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.
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.”