Pioneer Press HQ sold to developer

MinnPost photo by Tony Nelson

PiPress luxury apartments? According to the AP, “The St. Paul Pioneer Press has sold its downtown headquarters to a South Dakota real estate developer. The newspaper is planning to relocate to a newer, nearby facility in St. Paul and expects to release the details of that plan in the coming week. Terms of Friday’s sale were not disclosed. The building had been listed at $4.2 million. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Stencil Group bought the building and plans to convert it into an apartment complex.” I suppose the fruit flies will have to move, too.

Go fish. The AP says, “It’s one thing to outlast hundreds or thousands of poker players to win one of the World Series of Poker’s 68 events and the Las Vegas tournament’s coveted gold bracelet. It’s another thing entirely to win a game you’ve never played before. Christian Pham of St. Paul, Minnesota, did exactly that Thursday, rising to the top of 219 players, including a few poker icons. By accident. The 40-year-old professional poker player said he intended to play no-limit Texas Hold `em but instead inadvertently signed up for a different game happening the same day: so-called no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball. The cost? A $1,500 buy-in.”

You know someone will make a “class warfare” complaint. The PiPress’s Josh Verges says, “If your family is poor enough, you can get paid to take classes at the University of Minnesota. President Eric Kaler last week showed the Board of Regents what the typical financial aid package will look like next year for students at various levels of family income.

* A student whose parents earn $95,000 annually will get about 5 percent of tuition and fees paid for, thanks to the University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship. …

* But those whose parents make less than $30,000 will get a need-based financial-aid package worth 111 percent of tuition and fees — that’s $1,553 more than the $13,791 sticker price at the Twin Cities campus.”

Sad storyPaul Walsh of the Strib reports, “With the school year out of the way, Eden Prairie High School junior Sydney Galleger went to the dentist to have her wisdom teeth removed. Such a normal procedure, particularly for teens, turned tragic. Galleger went into cardiac arrest during the extraction Tuesday. She died Friday.”

This too. Says Mary Lynn Smith of the Strib, “A 15-year-old boy shot and wounded his 14-year-old girlfriend late Monday afternoon inside his Coon Rapids apartment, then ran outside and fatally shot himself, authorities said. … Police found the girl had been shot in the chest and face but was alert enough to tell them that her boyfriend shot her and fled. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and is expected to survive, said Anoka County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Commander Paul Sommer. Later, when investigators spoke with the girl in the hospital, she told them that her boyfriend was ‘playing’ with the handgun when it went off accidentally, Sommer said. Police found the boy with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head … .”

He went to get his stove. On the Minnesota native who died on Mt. Rainier, the AP says, “Searchers on Saturday recovered a body believed to be that of 25-year-old Kyle Bufis, formerly of Maple Grove. … Bufis, who lived in Springdale, Utah, was part of a three-climber team when he went missing during extreme weather near Liberty Saddle on Thursday night. The three got caught in high winds and whiteout conditions as they descended on the challenging Liberty Ridge route on the north flank of Mount Rainier, said Bufis’ father, Jeff Bufis of Maple Grove.The three men hunkered down in a crevasse, only to discover their cook stove had been left at another stop about 50 meters up the mountain, Jeff Bufis told the Star Tribune, based on information he got from others. ‘Kyle volunteered to go get it,’ he said. ‘That was the last time they saw him.’”

Our troubles are over. Says Karen Zamora of the Strib, “Changes in Minnesota’s liquor laws took effect Sunday in two of the state’s biggest cities. In Minneapolis and Duluth, breweries and brewpubs opened their doors to a steady stream of eager customers celebrating the fact that they could legally buy and bring home growlers of beer. In another change, restaurants were able to sell liquor to customers on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than previously. Some early risers at Freehouse, a North Loop brewpub, welcomed the change, ordering cocktails and beer well ahead of 10 a.m. At Indeed Brewing in northeast Minneapolis, enthusiasts lined up with their 64-ounce refillable jugs of beer.” We’ll make Wisconsin look like Utah yet.

Tell me what jumps out at you about this story. From Paul Walsh (again): “Redeemed Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was back in his Texas hometown over the weekend, and his wife had a lot to say about her husband’s legal troubles and her feelings about him ultimately deciding to return to Minnesota. … Accompanying Peterson among the Palestine faithful was his wife, Ashley, who is expecting the couple’s second child in the fall. Adrian Peterson Jr., now 3, tagged along as well.” I’ve lost count. Has he?

Will Aschenmacher of the PiPress says, “The Twin Cities radio dial just got a little more diverse. 96.7 Pride Radio launched June 11 at 5 p.m. iHeartMedia described it as the first FM radio station in the country with programming devoted to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community. The station launched with 24 hours of Madonna tracks, and follow it with two weeks free of commercials.”

Walker Watch. Says Jason Stein in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Gov. Scott Walker’s budget hangs by a thread in the GOP-controlled state Senate, where “no” votes from just three lawmakers within his own party could derail his spending plan. Two conservative Republican senators have made clear they will be extremely difficult — perhaps impossible — for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, to win over without knocking moderates from their party out of the yes column. … It’s also unclear if the budget committee will meet Wednesday to take up GOP plans to delay road construction projects to hold down borrowing and cut a tax typically applied to people making $200,000 to $500,000 a year.” Just because you’re $2 billion in the red doesn’t mean you stop taking care of your friends.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 06/15/2015 - 01:28 pm.

    Do dental offices….

    adhere to the same standards that hospital based surgery centers do? It makes me wonder who is administering anesthetics in those facilities as well.

  2. Submitted by Elsa Mack on 06/15/2015 - 08:31 am.

    Financial aid packages

    While I can see why people might object to giving the lower-income student 111% of tuition and fees, I’d interpret it as helping a bit with living expenses when the family likely cannot. If students are constantly working a job to make ends meet, they’re likely to take longer to finish school and cost the state more in the long run. So giving them a few hours to study makes a lot of sense.

    • Submitted by Mike Wickmann on 06/15/2015 - 09:22 am.

      Work study included in aid

      A typical financial aid package will include a decent amount of work/study aid. I don’t believe this is abnormal with a student who’s parents have limited means.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 06/15/2015 - 09:53 am.

      Books and supplies

      The U estimates about $1,000 for books and supplies for an undergraduate. That equates to most of that additional 11%.

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