More on the Waseca kid with some deadly serious plans … . Pat Pheifer of the Strib writes, “John David LaDue had it all figured out. He would kill his mother, father and sister and then create a diversion to keep first responders busy while he went to Waseca Junior/Senior High School to wreak havoc. … LaDue said he had an SKS assault rifle with 400 rounds of ammunition, a 9mm handgun with ammo and a gun safe with more firearms, all in his bedroom at home.” … and well within his Second Amendment rights, right?
MinnPost’s Devin Henry has a rural broadband analysis today, but Dave Peters at MPR is also on the beat: “Rural and small-town residents of Minnesota are waving their arms more fervently than just about anybody else in the country to latch on to federal help for better Internet service. Small phone companies, electrical utilities, townships, cities and newly formed cooperatives have flooded the Federal Communications Commission with ready-made project ideas that would get fast broadband service where it’s never been. At the same time, three big national companies that provide phone and Internet service to much of rural Minnesota are going to make decisions in the coming months that could determine for years what the rural broadband landscape will look like.” Time for the “Big Three” to put up or shut up.
H.L. Mencken has (at least a half dozen) lines for this. Rochelle Olson of the Strib reports, “The Minnesota Vikings say three out of four season ticket-holders contacted have purchased ‘stadium-builder’ licenses to reserve seats in the $1 billion Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium scheduled to open in 2016. Thus far, the Vikes have only contacted ticket-holders in two of 16 seating zones. Those zones happen to contain the most expensive seats in the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium. They’re called Field and Valhalla club seats.”
Last call … . The WCCO-TV story says, “Six people were injured early Friday morning after a van crashed into a St. Paul bar following an attempted traffic stop. Authorities said that just before midnight, a person called 911 reporting that a gold minivan was heading north on Highway 616 near Interstate 494 in Newport, and was weaving in and out of traffic. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper located the van at Interstate 94 and tried to pull the van over near the 6th Street exit. The driver of the van did not stop, took the ramp and drove another block before crashing into the Bulldog Restaurant and Bar on the 200 block of East 6th Street.”
Osmo-watching … in Cleveland. Zachary Lewis of The Plain Dealer says, “Five years have passed since Osmo Vanska last conducted the Cleveland Orchestra. But the maestro has an excellent excuse for his absence. ‘I have been busy,’ said Vanska, slated to return to Severance Hall next week for two nights of Scandinavian masterworks. Talk about an understatement. Music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska has spent most of the last two years at or near the center of the longest and arguably most contentious orchestra work stoppage in U.S. history.”
James Eli Shiffer of the Strib goes hunting for the last elevator operators in Minnesota. “James Honerman, the spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry … said the state had no program any more, and to his knowledge, elevator operator was a defunct profession. He did venture a guess to the last buildings that had them. One of them was the Pioneer-Endicott Building in St. Paul. It has been renovated into ritzy apartments, but its formerly staffed elevators are now self-serve. The other was the Young-Quinlan Building … .”
It’s funny cool … . Eric Danton of The Wall Street Journal likes the logo for The Replacements reunion. “It’s a powerful combination of two of the biggest names in the world of sports and rock n’ roll. Well, not really. But for the small, but influential group that is both die-hard fans of the raucous Minneapolis band the Replacements and the Minnesota Twins, the unveiling of the poster for the Replacements’ first local show in 23 years is a cause for celebration.”