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GOP Supreme Court candidate didn’t disclose DUI/resisting arrest charges

Oh, that DUI and resisting arrrest!  Abby Simons’ Strib story on the GOP-endorsed Supreme Court candidate’s heretofor undisclosed legal problem says: “Attorney Michelle MacDonald, the GOP’s endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and resisting arrest last year, and her case will head to trial this fall, during the general election. State Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey on Thursday said he was unaware of MacDonald’s 2013 arrest until notified by a Star Tribune reporter.”

Despite being accused of … murdering his grandmother, a Willmar-area man will not get a change of  venue. Gretchen Schlosser of the Forum News Service reports: “District Judge David Mennis ruled Thursday that Robert “Robbie” Warwick’s attorney had not shown a reasonable likelihood that a fair trial could not be had in Kandiyohi County. Warwick, 18, of Willmar, is scheduled to stand trial on first-degree murder charges starting on July 21 for the July 2013 killing of his grandmother, Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar.”

Teach for America has won a battle … . Mila Koumpilova of the PiPress writes: “The Minnesota Board of Teaching gave conditional backing Friday to an alternative teacher licensing program designed by the University of Minnesota and the non-profit Teach for America. The two partners set out to design a more extensive preparation program for Teach for America recruits, high-achieving recent college graduates placed in classrooms after five weeks of summer training. In the new program at the U, recruits will get eight weeks of preparation.” Well, that ought to cover it.

With Denny Hecker and Tom Petters off the scene, we really only have the Lord and Lady Chisholm, our Scottish Royalty to provide regular amusement. In the latest episode, Dave Chanen of the Strib says: “Colin Chisholm, the alleged wealthy Deephaven business man charged with welfare fraud, discharged his attorney Friday. In a short court hearing, Chisholm, dressed in an orange jail suit, spoke softly when asked questions by Hennepin County District Judge Lois Conroy. Chisholm didn’t give a reason why he no longer wanted Tom Kelly as his attorney. Kelly had been representing him for free.” No doubt David Boies will be asked to step in.

I’d go, but I hear the WiFi is only so-so … The AP reminds Minnesotans: “Minnesota state parks will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with free admission and family fun on Saturday. The Department of Natural Resources will waive the requirement for vehicle permits and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors to the fun of outdoor recreation, especially families with young children.” … Or you can just wait inside for someone to shoot you an Instagram of a plant.

Kyle Rosendaal of the Forum News Service adds to the warning to propane owners to top off now, not six months from now. “Due to the reversal of the Cochin pipeline and an increase in U.S. propane exports, propane supplies in Minnesota could be stretched thin if everyone waits until the fall to buy propane. … the owner of the Cochin pipeline has reversed the pipeline and has to deliver a diluent for tar sand to Canada for the next 10 years through the Cochin pipeline.” Doesn’t that sound pleasant?

Best Buy’s shareholders are showing considerably more confidence in their executives. Says Kavita Kumar in the Strib: “At Best Buy’s annual meeting earlier this week, 98 percent of shareholders endorsed the retailer’s executive compensation in the nonbinding ‘say-on-pay’ vote … .  [Proxy advisor Glass, Lewis & Co.] still noted some concerns such as that long-term bonuses are linked to just one performance metric and that Best Buy uses companies in its peer group that are more than twice the size of its market capitalization, which can inflate pay.”

What pro football needs is a little profit incentive … At MPR, Tim Nelson says: “Minnesota is hotly debating what the NFL gets from cities that host a Super Bowl, and now the Miami Herald says Miami-Dade County is posed to approve a new subsidy deal for the NFL in south Florida. … Under the deal, Miami-Dade would pay the Dolphins a maximum of $5 million a year based on this bonus schedule:
• $4 million for a Super Bowl or World Cup finals match
• $3 million for a World Cup semi-final or a national college-football championship
• $2 million for a college play-off game.”
Please, somebody tell me this is a particularly twisted Jimmy Kimmel prank.

Note to sensitive singer-songwriters … look up, tonight. Liala Hilal of MPR writes: “There’s something rosy about this Friday the 13th. It’s the first full moon on a Friday the 13th in June in 95 years, according to, and it also happens to be a ‘Strawberry Moon’ or ‘Honey Moon.’ It may appear pink, or have a gold hue. The name Strawberry Moon is given to full moons that happen in June, according to National Geographic. … In North America, the harvesting of strawberries in June gave the full moon its name.”

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 06/13/2014 - 01:34 pm.

    Let’s sell “our” Super Bowl to Miami-Dade County !!

    FINALLY, a way for someone besides downtown businesses to make any money from it !!

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/13/2014 - 04:12 pm.

    Ms. MacDonald’s behavior,

    whether she was drunk or not, is sufficient evidence that she is not equipped to sit on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

    (Lest anyone be tempted to write this off as the act of an inexperienced attorney: she was admitted in 1987.)

    • Submitted by frank watson on 06/13/2014 - 07:00 pm.

      Seems it hasn’t hurt

      James, it seems drinking, smoking dope and doing coke hasn’t hurt or disqualified a person from being President of the United States. Whether you lean left or right you had to vote for one of them. I’m guess by your comment you voted for the last 2 of 3 presidents.

      • Submitted by richard owens on 06/14/2014 - 10:11 am.

        Are you implying the POTUS has a DUI?

        Maybe the Republicans should screen candidates who seek to dispense Minnesota justice to run only those who respect the law.

        Texting while driving is also epidemic, and our courts have a role to play in changing behavior.

      • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 06/14/2014 - 10:57 am.

        While I have my suspicions about W…

        …I don’ think any of the last 3 presidents were currently imbibing or violating the law. This woman may very well have been. But really your comparison is nonsense.

  3. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 06/13/2014 - 06:54 pm.

    The Innocent Judge

    Well, she may have refused all alcohol tests (blood, saliva, breath) after the traffic stop, but the next day she did her own tests somewhere and avows that that proves her innocence, never mind that the alcohol would be gone by the next day anyway. I’d certainly hate to see her in any position of judicial responsibility; her behavior smacks of “rules are for the LITTLE PEOPLE” and those people don’t make good judges or legislators.

  4. Submitted by Joe Musich on 06/13/2014 - 10:59 pm.

    wow !

    California judge 16 months of teaching to get tenure contributes to inequaility. Minnesota eight weeks of prep enough to teach. Lotta wasteland between the two.

  5. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 06/14/2014 - 10:47 am.

    All you drinkers…

    …keep a close eye on the McDonald case. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a template for beating a Drunk Driving rap.

    What we know so far: Delay taking the test, put it off, ask to speak to an attorney, don’t outright refuse but don’t consent either. Just don’t take the test, but be careful not to make it seem as though you’re refusing. Afterward get your own test done. We don’t know how long she put off getting that done, but sometime the next day. Remember the body metabolizes an ounce of alcohol per hour. Act accordingly. Also too, if you can make yourself the victim play that card. Michelle says the cops were out to get her for some reason or other. She’s played it pitch perfect so far, lets set back and watch “justice” be done.

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