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Minnesota wildlife officials propose lead ammunition ban

Don’t we have rights? In the Pioneer Press, Dave Orrick says, “Minnesota wildlife officials are proposing a ban on some types of lead ammunition on a wide swath of state-owned hunting lands across the southern and western portions of the state, igniting fiery debates within the traditionally united hunting community. … This is the second time in a decade that the DNR has proposed such a ban, arguing that the toxic ammunition needs to be restricted to reduce its toxic effects on the environment. In 2008, a bill in the state legislature that would have created a similar ban failed amid opposition from the National Rifle Association.” Beyond parody.

In a Star Tribune piece, Steve Goodyear asks a handful of business leaders about the biggest challenges in the modern marketplace. “Paul Hillen, vice president of global marketing for Cargill … ‘Creating a culture of transparency. … The question is less about whether you should be transparent (because if you don’t, others will do it for you), but whether you can get your company culture comfortable with opening itself to the outside world more than it ever has in a way that builds your brand and reputation.’” Not sure local newsroom cultures agree with that one.

Yeah, pretty cute. Kinfay Maroti of the Ft. Myers News-Press writes, “The Minnesota Twins held their annual spring training open house event Sunday at Hammond Stadium in south Fort Myers. Fans met Twins players and took part in various health-themed activities. ‘It’s awesome,’ said Twins pitcher Cam Booser of the event. ‘The Twins do an unbelievable job of connecting us with fans,’ added Booser, who won over 5-year-old Molly McCarty, a Boston Red Sox fan, with a few of his best pitching tips.” Check out the video of little Molly slinging the ball.

Not quite a Bernie-fest, but still, Matt Sepic of MPR reports, “The Dalai Lama returned to Minneapolis Sunday, where he said personal compassion is key to countering war and violence. Before an audience of about 3,000 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said humans’ capacity for compassion is key to promoting happiness, peace, and physical health.”

Speaking of that lovin’ feeling, Marco Rubio, on the glidepath to victory after finishing a distant second in South Carolina will be in town tomorrow. Brian Bakst at MPR says, “Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio’s pre-caucus stop in Minnesota will be on Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis. An invite for the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis rally has gone out to supporters of the Florida Republican senator … .”

After Jeb! and Lindsey Graham, I’m not sure how Marco feels about this. Says Allison Sherry of the Strib, “Within an hour of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush backing out of the GOP presidential primary, former Sen. Norm Coleman said he was shifting support to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Coleman said in January he was backing Bush. He had previously been running Sen. Lindsey Graham’s super PAC.” I think I’ve found a way for Republicans to get Donald Trump out of the race.

This is good. Says Martin Moylan at MPR, “U.S. Bank is donating $700,000 to seed a college scholarship program for African-American students in the Twin Cities. The  program will be administered in partnership with the United Negro College Fund. It will get going early this summer, identifying financially-needy African-American high school juniors who have not yet shown their full academic potential.”

Danny Heinrich will be in court today. The Strib story says, “The Annandale, Minn. man identified as a person of interest in the 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court Monday to face charges that he possessed and received child pornography. Danny James Heinrich, 52, will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois during a 10 a.m. arraignment in Minneapolis.”

Wouldn’t you know you’d have a New York Times reporter on board? Karen Zamora of the Strib writes, “A Megabus heading to Minneapolis erupted in flames in Lake Forest, Ill., north of Chicago, on Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported, but a University of St. Thomas student who was on the bus said he lost most of his belongings in the fire. … There was extensive damage to the bus and many of the 40 passengers lost suitcases and other personal belongings.” No really, professor. The Megabus exploded and ate my homework.

Speaking of the Times, it was harsh on our old friend, Scott Walker. “What’s a politician to do after his ballyhooed campaign for the Republican presidential nomination flames out before the first vote is cast? In the case of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, it means returning home to the anti-labor obsession that got him noticed in the first place — and signing into law, less than two weeks ago, a ‘reform’ plan that promises to gut much of the state’s historic Civil Service system. Gone are objective Civil Service examinations; instead, as of July, hiring for state jobs will be based on résumés and the impressions they leave on administrators perusing them. Gone, too, is seniority as a bulwark for job protection; administrators will now be able to do layoffs based on subjective evaluations of a worker’s job performance.”

Target will release its earnings number for the Christmas shopping season Wednesday. At The Motley Fool, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos writes, “The latest numbers will go a long way toward showing whether investors’ recent optimism has been well placed. … Target will be aiming for stronger traffic figures for the holiday period and for all of 2016. In fact, CFO Cathy Smith said in a recent conference call that management was ‘laser focused on this metric as a key indicator of the health of our business over time.’ It’s unlikely that Target will see the 4 percent traffic gains that high-performing retailers like Costco and Home Depot have been posting, but any improvement over last quarter’s 1.4 percent uptick would make a difference.”

For the Chicago Tribune, Chris Kuc has some winners and losers from yesterday’s outdoor game between the Wild and the Blackhawks:

Winner: Wild fans. Though there were plenty of Hawks fans among the crowd of 50,426, the Wild fans had a rollicking good time. While watching their team dismantle the defending Stanley Cup champions, fans did the wave and sang along with ‘Sweet Caroline.’

Loser: Hawks fans. Hey, how about making the trip to Minnesota only to see your team dismantled by the Wild? …

Winner: Cheap Trick. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from Rockford tore through three songs during the first intermission, including hits ‘I Want You to Want Me’ and ‘Surrender.’ The band’s up-tempo style worked well in the setting and proved to be a perfect choice by the league.

Loser: Snowball fights. With mild temperatures and no snow to be found, rolls and rolls of fake snow covered the field surrounding the rink. Where’s the fun in that?

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 02/22/2016 - 06:29 am.

    Target’s empty shelves

    Target still has a long way to go in the re-stocking department. I largely don’t bother shopping there any more. Probably 25% of the time, I find an empty shelf where the item I want should be. Or I could spend time searching through the disheveled mess that is many of the other shelves in the store just in case what I’m looking for is buried in there somewhere.

    Not exactly an attractive “guest experience” . . . . . .

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 02/22/2016 - 08:21 am.

      I’m Not a Big Target Shopper, Either

      But my experience of the Alexandria Target (my closest store),…

      hasn’t been like that at all.

      • Submitted by Pat Berg on 02/22/2016 - 09:02 am.


        Then I’d say that inconsistency in the “guest experience” is yet another challenge they need to work on as the situation I encounter applies to both of the stores that are close to me.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/22/2016 - 09:11 am.


    Now that Mr. Walker’s bid for the White House has (fortunately) flamed out, he can concentrate on making his fellow citizens more miserable. Yep, back to the good ol’ days of patronage. Any Medieval noble would approve of how Walker is busily reducing Wisconsin state workers to serfdom.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/22/2016 - 11:29 am.

      “Any Medieval noble”

      There’s no need to reach that far back for historical precedent. Any ward-heeling political machine boss would extol the return of this useful tool.

      Oh, and that sudden uptick in seismic activity on the west side of Madison? That’s “Fighting Bob” LaFollette, spinning in his grave.

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 02/22/2016 - 12:08 pm.


      My wife’s grandmother got the call to take over the capital switchboard in the 1940s, when Harold Stassen took over the governorship. This was before civil service and the out-going staff had ripped off all the tags from the phone system, so they had no idea which line when to which office. Grandma had a lot of experience setting up systems for Ma Bell, so she got the nod to work at the capital. She manned the switchboard while one of Stassen’s daughters went around to all the offices and called in so they could get it all labeled.

      It was shortly after this that they instituted civil service and got a stable staff, independent of the political whims of administration changes.

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 02/22/2016 - 01:03 pm.

      Here’s What Happens When Reasonbly Well Paid Civil Servants

      who are protected by Civil Service rules and/or unions disappear,…

      the exact same thing that is already happening in so many Eastern European and third world countries:

      If you need something done by a civil servant, a bribe is required,…

      or else your application will languish for days or weeks before it’s processed (if it’s processed at all).

      Of course those who are famous, wealthy, or politically connected get far better service,…

      but the rest of us will be required to routinely pay bribes just to get things done.

      Of course people who are very poorly paid are also quite open to taking bribes,…

      offered by a third party for the purpose of ensuring that someone else’s application is NEVER processed.

      The same thing routinely happens with underpaid law enforcement when they have no civil service or union protection,…

      they’re far more willing to take bribes to make tickets and citations vanish,…

      or to cite someone for an infraction on behalf of someone who’s paid them to do so.

      Is this what we want to go back to —

      the era when every interaction with a civil servant or law enforcement officer has built it into the question from that person to you, the citizen,…

      what’s in it for me?

  3. Submitted by Dan Berg on 02/22/2016 - 10:50 am.

    For sure

    There most certainly should be a ban on scattering led around in the environment no matter the reason. Selling and purchasing it isn’t as much the issue, it is using it while hunting or shooting in open environments. If shooting ranges want to allow it fine, just as long as they show that they can contain the lead and dispose of it properly. For hunting do what they did for maximum rounds for duck hunting. If you are caught with noncompliant equipment while hunting you lose your ability to get a license and pay a very large fine.

    I don’t know if they still use lead in fishing sinkers but it seems like that should be the same deal.

  4. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 02/22/2016 - 12:11 pm.

    It’s A Wild Time

    Several of my coworkers were at the game this weekend. When it started snowing one of them quipped up and said “oh, they’ve got snow machines installed to create a little ambiance.”

    A little while later her heard the same story being repeated a couple of sections down. If this gets to be an urban legend, we know who to blame.

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