The governor wants Big Gummint to cover 51 counties, including the metro area. Paul Walsh of the Strib says, “In a letter to the president, Dayton also has added many more counties — now 51, up from 35 — to his previously declared state of emergency. … The newly added counties are: Anoka, Chippewa, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Martin, Marshall, Stearns, Wabasha, Washington, Watonwan, Wright and Yellow Medicine. … If granted by Obama, the disaster declaration would provide assistance to municipalities, schools and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.
And this a day after the chief and the mayor made a visit … . Paul Walsh and Elizabeth Flores of the Strib say, “Three women were shot and seriously wounded early Wednesday behind a home in north Minneapolis, and police were hunting for the suspects. The bloodshed occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of Fremont Avenue N. … ‘My daughter, she is going to be OK,’ the mother continued, ‘but she has multiple gunshot wounds, like 10 of them. Her neck is broke. Her arm is broke. Her pelvis is broke’ ”
Want some out-of-town Kevin Love trade talk? Try this from Gary Washburn at The Boston Globe. “ … a league source said Monday that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is attempting to gather assets to acquire Kevin Love, convinced he can devise a package that would entice Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to move the three-time All-Star, who will be a free agent next season. … Ainge has been dogged in his pursuit of Love, and several agents believe he has the creativity to put together an attractive package.” I still fail to see how Love goes to any team without so badly depleting that organization they’re no closer to play-off contention than the Wolves.
Looking for a realtor who is moving property? Stribber Jim Buchta writes, “Dream homes and distressed sales helped propel Minnesota’s busiest real estate agents to the top of their class last year, according to an annual survey by Real Trends, a Denver-based real estate research company, and Trulia.com. That survey is completely voluntary, but is vetted to make sure that agents aren’t over-reporting sales. Here’s a link to the complete list of top agents/teams in Minnesota … .”
In other location, location, location news … Lorna Benson of MPR writes, “In some ZIP codes in Minneapolis the risk of experiencing a life-threatening asthma attack is nearly six times higher than it is in most other areas of the state. Denika Jackson and her son Keontae Gaskin, who are both African-American, live at ground zero for the worst asthma problem in the Twin Cities, just a few steps away from Interstate 94 in North Minneapolis. The 55411 ZIP code has the highest asthma hospitalization rate in the seven-county metro area.”
Rep. Betty McCollum isn’t relenting … At the conservative Daily Caller, Eric Owens writes, “Democratic House Rep. Betty McCollum has sent a sternly worded letter to the owner of the Minnesota Vikings declaring that the Washington Redskins are not welcome to play a scheduled NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium, the football stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. In her letter, the congresswoman told Vikings owner Zygi Wilf that the ‘presence of the Washington franchise and their racist name on the University of Minnesota campus would be in violation of the Board of Regents’ Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy.’ ”
Speaking of the U … Mila Kuompilova of the PiPress tells us, “The University of Minnesota Board of Regents today is slated to approve a new contract for President Eric Kaler. Kaler, an alumnus who took over the university in 2011, now makes $610,000 in base salary. Last month, the regents gave him a glowing annual review that said he has done an ‘exceptional’ job at the helm. His current contract expires next June.” But will he get a raise?
Part of the problem in trying to treat Jesse Ventura like an ordinary politician was that ordinary (i.e. dull) characters rarely got involved in stuff like he did/does: On Day #2 of his defamation suit trial, Randy Furst of the Strib reports, “The widow of Chris Kyle, the author of ‘American Sniper,’ repeatedly broke down in tears Wednesday as she testified in federal court on the second day … . [Ventura attorney David] Olsen suggested in additional questioning of Kyle that she could have created a nonprofit and given away much more money than the $52,000 she had donated as a result of profits from the book. Kyle said she did not have the time to set up such a nonprofit.” Is Mr. Olsen’s client an example in that regard?
Finally, tough crowd, the Mauers. Slumping local hero Joe is even taking heat from his grandpa … . Blogger Dave Shama tells us, “Jake Mauer predicts his grandson Joe Mauer will hit over .300 before the season ends but told Sports Headliners he understands the frustration Twins fans have with their $23 million per season first baseman. ‘He’s getting a big salary, he should produce,’ Jake said. ‘That’s what the fans think and that’s what the fans want. He’s trying but it just don’t happen (yet). But I don’t blame the people.’ ” He may not have heard some of the stuff Joe hears from the stands.