For the Strib, Liz Sawyer says, “Hundreds of educators joined community activists in a march and rally Tuesday afternoon in Minneapolis to protest the death of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot July 6 by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop. Union members from the Minneapolis and St. Paul Federation of Teachers, as well as other union educators from around the nation, gathered at the Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, then marched to U.S. Bank headquarters at 800 Nicollet Mall, where they sat down on 8th Street in protest of bank policies they say hurt education and minority Americans.”
Ha! Strib cartoonist Steve Sack outdoes his normally excellent self with a shot at “Your Next First Lady” borrowing liberally from other, more gifted orators.
Live! From Cleveland! Ricardo Lopez and Patrick Condon of the Strib say, “Minnesota Republicans, staying in a Holiday Inn that’s nonetheless under watch by a group of local police officers, hope Trump can leverage voters’ desire for law and order into ballot box mojo. ‘We are in dire need in this country of a really strong leader, and I think Donald Trump can be that for us,’ said Becky Hall, a delegate from Duluth. ‘A lot of Americans are very worried about our own security here, and I think they find comfort in seeing him as strong on national security.’”
From the Forum News Service, “Another case of Zika virus has been confirmed in a North Dakota resident, the third such instance of the mosquito-spread illness, the state Department of Health said. Zika was found in a man who had traveled to Costa Rica. He was not hospitalized for the illness, the department said. Earlier this year, a woman who recently traveled to Jamaica tested positive for the virus, and the first case found in the state was confirmed in April, when a pregnant woman who had traveled to Puerto Rico tested positive. The baby has since been born and did not have the rare neurological condition that causes babies to have smaller-than-normal heads and incomplete brain development.” Still, it’s no reason not to panic.
The Koch brothers giveth. At Midwest Energy News, Frank Jossi says, “A new project in Minnesota would bring combined heat and power generation and add new technology to capture sulfur at one of the Midwest’s largest oil refineries. Owned and operated by Flint Hills Resources, the $150 million, nearly 50-megawatt project may begin later this year and is expected to allow the company to more efficiently run its Pine Bend facility while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Another $150 million will be spent to reduce emissions in order to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for removing sulfur from gasoline. The sulfur will become a liquid fertilizer known as ammonium thiosulfate, or ATS.”
Louie St. George at The Forum says, “Bob Wagner wastes little time when asked what could entice a 91-year-old to pedal his 35-pound Trek 2700 road bike 420 miles across Iowa in the dead of summer. ‘Use it or lose it,’ Wagner said last Thursday afternoon from his cluttered, cozy apartment. … Wagner will need all the physical fitness he can muster as he embarks on the 44th RAGBRAI, an annual bike ride across the Hawkeye State that was hatched by a pair of Des Moines Register reporters in 1973. This year’s trek begins Sunday in Glenwood and concludes July 30 in Muscatine. The 420-mile route across southern Iowa’s rolling hills is the third-shortest in event history.”
Also from the Forum: “A toddler found unresponsive in a septic tank on Sunday night in Duluth Township has died. Three-year-old Mick Johnston of Two Harbors, Minn., died late Monday night at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, the St. Louis County sheriff’s office reported. The exact cause of death was not yet known, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.”
Yeah, I gotta get “Mom” brightened and tightened up a little. In the Strib, Danielle Fox says, “Hopping up from the tattoo chair and onto her leather wedge heels, bodybuilder and bartender Abbey Harris admired her latest life commitment: a bumblebee-yellow daisy sprouting up her hipbones. The woman wielding the tattoo gun, shop owner Nikki Time, plotted more watercolors to splash onto the living canvas. … The crew of MPLS Tattoo Shop joins a burst of female-owned shops that are breaking the man-cave mold in an industry still slow to open for them.”
From The Wrap we learn, “‘Making a Murderer’ is set to return to Netflix with new episodes that are already in production. The coming installments will follow up with convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions. Meanwhile, the State of Wisconsin fights to have their life sentences upheld. Providing an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process — and the emotional toll the process takes on all involved — the new episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case, per Netflix.” That Dassey kid deserves a pardon.
No breaks, even if you’re a co-owner. Says Rochelle Olson in the Strib, “A media tour of a finished U.S. Bank Stadium Tuesday morning offered a first look at concessions prices. At Mill City Classics on the 300 level, a hot dog is listed as $6, as is a chili cheese dog. A single burger is priced at $9 while chicken tenders with fries go for $9.50. Veggie burgers are $5.50, Cracker Jacks $4.75. A 20-ounce beer is $9 while a 16-ounce soda and a 20 ounce water cost $5.50 each. At the 612 Burger Kitchen a loaded burger with Tater Tots goes for $20.50. Smokey chicken nachos sell for $9.”
Closure. Eric Roper of the Strib reports, “A family’s exhausting three-year battle seeking justice for Jessica Hanson, who was killed by a hit-and-run motorist in south Minneapolis, came to a close Tuesday with a 39-month prison sentence for the driver. Abdirahman Abdi Ali pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for running down the 24-year-old bicyclist on a July night in 2013. He ran through a stop sign at 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue without his headlights on, struck Hanson and left her behind as she struggled for her life.”