Today in pandering … and not. First, here in Minnesota, Mark Brunswick of the Strib reports, “The Minnesota National Guard has no plans to arm soldiers and airmen whose regular duties are not security-related, a Guard spokesman said Monday.
“But even before the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, illustrated potential security concerns for recruiting centers and other military facilities, the Minnesota National Guard had begun a comprehensive review of how prepared it might be for a possible attack. The question of security for state National Guard facilities arose after the governors of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Indiana authorized the arming of full-time National Guard members to deter attacks and allow them to protect themselves and civilians in case they are targeted.”
Second, (file under Walker Watch), Mary Spicuzza of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says, “Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order Tuesday allowing Wisconsin National Guard members to carry weapons while they are on duty. … ‘Safety must be our top priority, especially in light of the horrific attack in Chattanooga,’ Walker said in a written statement. “Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens, as well as themselves.” Actually, the tippy-top priority is stroking the base.
Back in Minnesota, Tim Pugmire’s MPR story says, “DFL Gov. Mark Dayton rejected Tuesday a proposed investigation of Planned Parenthood’s Minnesota clinics, and he accused the Republican lawmakers who requested it of ‘grandstanding.’ … Republican Senate Minority Leader David Hann said Dayton shouldn’t jump to conclusions about what Planned Parenthood is or is not doing. Hann said he believes an investigation is warranted.” I mean, he watched a heavily edited video. He knows!
And another Minnesota v. Wisconsin story. This from KTTC-TV down in Rochester. “A Wisconsin family torn apart by one son’s epilepsy is united once again under Minnesota’s medical marijuana law. After six months of living in separate states, the Falk family is getting the treatment much closer to home for their son who so desperately needs it. The Falk family has been split apart for many months, but for years they have been battling to get through every day. Now, Minnesota’s medical marijuana law has brought them back together, and the cannabis oil 6-year-old Danny needs has brought him back his life.”
Catharine Richert of MPR reports, “Minnesota Republican Party officials say they’ve lowered their total state and federal debt from $2.2 million to about $1.25 million. ‘We’ve continued to make progress,’ said party chair Keith Downey. He said the party reduced its debt by more than $300,000 during the first half of the year. ‘In 2014, we focused our financial resources on the elections, and now we’re back to focusing our attention on reducing the debt.’ ”
Even with the implicit guarantee of a Super Bowl championship once they get in the new stadium, Radisson isn’t re-upping with the Vikings. At ESPN Darren Rovell says, “Carlson, which owns the Radisson brand, will part ways with the Minnesota Vikings after suspending its sponsorship with the team in September following running back Adrian Peterson’s child-abuse charges, the hotel chain told ESPN.com on Tuesday. ‘Our suspended sponsorship has now expired and was not renewed,’ company spokesman Ben Gardeen told ESPN.com.”
In other news from the soon-to-be-Super Bowl champions, Greg Price of the International Business Times says, “Nearly a year ago the remainder of running back Adrian Peterson’s NFL career seemed in doubt, and only a few months ago the former league MVP was taking to Twitter to blast the Minnesota Vikings and their apparent refusal to trade or release him. But all of that speculation and finger-pointing has come to a halt, with Peterson and the Vikings agreeing to restructure the final three years of his current contract only two weeks before the start of training camp. … Peterson can essentially expect $20 million upfront on the new deal. [ProFootballTalk] suggested the new deal likely breaks down into $13 million fully guaranteed for this season with another $7 million ‘injury-only’ guarantee until the start of next year’s waiver period or the new league year.”
Even if all it ran was a blank black screen it’d be more coherent than “True Detective.” Michael Calia of The Wall Street Journal says, “FX Networks has been steadily teasing the second season of its acclaimed anthology series ‘Fargo.’ Today, however, the network released a full trailer, and it is full of plot details. Set in 1979, ‘Fargo’ season two will follow a younger Lou Solverson, who was played by Keith Carradine in season one but will be played by Patrick Wilson this time, as he works the case of a murdered judge and other, potentially connected cases. The other primary story threads will focus on Kirsten Dunst’s character, who seems to want much more out of life, and Kieran Culkin’s character, who appears to be wanted for several crimes, and what looks like a war between rival criminal enterprises.” Maybe someday it’ll even shoot here.
Speaking of Minnesota cops, the AP says, “Minnesota law enforcement agencies scooped up $6.8 million in proceeds from criminal forfeitures in 2014. State Auditor Rebecca Otto released the accounting Tuesday of the nearly 6,900 forfeitures associated with criminal cases and convictions. Both the number of forfeitures and net assets seized was down slightly from the year before. Forfeitures are typically associated with drug crimes and drunken driving. Most were cars, cash or guns.” Really? No bad boyfriends?
Who doesn’t love a good scam story? Rachel Chazin from KMSP-TV writes, “The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are warning all businesses, but specifically businesses in Southern Minnesota, to be on the lookout for a bogus directory scam. The scam, which is fairly common, involves shady operators attempting to bill legitimate businesses for advertising space in nonexistent directories. ‘Representatives from the supposed business directory – The Minnesota Directory of Unions – are contacting area businesses and informing them they will be stopping by to pick up a check for advertising in their directory,’ the BBB said in a press release.” Just wondering? Does “Rachel of Cardholders Services” work for them, too?
Demand your old table back. In the PiPress, Jess Fleming says, “Let’s put all the rumors to rest, here and now: The Lexington renovation and re-opening is still happening. It’s just way behind schedule. Co-owner Josh Thoma said the first of three phases — reinforcing and re-sistering joints, creating a whole new structure and abating asbestos on the inside and on the rooftop — is done. ‘Structurally, the building is challenged,’ Thoma said. ‘It was not designed for occupancy upstairs, just storage, so we had to fix that. We had to figure out how to do it without putting columns in the middle of the dining room.’ Demolition will begin soon and as soon as they get their building permits, construction will begin on the first floor.”