Minnesota Vikings whiff on Johnny Manziel, draft Teddy Bridgewater

Finally … six months of numbing, daily, repetitive, alleged great football mind brain wizardry and I’m thinking no one saw this comingStribber Matt Vensel reports, of the Vikings’ top draft pick, linebacker Anthony Barr “… General Manager Rick Spielman gave the former Bengals defensive coordinator one of the best pass rushers in this class. He made him wait a few minutes, though. And he also passed on the fans’ favorite, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.”

Spielman whiffed on a chance later in the first round to trade up and get Manziel, instead swinging a round-ending deal with Seattle to draft Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the PiPress’s Brian Murphy reports. Bleacher Report’s Cian Farhey makes an excellent illustrated case for why Bridgewater — whose draft stock fell precipitously — is still a good choice. (Hat tip: Gregg Litman.)

Yeah, you too, ma’am. The AP reports, “Prosecutors have charged the wife of a Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting their neighbor in a dispute over deer feeding. Fifty-year-old Paula Anne Zumberge of New Brighton is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder.” If it weren’t for the weather, we’d be looking an awful lot like Florida.

We’re nearing the legislative end game, but the PiPress’s Molly Guthrey takes a step back from the Capitol corridors for a fine profile on a mom fighting for medical pot. Thanks to looser rules in Oregon, her son’s seizures were cut dramatically. “[T]o go from an hour of seizures a day to five minutes of seizures a day? To go from hundreds a day to one? That’s insane,” Angela Garin says.

What kind of quality of life can we have if we can‘t gamble at gas pumps? Says Stribber Baird Helgeson, “Minnesota State Lottery officials are scrambling to craft a last-ditch deal that would stop legislators from slamming shut the lottery’s foray into online ticket sales. Lottery officials have been meeting daily with legislators to broker a compromise that would allow them to continue selling tickets online while prohibiting any new initiatives. … A bipartisan bloc of legislators is upset that lottery officials embarked on the sale of scratch-off lottery tickets online and at gas pumps without their approval.”

The high-tax Minnesota hellhole … wait, what? The PiPress puts up a story saying, “Confidence among Minnesota’s manufacturers is at a six-year high despite difficulty finding skilled workers, according to a survey conducted by Enterprise Minnesota. Eighty-four percent of the 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives polled by the State of Manufacturing survey said they were confident about the future of their firms, but 34 percent of respondents also listed the ability to attract and retain qualified workers as a top concern — an increase of 20 points since 2011.”

A “small refund” you say?  The AP story on CenterPoint’s rate increase says, “Minnesota regulators have approved a rate hike for CenterPoint Energy but not as much as the natural gas company sought. The permanent rate increase for the Houston-based company’s 823,000 Minnesota customers is less than the 4.9 percent interim increase authorized last October. As a result, most customers will see a small refund later this year.”

Let someone else decide … . Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib reports, “The Minnesota House on Thursday narrowly decided to name a constitutional amendment, planned for the 2016 ballot, as ‘Remove Lawmakers’ Power to Set Their Own Pay.’ The measure, if voters approve it, would give power over determining legislative pay over to a bipartisan council. Giving the amendment the title may make it more attractive to voters.”

It is not called The Mark Andrew Bill but … . Patrick Condon of the Strib writes, “The Minnesota House has voted in favor of a proposal that would require all smartphones and cell-connected tablet computers sold in Minnesota to feature an anti-theft ‘kill switch.’  … The kill switch function is intended to allow the device’s owner to remotely disable it if it’s lost or stolen. The legislation also aims to prevent manufacturers and carriers from adding additional fees to customers for access to the technology.”

At MPR, Regina McCombs invites readers to check out images from the April 26 “One Day in the Twin Cirties” photo project. “The project asks 10 questions for the future of the region as part of a “city-wide, participatory media-creation event.” When all the material is gathered, there will be an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city.”

Also in artfulness, MPR’s Marianne Combs notes the schedule of music and movies hosted by the Walker this summer. Of particular note: Monday, August 18; Music: The Handsome Family; Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Be sure to stock up on plenty of precious bodily fluids.

Also freshly scheduled … . Says Reed Fischer at City Pages, “The Black Keys have just unveiled extensive plans for a 2014 world tour that stretches for most of the rest of this year. The dates are in support of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s forthcoming eighth album, Turn Blue. … The Black Keys will hit Minneapolis on October 24 with a return to Target Center.” The boys can rock … .

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 05/09/2014 - 07:32 am.

    Ideology is NOT Economics

    Considering the current state and attitudes of Minnesota business concerns can we finally lay to rest the idea that low taxes and non-existent or completely unenforced regulations do NOT create a “better business” climate?

    For evidence, just look at what’s happening to the economy in Wisconsin where those policies are being pursued with vehemence by Gov. Scott Walker and their Republican-controlled legislature,…

    (and thank God for Mark Dayton who stood in the way of the legislature in Minnesota making the same tragic errors a couple of years ago).

    Clearly the MN Chamber of Commerce and their Republican friends are basing their claims about how our economy works best on a low tax, low regulation, low wage (for non-executives) “ideology” which has precious little to do with economics,…

    (even though they love to throw the word “math” around once in awhile – something their state party finances prove they’re actually very BAD at),…

    and is based on nothing more nor less than what they believe must certainly true (a belief they maintain by refusing to allow all the countervailing evidence to enter their awareness).

    It is both amazing and wonderful to see “the state that works” so rapidly returning to the wise and effective policies that made it work before the days of “Jesse checks” and the financial malfeasance of Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

  2. Submitted by jody rooney on 05/09/2014 - 10:45 am.

    That is a candid comment Mr. Kapphahn

    and I agree with the sentiment but am not going to check the data on past political screw ups. I certainly appreciate the Governor who understands the native Minnesotan perspective, “If you don’t like it here move.”

    Interestingly enough there is a demand for better skilled workers, it would be great if these folks could define that better – although DEED use to do a shortage occupation list. So as Tom Stinson suggested perhaps we should provide incentives in the needed occupational sectors commensurate with the need. Of course DEED can help companies with that if the companies know about it.

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