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Enormous crowd turns out for police officer’s funeral

Wonkette takes a shot at Stillwater cafe’s “minimum wage fee”; 9 sickened with E. coli at the Rice County Fair; anti-Stewart Mills ad refused by Hubbard stations and others air it; KSTP-TV has Kyle deposition; and more.

Essentially every news organization has coverage of the funeral for Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. At KSTP-TV, Jennie Olson says, “The procession route is about eight miles long and winds through West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, the places where Patrick spent most of his time. Those who are planning the arrangements say that seeing members of the public gather along that route can be one of the most powerful and comforting moments of the day.”

KARE-TV says, “Patrick’s widow and two daughters arrived at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in West St. Paul shortly after 9 a.m. They were greeted by Gail Bergeron, the wife of late Maplewood Police officer Joe Bergeron, who was fatally shot in 2010. Like Scott Patrick, he also left behind a wife and two teenage daughters. The widows were seen embracing before Michelle Patrick and her daughters walked through a gauntlet of officers and into the church. … Doug Neville with the Department of Public Safety said about 5,000 people were in attendance. About 4,000 were members of law enforcement, some from as far as Canada and Chicago.”

Talk about a press magnet. Even the Los Angeles Times is covering the departure of Dorset, Minnesota’s 5-year-old mayor. Amy Hubbard writes, “Bobby [Tuft]’s mom, Emma Tufts, told The Times that Bobby liked helping the town but seeing himself on TV was even better. His post-politics plan: To spread his love of the outdoors. And a presidential run in 2048? Could be.” He’s gotten as much ink in the last week as a couple of the gubernatorial candidates.

Today in whining … Wonkette, the satirical site, can’t resist a shot at the Stillwater restaurant making a point of charging patrons a “minimum wage fee.” Says Kris Benson, “Oh good, a brave Job Creator is finally taking a stand against waitresses and also the people who patronize his restaurant by adding a ‘minimum wage fee’ to the bill. Finally someone is doing SOMETHING about greedy servers who can now charge the princely sum of $4.90 – $6.15 per hour for their services! We don’t use the word ‘hero’ often, but nothing short of a hero would protest Minnesota’s first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade.”

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Now up in the fight against synthetic drugs … a website. The AP says, “Minnesota’s latest tool in the fight against synthetic drugs is a website aimed at giving children and parents more information about the dangers posed by the drugs. The site launched Wednesday,, includes photos of synthetic drugs, packaging and paraphernalia that can be used to help identify them. It also includes a rundown of symptoms that can result from using synthetics … .”

The GleanNine people were sickened with E. coli at the Rice County Fair. WCCO-TV says, “The fair was held from July 15 through July 20. Generally, the time between ingesting the bacteria and feeling sick is usually 3 to 10 days. Health officials say there may be more cases confirmed in the coming days.” When in doubt, stick to the greasy stuff.

If you had a $10 million windfall, albeit illegal, what would you do with it? Paul Walsh of the Strib reports on a fraud with a familiar pattern. “A Minneapolis financial planner is accused of defrauding dozens of investors in several states out of at least $10 million over many years and using that money to gamble and frequent erotic entertainment venues in Minnesota and Las Vegas. … The money he lured from his clients went toward payments to himself and his wife, paying expenses on personal investment properties and personal credit card bills, buying a vehicle, traveling to Las Vegas, gambling at casinos and online; and spending more than $100,000 at sex-oriented entertainment establishments in Minnesota and Las Vegas.” … with the Mrs.?

It was “Gang Up on Al” time at Farmfest. The AP says, “Wednesday’s panel was Franken’s first appearance with his challengers, and the last until after Republican voters choose their candidate in next Tuesday’s primary. Republican candidates Mike McFadden, Jim Abeler and David Carlson participated, as did Independence Party candidate Kevin Terrell. McFadden attacked Franken for his votes against the Keystone XL pipeline proposed to carry oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. McFadden says the lack of pipeline capacity means more oil moves by rail, raising energy costs and causing farmers headaches when trying to ship crops.”

That anti-Stewart Mills ad that Stanley Hubbard-owned stations up north refused to run? Other stations are happy to pick up the slack. Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib says, “[The Mills campaign] asked stations not to run the ad. At least two stations, owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, complied. Hubbard Broadcasting is owned by Stanley Hubbard, a Mills donor and mega-contributor to Republican and conservative causes in Minnesota and nationally. But other stations are continuing to air the ad. In fact, House Majority PAC communications director Matt Thornton said, and public documents make clear, the groups have bought more air time to air the ad on other stations after the Hubbard stations declined to run the ad. Thornton said since July 22, the groups have spent a combined $675,000 to run the anti-Mills ad.”

Speaking of Hubbard Broadcasting, Tom Hauser of KSTP-TV got his hands on deceased sniper Chris Kyle’s video deposition in the recently concluded defamation case won by Jesse Ventura. Hauser writes, “5 EYEWITNESS News also obtained the video deposition of Chris Kyle that was shown in court. In the video, Kyle admits he ‘hates’ Ventura with a ‘passion.’  That’s a key point in a defamation case in trying to prove ‘actual malice.’  … In his Facebook video, Ventura says he met with Kyle face-to-face and offered to settle for no money. ‘When we met face-to-face, I said, ‘If you will admit you fabricated the story and apologize, we’ll call a press conference,’ Ventura said. ‘I said, ‘I will forgive you, we will shake hands and we will go our separate ways.’ He would not do it.’ “