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Dinosaurs once ruled Minnesota

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Restored skeleton of Eodromaeus murphi, an example of a theropod

Thought there were never any dinosaurs in Minnesota? WELL THINK AGAIN: “A tiny discovery on the Mesabi Iron Range this summer has dinosaur-sized implications,” writes Liz Sawyer in the Star Tribune. “Until recently, precious little evidence existed to suggest the prehistoric beasts ever roamed the area that became Minnesota. But the accidental discovery of a 1¾-inch claw bone is making researchers think twice.”

Big controversy over how best to prevent the spread of HIV. MPR’s Lorna Benson explains: “A backlash has stalled a plan to reallocate HIV prevention money among two state agencies. … The state agencies say transferring more than $10 million in federal dollars from Human Services to Health would enhance support for patients. … But critics say the plan would do more harm than good. … ‘That has absolutely nothing to do with prevention,’ said Aaron Wittnebel. … He’s a member of the Minnesota HIV Services Planning Council and the Minnesota HIV/AIDS Consumer Advisory Committee. … Wittnebel fears that moving the money would disrupt services funded through the Ryan White CARE Act that people with HIV rely on. Plus, he said the Health Department doesn’t have a good track record on preventing HIV/AIDS. He points out that new infections held steady at around 300 per year for a decade, despite ample state prevention funding.”

Surprised it could be anything but a farce. According to the Star Tribune’s Allison Sherry, Sen. Al Franken is planning a book about Congress: “Sen. Al Franken plans to pen a “psychological thriller” about what it was like to have a life in comedy and then work hard to get to the nation’s capital to try to be productive — only to be met with gridlock and dysfunction. … Franken, D-Minn., who has written five other satirical books, has secured high-profile D.C.-based attorney Bob Barnett to help him shop the idea to publishers. … The book will draw on Franken’s six years in office and some of the funny, bizarre and nonsensical moments commonly taking place in the U.S. Senate, Barnett said.”

The Pioneer Press puts Amazon same day delivery to the ulimate test: ice cream. Here’s how it begins: “11:04 a.m.: Placed an order for four boxes of Julie’s Organic Ice Cream sandwiches through the Amazon Prime Now app. The charge was $25.76, which included a $3 tip for the delivery driver. The app said our order would arrive between noon and 2 p.m.” And, spoiler alert, the thrilling conclusion: “2:55 p.m.: Our ice cream sandwiches arrived packed in ice at Pioneer Press offices in downtown St. Paul.”

In other news…

Anti-parking-meter rally for Grand Ave. on Sunday. [Pioneer Press]

Half of St. Paul homicides this year were domestic-violence related. [MPR]

Somalia is the most dangerous country for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. [Poynter]

Rep. Erik Paulsen really embraces that nerd persona. [MPR]

Not that surprising: “Wisconsin is getting some national shaming today for its refusal to make drunk driving a crime when it’s someone’s first offense.” [MPR]

Where to get up to some dirty, naughty leaf peeping. [MPR] 

This is why we’re really glad we don’t put anything in print:

Oh, deer. [KSTP]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 10/09/2015 - 04:29 pm.

    Parking Rally

    The wanton installation of parking meters is a constant source of complaints in Bangladesh as well.

  2. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 10/10/2015 - 10:50 am.

    Dinosaur bones…

    What is left of the dinosaur reminds one of other dinosaur bones in the public arena these days….all that is left of what was once called the ” Independent Republican?

    New party politic does too often lately, appear to be embracing such low brow conservatism that any gathering of the party bones could be relabeled a camp town meeting rather than a caucus, whatever?

    Yup, nothing left but the ‘claw bone’ ? Sad indeed.

    One opinion here…others may think otherwise…

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