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.”
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]