Was there also a “pledge” on that $100 million-plus “economic benefit”? Steve Karnowski of the AP attended the “media availability” for the Twin Cities Super Bowl bid and writes, “Organizers of Minnesota’s bid for the 2018 Super Bowl say the local corporate community will cover most of the costs. US Bank CEO Richard Davis co-chairs the bid committee. He says local corporations pledged enough to cover 75 percent of the estimated $30 million to $40 million in costs just within the first seven days of the drive. … They say their proposal includes rebates that will be a fraction of the extra tax revenue the state would collect.”
The old supermarket market ain’t what it used to be. The AP also reports, “Roundy’s has negotiated a deal to sell 18 Rainbow Foods stores in Minnesota. Supervalu, which owns Cub Foods, has been working with other grocery chains to buy these stores. The deal also includes 13 Rainbow pharmacies and three Rainbow liquor stores in the state. Ten Rainbow Foods stores will become Cub stores, bringing the total number of Cubs in the state to 76 stores.” None of them will be selling beer on Sunday.
It’s not quite “blaming the victim” … but the AP reports, “Misdemeanor charges have been filed against a woman who drove into a suburban Minneapolis retention pond last November, killing two children and injuring three others. St. Louis Park prosecutors on Tuesday charged 23-year-old Marion Guerrido with driving without insurance, violating the requirements of her learner’s permit and failing to properly use child safety restraints.”
Today Amtrak service officially/finally switched from the Midway location to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. At MPR, Bob Collins isn’t exactly popping champagne corks for a train that is on-time only 17.4 percent of the time. “The last stop at the Midway train station was to occur this morning around 8. But by then, the train was only in Sauk Rapids, running almost 7 hours behind schedule, or about the amount of time it takes to get in a car and drive to Chicago, or the amount of time it takes to fly to Chicago and back. Twice.”
More disinfectant is certainly in order … . Says Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib, “Minnesotans curious about who funds their local officials’ campaigns may soon find their frustration at an end. … Cities and counties collect the information, but most require citizens to visit official offices in person to examine the files and they offer little posted guidance on how to track donations down.” A bill would tie higher campaign-donation limits to required online filing. They wouldn’t dare apply this to SuperPACs would they?
More and more like those western European Socialist hellholes every day … . The AP says, “New parents would be entitled to longer unpaid leaves. Nursing mothers would find more private space at work. And large state contractors would have to certify they pay men and women similar salaries for similar jobs. Those are the parameters of employment legislation due for final action in the House and Senate as soon as Wednesday.”
“Experts” and their expert opinions … . Eric Roper of the Strib followed “famed international urban thinker” Gil Penalosa over to Hiawatha & Lake and recorded this: “He was running behind for a meeting with about 50 local residents — on the other side of the street — about improving the intersection. It wasn’t until he began jaywalking that the light turned green. ‘I think this intersection is horrible. I think this intersection shows a lack of respect for people,’ Penalosa said later.”
In the greater context of ingesting products with significant side effects … . WCCO-TV reports, “We’ve already heard that sports and energy drinks aren’t exactly healthy choices, but a new study from the University of Minnesota has now linked them to other vices. Researchers said teenagers who have one of those drinks at least once a week are more likely to smoke cigarettes. They were also found to spend more time playing video games or watching TV.” I wonder if this is what that legislator was thinking of this when he got into the “devastation” caused by pot?