A truly major league town needs a truly major league pedestrian bridge. So Janet Moore of the Strib reports, “A Metropolitan Council committee approved a new price tag for a pedestrian bridge serving the new Vikings stadium — and it’s nearly $2.7 million more than expected. A final vote on the $9.65 million proposal is expected at the Dec. 9 meeting of the regional planning body. The Met Council received just two bids for the work, which involves constructing a bridge between U.S. Bank Stadium and a new park and other parts of a redeveloped Downtown East. The idea is to avoid a pedestrian scrum near the busy light-rail transit station, which now serves the Green and Blue Lines.” Expect a proposal to sell Personal Walking Licenses.
If true, I’d call this a success. At the Utility Dive website, Robert Walton says, “A new report from Minnesota puts energy efficiency in terms of economic impacts, and finds the state’s nationally-recognized energy efficiency program is generating value at four times the rate of investment. … The cost-effectiveness assessment found a total net benefit of approximately $3.3 billion from lower utility costs and avoided environmental damage. The economic impact test showed a total net benefit of more than $5.9 billion in new economic output and nearly 55,000 job years. A job year equals one job for one year, according to HometownFocus.”
This has taken a while. The Strib’s Alejandra Matos has the latest on Minneapolis Public Schools search for a new leader: “Six educators, including an administrator from Houston, an associate superintendent in Anoka and a regional superintendent in Milwaukee, were named semifinalists for the superintendency of Minneapolis Public Schools. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the national firm hired to find the superintendent, presented the names to the nine-member school board on Monday. The candidates are Michael Goar, the district’s interim superintendent; Charles Foust, an assistant superintendent in the Houston School District; Jinger Gustafson, an associate superintendent in the Anoka-Hennepin School District; Sergio Paez, a former superintendent in Holyoke, Mass.; Kenneth Spells, the superintendent in Alton, Ill., and Jesse Rodriguez, a regional superintendent in Milwaukee Public Schools.”
Hillary Clinton’s people are sounding confident. In the PiPress Rachel Stassen-Berger writes, “Hillary Clinton senior adviser Karen Finney, in Minnesota on Monday, said with confidence that the former secretary of state will win Minnesota next year. Finney and Minnesota organization lead Scott Hogan said the presidential campaign is just ramping up in the state but has two staffers, including Hogan, and volunteer teams in each of the eight Congressional districts. ‘We are going to win. That’s why I’m here’, Finney said.”
Uh, people read that stuff sometimes. You knew that, right? Nick Ferraro of the PiPress reports, “A 21-year-old South St. Paul man pleaded guilty Monday in Dakota County District Court to threatening to kill St. Paul police officers and a Minnesota State Patrol trooper after he was ticketed for speeding in 2014. Harrison William Rund admitted using Twitter to make the threats, according to a criminal complaint. He could be sentenced to up to five years in prison on the felony charge of making terroristic threats. Rund told investigators he was upset that a trooper stopped him early Feb. 4 in St. Paul and that he posted some tweets he should not have, the complaint said. According to the complaint, the first tweet from Feb. 4, 2014, read, ‘(expletive) the @StPaulPoliceFdn they don’t call me the cop killer for no reason’.” Hmm. Might need a bit more nuance next time.
You know the crowd that comes after conservatives who aren’t conservative enough? In the Strib, Michael Brodkorb writes, “New evidence is now connecting the well-known conservative group Freedom Club to negative mailings from the obscure Liberty Minnesota PAC. Days after mailings from Liberty Minnesota PAC targeting Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives started to hit mailboxes, questions were raised if Liberty Minnesota PAC was working with another group on the project. … One of Freedom Club’s founding members, Bob Cummins, was also one of the largest funders of the campaign against same-sex marriage in 2012. In the 2014 cycle election cycle, the Freedom Club raised over $1.2 million from about 50 donors (with nearly 70 percent of the total coming from Cummins and his wife, Joan).”
Apparently Teddy Bridgewater can play next Sunday. But what was Cris Carter talking about? Stribber Michael Rand says, “Former Vikings great Cris Carter has become one of a million shouty talking heads trying to win the daily battle of hot takes on ESPN. With that less-than-flattering preamble, though, it should also be noted that he also has pretty good qualifications to speak specifically about Lamarcus Joyner’s late hit on Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday as 1) a former Viking and 2) someone who works as an assistant coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida, where Joyner starred. … ‘He’s a great kid. He’s from Miami. Teddy is from Miami. They know each other. He was trying to slow up. … If he wanted to explode on Teddy, he could have, alright, he could have. Lamarcus is not that kind of player. Lamarcus was trying to slow up.’” Pal, it’s on tape. You can re-run it.
At Forbes, Josh Benjamin weighs in on the Twins winning the right to negotiate with a Korean slugger … who strikes out 160 times a season … in Korea. “From a money standpoint, submitting a bid for Park isn’t a bad decision on Minnesota’s part by any stretch of the imagination. Without factoring contracts that have yet to be determined via arbitration, the team’s payroll for next season is currently at $73 million, per Spotrac. It was at $106 million in 2015, well below the luxury tax threshold, and there is little to suggest that there will be a significant rise in it come 2016. In the case of Park, if no deal is struck, Minnesota gets it’s $12.85 million refunded and Park heads back to Nexen for next season. No harm, no foul. Long story short, the team can afford him.”
Wisconsin’s “castle doctrine,” which allows you to go ape[bleep] on just about anyone at anytime as long as you think you’re being threatened, will get a work out in court next month. Says Chao Xiong of the Strib, “A Minnesota man charged with fatally stabbing an angler last spring along the St. Croix River will testify at his December trial, attorneys said Monday. Levi Acre-Kendall, 20, of Cambridge, is claiming self-defense in the April 14 death of 34-year-old Peter S. Kelly. … Acre-Kendall’s other attorney, Eric Nelson, filed a motion in July to dismiss the reckless homicide charge, citing Wisconsin’s “castle doctrine,” which gives defendants additional legal protection for using deadly force against someone they believe unlawfully enters their house, business or vehicle and is perceived as a threat. If the case isn’t dismissed, Nelson had argued, jurors should receive an instruction about the castle doctrine.”
Medtronic may have a winner on its hands. Says Joe Carlson in the Strib, “Medtronic says patients using its new battery-sized pacemaker had nearly half the rate of serious complications as people who get larger traditional devices, pointing to study results published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Minnesota-run Medtronic PLC is trying to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve its experimental Micra pacemaker, which is so small that it fits entirely in the heart’s right ventricle and can be delivered through an incision in the femoral vein.”
“The Minnesota Guys” are in court in Kansas. Bryan Horwath of the Wichita Eagle writes, “Two of the highest-profile downtown Wichita investors of the past decade appeared in Sedgwick County District Court on Monday. David Lundberg and Michael Elzufon, proprietors of Real Development Corp., were in Wichita for a preliminary hearing pertaining to dozens of counts of fraud alleged by the Kansas securities commissioner. … Following the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, the Wichita properties controlled by the ‘Minnesota Guys,’ as they are known, began to be bogged down in a series of recriminations, foreclosures, lawsuits and lack of financing. In court Monday, Randy Mullikin, director of compliance and enforcement for the state Securities Commission, said the securities office decided to bring charges after reviewing information provided by investors – most of them from California – who claimed to have been defrauded.”