DFL chair says Entenza has ‘no future’ in party

Matt Entenza
Matt Entenza

As long as he can write checks he’ll always be welcome. Nick Minrock of KBJR-TVd up in Duluth asks about Matt Entenza’s future. “Entenza spent more than $670,000 of his own money to wage an expensive and contentious battle. Many party officers criticized Entenza for running for State Auditor, claiming he was running to advance his political career. Entenza insisted that his reasons for running were altruistic. He said Minnesota needed a progressive activist in the State Auditor’s office. Wednesday morning DFL Chairman Ken Martin said after this race, Entenza likely has no political future in the Democratic Party. Political science professor Alisa Von Hagel says it is possible that voters have not heard the last of Entenza.”

Doug Belden’s PiPress story on Entenza says, “[DFL Party Chairman Ken] Martin made his feelings plain in a post-primary news conference Wednesday. ‘It is personal,’ he said of his feelings toward Entenza, and he said he doubted the former House minority leader has a future in the party. ‘He really burned a lot of bridges,’ Martin said. Because of Entenza’s ‘blind ambition,’ the party had to spend money on a contested primary that it could have saved for the general election, Martin said.”

The sister of the suspect in that Arden Hills gas station shooting has had her say. Paul Walsh and James Walsh write, “The sister of Lyle ‘Ty’ Hoffman, the man the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office calls a suspect in the case, said she fears that her brother may have taken his life. … Her brother, Dan, shot and killed himself in February 2012. Her son, Austin, hanged himself in February 2013. She said she hopes Ty isn’t next.” 

St. Paul Public Schools’ iPad experiment is moving ahead, with warnings. Tim Post of MPR writes, “St. Paul is the largest district in the state to put a one-to-one iPad program in place, joining districts in Sartell, Minnetonka, Farmington, Lakeville, Osseo and Virginia. Many more of the state’s districts are using the devices on a limited basis in certain classes or grades. In St. Paul, nearly 40,000 students will receive their own iPads over the next two years. Funding for the program comes from a $9 million-a-year school technology levy that taxpayers approved in 2012. But some mobile learning experts say the district is moving too fast — before officials can determine which applications to download.”

Coming soon to a trendy spa near you: Dawn Mitchell of KMSP-TV reports on the upgrade from mere ice baths. “Athletes from Vikings and Timberwolves are now getting their cold therapy in the cryosauna, which [Branden] Johnsen described as ‘an ice bath on steroids.’ In fact, the Timberwolves players liked it so much, they bought their own machine — but Johnsen says quite a few Vikings players are still coming by. The cryosauna works by pumping vaporized liquid nitrogen through the machine for up to 3 minutes, although spot treatments — including facials — can be done with a wand. Even so, it can be a pretty chilly experience. ‘I’ll set the time at 2 minutes and 30 seconds, we’ll get down to -140 Celsius, which is 210 degrees below zero,’ Johnsen explained.” Pish, that’s a mild March Day around here.

Pesky otter. Andy Rathbun of the PiPress says, “After spending about an hour swimming with friends in Bone Lake near Luck, Wis., on Saturday, Rory Kliewer began to climb a ladder onto a dock when she suddenly felt something bite her backside and thigh. ‘I thought it was a northern pike,’ the 12-year-old Minneapolis girl said Wednesday. ‘I thought a fish was after me.’ As she threw the creature off of her, she realized that the animal was an otter — later estimated at 3 1/2 feet long and about 40 pounds.” Next? Reports of otters attacking livestock and a demand for an otter hunting season.

There’s been a sighting of the “maidens” guru: Pam Louwagie of the Strib says, “A fugitive Minnesota cult leader charged with sexually assaulting girls he called his ‘maidens’ was spotted Wednesday in western Washington state, authorities there said. A credible witness reported seeing Victor A. Barnard, 52, leaving a McDonald’s with a young woman in Raymond, Wash., a small fishing and logging town just inland from the Pacific Coast, authorities said.”

The Strib is anti-sludge. In an editorial, the paper argues, “Thanks to the federal 1972 Clean Water Act, rivers no longer start on fire and the Great Lakes aren’t at the tipping point of becoming the North American version of the Dead Sea. But as the phosphorus-induced Lake Erie algae bloom revealed, pollutants are still making their way downstream, with serious consequences for public health and aquatic life. That’s why a complex assignment recently completed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) merits public applause and support.”

Better just bring this kid to major leagues before he gets killed. Twins super-prospect Byron Buxton was promoted to Double A ball and promptly got himself carried off the field on a stretcher. Robert Reidell at RantSports says, “ … reports have stated that Buxton was taken off the field in an ambulance after colliding with a teammate in right center field during his first Double-A game with the New Britain Rock Cats. … this most recent injury creates the greatest concern to date. Buxton collided with teammate Mike Kvasnicka while tracking a fly ball. Kvasnicka was able to stand up, but Buxton was carted into an ambulance after not moving for 10 consecutive minutes.”

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Bruce Bruemmer on 08/14/2014 - 08:44 am.

    Democracy is so annoying…

    “‘Because of Entenza’s ‘blind ambition,’ the party had to spend money on a contested primary that it could have saved for the general election,’ Martin said.” No doubt the DFL admires the old Soviet Union for its political efficiency.

  2. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 08/14/2014 - 09:05 am.

    DFL sour grapes

    I was disgusted to hear about Ken Martin’s personal rant about Entenza, yesterday. The primary is over, the money is gone. Griping in a press conference about it is foolish, childish, and pointless. I don’t care for Entenza, myself, but this sounds like a typical GOP ousting of the “not fit for OUR party” stuff. Grow up.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/14/2014 - 10:00 am.

    I thank God I’m not paying Saint Paul property taxes or school levy’s any more.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 08/14/2014 - 12:25 pm.


      lucky for you that you escaped to South Carolina and their 50th ranked educational system. You get what you pay for. Enjoy the ignorance…

      • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/14/2014 - 02:03 pm.

        50th in a pool of failure is a distinction without a difference. All my kids went to private schools in Minnesota while I paid taxes to support the public, so I actually got what I paid for *and* paid for what I didn’t get and wouldn’t take on a bet.

        But that’s life, isn’t it?

    • Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/14/2014 - 01:30 pm.

      As noted before, Mr. Swift

      You get what you pay for.

      I hope you are enjoying the fruits of South Carolina’s fine educational system.

      • Submitted by Chris Farmer-Lies on 08/14/2014 - 04:01 pm.

        Sure seems that way, since he doesn’t understand how pluralization works. Or a great many things outside the realm of grammar.

  4. Submitted by Rod Loper on 08/14/2014 - 10:15 am.


    This rant by the chair is premature. I believe he funds Minnesota 20-20 a progressive think tank, does he not?

  5. Submitted by Monica Manning on 08/14/2014 - 10:47 am.

    Good Move, St Paul School District!

    As someone who voted for the technology referendum, I say: “Congratulations, St Paul School District Leaders, on your decision to move ahead and deploy the iPads to all 40,000 students. Your boldness is clearly based on a trust in your professional educators as well as in a recognition that both teachers and students will move the district faster and better than an implementation based on waiting for ‘officials’ to make all the decisions.”

    Even if a few iPads are lost or destroyed in the process (and they would be in any organization) it’s far better to provide today’s mobile technology across the board to ensure that the many students who come from families unable to afford these devices so readily available to others will be able to use them as soon as possible.

    Too often, school officials are hesitant to do anything innovative because it is so easy for the media to find someone to criticize whatever they do.

    Thanks, St Paul School District officials, for your leadership!

  6. Submitted by Linda Miller on 08/14/2014 - 11:20 am.

    mimeo graphs

    hey Tom Swift – did your parents object to replacing the mimeo machines with those elite photocopy machines back in the day?
    let’s bring back typewriting classes to the kids in the St. Paul schools!

    • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/14/2014 - 12:04 pm.

      We were never given our own copiers; neither do I remember taking home a typewriter. Seems to me the classes shared common resources.

      But then, our parents never heard of excess levy referendums either; schools made due with the resources they were provided, so there’s that to consider.

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