They might instead want to run on potholes or feral cats … . Tom Scheck at MPR starts his latest piece on election season by saying, “Minnesota Republicans suffered steep losses in 2012 after challenging Democrats over gay marriage. Most voters didn’t see it the GOP’s way. This year Republicans are talking economy, not social issues. But the GOP contenders seeking a shot this fall at Gov. Mark Dayton face a similar dilemma — how to convince voters Dayton and the Democrats have bungled the state’s economy when most indicators show Minnesota is recovering pretty well.”
Basically, everyone wants a voice … . Elizabeth Dunbar’s MPR story on development control along the Mississippi says, “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on how to regulate development along the 72-mile Mississippi River corridor in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A second round of proposed rules for development along the river has done little to quell the controversy that stymied the initial effort. Both the business community and environmental groups say the Department of Natural Resources has more work to do.”
Would you like ice and a slice of lime with your chlorinated solvent? Peter Cox at MPR reports, “The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is proposing that the municipal wells in the Lake Minnetonka town of Spring Park be added to the state’s Superfund List. MPCA officials also want to add a former dry cleaning business in downtown Worthington to the list of polluted sites. … ‘They’re both places where chlorinated solvents are involved in the contamination,’ MPCA spokesman Sam Brungardt said.”
Speaking of consumables … . Tom Webb at the PiPress checks out General Mills new products. “General Mills unveiled its new-product lineup Monday, and the consumer themes were easy to spot. More protein. More gluten-free. More indulgent. And bolder flavors. The Golden Valley-based foodmaker pays keen attention to trends as it formulates products it thinks will score with consumers. Typically only a small fraction of newcomers become hits, so many of the 150 or so new General Mills products being unveiled aren’t likely to be around next year.” In other words, kind of like the TV networks introducing their “can’t miss” fall line-ups.
It’s a bee-palooza in Minneapolis. Liz Sawyer in the Strib writes, “Beekeepers no longer would need written approval from neighbors to start hives on their property and would be free of restrictions on hives located on the second or higher story of a building under an ordinance change approved Monday by the City Council’s health and environment committee.”
A Mike McFadden for Senate ad, besides spending $40,000 on a couple local TV stations, is getting snickers for something else. At the Strib Rachel Stassen-Berger and Allison Sherry write, “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s first broadcast ad, said to be in the six figures, blossomed into what some are dubbing ‘groin gate’ in social media circles Monday. The ad features McFadden coaching young boys football. One of the boys says, ‘Now Coach McFadden is the one running.’ Another says, ‘Spending has to be stopped’ and ‘Obamacare needs to be sacked.’ Then, McFadden shouts to the junior huddle, ‘Let’s go out and hit somebody!’ and a little boy apparently goes for McFadden in a tackle and hits him below the waist. McFadden’s voice screeches up about six notches … .” Hey! Say what you will. He’s funnier than Al Franken.
Nothing was ever dull with this guy. Kevin Giles of the Strib reports, “A Washington County man implicated in a bizarre alligator incident last year died Sunday in a fiery car crash. William St. Sauver, 31, was killed when his car caught fire in rural Scandia, east of Forest Lake. He was dead at the scene, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. … St. Sauver was convicted in June of keeping wild or exotic animals, a petty misdemeanor, after an alligator surprised two boys fishing in Goose Lake in Scandia.”
It’s time to decide, once and for all … . Tim Harlow of the Strib reminds readers, “Minnetonka and Hopkins have given the thumbs up for plans to route the proposed Southwest Light Rail line through their cities. St. Louis Park could be next. The City Council will vote on Monday on whether to give its approval for the 15.8-mile line that would run from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie … . A sticking point in St. Louis Park is what will happen with freight traffic. At a meeting earlier this year, Council member Tim Brausen spoke in favor of including an explicit statement in the municipal consent resolution that states it is the city’s understanding that the plans include abandoning the idea of rerouting freight rail.”
Not that they’ll be personally greeting “guests” … . Kavita Kumar, the Strib’s Target beat writer, reports, “Target Corp. appears to be on a hiring spree — at least when it comes to the digital and technology space. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced today that it has appointed three new senior-level executives in the fields of information technology, e-commerce and digital products. The new additions are part of the company’s efforts to accelerate its digital transformation as it tries to catch up on that front with competitors such as Amazon and Walmart.”