TSA moves to shorten wait times at MSP airport

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Yeah, more dogs. That’s what we need. Tim Nelson and Muhktar Ibrahim at MPR say, “The Transportation Security Administration is stepping up overtime, wrapping up new training and adding an additional bomb sniffing dog at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to cut wait times at security checkpoints. … The delays come as Minnesota heads into its peak spring break travel season, when the typical 30,000 people who typically go through the security checkpoint can grow to 45,000.”

More like Denmark every day. At the Star Tribune Christopher Aadland says, “A coalition of DFL legislators is launching an effort to ensure that all workers in the state have paid family and sick leave, an issue emerging as a top priority for Democrats this legislative session. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, said Monday it would help families in challenging financial times.” And how do the job creators survive challenging financial times?

His decision on PolyMet may be the other shoe. An AP/WCCO story says, “Gov. Mark Dayton laid out his opposition to a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota on Monday. The governor released a letter to the head of Twin Metals Minnesota saying the state will oppose any new mining agreements on state lands close to the massive outdoor recreation area.”

Also up north, Dan Kraker for MPR reports, “A global steel industry slump with roots in China’s economic slowdown has thrown a painful series of punches to a part of the state that produces most of America’s iron ore. And the domino effect of the layoffs is particularly visible in Aurora, nestled in the snowy forest on the east end of the Mesabi Iron Range. … Though mineworkers get extended unemployment payments and retraining under a federal program for people hurt by foreign trade, people who’ve lost jobs at mine vendors, suppliers and other companies don’t — and their benefits are starting to run out.”

Good going. Says Karen Zamora in the Strib, “A group of Twin Cities lawyers played a key role in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday reversal of a Louisiana death row inmate’s 2002 murder conviction. The high court ruled that prosecutors failed to provide enough evidence tying Michael Wearry to the 1998 killing of a 16-year-old pizza delivery driver … . The defense team from Minneapolis law firm Fredrikson & Byron, which worked pro bono on the case, has previously represented men on death row in Louisiana.” Can they practice in Manitowoc?

Until they get their own place, Dave Aeikens at KSTP-TV says, “Target Field will host its first soccer match June 25 when the Minnesota United play a Mexican Club Team. The United will play Leon of Liga, Mexico. Leon features former Minnesota United player Miguel Ibarra and is one of the top teams in the world. It has won seven titles in the Mexican first division, with the most recent one in 2014. The field will be laid out with endlines stretching from the first baseline beyond the pitcher’s mound to the left field wall. It will be 109 yards long and 74 yards wide.” So which one of them does Lionel Messi play for?

Golden age scamming. Says Paul Blume at KMSP-TV, “The 2016 Minnesota legislative session opens Tuesday and the commerce department wants to pass legislation to help combat financial fraud targeting seniors. On Monday, the commissioner talked to a group of seniors about the dangers and scams. Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman explained that seniors on the whole are one of the most vulnerable groups out there. He said scammers are coming at them from every angle, often from overseas.” Mom, just hang up. It’s okay. It’s not being rude.

What, have they lost their taste for SPAM? Karlee Weinmann at Finance & Commerce says, “Amid a strong dollar and a slowing global economy, the value of Minnesota exports in 2015 dropped to $20 billion – down 7 percent from a record high mark the previous year. Through much of last year, changing market dynamics strained export-reliant industries. Manufacturers in particular struggled toward the end of last year to counteract sluggish trade. Manufactured exports slipped 5 percent year over year, according to state data released Friday.”

Today in precious second amendment news. WCCO reports, “Authorities are investigating after a man was apparently shot while riding a Metro Mobility bus on Monday. The Shakopee Police Department says the incident happened at about 2:15 p.m. on Stagecoach Road. A Metro Mobility bus was coming around a bend on the road near Highway 101 when a gunshot came through the side of the bus and hit a passenger in the side. Police say a driver and the victim, a 45-year-old man from Savage, were the only people aboard the bus at the time of the incident. Authorities say the gunshot came from outside the bus, and it’s not clear if the shooting was accidental or intentional.” So what, the castle doctrine doesn’t apply to city streets?

You can top off your Tesla at Tobie’s, you know. An MPR story says, “The 43rd annual Twin Cities Auto Show opens this weekend, and the setup will include a brand new feature: A room dedicated entirely to electric vehicles. As electric car technology continues to evolve, many Minnesota residents are wondering if the vehicles are practical for a state with cold weather and long distances between urban areas.”

This is pretty old school. Julie Buntjer at the Worthington Globe writes, “The unincorporated community of Reading is working against a deadline, and while there’s no penalty being charged now, there’s no guarantee there won’t be in the future. That was the message given to more than 30 residents who gathered at the Reading Community Center Thursday night. Reading doesn’t have a centralized sewer system, and just one of 52 properties in town has a compliant septic system. For years, the untreated sewage from town has flowed into a county tile, essentially polluting the Kanaranzi Creek and creating an imminent threat to public health.”

On the fine dining front: Reports Paul Walsh in the Strib, “The smorgasbord of Old Country Buffets is now down to one selection in the Twin Cities: Burnsville. In concert with another planned bankruptcy filing, the national all-you-can-eat chain as of late last week has served its last scoop of mashed potatoes and extra piece of chicken in Maple Grove and Coon Rapids. The last OCB standing in the Twin Cities market is in Burnsville. Also suddenly shuttered in recent days in Minnesota were Old Country Buffets in Rochester and St. Cloud. That leaves two still open in the state outside the metro, in Duluth and Mankato.”

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/08/2016 - 07:06 am.

    Dogs and bombs

    I guess I’m happy for the dogs, but really – how many bombs are the existing dogs finding that highlights the need for another?

    “Security theater” continues its inexorable march . . . . .

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 03/08/2016 - 09:52 am.

      All that money spent on the U.S. Security Theater

      …would be better spent on community theater.

      We’d get better acting, too.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 03/08/2016 - 11:09 am.

      If it finds one…

      …sometime in the next 20 years, that’s good enough for me.

      • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 03/08/2016 - 11:55 am.

        Logic

        Considering there hasn’t been one in the past twenty years, chances are there won’t be one in the next twenty either.

        Given the huge cost of this theater, it would be far cheaper to let something blow up every once in a while than to pay in terms of TSA salaries and time wasted for the public waiting in line. But people are emotional and would freak out if something adverse happened, even if it’s only once every twenty years.

        So now we have to go through this dog & pony show where people take their shoes and belts off, turn on laptops, and hold their hands in the air. In the meantime, you have to throw bottles of water into the trash because it might be a bomb. The trash that’s right next to where all the people are standing. The trash that holds all the other bottles…that might be a bomb.

        Personally, I would advocate for none of the above: neither no security nor this theatrical facade we have now. Instead we should implement procedures that actually are effective and don’t rely on some minimum wage employee keeping you safe by taking away grandma’s knitting needles.

  2. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 03/08/2016 - 07:25 am.

    That bit on charging at Tobies is no joke…

    There is a Tesla Supercharger in their parking lot. Free, but designed for Tesla’s only. It will recharge your car while you have a cup of coffee and a roll at Tobies. There’s another in the Holiday Inn in Duluth.

  3. Submitted by Daniel Shaw on 03/08/2016 - 05:05 pm.

    Scamming Seniors

    This is an area where the notion of having the punishment fit the crime is apple pie easy. I have no doubt there are bedpans aplenty for scammers to empty.

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