Chris Kluwe is proving himself an unrelenting force in his fight with the Vikings. Ben Goessling at ESPN writes, “He started a petition on Change.org, asking the Vikings to release the full 150-page report to the public. The team engaged another law firm to review the full report last week and released a 29-page summary of the investigation on Friday evening. In an interview on Saturday, however, Kluwe said the report contained inaccuracies about Priefer’s conduct and called again for the Vikings to release the complete report. As of Monday afternoon, his petition had received about 900 digital signatures.”
What were the chances the Archdiocese was going to prevail on this one? Madeleine Baran at MPR reports, “A Ramsey County judge decided Monday to allow a clergy abuse lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to go forward on claims of negligence. However, Judge John Van de North said he needed more information before he decided whether a claim that the church created a public nuisance should also go forward to a jury.”
Oh yeah, like that sounds good. Kim Ode of the Strib writes, “Banana Cream Pie. Turkey Stuffing and Gravy. S’mores. Clam and Bacon. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Want to hear more bratwurst flavors? Blueberry Cheddar. Peach Mango. Caramel Apple. Crab and Butter. We could go on. Whiskey Peppercorn. Sour Cream and Onion. Chili Cheese Jalapeño. OK, that’s 12, leaving 98 other brat flavors at Grundhofer’s Old-Fashion Meats in Hugo. Unless they’re sold out, which can happen when it comes to the bestselling brat in the joint, the one made with Gummi Bears.” My grandma would be appalled.
More good publicity for a local sports team: Berkeley Brean of WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York reports, “A new development in the ongoing federal gambling investigation in Rochester. A law enforcement source tells News10NBC that former [Rochester Americans] and Buffalo Sabres star Thomas Vanek is connected to the investigation tied to the Marina Restaurant and Bar in Charlotte. … Let’s be clear: Thomas Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer. But our law enforcement sources say he’s connected to that gambling investigation.” Which kinda sound criminal, doesn’t it?
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Isn’t this the description for pretty much every development? Frederick Melo of the PiPress writes, “Ford Motor Co.’s former Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Highland Park will become a livable ‘21st century community’ hosting a mix of homes, recreation and employment. That’s the vision from the St. Paul mayor’s office, which hopes to turn the nearly 150-acre river bluff campus into a model for urban redevelopment.”
The perils of campaigning? Bill Salisbury of the PiPress says, “Jeff Johnson, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, underwent surgery Monday morning at Maple Grove Hospital to repair a perforation in his stomach. His campaign reported he was resting at the hospital with his family. Earlier, he went to an urgent care clinic with abdominal pain, where doctors determined he needed surgery.”
Apparently they believe St. Thomas will do right by them. Christopher Magan’s PiPress story says, “Part-time professors at the University of St. Thomas overwhelmingly rejected efforts to unionize the school’s nontenured faculty. The vote tally, counted Monday afternoon at the National Labor Relations Board in Minneapolis, was 136-84. More than 250 part-time and nontenured faculty members were eligible to vote in the election by mail-in ballot. St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan praised the outcome and said she is ready to continue addressing faculty members’ concerns about pay and working conditions.”
It’ll “wrap up” by when? Tim Nelson of MPR says, “The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Monday launched an improvement project on Interstate 494 that will slow traffic and bring night and weekend lane closures through the fall. … The $86 million project is expected to wrap up by 2017.” We didn’t need those lanes, anyway.
He was truly a BMOC. Dennis Brackin of the Strib writes on the passing of Gopher football legend Bob McNamara. “He was presented with a ring when the Gophers golf team won the 2002 national title, his name is on an academic center for student-athletes and he was named an honorary football captain for the inaugural game at TCF Bank Stadium in 2009. He was that special to his beloved Gophers’ athletic program. McNamara, a standout running back and one of the most important financial backers in the history of the school’s athletic program, died Sunday night after a lengthy illness.”
Its been a tough run for area dogs. First that SWAT team assault in St. Paul where two pooches we’re gunned down. Now one in Minneapolis. City Pages’ Aaron Rupar says, “Sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Paul Thomas Trott let his dogs out of the north Minneapolis home near Aldrich Avenue and 39th Avenue he shares with his partner, Josh Lyczkowski. Unbeknownst to both of them, the gate on their fence had been broken by a car theft suspect who had fled from cops through their yard shortly before, and the dogs, Tito and Vita, made their way into a nearby alley. In the alley, Tito — a nearly two-year-old, 120-pound Cane Corso — approached an officer who was still hunting for the car theft suspect. The officer ended up opening fire and killing Trott and Lyczkowski’s beloved dog.”