Bachman’s owners intend to apply to be state certified pot growers

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Marijuana-based products are displayed at the Oregon's Finest medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon.

Is a partnership with the Pearson’s Candy family in the future? The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports that members of the Bachman family — the people who own Bachman’s, Inc. — intend to apply to become one of the state’s two certified marijuana growers. “The Minneapolis-based floral and garden center emphasized that the company itself has nothing to do with the application. It’s not clear if CEO Dale Bachman or President Paul Bachman will be applicants. ‘There are Bachman family members that will be pursuing it,’ company spokeswoman Karen Bachman said, though she wouldn’t name them.”

“Runs counter” or just lied? U.S. Rep. Tim Walz responds to KARE 11’s report from earlier in the week detailing allegations by two former employees that they were told to falsify records at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center: “Walz, a Minnesota Democrat, is a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In a statement, he calls the allegations ‘extremely troubling’ and says they run counter to what local leadership at the VA told him.”

Senate race heats up over ISIS. Over at City Pages, Aaron Rupar gives a blow-by-blow account of the Al Franken-Mike McFadden slugfest over what the Obama administration and Justice Department can and should be doing about terrorism recruitment efforts in Minnesota: “Last night, McFadden met with leaders of the Twin Cities’ East African community in Minneapolis,” Rupar writes. “Afterward, he criticized Franken for not doing enough to highlight growing concerns about radicalism in Minnesota. ‘We need more than a senator who pens an angry letter in hopes that action will occur,’ McFadden said. Today, the Franken camp counterpunched big time. In a release, Franken spokesperson Alexandra Fetissoff writes, ‘We’re delighted with Mr. McFadden’s newfound concern with terrorism.’”

Summer may be over, but road construction never ends. KSTP details the total misery that will ensue for anyone trying to travel pretty much anywhere in the south metro this weekend: “Interstate 494 is closing in both directions at Cedar Avenue this weekend. Crews will be removing the northbound Cedar Avenue bridge deck. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, drivers traveling north or south on Cedar Avenue will be able to cross I-494 via a bypass and traffic shift.”

Just another woman-bites-trooper story:  The Associated Press has the tale of a state trooper in Olmsted County who got an unexpected gift when he tried to help out a motorist stopped on the side of road. “Thursday a state trooper discovered the 29-year-old woman in a car stopped in the middle of a highway on Wednesday night. Long says she was breaking objects with pliers and refused to roll down her window. The woman eventually moved to the shoulder of the highway and the officer broke a window to pull her out. Long says she resisted arrest and bit the deputy’s arm twice, drawing blood.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by E Gamauf on 09/05/2014 - 02:36 pm.

    Far Out! Bachmann Pot Ranch?

    A marriage made in heaven?
    Oh, wrong Bachman. 🙂
    ____

    Meanwhile, on the ISIS front:

    Should we be concerned about rogue, maverick-y senators sneaking into Syria for photo-ops with what amounts to ISIS & telling us those are the good guys?

  2. Submitted by Pat Berg on 09/05/2014 - 05:05 pm.

    Where’s Brian?

    Where has Brian been? Did I miss an announcement?

  3. Submitted by E Gamauf on 09/06/2014 - 08:15 am.

    The MPR source for McF silence

    Businessman Mike McFaddn

    The fourth announced Republican candidate, Mike McFadden, didn’t respond to two telephone requests seeking comment about his position on military action against Syria.

    http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/frankens-opponents-attack-his-views-on-a-syria-strike/

  4. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 09/06/2014 - 05:36 pm.

    Cronyism

    The medical (?) marijuana industry will be the next recipient of the rampant cronyism that we have in this state.

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