Joe Biden was in town yesterday, trying to convince us that 2009 stimulus bill wasn’t the abject failure our former Favorite Congresswoman and others said it was. Pat Kessler at WCCO-TV says, “Biden spoke Thursday at St. Paul’s restored Union Depot, for which $35 million in economic stimulus money went to its renovation. … Union Depot’s renovation project received millions of dollars six years ago to turn it into a major transit hub. That money came from the Economic Recovery Act, a federal program that invested in infrastructure and renewable energy projects. And Biden calls that program a success. Biden is travelling the country to remind people what it was like in 2009, and why he says the economic stimulus package turned the country around.” That was right before Obama got us into Iraq, right?
Speaking of the feds, The Forum News Service reports, “Several Native American tribes in Minnesota and the Dakotas have been granted millions of federal government dollars for affordable housing projects. In all, a total of more than $65 million was allocated to 22 tribes in the three states by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In North Dakota, three tribes received more than $5 million each, while four tribes in Minnesota were allocated more than $3 million apiece. South Dakota has three tribes with more than $5 million each in assistance, including $12 million to the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe.”
Now the talk in the oil fields is … bankruptcy. Says Dave Shaffer for the Strib, “Echoing concerns of a major accounting firm, [Lynn Helms, the department director] said up to seven of North Dakota’s 22 Bakken oil drillers are ripe for bankruptcy if oil prices continue to hover around $30 per barrel, less than one-third of the mid-2014 price. Bakken producers get less than the midcontinent benchmark price because of the limited pipeline takeaway capacity, which reduces what refiners will pay.”
Allum Bokhari of Breitbart News reports on his colleague Milo Yiannopoulos’ appearance at the U of M. “Similarly to his speech at Rutgers University, the event faced attempts at disruption from left-wing students. ‘Of course, at some point there are klaxons and air-horns and all sorts of weird and wonderful noises from the auditorium, and people yelling ‘you’re an a**hole,’’’ recounted Yiannopoulos. … ‘Unfortunately, much of the world is inconvenient to the modern progressive left, because it simply doesn’t conform to the reality they like to describe,’ he explained. ‘Most of what they say about race, most of what they say about gender, most of what they say about the economy just doesn’t bear scrutiny.’”
Karen Zamora in the Strib reports, “A 25-year-old Hastings man was charged Thursday with two counts of stalking a former 12-year-old female student, according to the Dakota County attorney’s office. Cody Woodrow Hansen, who was a teacher at an Eagan middle school, allegedly sent numerous messages from November to January via Snapchat to the girl. He has since resigned from his teaching position.”
How much would you pay for a Shake Shack burger at 35,000 feet? Says Claire Zillman for Fortune, “Delta Air Lines has struck an alliance with Union Square Hospitality Group — the food empire founded by Danny Meyer that’s behind restaurants like Shake Shack, Gramercy Tavern, and Blue Smoke — is the sort of pairing that makes the imagination — and taste buds — go wild. The idea behind the venture is not necessarily to put food from Union Square’s restaurants directly on Delta tray tables, but it’s instead aimed at serving airline food that’s just as good as the dishes offered at the group’s establishments.”
In a Strib commentary, outspoken U of M professor Carl Elliott and University of Tulsa law professor Matt Lamkin fire another salvo at the school for its “lapses” in self-reform. “Another year, another day, another damning indictment of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychiatry. If anyone was surprised by last week’s blistering assessment of psychiatric research at the university (‘New lapses in U psych studies,’ Feb. 12), they probably weren’t paying attention to the previous five. … The difference with this latest review is that it comes nearly a year after U leaders solemnly promised the people of Minnesota that they were finally going to clean up the mess.”
Ultra-small pacemakers are getting new FDA attention. Stribber Joe Carlson says, “A panel of doctors convened by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended extensive monitoring of a new class of tiny pacemakers following a frank assessment of the unknown risks and benefits of the game-changing technology. … All three of the major heart-device companies that operate in Minnesota — Boston Scientific Corp., Medtronic PLC, and St. Jude Medical Inc. — plan to sell miniaturized pacemakers … .” Our congressional delegation should be able to speed this up.
And how much of the $100,000 does he get? For MPR, Muktar Ibrahim says, “The city of St. Paul has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit by an African-American man who St. Paul police subdued with a Taser in a downtown skyway. Christopher Lollie sued the city and three police officers in November 2014, alleging they violated his constitutional rights by arresting him in January 2014 without probable cause as he sat in a St. Paul skyway. The incident, captured on video, sparked outrage from civil rights groups. … Lollie had sought $500,000 in compensation from the city, as well as punitive damages. The settlement contains a clause that prohibits the parties from talking publicly about the case.”
Come on, who doesn’t love mummies? For the PiPress, Richard Chin writes, “If you love your mummy, the Science Museum of Minnesota has a new exhibit for you. ‘Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs,’ which opens Friday, draws on the extensive mummy collection of the Field Museum of Chicago to show how new scientific tools are revealing fresh insights into the lives of the ancient preserved bodies. The exhibit also demonstrates that mummies weren’t just for Egyptians. About half of the 10,000-square-foot exhibit, on its second stop in a four-city tour, is devoted to the mummification practices of ancient Peruvians, who were ritualistically preserving their dead 2,000 years before the Egyptians.”