The latest on the incident involving ex-Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson. Curt Brown of the Strib says, “ … a 24-year-old father is in grave condition with a fractured skull and swollen brain. Doctors are unsure if Isaac Kolstad will survive and, if so, the extent of the brain damage he suffered. … Nelson, a star from Mankato who transferred to Rutgers University after last season, appeared in court for 10 minutes Monday wearing orange jail fatigues. … He was released on $20,000 bail a few hours later” after first- and third-degree assault charges.
He will not veto … . E-cigs have no great friend in the Governor, says Tom Scheck at MPR. “Gov. Mark Dayton said today that he would not veto a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in public indoor spaces, if it is passed by the Legislature. … Although the Senate bill applies the restrictions to e-cigarettes, the House bill is less restrictive. Dayton said he has concerns about the measure but is open to accepting it.”
Not guilty! The AP says, “A Minnesota man pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he entered the U.S. under false pretenses by concealing his military service and concealing crimes committed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. Zdenko Jakisa, 45, of Forest Lake, is charged with one count of possessing unlawfully obtained documents. … [ICE special agent Michael] Plotnick testified that Jakisa killed his neighbor, a Serbian woman, in September 1993 by firing an AK-47 into her window.”
The beleaguered forensics lab in St. Paul is getting kudos from the chief. Mara Gottfried of the PiPress writes, “After two teens were kidnapped and beaten at a St. Paul home that allegedly was a ‘stash house’ for a Mexican drug cartel, the St. Paul police crime lab identified a fingerprint that helped move the case forward when the city’s police chief thought the investigation was stalling, he said Monday. When one of the victim’s cellphones was found, analysts in the police department’s Forensic Services Unit processed it for fingerprints and matched one to Antonio Navarro, 19, according to a court document. He and three other men were indicted in federal court last week.”
Let’s re-think those road repairs … . Baird Helgeson of the Strib says, “Minnesota tax collections lagged a little behind expectations in April, coming in at $1.7 billion. Overall income tax, sales tax and corporate taxes were off a combined $12 million, about 0.7 percent below the forecast. Individual income tax withholding in April was off the most, down $19 million. April sales tax receipts were up $17 million over the forecast, a rise of 4.3 percent over predictions.”
Former Gov. Arne Carlson is not content with the U of M’s position on the controversial Dan Markingson case. At MPR, Alex Friedrich writes, “He appears to want an independent investigation into the case — or at minimum a public hearing — as well as information on how many patients have died or been injured in psychiatric research studies. … [U of M] spokesman Brian Lucas emailed me the response below: … It appears Gov. Carlson’s concerns are based on misinformation that continues to be cited by those who are calling for yet another investigation. He offers no new information and his letter doesn’t change the facts of the case.’” I’m sure that will go over well … .
Yeah, it’s reassuring he’ll be back so soon … . Says Paul Levy of the Strib, “Bradley Schnickel, the former Minneapolis police officer who used the Internet to lure adolescent girls into sexual encounters, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison, minus 197 days for time already served. With good behavior, his remaining prison time could be reduced to less than 14 months. Many in the packed Anoka County courtroom that included victims and their families were stunned when Judge James A. Cunningham sentenced Schnickel, 33, to less than one-fourth of the nearly 12-year sentence that prosecutors sought.”
Evolving toward “zero waste” … . Curtis Gilbert of MPR reports, “A Minneapolis City Council committee is recommending a ban on plastic foam containers in restaurants. The Health, Environment & Community Engagement Committee voted Monday to prohibit foam cups and take-out containers. If it is approved by the full council next week, it would take effect next April.” Read our own Karen Boros’ take here.
Well, the Yankees bought at least a couple World Series … . At Deadspin, Ryan Lambert gives the Wild … almost no chance … for the foreseeable future. “When the Minnesota Wild made the only real splash in team history by signing the top two free agents of the Class of 2012, people thought it would usher in a change for the troubled franchise. They were right. Instead of just missing the postseason, the Wild are primed to bow out early in the playoffs for years to come, and that’s technically an improvement. … the fact that they’re spending more than $15 million against the salary cap per season … on Parise and Suter screams that they don’t really know how to spend money at all.”
At Sports Illustrated, Peter King has some interesting tick-tock on the Vikings’ attempt to draft quarterback Johnny Manziel. There were four teams bidding for the pick Cleveland ultimately won, and Minnesota wouldn’t give up a 2015 first-rounder. Concludes King, “So the Vikings wanted Manziel. That is true. But did they want him enough to give the 40th pick in this draft and next year’s first-round pick as well? No. Can’t say that I blame them either.”
In a Strib commentary, Burnsville electrician John G. Morgan says anti-government whiners and scolds (you know who you are) should “get over it” already. “I admire the tenacity and commitment of the anti-stadium crowd, who — even though the Metrodome is history and the new stadium is well on its way — maintain their hope that the project will be scrapped. However, the ‘facts’ they cite in stating their case have always been suspect at best. ‘Rich out-of-staters like the Wilfs don’t deserve to be further enriched on the public spigot.’ Yes, because they’re the first out-of-state entity ever to receive a subsidy. Sheesh.” Noted “Wilfare” critic Ed Kohler offers a point-by-point response here.