Babe the Blue Ox statue knocked over by high winds in Brainerd

The GleanHow the mighty have fallen. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow and Jennifer Brooks report: “Everything’s bigger in Paul Bunyan country. Including the storm that swept one 6,000-pound blue ox off his feet Thursday morning. … Heavy rains and winds gusting over 50 miles per hour raked through central Minnesota and the metro. Up north in Brainerd, one mighty gust of wind slammed into the 60-year-old Babe the Blue Ox statue that stands watch over Paul Bunyan Land and sent it tumbling across the parking lot.”

Some GOP donors are disturbed by the way Donald Trump is running his campaign. Among them: Minnesota’s own Stanley Hubbard. The Hill’s Jonathan Swan writes: “On Monday, the Minnesota broadcasting billionaire Stanley Hubbard sat down and wrote Trump a letter. … ‘Start saying things that are sensible; have some sensitivity,’ is what Hubbard said he told Trump in the note.  … ‘It frustrates all of us. It’s like he’s trying to shoot himself … and commit suicide,’ added Hubbard, who said he maxed out to Trump’s campaign and ‘gave a lot of money’ to the pro-Trump group Great America PAC.”

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Presumes anybody in St. Paul would be awake that late. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo writes: “St. Paul City Council member Chris Tolbert is asking residents to weigh in on a proposal that would allow St. Paul liquor stores to remain open until 10 p.m., or two hours later than currently allowed, on most weeknights. … With the exception of Mendota Heights, all cities bordering St. Paul allow their liquor stores to close at 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, according to Tolbert’s office.”

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What kind of monster: “Dogs sickened by poisoned treats found in St. Paul yards” [KMSP]

Welcome to the future: “St. Paul teen’s suicidal Facebook post raises ethical issues” [Pioneer Press]

So close: “Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins nearly throws down 720-degree dunk” [Fox Sports]

Bummer: “ ‘Here we go again’: Barb Abney is out of a job at Go 96.3” [Star Tribune]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 08/04/2016 - 01:49 pm.

    8:00 Liquor

    Might restrain most drunks from driving for re-supply.
    The college crew may still be fairly sober at 8:00, as well.
    And, I’m pretty sure most of us maintain adequate inventory, anyway.

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