For MPR, Paul Huttner says, “This looks like it will be the biggest winter storm of the season so far for the Twin Cities and most of southwest Minnesota. Snow will develop and move north into Minnesota Monday morning. The heaviest snowfall arrives late Monday afternoon through Monday night. This will be a heavy wet March-like ‘heart attack’ type snow, so use caution shoveling.” My pit crew has already encircled the mighty Toro.
Tax cuts! Says Bill Salisbury at the Pioneer Press: “On Thursday, state finance officials will make an early prediction about how much money lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton will have available to give back to taxpayers, spend on additional services or stash away in a rainy-day fund. That’s when the Minnesota Management and Budget agency will issue its next budget and economic forecast. It will serve as the basis for Dayton’s tax and spending recommendations to the Legislature next session. Many Capitol observers expect the forecast to show more than a $1 billion surplus.” Have we considered loaning it out to Mr. Walker in Wisconsin at say, 10 percent?
David Peterson of the Star Tribune says, “Minnesota’s major companies and law firms have some of the nation’s most gay-friendly policies, a leading gay advocacy group reports. Their average score, 90 out of 100, is topped by firms in just three states … . ‘Nationally Minnesota is very much a bastion of leadership in this area’, said Deena Fidas, director of the workplace program for the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign.”
Sam Cook, up at the Duluth News Tribune, highlights a pair of Stribbers out with a new book: “The book, which features [Brian] Peterson’s photos and text by Star Tribune travel editor Kerri Westenberg, is a four-season photographic journey to each of the state’s natural biomes—the north woods, glacial bog country, prairies and Mississippi River blufflands. … Peterson shot the book’s cover photo—the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park — at night, using the light from a single LED flashlight to illuminate the foreground while a 30-second time exposure allowed him to capture the Milky Way overhead. ‘Unfortunately,’ Peterson said, ‘that small LED attracted every mosquito in the area.'”
Also shooting lovely pictures of our state: Tyler Anderson. Says Ann Arbor Miller for MPR: “ ‘Get lost. Find yourself.’ That’s Tyler Anderson’s personal philosophy — he thinks he first saw it on a car’s rear bumper — and it comes to life in the way he explores and photographs Minnesota. The 37-year-old father of two and professional barista is enamored with the state’s great outdoors. He delights in exploring, discovering and photographing Minnesota’s vistas, skies and streams. Anderson shares his iPhone photographs — and quotes from naturalist John Muir — online via Instagram at @tyler_mn.”
Not good news. The WCCO-TV story says, “Authorities say a body was found Sunday afternoon near Monticello in an area where they were searching for 24-year-old Tyler Berg. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said the body of an adult male was found at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The body was found in a marsh south of Interstate 94 near Dalton Avenue. Authorities say the body was found by volunteers with United Legacy who were in the area searching for Berg.”
The incoming snow had the fire chief over at the Black Lives Matter encampment. Paul Walsh and Karen Zamora of the Strib says: “Small wood fires at the protest encampment outside the police station in north Minneapolis drew the attention Sunday of the city’s fire chief, who has concerns about emergency vehicles being able to get through as a substantial snowstorm looms Monday and Tuesday.”
Also at WCCO: “Rep. Keith Ellison was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning this week, and he spoke with Esme Murphy about the encampment at the 4th Precinct, where protesters are demanding justice following the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark. While Ellison said there are several safety concerns regarding the encampment, the congressman said he understands what is driving the protests. He said it’s not just about Clark or the Minneapolis Police Department, but a part of something bigger. … The congressman expressed confidence in Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. ‘She believes that releasing the tape immediate would impede the investigation,’ Ellison said, adding that the video should be released as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
Speaking of how well “it’s working!” in Wisconsin, Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal says, “Nearly 15,000 people lost access to food stamps in the first three months of a new law that requires some recipients to seek employment, new state data show. The Department of Health Services figures were released to the State Journal after a request under the state’s open records law. The agency subsequently published the data on its website.”