters try the indirect approach

Anti-evolution congressman; missing hikers; treaty-approved spearing; bad logo (spam); and more.

Maybe the sideways approach is best …. The AP says, “Advocates of medical marijuana are pushing for a Minnesota House vote on their legalization bill by trying to attach it to a separate health bill. The vote could come Wednesday. The medical marijuana measure will be proposed as an amendment when a wider-ranging health bill comes up. Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington is listed as the author. The amendment calls for a broader medical marijuana law than Gov. Mark Dayton has said he is willing to back. A stand-alone medical marijuana bill has stalled.”  

The First District GOP … never dull. Josh Moniz of the Mankato Free Press covers the nomination of Tea Party favorite Aaron Miller. “In his convention speech, Miller called for limited government, reduction of the federal deficit and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he said could not be fixed. …He also called for more religious freedoms. He repeated his story about his daughter returning home from school in tears because evolution was being taught in her class. He said the teacher admitted to not believing in the scientific theory to his daughter but told her that the government forced him to teach the lesson. ‘We should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington D.C.’, Miller said.” But can he get Mike Parry’s endorsement?

Still no good news on the father-son hikers in Colorado. Stribber Paul Walsh says, “Despite the pair being missing since last Wednesday, [Bill Barwick, of the nonprofit Alpine Rescue Team] said, ‘They might very well be alive.’ The rescue team has ‘an area that we call the probability of detection,’ he continued. ‘Where is the highest probability of detection? So to jump to a conclusion [about whether the father and son are still alive] would be impolite, to say the least.’”

This could be big … . Dee DePass of the Strib says, “In a potentially major breakthrough for data centers, 3M Co. today announced a new cooling fluid for large computer systems that reduces the need for powerful air conditioners and slashes energy costs. The technology is being portrayed as a game changer for massive data centers, which have proliferated with the rise of cloud-based networks for businesses and consumers and as storage for so-called ‘big data’ applications used by business and government. Such centers today use lots of energy to run computer servers and storage arrays and also to cool off those machines from the heat they generate.”

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The spearing shall commence. Sam Cook of the Forum News Service says, “The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has declared 13 lakes in northeastern Minnesota where its members will spear walleyes this spring. Two of the lakes are in St. Louis County, three in Lake County and eight in Cook County. Walleye quotas for each lake range from 59 on Cadotte Lake in St. Louis County to 304 on Tait Lake in Cook County. … This marks the first time the Fond du Lac Band — or any band — has formally speared walleyes on lakes in northeastern Minnesota under treaty rights.”

Confidentiality? In the 21st century? The AP says, “The number of crime victims using Minnesota’s address confidentiality program has grown steadily since it began nearly seven years ago. The program allows victims to use a substitute address to prevent abusers, stalkers and other perpetrators from knowing where they live. The Secretary of State’s office, which administers the program, says 111 participants enrolled in Safe at Home in 2008. That number has grown to 1,622 in 2013, including 900 children.”

This one needs [a lot of] extra explaining. Chris Serres of the Strib says, “The male caregiver who drugged and raped an 89-year-old woman last year at a northern Minnesota senior home has agreed to a $10 million settlement in a civil lawsuit that arose from the incident. In an unconventional twist, however, the millions of dollars in damages will effectively be wiped away if he does not repeat his violent behavior. The convicted rapist, Andrew Merzwski, 30, will be required to pay the millions only if he commits another sexual crime or is found guilty of abusing a vulnerable adult over the next 10 years … .”

Austin is not down with the Spam can city logo idea. Trey Mewes of the Austin Daily Herald reports, “The Austin City Council unanimously voted down using a branding committee’s blue, Spam can-like logo for the city of Austin during the council work session Monday, three weeks after it was first publicly unveiled. … residents weren’t pleased with the logo. An online Herald poll showed an overwhelming negative response to the logo and council members say almost all of the logo feedback they received was negative.”

Attention locavores!  The Minnesota Farm Guide says, “The annual Minnesota Grown Directory is now available, just in time for spring. The directory is a statewide guide to purchasing directly from local producers. The 2014 edition boasts a record-setting 978 farms and includes the most Community Supported Agriculture farms and farmers markets.”