Sen. Al Franken has written a piece on CNN’s website in support of the Iran deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry: “This agreement is, in my opinion, the most effective, realistic way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon anytime in the next 15 years. It does so by imposing a series of physical limits on Iran’s nuclear program, especially its production of the fissile material it would require to make a bomb. The agreement’s verification provisions are extremely strong: 24/7 monitoring of, and unfettered access to, Iran’s nuclear sites and ongoing surveillance of Iran’s nuclear supply chain. That means: In order to make a nuclear weapon in the next 15 years, Iran would have to reconstruct every individual piece of the chain — the mining, the milling, the production of centrifuges, and more — separately and in secret. The regime would have to run the risk of any of these steps being detected by international inspectors or our own comprehensive intelligence efforts. It would risk losing everything it gained from the deal, and the re-imposition of sanctions.”
J. Patrick Coolican at Star Tribune reports that a state representative, who sponsored legislation to make it illegal to gain employment or access to animal facilities under “false pretenses,” works for the subject of an undercover video released this week that appears to show sick pigs abused and neglected: “Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, works in human resources at Christensen Farms, the subject of an undercover video released this week that appears to show sick pigs abused and neglected at a farm in Luverne, Minn. Hamilton, who chairs the House Agriculture Finance Committee, sponsored legislation in 2011 to make it illegal to gain employment or access to animal facilities under ‘false pretenses,’ or to record videos such as the one about Christensen Farms. Critics referred to it as an ‘ag gag’ bill.”
Dana Thiede at KARE-TV relays the latest information from the Minneapolis Police Department on the recent attacks on bicyclists in south Minneapolis: “Police say interviews with victims have yielded the same or similar descriptions of the suspect vehicle: an older model white Ford, possibly a Bronco type vehicle or a pickup with a topper on it. One of the rear windows is missing an either cardboard or wood covers the opening. They describe the suspect as a tanned white male, or possibly a Hispanic male, approximately 20 to 28 years old. Each victim says they were approached by the suspect operating the white Ford in an erratic manner before he threw cement chunks at them.”
Bob Collins at NewsCut reports Rep. Pat Garofalo, chair of the House subcommittee on charm and charisma, tweeted his disdain for the cat lovers attending the Internet Cat Video Festival at CHS Field last night.
I’m NOT saying I want a meteorite to hit CHS field. But IF it did right now during #CatVidFest – it wouldn’t be the worst time for it.— Rep Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) August 13, 2015
He received a little push-back.
Also, we already knew Rep. Garofalo was a dog person:
Did Garofalo wish for this too? KARE-TV has images of the baseball-sized hail that fell on Morrison County last night.
Kavita Kumar at the Star Tribune is tracking more changes at Target with the impending sale of their west campus building: “The company told the 1,300 employees who work in that building Thursday morning that the property will be put on the market this fall and that they will be relocated to the retailer’s northern campus in Brooklyn Park next summer. About 2,000 Target employees currently work at the retailer’s Brooklyn Park campus.”
Related: If you’d like to weep for humanity, you can read the Facebook comments from concerned citizens who respectfully disagree with Target’s decision to remove gender-based signs in their toy departments.
Brady Slater at the Duluth News Tribune is keeping an eye on a wildfire encompassing roughly 30 acres of U.S. Forest Service land northwest of Tofte near Silver Island Lake. Mike Burow, acting forest fire management officer with the Superior National Forest, expects it to be contained soon.
In other news:
Unattended bag at MSP tested positive for explosives, later found to be non-threatening. [MPR News]
Jesse Ventura on the possibility of a Trump-Ventura ticket. [WCCO]
Minnesota’s wolf population appears to be stable. [Timberjay]
Your Daily Walker: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will make his first Minnesota stop as an official Republican candidate for president next week. [Star Tribune]
Minnesota’s take on ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ [Mental Floss]