So you’re saying there’s still a chance? According to the AP, “Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he won’t run for president. Ventura had said earlier that he was considering a possible presidential campaign. But in a statement posted Thursday to his ‘Off the Grid’ website, he said he ‘unequivocally’ will not run. The 64-year-old Ventura said he’d love to debate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but he knows he would win, and he doesn’t want the job of president.”
No. Don’t even let your dog drink it. At FoodPoisoning Bulletin.com, Linda Larsen warns, “The Minnesota Department of Health is warning people to avoid blue-green algae in lakes, streams, and ponds. This algae can cause illness to humans and has killed many dogs. Blue-green algal blooms were reported in lakes across the state last summer. Two people got sick, and many dogs died after exposure to the algae. These blooms usually start in June, but spring has been warm this year, so the growth may have already begun.”
Will the great karmic wheel turn on this guy? In the PiPress, Tory Cooney writes, “When Shelly Bartlett opened her Mankato salon, organic market and deli, she didn’t limit her customer base, she said. She made sure INdiGO Organic’s seating was mobile, ordered specialty massage tables, and personally measured signs and hand rails so people will disabilities could comfortably visit her business. … That’s why why Bartlett was so surprised to be sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for what seemed to her to be minor, technical problems. But she felt forced to settle the case for a few thousand dollars to avoid the cost of a lawsuit. She’s not alone. … lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton approved a law largely designed to curtail the tactics of one man: Minneapolis attorney Paul Hansmeier. He has filed more than 160 cases in state and federal courts over the past three years.”
Similarly, John Reinan in the Strib reports: “David Ketroser has a medical degree, a law degree and a habit of suing people. In recent months, Ketroser … has filed nearly 100 lawsuits in Minneapolis and the west metro suburbs, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. … They say he scouts businesses from his car, spots violations of handicapped parking rules, and sues them without even trying to go inside. Then he asks the businesses to fix their violations and pay him $2,000 for his time and trouble.”
In the PiPress, Kristi Belcamino has this on the death of Ron Rosenbaum, “Prominent Twin Cities attorney and longtime radio host Ron Rosenbaum died Sunday from an aggressive form of cancer, his wife announced via a Facebook post. He was 68. … In the 1970s, Ron Rosenbaum, who had a master’s degree in education from Brown University, was part of a group of educators in Minnesota appointed by Federal Judge Wendell Garrity Jr. to take over a Boston school in a major battle over desegregation busing. … While he was on the East Coast, Rosenbaum attended law school at Northeastern University, wrote for the Boston Globe and took part in a public television show, which kicked off what would be a long career and interest in law, radio and journalism back in Minnesota.”
The “Terror Trial” is winding down. Says the AP, “Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of three Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Twenty-two-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 22-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah and 21-year-old Guled Ali Omar have pleaded not guilty to multiple counts, including conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States, which carries a possible life sentence.”
Hundreds dead. Says Kelly Smith in the Strib, “Boaters flocking to one west-metro lake on the busy holiday weekend found hundreds of dead pan fish washing ashore. An estimated 500 to 1,000 dead crappies were reported at the boat access on Lake Independence in Maple Plain over the long Memorial Day weekend. And while fisheries experts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will investigate the issue on Tuesday, DNR leaders say boaters shouldn’t be alarmed. ‘Every spring we get this’, said DNR Lt. Jackie Glaser, who supervises conservation officers who patrol west-metro lakes. ‘We’re not concerned at this point.’” Not even with the smell?
Says Randy Furst in the Strib, “A female suspect was being questioned by St. Paul police Monday for allegedly throwing a flammable liquid on another woman, then setting her on fire. The victim was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where her injuries ‘do not appear to be life-threatening,’ said Sgt. Mike Ernster. Ernster said he did not have the ages of either woman, did not know their relationship, and did not yet have an explanation as to the circumstances that led to the alleged assault.”
Their end of the deal is literally under water. Jennifer Brooks of the Strib says, “A Minnesota watershed district on the wrong side of a proposed flood control dam has walked away from the board that oversees the $2 billion project. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District voted overwhelmingly last week to cut ties with a massive Army Corps of Engineers project that would protect Fargo from flooding by sending some of that water spilling into its watershed, farms and fields instead. … For some of his fellow board members, [said Gerald Van Amburg], signing off on the joint powers agreement would be like approving the project itself — like volunteering to be flooded so Fargo could stay dry.”
Good piece from Louie St. George in the Duluth News Tribune over the long weekend. The topic? “Overinvolved parents” and kid sports. “More and more high school coaches are encountering over-involved parents who use their influence to manipulate their children’s teams. This spring alone, there have been several rancorous separations involving coaches across the state who have cited meddlesome parents and unhealthy working environments as reasons for their resignations. Bailey recalled a conversation he had with an athletic director at another school, who said the only way he’d return to coaching is if it was at an orphanage.” You know you know at least a couple parents like that.
That law suit by conservative attorney Larry Klayman against City Pages seems to have finally died, at long, long last. Says Sally Jo Sorensen on her Bluestem Prairie blog: “In early April 2015, we reported that ‘Court grants summary judgment for the defendants in Klayman v. City Pages et al.’ Now the 11th Circuit of the United State Court of Appeals has affirmed that summary judgment, according to the unpublished decision posted online on Friday at Larry Klayman v. City Pages, et al. … Conservative lawyer and Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman sued local artist and former blogger Ken Avidor, former City Pages Blotter shepherd Aaron Rupar, City Pages and the et als for defamation in 2013. As the Pioneer Press first reported in ‘Florida-based lawyer sues City Pages for defamation‘: A Florida lawyer has hit City Pages with a $1.4 million defamation lawsuit for a story last fall that said the lawyer inappropriately touched his children.”