You bought the stadium, corporations will pay Super Bowl bid

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?

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 05/07/2014 - 03:22 pm.

    super bowl costs

    Will corporations pick up the lost tax revenue?

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 05/07/2014 - 06:54 pm.

      What happened to taxes are too high

      The conservative mantra is the “taxes are too high”, but when it comes to the wealthy making out it is okay to give a tax break so the wealthy can check off Super Bowl from their bucket list. There isn’t one piece of data, that wasn’t been generated by the NFL, that says a Super Bowl does anyone but the wealthy any good. Super bowl, the over hyped event where two teams show up, but usually only one team is ready to play, which makes for a very boring event. John Q. Public paid for most of the stadium, but will be priced out the tickets due to extreme gouging.

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 05/07/2014 - 03:30 pm.

    famed international urban thinker?

    I could have sworn Lambert trademarked that a few years ago.

  3. Submitted by Ray J Wallin on 05/07/2014 - 06:19 pm.

    Statistics and Grammar

    When writing about statistics, be careful with which verb tense is used. In the paragraph about sports drinks it says “Researchers said teenagers who have one of those drinks at least once a week are more likely to smoke cigarettes.”

    I am sure no researcher has said that. What they might have said is teenagers who have one of those drinks at least once a week are more likely to have smoked, or they already do smoke once a week.

    The way it was written in MinnPost implies drinking sports drinks leads to smoking, which was not part of the study.

    I hope it is not consoling that the Trib’s article also was misleading.

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 05/07/2014 - 09:25 pm.

    Regarding the Sports and Energy Drink “Study.”

    I think these researchers (or the author of the original article) have a serious problem with a standard logical fallacy: confusing correlation with causation.

    Just because two things seem to go together or happen at the same time doesn’t mean either causes or is caused by the other.

    Unless a double blind study is performed which shows that subjects with very similar lifestyles and habits who consume these drinks demonstrate negative traits,…

    as opposed to identical subjects with identical lifestyles and habits who consume similar drinks without the ingredients in question,…

    wherein neither the subjects, nor the researchers are aware until after the data has been collected who it was that was consuming which drinks,…

    the results are NOT valid.

    You might just as well claim “my aunt’s cousin’s wife’s dad said that those sports/energy drinks made his brother crazy and violent, so I KNOW they’re bad!”,…

    Or watch the weasel for your “news” (which amounts to the same thing).

    • Submitted by Tim Walker on 05/08/2014 - 08:00 am.

      Greg, I didn’t read the full article online (it costs $30 to access it from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior website), but I’m sure your beef about correlation and causation lies with the journalists who sloppily reported the research findings and not with the researchers.

      In my job, I read a lot of articles in medical journals, and it is the very rare article reporting on correlations and associations among two or more variables that does *not* include the caveat that “correlation does imply causation” or similar words.

      It certainly is the case that the researchers on this study neglected to mention that fact, and indeed did overstate what their correlation means. But I doubt it.

      • Submitted by Tim Walker on 05/08/2014 - 09:55 am.

        Err …

        What I meant to write:

        It certainly is the case that the researchers on this study MAY HAVE neglected to mention that fact, and MAY indeed HAVE overstated what their correlation means. But I doubt it.

  5. Submitted by richard owens on 05/08/2014 - 09:20 am.

    There is a high significant postive correlation

    between the number of fire trucks at a fire and the size of the fire.

    Of course that doesn’t mean large numbers of fire trucks cause large fires.

    That said, the sports drinks are probably not nutritionally helpful, and you probably don’t need stats to observe the habits of those who partake in them.

    Oh, and sometimes large numbers of fire trucks are at the scene when a controlled burn goes wild. That will mess up a model in a hurry.

    Just what is the purpose of science anyway? Is its only purpose to offend Republicans?

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