Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs to close Monday night

That’s a wrap, folks. Pat Pheifer of the Strib reports, “There was anger, sadness and a bit of resignation Sunday when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced it was shutting down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs midseason for the first time in history. The cutoff is 10 p.m. Monday. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr called it ‘a dark day for anglers in Minnesota.’”

A tough time to be a dentist. The AP says, “A Wisconsin dentist is dealing with angry phone calls because he has the same last name as the Minnesota dentist accused of killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe. Mathew Palmer of Janesville says he has received about 30 calls since Tuesday night, when officials in Zimbabwe identified a Minnesota dentist — Walter Palmer — as the American hunter who killed the lion. Mathew Palmer told the Janesville Gazette that he’s received calls from as far away as Florida.”

So no longer, “Nothing to see here, folks”? Also from the AP: “Law enforcement agencies are tallying the state’s backlog of untested rape kits in hopes of erasing it — or at least better understanding what led to it. The effort started Saturday as part of a new law passed by the Legislature this year that requires each law enforcement agency to report its number of untested rape kits, which gathered by hospitals to preserve evidence of an alleged sexual assault, along with an explanation for why each kit wasn’t processed. The state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will report the statewide tally to lawmakers in December.”

Apparently performance reviews were futile. Stribber Alejandra Matos says, “Five Minnesota school districts have paid more than $2 million in salary, benefits and other payments to rid themselves of ineffective employees over the past two years, a Star Tribune analysis shows. The payouts are emblematic of a system in which the potential for costly litigation often forces districts to seek alternatives to dealing with employees whose behavior is unsatisfactory but does not rise to the level of abrupt ­firing for incompetence or significant misconduct. … In one instance, a social worker was paid to leave after nearly 10 years of allegations that he had skipped ­parent meetings, put a child in an inappropriate hold and offended administrators with sexually explicit language.”

Beloved not-quite-hometown airline Delta is always looking for new ways to improve its service to you, assuming you are a shareholder. In their latest move John Ewoldt of the Strib explains, “The latest effort by the nation’s airlines to lower the value of frequent flier miles is this: More will be needed to get on a flight that’s popular. The change was announced quietly last month by Delta Air Lines, the dominant carrier at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and a trendsetter in the refashioning of frequent flier programs. It will take effect next June. The move comes after Delta and other airlines earlier this year made a major change on the other side of the frequent flier equation by making it harder for casual travelers to collect miles.”

Not that you’re any better off driving. Says Beatrice Dupuy in the Strib, “Construction on eastbound Interstate 394 heading into Minneapolis will slow commuters through mid-August starting Monday. Drivers heading east on I-394 between Hwy. 100 and Interstate 94 should expect ‘significant traffic delays,’ according to the ­Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), as motorists are diverted to the two high-occupancy lanes. Metro Transit said the closure would affect 15 bus lines, and that delays are likely.”

Our elaborate medicinal marijuana bureaucracy is getting “mixed” grades after month No. 1. Kyle Potter of the AP tells us, “With the high costs and the hoops [Scott Rapp’s] family had to jump through just to get signed up, mother Shelly Rapp said they’re eyeing a move back to California, where the medicine was cheaper and worked better. The story of Minnesota’s first month of medical marijuana is one of triumphs, disappointments and everything in between — a trial-and-error process that manufacturers expected and many patients hoped to avoid. For some in both camps, it’s breaking the bank.”

Creeping soccer-ism. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo says, “When veteran Minneapolis soccer referee Raul Sanchez offered a course in refereeing, 32 Latino soccer fans showed up. He wasn’t surprised. By his count, there are at least 15 Latino soccer leagues in the Twin Cities, and they average 30 teams apiece. And they’re growing. Would a professional soccer stadium somehow benefit the Latino community?”

What Would Hillary Clinton Do? Melo again reports, “Public watchdogs are raising questions about the transparency of a new St. Paul policy that deletes most city employee emails after six months.  In addition to the six-month policy, St. Paul employees have been notified that emails they move to ‘junk’ or ‘trash’ folders will disappear in two weeks. ‘Don’t save messages that are no longer useful,’ a new employee training manual states. ‘Delete as soon as their purpose is served. … Keep what you need to do your work.’”

Walker Watch. The Governor of “It’s Working”-land still isn’t sure it’s okay for him to say the President is Christian. Writes Igor Bobic at The Huffington Post, “Even after the president’s eulogy following a racially motivated shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, where one attendee called him ‘minister-in-chief,’ Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) still isn’t sure if Barack Obama is Christian. ‘I don’t know. I presume he is,’ he said before a Saturday gathering of wealthy donors hosted by the Koch brothers.” The guess is polling of likely primary voters tells him he’s better off believing Obama is the reincarnation of Mullah Omar.

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/03/2015 - 08:07 am.

    The GOP is made to look ridiculous

    By the myths the GOP elites create it forces their candidates into ridiculous situations. President Obama is not a Christian, Obamacare is loaded with death panels, the president wasn’t born in America. The Republican noise machine cranks this stuff out in the hopes that by throwing it out there some off it will stick. Sure enough the GOP base just loves fiction. There is a rule you can associate with the GOP. Listen to what they say and assume the exact opposite. You will be right more than you will be wrong. I can’t wait to see what kind of GOP wisdom comes out of the debates. It is guaranteed the GOP circus will continue.

  2. Submitted by Richard Callahan on 08/03/2015 - 10:05 am.

    I agree, the right wing has its stupid, unrealistic,

    anti-science faction. But so does the left wing. The extremes of both parties have too much power and get far too much media attention. For every right wing fanatic who dismisses climate change there is another left wing fanatic who won’t vaccinate their children.

    • Submitted by Tim Walker on 08/03/2015 - 11:09 am.

      Richard, there is no reason whatsoever to assume that the anti-vaccination dummies are left wing.

      If you have evidence to the contrary, please share.

      Otherwise, please don’t make unfounded statements.

      And even if true, you’ve been only able to come up with one crazy allegedly left-wing belief. Contrast that to a dozen or more verifiable and unhinged right-wing beliefs.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/03/2015 - 11:10 am.

      Yes, Yes, Both Sides Do It

      Yes, there are extremes in both parties. Consider, however, which party has let the extremists dictate the conversation. Is anti-vaccination a part of the Democratic platform? Denial of anthropogenic climate change, on the other hand, is an article of faith for all Republicans who hope to have any electoral success. There are proportionally more “right wing fanatics who dismiss climate change” than there are “left wing fanatics who won’t vaccinate their children.”

      Opposition to childhood vaccination is not entirely or largely a left wing phenomenon: http://prospect.org/article/vaccine-fear-mongers-are-wrong-theyre-not-ideological. Remember, tt wasn’t a left winger who was pushing the idea that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation.

      • Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/03/2015 - 11:54 am.

        Maybe we could just dump the meaningless labels.

        Right wing, left wing, what are we, chickens?

        All but a few of us are more complicated in our beliefs and values than these simplistic (simple-minded?) labels suggest. Perhaps it’s time we discuss the merits, or lack thereof, of ideas rather than dismiss them because of their origins.

    • Submitted by Peter Stark on 08/03/2015 - 11:36 am.

      Extremists

      The extremists in the GOP have disproportionate power, compared to extremists in the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders is about as extreme as Democratic candidates get, and he isn’t even officially in the party. Bernie is a Democratic-Socialist, which isn’t even the “workers control the means of production” kind of socialist, and is quite moderate as far as the global Left is concerned. Meanwhile, the GOP are running literal theocrats like Santorum, Huckabee, and Cruz, and ur-fascists like Trump and Walker.

      The comparison between Anti-Vax and Climate Deniers is not a good one. Overall, 46% of Republicans believe there is no evidence of global climate change, while only 9% of Democrats believe MMR vaccines are unsafe.

  3. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 08/03/2015 - 11:37 am.

    Bugs versus features

    It’s time to retire the trope that “both sides do it”. True, the “left” has its share of people who take extreme positions on certain issues. But the right is defined by certain extremes. Rejection of science has become central to defining right-wing mentality. Matters of science like climate change are off limits in Scott Walker’s administration in Wisconsin and Rick Scott’s administration in Florida. States like Oklahoma with republican administrations refuse to acknowledge the nexus between earthquakes and fracking. Is there any Republican elected official who does not deny evolution? For the right wing, being against or in denial about science is a feature not a bug.

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