Boy, I’m glad they got this settled. Stribber Rochelle Olson reports, “The Vikings have smacked down Wells Fargo in a dispute over ‘photo-bombing’ signs near the new U.S. Bank Stadium. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank told Wells Fargo on Thursday to remove illuminated, elevated signs from the rooftops of two 17-story office towers near the Vikings’ new home in downtown Minneapolis. … Frank found that Wells Fargo ‘likely believed’ that its signs violated a two-year agreement with the team … .”
He may not stay long. The AP story on the Wolves’ first round draft pick says, “The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall draft pick Thursday night. Whether he remains in Minnesota remains to be seen. The Wolves were engaged in several trade discussions with teams who were eager to get the defensive stopper. The Philadelphia 76ers offered the Timberwolves Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington and the Nos. 24 and 26 picks for Dunn, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. … .”
In the Strib, Jim Souhan says, “According to the best NBA reporters, the Timberwolves and Bulls discussed deals that could bring Butler to the Wolves. If the Bulls decided to strip down and rebuild from scratch, trading Butler for Dunn would make some sense. The sticking point would be what else the Timberwolves would be forced to include. Andrew Wiggins? Too much. Shabazz Muhammad? Too little. Zach LaVine? That would warm up the talks, but trading a player of LaVine’s immense talent and rapid growth would be frightening for a franchise that wants to be great for a long time.”
Bad news for white supremacists. Another AP story says, “New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows most of the most recent population growth in Minnesota comes from people of color. While 4.4 million of Minnesota’s 5.2 million residents are white, figures show 87 percent of population growth last year came from people who are African-American, Asian, American Indian or Hispanic.”
I don’t know about “a lot more.” In the Strib, Adam Belz writes, “Income in Minnesota is growing more slowly than the U.S. average because of declines in farm income that are a drag on the entire Midwest, but the typical Minnesotan still makes a lot more money than the average American. … At $51,385, Minnesota’s per capita income is higher than that of all its neighbors except North Dakota, at $52,653. But in North Dakota, personal income declined year over year in the first quarter by 2.8 percent, and it has fallen for six straight quarters.”
Meanwhile, CNN has this. “Even the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history won’t be enough to break the grip of the gun lobby and partisanship to produce meaningful changes in gun laws, Sen. Al Franken predicts. … Franken said he is reserving judgment on a compromise proposal by Republican Sen. Susan Collins, narrower in scope than Democratic proposals offered earlier in the week, which would prevent people on no-fly lists from obtaining guns. He said such a law, without a companion effort to plug loopholes that would allow suspected terrorists to buy guns without a background check through other means, could prove ineffective.”
I’m guessing the answer to this will be, “No.” Jennifer Mayerle of WCCO-TV says, “The family of a Minnesota mother who disappeared faces another emotional hurdle. Addie Jensen, 25, vanished last fall. Her ex-boyfriend would later admit to dismembering her in Minneapolis, but investigators never proved that Josh Dow killed her. Now, he wants joint custody of the couple’s three-year-old daughter. Jensen’s family shared their anguish, and what they’d like to see happen to their granddaughter.”
Suitable transportation for the next Vikings play-off game. City Pages’ Mike Mullen says, “The vehicle you’re looking at here is described as a ‘van’ more than once in a Craigslist posting that appeared last week. Why the current owner chose this word is unclear. This is not a van. Nor is it merely a ‘1986 Ford Econoline with a 460 engine.’ This is an ambulance. An ambulance painted in honor of the Minnesota Vikings, with the horn logo, a ‘SKOL VIKES’ detail on the passenger side door, and ‘BERSERKERS’ written on both the hood and the back doors.” And how how about “Wide Left” on the rear doors?
In the trial of Bill Davis’ son, Jordan, MPR’s Brandt Williams writes, “Jordan Davis was paid nearly $35,000 a year as a salaried employee at the ice cream shop run by his father’s nonprofit. However, in testimony at his conspiracy trial on Thursday, questions arose about how much work Davis did to earn his salary. … Bonnie Johnson, a 30-year employee of Community Action of Minneapolis who worked in payroll, testified on Thursday that she wondered why the group issued paychecks to two managers at the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. However, she said she felt too intimidated by then-CEO Bill Davis to ask why.”
Just print a list of the streets that are open. It’ll be so much shorter. In the PiPress, Frederick Melo reports, “As highway ramp closures go, this one could get complicated. The entrance ramps from Dale Street to both eastbound and westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul will close at 8 p.m. Sunday and reopen in early November. The exit ramps from I-94 to Dale Street will remain open. During the closure, motorists should follow detours using Lexington Parkway and Marion Street entrance ramps to I-94.” In other words: Take the Slauson cut-off.