Hammock thieves threaten group in south Minneapolis park with blowtorch

Where was a good guy with a blowtorch? Libor Jany at the Star Tribune has a strange story of blowtorches, hammocks and a Starbucks gift card: “Andrew Sobaski, 28, and Johnna Vanguilder, 27, were charged with first-degree robbery in the July 31 incident in Triangle Park. Sobaski is accused of stealing the hammocks and threatening people with a blowtorch, saying he was going to ‘burn your faces off,’ according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County district court on Friday.”

Lake Elmo, your antidote to Lake Wobegon. Bob Shaw at the Pioneer Press has the latest chapter in the soap opera involving the suburban city council: “Dean Zuleger, who worked as administrator from 2012 to 2015, is seeking damages from the city and former council member Steve DeLapp. Zuleger filed the suit in Washington County District Court. The lawsuit didn’t say how much he is asking for but says damages include ‘economic loss, loss of income, damage to his reputation, medical expense and emotional harm and distress.’

“Flawed and insufficient” is putting it mildly. Emma Sapong at MPR News has a discouraging piece on a state program designed to assist minority contractors in obtaining governments contracts: “Between July 2014 and June 2015, for instance, only eight certified black vendors were awarded contracts from state government agencies. The contracts totaled $141,972 — .008 percent of the $1.8 billion the state spent on projects and services from construction to janitorial to food services. Minorities as a whole were awarded $14.3 million, less than 1 percent of the state’s total spending.”

Starting to not feel that special anymore. Heather J. Carlson at the Rochester Post-Bulletin finds rank-and-file lawmakers are still in the dark about a possible special session: “‘If there’s a discussion at the cool kids’ table, I’m not at it. I’m not a cool kid,’ Drazkowski said. … Drazkowski backs the idea of a special session focused on tax cuts. Dayton refused to sign the tax bill at the end of session, letting it die.”

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Win-win: “Anglers surpass Mille Lacs walleye quota; season to remain open” [WCCO-TV]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Jimmy James on 08/09/2016 - 02:23 pm.

    The “hammock thieves…”

    …reportedly killed a woman’s unborn child in a crash in 2014.

    http://www.brainerddispatch.com/content/29-year-old-west-st-paul-woman-loses-baby-car-crash

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