If kids had a union they’d be picketing. Says Boyd Huppert at KARE-TV: “In deference to the fair and Minnesota’s tourism, state law forbids schools from starting before Labor Day without a waiver from the Minnesota Department of Education. This year, nearly 50 of the state’s 339 school districts have received one.”
South Dakota is taking a cue from us: Steve Young of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader says, “South Dakota’s latest effort to bring health care to its rural communities has a Minnesota feel to it. That’s because the new Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program rolled out in July by the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is patterned after a similar one at the University of Minnesota medical school campuses in the Twin Cities and Duluth. … Its track record impressed South Dakota officials. Of more than 1,300 students who participated in Minnesota’s rural medicine program, two-thirds now practice in the state.”
I want some of whatever Patrick Reusse is having. In the Strib he’s saying a new Golden Age of Minnesota sports is about to dawn. “The Golden Age of Sports in Minnesota was not the 1960s. The Golden Age of Sports in Minnesota starts in 2016. Timberwolves basketball boss Flip Saunders is providing a jump start with the acquisition of Andrew Wiggins and more for the discontented star, Kevin Love. By October 2016, in a remodeled Target Center, there’s a big chance a ticket buyer would rather have Wiggins as a full-service player than Love. Next door, it’s never been more popular to bash the Twins, yet in this fourth season of hideous defeat there are hints of a better future with Danny Santana, Oswaldo Arcia and now Vargas.” Has that medicinal cannabis thing has already kicked in?
Not actually related: Elsewhere in the Strib Tom Meersman writes, “Frank Forcella is tackling the problem of weeds head-on. A U.S. Department of Agriculture research agronomist in Morris, Minn., Forcella doesn’t spray pigweed and foxtail with herbicides to shrivel them. He blasts them to smithereens with corncob grit. The tactic is gaining attention from organic farmers who don’t use chemicals.”
Speaking of imminent sports glory: Tim Nelson at MPR writes, “The Vikings have struck a business deal with the State of Minnesota to host a Major League Soccer franchise in the team’s new stadium. The Vikings don’t have a soccer team yet. But Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said a rent agreement would help signal pro soccer that Minneapolis is ready. Lester Bagley, Viking vice president, said the team might make a formal bid for a franchise later this year.”
The latest in the Hidden Beach crisis: Alejandra Matos of the Strib reports, “Cedar Lake’s Hidden Beach closed out a tumultuous season Sunday, and now neighbors and city leaders are wrestling with whether to close the summer hot spot for good. … Residents are weighing three options for the rest of the season: Close the beach entirely, close the beach at 6 p.m. or do nothing.” If this was Congress you know what they’d do.
Another Wisconsin cop, another double murder. Gitte Laasby at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says, “By all accounts, Ashlee Steele was her husband’s biggest advocate and love of his life, serving as manager of his effort to raise nearly $75,000 to cover medical expenses associated with his recently diagnosed ALS. Authorities say her husband, retired Dane County Sheriff’s deputy Andrew P. Steele, shot and killed 39-year-old Ashlee C. Steele and her sister, Kacee M. Tollefsbol, 38, of Lake Elmo, on Friday in the couple’s Fitchburg, Wis., home. … Steele was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, on June 4.”
Speaking of our neighbors. The latest revelation in Gov. Scott Walker’s elaborate fund-raising operation has James Hohmann of Politico culling out the “best parts” of the e-mail trove unveiled late last week. “‘Let them know that you can accept corporate contributions and it is not reported.’ That’s from a June 2011 email to Walker from Kelly Rindfleisch, his deputy chief of staff when he was Milwaukee county executive. She was forwarding him an itinerary for a fundraising trip that listed who he would meet with. Her talking points said to request money for ‘your 501c4.’ The quote gets to the heart of the legal issue about whether Walker’s team tried to illegally sidestep state campaign contribution caps.”
As usual, the Wall Street Journal opinion page is unimpressed. “President Obama headlined a $25,000 a head Seattle fundraiser in July hosted by former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal for the liberal Senate Majority SuperPac. Perhaps you didn’t notice the lack of media outrage. That’s the context in which to understand the breathless reporting about court documents showing that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker encouraged donations to the Wisconsin Club for Growth. The horror, the horror!”