Family of woman killed in highway shooting sues police

There’s a lawsuit in that freeway shooting in Eden Prairie from a year ago. Says Kelly Smith of the Strib, “The family of a woman shot and killed by police officers on Hwy. 212 in Eden Prairie last year filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the Chaska officer who shot her, accusing him of improperly using deadly force. The shooting, which took place one year ago this Saturday, killed Dawn Pfister, 34, of Elkhorn, Wis., and Matthew Serbus, 36, of Brooklyn Center, after they led police on a chase from Chaska to Eden Prairie, then refused officers’ commands. Pfister’s family says that the mother of two children posed no threat to police and that she had been reported as a hostage.”

Tell you the truth, the where-this-thing-is-going-or-not is kind of losing me. In the PiPress, Ross Raihala says, “A Taste of Minnesota will return this summer, 40 miles west of its longtime home on Harriet Island in downtown St. Paul. The live music, food and fireworks festival will take place July 2 through 5 at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia. Event organizer Linda Maddox moved Taste to Waconia last summer, just days before its debut, due to flooding on Harriet Island. After weighing her options, she chose to return to Waconia.”

Nothing personal here, right? At MPR, Tom Scheck writes, “In the wake or revelations that a Minneapolis nonprofit misspent state and federal grant monies, a Republican in the Minnesota House wants to change oversight of the state’s energy assistance grants. State Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, wants to transfer oversight of the funds from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Administration. Albright said he is concerned that Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman continues to oversee the funds.”

The former St. Paul cop who made some, um, unwise personal decisions gets 30 days. Elizabeth Mohr of the PiPress says, “After admonishing her for her romance with a felon, a Ramsey County judge Monday sentenced former St. Paul police officer Ruby Diaz to jail time and probation for identity theft. Diaz, who had been a St. Paul officer for more than a decade, was found guilty by a jury in December of the felony for using her best friend’s name to set up accounts with the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Western Union to wire money to her boyfriend — a known gang member — in prison.

The Minnesota Chamber is doing its own job creation work for veterans. Stribber Mark Brunswick says, “While there are many organizations and programs designed to address the issue of veteran unemployment, the Minnesota Chamber believes its brand and its connection to its 2,300 members make it suited to identify unfilled jobs and employment needs.The chamber will be sponsoring a Hiring Our Heroes job fair on Feb. 12 at the Xcel Energy Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

The GleanSome well-deserved public appreciation for a couple of pros. Abby Simons of the Strib says, “The Minnesota Senate on Monday honored a pair of veteran Capitol reporters whose dedication and years of service made them part of the institution they covered. Star Tribune reporter Jim Ragsdale, also a longtime St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter and editorialist, died in November, one year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 64. Bill Salisbury, who covered politics and government for four decades, most of them at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, retired in December, although he’ll continue to work part-time. Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, who served in the Legislature since 1976, honored both men with special resolutions on the Senate floor.”

The jury is having a tough time with that Toyota case. Randy Furst of the Strib says, “Jurors in the Toyota liability trial in Minneapolis said Monday that they could not reach a unanimous verdict, but were told by federal Judge Ann Montgomery to keep deliberating. … Attorneys for [Kuoa Fong] Lee and the families have not specified the amount of damages they are seeking. But they asked the jury in closing arguments to consider the millions of dollars they said Toyota has spent defending itself in the case.”

Facing a $2 billion deficit, our friend, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is again cutting where we’re adding. Steven Walters at the site says, “Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to cut state aid for the UW System by $150 million in each of the next two years, and then give the board that sets System policy the power to completely run it by 2017, will prompt the biggest Capitol fight over public universities in 44 years. … For the next two years, Walker’s changes would give the UW System a ‘bloc grant’ of about $783 million, which could touch off a tire-slashing internal fight for that cash between university chancellors. Some UW officials predict layoffs on all campuses next year, if the governor’s two-year fiscal straightjacket is approved.”

Nevertheless, or maybe because of that kind of management Rush Limbaugh said yesterday, “This is why Scott Walker is running away with every Republican poll right now.  The consultant class doesn’t get it. The Republican establishment doesn’t understand it. They’re scratching their heads, what’s Walker done?  They do not get it.  They don’t understand.  For two years I have been ballyhooing Scott Walker, not personally, but here’s a guy not only has he drawn the blueprints for beating the left — what are blueprints?  They are designs for building something.  Well, he’s built the house. He wrote the blueprints and he built the building. He built the machine that defeats the left.  He has shown how to do it, and he did it. He is a walking gold mine.”

Although, at Forbes, Rick Ungar watched the Sunday talk shows and says, “Check out this exchange between interviewer Martha Raddatz and Governor Walker:

RADDATZ: Let’s talk about some specific, and you talk about leadership and you talk about big, bold, fresh ideas. What is your big, bold, fresh idea in Syria?

WALKER: Well, I think — I go back to the red line.

RADDATZ: Let’s not go back. Let’s go forward. What is your big, bold idea in Syria?

WALKER: I think aggressively, we need to take the fight to ISIS and any other radical Islamic terrorist in and around the world, because it’s not a matter of when they attempt an attack on American soil, or not if I should say, it’s when, and we need leadership that says clearly, not only amongst the United States but amongst our allies, that we’re willing to take appropriate action. I think it should be surgical. … 

RADDATZ: But what does that mean? I don’t know what aggressive strategy means. If we’re bombing and we’ve done 2,000 air strikes, what does an aggressive strategy mean in foreign policy?

WALKER: I think anywhere and everywhere, we have to be — go beyond just aggressive air strikes. We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately, we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that’s what it takes, because I think, you know —

RADDATZ: Boots on the ground in Syria? U.S. boots on the ground in Syria?

WALKER: I don’t think that is an immediate plan, but I think anywhere in the world.” … “Anywhere in the world … .”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by jason myron on 02/03/2015 - 06:25 am.

    Walker’s comments

    are so predictable. To the GOP, waging war is nothing but a jobs program. Not to mention that becoming an occupying force in yet another middle eastern country will surely make us beloved around the world….just like the Bush years.

    • Submitted by Jake Holman on 02/03/2015 - 07:21 am.

      Here’s an idea

      Take all the U.S. forces currently occupying Germany, Japan, Korea, Bosnia, and the Philippines, to name a few, and station them in the middle eastern countries where we have a more immediate interest. It’s a management issue.

      Turns out, apparently it is a jobs issue as well. Whenever we’ve talked about removing our troops from those places, they claim that our departure would severely damage their economies, and so we stay … not for our benefit but for theirs.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 02/03/2015 - 07:38 am.

      Nailed it!

      “To the GOP, waging war is nothing but a jobs program.”

      That’s brilliant!

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/03/2015 - 07:53 am.

    A sad commentary

    That people have voted for Scott Walker, repeatedly, and that he appears at the moment to be a front-runner in the already-tedious run-up to 2016, is a sad commentary on the GOP in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Jason Myron is right on target regarding Walker’s poor imitation of a foreign policy. Beating your own chest to show how manly you are – especially when you won’t be doing any of the actual fighting – comes close to foreign policy insanity.

  3. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 02/03/2015 - 08:11 am.

    Presidential aspirations lead to disaster

    Scott Walker is going to take Wisconsin on the same disastrous financial trip that Minnesota had to take because Pawlenty thought he was presidential material too. Walker is another empty shirt with a huge ego that thinks it is good to beat people down. The GOP probably won’t notice Wisconsin’s numbers are not anything to brag about. The 250,000 jobs created promise he made doesn’t even come close to that number. It doesn’t matter to the GOP, all they care about is that he beats people down. People like Walker are the reason unions were formed in the first place. He is not presidential material and his presidential run will be short just like Pawlenty’s.

  4. Submitted by Matt Pogatshnik on 02/03/2015 - 11:40 am.


    If only there were a similarly situated and sized state near Wisconsin that could do, like, the opposite-type stuff tax-wise and all that, as, like, a sort of experiment to see which policies actually worked. Well, too bad: we’ll just have to assume Walker knows best!

  5. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 02/03/2015 - 08:50 pm.

    Martha Raddatz

    The press needs a truck load of Raddatz clones. She did a wonderful job with the Republican debates in the last election and flattened Walker as she tried to force him to go beyond superficial talking points. As suspected nothing is there for Walker. He deflects, diverts, and buzz words his answers. Thank you Martha!

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