Another entry on the very short list of things the Legislature might accomplish. MPR’s Jon Collins reports: “A bill that would slightly tighten the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program by requiring doctors to sign up for credentials to log into the system has now passed both houses of the state Legislature. … Drug monitoring programs have received increased attention as officials have sought to reverse the rising number of opioid overdose deaths across the country. … The monitoring programs maintain a database of prescriptions of controlled substances in each state that doctors or other prescribers can access. The programs are designed to limit the ability of patients to “doctor shop,” or to get prescriptions from multiple doctors without their knowledge.
Best of luck to him. WCCO reports: “ Former Gophers coach Jerry Kill is headed to Kansas State to serve as the associate athletic director in charge of football, a source told WCCO’s Mike Max. … Kill stepped down from his position as head coach in October 2015, citing health issues. Kill said his struggles with epilepsy had become too difficult to continue.”
White Bear Lake like you’ve never experienced it: as a dog. The Pioneer Press’ Sarah Horner writes: “Tula is a dog photographer, literally. She is a brown mutt, and she takes pictures. … Her photos have gained quite a following, with more than 6,000 people now tracking the 50-pound canine’s work on Instagram. … It’s not that she’s exceptionally dexterous with her paws. There is no manual clicking of shutter buttons involved. Tula unknowingly captures her images with the GoPro camera that her owner, dog lover and White Bear Lake resident, Susie Kixmoeller, straps to her chest.”
Second best way to profit from weed. At City Pages, Loren Green writes: “Do you miss making dandelion bouquets for Mom and Grandma? If picking spring flowers is a chore you adore, then Urban Forage can use your help. …The local foraging cidery-winery on East Lake Street recently put out a call for dandelions and lilacs to make some seasonal wines. The response for free yard clean-up was such a hit that the husband-wife team hit a new snag: They need more hands to help pick the flowers. … Urban Forage will pay for your help, giving coupons for 50 percent off a bottle of the finished product to any volunteers who help with the picking.”
In other news…
A prince among men: “Prince quietly helped Oakland solar projects” [East Bay Times]
This is why we need to fix our roads and bridges: “Speeding Porsche skids into Vadnais Lake” [Pioneer Press]
Which side did the North Star state fight on during the Civil War again? “Confederate flag stand threatens Crosby student’s graduation” [MPR]