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B. Todd Jones out at ATF

Plus: crimes against parliamentary procedure in the Minnesota House; Minnesota’s laws not that ridiculous; a secret vault containing thousands of unreleased Prince songs; and more.

B. Todd Jones, right, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is shown during a speech by the president at the White House in 2013.
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B. Todd Jones, we hardly knew ye. After less than two years as the top official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, B. Todd Jones — formerly U.S. Attorney for the Minnesota District — is resigning, effective March 31 the AP’s Alicia Caldwell reports. Jones was the first director of ATF to be actually approved by the Senate since 2006. “Jones was nominated to the post in the aftermath of the December 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut where 26 people, including 20 children, were killed. The appointment was part of the Obama administration’s efforts to push for tougher gun control laws. Multiple bills failed in Congress, but Jones’ approval was considered a rare victory in the gun control debate.”

Shenanigans at the Legislature. Democrats were outraged after House Speaker Kurt Daudt adjourned the body for the weekend without observing lawmakers procedural call for a roll call vote, reports Ben Johnson in City Pages. “ ‘Are you kidding me?’ asked House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (D-Minneapolis), incredulous at Daudt’s blatant flaunting of procedure. ‘ARE YOU KIDDING ME MR. SPEAKER? THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS,’ he shouted.” There’s a video.

This is why you want to do more than a couple Google searches when making legal arguments. The Pioneer Press’ Rachel Stassen-Berger fact-checked a video made by a group seeking repeal of Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor sales that highlighted Minnesota’s most ridiculous laws. But as Stassen-Berger found out, the laws cited in the video weren’t, in fact, real laws. “Asked via email for any documentation of the laws the video alleged were on the books, the MN Consumers First Alliance, which put together the video, responded: ‘When we created the video, we searched the internet and found several links that reference these laws.’ ” Sounds legit.

There’s a vault containing thousands of unreleased Prince songs. The BBC’s Mobeen Azhar talks to former Prince sound engineers, band members, and others, about the existence of this great purple treasure chest. Composer Brent Fischer has worked with Prince since the 80s: “I think over 70% of the music we’ve worked on for Prince is yet to be released. There are lot of songs that were sent to us clearly with the idea that they would never be released. They were almost comical songs that he would work out with his horn players. There was lot of wild horn parts and experimentation with samples.

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Minneapolis’ two-sailboat logo is safe, for now. The city had briefly considered updating the logo to a simpler, one-sailboat design created by city staff, but on Friday the city council blocked the move. The reason? MPR’s Curtis Gilbert tells us, “Members expressed concerns that moving to a single boat would create confusion.”

Further in City of Lakes news, Minneapolis is getting out of the petroleum business it was never in in the first place. “The City Council voted 11-2 on Friday to approve a resolution making it city policy to divest from fossil fuel companies,” the Southwest Journal’s Sarah McKenzie reports. She adds, “The City of Minneapolis doesn’t currently have any investments in fossil fuel companies, according to city finance staff.”

In other news…

Minneapolis/St. Paul could be a lot gayer. [NYT’s TheUpshot]

…but we have plenty of bartenders. [Huffington Post]

An effort is afoot to increase penalties against careless drivers who kill people in Minnesota [House Public Information Services]

Wanda Davis talks about returning to the stage and the studio 40 years after ‘Save Me’ ” [Local Current Blog]

Reefer madness in Sioux Falls [Argus Leader]

Presented without comment: The Timberwolves Signed A Guy Because He Was Nearby [Deadspin]

“Ex-NFL player [and former Viking] Darren Sharper charged with rape in Las Vegas” [AP]