Two Minnesota lawmakers cited for nuisance ‘making out’ in Eagan parking lot

State Rep. Tim Kelly, state Rep. Tara Mack
State Rep. Tim Kelly, state Rep. Tara Mack

Some pretty scandalous stuff here. In the Pioneer Press, Rachel Stassen-Berger writes, “A Dakota County sheriff’s deputy allegedly caught two Minnesota lawmakers ‘making out’ in a parked car last week, according to law enforcement reports and court records, but the lawmakers say that accusation is ‘completely false’ and a ‘lie.’ … State Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, and Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, were issued citations for causing a nuisance on Aug. 25. … Kelly said he met with Mack on his way through town to pick up some documents regarding an Owatonna-based health plan.” Picking up documents, huh? So that’s what the kids are calling it these days.

Maybe it’s time for President Obama to go all “Denali” on Minneapolis’ biggest lake. Meanwhile, some activists are taking the Lake Calhoun name-change into their own hands, as City Pages’ Michael Rietmulder reports: “On Wednesday morning several tipsters spotted signs around the giant puddle on which ‘Lake Calhoun’ had been changed to Lake Mde Maka — a Dakota-ized version of its original name. … But there’s just one thing. The sign-doctoring hooligans goofed on the name, [Park Board commissioner] Bourn says. The original Dakota name was Bde Maka Ska, or Lake White Earth. Though it’s pronounced the same way, mde is simply the white-guy spelling of bde, which means lake, Bourn says.”

Scott Walker attempts some verbal jiu jitsu in this CNBC profile by John Harwood: “Accountability failures by traditional politicians have become a dominant theme of the Trump-driven campaign so far. Walker’s biography — which includes running for office since his early 20s — is not ideally suited for that mood. … But he insists he can overcome it. … ‘A career politician, in my mind, is somebody who’s been in Congress for 25 years,’ he said, calling himself a ‘public servant’ instead.” Also, it depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is …

The Minnesotan whose brutal murder-for-hire of his wife served as partial inspiration for “Fargo” has died. The obit by Kevin Duschere in the Star Tribune reads, “T. Eugene Thompson, the St. Paul attorney who had his wife murdered for insurance money and whose trial and conviction 50 years ago riveted the nation, died last month on his 88th birthday, his son said Wednesday. … About two dozen people attended a private mass and memorial service Saturday in Edina for Thompson, who was paroled from prison in 1983 and had spent his final years living at a Roseville condominium.”

In other news…

“Stillwater City Council shoots down variance for gun range” — Oh, we see what you did there, PiPress.

A current Fox News anchor — and former KSTP anchor — is suing Hasbro over toy hamster with her name. In other news, Hasbro named a toy hamster “Harris Faulkner.”

“Tommy Stinson: Replacements run was ‘special’ but it’s time to move on” [Star Tribune]

WCCO’s Mike Binkley to retire.

Solid butter sculpture here, but you’d expect nothing less from the president of MCAD:

How to eat spaghetti. [City Pages]

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 09/02/2015 - 02:20 pm.

    Everything Walker does and says

    steepens his dive to the bottom.

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/02/2015 - 03:16 pm.

    “Picking up documents”

    Is that a lighter version of “hiking the Appalachian Trail?”

    • Submitted by Jim Camery on 09/02/2015 - 04:38 pm.

      Must be very private documents

      Picked the most out-of-the way place to meet they could think of. The Starbucks right along 35 must have been too busy.

  3. Submitted by Mark hayes on 09/02/2015 - 08:49 pm.

    There use to be accuracy and integrity in journalism…

    Before comparing Mount Denali debacle to Lake Calhoun please do a little research. Mount Denali was only called McKinley because somebody pulled a string or two and Alaska reversed that in 1975 which the US Govt did not recognize till this week.

    Now tell me how is this similar to Lake Calhoun? Yes, it had an Amerind name so did every body of water in the state. But the state of Minnesota has never made nor will they make an attempt to change it.

    Because of that fact alone will stay the hand of the Federal Government.

    So please, in the future, do the minimal amount of research on a these liberal talking points.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/03/2015 - 09:06 am.

      “Debacle?”

      Why was restoring the name “Denali” a debacle?

      • Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 09/03/2015 - 05:08 pm.

        The writer clearly meant that naming it McKinley in the first place, and not correcting that absurdity until now (despite Alaska’s wish and action), was the debacle.

        Then, too, let’s not confuse the Feel Good efforts to turn back the 200-year name of Lake Calhoun for a very prominent politician of the time (and Sec. of War responsible for Fort Snelling), with some “liberal” initiative. This is a ride-along effort, kind of a smartphone survey barnacle on the boat, meant to capitalize on the furor over the Confederate flag flying over state houses for some local Minneapolis romanticizing about how The Indians Were Here First. Nothing to do with liberal or conservative.

        Now, if we want to talk Minnesota Indians and an important issue they may win, and about time: let’s talk about restoration of their fishing and hunting and wild rice rights on the 1855 Ojibwe Treaty lands.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/04/2015 - 10:45 am.

          I See

          I must have misread the comment. Thank you for the clarification.

          We could rename Lake Calhoun “Lake McKinley.” That way, the lake would no longer be associated with a very prominent politician of the time who espoused nullification and the “necessity” of slavery. The memory of a better-than-average President also gets honored. Win-win.

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