First big winter storm expected Monday

MinnPost photo by Craig Lassig

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 encampmentPaul 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.”

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/30/2015 - 07:38 am.

    State tax cuts

    It’s unconscionable if not immoral that Minnesota is one of the few states that actually taxes grandma’s social security check. If we have a billion dollar surplus, we certainly don’t need the senior citizens’ money all that badly.

    • Submitted by richard owens on 11/30/2015 - 09:04 am.

      What bracket is Grandma IN?

      Maybe it’s not material to her at all Dennis. Please don’t rile up the old people over pennies in taxes, even if it gets some good-old Republican far and anger sown among our seniors. Social Security should be raised and broadened. Try living on $900 a month less Medicare premiums. The refusal to do so is a Republican intransigence in Congress that really IS “unconscionable”.

      A tax system that will allow hedge fund managers to be taxed at grandma’s rate allows some of the very highest earners a nice low REGRESSIVE rate.

      As for the MN surplus, have you forgotten Jesse and TPAW already?

      Surpluses are a sign of good management- decisions can be made without crisis, although Republicans never do.

      • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/30/2015 - 10:39 am.

        So you DO want to tax grandma’s social security check

        Is that it? Only 13 states are so callus that they tax unemployment compensation and social security checks because some state bureaucrat’s pension is more important than grandma’s ability to buy groceries.

        Surpluses represent an over-charge of the taxpayers. Only crooked merchants and the government refuse to give it back.

        • Submitted by Nathan Fisher on 11/30/2015 - 12:33 pm.

          Nice to see you get on board with Social Security, Dennis

          It is indeed a great social(ized) retirement program that helps grandma buy groceries. I’m also heartened to see you adopt the rhetoric of progressive taxation, and do a great job articulating the reason we have it. Minnesota is a remarkably flat income tax state; perhaps we need more brackets so that starving grandmas can eat. I’d be just fine with using that new revenue to offset some tax relief for social security.

          Just one question for you: what if grandma is a pensioned state bureaucrat?

        • Submitted by richard owens on 11/30/2015 - 12:43 pm.

          Grandma’s social security check.

          Dennis, your sudden concern for social programs is so hollow.

          If grandma is exclusively living on Social Security, she doesn’t even have to file.

          Some people were taught that taxes are our way of paying for all those things our government does for us that we can’t do for ourselves.

          Grover Norquist and the incessant tax-cutter mentality is joined at the hip with the debt-obsessed. Who will tell them they are being stupid and incoherent about money?

          Why not pick a topic that shows consistent benefit to all citizens of the state? Why not ask for more tax on someone who might earn 5 million dollars this year, like a hedge fund guy? You know, for fairness?

          Grandma’s taxes might be IMMATERIAL.

          A hedge Fund manager? RARELY so.

  2. Submitted by T J Simplot on 11/30/2015 - 09:20 am.

    Biggest storm of the season so far?

    Calling this the biggest winter storm of the season so far isn’t really saying much as there really haven’t been that many yet. They should stop using that designation until we’ve had a few more under our belt.

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