Suspects connected to death of Buffalo woman arrested near Canadian border

Five captured. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “A woman found barely alive last week at a Wright County park has died, and four arrests were made Sunday morning near the Canadian border during an operation involving numerous agencies and snipers, authorities said Sunday. Justin M. Jensen, 28, of Maple Lake, was booked into the Koochiching County jail on a drug possession allegation, according to the jail log. … Jensen and the others were among the four murder suspects arrested at a home west of Pelland Junction, just south of the U.S.-Canadian border, according to the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office.”

Still confused about this bingo hall business that has the Governor threatening a veto? Here’s David Montgomery in the PiPress, “Chris Shorba spent years trying to get the Minnesota Legislature to pass a tax break for charitable bingo halls like St. Cloud’s Bingo Emporium. This year lawmakers finally did. That’s where everything went wrong. The problem wasn’t in the tax break itself, which would let the state’s handful of nonprofit bingo halls pay a 9 percent tax instead of 36 percent. It was in a single word in the definition of a bingo hall: an ‘or’ instead of an ‘and’ that opened the door for bingo outfits around the state to get the tax break intended for the just dedicated bingo halls.”

Yeah, still a ways to go. Adam Belz of the Strib says, “For about a year, Comcast has renewed efforts to improve its poor reputation. The firm’s regional managers in St. Paul threw an event last month to draw attention to their work. But both data and anecdotal evidence show the company is in a deep hole. Comcast ranks 97th out of 100 firms in a ranking of the reputations of the most visible companies in America by the Harris Poll. That’s just ahead of oil-spilling BP, Dick Cheney-connected Halliburton and emissions-cheating Volkswagen.”

Inevitably, a Minnesota connection to Muhammed Ali. At WCCO-TV Susan Elizabeth-Littlefield reports, “It was the late 1960s, the height of the civil rights movement and a freshman at the University of Minnesota caught the attention of the great Muhammad Ali. Hattie Webb has a plaque with a photo to mark the days that mark her life. ‘We conducted a sit-in and we literally shut Morrill Hall down which shuts down the University of Minnesota,’ Webb said. … His boxing privileges were revoked after he refused to go to Vietnam, the war her only brother was fighting. ‘He asked if he could come here and talk to us and we were so excited.’  Webb says. ‘It was a very powerful speech. It was about civil rights.’ Serious but humorous, she said, humor he’d shown in other speeches. After his speech at the U, he had more to say to Hattie.” 

Tell you what Ricky, you just work on your shooting percentage. From ESPN we have this: “In an interview with Catalunya Radio from Spain, Rubio said that next season could be his last one with the Timberwolves if the team doesn’t make it to the postseason. ‘When I arrived to Minnesota, my hope was to break the seven years’ streak without [a] presence in [the] playoffs. I still have that hope, but it’s very tough mentally when year after year that goal is not met,’ Rubio said. ‘Next season will be crucial for me. I’ve been in the NBA for five years, and six years without playoffs would be a long time. At 26, I’d have to start thinking about teams that can get to the playoffs and win in the Finals.’”

There are some in Wisconsin who admire what we’re doing here, in our oppressive job-killing hyper-tax state. In the Wisconsin State Journal, Dean Mosiman and Doug Erickson say,Minnesota, which like Wisconsin has a significant homelessness challenge, is a contrast in advocacy, approach and funding. … While the number of homeless people in Wisconsin remained unchanged from 2014 to 2015, Minnesota’s number fell 9.9 percent, according to an annual count required by the federal government. While Minnesota’s rate of homelessness per capita is higher than those of Wisconsin and other Midwestern neighbors, [policy director Dan] Kitzberger said that’s because it has more resources and thus identifies more homeless people.”

The Glean

My expense account lunch is ruined. Tribune News Services say, “A Minnesota bakery is recalling about 873 pounds of meat pies that were not federally inspected. The pies were made by Solomon Snacks and Bakery of New Brighton and were shipped to retailers in Illinois and Minnesota. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday the pies also were misbranded and contained undeclared allergens such as eggs, milk and wheat.”

Protecting and serving. Via KMSP-TV: “Minnesota Trooper Christopher Daas has been charged with DWI for driving while impaired and for refusing to take a chemical test, according to the criminal complaint from Anoka County. Daas was arrested for driving while impaired by Fridley Police around 3:05 a.m. on Thursday June 2. … Police noted that Daas’ breath smelled strongly of alcohol and he also had watery, bloodshot eyes. When the officer Daas how much he had to drink, Daas said ‘too much’. Daas refused to take field sobriety tests or a breath test. Since he refused a test, no BAC was released.”

She’s afloat! For The Navy Times, David Larter says: “The new attack submarine Minnesota finally returned to the fleet in late May, fully repaired from a mysterious problem that bedeviled the sub and stretched its overhaul to two years. Minnesota was commissioned in September 2013 and, after a shakedown cruise, it was slated to spend less than a year in its post-shakedown availability at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and join the fleet in February 2015. Then came a baffling series of setbacks. … Exposure limits near the reactor and an ensuing federal investigation stretched the overhaul to 27 months at a time while the fleet needed more attack boats, like the state-of-the-art Minnesota, to carry out missions around the world. That limbo finally ended on May 27 … .”

But the Canadian St. Cloud, right? At MPR, Tracy Mumford tells us, “In its first two seasons, the television show ‘Fargo’ brought its Midwestern crime tales to Bemidji, Duluth and Luverne, Minn. It also hopscotched over to the Dakotas — North and South — racking up body counts in Fargo and Sioux Falls. Now, season three is likely heading to St. Cloud. ‘I think we’re going to be in St. Cloud this year.’ Noah Hawley, the show’s creator, told the Aw Jeez podcast. ‘And we’re going to do a little Eden Valley — for reasons that will become apparent later on.’ … Despite its St. Cloud setting, the third season will be shot up north in Calgary, Canada.”

He admits he was wrong. For The Motley Fool, Nick Rossolillo says, “I’ve written recently about my doubts that Best Buy’s (NYSE:BBY) strategy to grow online sales would work. But the retail giant proved me wrong in its latest quarter. Domestic Internet sales grew 24 percent compared to the year-ago period. … Best Buy has not only kept pace with the shift to online sales, but it’s been slightly outpacing its largest rival, Amazon. The new store apps and features have been helping close more sales for the company on its digital channels.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 06/06/2016 - 08:49 am.

    Wired in Minneapolis

    So Comcast came in just ahead of three companies with which most people have little to no relationship.
    Pretty difficult for a company to improve market perception through better service and support when those are fundamental consumer expectations. Econ professors routinely caution that a company needs no overwhelming market share to act with monopoly dysfunction.

    And the Feds broke up the Bell System, a regulated monopoly that did work very well for its customers and for its employees, especially.

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