When in doubt, or under pressure, do nothing. Kyle Potter of the AP reports, “Minnesota lawmakers pumped the brakes Wednesday on Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for a special session to aid Mille Lacs Lake businesses hurting from the early closure of walleye fishing season, instead suggesting a different solution: Re-open the lake to walleye fishing.”
In the Strib, Patrick Coolican says, “Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, and Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, repeatedly told Commissioner Tom Landwehr of the Department of Natural Resources that the quickest relief for resort owners in the area would be to re-open walleye season. They encouraged Landwehr to begin negotiating with eight bands, with whom the state has an agreement about the walleye quota stemming from a 1837 treaty and 1999 U.S. Supreme Court case. … Any move by the state to blow through the quota would likely be viewed dimly by tribal communities.”
Like D.C. is some kind Eden in August. Chelsea Harvey of The Washington Post says, “As you enter Redwood City, Calif., you may notice a sign with a curious slogan printed on it: ‘Climate best by government test.’ Having the best climate is a bold boast, and the sign got climate scientist Ken Caldeira of Stanford University’s Carnegie Institute of Science thinking about how he might test the town’s claim to fame. His research, published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, indicates which city may actually have the nicest climate — and which city could take the title in the next 100 years if humans fail to curb carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. Researchers found that, as of now, Minneapolis is the least comfortable city temperature-wise, meaning it has the highest number of combined heating and cooling degree days. Residents of San Diego are more lucky — that city is the most comfortable.”
If they attack his Paris pied-a-terre or his Monte Carlo penthouse they’ll have gone too far. The KSTP-TV story says, “Police in southwest Florida say vandals spray painted the words ‘lion killer’ on the garage door of the vacation home owned by a Minnesota dentist who has been identified as the hunter who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Marco Island police Capt. David Baer says the vandals also left at least seven pickled pigs’ feet on the driveway of Walter Palmer’s $1.1 million home. Baer says police have opened an investigation.” And who killed the pigs?
How miserable is Minnesota’s economy? So bad, according to a story by Ricardo Lopez of the Strib, that, “Standard & Poor’s boosted Minnesota’s debt rating outlook to ‘positive’ Wednesday, immediately ahead of the state’s sale of $1 billion in general obligation bonds. The improved rating from ‘stable’ is the result of the ‘state’s payment of its deferred liabilities and improved structural balance alignment,’ Standard & Poor’s said, according to a statement by the Minnesota Management and Budget Office.”
The PiPress story, by David Montgomery, says, “Years after a 2011 government shutdown and budget shifts and gimmicks caused Minnesota to lose its top credit rating, it’s very slowly starting to earn back investors’ trust. Should Minnesota return to a triple-A bond rating, the state could save millions of dollars in lower interest payments over the 20-year lifespan of a bond. Some other units of government that don’t have their own credit ratings also benefit when the state improves its rating.” Not that we didn’t all love a good gimmick, you understand.
Five minutes you won’t be able to gamble in Minnesota. Says the AP: “Minnesota Lottery officials are working to suspend contracts with vendors in order to end online, gas pump and ATM games by the end of the month. Lottery officials plan to stop selling lottery tickets at gas pumps and ATMs by Aug. 29 and online by Aug. 31. Those dates come about a month before the deadline set by the Legislature to end the games … .”
He’s completely reformed. KPRC-TV in Houston says, “Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had his probation stemming from a child abuse case in Montgomery County terminated by a judge. KPRC 2 has learned that a judge signed an order to terminate Peterson’s deferred adjudication because the judge and Peterson’s probation officer believe Peterson has fulfilled all the terms of his probation.”
But will it get here before next winter’s human flu vaccine? Tom Cherveny of the Grand Forks Herald says, “Congressman Collin Peterson is expecting an announcement this week, perhaps as early as today, that a trial vaccine is as effective against avian influenza in turkeys as earlier tests have shown it to be for chickens. If the vaccine proves to be nearly 100 percent effective, producers in the hard hit states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota may be authorized to use it on a limited basis as early as this fall … .”
This might be one of those indicators for people/companies who have too much money. The AP says, “After easily securing a second term as Minnesota governor, Democrat Mark Dayton landed sizable checks toward his early-January inauguration, including some from corporations whose leaders favored the GOP nominee in the race. Donations to his inaugural committee — many of which were several times the contribution limit for candidates before elections — totaled $195,000, according to a report recently filed with the Internal Revenue Service. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that nine donors gave at least $10,000, and about 85 percent of the contributions came in after the inaugural events.”
Also out of state government, WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler says, “A top state Republican leader is calling for Minnesota House hearings into the actions of the Democratic state auditor. This is after a WCCO investigation discovered county auditors who accuse State Auditor Rebecca Otto of pressuring them into long-term audit contracts with her office, even though a new state law allows them to hire private audit firms starting next year. The letter directs 59 Minnesota counties to sign a three-year contract with the state auditor. County auditors say they are perplexed by the letter, which they say came without warning, and has a deadline of Aug. 21, 2015 to sign.”
I know you’re as shocked as I am. Beatrice Dupuy of the Strib says, “Minneapolis inspectors plan to do spot checks of Uber and Lyft after new data showed that drivers for the online ride-hailing companies are more likely to reject customers on the North Side. City business license manager Grant Wilson said city officials will pose as ‘secret shoppers’ to test Uber and Lyft in underserved areas of the city. Wilson made the decision after reviewing new information revealing that drivers for these ride-hailing services tend to prefer high-traffic and high-profit areas, like downtown, and are less likely to venture to north Minneapolis.”