Silver Bay fire truck purchase blocked in protest over Bent Paddle vote

Silver Bay, Minnesota

Gee, what’s in the water in Silver Bay? The Duluth News Tribune’s Jamey Malcomb has an update on an ugly political situation in the small northern Minnesota town: “A resolution by the Silver Bay City Council to purchase a new truck for the Silver Bay Fire Department failed this week because one councilor voted against the measure — citing the council’s vote last month to remove Bent Paddle Brewing Co. products from the city liquor store as a reason. … Councilor Carlene Perfetto voted no on the measure to purchase the pumper/tender, saying it was because of the council’s March decision to remove Bent Paddle products from the Silver Bay Municipal Liquor Store and Lounge because of the Duluth brewery’s membership in a coalition opposed to copper mining in the region. Perfetto also cited what she said was the council’s micromanagement of department heads, specifically liquor store manager Tom Byrnes.”

Gotta keep up with the Waltons. Reuters’ Nandita Bose reports: “Discount retailer Target Corp has started raising employee wages to a minimum of $10 an hour, its second hike in a year, pressured by a competitive job market and labor groups calling for higher wages at retail chains, sources said. … Target management has informed store managers, who in turn have started informing employees about the wage hike and most employees who earn less than $10 per hour should see their base pay go up in May, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters. … The $1-per-hour raise marks the second time Target has followed Wal-Mart Stores Inc in raising base wages.

Given the high salaries these kids are earning, strict eligibility rules just make sense. The Star Tribune’s David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen report: “The child of divorced parents, [17-year-old Franco Torrescano De La Torre] enrolled at Cretin-Derham Hall as a freshman, then moved to live with his father in Mexico for his sophomore year. He re-enrolled at the school last summer, but the Minnesota State High School League ruled him ineligible to play varsity because it was his second transfer. … Appeals, hearings and sometimes reversals can all be part of the league’s process for determining eligibility for athletes. But the process should not have to take seven months, said Andy Sandkamp, Torrescano’s stepfather.”

Not quite a play a day, but impressive nonetheless. City Pages’ Jay Gabler has a fun profile of a Twin Cities theater superfan: “‘I’m a stats guy! I keep track of it,’ Scott Pakudaitis offers this by way of explanation as he pulls out a sheet of paper tracking his theater-going over the past several years. … For each year, there are three columns. In 2011, for example, plays (215), dance (27), and other (22) added up to 264 shows Pakudaitis took in. For 2012, the total was 275. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Pakudaitis saw 256, 242, and 202 shows respectively. By mid-April 2016, he is already up to 75. … Unofficially, but beyond almost any conceivable doubt, Pakudaitis holds the distinction of seeing more local theater per year than anyone else in the Twin Cities.”

In other news…

These flames do not make it go faster: “Polaris recalls 133K off-roading vehicles after dangerous fires” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Low wages are bad enough without your employer pocketing some of them: “Local leaders examine ways to combat wage theft” [Southwest Journal]

Potential shakeup: “For first time in more than a decade, a challenge for Hennepin County’s chief judge” [Star Tribune]

Some amazing photos in here: “Brandenburg’s latest: 93 days of spring in Minnesota” [Duluth News Tribune]

Done at the end of August: “After more than 50 years, U of M is shuttering its Showboat” [Star Tribune]

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