To the surprise of no one who has been paying attention: The Sports Illustrated story says, “The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Tom Thibodeau as their coach and president of basketball operations, the team announced Wednesday. San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden will be the team’s general manager.”
At USA Today Jeff Zillgitt says, “The deal could pay Thibodeau as much $11 million annually, according to people with details of negotiations. … There’s no doubt Thibodeau will push this team, and his coaching, along with player development, could push Minnesota toward 40 victories next season after finishing 29-53 this season. He also has a demanding style that wore on some players near the end of the time with the Bulls. He also clashed with the front office.” Childhood is over, kids.
Following an Upper Midwest argument in front of the Supreme Court, Allison Sherry of the Strib says, “A testy U.S. Supreme Court pressed a Dakota County attorney Wednesday to defend why suspected drunken drivers should be criminally punished for refusing a blood-alcohol test. The court is looking to settle hotly debated implied-consent laws in Minnesota and 12 other states, laws that have endured countless lower court challenges from those arguing that the tests are unconstitutional without a search warrant. The case has massive implications nationwide in how states treat thousands of drivers each year who refuse to consent to a blood-alcohol test.”
Nova is No. 1! In the PiPress, Josh Verges says, “The St. Paul charter school Nova Classical Academy is the best high school in the state and 16th in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings, released Tuesday.”
Probably a good idea. David Montomery of the PiPress reports, “After years of struggling with glitchy computer systems, MNsure leaders are beginning to consider another path: paying someone else to handle the health insurance exchange’s technology. A task force report finalized in January recommended leaders consider privatizing part of MNsure, but matters took another step forward Wednesday when MNsure’s board got an impromptu sales pitch from a vendor.”
You knew it wouldn’t last in the light of day. The AP is saying, “Minnesota’s five-day wait for a marriage license, a law which dates back to the Great Depression, could soon be a thing of the past. The state is only one of two that make couples wait so long between applying for a license and receiving one. The only way to avoid the wait in Minnesota is to get a judge to sign a waiver. … Even if Minnesota eliminates the waiting period, couples still would need two witnesses and a judge or a clergy member to actually get married.” … and an Elvis impersonator?
The Governor is in one of his moods. Tim Pugmire at MPR says, “With less than five weeks remaining in the 2016 session, Gov. Mark Dayton is urging Minnesota House Republicans to end their ‘side shows’ and start ‘getting real’ on key budget matters. … Dayton then pivoted to presidential politics. He said it’s time for Democrats to ‘join ranks’ behind Hillary Clinton following her decisive presidential primary win in New York over Bernie Sanders. Dayton said Clinton scored a significant victory and should now be the party’s ‘putative nominee.’”
Also from Pugmire: “A Minnesota House panel advanced legislation Wednesday to overhaul the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The action follows a highly critical report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor on the regional economic development agency. The auditor’s review highlighted several shortcomings in IRRRB operations and record keeping, including its loans to businesses. The bill abolishes the current board and creates a new commission made of six state lawmakers and three public members. The agency’s spending decisions would need legislative approval.”
I still say it should be a westbound toll bridge. But Peter Cox at MPR says, “Construction on the St. Croix River bridge project is moving faster with the warming weather. Crews from Minnesota and Wisconsin aim to install most of the deck segments this year, hoping to make up time after the schedule was pushed back a year. Barges are motoring out bridge sections, concrete trucks and moving cranes around piers that stand about 200 feet above the river.”
Points for humor. At KARE-TV Jay Knoll says, “April 20th, or 4/20, is the unofficial holiday for pot smokers. So, a couple police departments in Minnesota used Twitter in the best way imaginable. ‘Undercover #420 stings are underway,’ the Wyoming, Minnesota Police Department tweeted Wednesday morning. The photo, accompanying the caption, shows a cardboard box trap with bags of Cheetos and Doritos as bait.” Don’t forget the smudged, scratched Phish CD.
13! The WCCO-TV story says, “South Dakota man with 12 drunk driving convictions is facing another one after being arrested last week in Minnesota after reportedly going the wrong way down Interstate 90. He was later found to have a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit. The State Patrol posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that 50-year-old Alexander Valentinovich Sazonov, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is facing his 13th DWI charge. Troopers say Sazonov was pulled over after a call came in about a white van going the wrong way down Interstate 90 near Worthington. Inside Sazonov’s van, troopers found several empty cans as well as a 24-pack of beer. Sazonov admitted to having a few.”
Feel free to sing along with the Redrum chorus. Says the AP: “The Minnesota Opera presents the world premiere of ‘The Shining’ next month. The new opera is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel. Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec composed the music while Mark Campbell wrote the libretto. Baritone Brian Mulligan creates the role of Jack Torrance, who terrorizes his family as he descends into madness as winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Soprano Kelly Kaduce sings the role of Torrance’s wife, Wendy. Fifth-grader Alejandro Vega makes his Minnesota Opera debut as Danny, the couple’s son who has a strong psychic ability known as ‘the shining.’” Hair of the dog that bit me, Lloyd.