Minnesota National Guard troops headed to West Africa to help with Ebola

Potential freak-out factor? High. The AP says, “Nearly 700 Minnesota soldiers are being sent to West Africa to assist the U.S. military’s response to the Ebola virus outbreak. The Minnesota National Guard says the soldiers from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be deployed to Liberia in April after going through training. The deployment is expected to be for about six months.”

A couple outstate mayors have a honey-do list for the newly-elected House majority. In a Strib commentary, Sara Carlson Tom Kuntz of Alexandria and Owatonna, respectively, write, “When writing out thank-you cards following the election, Minnesota House Republicans had better include Greater Minnesota on their list. There is no doubt that the Republicans owe their majority to rural Minnesota. … The economic development needs of Greater Minnesota differ from those of the metro area. Minneapolis, St. Paul and most of the surrounding suburbs have reliable access to fast, high-quality broadband, while rural parts of the state lag far behind. The Legislature began to address this issue last session by devoting $20 million to funding broadband infrastructure. This is a good start, but more resources are needed — in both the underserved and unserved parts of the state — to bring our businesses and communities up to speed.”

On Adrian Peterson, Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports, “The league’s review of Peterson’s case under the sport’s personal conduct policy could be completed Monday or Tuesday, according to those people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced a timetable for resolving the matter. One of those people said a decision about Peterson’s playing status is expected ‘soon.’ That person called a suspension of Peterson by the NFL ‘very possible.’”

Earlier, Peterson got pugnacious with the NFL. The story, via the AP, says Peterson told the NFL in a statement: “‘At this point, I’ve resolved my matter in the criminal court; I’ve worked to make amends for what I’ve done; I’ve missed most of the season, and I stand ready to be candid and forthcoming with Mr. Goodell about what happened,’ Peterson said in a statement issued by the NFL Players Association. ‘However, I will not allow the NFL to impose a new process of discipline on me, ignore the CBA, ignore the deal they agreed to with me, and behave without fairness or accountability. The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent, and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.’”

Garth has left town. In a wrap-up of the 11-show marathon, Stribber Jon Bream writes, “The final show, which stretched from 11:30 p.m. Saturday till nearly 2 a.m., was the loosest and most rambunctious, by all accounts. Even after performing for eight hours over the past two nights, Brooks’ voice held up — as did his energy. … Unofficially, more than 205,000 tickets were sold — a record for Brooks (and obviously Target Center) for one engagement. In 1998, when Brooks last toured before retiring to raise his three daughters, he sold a then-record 162,833 tickets at Target Center for nine concerts. Brooks had more concerts in Chicago on this tour, but with fewer total tickets sold.”

The GleanA few of the biggest names in local business didn’t handle that “ban the box” job application change very well. Jennifer Bjorhus of the Strib says, “The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has investigated complaints involving the job applications of more than 50 companies and in the majority of cases found applications violating the ban-the-box law, according to data obtained by the Star Tribune. So far about 40 companies ‘responded favorably’ to notification letters the department mailed out, with most fixing applications. The department, charged with enforcing the new law, is awaiting responses from about 16 employers.”

Hey, when in Southern California, you can monitor your diabetes at a Target store. The Strib’s Kavita Kumar says, “Target is testing a new model for its in-store health clinics in a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, a prominent health care provider. The Minneapolis-based retailer will offer a wider array of medical services including primary and pediatric care, women’s wellness exams and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure in four new Target Clinics opening in Southern California that are part of the collaboration.”

At MPR, Martin Moylan is among those predicting unimpressive earnings reports from Best Buy and Target. “Both Target and Best Buy have been struggling. Target has lost over a $1 billion in its efforts to expand in Canada. And like their peers, the two retailers are finding it hard to increase sales with so many consumers watching their spending closely. Meanwhile, price competition remains intense and most big merchants, including Target and Best Buy, are offering free shipping for online orders. That eats into profits, says R.J. Hottovy, a retail analyst with Morningstar.”

So yes, please dial back on the “polar vortex” references. Mitchell Eloy at NPR writes, “Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist at Weather Underground, wants people understand. ‘This is just a regular old cold front,’ Masters says. ‘The polar vortex has been around forever. It’s just the media happened to notice it last year, and it’s really not a very scientifically accurate thing to talk about.’ … That’s not to say the polar vortex wasn’t involved in this bout of unseasonably cold weather. Masters says Typhoon Nuri, which hit Alaska last week, pushed one of those troughs of arctic air south across the eastern U.S. Such temperature shifts serve a purpose, says Steven Nelson of the National Weather Service. ‘These cold intrusions, cold fronts, are really restoring the balance in the temperature and moisture across the earth’s surface,’ he says.” Fine, next time balance it in Siberia.                                                  

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Comments (22)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/17/2014 - 06:44 am.

    I woke up in Dallas this morning needing my autographed ALGORE scraper and brush to get that balanced temp and moisture off my car.

    • Submitted by jody rooney on 11/17/2014 - 07:54 am.

      Good one Mr. Swift

      Dallas weather can be brutal.

    • Submitted by Tim Walker on 11/17/2014 - 08:36 am.

      I was at a conference in Dallas …

      … last February.

      I had to stay an extra day there because my original flight home was canceled due to an ice storm.

      I agree with Thomas and Jody that climate change is a real b**ch!

      • Submitted by Tim Walker on 11/17/2014 - 10:43 am.

        Just in case it wasn’t obvious, I was being sarcastic, and trying to make the point that ice storms in Dallas are also signs of climate change.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/17/2014 - 09:17 am.

      Dark Winter

      For an interesting read on this phenomenon, check out John Casey’s new book, “Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell,” which warns that a radical shift in global climate is underway, and that Al Gore and other environmentalists have it completely wrong.

      For over a decade, the planet’s oceans have been cooling. And since 2007, the atmospheric temperature has been cooling as well. “The data is pretty solid,” Casey says. “If you look at the 100-year global temperature chart, you look at the steep drop off we’ve had since 2007, it’s the steepest drop in global temperatures in the last hundred years.”


      It’s all about the sun, people. We can’t fix it but we can adapt to it if we’re smart.

      • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/17/2014 - 09:51 am.

        keep the faith

        Keep preaching brother. I’m with you. Use real info not short sighted stuff most climate change people would like to throw out.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/17/2014 - 11:42 am.

        John Casey is called a scam artist even by global warming deniers. He has a history of inflating his credentials, and does not appear to have published a peer-reviewed article on anything (his “acclaimed” books tend to be self-published). He does not have any formal training in climate science, and the organizations with which he claims affiliation look like they consist largely of him.

        So he’s your expert now?

      • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 11/17/2014 - 01:13 pm.


        Global ocean temperatures have been rising, not dropping, since the last dip during WW2.


    • Submitted by Marc Post on 11/17/2014 - 09:45 am.

      But it was warm this summer!

      How do you deniers explain those warm days we had last summer!

      It’s laughable how the deniers come crawling out of the woodwork when it gets cold in Wagga Wagga. Ignorance is bliss.

      • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/17/2014 - 01:24 pm.


        no more laughable to see the proponents come out of the woodwork anytime we have warm weather or a glacier recedes. They just ignore the other ones that are advancing.

        • Submitted by Marc Post on 11/17/2014 - 03:09 pm.


          Oh Smithers…. The melting glaciers, rising sea levels (8 inches so far), ocean acidification, warming oceans and warming air over land (1.8 degrees F so far) are EVIDENCE that the CLIMATE is warming and it IS legitimate to talk about that. It has to do with facts and science. You know, the stuff deniers don’t understand.

          • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/17/2014 - 04:07 pm.


            1.8 degrees so far? Over what time period and what was it like the period before then? Nobody is denying climate change. It’s perfectly natural. What is debatable is mans affect on it. I’d just prefer to not look at things in the short term which is where most proponents get there data from.

            • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 11/17/2014 - 05:26 pm.


              Not one. Either establish your sources or you have no reason to comment?

              • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/18/2014 - 10:32 am.


                The history of the earth and it’s many cooling and warming cycles is my source. I just think the amount of effect humans have on it may be debatable and think alarmists that are quick to blame only humans and think it is only up to us to fix it are silly. It’s like when someone answers before Steve Harvey finishes asking the question on family fued.

                • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 11/19/2014 - 04:51 pm.

                  Who else to ‘blame?’

                  Elephants? Pygmies? Zebra Mussels? Alien Interlopers?

                  Sorry, but claiming “the history of the earth” as your source is just plain ridiculous.

                  Would you say that the humans are not to blame for the over-irrigation and improper use of the fertile crescent thousands of years ago? Or that the Romans didn’t have a huge and lasting impact on the local ecology of the Mediterranean? We can find all sorts of evidence that tells us that these ancient civilizations had a large and unknown to them impact on their world, that affected them in many real ways… and those were civilizations that primarily burned wood as fuel. In year Zero, we estimate there were 300 million humans on Earth… smaller than the current US population. Now, we have 6 or 7 billion people, and instead of burning wood, we’re burning coil, oil, gas, wood, atoms, etc etc etc.

                  If the Romans can deforest Europe and adversely affect their own climate, with only a tiny fraction of the population and technical ability we now possess, how can you look at our global society and reject our impact out of hand?

            • Submitted by jason myron on 11/17/2014 - 06:35 pm.

              How anyone

              can dismiss the effects of two hundred + years of carbon emissions from the industrial revolution is beyond me.

              • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/18/2014 - 08:25 am.


                Who dismissed it? How do the 200 years of carbon emissions compare to carbon emissions from other sources like volcanos, fires, etc.? All I’m saying is mans effect on climate change is debatable.

                • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/19/2014 - 09:00 am.


                  To expain my position further, most glaciers have been receeding for many years up to 200 or more in some cases. My contention is that the most effect humans have had on climate change would be in the last `30 years and that we would only be seeing those effects on the earth now. Our impact in the early years of this climate change would have been far less previously than the past ~30 years so climate change was likely in motion prior to our additions to it. We may be speeding it up some but to me it seems like our effect on it may be pretty minimal compared to other sources. Like I said though it is debatable. We do account for greenhouse gasses but when compared to other sources it is minimal. I’m all for trying to slow it down and trying to clean things up to do that and make the environment better but I’m not an alarmist and jumping up and down shouting that it’s our fault and we need to fix it right away.

  2. Submitted by Bob Shepard on 11/17/2014 - 10:12 am.

    Dear Icebergs,

    Sorry to hear about the global warming. Karma’s a bitch!!

    The Titanic

  3. Submitted by john herbert on 11/17/2014 - 01:42 pm.

    Carlson and Kuntz

    Am I right here – these outstate mayors want conservative outstate GOP smaller-government types to send more tax money their way – really? I would think those Legislators would want the market to decide when/if their towns get broadband or additional housing.

  4. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 11/17/2014 - 05:50 pm.

    Someone please…

    tell me how sending 7oo of our National Guard troops to an Ebola ridden area will make us safer. It reminds me of the scene in Mel Brooks’ epic movie, Blazing Saddles where the town asks the governor to send a new sheriff because they don’t want one of their own killed.

    The UN and World Health Organization are two corrupt entities that should be doing this stuff. Not our military.

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