“Cornfield” sounds really Midwestern, wholesome and reasonable, doesn’t it? Describing the inspiration that led her to the compromise that is clearing the way for passage of her bill fighting sex-trafficking, she told reporters (as reported by CNN’s Ted Barret), “‘When we went back for recess people had a chance to cool down and start thinking of solutions,’ Klobuchar said. ‘I actually came up with this in a cornfield outside of Moorhead, Minnesota. That’s where I called everyone from a car and I said, “here’s an idea.” ’ … ‘The cornfield idea was the two funds,’ she said.”
For reference, here’s what a cornfield looks like in April:
Meanwhile, Minnesota’s other senator is not sold on the benefits of a merger between Comcast and Time Warner. The New York Times’ Emily Steel reports, “ ‘The track record is bad on conditions,’ Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat who has urged regulators to block the deal, said in an interview on Tuesday. ‘They can’t be trusted, and they shouldn’t be.’ ” Franken in particular drew attention to Comcast’s failure to follow rules it agreed to when it took over NBCUniversal.
Tragic. Looking at the fatal bus-on-bus collision in Duluth earlier this month, the Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater reports, “The man who died in a collision involving two Duluth Transit Authority buses in downtown Duluth on April 14 had rushed forward ‘in an apparent attempt to help’ the incapacitated driver of his bus moments before the crash, authorities said Tuesday. … [Michael Joseph] Mooney grew up in Illinois and served 10 years in the Marines, according to his obituary published in the News Tribune. After he was honorably discharged, he moved to Duluth in the 1990s. … He would have been heading to work at the time of the crash.”
Fargo’s Park Board has declared war on beavers. Inforum’s Archie Ingersoll reports, “The Park Board voted unanimously last week to start culling beavers after residents and park district staff expressed concerns about the animals destroying mature trees in Lemke and Trefoil parks — damage that’s cost the city thousands of dollars.” But some Fargo residents aren’t taking the move sitting down, and have circulated a petition protesting the cull: “ ‘The Red River is about to earn its name,’ the petition says. ‘The beavers living along the banks in Fargo, ND will soon be slaughtered for no good reason.’ ”
In other news…
On Twitter, the Pioneer Press’ Rachel Stassen-Berger noticed that Tea Partiers are targeting House Speaker Kurt Daudt:
Ah, “The Daily Times,” Minnesota’s finest news source.
If Daudt’s upset by this maybe he can talk to Scott Walker about it tomorrow. [AP]
St. Paul’s Gateway Drive will now be known as Nagasaki Road in recognition of the 60-year sister-city relationship between Minnesota’s capital and Nagasaki, Japan [Pioneer Press]
The Minnesota man accused of fatally stabbing a Wisconsin fisherman on the St. Croix last week is pleading self-defense. [Star Tribune]
Erika Rozell and Kylie Stoffer were once bitter high school softball rivals. Now they’re roommates at the University of Minnesota. Pretty good sitcom concept, actually. [Minnesota Daily]
St. Paul’s billboard nightmare is over/the dream is dead. The (blank) billboard at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha is coming down. [MPR’s NewsCut]
Jesse for president. [Pioneer Press]