Nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism. Supported by readers.


Duluth parents to sue school district over son’s suicide

Plus: Lawmaker wants to pass anti-Dayton resolution during special session; corn sweat explained; Lake Elmo $13M short in revenue; and more.

Lincoln Park Middle School

A bullying lawsuit. The Star Tribune’s Beena Raghavendran reports: “Todd Seehus’ 13-year-old son died by suicide in February 2015 after kids called him ‘freak’ and shoved him into lockers at Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth, a federal lawsuit alleges. Now, Seehus is suing the Duluth School District for failing to curb the bullying that he says prompted his son’s death. … The suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court says the district, the school board, and former and current administrators at Lincoln Park Middle School didn’t address the bullying of his son, Tristan Seehus. The district’s lack of response amounted to discrimination against Tristan because of his perceived sexual orientation or gender expression, according to the suit.”

Dayton will definitely agree to a special session in order to get this important work done. MPR’s Tim Pugmire writes: “ With a potential special legislative session in the works for next month, one Republican legislator wants to use the occasion to make a statement. …State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is planning to introduce a resolution that expresses support for law enforcement officers for the risks they take to keep Minnesotans safe. His proposed resolution also denounces DFL Gov. Mark Dayton for comments he made about the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile.”

Why’s it so muggy? It’s the corn’s fault. The Washington Post’s Angela Fritz explains the gross-sounding phenomenon of “corn sweat”: “Let’s just do this. Is corn sweat the cause of the coming heat wave? Definitely not. At most, it could make it more uncomfortable for some places. … ‘Corn sweat’ is an extremely simple way of referring to evapotranspiration, the process by which moisture in plant leaves evaporates into the air. Plants draw water out of the ground through their roots for photosynthesis, and the water in the plant cells is exposed to the air once it gets above the ground. It evaporates off the leaves just as sweat evaporates off our skin — although it doesn’t take place to keep the plant cool, like it does for us.”

And uh, yeah, in case you haven’t heard, it’s going to be hot: “NWS Issues Excessive Heat Warning In Minnesota” [WCCO]

Article continues after advertisement

We fully expect the Lake Elmo City Council to resolve this in a mature and responsible manner. The Pioneer Press’ Bob Shaw reports: “An audit has found a $13 million shortfall in Lake Elmo’s revenue — confirming charges made by council member Justin Bloyer. … Bloyer was censured — twice — by the city council for pointing out the mistake and accused of embarrassing the city finance director. But a company hired to recheck the numbers has found a discrepancy of $13 million — which is even more than the $11 million error that Bloyer originally spotted.

In other news…

This is why you should save all your mail: “Handwritten letter from Paul McCartney to Prince sells for nearly $15K at auction” [Star Tribune]

Analysis finds racial disparities in arrests throughout Twin Cities [Star Tribune]

Things we learn: Drinkware theft is a big problem for bars and restaurants, apparently [Pioneer Press]

Wait wait wait — part of the reason we put up with these awful winters is so that we don’t have to deal with this kind of thing: “Brainerd Lakes authorities: Stay away from alligators” [MPR]

Minneapolitans will eat this up: “Izzy’s to honor Dessa with new flavor, charitable/boozy ice cream social” [City Pages]