Joint terrorism task force makes arrests in Minneapolis

Terror arrests. Mukhtar Ibrahim and Laura Yuen report for MPR: “The FBI arrested several people in Minneapolis and San Diego, Calif., on Sunday as part of a joint terrorism task force investigation, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger confirmed Sunday evening. A Somali woman who said she was the mother of two men who were arrested told MPR News that the FBI arrived at her house around noon. One of her sons was arrested at her house; the other was arrested in San Diego.”

House-cleaning for the St. Paul school board. Josh Verges for the PiPress says, “DFL party delegates were voting Sunday night to clean house on the St. Paul School Board. On the first ballot for party endorsements, the three incumbents finished no higher than eighth out of 13 candidates. None of the candidates reached the 60 percent threshold needed for the endorsement, but two came close — Zuki Ellis with 56 percent and Steve Marchese with 53 percent. They were followed by Jon Schumacher, 47 percent, and Mary Vanderwert, 46 percent. The first four to hit 60 percent will get the party’s endorsements and a clear path to the school board in DFL-dominated St. Paul. However, the convention could end with fewer than four endorsements if delegates decide to quit voting.”

City Pages’ Susan Du’s story on GOP Rep. Duane Quam’s package of budget cuts says, “No sooner had Rep. Duane Quam (R-Byron) suggested bleeding $85 million in state aid to Minnesota’s three largest cities, the incensed mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul cried foul. … Quam reasoned that Minnesota’s first-class metros don’t need all that money because they have a large enough tax base to cover the difference. Local government aid should be reserved for small cities that can’t afford to operate without it, he said. Yet Quam’s measure would affect only three of Minnesota’s four first-class cities. Rochester would get out of the deal with its budget intact, and the DFL believes that has something to do with the fact Rochester has only Republican senators. Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth have all DFL representatives in both the House and Senate. Doubly strange, there’s no mention of recycling the $85 million cuts to small towns in outstate Minnesota. The state will simply wash its hands of those expenditures.”

He gets paid how much to show up for workouts? Also in the PiPress, Chris Tomasson says, “A source said Sunday that Adrian Peterson won’t attend Monday’s first day of Vikings voluntary offseason workouts, but it has nothing to do with the running back being disgruntled. … The source said the eight-year veteran historically hasn’t shown up for the first day of voluntary workouts and his attendance at them usually has been sporadic. Peterson has a $250,000 workout bonus, but the source said that is tied only to 90 percent participation in organized team activities and minicamps and doesn’t involve conditioning activities.”

More less-than-flattering publicity for the great city of Montevideo. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “A prison sentence of four-plus years was given to a 21-year-old man who anguished for more than a year until he admitted to strangling a 64-year-old man while the two were having sex in a west-central Minnesota apartment. Harley W. Hatch, of Montevideo, Minn., was sentenced last week in Chippewa County District Court to four years and 10 months in prison in the death of Thomas E. Dickson, also of Montevideo … .”

The Strib editorializes about what some might call the temptation for cronyism. “… A legislative proposal with the noble aim of boosting state support is unfortunately based on a dubious strategy — routing the additional public dollars through a new board whose voting members are often self-appointed by political special interests. The measure is known in Capitol shorthand as the ‘Ag Transfer Board.’  … Essentially, the legislation creates a pot of public money and turns it over to interest group representatives with vague language about how it could be spent.”

The Glean

The Minnesota Book Awards featured several familiar names. Stribber Laurie Hertzel writes, “Novelist Marlon James and poet Joyce Sidman each picked up their second Minnesota Book Award on Saturday night, and previous nominees Julie Klassen and Margi Preus also were among the winners. The Star Tribune’s editorial writer Lori Sturdevant picked up her first award for writing; she had previously won two Minnesota Book Awards for editing.”

The AP’s Brian Bakst breaks down what the GOP really hopes to achieve this session. “Republicans who control only the House see the chance to have more say over workplace safety regulations, water-quality rules, health standards and environmental permitting as a crucial check against an executive branch they’ve been shut out of since Tim Pawlenty left office in 2011.”

In the Grand Forks Herald, Dan Dorman and Gary Evans bemoan the lack of interest in the broadband expansion program. “Clearly, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators don’t fully grasp the level of need and the importance of upgrading broadband in Greater Minnesota. Last week, the jobs committee of the House Republican majority included no funding in its budget for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, a fund-matching program aimed at getting private companies to invest in broadband infrastructure. The DFL-controlled Senate jobs committee put only $17 million into the program.The governor, who campaigned on the notion of ‘border-to-border broadband,’ included only $30 million for broadband in his budget plan, far less than the $200 million recommended by his own task force.”

The what collection? Stribber Kavita Kumar says, “Many Lilly Pulitzer fans who stayed up all night to buy pieces from the much-hyped Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection were greeted with website issues on Target.com in the early morning hours. Then they were disheartened when they learned that most items had already sold out online. And many stores sold out of the collection within minutes of their doors opening at 8 a.m. this morning, leaving many customers who had lined up in Black Friday-like lines empty-handed. While some rabid fans claimed on social media that the retailer’s website crashed, Target spokesman Joshua Thomas said that was not the case. But he said the overwhelming traffic to the site meant that the retailer did have to take steps to manage the site.” Meanwhile, I’m hanging on to my Zubaz collection until they come back in style.  

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 04/20/2015 - 07:14 am.

    All those changes at Target . . . . .

    and they STILL can’t manage their website.

    Let’s hear it for the value of highly paid CEO’s.

    Sheesh.

    • Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 04/20/2015 - 10:10 am.

      People stayed up all night for that?

      God help anyone that gets between a bargain hunter and their sale. How much were they going to save that made it worth that effort. Now I’d be mad if I got to Target at 8am and they were out of toilet paper or drano or work socks, but this? These weren’t necessities. If I stayed up all night for that and struck out I’d be mad at myself, not Target. So the only ones heard from were the ones who struck out. Obviously there was stuff sold and people who got what they wanted. Mindless, greedy consumerism.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 04/20/2015 - 07:29 am.

    Al Oertwig outpolled all of the SPPS incumbents. Suggesting their political careers are finished is too kind by far. That being said, since the takeover was wholly orchestrated by the teachers union, the real last place finishers are the kids…again.

  3. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/20/2015 - 09:52 am.

    Ag Transfer Board

    Isn’t this just another example of pandering to a special interest group? Or is that something that only Democrats do?

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