An armed man was fatally shot by the St. Paul Police, the Pioneer Press’ Tad Vezner and Mara H. Gottfried report: “Wearing an armored vest, a St. Paul man hugged and kissed the woman he lived with before engaging in an hourlong police standoff that ended with him dying in a hail of gunfire Monday afternoon. The man, who witnesses said was screaming and waving an assault rifle before police arrived, was not immediately identified. Neighbors said he and the woman had moved in a little more than a week ago.”
You carry $1 million, right? Abby Simons of the Strib writes, “Online rideshare companies like Uber may soon have to cover their drivers’ private vehicles with $1 million auto policies even before drivers accept a fare, in what would be the most stringent standard in the nation if adopted. Lawmakers supporting the measure say it would close dangerous lapses in coverage for the drivers, while an Uber representative said Monday that such a proposal could seriously jeopardize the fast-growing rideshare industry.”
So how about the dude in the Range Rover doing a u-turn in the middle of block and getting upset with me for not getting out of his way? Tim Harlow of the Strib says, “About 1 in 6 Minnesotans is classified as a high-risk driver, defined by the DPS as a person who consumed two or more drinks and drove at least once or who engaged in two or more risky behaviors in the past 30 days. Risky behaviors include texting while driving, not wearing a seat belt or driving more than 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Nearly 40 percent of all drivers in the state admitted to at least one of these infractions in the past 30 days.”
A credit to the name, “sportsmen.” WCCO-TV says, “Three Minnesota men fishing in Ontario were fined $1,250 each for possessing more fish than allowed. Gary Hegarty, of Monticello, Ricky Gruebele, of Cambridge, and John Bartholmy, of North Branch, pleaded guilty to possessing 32 yellow perch, seven black crappies and five walleye over the legal limit.”
Tis the season. According to the AP: “Public safety officials say a 53-year-old man who crashed his motorcycle in Sherburne County over the weekend is Minnesota’s first motorcycle fatality of 2015. The sheriff’s office says the man was riding on a county road in Santiago Township around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when he ran off the road and hit a mailbox. Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet.”
At least she apologized. Paula Quam of the Forum News Service says, “An Ogema woman who murdered her boyfriend by strapping him behind his own pickup and dragging him down the road was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison and 10 years supervised probation. Jessica Kilde, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder of Richard Baity, 41, of rural Ogema — the man she says she loved and had planned on marrying. ‘I don’t know why I did what I did,’ cried Kilde, as she stood before Judge Joe Evans at her sentencing. ‘He was a great man.’ Kilde apologized to Baity’s family and her own for all of the pain she caused them on Aug. 15.”
As usual, along party lines. WCCO-TV and the AP report, “A House panel voted Monday to abandon MNsure and move to the federal exchange by 2017. That decision came after one man blamed the exchange for his wife’s death from cancer earlier this year. Gail Dunker died of cancer after her family discovered they did not have the insurance they thought they signed up for. Her husband, Chuck, says — in effect– MNsure killed her. … Rep. Matt Dean’s bill to abandon MNsure goes the farthest among several Republican proposals to change MNsure. ‘It is bad. It’s getting worse,’ said Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, the chair of the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Finance Committee. ‘As we see today, it is harming people in Minnesota.’ No Democrats on the committee voted for it.”
At MPR, Catharine Richert adds, “Pressured by their own party to return a $1.9 billion budget surplus to taxpayers, GOP leaders are looking for ways to do that while pursuing their agenda. State Rep. Matt Dean, who chairs the House Health Care Finance Committee, would move the 95,000 people currently participating in MinnesotaCare coverage to MNsure, where they would buy a private plan. Dean estimates the shift would save about $900 million over two years, cash that could be used for Republican priorities that include nursing home funding, and mental and dental health programs.” So, if I understand this, we’ll move the 95,000 to MNsure and then cancel it.
I assume they inventory the knives every 10 minutes or so? The AP says, “Need some steaks for the grill? Get a fresh cut from a Minnesota correctional facility. Inmates at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw are already processing and selling meat. A state senator wants to turn the institution’s work into a pilot program that gives inmates a butcher’s license. … The measure could help address a shortage of butchers while giving inmates a path to reintegrate into society. The proposal comes as demand for locally produced beef is surging, but the ranks of butchers are dwindling.”
Mug shot of the day … in a Paul Walsh Strib story about two starving kids pulled out of a filthy home. “Two children, ages 2 and 3, were hospitalized after being found alone in a crib — starving, their rib cages clearly defined — while in the care of their father in a filthy home near Princeton that was smelling of dog feces and littered with bags of marijuana, authorities said Monday.”
The MLS is not the NFL. So, as Tom Scheck of MPR writes, “Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, is telling backers of a Major League Soccer franchise not to ask the Legislature for public money for a new stadium. Several news outlets, led by American Soccer Now, say Major League Soccer is close to awarding a franchise to an ownership group headed by former UnitedHealth Group CEO Bill McGuire. McGuire is reportedly seeking a stadium in downtown Minneapolis that will rely on some public financing.”
At City Pages, Hannah Sayle says, “McGuire has proposed a new, soccer-only stadium in downtown Minneapolis. He has also reportedly secured an option to buy a property on Royalston Avenue, next to the Minneapolis Farmers Market and just a few blocks from Target Field. … But if Major League Soccer backs McGuire, Gov. Mark Dayton has expressly opposed any more public subsidies for stadiums. Nor has Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges been high on the prospect in the past: ‘The city does not need another stadium to host soccer. With the new [Vikings] stadium, Target Center, and Target Field, Minneapolis already has all the venues it needs.’” Then there’s the issue that as the former CEO of UnitedHealth McGuire alone may have as much cash as the entire NFL.