Ex-punter/social media activist Chris Kluwe and the Vikings have settled out of court. At USA Today Tom Pelissero says, “The lawyer for former punter Chris Kluwe says the Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with his client, ending the threat of a lawsuit over Kluwe’s release. ‘The parties intend to hold a joint press conference early next week to make public the terms of a settlement arrived at late last night,’ Kluwe’s lawyer, Clayton Halunen, wrote in a text message to USA TODAY Sports. Halunen declined to reveal terms of the settlement because it had not yet been executed.”
In MPR’s story Tim Nelson and Jon Collins say, “The Vikings said Tuesday that they were making a financial contribution to ‘human rights and anti-hate causes’ and would improve sensitivity training for team personnel. Details of the payments were not disclosed, although Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, said the contributions would go to five charities that advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians and others.”
It’s official(ly low) … The AP says, “Certified results from last week’s Minnesota primary show just more than 10 percent of the state’s eligible voters cast ballots. … Turnout was slightly better than 2012, but below 2010 when the state last had a competitive gubernatorial primary, that one on the Democratic side.” So if the caucuses are a problem, how much better is this?
A post-primary poll check: MPR’s Tom Scheck says, “Rasmussen Reports has two polls out this week that show DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL Sen. Al Franken leading their Republican rivals. The poll, which surveyed 750 likely voters in Minnesota on August 13 and 14, found that Franken leads Republican nominee Mike McFadden by 8 percentage points. … The poll also found that Dayton is leading Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson by 8 points. Dayton had 49 percent support while Johnson had 41 percent.”
Prosecutors are adamant about Jeffrey Lepsch not getting a new trial. Anne Jungen of the LaCrosse Tribune writes, “Prosecutors argue a Minnesota man who murdered a father and son at their downtown La Crosse camera store isn’t entitled to a new trial. Jeffrey Lepsch’s three trial attorneys did not fail him when selecting jurors to hear the 2013 trial as his new attorney contends, La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke argued in a brief filed Monday. … Surveillance video and cellphone and vehicle records led investigators to Lepsch, who at the time of the killings was a broke, unemployed hobby photographer living in Dakota, Minn. Investigators traced every piece of equipment stolen from May’s [camera shop] to Lepsch — whether in his home, his van or sold over the Internet to support his family of five.”
Speaking of “militarization” … Tad Vezner of the PiPress reports on last night’s bizarre black helicopter exercise. “With no warning for residents, military helicopters flew low Monday evening over St. Paul and Minneapolis in a federal training exercise, about which officials released almost no information. The exercise — reportedly involving U.S. Navy Seals with Army pilots, engaging in rappelling exercises in an urban setting — began just before 8 p.m. and was scheduled to last until midnight. The St. Paul police watch commander initially had no information on the exercise. He was later informed that it was a training exercise involving Homeland Security and local law enforcement.”
Here’s video from MPR’s Tim Nelson.
Meanwhile … Dave Unze in the St. Cloud Times talked to the local cops about their need for military toys. “St. Cloud has found its way into the debate, 10 months after unveiling a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle known as an MRAP. While critics say there is no need for that type of vehicle in a city of St. Cloud’s size, the city’s police chief begs to differ. … The MRAP has been used at standoffs where a person with weapons is barricaded and won’t come out. It’s been used to serve ‘high-risk’ search warrants where the subject is presumed armed and dangerous.” Personally, I always stay in the Green Zone when I’m in St. Cloud.
Thank you … Brandi Jewett of the Forum News Service says, “Residents from Warroad have spoken and an organization threatening to sue its school district over the use of an American Indian logo, the Warriors, has listened. The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media rescinded an Aug. 15 letter it sent to Warroad Public Schools threatening legal action if the district does not begin transitioning away from the logo.” This’ll go better if we stick to the egregious stuff.
Finally, in City Pages Youa Vang interviews Jeff “The Dude” Bridges prior to his Saturday night concert in Minneapolis. “Expect some nerves when he does come through the Pantages Theatre on Sunday evening for his show with the Abiders. The performer admits to apprehension before any big project. He shares, ‘It’s the human condition. I get anxious before I get in front of a camera or onstage. I still get butterflies, but once I get out there, I feel pretty relaxed. It’s like jumping in the ocean. That first wave, you have to let it go over you and swim around.’ Ruminating on that for a few seconds, he adds, ‘You were asking me about advice a little bit ago. Don’t worry about mistakes; there are none.’ “