How about they just add another $5 to every drink and sandwich they sell out there? No one would notice. Because Allison Sherry of the Star Tribune says, “Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport officials have two pieces of news to members of Congress this week: We expect security lines to worsen this summer and we’d love a passenger fee increase. … to pay for infrastructure, ramps for parking lots and to expand the Humphrey terminal. … The airlines vociferously oppose any fee increase.” Now that last bit is rich.
Stillwater. Always a leader. Mary Divine of the Pioneer Press writes, “Chris Kohtz, the owner of the Wedge & Wheel artisan cheese shop and cheese bar in downtown Stillwater, has an ambitious goal: He wants his shop to be zero waste by the end of the year. Kohtz is one of more than a dozen downtown business owners enrolled in a new recycling and composting program called the Stillwater Eco-Empowerment Directive, or S.E.E.D. … As part of the program, Kohtz received a grant of $1,000 to train employees and buy recycling bins and compostable bags.”
Said Michael Brodkorb yesterday in the Strib, “Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who served as the chair of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign will announce later today he is supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president. Johnson decided to move his support to Cruz after Rubio suspended his presidential campaign last week after losing to Donald Trump in Rubio’s home state of Florida.” And is Johnson prepared to jump to Rick Perry if the convention swings that way?
Aaaaaaand the meter drops yet again. The AP says, “The University of Minnesota will use a 16-person committee to search for and hire an athletic director, one response to the mistake made four years ago. President Eric Kaler carefully assembled the mixture of faculty members, current and former Gophers athletes, statewide business leaders and one head coach, a deliberation rooted in the debacle that unfolded last year with the resignation of Norwood Teague. Finalist interviews will be conducted by a group four times as large as the one that sat down with Teague.” $150,000 this time around.
Sorry. No. John Myers of the Duluth News Tribune reports, “The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday formally denied Minnesota Power the authority to raise homeowner and business electric rates in order to lower rates for taconite plants and paper mills. … Under the proposed shift, most of Minnesota Power’s residential customers would have seen their monthly electric bill go up 14.5 percent in order to pay for a nearly 5 percent cut in electric costs for paper mills and taconite plants that are foundering under foreign competition.”
Hmmm, I think the bottom line here is that Constitution absolutely protects your right to reveal yourself for what you are. Says Maya Rao in the Strib, “A ‘Muslim Day at the Capitol’ event in St. Paul took a fresh turn Wednesday when Minnesota GOP Chairman Keith Downey took the stage to address controversial remarks about Muslims by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. He said that while any proposal from presidential candidates to explain their approach to terrorism must not violate people’s freedom of religion, it’s also important not to squelch debate by violating candidates’ right to free speech.”
Elsewhere, a peaceful gathering. Riham Feshir at MPR says, “Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger has called a meeting Thursday with Muslim leaders from across Minnesota to show support and address concerns in the aftermath of the Brussels terrorist attacks. Several law enforcement officials, including Richard Thornton, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI division, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and other sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state plan to attend.”
Well, this would be a road trip. For The Daily Norseman, Christopher Gates says, “For nearly a decade now, the National Football League has been playing an increasing number of regular season games each season in the United Kingdom. Enthusiasm for the games has been significant, and the league is looking to expand to other locales … and the Minnesota Vikings, reportedly, already have a chance to be in one of the games. The league is, apparently, going to be playing a game in China in 2018, and the Los Angeles Rams have already volunteered to be the ‘home’ team for that game, according to numerous sources, including CBS Sports. Well, guess who already has a road trip to Los Angeles scheduled for the 2018 season?” I say bring all those e-pulltab machines along. The Chinese are big gamblers.
Stribber Chris Riemenschneider writes, “A rather bright national spotlight has finally been cast on Minnesota’s booming American Indian hip-hop scene. Vice Media and Apple Music have teamed up to create an ambitious new documentary series called ‘The Score, which will feature music-related stories from Brazil, Iceland and Vietnam. The first installment, however, is a powerful one from right here in Minnesota titled ‘Reservation Rap’ about music being made by native rappers Baby Shel, Tall Paul, Thomas X, Left Field and many more. The episode debuted today and is streaming via Apple Music.”
Mike Mullen at City Pages says, “At long last, Minnesota’s elected officials have found something they agree on: High school kids are dumb. Last week, the state’s four legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton all signed off on an idea of students passing a mandatory ‘civics test’ to receive a high school diploma. The test would be modeled on the exam given to immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship. Immigrants pass that test at a rate of 97 percent. Natural-born Americans aren’t nearly as good. About one-third fail. Three-quarters can’t state the function of the judicial branch. (Correct answer: to subsidize the powerful robe seamstress and gavel-maker industries.)” Find out how many of those kids yearn for a “strongman leader.”
A WCCO-TV story says, “A 55-year-old Eden Prairie woman was arrested last Friday for driving drunk while dropping two children off at their elementary school in Minnetonka, according to police. Kelly Ann Belanger was arrested on suspicion of second-degree DWI and child endangerment. According to a police report, she was dropping off two children at Scenic Heights Elementary School just before 8 a.m. … . Belanger had slurred speech, was disoriented and confused after she couldn’t find her son’s teacher. She also couldn’t remember the teacher’s name and was yelling at her two sons because she thought they had forgotten something.” Damned kids.
So not exactly “The Tree of Life”? Colin Covert of the Strib has seen the new Batman/Superman movie. He isn’t happy. “Running 153 minutes, with a swollen budget of $250 million, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is pure overpriced, overproduced, overlong pulp. … this film is to [Christopher Nolan’s] “Dark Knight” trilogy what a black velvet Elvis is to the Mona Lisa.”