It’s one for the polygraph test, but for the time being Mark Zdechlik of MPR is reporting on GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s latest complaint: “…McFadden says an ad DFL Sen. Al Franken is running that links him to deal that cost 400 workers their jobs in Montana is not true. Franken’s dramatic 60-second ad features bleak testimonials from people who lost their jobs when a Montana mill closed. The ad claims McFadden’s company helped do the deal.”
And he got some pals to stand up for him. Says Abby Simons in the Strib, “While McFadden traveled the state, his colleagues took to his defense, including Paul Grangaard, CEO of Allen Edmonds Shoe Company and Robin Engelson, former Managing Director at Lazard Middle Market who is now managing partner of Sapphire Financial. Engelson called the ad ‘intentional manipulation to stir up emotion.’ ‘I want to make a few things perfectly clear. One: Mike McFadden has never shipped a single job overseas. Two: He has never inverted a company to help avoid paying U.S. taxes,’ Engelson said. ‘Three: his company, Lazard Middle Market, is based in the United States and pays United States taxes. And Four: Mike McFadden has never closed a single plant or laid off a single worker.’ ”
CBS News got around to the story of Angela Brown, the Minnesota mom facing legal penalties for bringing in cannabis oil for her brain-damaged son. “ … she could face up two years in prison and $6,000 in fines. ‘It’s asinine,’ Angela said. ‘I didn’t hurt my son; I was trying to prevent him from being hurt.’ While she recognizes the substance is illegal in Minnesota, she defended herself saying it’s ‘not illegal in other states.’ CBS News reached out to the county prosecutor, law enforcement and Trey’s school district. All declined requests for an interview citing the on-going case.” What is the tab on this one?
Enbridge wants to get moving on a re-build of its leak-prone pipeline. The Strib’s Dave Shaffer says, “Enbridge Energy told regulators Monday that it wants to go ahead with a $2.3 billion project to replace a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline that has ruptured repeatedly since its construction in the 1960s. The Calgary-based pipeline company, in a regulatory filing in Minnesota, asked for permission to begin contacting landowners along the 338-mile-long corridor, the start of a review process likely lasting more than a year.”
No palm trees. But it is south of Bloomington. Paul Walsh at the Strib says, “High taxes and low temperatures were not enough to dissuade a leading financial magazine from crowning Northfield, Minn., as the best place overall in the United States to retire. Money magazine had a long list of reasons for choosing the city of 20,000 last week as the best ‘well-rounded’ retirement spot: ‘This little town 45 minutes south of Minneapolis packs a surprising punch: It’s home to two colleges [St. Olaf and Carleton], an active retiree community, beautiful countryside, and the mix of affordability and economic growth that characterizes much of the Twin Cities region.’ ” But … but … but … did they mention the high taxes!?
Also from Walsh: “Fire killed many thousands of pigs at a hog breeding farm in south-central Minnesota, authorities said. The blaze started about 2:50 p.m. Saturday and spread to three of the five buildings at the Cougar Run operation, located about 4 miles east of Truman, according to the Fire Department… The blaze killed about 4,000 sows and 6,000 to 7,000 piglets, according to Pipestone System CEO Luke Minion. Another 1,300 sows were saved, Minion added.” It always seems ironic that we feel badly about things like this, even though the animals are bred purely for slaughter.
Speaking of farm animals. Stephen Rydberg of KTTC-TV reports, “A Rochester law firm has won a legal case for a farm family that lost their milking herd due to stray voltage issues on their dairy farm. Rochester-based Bird, Jacobsen, and Stevens represented Randy and Peggy Norman from rural Pine River. That’s near Brainerd. Crow Wing Power, a Brainerd utility company, was found negligent in the delivery of electricity to the farm. The Normans lost their entire dairy herd due to electrical stray voltage coursing through their farm for twenty years. That caused the injury or death of the Normans’ dairy cows.”
And speaking of dairy. Scott Bauer of the AP reports that, “Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that ‘Washington-based special interests’ want to defeat him because he took power away from them with his policies that included the measure reducing public unions’ power.” I’ll have to check and see if he said anything about support from Wichita-based special interests.
We’re #13! Which is only so-so good news for your still unmarried sister. WCCO-TV says, “When it comes to women looking to date rich men, one poll suggests Minneapolis is one of the top cities in the country for ‘sugar daddies.’ According to a recent poll done by SeekingArrangement.com, the world’s largest dating web site for ‘sugar daddies,’ Minneapolis is one of the most popular cities nationally. The city ranks No. 13 among the top 30 North American cities to find a ‘sugar daddy.’ The study shows Minneapolis as having 6.33 ‘sugar daddies’ for every 1,000 men that currently live in Minneapolis. Atlanta tops the list with 19.64 ‘sugar daddies’ for every 1,000 men.”
Prince, the local boy made really, really good in pop music, will go unconventional on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. At the Stereogum site, James Rettig says, “…leave it to Prince to do something a little different: for his first SNL performance in eight years, he’ll be playing an eight-minute jam session in the middle of the show with no commercial interruption, instead of splitting his performance into two separate segments as SNL musical guests usually do. He’ll be accompanied by his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL. Apparently, Chris Rock (who is hosting) specifically requested that Prince play to celebrate Rock’s first hosting appearance on the show in 18 years.”