Vikings value climbs to $1.59 billion

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I like to think you and I had a part in this, the investment end if not the equity. Nick Halter of the Business Journal tells us, “The Minnesota Vikings continue to climb in Forbes’s annual ranking of the most valuable NFL teams, which puts the team’s worth at $1.59 billion. Forbes now ranks the Vikings as the 18th most valuable NFL franchise, up two spots from last year, when the team was valued at $1.15 billion.”

A rolling variation on the old six months and a day scam. The Forum News Service reports, “More than 80 cases of Minnesotans who avoided paying state taxes by buying recreational vehicles in other states have been resolved in recent years. Minnesota Revenue Department officials said on Monday that the latest was a man who failed to appear in court on charges of avoiding state taxes. He was found by police in Florida and sent back to face Minnesota tax evasion charges. He pleaded guilty. Five years ago, the department and other agencies started a program to find people buying RVs and other vehicles in other states to avoid Minnesota’s 6.5 percent motor vehicle sales tax.”

Not so fast, Sandpiper. Don Davis of the Forum News Service says, “Minnesota regulators must rewind their work on the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline after a state Appeals Court panel Monday overturned a June decision that the project is needed. The judicial panel ruled that a comprehensive environmental study about the pipeline’s impact as it crosses northern Minnesota must be completed before the state Public Utilities Commission decides the pipeline is needed. The decision means that after the environmental impact statement is completed, the commission may reconsider issuing the ‘certificate of need’ it already approved on June 5.”

Also moving … sluggishly. The AP says, “Minnesota officials are inching toward completing a review of the Red River diversion project. The Department of Natural Resources released a draft Monday of its environmental impact study of the $2 billion flood control project. Commissioner Tom Landwehr says a top concern is the high water that would build up behind a dam across the Red River.”

They may not get broadband until the 22nd century, but there are some high tech intersections outstate. A Grand Forks Herald story says, “High-risk intersections in rural Minnesota are getting technology that will help reduce crashes and improve safety, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.The department is installing warning systems at 54 high-risk locations around the state. The sites were picked based on factors such as limited visibility, the presence of a railroad or commercial development, traffic volume, previous crash history and distance on the road from the last stop sign.”

You knew the snarky site Jezebel wasn’t going to ignore this forever. Writes Ellie Shechet, “After pressure from House Democrats, [Tara] Mack and [Tim] Kelly both released statements on Monday apologizing for their behavior towards Jordan Moses, the park ranger. Mack’s statement is as follows: ‘Since becoming a State Representative in 2009, I have been a strong supporter of our men and women in law enforcement. I understand that the Park Ranger was trying to do his job. I have the utmost respect for the work law enforcement does to keep Minnesotans safe and I apologize for offending these great men and women’. … Both Kelly and Mack have since been removed from the legislature’s ethics committee, where the pair was undoubtedly inspired by a ‘just go for it!’ attitude on equivocation and adultery.”

As someone who has three kills … this Northland NewsCenter story is not comforting. “If you are driving on Minnesota roads, you’re more likely to find a deer in your headlights. According to State Farm Insurance, Minnesota drivers are nearly 9 percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Minnesota are one in 81, compared to the national odds of one in 169.”

Why’d he do it? Nicole Norfleet of the Strib has details on the 90 year-old who shot his 65 year-old son. “A 90-year-old man was charged Monday with second-degree murder after he told police he shot and killed his oldest son last weekend after the two argued over watching television at their Maplewood home. … Kenneth Bowser also told investigators that he had heard a story on TV about a son killing his father by setting him on fire, and said that he was concerned the same thing could happen to him.”

She says she’s innocent. A Fergus Falls Daily Journal story says, “A Dalton volunteer firefighter pleaded not guilty Monday in Otter Tail County District Court on charges of stealing cash from the wallets of two teenage brothers killed in a crash on Interstate 94 in June. Tara Kimberly Lindquist, 42, allegedly told investigators that she took $120 from a wallet she found on the side of the freeway at the June 23 crash and used it to pay her power bill.” Excuse me, what?

Also innocent, or so he says. MPR’s Tom Scheck says, “Bill Davis, former CEO of Community Action of Minneapolis, was released on $25,000 bail Monday afternoon after pleading not guilty to 16 charges of theft and fraud. In his first court appearance, Davis strolled into U.S. District Court in St. Paul in a gray pinstripe suit. Standing next to his attorney, former Ramsey County Prosecutor Susan Gaertner, Davis pleaded not guilty. The federal government alleges Davis and his son, Jordan, conspired to steal $250,000 from the nonprofit.”

Walker (fade) Watch. Returning to the juju that got him where he is, Our Favorite Neighboring Governor has an idea better than walling off Canada. The AP reports, “Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker called Monday for sweeping restrictions on organized labor in the U.S., seeking to replicate nationwide his successful effort as Wisconsin’s governor to curb the power of unions. At a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Walker will propose eliminating unions for employees of the federal government, making all workplaces right-to-work unless individual states vote otherwise, scrapping the federal agency that oversees unfair labor practices and making it more difficult for unions to organize.”

This guy has to be more dangerous than a lot of people under lock and key. Writes Paul Walsh in the Strib, “An extremely drunk pickup truck driver pulling a trailer took several squad cars on an erratic 13-mile interstate chase around dusk before he was nabbed outside his Bloomington home, authorities said Monday. Turns out, 40-year-old suspect Douglas J. McCready has been one of the state’s more prolific drunken drivers, having collected at least 12 DUIs over the past 20 years. At the time of Sunday evening’s chase through Minneapolis down Interstate 35W and his arrest, he was serving time on supervised release in connection with a drunken-driving conviction in Ramsey County from 2010. McCready’s blood alcohol content this time was measured at 0.24 percent … .”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 09/15/2015 - 08:24 am.

    Moving forward into the past

    Mr. Walker’s desire to return to the 19th century in terms of labor conditions ought to get him plenty of corporate cash, so perhaps his campaign will see a resurgence. That will give him time to devise a plan to build walls on east and west coasts to match the ones proposed for the northern and southern borders, and just think of the good-paying, non-union jobs those public works projects – built by private contractors, of course – would provide. I so admire a forward-thinking Republican…

  2. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 09/15/2015 - 11:12 am.

    One needs to look…

    no further than the Minnesota Vikings when looking for an example of cronyism. The triangular relationship between the Wilfs, Roger Goodell and Governor Dayton should be self explanatory.

  3. Submitted by Bill Willy on 09/15/2015 - 11:30 am.

    So he’s a neocon?

    “he had heard a story on TV about a son killing his father by setting him on fire, and said that he was concerned the same thing could happen to him”

    Pretty much the same reasoning G. Bush (and Company) gave us during the mushroom cloud-wrapped weapons of mass destruction run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

    On Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate all unions everywhere in the world: A simpler way to do it would be to just pass a law that makes them illegal. Then just arrest all union members and give them mandatory five-year sentences that include hard labor on highway and other infrastructure crews for which they, like other convicts doing time and working in laundries and license plate shops, would be paid $1.15 per hour (and charged $7.00 per day in Work Release fees). Not only would it help solve the out of control labor cost problem that is ruining our country, the tax savings would be spectacular!

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