Federal government denies state’s request for another Real ID extension

Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services
An example of a Minnesota driver’s license, above, and an
enhanced ID, below.

Why does it feel like the Legislature just got an ‘incomplete’ on a homework assignmentFrom the AP: “Federal officials have again denied Gov. Mark Dayton’s request for more time to comply with stronger driver’s license standards to board planes. Minnesota hasn’t upgraded its licenses to meet the requirements of the Real ID Act. That has raised concern that Minnesotans may need an extra form of ID to board a domestic flight in 2018. Dayton wrote to the Department of Homeland Security in April seeking a compliance extension until 2020. On Friday, department officials responded that Minnesota still hasn’t done enough to merit an extension. Bills to set the required upgrades in motion are still in the works at the Legislature.”

More prison problems. KSTP-TV’s Eric Chaloux has a story on problems at theThe Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility in Washington County. “EYEWITNESS NEWS has found that guards there have routinely failed to perform security rounds. Those significant security breaches led to the November death of an inmate who had warned prison staff that he was going to kill himself, according to interviews and internal investigative documents obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.Those documents also reveal that correction officers made false entries into prison log books that indicated they’d performed their rounds when, in fact, they didn’t do their job.”

Nothing compares 2 DNAFrom the Wrap, Tim Kenneally writes: “Want a piece of Prince’s fortune? It’s probably going to cost you. The trust that’s been placed in charge of the estate for the late musician is asking that those laying claim to being related to the ‘Purple Rain’ singer be made to pay for the testing to prove it. In court documents filed in Minnesota, Bremer Trust, the special administrator of the estate, is asking a judge to lay down some guidelines for those ‘claiming to be heirs of the decedent.’ After that, Bremer ‘shall develop a plan or protocol for testing after considering the positions of the parties claiming a genetic relationship.’ And those parties should bring their checkbooks with them for the testing.”

In her defense, getting the toast right is important. From KIMT in Rochester: “A Rochester woman was ticketed for disorderly conduct after police say she demanded a Denny’s waitress be arrested when she was allegedly late with an order of toast. It happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday at the Denny’s on Broadway Avenue. By the time police arrived, 21-year-old Tory Schmidt was reportedly screaming and swearing at the waitress. Schmidt demanded officers arrest the waitress for not getting her toast. Police say they suspect alcohol could have been involved.”

Somebody’s not taking any carp. MPR’s Dan Gunderson writes about a dispute between a researcher and the University of Minnesota over a plan to keep invasive carp out of the Mississippi River near Winona. “Peter Sorensen said he planned to seek funding for the $8 million invasive carp barrier from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources but that university administrators declined to submit the proposal. Sorensen, a researcher who was demoted previously by the U, has been testing sound and air bubble barriers for several years. He says they work well in a controlled lab setting and that he’s confident it can turn back invasive carp. He said he believes university officials didn’t push ahead on the project because they are too concerned about failure. … Susan Galatowitsch, director of the U’s Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center, disputes the notion the university scuttled the project.”

The St. Cloud Times reports on St. Cloud State’s response to a Title IX lawsuit: “St. Cloud State University has been Title IX compliant, and its athletic department reorganization will keep it compliant with the federal law mandating equal athletic opportunities for men and women, according to a federal court filing. The university’s filing was in response to a lawsuit filed this month by members of the university’s women’s tennis team. Five tennis players sued the university, alleging that the university for years has offered more athletic opportunities for men than for women. The players asked a federal judge to issue an injunction preventing the university from eliminating the women’s tennis team as part of a broader athletic department reorganization.”

The Minnesota DNR has some questions about the $2 billion federal flood control project in Fargo Moorhead area, writes Jennifer Brooks in the Star Tribune: “The DNR has compiled a 568-page study of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion and the effect it would have on Minnesota’s water quality, environment and people. The state has ‘significant concerns’ about the project, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said Monday. ‘The question that fundamentally has to be answered is, “Is the project a reasonable approach to address the flood risk to the area, or are there other possible ways to provide flood protection with less impact,’ Landwehr said.” 

We can think of a couple good reasonsWCCO’s Jeff Wald weighs in on Pro Football Focus’ decision to “snub” Adrian Peterson by not naming him among the top 101 players in the NFL: “The popular, highly-respected football website released its list last week for the top 101 NFL players from the 2015 season. Four Vikings made the list and they were all in the top half, but Peterson wasn’t one of them. … Peterson has his flaws, namely pass protection and fumbling, but he led the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards and added 11 touchdowns. He helped carry the Vikings to an NFC North Division title, into the playoffs and was selected First Team All-Pro. But to not have him among the league’s top 101 players? Really?” 

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Comments (18)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/17/2016 - 06:28 am.

    Real ID

    Fine. Let those who want to fly come up with the needed extra form of ID and let the rest of us who don’t care about flying just keep using (and not paying extra for) the same Driver’s Licenses we’ve been getting along with just fine for years.

    • Submitted by Howard Salute on 05/17/2016 - 10:57 am.

      Spend some money and get that system installed posthaste for the safety of everyone!

      • Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/17/2016 - 11:23 am.

        In what way?

        In what way is RealID “for the safety of everyone” and not just more security theatre (which has the added attraction of putting people’s personal information at even more risk)?

    • Submitted by Robert Owen on 05/17/2016 - 11:24 am.

      Sure there are those who “don’t care” about flying. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t experience some sort of family emergency requiring a flight some day. Then it’s off to make an appointment with the DMV or stand in line, fill out forms, wait some more, wait for new license to be mailed out… Getting on a plane is getting much more difficult than say registering to vote.

      A two tier system of state IDs and driver licenses is silly.

  2. Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/17/2016 - 06:39 am.

    Security rounds

    Re: Guards not doing security rounds at Oak Park Heights: In this day and age of technology everywhere, is Oak Park Heights actually still relying on entries in a logbook rather than requiring physical badge-ins to sensors placed at various locations throughout the facility? Seriously?

    Spend some money and get that system installed posthaste for the safety of everyone!

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 05/17/2016 - 12:05 pm.

      Real ID

      They probably do both, which is how they know the guards didn’t make their rounds. Add in camera footage and they know exactly who is doing what.

  3. Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 05/17/2016 - 08:59 am.

    The idea of “I pay for what I use” has no real logical end. Non-rail users can make the same argument to steer their taxes to roads. I’d like our military to be smaller– but I can’t steer my taxes away from there. I don’t foresee me benefiting from paramedics carrying narcan for drug overdoses– but I think the greater good is helped by them having it available. Periodically, we update licenses. Not a big deal.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/17/2016 - 10:47 am.

      “The greater good”

      What is “the greater good” represented by the implementation of RealID?

      • Submitted by Robert Owen on 05/17/2016 - 11:26 am.

        Not having to carry a passport to take a plane from MSP to Chicago.

        • Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/17/2016 - 11:36 am.

          The greater good

          I said “the greater good”, not “the convenience of a subset of the population that wants to engage in airline travel”.

          • Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 05/17/2016 - 11:59 am.

            Creating a sub-class for everyone to opt out of laws they don’t think apply to them is just not feasible. Some without children like to invoke this type of reasoning when they have to pay taxes to fund schools– ultimately we all pay for the machinery of a modern civil society. A hard to forge ID that is linked to various important datasets is part of that machinery.

          • Submitted by Robert Owen on 05/17/2016 - 12:22 pm.

            Good point, Pat. Doing away with something if it’s not for the greater good of the entire population could save us lot of money. That’s a fantastic litmus test for any public project.

            No way has half the population of my city set foot in the local public library. The pedestrian overpasses over the Crosstown see very little foot traffic. The buses are utilized by people who can’t afford cars or like saving money. Light rail, even more so, is underutilized by the whole population. Don’t even get me started on those bike lanes used by a way fewer people than those safely enclosed in their cars.

            It’s amazing the money we could save if we never build or get rid of things that don’t benefit large segments of the population.

          • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 05/17/2016 - 12:22 pm.

            The Greater Nod

            It’s in the best interests of the nation if people, goods, and ideas can move in a safe and efficient manner. That helps to grease the wheels of commerce, which helps businesses and people be make more money.

            Tribalism does none of the above.

            • Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/17/2016 - 12:31 pm.

              Security theatre

              I’m not convinced it’s not just more security theater that accomplishes little but makes it look like we’re doing “something”.

  4. Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/17/2016 - 01:06 pm.


    All I’m going to say is that RealID strikes me as yet one more hysterical overreaction to the events of September 11. And nothing I’ve read or heard has yet convinced me otherwise.

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 05/17/2016 - 03:36 pm.

      National ID

      That could very well be the case. I’m still not impressed with the notion that you have to take your shoes off because some twit tried to stick a bomb in them.

      That isn’t to say though that Real ID doesn’t have some potential benefit. I’m thinking more in terms of the next iteration, which will be a national ID. Of course you’ll get plenty of people who will scream that it’s a form of Big Brother watching them and, to a degree, they’re right. But it also has some upsides.

      -Driver’s license that’s valid nation-wide.
      -Can carry your medical information, which would be valuable should you ever become incapacitated.
      -Instant voter ID.

      Many European countries already do this and no one bats an eye. It makes voting a heck of a lot easier as you don’t have to go through the business of being in a place a minimum of twenty days before you can vote like we do here in Minnesota.

      My favorite security theater joke is the comedian who did this routine.

      “At the TSA counter they take your water bottle from you.
      Because it might be a bomb.
      And throw it in the garbage can.
      With all the other water bottles that might be a bomb.
      The garbage can next to all the people standing in line.
      Even though it might be a bomb.”

  5. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 05/18/2016 - 10:30 am.

    Name, rank and what next…

    I am waiting for REAL ID be upped a wee bit higher with information overload again. Raised to a Loyalty Pledge…could happen?

    We’ve been there before I do believe…Carl Chrislock home grown academic and so much more… did a neat history of same?

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