It’s tougher yet to slide out of a DUI stop. Dave Chanen’s Strib story says, “Despite national court decisions limiting police in obtaining a blood-alcohol sample without a warrant, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that doing so doesn’t violate the state and U.S. Constitutions. As a result, in Minnesota, a suspected drunken driver can still be charged with refusing a breath or blood test if arresting officers believe there’s enough evidence to get a search warrant to require the test — even if they don’t obtain the warrant. Only a few states have a similar implied-consent law.”
Sovereign citizens are different. Dan Kraker of MPR reports, “A Carlton County judge this week ordered the county’s medical examiner to release the bodies of two Ojibwe members to their tribes after family members objected to planned autopsies. On Saturday, MushKoob Aubid, 65, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, died in Cloquet after a serious car accident. On Tuesday, Autumn Martineau, 24, a member of the Fond du Lac Band, died in another crash. In both cases, St. Louis County Medical Examiner Thomas Uncini, who also works for Carlton County, scheduled autopsies — despite objections from the families, who argued autopsies would violate their spiritual beliefs.”
Following Scott Walker, who’s following Chris Christie, who followed Bobby Jindal to London, Bloomberg’s David Knowles writes, “He won’t talk about evolution, or vaccination, or foreign policy, but Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is more than happy to talk about cheese. In fact, in his remarks at London’s Chatham House on Wednesday, Walker put the cheese world on notice. … The London sojourn was, like those of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a way to show off Walker’s experience and comfort level with foreign affairs. Yet his only public appearance, with its almost singular focus on cheese, came off less as a diplomatic good will tour than a self-involved throw down.” So I gather showing their “foreign policy bona fides” for these guys really just means taking a stroll through Hyde Park.
Meanwhile, back home, the AP is saying, “Wisconsin grocery shoppers may soon be able to sample mini-shots of hard liquor in an aisle near them. The Assembly’s government operations committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would allow retailers with liquor licenses to provide small shots of booze to their customers. The measure would allow shoppers to sample one half-ounce of hard alcohol, the equivalent of one-third a shot. Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, says he sponsored the bill to level the playing field for distilleries and other liquor producers.”
They do know how to bleat over the big stuff. Patrick Condon and J.Patrick Coolican of the Strib write, “The political gamesmanship over salary hikes for Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet heightened at the Capitol on Monday, as Republican lawmakers moved on two fronts to block Dayton from carrying out his decision to boost pay for some of his top advisers. The GOP-controlled House first used an emergency funding bill for the Minnesota Zoo and troubled St. Peter state security hospital as a means to also roll back raises for three state commissioners.” I assume the base is loving it.
Uh … thanks .. I guess. Stribber Jean Hopfensperger says, “The owners of the Minnesota Vikings announced a major foray into Minnesota philanthropy Wednesday, a ‘Wilf Family Center’ at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The $5 million center, comprised of an auditorium and high-tech conference rooms, marks a significant leap into Minnesota philanthropy for the Wilf Family Foundation. Based in New Jersey, it has focused on causes in New York and New Jersey. The children’s hospital gift represents the Wilfs’ largest single donation in Minnesota. Vikings co-owner Zygi Wilf said he expected his family’s charitable giving in Minnesota to grow.” Generous as that is, how many out there would rather have them pick up another $500 million for their stadium?
Speaking of the Wilfs, Ben Goessling at ESPN tells us, “On Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota Vikings president Mark Wilf became the highest-ranking team official to express public support for the idea of suspended running back Adrian Peterson returning to the team next season. … What remains to be seen, however, is whether the Vikings will bring Peterson back for 2015 under his current contract, which calls for the soon-to-be 30-year-old running back to make $12.75 million, or whether the team will try to restructure his deal. Peterson told ESPN in December that he didn’t think he should have to take a pay cut next season, adding he believed he would be a better running back in 2015 than he would have been in 2014.” They have more bartering leverage if they make it look like they want him.
Mining companies fighting regulators is one of those stories that’s always in the news, like fighting in the Middle East. On the latest up north, MPR’s Tom Scheck says, “U.S. Steel is trying to stop state officials from enforcing tough new environmental standards that affect taconite facilities in northeastern Minnesota, and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is ready to act on the company’s behalf. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is set to propose the new standards when it releases a draft environmental permit for U.S. Steel’s Minntac Facility in Mountain Iron. The company has launched an aggressive fight against the new regulations even before they’ve been released to the public.”
Following the mess Target is leaving behind in Canada Trefis Team at Forbes reports, “With Target’s sudden exit from the country, Wal-Mart stands a chance to bolster its Canadian business (currently at 370 stores) by buying the leases for Zellers stores, which Target would gladly sell to pay its creditors. However, the retail giant may not consider buying the leases for all the stores on account of self-cannibalization issues. Moreover, it is expected that Loblaw, the largest Canadian grocery chain, will also look to acquire Target’s assets as a preemptive step against the American retail giant, that can potentially start a bidding war. However, Wal-Mart’s own intentions are not clear at the moment, as it does not really have any direct competition in the market. Considering Wal-Mart’s size, buying leases from Target would not cost much, but the retailer may not get enough of a return on its investment. Zellers stores are almost half in size as compared to Wal-Mart’s successful Supercenter format, and it is expected that Target’s former customers will automatically move to Wal-Mart. Hence, it appears that there is no need for Wal-Mart to acquire Target’s assets.”
Keeping on the Target beat, Mary Beth Quirk at The Consumerist writes, “It seems some of that infamously fuzzy Target math finally caught up with the retailer, as the company has agreed to pay $3.9 million to settle a false-advertising lawsuit brought by prosecutors in California. The lawsuit alleged that Target charged higher prices than those advertised, misrepresented how much products weighed and failed to ensure that price scanners were accurate, Bay Area prosecutors said … . A spokesman said Tuesday that some issues come from promotional signs not being removed right after a promotion had ended, confusing customers who still thought they’d get that lower price.”