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Bakk says dispute with Dayton isn’t personal: ‘We both have a job to do.’

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Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk

Oh, sure. Just when we were enjoying it, someone has to take the high road. In the PiPress Rachel-Stassen-Berger says, “Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that he planned to take the high road with Gov. Mark Dayton, who called Bakk a conniving back-stabber last week. ‘It is kind of one of my core leadership principles, I think, to never let any disputes become personal,’ said Bakk, DFL-Cook. ‘If the governor wants to make it personal, he can, but I’m not going to make it a tit-for-tat.’” Talk about sucking the life out of the party.

For MPR, Tom Scheck writes, “Bakk, DFL-Cook, told reporters today that he doesn’t think political disputes should ‘get personal.’ Bakk said he was surprised that Gov. Mark Dayton criticized how Bakk handled an amendment that would roll back the pay hikes that have already taken effect for his commissioners until July 1.”

For KSTP-TV, Tom Hauser says, “Bakk said he was blind-sided by Dayton’s criticism and the pay raises themselves. ‘I was surprised,’ Bakk said. ‘But I was equally surprised that I knew nothing about the pay raises until I read it in the newspaper.’ Dayton said he’s confident the two leaders will work through the issue. ‘We both have a job to do for the people of Minnesota, and it’s imperative we do that job constructively together, and that’s my expectation,’ Dayton told reporters at the Capitol.”

Patrick Reusse, from Florida, has passed judgment in the Great High School Dance Line Scandal of 2015. Says the Strib eminence, “Part of the storyline was that the Emeralds were exonerated from the plagiarism charge by the MSHSL. Sorry. There’s no way that the Dance Team Rule Coordination members could be saying that Faribault failed to ‘pass off ideas’ as its own, or ‘used another’s production. They used the ideas of the state champions from Utah, the Copper Hills Azurettes, to win a state title. And if the routine wasn’t preceded by an announcement by the Emeralds to the crowd and the judges, ‘this is our variation of a little something that we picked up from a great dance team in Utah,’ then I’d say you’re passing it off as your own.” So there.

Paging Stephen King. Lisa Kaczke of the Forum News Service says, “A massive, ancient burial mound in northern Minnesota, closed to the public eight years ago, may once again welcome visitors to learn about the sacred site. Grand Mound, along the Rainy River about 15 miles southwest of International Falls, is considered the largest prehistoric structure in the Upper Midwest. After more than 30 years as a state historic site, access to the mound was blocked in 2007 amid concerns about treating a burial site as a tourist attraction.”

They’re public employees AND they expect to be paid? Says Don Davis for the Forum News Service, “Minnesota’s justice system is back to normal speed after recession-induced budget cuts slowed it down, but state court officials now say they face a problem of losing employees to better pay elsewhere in government. Minnesota’s Bill of Rights requires that justice be handed out ‘promptly and without delay,’ a requirement being met better now than during the recession a few years ago. Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court recalled those recession days, when courts were 10 percent short-staffed.”

As if reality wasn’t bad enough. John Halpin at Fox Sports says of our Minnesota Twins, “There are no fantasy stars here, unless you want to count the Twins’ valuable trove of prospects. A handful of players from this team should be helpful in 2015, though. … The 39-year-old [Torii] Hunter is a better fantasy player than real player at this point, and could be your OF5 … Do you need a .250-hitting, 15-homer guy at the hot corner in the last round? [Trevor] Plouffe fits that bill.”

Reciprocity. It just keeps going ‘round and ‘round.  For The Badger Herald in you-know-where, Brenda McIntire writes, “Gov. Scott Walker’s University of Wisconsin System budget proposal could give the UW more autonomy over a number of systems which are currently run by the state, including the Minnesota reciprocity system, which provides residents of Minnesota near in-state tuition rates at UW schools and vice versa. The proposal — which would cut $300 million from the system over the next two years — could leave the UW System looking for ways to increase revenue, which potentially puts into question the longevity of the reciprocity system. Noel Radomski, director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, or WISCAPE, said it is unlikely this would play out in reality. In order for UW to modify the existing system, Minnesota would have to agree with any changes.”

I’m thinking … Bora Bora. At City Pages, Ben Johnson takes a Zillow survey and writes, “Basically, Zillow sorted real estate searches originating from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and mapped them by zip code. Not surprisingly, the majority of the searches were for homes within Minnesota, but there are a few concentrated areas worth pointing out. Check out the thin line of blue running along the western coast of Florida. It appears snowbirds prefer the Gulf of Mexico, or the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, which also is responsible for a big cluster of blue dots. For some reason there wasn’t a lot of interest in California, but lots of folks apparently dream about moving to the mountains of Colorado.”

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 02/17/2015 - 07:15 am.

    If Minnesota doesn’t pay top $ +, who will manage debacles like MNSure, the DMV system, the SuperBowl sweepstakes, pull tab mania, the SLOB and all the new free, free, free programs? Ya get what ya pay for, right?

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 02/17/2015 - 11:02 am.

      Yeah we saw what we got from

      Pawlenty for 8 years Swift. Budget deficits, falling infrastructure, stagnant economy, and an absent gov on the campaign trial (another failure). Thankfully he is gone.

      • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 02/17/2015 - 02:16 pm.

        Right. $2 billion tax hikes, a burgeoning black market in cigarettes, failing IT infrastructure, budget overruns, stagnant wages, 35% pay increases for the governor’s political appointees, a $90 million palace for the Royal Senate, stadium boondoggles and insurance disasters are much better, Foreman.

        • Submitted by richard owens on 02/17/2015 - 04:05 pm.

          There are objective measures for compensation.

          Take a look at

          It only stands to reason if you think the government is your enemy, that it costs too much, that its employees are lazy and unmotivated, if you hate taxes and unions by edict or ideology, then this might be the website for YOU!

          Check it out.

          It takes some various viewpoints, job seeker, employer, manager or HR head.

          The idea that public spending is bad really is a pretty dull instrument for what can be done with supportive data.

        • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 02/17/2015 - 04:57 pm.

          Yeah Swift we are cleaning up after your beloved

          Pawlenty and that’s not cheap for that clown. Now have a more progressive income tax. Now have a balanced budget without stealing from schools. No budget overruns. Now have a real proposal to fix the infrastructure and not let bridges fall down unlike your favorite. Wages are better, for better than your present residence. As recommended by a study accepted by Bakk and Daudt, the pay for commissioners was raised by the governor, but of course, the legislature is more concerned about getting re-elected rather than having competent personnel running state govt. Healthcare insurance will continue to get better in MN plus people in MN are tired of paying the healthcare costs of the people in your present residence (receive more from the Feds than pay in taxes). Your poor state pays for stadiums like every other state. As for cigarettes, just quit.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/17/2015 - 08:32 am.

    A great letter-to-the-editor

    …in this morning’s ‘Strib regarding Dance Team-o-Gate. If the state champion high school football team (or basketball, or hockey, or … you get the idea) adopted the offense of a similarly-successful high school team from, say, Texas or California, would they be disqualified from the state football tournament because they were “copying” someone else’s offensive system? Would the other football teams in their class in Minnesota collectively protest – at the state championship game? I think not.

    The state governing association said the routine was OK to use. They’re the final authority in this sort of thing, unless some deranged parent with more income than brains thinks the dispute worthy of legal action. The sponsors and coaches of the teams that “protested” at the award ceremony wouldn’t recognize sportsmanship if it hit them between the eyes. This was a very teachable moment, but the lesson being presented to the girls is not one most people would call admirable. Disappointment at not winning is natural in a competitive situation, but envy and mean-spiritedness are not worthy of public display. Temper tantrums are ugly, no matter what age group is having one.

    On another subject, having lived for a dozen years in Colorado, with many a trip to high country in the winter, I’d like to suggest that Minnesota Snowbirds hoping to escape winter by going to the mountains of Colorado are engaged in self-defeating behavior. It can be just as cold as it is here, and usually more snowy, in the Colorado mountains. I think it more likely that the Zillow numbers reflect a desire on the part of some affluent Minnesotans to have a winter time-share at a Colorado ski resort than actual residence.

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 02/17/2015 - 05:38 pm.

      Totally disagree on the dance issue.

      You can watch any football team on TV and pick up the plays. Here there was no such opportunity. Do you think that the other school is happy with the stealing of the program. I think not. Sportsmanship does not include stealing fron other programs. The “final authority” is rarely right in my opinion.

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