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U.S. Bank to host Prince tribute concert

Plus: Amazon starts two-hour beer delivery in Twin Cities; state’s credit rating is boosted; group hoping to build high-speed rail line in Minnesota says it needs more time; and more.

U.S. Bank Stadium
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Chris Riemenschneider of the Strib reports, “The Vikings won’t be the only purple institution to take over U.S. Bank Stadium this fall. Prince’s family has penciled in an Oct. 13 date for a tribute concert in Minneapolis’ new stadium, but further details — including who will perform and ticket info — have yet to be announced. … Word is that all-star guest singers would be invited to join Prince’s old bandmates. Many of his other close associates might also perform, including Morris Day and the Time and his recent protégé Judith Hill.”

No, you can’t get a six pack on Sunday. Stribber Evan Ramstad: “ Inc. started delivery of beer, wine and liquor in the Twin Cities Thursday in partnership with Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop, a fixture in northeast Minneapolis for eight decades. … Two-hour deliveries are free to members of Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime membership program. The company charges about $7.99 for an order delivered in one hour. Deliveries are available Monday to Saturday during Surdyk’s operating hours.” I want my ice cold Keystone Light delivered by drone.

You knew this was coming. Ol’ Sooch ain’t havin’ none of that disruptin’ on Summit. Says Joe Soucheray in the PiPress, “If the law had been enforced from the very first day — no blocking the street — there would not have been any need to arrest 46 people last week. … The mayor and his new police chief, Todd Axtell, bent over backward to provide an environment of accommodation, which is admirable, I suppose, but as it turns out, terribly expensive. Not to mention that providing such comfort ultimately backfired. You can’t let a kid draw on the wall with a crayon for a couple of weeks and then suddenly decide to tell the kid he can’t draw on the wall with a crayon.” So help me, if this affects Joe’s property taxes … .

Mike Longaecker of the Forum News Service has this story. “A New Richmond teenager rode her bicycle 11 miles to the home of her brother’s girlfriend, slipped inside, awakened the girl and assaulted her for hours, according to charges filed Thursday in St. Croix County Circuit Court. The suspect, identified in a criminal complaint as 14-year-old Kali J. Bookey, was charged as an adult with one count of attempted first-degree homicide. … .”

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Yet another sign of the financial ruin our out of control tax-and-regulate gubmint has forced upon us. Stribber Baird Helgeson writes, “A top financial agency is upgrading Minnesota’s credit rating to its highest level, lowering the cost of state borrowing and signaling strong approval of the state’s financial management in recent years. Fitch Rating’s upgrade to AAA ‘is a testament to the hardworking Minnesotans and businesses across our state who have led our economic recovery, and to the work our state has done over the past six years to right the fiscal ship’, Gov. Mark Dayton said.”

Meanwhile, the guv was in Philadelphia. Tim Pugmire of MPR says, “Dayton also took some jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump. He  said Clinton has dedicated her life to serving others, while Trump has dedicated his life to serving himself. State Rep. Peggy Flanagan, DFL-St. Louis Park, also had a speaking slot on the convention’s final day. Flanagan’s remarks were in the form of a letter to her 3-year-old daughter Siobhan, whom she said wants to be president when she grows up.”

Says Kevin Doran for KSTP-TV, “Two Minnesota brothers who were sexually abused by a local casting director have been awarded more than $2 million in damages by a Hennepin County jury. Matthew Feeney was convicted in 2014. He’s currently serving time in prison.” So does he have $2.1 million?

High speed is slowing. In the Rochester Post-Bulletin, Heather Carlson reports, “A company seeking to build a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities with private dollars needs more time before deciding whether to push ahead with the project. ‘We simply need more time to collect information,’ said North American High Speed Rail Group’s Chief Manager Wendy Meadley. Earlier this month, the rail group requested the Minnesota Department of Transportation extend the deadline for two work permits set to expire at the end of the month. MnDOT granted the request, setting a new deadline of Dec. 1 for the permits.”

Funny piece by Michael Rand of the Strib on our top sports villains. A sample: “1. Norm Green: He took the North Stars and moved them to Dallas. What more needs to be said?” Cue the Met Center organ player … .

I know I’ll finally be able to sleep at night. The Strib editorial board says, “A recent decision to tentatively award a daytime flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport — which is significantly closer to central Tokyo than Narita Airport, the current destination of daytime Delta flights — is a big win for Minnesota. It’s also a testament to the benefits of a cohesive congressional delegation and business community … .” Clearly, a cure for cancer is next.

Checking in with our Most Reliable Reverse Barometer, Power Line has this from John Hinderaker, “Contrary to what seems to be the conventional wisdom, I don’t think President Obama is a particularly good speaker. This is partly because he is lost without a teleprompter, partly because he has no gift for the memorable turn of phrase, and partly because he rarely talks about anything except himself. Think about it–when has an Obama speech ever moved public opinion on any issue? Never. If he has ever been effective at the podium, it has been in promoting his own candidacies. Which brings us to Obama’s performance last night. He was speaking, ostensibly, in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, but as usual with our president, his speech was mostly about him. Grabien has compiled this montage of Obama’s 119 self-references. To be fair, some of them are ‘we.’” Hinderaker, of course, may be best remembered for this comment, from eleven years ago: “It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice.”