Legislative Auditor raises questions over Dayton’s use of plane

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Gov. Mark Dayton

They see me flyin’, they Dayton. The Pioneer Press’ Rachel Stassen-Berger has the latest from the Legislative Auditor: “Gov. Mark Dayton used the state plane in 2013 for two political visits and did not reimburse the state for the costs, a state audit reported on Friday. … The audit found that governor’s October 2013 visits to American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees conventions in Duluth and Grand Rapids addressed ‘several key campaign issues’ and the union used the events to announce its backing of Dayton’s re-election. … The costs of the trips was small — $1,688, according to the audit — but the audit’s findings mark the second time Dayton has run afoul of proper handling of the state plane.”

Not good if true. WDIO reports: “The University of Minnesota-Duluth now has another lawsuit on its hands. An attorney for 13 former students said a lawsuit was filed Thursday, claiming fraud against the university. … The lawsuit involves the school’s teaching licensing program. The complaint alleges that a hybrid program was supposed to make the students eligible for two separate licenses. However, students said when they graduated, they learned the program was not accredited and they could not get a full-time license.”  

Who needs Hollywood when you’ve got the Iron Range? In the Hibbing Daily Tribune, Marie Tolonen writes about one of northern Minnesota’s newest ventures: “The city of Chisholm recently welcomed a new tenant to its city hall building at 316 West Lake St.Mayor Mike Jugovich confirmed on Thursday that Ironbound Studios Minnesota has paid its first month’s rent and is now renovating the lower level of city hall to fit its needs. … ‘We’re very excited about it with the opportunity for jobs,’ he said. ‘There’s already electrical, plumbing and construction jobs within the building, so it’s already paying dividends within the city.’ … Ironbound Studios Minnesota was established in 2013. It’s ‘founded on and grounded in the concept of maximizing economic development and economic incentive. Setting its sights on capturing a fair share of production outside of Hollywood, Ironbound Studios Minnesota specializes in feature, commercial and television projects — all from the scenic and resilient stronghold that is Northeastern Minnesota,’ according to a release.”

Doing Macalester proud. MPR’s Bob Collins writes: “Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ has long been criticized for Islamophobic stereotypes. … Now, a group of artists, including a former Minnesota college student, has exacted some revenge. … Hired by the show’s producers to paint graffiti on a set that portrayed a fictional Syrian refugee camp, the artists used the opportunity to protest the show on the show. Nobody, apparently, ever checked what the graffiti, painted by Heba Y. Amin and two other artists, actually said. … It said, ‘Homeland is not a series.’ … and ‘Homeland is racist.’ ”

In other news…

Red Wing trades people food for bee food. [Rochester Post Bulletin]

“Hardee’s executive apologizes for alleged case of police discrimination” [West Central Tribune]

Star Tribune launches a new section: 10,000 Takes. But will the takes be hot

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  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/16/2015 - 02:41 pm.

    Pollinator Park

    I hope Red Wing takes this as an opportunity to educate residents on how they can have their very own “Pollinator Park” in their own front and back yards. And while I don’t live in Red Wing and therefore don’t know how city codes there address this particular issue, I hope this also will spark a movement towards “less lawn” and more “sustainable habitat” without fear of city reprisal for homeowners who install nontraditional pollinator-focused plantings around their homes.

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