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Travelers from Liberia to get health checks for signs of Ebola

Plus: State Supreme Court slams lower court judge; attacks ads against Mills may be backfiring in 8th District race; more new restaurants than ever in the Twin Cities; and more.

It’s called an abundance of caution. Jeremy Olson of the Strib writes, “Travelers returning to Minnesota from Liberia and two other west African nations will soon receive daily health checks for signs of Ebola until their infection risks have passed, state health officials said Wednesday. Public health nurses or epidemiologists will call the travelers for 21 days to ask if they have symptoms and to record their temperatures, which they are supposed to take twice daily.”

It’s rare that a judge gets slapped down this bad. Stribber Dave Chanen writes, “In a rare and scathing opinion, the Minnesota Supreme Court vacated a lower court judge’s sentence Wednesday, saying he abused his discretion by placing a violent rapist on supervised probation instead of a recommended 12-year prison term. … In Justice David Lillehaug’s 21-page opinion, he opened by saying that district courts have a great deal of discretion in sentencing. And the Supreme Court rarely holds that it has been abused, he said. ‘But rarely is not never,’ he continued. ‘This is such a rare case.’

Apparently those “class warfare” ads are hurting Rick Nolan more than Stewart Mills. MPR’s Catharine Richert says, “MPR News tapped its Public Insight Network to find out what these voters think of the 8th District race in its final stretch. [Andy] Larson, who lives in Baxter, said there are other reasons he is siding with Mills this year. ‘It’s my view that a pretty astute businessman who’s done a great job in growing the family business beyond what his father left him potentially can drive more growth and opportunity in Northern Minnesota than can additional federal involvement,’ Larson said. That’s one reason he’s been so offended by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ads that target Mills for being too well-off for the district.”

Richert also files one of her Poligraph reports on a Norm Coleman-driven ad against Nolan. “Coleman leads the American Action Network (AAN), a political juggernaut that has become one of the most well-funded ‘dark money’ groups in Washington. … This ad covers a lot of ground, with parts of it being mostly true, misleading and false. AAN is a political nonprofit. That means it can only spend a certain portion of its money on political ads like its Nolan ad, which are considered educational spots meant to inform voters about a candidate’s record. Because the group is a nonprofit, it doesn’t have to disclose its donors.” A non-profit, like the NFL.

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Interesting. Christopher Snowbeck of the Strib reports that the state Commerce Department asked the now departed PreferredOne to decrease its rates prior to joining MNsure last year. “In its original filing, PreferredOne assumed that the high-risk pool would completely shut down, department spokeswoman Anne O’Connor said, but that was not the case. ‘Due to the many unknown factors affecting the likely claim experience in 2014, along with the fact that Minnesota’s high-risk pool … is continuing to operate in 2014, please consider reducing the general rate level of your filing,’ the department wrote in documents available through the Commerce website.”

The GleanHis wife walked. This might play out a little differently. Chao Xiong of the Strib says, “A Ramsey County grand jury indicted Neal C. Zumberge Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder in the May killing of his neighbor over a deer feeding feud. The grand jury also indicted him on first-degree attempted murder for wounding his neighbor’s girlfriend, and on second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. The latter two counts are identical to charges initially filed against Zumberge, 57, days after the May 5 shooting.”

So everyone has given up cooking at home, huh? Rick Nelson of the Strib says, “The figures are astounding: Since Jan. 1, we’ve charted 91 restaurants that have opened in the Twin Cities metro area, and are tracking 42 more in the pipeline. In no other year has the number of new restaurants ever approached this explosive growth. In many ways, this is a locally fueled phenomenon. … the vast majority are independently owned and operated ventures.”

Yeah, here’s what you guys should do. Frederick Melo of the PiPress confirms, “The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday jumped into a debate taking flight across the river over how best to protect migratory birds in the path of the future Minnesota Vikings stadium. The council passed a resolution urging the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority to design a bird-safe football stadium in Minneapolis. Members also delayed a vote on an animal euthanasia ordinance and fined a downtown bar.”