What’s the deal with Minnesotans and walleye, anyway? MPR’s Dan Kraker attempts to figure it out: “What exactly is it about walleye that drives Minnesota anglers into such a tizzy? There’s not a simple answer. … Reason No. 1, said longtime Mille Lacs fishing guide Dickie Gadbois: It tastes really good. … But it’s not just the eating. Bragging rights are also involved, said Ben Kellin, who owns Ben’s Bait and Tackle in Grand Rapids. ‘People fish for a little glam, you know, and walleye is our glam fish,’ he said.”
Fudging your résumé can take you far. At Slate, Kembrew McLeod reports, “… the Iowa Board of Regents unanimously voted former IBM and Boston Market executive Bruce Harreld as [The University of Iowa’s] next president, despite Harreld having no university administrative background. He did work as an adjunct senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, but that’s the extent of his college workplace experience. … On the résumé Harreld submitted to the regents, he listed his current job as the managing principal for the Colorado-based Executing Strategy, LLC. This company ‘confidentially (advises) several public, private and military organizations on leadership, organic growth and strategic renewal.’ However, that business doesn’t exist. The Colorado secretary of state has no record of a company of that name.”
City Pages writer Cory Zurowski really doesn’t like retiring Rep. John Kline. Writing under the headline, “John Kline’s top 10 greatest hits of evil,” Zurowski lays it on thick: “The business of evil took six steps back last week. … Rep. John Kline, Minnesota’s Most Reprehensible Congressman (TM), announced he would not seek an eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. … The just turned 68-year-old lawmaker still has a year and change to toil on behalf of dark forces.”
Former U of M student and current photojournalist Anthony Kwan has been released in Thailand. The AP reports, “A U.S. photojournalist arrested in Thailand for possessing a bulletproof vest and helmet expressed relief Tuesday after a court granted him permission to leave the country until a Sept. 17 bail renewal hearing. … Anthony Kwan, who previously attended the University of Minnesota, was detained at Bangkok’s international airport on Aug. 23 when the equipment was discovered in his baggage as he was about to leave Thailand. He had been working for Hong Kong-based Initium Media and covering the aftermath of an Aug. 17 bombing in Bangkok that killed 20 people. Two Hong Kong citizens were killed in the attack.”
In other news…
Nice: “Barbershop gives free back-to-school haircuts” [KARE]
Just another invasive species taking over: “Minnesota roadside pheasant count up 33 percent” [Duluth News Tribune]
Coming to the North Loop: snowmobiling hipsters. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]
The New York Times sends a restaurant reviewer to a little place on the Iron Range.
Minneapolis’ Chatterbox Pub files for bankruptcy. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]
The lament of Greater Minnesota: “buffering … buffering … buffering …” [Minnesota Brown]
Wiener dog race.