It ain’t easy being Walter. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports the latest controversy surrounding Minnesota’s most famous dentist: “Allegations of illegal tactics during this current deer hunting season on land owned by Dr. Walter Palmer in western Minnesota are under investigation by state enforcement officials. … A senior conservation officer with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Thursday that an allegation has been leveled that illegal “herding” of deer by pickup trucks is occurring on land owned near Barnesville by Palmer, the Bloomington dentist who stirred an international uproar when he killed the beloved lion Cecil this summer in Zimbabwe.”
Not bad for a bus guy. Jaime DeLage writes in the Pioneer Press, “There’s a lot to love in Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle’s new Minneapolis home. … It has five bedrooms, a big lot on Cedar Lake and a butler’s pantry that makes it ‘great for entertaining,’ according to the sales literature. … But its most unusual attribute is the previous owner: Zelle and his wife, Julie, bought their home from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.”
It’s hard to tell what’s more incompetent here: Minneapolis leaving computer access open for former employees, or the audit that discovered the problem. Because on the one hand, MPR’s Curtis Gilbert reports: “Two separate audits have found Minneapolis failed to terminate the computer accounts of some former city employees, leaving city systems vulnerable to a data breach. … In one case, detected by the Minneapolis Internal Audit department, a former payroll supervisor retained the ability to make changes to the city’s personnel database months after leaving her job.” But he follows up with this nugget: “While allowing any terminated employee ongoing access to the city’s computer systems is problematic, Tetsell’s audit vastly overstated the extent of the vulnerability. It erroneously concluded that more than 700 ex-employees still had active logins. … After examining the data, MPR News discovered many of the ‘former’ employees on the list weren’t former at all.” Computers are hard.
Also in MPR, Lorna Benson has a report on HCMC’s expansion. “Hennepin County Medical Center says the biggest expansion in its history will make doctor visits and same-day surgeries faster and easier. … Construction on a new $221 million, six-story medical building begins next week with demolition work at the site. The building will open in January 2018 and will consolidate HCMC’s 40 primary and specialty clinics into one location.”
In other news…
In Woodbury, 19 years old makes you a dinosaur, if you’re a building. [Pioneer Press]
Twin Cities theater companies leading in national pledge to create “a jubilee year in 2020, in which every theater in the United States of America produces only works by women, people of color, artists of varied physical and cognitive ability, and/or LGBTQA artists.” [City Pages]
The next Oregon Trail? “Video game takes players down the St. Croix and through history” [Pioneer Press]
“On Saturday, the Polars will be the first Minneapolis public school to play in the Prep Bowl’s 34 years.” [Star Tribune]
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