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Vikings and 3M to test bird-safe film for new stadium

Plus: footage of Isaac Kolstad incident released; Scott Walker gets lost in translation; praying (or not) in Alexandria; and more.

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Who said they didn’t care about birds? The Strib’s Rochelle Olson writes, “A Twin Cities-based manufacturing and innovation giant is working with the Minnesota Vikings on an effort to save migratory birds from colliding with 200,000 square feet of glass on the new stadium rising in Downtown East. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said Wednesday 3M has a potentially bird-saving film that could be used on the glass. ‘It’s a test and we’ll see what the test shows down the road,’ he said.”

Last night, KEYC-TV in Mankato ran an eight second security cam clip of the now infamous Isaac Kolstad-Philip Nelson incident this past summer. Ryan Gustafson says, “Up until today, only snippets of the surveillance video captured by a Cherry Street camera have been made public. We can now see how eight seconds may have changed three people’s lives forever. … Kolstad approaches from behind, punches Nelson, sending him to the ground. Thompson falls as well. As Kolstad is walking away, we see Trevor Shelley come up from behind and strike Kolstad. Kolstad appears to be knocked unconscious before hitting the ground. Then, with Veroeven trying to push him off, Nelson approaches, and kicks Kolstad in the side of the head.”

As we know, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has presidential aspirations, which means, since he’s a Republican, courting the likes of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who is quite proud of his Jewish heritage. In Madison’s Capital Times Jessie Opoien writes, “Navigating a religion or culture you weren’t brought up in can be challenging, to say the least. … In an undated letter unearthed by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now during the August release of documents from the first of two John Doe investigations related to the governor, Walker responded to a letter from Milwaukee attorney and chairman of the Wisconsin Center District Franklyn Gimbel. Walker told Gimbel his office would be happy to display a menorah celebrating ‘The Eight Days of Chanukah’ at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, and asked Gimbel to have a representative from Lubavitch of Wisconsin contact Walker’s secretary, Dorothy Moore, to set it up. The letter is signed, ‘Thank you again and Molotov.’”

Some call it “catch up,” others call it “payback.” Tim Pugmire’s MPR story says, “Republicans reclaimed the House by winning big in rural districts on claims that Democrats had shortchanged Greater Minnesota in favor of the Twin Cities. Over the next two years, they plan to continue that theme with several new committees to highlight specific rural concerns. … The latest numbers from the nonpartisan Minnesota House Research Department show the seven-county metro area pays 64 percent of the state’s taxes and gets back 53 percent of the major tax aids, credits and refunds. By comparison, the 80 non-metro counties pay 36 percent and get back 47 percent.”

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Speaking of GOP interest in outstate, Aaron Brown in his Strib blog writes, “A few weeks ago, Daudt announced new House committee structures, one of which stood out to me: the new “Mining and Outdoor Recreation” committee. On the surface, this seemed odd. Mining and outdoor recreation are only ever related to one another here on the Iron Range, one small part of the state. Further, both represent a relatively small portion of the business before any given legislature. In essence, this was a political strategy disguised as a legislative committee.”

We’re No. 6! Healthiest, that is. In today’s ranking from United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention on the countries “healthiest states”, the survey, via The Huffington Post, says, “Minnesota. These Midwesterners upped their child immunization coverage by 12 percent last year. Over the past two years, their premature deaths decreased by 5 percent, hitting the second lowest rate among all states. They have also reduced preventable hospital visits by 33 percent over the last decade. Looking further back, Minnesota’s infant mortality numbers decreased by 45 percent since 1990. But similar to New Hampshire, drug deaths increased by 15 percent over the last year to 8.6 deaths per 100,000 population.”

In a “son of grape salad” moment, Ezra Klein’s Vox website offers up, for our inspection, the “most distinctive job” in every state. Minnesota? “Mathematical technicians.” North Dakota of course was “extraction worker.” But Wisconsin? You can’t make it up. “Animal breeders.” Don’t ask for what.

Cabinet shuffle. Bill Salisbury of the PiPress says, “Gov. Mark Dayton announced a major reshuffle of his cabinet Wednesday. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter, the governor’s top finance expert, is leaving to become president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, Dayton’s lead tax policy adviser, will move over to head MMB. Deputy Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly will move up to head the tax agency, the governor said in a press release.”

They’ll be skipping the prayer in Alex. Al Edenloff at the Forum News Service writes, “A resolution recommended by the city attorney to adopt a prayer policy for Alexandria City Council meetings has been voted down — for now. For several years, the council has opened its regular meetings with a prayer offered by local clergy members, but there aren’t any rules or policies in place. City Attorney Tom Jacobson recommended the resolution in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. In the ‘Town of Greece vs. Galloway’, the court generally approved of such prayers but it also noted that they violate the First Amendment if they aren’t used properly, according to Jacobson. The policy was drafted to prevent those rights from being violated. Mayor Sara Carlson noted that the point of the policy was to protect the city from getting sued.”

Julie Quist, of Minnesota’s famous Quist family, is alerting kindred souls to the previous work of Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely. As Sally Jo Sorensen writes on her Bluestem Prairie blog, “According to posts on Facebook by Child Protection League board member Julie Quist, a February 2012 Rolling Stone story by Sabrina Rubin Erdely — author of an recently discredited story about rape on campus — led to the Anoka-Hennepin public schools ‘being sued by the US DOJ and their imposing a radical ‘anti-bullying’ consent decree. . . ‘ Moreover, Mrs. Quist shares material that implies Erdely’s February 2012 articles invented the connection between the school district’s location in Michele Bachmann’s congressional district, noting that ‘It’s all built on falsehoods. The truth matters to us.’ … Sharing the story from Got News, BREAKING: Fraud Rolling Stones Reporter Blamed Rep. Bachmann For Teen Suicide In Another Fake Story, Mrs. Quist writes above a December 6, 2014 Facebook post: ‘This writer also wrote the hoax about Anoka-Hennepin gay teen suicides! The result was A-H being sued by the US DOJ and their imposing a radical ‘anti-bullying’ consent decree, which in turn was the basis for MN’s radical Bullying Bill. All built on this reporter’s twisted story the school district’s neutral policy on teaching about LGBT caused gay teen suicides!’