Add 30 days to the state’s state of emergency … . Rachel Stassen-Berger and Paul Walsh of the Strib writes, “As the state’s largest rivers, including the Mississippi, St. Croix and Minnesota, continued to build Monday, Minnesota extended a state of emergency declaration for 35 waterlogged counties. ‘We still have a building emergency,’ Gov. Mark Dayton said. ‘A lot more is going to need to be done.’ The move continues the state of emergency, which Dayton declared last week, for another 30 days.”
Speaking of water … . Susie Jones at WCCO-AM, says, “Harriet Island is under water, so organizers with the Taste of Minnesota have had to scramble to find a new locale. Linda Maddox said this late in the game, it will be difficult to pull off.”
Dear Mr. President: Here’s a list of stuff that really bugs me … David Jackson of USA Today, noting that the President will be in town for two days this week, says, “When President Obama travels to Minnesota later this week, he’ll be kicking off a new series of trips wrapped around the idea of visiting people who have written him letters. In Minnesota, Obama — who has a practice of reading 10 letters a day — will speak with a woman named Rebekah, whose recent missive to the president talked about the economic challenges she faces.” #1: The cost of mosquito repellent …
Allison Sherry of the Strib says, “President Obama plans a town hall meeting in Minnehaha Park, an economic speech at Lake Harriet, an overnight in Bloomington, along with the Minneapolis Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser, in his two-day Twin Cities trip, White House officials said Tuesday. General public tickets will be distributed on Wednesday beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited space, the White House will only be able to distribute a limited number of tickets.”
Perhaps too dumb even for “Cops”: The TIME magazine story by Samantha Grossman goes like this: “Look, we’re no experts here, but if you’re breaking into somebody’s home, we suggest getting in and out as quickly as possible. This means you probably shouldn’t take a break to check your Facebook. Apparently, though, that’s what 26-year-old Nicholas Wig did after breaking into a house in St. Paul. He used the target’s computer to check his profile — and then he forgot to log out … .”
Politicians have been called worse names. Rick Moran at the right-of-center American Thinker blog, commenting on a Politico story, says, “He is probably the most unusual Republican candidate in the nation. Stewart Mills, CEO of Mills Fleet Farm, a family owned business in the Iron Range of Minnesota, eschews traditional notions of what a Congressman should look and sound like, and is carving out an independent GOP niche in order to challenge incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan. He has been referred to by more than one wag as the ‘Brad Pitt of the Republican Party.’ “
It is strange, since all the deep thinkers on the radio say it can never happen … Pulitzer-winning columnist Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press looks at Minnesota’s economy, in the aftermath of allegedly ruinous taxation, and writes, “When you look over into your neighbor’s yard and see greener grass, it’s worth wondering what elixir he’s using to get better results. Right? So lawmakers in Michigan, where the economy has been on a steady but slow rebound for the past four years, ought to be thinking pretty hard about what has gone on in Minnesota, which has grown its economy — and per capita incomes in particular — much quicker. Minnesota, in fact, is something of a Great Lakes phenomenon: a high-tax, high-spending counter to places like Michigan and Indiana, and a place where investment in education and infrastructure seems to be helping, not hurting, economic recovery.”
Henderson is working off an NPR story that says, “Minnesota is one of the top-ten best economies in the country; it is also a high-tax and high-spending economy. ‘For so long, the accepted formula is that in order to have a healthy state economy, you have to have low taxes, low spending, and right-to-work laws,’ [report author Rick] Haglund says. ‘Minnesota actually has turned all of that on its head.’ In 1990, Minnesota and Michigan were roughly comparable in per-capita income. Now, Minnesota’s per-capita income in $9,000 per-person higher than Michigan’s. Unemployment is 4.7% in Minnesota, and it hasn’t had a month with double-digit employment rates since 1976. Minnesota has one of the highest percentages of adults in the labor force in the country, while Michigan has one of the lowest.” I haven’t read the full report, but I assume he covers the flight of our millionaires to South Dakota.
Invasive species of the week: Via the AP: “The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is asking for the public’s help in eliminating a toxic weed showing up in eastern parts of Minnesota. Grecian foxglove is not native to North America. The plant came from central and southern Europe and is known to be growing in parts of Washington, Dakota and Wabasha counties. Officials say the weed is poisonous, and both fresh and dried plant parts are toxic.” So feed it to the flying carp, the ash borers and the zebra mussels.
I doubt anything by Sam the Sham will go for as much … . The AP reports, “A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone,” sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript. A working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand went to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s. The selling price, $2.045 million, included a buyer’s premium. The manuscript is ‘the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem,’ Sotheby’s said.”