This guy’s a better man than me. In KMSP-TV’s story on the lottery winner who keeps on plowing snow, Iris Perez says, “After winning $11.7 million dollars in the lottery, someone in Minnesota might book a trip to the Caribbean on a day like Monday, but Joe Meath is not only staying put in his snowy state, he’s keeping his snow plow job. Meath has been retired for a few years now, and plowing snow was something he decided to do mainly just to be a good neighbor. While life has changed dramatically for Meath, he proved he’s still a man of his word. Meath is one of Minnesota’s newest millionaires, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his odometer – he has nearly 300,000 miles on his Chevy pickup. … Meath got the truck used last year to take care of 10 accounts he agreed to plow this winter. Eight of them he plows for free … .”
Now that CNN has taken its meds and calmed down, the Ebola freak out has about run its course. But not quite. at MPR, Annie Baxter writes, “While Ebola has receded from U.S. news headlines, with no new cases having been identified domestically for more than two weeks, it’s still on the minds of many, including school kids. Some students of West African descent are struggling with their classmates’ fears and unfunny jokes about the virus.”
Don’t make any plans for a picnic. Says Paul Huttner at MPR, “Very chilly temperatures, more like mid-January, are likely to hang around through the rest of the week and into the weekend. Some subzero temperatures are possible if skies clear and winds ease in west central Minnesota in the early morning hours. The maximum temperatures on Friday are expected to be colder than the average highs in the coldest period of the winter season. The average high on Jan. 15 in the Twin Cities is 23 degrees.”
For the St. Cloud Times Mitch LeClair reports, “The 2014 midterm election is over, with about 2 million ballots finding a box in Minnesota. According to exit polls reported by ABC News, 35 percent of Minnesota voters in the election were younger than 45. … Anne Gleich and Kyle Smith, both part of the College Democrats group at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s, agree that topic visibility — real or imagined — can make the difference between entering a polling place and staying home. In 2012, voter ID and same-sex marriage issues seemed to directly affect young people and motivate that part of the populace, they said. Policy issues such as the tuition freeze put in place last year are harder to see on a private campus, Gleich said, and may motivate state-college enrollees more.”
Hmmm. “Concessions”, you say? The story at domain-B.com is essentially the same as everywhere else. It says, “US medical device maker Medtronic Inc has offered concessions for European regulatory approval for its $43-billion proposed acquisition of Irish rival Covidien Plc. The European Commission, which did not elaborate, said that Medtronic submitted concessions last Friday and that the EU would decide by 28 November whether to grant anti-trust approval for the deal.”
Simultaneously, Joe Carlson at the Strib reports, “Medtech giant Medtronic has formally agreed to borrow more than $16 billion from a group of lenders led by Bank of America to acquire health care supplier Covidien early next year. Executives at Fridley-based Medtronic never intended to borrow so much money to finance the $43 billion deal, and new filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission say the costs of the deal are escalating. The additional financing was added after the Treasury department changed federal regulations in September to reduce the tax benefits in deals like Medtronic’s, which would move the combined firm to low-tax Ireland early next year.”
Here in Edina we refer to them as “carriage houses,” or “servants quarters.” But Eric Roper at the Strib writes, “A new breed of housing that would allow homeowners to build a separated residence on their property sailed through a key city panel Monday night. The so-called ‘accessory dwelling units’ could one day become a new affordable living option for renters or aging family members in some of the city’s many low-density residential neighborhoods. They would simultaneously provide a steady source of income for people struggling to pay for and maintain a larger home.”
Speaking of real estate: Kristen Leigh Painter of the Strib says, “Sam Zell sold the largest office complex in Minnesota last week for a record-breaking $368,950,000, according to its certificate of real estate value. A partnership led by MetLIfe bought the 1.7-million-square-foot Normandale Lake Office Park in Bloomington from the Chicago developer on Oct. 10. It is the largest real estate transaction in Twin Cities history, shattering the previous record set by Zell when he purchased the same property in 2012 for $270 million.” Sam Zell, still working harder than 99 percent of us.
A couple quick Adrian Peterson items. First, the ESPN story says, “The NFL will conduct Adrian Peterson‘s grievance hearing for reinstatement Monday, according to multiple reports. Arbitrator Shyam Das will conduct the hearing, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Representatives from the NFL Players Association told ESPN that they are unaware of a date being set.
And then, via TMZ (your home for NFL accountability reporting), “Ray Rice wasn’t the only athlete in Eminem’s cross-hairs — the rapper also dropped a few lines about Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case on his new album.
Em takes aim in a new song called, ‘Detroit vs. Everybody’ on his new compilation album ‘Shady XV’ — in which he spits the following lyrics:
‘What’s makin’ you think I need a switch? I’m Adrian Peterson …
When he’s raging and heated and on the way to go beat his kid …
On the track I spank like he just did.’“
The pot train is getting a red light from the Duluth City Council. WDIO-TV’s story says, “On Monday, the Duluth City Council agreed to a moratorium on any medical marijuana manufacturing or distribution facilities within city limits. The measure, passed 6-3, gives councilors between six months and a year to consider any changes to relevant zoning rules. The resolution also calls [for] the completion of a planning study.”
In a piece at LeftMn, Rob Levine applies some heat to discussions of public schools. “Make no mistake about it: What we are doing to K-12 education is performing experiments that are proven to be failures, creating chaos, educational malpractice, and disillusion among our front-line public servants, our teachers. I challenge one advocate of the so-called education ‘reform’ movement to show one peer-reviewed academic study where unregulated ‘school choice,’ an overuse of high-stakes standardized testing, and segregation, for example, brought good results. The truth is quite the opposite. Year after year, school board after school board, superintendent after superintendent, Minneapolis and other school districts across the state and country shift gears and strategies according to the latest fad favored by politically-connected plutocrats.”