The tussle to keep every sighting and mention of the name of Washington’s NFL team out of TCF Stadium on November 2 is getting quite specific. From The Washington Post Ian Shapira’s latest says, “The University of Minnesota wants the Washington Redskins to wear throwback jerseys without the team name or logo for the Nov. 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings being held at the college’s stadium. The college, which is leasing its TCF Bank Stadium to the Vikings as the team’s new stadium gets built for a scheduled 2016 opening, has also asked that the game not have any Washington apparel or paraphernalia sold on the premise; that the word ‘Redskins’ not be uttered by the game’s public address announcer; and that the team’s moniker not appear on the scoreboard or in the program guide or other game-related print or digital material.”
But, Brian Hall of FoxSports says, “In a statement released Thursday night, the Vikings expressed sympathy, but also said they won’t adhere to any ban: ‘As an organization, we are very sensitive to this issue. Not only do we have a significant Native American population in Minnesota, but the Vikings have strong relationships with several tribes in the state. We have had an ongoing, respectful dialogue with Native American leaders and other community leaders over the past few years, and those conversations will continue moving forward. At the same time, the Vikings are one of 32 NFL teams, and NFL policies obligate us to operate and market the game on November 2 as we would any other game against any other opponent’.” The U of M is going to have to take this to The Commish.
It’ll certainly be enough for us. The AP reports, “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says gubernatorial debates should focus on other candidates until voters in next week’s primary choose a Republican to run against him. … He says the six debates he’s agreed to participate in after Labor Day will sufficiently allow the candidates to lay out their positions.”
Today in Kevin Love: Mark Perner of the Philadelphia Daily News says, “A source informed the Daily News that the Sixers will be sending veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for a package that will include Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft. … Young is coming off a solid year in which he averaged career-bests with 17.9 points and 2.3 assists a game.”
Wonkette has been feasting on Minnesota-generated material lately. The latest? GOP Supreme Court nominee Michelle MacDonald’s driving problems. Says “snipy”: “In Minnesota, like many other states, if you get busted for a DUI, you can apply to keep your license on a limited basis, which basically means you can drive back and forth to your job, because if you don’t keep your job, you won’t be able to pay your spectacular DUI fine or your now absurdly but justifiably high car insurance. But you can’t actually just be like, ‘Oh hey, I need to drive everywhere in the state for twelve hours a day’ because that kind of defeats the whole ‘limited’ concept. Oh, and you should probably actually still carry your license rather than hoping you’ll get by on good looks and campaign stickers. All of this is, of course, news to Ms. MacDonald.”
InsideClimateNews (a Pulitzer Prize winner) has a story up by David Hasemyer on the latest proposal for a new pipeline from the Bakken fields in North Dakota to Superior, Wi. “[President of Friends of the Headwaters Richard] Smith said he will tell the commission that the proposed pipeline route skirts some of the clearest lakes in the state, based on the Census of Water Clarity study by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center; crosses an area with the highest susceptibility for groundwater contamination; and crosses areas that are 20 to 40 percent wetlands. Much of the land along the Enbridge-designed route is permeable and described by opponents as being as porous as beach sand so that any spills would quickly be absorbed and find its way into underground water sources.”
A perennial issue: Alejandra Matos of the Strib says, “Closing the achievement gap, increasing transparency and boosting community involvement in schools are key issues for the candidates seeking two city-wide seats on the Minneapolis school board.”
Meanwhile … in Wisconsin: Holly Meyer of the Post-Crescent Media reports, “The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department will be keeping an eye on a church’s pig wrestling event that is drawing national criticism from people concerned for animal rights. Despite tens of thousands of people calling for the event’s cancellation, Capt. Mike Jobe doesn’t anticipate the long-standing Pig Rassle will draw a big protest, but says deputies will step in if tensions rise during the Sunday event. … The petition, posted by Global Conservation Group of Watertown, says the pigs are ‘punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket’.” Just another Saturday night in Wisconsin, in other words.