Perhaps a trend. In the Star Tribune, Jessie Van Berkel says, “After a St. Anthony police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, the calls to Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell started rolling in. … Two weeks later, the suburban community is creating a citizen work group to review police use-of-force policies and training. It joins a relatively small but growing number of Minnesota cities with citizen oversight groups.”
Wrong place, wrong time. KMSP-TV reports, “A young woman fatally shot outside of a bar in Atlanta early Saturday has been identified as Taylor Hayden, the sister of Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden. … According to law enforcement officials, Taylor Hayden, 25, was caught in the crossfire in a parking lot outside of Anchor Down Grille and Lounge. Police said she was found shot in the arm and side, and was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where she later died.”
So it’s true, we can blame the corn. The AP says, “A local researcher says much of the sticky, humid weather that hovers over Minnesota in the summer could be attributed to the state’s abundant corn crops.University of Minnesota biometeorologist Tim Griffis has studied moisture in the air for more than a decade. He told Minnesota Public Radio News that his research shows that more than 60 percent of local air moisture comes from farm fields — and corn is likely the largest contributor.” We’ve really got to pave those fields over.
The Summit Avenue detour is back. In the PiPress, Kristi BelCamino writes, “Protesters took the street in front of the Governor’s Residence again Sunday night, shutting down Summit Avenue traffic at 5 p.m. and saying they had no plans to leave anytime soon. It was the latest shutdown by protesters camped in front of Gov. Mark Dayton’s gated residence in response to the July 6 shooting death of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer making a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.”
From ABC News Radio we have this (truly) heart-warming story about a woman using Facebook to find her birth mother. “It wasn’t until Kate-Madonna Hindes’ second brush with cancer that made her finally finish the paperwork needed to find her birth mother. … Three years after starting her paperwork, Hindes finally completed it six months ago. Because of ‘a lot of internal staff changes’ at Children’s Home + Aid in Illinois she didn’t hear back from them until last month. ‘I received a call June 15 and they said, ‘Kate, are you sitting down?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and they said, ‘We found your file. Not only do we have a picture, we have a letter from her as well. The social media and public relations’ strategist said it took her only 12 minutes to decide to create a graphic, using her birth mother’s photo, and turn to Facebook for help.’”
I don’t care how hot it is, the snowblower is gassed and ready to go. Brian Donegan at The Weather Channel writes, “On Wednesday, a tweet from Mark Westpfahl got the entire weather community thinking: just how much have Minnesota’s temperatures swung from January’s polar vortex to the heat wave of July? Subzero wind chills back in January have now been replaced by heat index values over 100 degrees in parts of Minnesota, making ‘feels like’ temperatures nearly 150 degrees warmer. … it is interesting to see the “feels like” temperature extremes that Minnesotans and other parts of the Upper Midwest deal with each year.”
This from Ely, via John Enger at MPR, “The resort industry of Ely, Minn., is struggling to accommodate vacationers in the wake of a storm that left two dead in canoe country and thousands without power across the state. At least one of the largest resorts in the area — Camp Van Vac, on the shores of Burntside Lake — had to close after the storm knocked down trees and disrupted power, said Ely Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cherie Sonsalla. Calls to the camp went unanswered, as phone connections in the area are still unreliable.”
Also storm related: Lisa Kaczke in the Duluth News Tribune writes, “A 729-foot freighter was making its way through the Duluth ship canal when the winds began to howl early Thursday. As the strong straight-line winds began to quickly turn the Algoma Guardian sideways in the canal, Capt. Monford Organ’s main concern was getting the freighter into the Duluth Harbor Basin without any damage. … With the Aerial Lift Bridge up to allow for the Algoma Guardian’s entry at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, bridge operator Mark Nyman realized there was nothing he could do except wait it out at the top of the span while the wind sounded like a freight train around him. ‘I kind of wondered if the bridge would actually hold and it did. … It was a little spooky and she was shaking really good, more so than I’ve ever felt it shake.’”
At MPR, Bob Collins has video.
There has to be a line in the sand on this one. Steve Brandt in the Strib reports, “Opponents of razing the East Lake Street home of the Minneapolis company that made Burma Shave shaving products and their renowned roadside-jingle signs sought to win public support at Sunday’s Open Streets East Lake Street event. … Minneapolis Public Schools now owns the building and the adjoining half block and applied in July to demolish the building.”
Bank on it. Mark Inabinett at AL.com in Alabama has this: “The Vikings think they can do better than that in 2016, Minnesota cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. ‘The sky’s the limit for this team,’ Munnerlyn said on Saturday, when he held his seventh annual free youth football camp at Murphy High School, his alma mater in Mobile. ‘We’ve got a great defense, great offense, great running back and a great head coach. He feels like defense wins championship. We’re going to go out there, we’re going to work hard in training camp and I really, truly believe this is the year we can make a run to the Super Bowl.’” If it weren’t for that pesky part about playing the games … .
And the chances of this happening in media? Jackie Crosby of the Strib says, “Mentorship is getting turned on its head in today’s multigenerational workplace. … In boardrooms across Minnesota and the nation, ‘reverse mentoring’ is taking root as baby boomer leaders seek out millennials to help them understand the latest in technology, social media and the fast-changing marketplace. … Boomer bosses also want to hang on to these younger workers, whose sense of work-life balance and loyalty don’t match up with their own.” Because … they listened to their boomer parents talking about life at the office?
Finally, what does Steven Hayward at Power Line have to say about the Roger Ailes/Fox News/sexual harassment story? “About the specific allegations of sexual harassment against Ailes that are the proximate cause of his downfall, I have no idea. … It’s as though Fox News merged with the Cheesecake Factory, and I’m not talking dessert here. Well, they certainly have that formula down. Not that I’m complaining, but I do think it raises the problem of a double standard. Does Gretchen Carlson really think she’d have made it as far as she did in TV news if she had been a plain looking man? … No, they shouldn’t get hit on in the workplace, by a powerful boss or anyone else. But c’mon. Let’s not pretend that you can trade on your looks for professional advancement without any problems of this kind. It’s like being shocked that there are naked people in the jacuzzi at the Playboy mansion.” Now I’ve got this picture in my head of Roger Ailes in a hot tub. Who’s got a loofah?