NDSU student’s death ruled a homicide

Murder. Mary Lynn Smith of the Strib reports, “The death of a North Dakota State University student who went missing last weekend has been ruled a homicide. Thomas G. Bearson, an 18-year-old freshman from Sartell, Minn., was last seen at a party in Fargo early Saturday morning. A three-day search ended when his body was found at a Moorhead RV dealership. … Police said Thursday that they are not releasing additional details about Bearson’s death, saying they don’t want to jeopardize the investigation. Police, however, said they don’t believe there is any reason for people in the area to fear for their safety.”

More, but we don’t know how much more. Stribber Adam Belz says, “Minnesota utility regulators have approved a natural gas rate increase for the Minnesota Energy Resources Corp., but they don’t have a final number yet. The third-largest natural gas utility in the state, with more than 200,000 customers in Twin Cities suburbs, Duluth and Rochester, had asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to allow it to make a 5.5 percent rate hike for a total increase of $14.2 million. The commission last November approved an interim increase of 4.2 percent or $10.8 million, which went into effect in January and cost the typical customer $3.35 per month.”

Remember when passing the Farm Bill was pretty much business-as-usual? The AP’s Kyle Potter reports, “Sen. Al Franken got an election-season bump Thursday from an Obama administration official on an issue he’s tried to build into a cornerstone of his campaign: agriculture. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Minnesota to tout new safety net programs for farmers, part of the 2014 farm bill passed after a yearslong slog. Standing in front of tall farming silos on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, Vilsack, Franken and other members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation congratulated one another for the passage of the bill, which they deemed a big win for the state’s farming community.”

Did we get a quote from Mrs. Hennington?  Joe Bissen of the PiPress writes, “Call it golfing kismet. The end game for Minnesota’s king of recreational golf was played out Thursday afternoon at the Minnesota course that started it all. When Art Hennington sank his final putt, a 12-footer for bogey, and plucked his Bridgestone ball out of the cup on the 18th hole at Town & Country Club in St. Paul, he had just played his 526th Minnesota golf course. The significance? Hennington is presumed to be the only person who has played every course in the state.”

Tough grader. WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler checks out another political ad, this one from Gov. Mark Dayton declaring that he “coached” Minnesota back to financial propriety. “It’s mostly true, but it leaves out important details. … The ad accurately describes an economic turnaround. ‘We’ve added over 150,000 new jobs and have one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation,’ according to the ad. It’s true. Minnesota recovered all of the 150,000 jobs it lost in the 2008 recession, and its unemployment rate is a low 4.3 percent.”

The Glean Meanwhile, next door: “It’s working.” Only not so much. Jason Joyce of Madison’s Capital Times reports on a different ad. “In a 30-second commercial called Safety,’ the National Rifle Association endorses Walker, beseeching Wisconsinites to ‘Vote like your safety depends on it.’ The campaign also links to a special website built by the NRA that lists how Walker has attained an ‘A+’ rating from the gun lobby: supports right-to-carry, supports ‘castle doctrine’ and opposes a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.”

Related … from a couple days back. Steven Elbow of The Capital Times reports, “A self-described militia group claims to be checking names on the 2012 Scott Walker recall petition and plans to confront those found to have outstanding warrants or tax defaults at the polls on Nov. 4. ‘We prefer our people be armed,’ reads a Facebook post by Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia, screen captured on a blog at Politicususa.com. ‘Some will be heading to some of Milwaukee, Racine, and Beloit’s worst areas. We will be armed with a list of people to look for at each location.’ The exchange posted on Politicususa continues: Patrick Murray: ‘Just so you are aware, I will not report Republicans. Only Democrats.’

Similarly, right here in River City, I mean, Minnesota. Sally Jo Sorensen at Bluestem Prairie is keeping an eye on GOP Secretary of State candidate Dan Severson’s idea for “express voting.” “Tuesday’s Fergus Falls Daily Journal and Brainerd Dispatch both published articles about former state legislator’s Dan Severson’s campaign for Secretary of State, but both did little to examine the claims he was making. Take the notion of express voting. Daily Journal staff writer Adam Harringa reports in SOS candidate wants to take on voter fraud: Severson stops in FF:

Severson, the Republican candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State, said on a stop in Fergus Falls last week a system called Express Lane Voting, along with simplifying the process for starting a small business are his top priorities. Severson said his Express Lane system would verify the identity of voters, keep felons or non-U.S. citizens from voting and speed up the process. He said the current system, which allows unregistered citizens to vote if someone vouches for them, for example, doesn’t work.

Stardom comes very suddenly in the internet age. At KMSP-TV Maury Glover reports, “A Minneapolis man is getting an awful lot of attention in a somewhat unusual way. … Budweiser’s viral video is by far his biggest bit of exposure to date. … [Dan] Rodriguez wrote and performed the song that appears in the heartwarming PSA about responsible drinking dubbed ‘Friends are Waiting.’ The minute-long, online-only video about a man and his dog already has garnered 15 million views since it was released 6 days ago, and it has been shared over and over on social media. ‘The day before the commercial hit, my website had 19 hits,’ Rodriguez recalled. ‘The day after, I had over 1,000 hits on my website — so many people asking for the song, for the full version.’  The video is at the link.

At The Hill, Al Eisele looks at the Eighth District Rick Nolan-Stewart Mills race. “It’s a swing district that has become one of the most expensive House races in Minnesota history and one of this year’s 10 races that have attracted the most outside money, more than $1 million dollars for each candidate. The Cook Political Report and The Washington Post have both declared it a toss-up. … the long-haired Mills — who has a personal fortune of between $46 million and $150 million, according to reports he filed with Congress — Nolan is ‘part of the problem’ in Washington, as he told the Star Tribune (Minneapolis). ‘He’s abused the vote we’ve given him in Washington [D.C.].’

If you followed the drama of Twins pitcher Phil Hughes coming one-out short of earning a $500,000 bonus, you’ll enjoy Allen St. John’s Forbes story comparing it to … the Black Sox scandal of 1919. “A similar scenario was the catalyst for baseball’s biggest debacle ever, the Black Sox Scandal. In 1917, White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte had a performance incentive in his contract that would pay him an extra $10,000 if he reached 30 wins. But he pitched for owner Charles Comiskey, whose team was called the Black Sox because he was to cheap to launder the team’s uniforms. In September,  the White Sox had a big lead in the American League, so owner Comiskey ordered manager Kid Gleason to bench Cicotte for five games to keep him from collecting the incentive. Cicotte went 28-12, and ended up two games short of the incentive. As you might expect, Cicotte was outraged and in 1919 saw an opportunity to get his money and get back at Comiskey. He accepted $10,000 to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/26/2014 - 11:04 am.

    Is There No Law in Wisconsin Prohibiting Harassment

    of those who come to the polls to vote on election day,…

    especially by wannabe vigilantes who have appointed themselves to grab individuals who might have legal issues,…

    issues completely SEPARATE from their right to vote?

    Will these self-appointed vigilantes really be allowed to monitor who is signing in to vote in order to collar those (Democrats only) they think need to be collared and/or generally harass and intimidate poll workers and those attempting to vote?

    How is this any different from the harassment Southern black people used to suffer up to and during the “Civil Rights” era?

    Has Wisconsin so thoroughly become Walkeristahn, that voters, there, who are not inclined to vote for Czar Walker no longer have basic protections of their right to come to their polling places, vote for the candidate of their choice, then leave,…

    all without being harassed or intimidated by those seeking to interfere with on of their most basic rights as citizen?

    If anything like this is allowed to happen, the people of Wisconsin should hang their heads in shame knowing that they have given up their right to function as a representative democracy and taken a major step toward the types of elections that used to be held in the old Eastern Block or the pre-Civil rights South.

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