Story of cold-blooded 12-year-old Wisconsin girls goes national

The story of the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who stabbed their friend to prove worthy of an Internet character has gone national. Most are feeding off the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

There, Ellen Gabler writes, “When asked how many times [Morgan] Geyser thought she stabbed the victim, Geyser said she did not know; all she heard was screaming. At one point, when talking with police, Geyser said she was sorry. She said she had put the knife back into her bag and wiped it off on her jacket. She then told a detective, ‘It was weird that I didn’t feel remorse.’ When asked about [the mythical character] Slender Man, Geyser said she had never met him but said he watches her and he can read minds and teleport. Geyser said what she did was ‘probably wrong.’ “

Also in the Journal-Sentinel, Raquel Rutledge writes, “Nancy Kaser-Boyd, a forensic psychologist at Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, called the alleged actions by the girls extremely rare. ‘You just don’t see it at that age and especially not in girls,’ she said. ‘It just hardly ever happens.’ Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice show girls accounted for just 9% of all homicide arrests among children ages 10 to 17 in 2011. … Plotting such an action over many weeks, and whispering about it on the bus, as one of the girls told police they did, demonstrates a malevolence, she added. ‘There is a sadistic quality to that,’ she said.” Do you think?

Meg Wagner in the New York Daily News writes, “ … a website that publishes stories about the creepy urban legend says it’s not to blame for the crime. … On Tuesday, the moderator who runs — a website similar in content to — posted a statement about the stabbings. The nameless author offers condolences to the victim and her family, but also says neither nor can be held responsible for the tragedy. ‘Most people don’t watch Hannibal and turn into serial killers,’ the post says.”

Let’s see: Grateful Dead bootlegs … check. Autographed Snoop Dogg designer bong … check. Willie Nelson T-shirts … check. Christopher Snowbeck of the PiPress says, “Wanted: A medical marijuana chief. The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking a director for its new Office of Medical Cannabis, which will implement the medical marijuana bill signed into law last month by Gov. Mark Dayton. The job pays between $35.35 and $50.70 an hour, which works out to an annual rate of between $73,811 and $105,862, according to a notice posted last week.”

Less than average? Minnesota? A news service story says, “Warm weather is helping crops emerge in Minnesota, but corn and soybean development remains behind average. According to the weekly Minnesota crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 93 percent of the corn crop is planted, which is near the five-year average of 95 percent. But only 69 percent of the corn crop has emerged, compared with the average of 82 percent.”

With Bucky the Terrorist out of the picture is Montevideo safe for pot? Tim Cherveny in the West Central Tribune reports, “No sooner had Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota than Jeremy Pauling was lining up support to build the first facility to produce it in Montevideo. … His seven year-old-daughter Katelyn suffers chronic seizures due to Batten Disease. It’s an inherited and fatal neurological disease. … Pauling secured resolutions from the City of Montevideo and Chippewa County supporting the proposal to develop a manufacturing facility.”

Stribber Paul Walsh says, “For the first time since being attacked in downtown Mankato more than three weeks ago, Isaac Kolstad responded Tuesday to verbal commands from his neurosurgeon, twice following directions to give a thumbs-up sign, the family said.”

The state has moved on this one. Chris Serres of the Strib says, “Citing ‘dire management problems,’ the Minnesota Department of Health has seized control over a Minneapolis nursing home that put its residents at risk by failing to correct numerous health and safety violations. The state took the unusual step Friday of taking over management of Camden Care Center, an 87-bed nursing home at 512 49th Avenue North in Minneapolis, after inspections in recent months found 80 health and safety violations.”

Nice going, kid. Kim McGuire of the Strib reports, “As it turns out, kids sometimes listen to their parents. Zach Furman certainly did, and today one of his classmates at Concord Elementary in Edina is probably alive because the third-grader learned from his Dad how to administer the Heimlich technique. During a school picnic, one of Furman’s friends, Fletcher Dypwick, began choking on his lunch. …”

Finally, Cathy Wurzer and Tim Nelson at MPR have a good explainer on why in 2014 we’re still flushing [bleep] into lakes. “Extra treatment is the gold-plated solution, according to Tim O’Donnell, spokesman for the Metropolitan Council’s Environmental Services, the regional sewer authority in the Twin Cities area. ‘To add that type of capacity, to handle the extreme rainfall that mixes in with the waste water, would be upwards of a billion dollars regionwide. We think an approach that targets inflow and infiltration reduction efforts at the local level, targeted at where the water is getting into the sewers is a much more cost effective alternative, that we figure could be done for about $150 million regionwide,’ he said.”

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