Because no one needs to hear when you defend your castle. The AP’s Kyle Potter reports, “The Minnesota House voted to legalize silencers, among a handful of bills approved Thursday to expand the state’s firearm laws even as the Senate has shown little appetite to wade back into gun issues. Lawmakers quickly approved a measure removing a requirement that gun permit owners notify state officials before bringing a firearm onto Capitol grounds — a system proponents say is outdated and unnecessary — and another clarifying Minnesota residents’ ability to buy guns in other states. A third proposal limiting law enforcement officials’ ability to seize citizens’ firearms during a disaster or emergency also passed.” It’s what they were sent to Capitol Hill to do.
Moving on over. In the PiPress, Nick Woltman reports, “One of downtown St. Paul’s largest employers is moving its headquarters — but not very far. Ecolab, the St. Paul-based water, hygiene and energy technology company, said Thursday it has agreed to buy the pyramid-topped Travelers tower just a couple of blocks west of its current headquarters on Wabasha Street. Terms of the sale, which is expected to close during the third quarter of 2015, were not disclosed. The company plans to relocate all 1,500 of its downtown employees into the 17-story building by the end of 2018. … Ecolab’s downtown workforce will trade 462,000 square feet of office space, spread out over three buildings along Wabasha, between Fourth and Sixth streets, for 484,500 square feet of ‘newer and more modern’ accommodations in the Travelers tower.”
No really, welcome back. Ben Goessling’s ESPN story on Adrian Peterson’s reinstatement says, “The NFL announced on Thursday afternoon that the Minnesota Vikings running back will be reinstated on Friday and allowed to participate in all of the Vikings’ offseason activities. … The Vikings will start offseason workouts on Monday and hold their first mandatory minicamp in June. It remains to be seen whether Peterson will show up for any of the team’s offseason programs.” Can he bring the camel?
The New York Times gets in on the great Lindström umlaut controversy. Writes Julie Bosman, “In an announcement that was indignant, a little quirky and very Minnesotan, the governor intervened on Wednesday, releasing a statement that promised that the umlauts on the signs would be restored, and fast. ‘Nonsensical rules like this are exactly why people get frustrated with government,’ Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, said in the statement. … Lena Norrman, a lecturer for Swedish and Scandinavian studies at the University of Minnesota, said that linguistically, the loss is significant. ‘These are not just two little dots,’ said the Swedish native. ‘It’s a significant letter with its own sound. You can’t just take them away.’” Yeah! It’d be like taking the [bleeps] out of [bleepin’].
So much for the 24-hour variety. In the Strib Mike Hughlett reports, “The unprecedented U.S. bird flu outbreak that is centered in Minnesota is likely to stick around for a few years and possibly damage poultry farms across the nation, a top U.S. veterinary official said Thursday.”
The auditor has been called in. Laura Yuen of MPR writes, “Minnesota’s legislative auditor says he’ll look into allegations of double-dipping by the Minneapolis Urban League. Auditor Jim Nobles says his staff will start with a preliminary review to determine whether to go forward with a full-blown investigation or audit.”
John Lundy of the Duluth Tribune says, “The number of chlamydia cases reached an all-time high in Minnesota last year, the state’s health department reported on Thursday. Chlamydia, which can infect both men and women and can seriously damage a woman’s reproductive system, occurred in every county in the state, the Minnesota Department of Health said in its annual report on sexually transmitted diseases. Instances of chlamydia increased 64 percent from 2004 through 2014, it said.”
This could have gone down a year ago. Says Tom Cherveny of the Forum News Service, “Angela Brown of Madison has signed off on an agreement that will lead to the dismissal of a child endangerment charge against her for giving her 15-year-old son cannabis oil to treat his seizures and pain from a traumatic brain injury.Brown said her attorney Michael Hughes of Bend, Oregon, informed her a week ago that he and Lac qui Parle County Attorney Rick Stulz worked out an agreement that will allow for a ‘continuance for dismissal’ of the child endangerment charge. If she pays a $100 court fee and has no violations for 90 days, the gross misdemeanor charge will be dropped.”
These rules couldn’t have been meant for Mr. McGuire. City Pages Ben Johnson continues to follow the UnitedHealth tycoon’s MLS soccer stadium play. “Earlier this week Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire said he will build a new $150 million soccer stadium in Minneapolis as long as he never has to pay property taxes or sales tax on the construction materials. As far as stadium welfare requests go, his is relatively modest. But it may also be unconstitutional. After McGuire announced his proposal, Minneapolis City Council Member Andrew Johnson started digging into its legality. He says a clause in the state’s constitution does not allow McGuire or any other private landowner to not pay property taxes.” Taxes are so … middle class.