Progress in the prompt release of police videos? In the Star Tribune, Chao Xiong reports, “Minnesota law enforcement agencies have historically refused to disclose video footage of officer-involved shootings early in a case, repeating a similar refrain: Doing so could taint the investigation into whether officers acted legally in killing someone. But that may be slowly changing as scrutiny here and across the country forces authorities to modify long-held practices.”
Here’s an early collision count from yesterday’s storm. From KSTP-TV: “ The snow storm has caused 370 crashes statewide from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Of those crashes, 36 caused injuries, two of which were serious. There were also 309 vehicle spinouts and vehicles off the road, the state patrol said. As a comparison, during a typical weekday with no major weather effects, there are about 50 to 75 crashes statewide, according to the state patrol. There are very few spinouts or vehicles that leave the road on a typical weekday, the state patrol added.”
KMSP-TV’s story says, “The state health department reported Tuesday health officials are ‘concerned’ over a 63 percent jump in syphilis cases among Minnesota women from 2014 to 2015. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), preliminary data for 2015 shows syphilis cases in women were up 63 percent compared to 2014, and it’s primarily among women of child-bearing age in all racial and ethnic groups, pregnant women included. ‘Minnesota has not seen this many reported cases of syphilis in women in more than 20 years,’ said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health.”
I’ll worry when they fill the spaces with Panera and Dunkin Donuts. Stribber John Ewoldt reports, “Len Druskin and California Closets and Russell + Hazel are the latest locally-owned retailers to leave the Galleria. California Closets left last month, saying in an email that it is temporarily doing business out of its Bloomington offices until a new location can be confirmed. … Russell + Hazel announced Tuesday that it too is leaving the Galleria as soon as June.”
US Bank CEO Richard Davis talked with the AP.
Q: Some banks began charging more for loans as soon as the Fed acted. Why haven’t they also offered better savings rates to customers?
A: The value of deposits right now is not high, so if I paid you more for deposits to incentivize you to bring your money here I can’t do anything with it anyway, because I can’t make the loan I want to make. If a bank decides to go ahead and start using those deposits to make loans, they’re going to have [to move] into riskier loans to get higher rewards, going into mid-prime or sub-prime loans. It might be a good idea if they really know what they’re doing, but as you recall, it’s exactly what got people in trouble last time. Banks started to get greedy and get outside the bounds of good discipline. We aren’t going incentivize new deposits, but at the same time we won’t lose them, so if there were a pricing war, we’d probably respond to that so that we wouldn’t lose our customers. Deposits are nice to have, but not as critical as they will be one day.
And that’s why we have mattresses.
Who exactly is going to be in the sauna? Sarah Horner of the PiPress writes, “A tiny portion of St. Paul is expected to be hit with an unprecedented heat wave this weekend. Temperatures will hit 170 degrees inside a mobile sauna that will open to the public Friday at St. Paul’s Como Regional Park, according to Molly Reichert, a member of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture faculty and one of two masterminds behind the Little Box Sauna. Community members will be able to reserve a 90-minute sweat session in the sauna through Feb. 25 free of charge … .”
From KMSP, Maury Glover and Rachel Chazin report, “An 84-year-old woman from New Germany, Minn. received a letter from her church saying she’s no longer welcome, and will no longer be able to be buried next to her husband who passed away last summer. But her church says it’s all a misunderstanding. Darleen Pawelk had been a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany for more than 50 years, but recently she hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with the congregation. ‘I just thought it sounded like some kind of scare tactic,’ daughter Brenda Mason said. Over the weekend, Pawelk received a certified letter saying since she hadn’t attended four services in the last year, she would no longer be considered a member in good standing.” That sound you hear? Furious backpedaling.
Is the champagne chilled? Do NFL executives have ample limo parking? Is the sushi fresh? Says Tim Nelson at MPR, “Seven members of Minnesota’s Super Bowl host committee are in San Francisco this week, checking out that city’s preparations for the game. … The Minnesota host committee hasn’t disclosed its budget, but recent games have required as much as $50 million in private funding to win the game from the NFL. Mokros said ‘fundraising is going well,’ but didn’t put a dollar figure on the effort so far.” Reservations at Saison are tough with connections.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard this. Allison Sherry of the Strib says, “Minnesotans poured more than $1 million into Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2015, but new campaign finance records show that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders began gaining rapidly late last year. On the Republican side, Minnesotans gave more than $1 million, sending the most to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. … Real estate mogul Donald Trump, who tops national polls and came in second in Iowa earlier this week, took in $8,762 from Minnesotans.” Your support was yuge.
Faster than New Yorkers? Come on! Marino Eccher of the PiPress has this story. “Minnesotans are the second-fastest talkers in the nation, according to a new study from analytics firm Marchex. The company combed through more than 4 million recorded consumer calls made in the past few years — the type where you’re told the call may be monitored for quality and the like — for speech patterns. It found that on average, Americans speak between 110 and 150 words per minute. Oregonians talked the fastest (the study didn’t say how fast). Minnesotans were No. 2, followed by callers from Massachusetts, Kansas and Iowa. … The biggest talkers? That’d be New Yorkers. According to the study, a caller from New York will use 62 percent more words than one from Iowa to conduct the same conversation.” I knew they had to be there somewhere.
Speaking of New Yorkers, Mukhtar Ibrahim at MPR says, “A New York-based advocacy group is suing two federal agencies over a controversial counterterrorism program focused on Muslim communities in several states, including Minnesota. The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law said it went to court to challenge the United States Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security after exhausting other efforts to get records on the Countering Violent Extremism program, or CVE.”