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Dayton to name new state Supreme Court justice

Plus: finalists chosen for new Minnesota license plate design; study reveals low-income drivers pay more for insurance; former Viking Hershel Walker says he’s been shunned for supporting Trump; and more.

Gov. Mark Dayton
MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach

A new justice. The Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery writes: “Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his choice for an upcoming vacancy on the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. Justice Christopher Dietzen, a 2008 appointee by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, said earlier this year that he would leave the court on Aug. 31. Dayton will likely choose from a shortlist of three finalists: Court of Appeals Judge Edward Cleary, St. Louis County District Judge James Florey and Hennepin County District Judge Anne McKeig.”

Personally, I’m sticking with the moose. In the Duluth News Tribune, John Myers lays out the deets on your next possible license plate. “Voting started today for a new Minnesota license plate that will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the state park system. Three finalists were picked from more than 60 entrants by a panel of judges for the Department of Natural Resources. The finalists depict the famous rock-hopping crossing point at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park; a scene featuring campers in a tent in a forest; and an iconic, up-north scene of a dock, pine tree and canoe.”

They’ve done the math, and it works for shareholders. Jennifer Bjorhus of the Strib says, “It doesn’t matter if you have a perfect driving record. If you’re poor, you’ll pay significantly more for basic car insurance, a consumer advocacy group said Monday. … One of the greatest disparities popped up in Minneapolis, one of 15 cities where insurance quotes were analyzed. GEICO charged a lower-income female in Minneapolis 300 percent more than a similar female driver with a higher socioeconomic status, the group said.”

First the Waldorf-Astoria, and now this. At ESPN, Brian Windhorst says, “Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has sold shares in the team — including to the NBA’s first Chinese minority owner — in a deal that will enable Taylor to remain the franchise’s controlling owner into the future, sources told … Last week Taylor closed a deal to bring in Lizhang Jiang, a Shanghai-based businessman. …Lanxiong Sports of China reported that Jiang purchased 5 percent of the Wolves and 5 percent of the Minnesota Lynx. In addition, Taylor has sold a share of the team to Meyer Orbach, a New York-based real estate magnate.”

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It’s not just your garden that’s looking good. The Strib’s Tom Meersman says, “Minnesota seems headed for another successful year of corn and soybean yields. Federal officials reported Monday that the state’s corn crop condition was rated as 62 percent good and 19 percent excellent, and soybeans were 75 percent good or excellent.”

We’re big in Croatia. Tim Pugmire at MPR says, “Gov. Mark Dayton is traveling  to Croatia this week to celebrate the 20-year relationship between that country and the Minnesota National Guard. Dayton will lead a state delegation of more than 40 people, including military and civilian representatives. The itinerary includes visits to a school and military facilities, as well as meetings with top government leaders. He’s scheduled to return July 3. The partnership between Minnesota and Croatia began in 1996, when the Minnesota National Guard began training military personnel in the newly-independent country.”

This is very New York-like. Says Eric Roper in the Strib, “Local developer Solhem Companies has proposed erecting a seven-story apartment building on a site now occupied by a 120-stall parking lot on 1st Street N. Highlighting the potential that the Acme Comedy Company might move or close as a result, a petition opposing the project attracted more than 5,800 signatures — including a ‘SAVE ACME!’ tweet from comedian Marc Maron.”

At the Jordan Davis trial, Brandt Williams of MPR writes, “Jordan Davis, accused of conspiring with his father to misuse taxpayer money from Community Action Minneapolis, testified Monday in federal court on his own behalf. Davis denied allegations that his $34,000 a year position at the Ben & Jerry’s run by CAM — the nonprofit run by his father Bill Davis — was a ‘no-show’ job. He said he served as a consultant available on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies and do technical support. Davis said he did all this while being employed full time as a Minneapolis police officer.” Jordan, we’re out of Sea Salt Caramel and Cherry Garcia. Get some, STAT.

In the PiPress, Frederick Melo reports, “Eartha Borer Bell had planned to deliver fresh-grown veggies from her nonprofit, Frogtown Farm, to a St. Paul neighborhood food pantry down the road on a regular basis. Bell also planned educational activities, such as healthy cooking demonstrations. Then, with no warning to her organization, the Sharing Korner food pantry closed June 17 and the arrangement was called off. … The food pantry’s sudden closure after 24 years caught neighborhood clients off guard and surprised nonprofits in the area, including shelters and food pantries in other parts of the city that have offered to help fill the void through the end of summer.”

The latest from the Florida of the Midwest. The AP says, “Manitowoc County … sheriff’s officials say a large snake that attacked a poodle is on the loose in Mishicot. Deputies were called to an apartment about 2 a.m. Monday by the tenants who say their 4-foot-long pet ball python was biting their dog’s ear and coiling around it. The ball python isn’t venomous and kills its prey by wrapping around it and crushing it. A tenant threw the snake out of the window to a balcony, and the snake hasn’t been seen since.” If that snake is found in a dumpster full of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles, I’m retiring from making Wisconsin jokes.

So I guess Herschel isn’t going to be invited to speak at “Winners’ Night” in Cleveland? The AP says, “Former Minnesota Viking and retired NFL player Herschel Walker says he’s being dropped from speaking engagements because of his relationship with Donald Trump. … Walker said the presumptive Republican nominee is not racist. Walker told TMZ Sports ‘just because you build a wall, doesn’t mean you’re a racist.’” Nobody traded half a team for his political thinking.