If nothing else, it’s nice to be mentioned. Don Davis of the Forum News Service says, “U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had not yet announced his resignation officially Thursday before U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s name came up as a possible replacement. Within moments of news breaking that Justice Department and White House officials said Holder plans to resign, Twitter users were circulating Klobuchar’s name. The Minnesota Democrat was expected to face questions about the prospect this afternoon at an unrelated news conference.” Well, if “Twitter users” say so … .
Not quite a rounding error: James Warden at Finance & Commerce reports, “The formula that determines how much state money Rochester’s Destination Medical Center project receives inadvertently requires about $6 billion more in private investments for the project to get the full state match, according to an opinion the Minnesota attorney general’s office published late Tuesday. … The AG’s interpretation would require about $12 billion in private investment before the project could receive the full $327 million state match, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. That’s twice the $6 billion in private investment from Mayo and others that promoters had advertised.” It’s back to the Legislature to clarify language in the new law, writes MinnPost’s Joe Kimball.
It’s tough being Rochester. KARE-TV’s Allen Costantini reports, “Rochester has a problem that would be the envy of many other cities. The city expects to have an abundance of jobs available for the next several decades. The problem for Rochester is people. There are just not enough people in the city of 110,000 to fill all of the expected labor needs.”
Will they help keep deer off the road? The Forum News Service’s John Myers reports, “Minnesota drivers soon could be speeding past lines of solar panels along state highways if a plan by the Minnesota Department of Transportation works out. The department on Wednesday announced it has asked companies to submit proposals to rent highway rights of way to build groups of solar panels, called arrays, churning out pollution-free electricity.”
WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler calls those amusing DFL ads attacking Eighth District GOP congressional candidate Stewart Mills (the “third”) … misleading. “ … here’s where the ads get vague. ‘Mills opposed tax cuts for the middle class even as he wants to give another huge tax break to millionaires like himself,’ the ad says. The ad doesn’t say what ‘middle class’ tax cuts Mills opposes, or what tax breaks for millionaires he favors. That makes this ad more than a just personal attack — it’s misleading.” Who pays any attention to what those ads “say”? We’re just laughing at the boat shoes and lobster tails.
Further proof, as if anyone needed it, that Christmas is just another commercial event: Stribber Eric Roper tells us, “Live reindeer, a Christmas market, choir performances and ‘story time’ are coming to Nicollet Mall this holiday season to replace the Holidazzle parade. Downtown business interests outlined more details Thursday of the Holidazzle Village, which will transform the mall from 10th to 12th streets into a weekend event space and daily marketplace. The centerpiece of the event, a daily Minneapolis Christmas Market, will be located in Peavey Plaza and cost between $3 and $6 to enter. The Village is free.” Well, thanks for that … .
And this, too, I guess … The Strib’s real estate guy, Jim Buchta says, “Rising home prices continue reducing the number of people who have a mortgage that exceeds the value of their house. In the Twin Cities metro, 8.0 percent, or 46,099, of all residential properties with a mortgage were in negative equity at the end of the second quarter, according to CoreLogic. That’s compared with 10.4 percent during the first quarter and 10.7 percent nationwide.” Nevada, Florida and Arizona? Not so good.
No plea: Says Jon Collins at MPR, “The man accused of killing Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick in July made his first appearance on updated charges in Dakota County District Court on Thursday. … Fitch, 39 came into the courtroom Thursday in a wheelchair pushed by a Dakota County Sheriff’s deputy. He kept silent during the proceedings, except to confer quietly with his attorney. Assistant Public Defender Lauri Traub requested a speedy omnibus hearing, which Judge Mary Theisen set for Oct. 20. Fitch will likely issue his pleas in the case at that hearing.”
A bit more info on that big drug bust earlier this week. Nancy Lebens at MPR says, “Last August, officers recovered 10 pounds of methamphetamine from a vehicle they stopped which prosecutors believe was en route to Auto Laser [in Spring Lake Park] from California. Intercepted calls seemed to show members of the Penaloza organization also collected ‘drug related proceeds’. The indictment said the Minnesota branch of the Penaloza organization was connected to others in Chicago, Fresno, California and Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The largest amount of drugs, 16.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and 2.8 kilograms ‘of a mixture and substance containing detectable amount of marijuana’ were trafficked … .”