Developer chosen for massive Arden Hills project

At long, long last: a plan, and soon, a beginning. Jaime DeLage of the Pioneer Press says, “With several strong proposals to choose from, the board in charge of redeveloping the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills chose the company that promised to focus first on creating a quality residential development hand-in-hand with a vibrant town center. Alatus LLC of Minneapolis was chosen Monday night by a unanimous vote of the TCAAP Joint Development Authority from among three candidates to redevelop the 427-acre site. JDA members said any of the proposals would have been worthy of selection, but the Alatus vision seemed most likely to spawn a distinctive and exciting community as quickly as possible.”

For the Strib, David Peterson writes, “Ramsey County, which owns the property, and the city of Arden Hills want to turn the huge open space near the confluence of three major thoroughfares — Interstates 35W and 694 and Hwy. 10 — into a solar-powered eco-village that they hope becomes a national model for suburban development.”

Most of the Prince news for a while will be about … money. Kate Irby of the McClatchy papers reports, “The federal government assesses a 40 percent tax on estates of more than $1 million, with $5.45 million exempt in deaths that occur in 2016. Minnesota’s estate tax is between 10 and 16 percent, with $1.6 million exempt in deaths that occur in 2016. Prince’s estate is worth between $300 million and $500 million, according to reports, but if it were worth $300 million exactly, that means about $146.7 million will go to the state and federal government in taxes. The remaining $153.3 million will be divided among his sister and five half-siblings. All except one half-sibling signed consent forms for the special administrator prior to the hearing Monday.”

Or stuff … that you might for some reason want to buy. Stribber Aimee Blanchette writes, “Prince was known to scope out young, new artists, but Apple Valley twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson (aka Coco and Breezy) never could have imagined what would happen when the Purple One first summoned the duo two years ago. At first, Prince wanted the girls to perform a dance number for him on stage. When he learned they were behind an eyewear empire to the stars, he had a special request.”

The Oscars of the food world … has a Minnesota winner. Rick Nelson in the Strib says, “After a five-year drought in the winners’ circle, Minnesota has another James Beard award-winning chef. Paul Berglund of the Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis was named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation at its annual awards gala on Monday night in Chicago. The awards are often considered the Oscars of the food world.”

They are the real victims. In a Strib piece by Paul Walsh we learn, “Threats in the form of a suspicious powder have been received by several of the drivers accused of using a west-metro interstate for a racetrack recently in exotic sports cars at more than 100 miles per hour, a defense attorney said Monday. ‘Several of the individuals have received anonymous packets in the mail containing white powder,’ said Marsh Halberg, who is representing at least four of the 12 defendants charged with reckless driving in connection with the high-speed cruise on April 23 … . He added that there have been no ill-effects from the contents of the packets.” And here I was assuming it was white powder that inspired them to drive 100 mph on a city freeway.

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At KSTP-TV, Dave Aeikens and Kevin Doran say, “Leaders of a Minnesota Muslim civil rights group responded to news that a Transportation Safety Administration employee was asked to target Somalis at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other community groups are calling for an investigation into whether racial profiling was used by the TSA locally. CAIR is calling on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General to take a close look at what the TSA here in Minnesota is doing.” There are others of us who would also like to know what TSA is doing.

Says Michele Maiers in the Strib, “This spring, a proposal in the Legislature would establish a process to certify that registered massage therapists and other bodywork professionals have been vetted and are bound to an enforceable standard of conduct. … Background checks are standard for licensing or registration of massage therapists in 45 other states.”

Until zika gets here, we can concentrate on ticks. Brian Arola of the Mankato Free Press says, “Dave Neitzel, an epidemiologist who specializes in tick-borne diseases, said more ticks seem to be hitching rides south toward Mankato. ‘In recent years the ticks have started to expand to the Minnesota River Valley,’ he said. ‘We’ve confirmed the presence of black-legged ticks as far west as New Ulm.’ Soon, the department will be looking to confirm ticks  in Blue Earth County.”

Who isn’t against revenge porn?  The Forum News Service says, “Minnesota senators voted 62-3 Monday to make revenge pornography a crime. House action is pending on similar legislation. … A year ago, the Minnesota Appeals Court struck down Minnesota’s criminal defamation law, which had been used in Isanti County to prosecute a case of revenge porn.”

The ACLU never has cared much for popularity. Tony Kennedy of the Strib writes, “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sided with a suspected Minnesota deer poacher who is fighting the Department of Natural Resources over a bust made possible by a hidden tracking device. ‘The outcome of this case will have a significant impact on the rights of other Minnesotans who may be the subject of warrantless GPS tracking,’ the ACLU wrote to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. … The DNR arrested him in fall 2014 after agents attached a GPS tracking device to the underside of Liebl’s pickup truck.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/03/2016 - 06:33 am.

    “The girls”

    Corianna and Brianna Dotson are over 18 years old. Why, then, the reference to them as “the girls”? How often do we see young adult men in articles referred to as “the boys”?

    I know, this is not on Brian, but on Aimee Blanchette who wrote the Strib article which is being quoted here. Still, I feel like this all too ubiquitous way of referring to adult women in a way that is not commonly done for young men needs to be called out when it is spotted.

    • Submitted by Jim Million on 05/03/2016 - 10:27 am.

      A bit silly here…

      Most adult women I know get together “with the girls” fairly regularly. Are you forgetting about “good old boys” as well? Much of such reflex reaction should now be anachronistic, shouldn’t it?

  2. Submitted by Jim Million on 05/03/2016 - 07:27 am.

    Deerslayer Stalking

    Thanks, ACLU. for prompting the DNR drone budget to now balloon.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 05/03/2016 - 11:04 am.

    Who isn’t against revenge porn?

    The question might be more accurately phrased as who is against the bill in question?

    HF 2741 contains a number of changes to Minnesota law, each of which deserves deliberate scrutiny. Interested readers will find the current text here:

    The first change in Minnesota law is to create a statutory cause of action for “NONCONSENSUAL
    DISSEMINATION OF PRIVATE SEXUAL IMAGES; SEXUAL SOLICITATION.” A common law cause of action for such dissemination already exists. (Invasion of privacy.) This bill attempts to detail what constitutes a private sexual image and, in doing so, leaves open a good number of acts most legislators might be loathe to recognize exist.(E.g., S&M, bondage, and other fetishes so long as neither penetration or an intimate part is depicted. That’s a pretty major omission.) See, for example, the definition of “sexual contact.” It also criminalizes the nonconsensual distribution of “Intimate parts”, meaning genitals, pubic area, or anus of an individual, or if the individual is female, a partially or fully exposed nipple. It draws no distinction between images created before or after the effective date of the law and whether or not the initial image was taken consensually. It does not specifiy whether consent must be in writing or whether consent may be revoked.

    The non-consensual sexual solicitation section leaves me bewildered, frankly.

    Injunctive relief is provided for but only retroactively, i.e., once the horse has left the barn.

    The bill attempts to confer jurisdiction over any case in which either the plaintiff or defendant resides in Minnesota, presumably at the time of filing the complaint. (Filing a complaint is not necessary to commence a civil suit in Minnesota. Constitutionally, such broad jurisdiction is questionable for at least two reasons.)

    In a separate section, the bill significantly alters the terms of the criminal defamation statute, presumably in response to the Court of Appeals decision referred to in this piece. It would now require knowledge that the defamatory information was false while eliminating the defense of truthfulness. This increases the burden on the prosecution and rightfully so. This section should be enacted separately, in my opinion.

    Dissemination of a prohibited image is criminalized when:
    (1) the person is identifiable:
    (i) from the image itself, by the person depicted in the image or by another person; or
    (ii) from personal information displayed in connection with the image;
    (2) the actor knows or reasonably should know that the person depicted in the image
    does not consent to the dissemination; and
    (3) the image was obtained or created under circumstances in which a reasonable
    person would know or understand that the image was to remain private.

    The fact that the individual consented to the image being created is not a defense. This section is subject to some of the same limitations to which I alluded earlier.

    • Submitted by Chris Mann on 05/03/2016 - 12:42 pm.

      Vote on revenge porn bill


      The votes against the bill were from Brown, Champion and Thompson. It would be interesting to hear what their reasoning was…

      Here is the vote:

      S.F. No. 2713 was read the third time, as amended, and placed on its final passage.
      The question was taken on the passage of the bill, as amended.
      The roll was called, and there were yeas 62 and nays 3, as follows:
      Those who voted in the affirmative were:
      Torres Ray
      91ST DAY] MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 6577
      Those who voted in the negative were:
      Brown Champion Thompson
      So the bill, as amended, was passed and its title was agreed to

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