Dayton calls Black Lives Matter plan to protest State Fair ‘inappropriate’

Courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair

He’s not the only ally saying this. Tim Pugmire reports for MPR: “Governor Mark Dayton says the group Black Lives Matter has raised valid concerns about the Minnesota State Fair, but he described a planned protest outside the fairgrounds on Saturday as ‘inappropriate.’ … Dayton said Black Lives Matter members should have taken their complaints directly to the State Fair board, several months ago. ‘Being responsible citizens doesn’t mean just protesting. It means taking responsibility for making it better. If they had been working with the fair board for the last six months and pressed this point, and the fair board was unresponsive, then I think the protest would make a lot more sense.’”

In City Pages, Susan Du writes, “So far, [BLM St. Paul organizer Rashad] Turner and fair director Jerry Hammer haven’t sat down at the same table. With only the media as the go-between, the two seem to be speaking past each other. Minnesota has about 15 percent people of color. While BLM can’t say definitively whether at least 15 percent of businesses at the fair are minority-owned, fair officials haven’t provided any figures to prove vendor representation matches the state’s demographics. … A colorblind application process is the first thing that needs to go, Turner says.”

Also on Day No. 1. Tom Hauser of KSTP-TV says, “It’s been a long-standing tradition at the Iowa State Fair, but now you can cast your kernels for presidential candidates at the Minnesota State Fair. The early front runners in the unscientific poll at the Minnesota Republican Party booth are Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. ‘Anybody can stop by our booth and and cast a vote for whoever their favorite candidate is,’ GOP Party Chair Keith Downey said.” I have this image of Democrats shelling entire ears of corn into the Trump jar.

Meanwhile, in downtown Minneapolis, Pat Kessler of WCCO-TV checked out said Dems. “Organizers of a Draft Biden for President group sent an e-mail to DNC members asking them to keep an open mind and consider a Biden candidacy’. Volunteers for frontrunner Hillary Clinton say they are not concerned. … But Republican leaders — facing a tumultuous presidential campaign of their own — call Biden’s possible entry in the race a sign the Clinton campaign is in serious trouble. ‘THE anointed candidate,’ Minnesota Republican Party Chair Keith Downey said, ‘behind whom everybody has coalesced, has imploded so badly in front of the American people that they are having to look at alternatives like Joe Biden.’”

Likewise, what else would this guy say? Jobs Coalition functionary and former GOP communications director Mark Drake doesn’t like Hillary’s chances.  In a Strib commentary he says, “With her ethical baggage and status as the candidate of the past, Clinton looks to be an albatross for Democrats in the suburbs and in Greater Minnesota. June polling from the Minnesota Jobs Coalition by the Tarrance Group underscored Clinton’s vulnerability in a general election. A poll of 600 ‘likely’ voters in swing legislative districts found that Minnesotans are not ready for Clinton.” And their dream candidate is?

This isn’t too much to ask, is it? The Forum News Service story says, “The Department of Natural Resources asks hunters participating in Minnesota’s bear season that opens Tuesday to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears that are marked with colorful ear tags.”

Speaking of bears in the woods. The Forum folks also have this story. “In East Grand Forks, Minn., man faces felony charges after burglarizing a church and leaving behind a path of destruction and a pile of human feces. … According to the criminal complaint, a day care worker found several items askew early Aug. 18, and when police arrived to investigate, officers found an office area burglarized, and a pile of human excrement hidden under blanket stuffing.”

Meanwhile at Mille Lacs, Josephine Marcotty of the Strib reports, “Next year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will ask the Legislature for funding to launch a pilot fish-stocking program and hatchery so it can be ready to boost the young walleye population if that’s necessary down the road. It will ask the federal government for a permit to kill fish-eating cormorants to reduce pressure on small fish. And it will create a new advisory committee made up of 12 to 16 members from the Mille Lacs community, including business owners, guides and anglers, to help inform future management decisions. Mille Lacs, the state’s most popular walleye lake, will become the sole charge of a newly appointed project manager and a crew of DNR staff.”

Also in DNR news, Zach Kayser of the Duluth News Tribune writes, “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday avoided a treaty rights court battle — for now — by granting a surprise one-day permit to Chippewa band members who had planned to harvest wild rice illegally. The 1855 Treaty Authority had organized a protest wild rice harvest on Hole-In-The-Day Lake near Nisswa. northwest of Brainerd, in order to assert off-reservation gathering rights that are disputed by the state government. About 30 to 40 reporters and other observers turned out to witness what could have been a confrontation between the ricers and DNR conservation officers. … the DNR apparently avoided having to cite anyone for ricing or having to confiscate equipment, thus temporarily averting what may be a lengthy federal court challenge that could result in legal recognition of the disputed hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the treaty area.”

One survived. The AP story says, “A Colorado hospital where a Minnesota woman gave birth to conjoined twins said Thursday that one of the babies died after a complicated five-four separation procedure. Amber McCullough delivered the twin girls, Hannah and Olivia, by cesarean section on Wednesday. Doctors had to immediately separate them due to the severity of their heart condition … .”

Again.. According to the AP, “The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has put a Roseville priest on leave after receiving what it is calling a credible allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1980s. The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick is pastor at Corpus Christi parish and St. Rose of Lima parish and school. Interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced the decision on Thursday and says police have been notified.”

Enjoyable story from John Enger on the MPR site on one of the more interesting UFO encounters anywhere. “At 1:40 a.m. 36 years ago, Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Val Johnson was on night patrol along a rural section of State Highway 220 near Warren, Minn., when he drove into a ball of white light. ‘I noticed a very bright, brilliant light, 8 to 12 inches in diameter, 3 to 4 feet off the ground,’ Johnson said in a taped police interview. ‘The edges were very defined.’ Johnson drove toward the light, and woke up in the ditch a half-hour later with burns around his eyes. The windshield and one headlight of his 1977 Ford LTD were smashed. Both radio antenna were bent sharply back. The watch on his wrist and the clock on the dash both ticked 14 minutes slow.” Seems Johnson is way less interested in the incident than the usual suspects.

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/28/2015 - 07:31 am.

    The GOPs problems are bigger than Hillary.

    Minnesota Republican Party Chair, Keith Downey, has failed to notice his party has “15 candidates” who have imploded and one who has “exploded” onto the Republican political scene. The GOP doesn’t even like their own candidate who is leading in all polls, much to their chagrin. Now what do they do when their anointed ones barely show up in the polls. I think The GOP will need another post election autopsy. The GOP is busy growing followers, not leaders. Oh well, that makes the Koch brothers happy. The GOP circus continues.

    • Submitted by Julie Barton on 08/28/2015 - 08:49 am.

      Another Autopsy?

      Not sure that’ll do them any good, as the previous post-election autopsy showed a party that failed to see what the people needed and hear what they wanted, and that had died of some putrefying disease. Instead they looked at the results and decided the disease wasn’t putrefying enough.

      • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/28/2015 - 09:43 am.

        Post mortem this

        After two presidential victories, Mr. Obama presides over a Democratic Party that has lost 13 seats in the U.S. Senate and 69 in the House during his tenure, a net loss unmatched by any modern U.S. president.

        Democrats have also lost 11 governorships, four state attorneys general, 910 legislative seats, as well as the majorities in 30 state legislative chambers. In 23 states, Republicans control the governor’s office and the legislature; Democrats, only seven.

        The democrats are in real danger of losing all three branches of government in 2016 and their response is to run three old has-beens. heh

        • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/28/2015 - 11:04 am.

          They got it right!

          You only have one making the grade in the polls and no establishment Republican likes him. More people vote in the general elections, good news for democrats. McConnell and Boehner said in January, “now we have to prove we can lead”. Eight months into the year and McConnell and Boehner have “nothing” to show for their lack of leadership. They are talking about shutting down the government, again, and we all know how well that went for the GOP last time. Brownback is a total disaster, Walker is running a deficit, on his way to a disaster, as he tries to look presidential, Jeb can’t get out of his brothers disastrous shadow, your guy has alienated the demographics he needs to win. The GOP noise machine is having trouble getting any traction because Trump has literally sucked all the oxygen out of the GOP space. You have 16 running and nothing to choose from. The drop outs will start showing soon and some are already cutting staffer wages as the money and support dries up. The GOP is raising followers, not leaders. If nothing else the internal GOP war will take the party down because there isn’t any leadership. The party that, years ago, said they had to make their tent bigger to include more, got it wrong. Some thought they meant a circus tent, they got it right. The GOP circus continues.

        • Submitted by jason myron on 08/28/2015 - 12:39 pm.


          I think you folks are really overestimating your chances. The real danger is the repubs not only losing the presidency again, but with 20+ seats up, losing the senate as well. Trump has brought out the boorish nature of your party. He’s managed to alienate pretty much everyone other than angry white males that are thick enough to believe that deporting 11 million people is even possible.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/28/2015 - 08:30 am.


    “A colorblind application process is the first thing that needs to go, Turner says.”

    Kind of ironic since that’s the opposite of what the civil rights movement was all about. Mr. Turner should pick up a history book some time, since he obviously didn’t live through it.

    • Submitted by Tom Clark on 08/28/2015 - 09:35 am.

      Some history

      As someone who is a regular MN state fair goer, there fact that there isn’t much turnover from year to year in who is out there doing business means that it would be a good idea to make the effort to boost diversity. I see a lot of blacks in the crowds at the fair and I don’t blame them for being upset about the lack of black-owned/operated vendors there. I don’t think the fair is deliberately discriminating against minorities, but it would be best if they recognized the barriers that are there and do the right thing.

      • Submitted by Tim Smith on 08/28/2015 - 11:03 am.


        State fair affirmative action is what you seek? Have some white folks bounced after years of hard work so the numbers are more diverse and politically correct? The fair is color blind, isn’t that the society we want?

  3. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 08/28/2015 - 08:31 am.

    The DNR and Native Treaty Rights

    Let’s face it – whenever this whole issue DOES get resolved in federal court, it’s very likely to come down on the side of the tribes.

    This could mean that landowners in the affected areas don’t have the degree of control over their property they thought they acquired when they bought the land.

  4. Submitted by Jim Camery on 08/28/2015 - 09:24 am.

    What really matters

    Civil rights, treaty rights, weighty matters impacting the future of the Republic are all well and good, but I really want Mr. Lambert to catch me up on Denny Hecker’s status. Does he have an out date?

  5. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 08/28/2015 - 11:10 am.


    “A colorblind application process is the first thing that needs to go, Turner says.”

    So in essence they would prefer to be favored? Maybe they should change the name of their organization then.

  6. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/28/2015 - 12:28 pm.

    RE: Black Lives Matter Protest

    PLEASE do not (figuratively) shoot yourselves in your feet by doing this.

    There are lots of folk out here in rural Minnesota who don’t come to the Metro that often,…

    for whom their annual trip to the State Fair is a highlight of their year.

    To disrupt the fair for a day, especially on a weekend,…

    and thereby, tell those people that they don’t have any right to enjoy the fair,…

    because YOUR desire to protest to a captive audience matters far more than any inconvenience you might cause anyone else,…

    is only going to make you a LOT of enemies,…

    among people who might otherwise have been on your side.

    There are a thousand ways to have an impact on the racial makeup of vendors and exhibitors at the fair,…

    (although exhibits, including the open exhibits and 4H exhibits are absolutely open to you, should you be inclined to go to the work required to prepare and register exhibits of your choice).

    Those channels have been available to you for decades.

    Until I see figures regarding how many minority vendors have applied for and been refused space at the fair, (and see that those refusals are out of proportion to white vendors also refused space),…

    I have no reason to believe the lack of minority vendors is anything but the result of the fair being historically a rural and rural-connected white folk activity,…

    in which people of color have not been particularly interested in participating.

    Doing the equivalent of throwing a tantrum all over the main street of the fair gives the appearance that your organization is being run by angry adolescents and is disrespectful of your fellow citizens,…

    many of whom would be interested in being educated regarding what you have to say if you were trying to educate them,…

    rather than just seeking to punish them by acting out your (very understandable) anger.

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