Just when you thought you could trust day care centers. Riham Feshir of MPR reports, “Several day care centers were raided and charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s office Tuesday in a culmination of a months-long investigation into fraud involving state and federal funds to help low income parents. Investigators named it ‘Operation Kids Count’ because they counted children coming in and out of the centers. They found the numbers didn’t add up when compared to attendance claimed by the centers in paperwork sent to the state. Prosecutors say the centers were over-billing the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program by 35 percent, amounting to about $1 million.”
Is this before or after they’re all deported? Concordia prof Bruce Corrie writes in a Strib commentary, “The pundits are right. Minnesota is increasingly going to rely on ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) communities to meet its labor needs and to support a growing elderly and young dependent population. For the period of 2007 to 2013, using three-year data from the American Community Survey, I found that 2,500 new white workers were added to the state’s labor force in aggregate; however, the ALANA communities added more than 70,000 new workers. … these ALANA communities continued to fuel the economic engine in Minnesota. Their spending power in the Minnesota economy in 2013 (calculated at 75 percent of total income) was more than $11 billion, and they paid an estimated $1.7 billion in Minnesota taxes.”
If a means to their goal is agitation, they’re feeling it. Says Brandt Williams at MPR, “A protest planned for the Twin Cities Marathon by the group Black Lives Matter St. Paul is sparking passionate arguments for and against the demonstration on social media, especially with people who plan to run the race. … [Rashad] Turner says he’s not concerned that the demonstration may not be popular with some people. ‘Obviously, it’s going to make some people mad,’ he said. ‘But I think that’s how we get to what we’re looking for.’”
Speaking of agitated, Joe Soucheray has this to say about the demonstration tactics, “And speaking of getting down in the street, I would believe BLM has no right to do so. I know we are in murky constitutional waters here, but if I park my car along the route, it would get ticketed and towed. St. Paul does have an ordinance that says you can’t block a roadway, but that hasn’t been enforced in previous protests. No, they get police escorts! All we ever get from the police, by way of the mayor’s office, is a flowery statement that we are just trying to protect the safety of all participants. But I can’t physically enter the race course. BLM should not be allowed to enter the race course.”
But on this ID thing, somebody still has to do … something. For the AP Kyle Potter says, “U.S. officials said Tuesday that Minnesota will have time to approve standards for state driver’s licenses so they can continue to be used as identification to board domestic flights, though it’s unclear whether legislators will act. … Sen. Warren Limmer and Senate Minority Leader David Hann doubted whether the new IDs would improve security. The pair of Republican senators also questioned whether airport officials would, in fact, turn away flyers without the improved IDs if Minnesota doesn’t act.”
Something you won’t hear at the next GOP debate. In the Strib, Christopher Snowbeck reports, “The costs of unpaid care at Minnesota hospitals fell by 6 percent last year, as medical centers in the state reported a significant decline in charity care costs. The drop in unpaid care is the largest in at least 20 years, and suggests financial burdens were less of a barrier to care for hospital patients last year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health. State health economist Stefan Gildemeister said the report can’t definitively say what caused the decline, but it coincided with the expansion of health insurance coverage during 2014 with the federal Affordable Care Act.” Or maybe it was the eclipse.
Elsewhere in predictability. The Forum News Service says, “Forty-four Republican Minnesota House members signed a letter Tuesday asking state Attorney General Lori Swanson and Gov. Mark Dayton to challenge the federal Clean Power Plan that would cut utility carbon emissions by more than 40 percent in 2030. … ‘President Obama’s plan will increase energy costs dramatically, hurting folks on fixed incomes, schools, nursing homes, small businesses and families statewide,’ Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, said.”
Disturbing. Brendan O’Brien at Reuters reports, “A Wisconsin man is being held in a mental health facility after being charged with beheading his mother with a sword because he thought she was not his real mother, court records showed. … Skalitzky told investigators that he thought she was not his real mother and his father later told them that Skalitzky acted anxious and agitated earlier in the day, according to the complaint.”
Including the Capitol, how much could be tied up in new construction and repairs? The AP tells us, “The 83-year-old State Office Building that is the main workspace for 134 House members and their staffs is in need of more than $100 million in repairs, according to the agency that manages government properties. But a bitter aftertaste from the clash over the new $90 million Senate Office Building makes lawmakers of both parties squeamish about confronting just as costly repairs to existing space. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton acknowledges it’ll be a ‘heck of a hard sell’ and is weighing whether to even include the project in a construction finance proposal … .” Can’t we just create a cubicle farm out of the old Macy’s?
Yeah, that was St. Louis Bay and St. Scholastica on the “CBS Evening News” last night. The Duluth News Tribune says, “Sister Lisa Maurer, who has always been an athlete, has been the College of St. Scholastica football team’s kicking coach for more than a year. National correspondent Dean Reynolds was on campus Sept. 10-11 to interview Sister Lisa, Coach Kurt Ramler and football players Michael Mensing and Donovan Blatz. The film crew captured footage of the campus and from the Saints’ Sept. 12 game against MacMurray College at Public Schools Stadium.”
Nebraska, the new North Dakota. Lauren Donavan of the Bismarck Tribune reports, “A white supremacist who was jailed and ordered to stay away from Leith [North Dakota] after terrorizing the town appears to be repeating his tactics in small towns in Nebraska. Craig Cobb purchased three delinquent tax properties at a Webster County sheriff’s sale Sept. 23, and residents there are wondering why his North Dakota probation officer allowed him to make the trip. Cobb is living in Sherwood, N.D., near Canada, while serving a four-year probation for felony terrorizing with a gun, the end of a bizarre few months when he flew Nazi flags in front of his house in Leith and painted swastikas on his trees and buildings.” He knows his First and precious Second Amendment rights, by god!
At City Pages, David Anderson thinks we need to chill our Dylan thing. “What is Dylan’s unique connection to Minneapolis? Born in Duluth and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, Dylan moved to Minneapolis in September 1959 to attend the University of Minnesota. However, Dylan dropped out of school in May 1960, and by early 1961, he had moved to New York City. A number of years passed, and in December 1974, Dylan, at the behest of his brother, recorded five songs for his 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks, at Minneapolis recording Sound 80. And in 1979, Dylan and his brother bought the Orpheum Theatre on Hennepin Avenue, selling it in 1988 to the city of Minneapolis. And that really is it. One and a half years in Minneapolis, a few tracks recorded here 13 years later, and a stint owning a theater. … Local music blogs [editor’s note: sorry!] and radio stations discuss and play Bob Dylan more than they talk about actual local artists.” What? Dylan’s on playlists … in the Twin Cities?