Ty Hoffman arrested in Shakopee

Apprehended. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “Lyle “Ty” Hoffman, charged in the killing exactly one month ago of his former romantic and business partner, was arrested in Shakopee late Thursday morning near a fast-food restaurant, police there said Thursday. Police said the unarmed Hoffman was taken into custody peacefully shortly after 10:20 a.m. … A citizen recognized Hoffman, called police and kept authorities updated on his movements in the shopping area until the arrest was made … .” And the reward money?

WCCO-TV says, “[Kelly] Phillips was an executive at Boston Scientific, and was also Hoffman’s former boyfriend and business partner. His mother, Judy Phillips, spoke with WCCO soon after Hoffman’s capture was confirmed. ‘It really hasn’t set in yet. But I would imagine it would be some closure, not entirely because I don’t know if we’ll ever get over this,’ Phillips said. ‘But we are awfully glad he is off the streets and that there’s no more harm done to anybody.’ ”

In the New York Daily News, Meredith Engel writes about a Minnesota woman campaigning for wider use of a cancer treatment. “A woman cured of her cancer thanks to an experimental version of a measles virus is now fighting for others to receive the life-saving treatment that she did. Stacy Erholtz of Minnesota had tumors on her forehead, collarbone, sternum and spine from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. … She is now fund-raising with the Mayo Clinic, where she underwent successful treatment, and is raising money through the foundation she started, Viral Village, whose goal is to hasten the manufacturing of experimental drugs for cancer.”

At MPR Tim Pugmire finds a lack of consensus among gubernatorial candidates on … pot laws. “Marijuana won’t be the biggest issue in this year’s race for governor, but it will highlight some sharp contrasts among the three major party candidates. Dayton’s Republican challenger, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, doesn’t view medical marijuana as a big issue, but he said it is one of many that separates him from Dayton. Johnson said he supports a more expansive law that would allow for smoking of marijuana for medicinal purposes.”

The Strib’s Allison Sherry has a round-up of congressional delegation reaction to President Obama’s ISIL speech last night. A sample: “Rep. John Kline, Republican: “It’s never a good strategy to telegraph to the enemy what options are off the table. …  Rep. Michele Bachmann, Republican (via Twitter) ‘The president gave a poll driven speech that has nothing in common with defeating a brutal enemy that has declared war on the United States.’ ‘The president’s so-called strategy offered virtually nothing new, and it’s clear he doesn’t understand the threat of Islamic jihad.’ ” I was expecting her to suggest a faith-based approach that also attacked the tyranny of Obamacare.

At the Climate Progress site, Katie Valentine gets in on the recent study predicting a significant loss of our loon population. “[Executive director of the National Audubon Society’s Minnesota chapter Matt] Anderson thinks Minnesotans’ love of the loon could become a rallying point to get state residents to pay attention to climate change, and to start getting local officials to take it seriously, too. Already he said the Minnesota Audubon office has had multiple calls from people who are concerned about the Audubon report’s findings and want to know what they can do to help protect loons. ‘I think it’s totally reasonable for every Minnesotan to say, ‘you want to be an elected official in Minnesota? You’ve got to start putting together a plan to address climate change,’ Anderson said.”

I don’t recall Patrick — in the Strib — being as tough on the Vikings and the NFL two years ago as he is now. Strib sports columnist Patrick Reusse levels both barrels on our football colossi, saying: “Certainly, we all can feel better about [‘Minnesota politicians’]  full-blown capitulation to Goodell, as evidence continues to build of the honorable behavior of the NFL and the commissioner in the Ray Rice case. … These are our colleagues in the new dome, folks: A Commish who told Dayton and others, ‘Build it or the Vikings will probably leave,’ and an owner in Mr. Zygmunt Wilf who is not satisfied with what’s basically a free billion-dollar edifice to make hundreds of millions, but who also wants to backstab developers near the stadium to gain even more. What are the bounds of this league’s and this owner’s manipulation and greed? There are none.” Nor do there appear to be any bounds to the Strib’s credulity on the matter.

At The Nation, Gabriel Thompson looks at Minneapolis’ struggles for racial equality in the series “Cities Rising.” “ … while the statistics remain bleak, a powerful force has emerged in Minneapolis that seeks to end such extreme racial disparities. This movement is helmed by Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, a coalition that includes NOC and four other key partners: the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Take-Action Minnesota, a network of progressive groups; ISAIAH, a faith-based coalition; and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, a workers’ center. Since it was formed in 2011, this unusual coalition has become a regional powerhouse, leading the charge to defeat a statewide voter-restriction amendment and running campaigns to challenge the dominant corporate powers of Minneapolis.”

At City Pages,’ Aaron Rupar has a pretty funny/sad collection of Facebook postings by the “star” of Eighth District GOP candidate Stewart Mills’ latest anti-Rick Nolan ad. “But after seeing the footage, a tipster drew our attention to [Steve] Biondich’s Facebook page, which contains at least a few posts belying the notion his support for Mills goes beyond party affiliation. Biondich’s page also contains other posts cringe-worthy in light of the hole the Republican Party dug itself in recent years with its so-called ‘war on women.’ ” You’d think a campaign operative’s first move these days would be to vet a “supporter’s” social media accounts.   

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 09/11/2014 - 04:37 pm.

    Hard one to spot in a crowd yet…

    ” A citizen recognized him”…after a month and spotted in Shakopee?

    Must have been someone with a keen eye for if one were to carelessly profile the guy he looked like every other Minnesotan white guy; chunky and pale with a face like a thumb?

    Could be said the State Fair was a walking army of faces who looked pretty much the same except for the facial intrusion of cotton candy or corn on a stick?

    Enough said

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