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Judge seals potential Prince heirs’ claims

PLUS: Mayo sees significant increase in Parkinson’s disease; Minneapolis co-ops consider merger; Cleveland title highlights Minnesota’s championship drought; and more. 

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Sealed. Says Dan Browning in the Strib, “A judge overseeing Prince’s mammoth estate ordered Monday that the affidavits from people claiming to be his heirs — and the special administrator’s responses to them — be sealed until further notice. … At least one potential heir — an 11-year-old girl — and her mother have asked that the hearing be closed to the public on all matters related to heirship.”

Something else to worry about. The MPR story says, “If it feels like you’ve been encountering more people with Parkinson’s disease, it may not be an illusion. The incidence of Parkinson’s disease rose significantly from 1976 to 2005 and the trend was worse for men 70 and older, Mayo Clinic researchers reported Monday in a study they said was the first to suggest such an increasing trend. Researchers examined the medical records of anyone in Olmsted County, Minn., who received at least one of the diagnoses related to parkinsonism, a catch-all term that identifies slowness of movement and at least one other symptom such as a tremor while at rest, muscle rigidity or a tendency to fall.”

Thanks, Cleveland. (And sorry Lynx, we’re talking boys here.) In the Strib Michael Rand points out (as though many of us weren’t aware), “Cleveland’s seven-game NBA Finals triumph over Golden State was filled with enough story lines for a book. … Now that Cleveland has won a championship, the market that is on the hook as having the longest drought is none other than Minneapolis-St. Paul.” But for our $500 million contribution to the Wilfs and the NFL we are guaranteed of winning the Super Bowl, right?

The AP says, “A judge set bail at $1.5 million Monday for a religious sect leader who’s charged with sexually abusing girls at a secluded compound in rural Minnesota. Victor Barnard, 54, made his first state court appearance since his extradition from Brazil. U.S. marshals delivered him to the Pine County Jail on Saturday. … Judge James Router set bail at $1.5 million with conditions including Barnard’s having no contact with the two women he allegedly abused starting when they were girls, surrendering his passport and being monitored by GPS. Barnard could also go free with no conditions if he posts $3 million.”

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Not guilty. John Myers for the Forum News Service says, “Catholic Priest Brian Lederer was found not guilty Monday of all six charges against him of inappropriately touching young girls. … Lederer, 30, the former priest at Blessed Sacrament Parish and Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing, was charged in May, 2015 with four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.”

The woman is a fishing machine. reports, “A woman from the Valley is among two people to set a state fishing record under Minnesota’s new catch-and-release record program. The DNR says the anglers had a big day May 8, on different rivers, when they reeled in, measured, photographed and released huge fish — leading both to set the first catch-and-release records in an expanded Minnesota state record fish program. Cindy Pawlowski of Frazee caught and released the record lake sturgeon on the Rainy River in Koochiching County. The fish was 62 7/8 inches long with a 29-inch girth, and took a gob of night crawlers at 7 a.m.” That’s pretty early to swallow a gob.

Why do they hate the troops? The Strib editorializes, “As frustrated seekers of state tax relief know only too well, a bill that would have provided tax savings for several categories of deserving Minnesotans was found to contain a drafting error and felled by Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto earlier this month. … But one group of persistent pleaders for special tax treatment is already sitting pretty. An exemption from state income taxation for all military pension income — regardless of a tax filer’s age or other income — made it into law in the omnibus spending bill Dayton signed June 1. Some 18,000 Minnesota recipients of military retirement pay, some with total incomes well into six figures, will receive a tax break estimated to average $2,500 per filer a year.”

I think the hippie days are really over now. Says Rick Nelson in the Strib, “Is bigger better? That’s the question facing three Minneapolis natural foods co-ops. After months of study, the boards of Wedge Community Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op and Eastside Food Co-op are asking their members/owners to consider a proposal for the neighborhood grocery stores to merge into a single organization that would have more than 32,000 members and $75 million in sales.”

Heh. Cory Zurowski at City Pages lays into Minnesota congressmen lapping up NRA money. “‘Our hearts are filled with grief after the horrific tragedy in Orlando’, wrote [Rep. Erik] Paulsen.  ‘[My wife] Vicky and I extend our prayers to families of victims of terrorist attack in Orlando,’ added [Rep. John] Kline.  Left missing from their heartfelt announcements: They’ve padded their political fortunes by taking generously from the National Rifle Association. Kline has taken in excess of $40,000 from the NRA. Paulsen, whose district includes Edina, Plymouth, and Wayzata, has pocketed nearly $20,000.” Both observed a moment of silence, I assume.

Speaking of the cream of the Congressional crop. The Chicago Tribune story by Christy Gutowski says, “When Dennis Hastert served as the nation’s longest-reigning Republican U.S. House speaker, he had a secure phone to the White House and could look upon the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial from the balcony of his posh Capitol office. But, when the disgraced Illinois politician surrenders this week at a federal prison hospital in Minnesota, a life that began from humble beginnings while working on the back of a feed truck amid Midwestern farmland will once again take a dramatic, unexpected turn. Hastert must surrender by Wednesday afternoon to begin serving a 15-month sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, a 64-acre secured facility that was once home to former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, television evangelist Jim Bakker and perennial fringe presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche.”

Can we get a couple for Harriet, Calhoun and Nokomis? Mathias Baden of the Grand Forks Herald writes, “A pond in Woodbury has received a boost to its ecosystem with three floating wetland islands anchored into its waters. The Biohaven floating wetlands provide water filtration and cleaning functions the same as natural floating bogs. The plant roots and poly material grow microbes to break down pollutants, like phosphates and nitrates, that cause serious odor and algae issues. Microbes and algae use phosphates and nitrates as food to make proteins and other biological molecules, such as DNA, that are an integral part of the cell … .”

Dude, you might be short a couple zeroes. Becky Jacobs at the Grand Forks Herald reports, “A Colorado man is facing a bribery charge after trying to avoid arrest by offering an officer $40 and telling the officer to be like his former police-chief grandfather and have some ‘discretion,’ according to a criminal complaint. Shawn Pierre Belland, of Centennial, Co., made his first appearance on the felony Monday afternoon in Pennington County District Court… . Police stopped the 27-year-old shortly after midnight Friday in the 600 block of Main Avenue in Thief River Falls after he matched the description from a call reporting a man dressed in white shorts, white shoes and a white hat jumping on a car. Belland admitted he had been drinking, which was a violation of his parole that had recently been transferred from Colorado to Minnesota, the criminal complaint said. He also told officers that he wasn’t jumping on a car, but he had been trying to buy a car from someone, who sold it to someone else instead.”