Yeah, some kinks to work out. Says Rochelle Olson for the Strib, “The day after the first big event at U.S. Bank Stadium, the overriding complaint about how it went could be captured in one word: Lines. … Riders sweated out the long wait for a train on the steamy night, then shoved and crunched into rail cars. Metro Transit reported that the last fan left the platform 90 minutes after the end of the match.” May I suggest: Personal Train Licenses.
Also departing the stadium. Paul Klauda at the Strib says, “After getting positive reviews from two of the world’s top soccer teams, the bright green grass installed for the U.S. Bank Stadium debut is headed for, of all places, recycling. … Special equipment laid the sod within five or six hours of it being cut and squeezed it together to eliminate seams, Bush said. The work took about three days to complete.”
Chao Xiong of the Strib has this on the St. Paul Police union: “The president of the St. Paul police union spoke out Thursday against what he called “absolutely disgusting” behavior by some protesters outside the governor’s residence in the wake of Philando Castile’s shooting death. The protesters were mostly peaceful, said St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus, but he added that the media, city officials and the public have ignored agitators who antagonized police officers and neighbors.”
For the PiPress, Mara Gottfried writes, “Corydon Nilsson, an organizer with Black Lives Matter St. Paul, said he was at the Summit Avenue protest every day and never saw or heard about anyone assaulting officers. ‘No one was stupid enough to fight officers; people may have expressed their dislike for the police but did not attempt to ignite physical confrontation,’ he said in a text message. ‘These attempts at demonizing the protest community and the supporters who want justice for Philando Castile are nothing but typical police attempts at character defamation.’”
Speaking of demonstrations, Brian Bakst of MPR adds this on the Aug. 19 Trump fund-raiser. “An invitation obtained by MPR News seeks donations of up to $100,000 per couple with the proceeds split among his campaign, the Republican National Committee and state Republican parties. Larger donors will qualify for photos and a more-intimate reception with the GOP candidate. A location has not been set. It’s not clear if Trump will have any public rally associated with his visit.” It’ll be a veritable “who’s not” of political power.
The aforementioned Gottfried and colleague Julio Ojeda-Zapata also have this story. “With thousands of viewers watching online, a teenage St. Paul girl said she was going to kill herself. … A large number of people began calling police last week, trying to get help to her. Many of them didn’t know the girl. Some did, and they offered up her name and possible places where officers could find her. St. Paul police rushed to one residence; she didn’t live there anymore. They eventually found her at another. The teen, who said in the video that she was drinking a poisonous substance, denied to officers that she had.”
In a Strib commentary, Stewart Mills touts his feminist bonafides. “While the mud has been flying for what seems to be an eternity, that doesn’t mean we need to subject Minnesotans to the same dirt and grime. That is why it’s disappointing, although not surprising, that the DFL, in its misleading art of redirection and distraction, is choosing to launch a baseless barrage of personal attacks on me and my family … . State Rep. Jennifer Schultz’s Aug. 3 missive, following the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s script, expressed outrage over a Facebook post I made repudiating a tasteless joke made by someone I know.”
Who always makes money in these things? Martin Moylan at MPR says, “A federal judge has approved payment of about a half million dollars in fees and expenses for law firms working on the bankruptcy of the Diocese of Duluth. Most of the money goes to law firms representing the diocese. … The church filed for bankruptcy in December, saying that’s the only way it can compensate clergy sex abuse victims and continue the church’s mission. The move came after a jury ordered the diocese and a Catholic religious order to pay more than $8 million in damages to a man who was sexually abused by a priest.
Keep your enemies closer. Kavita Kumar of the Strib reports, “Target Corp.’s freeze-out of Amazon.com Inc.’s products has come to an end. Four years after Target pulled Amazon Kindle e-readers and tablets from its shelves, the Minneapolis-based retailer has reversed course. The change of heart, analysts say, is a reflection of the fast-changing retail environment and a recognition that it can’t stop the online juggernaut, which already has legions of devoted customers, including many who also shop at Target.”
The Vikings will be a no show. The Duluth News Tribune story says, “It appears the saga of a Norwegian Viking ship’s visit to the Great Lakes this summer will end without a stop in Duluth. A statement posted Thursday on the website of the Draken Harald Hårfagre … said it will go no farther than a tall ships festival this weekend in Green Bay.”
Also from up north: this week’s 100-year-storm. Says Andrew Krueger in the News Tribune, “For some residents, it was the third time in a month — after storms on July 5 and July 21 — that they had lost power because of severe weather during what’s been a particularly stormy summer of 2016. Thursday morning’s storms did not produce damage on the scale of the ones that hit on July 21 — but there were a number of trees and power lines down in some parts of the region. Bart and Jodie Ehnes live on the western side of Fish Lake Reservoir, about 15 miles northwest of Duluth. After going 46 hours without power in the wake of the July 21 storms, they lost power at 4:20 a.m. Thursday.”
But he could play the entire Phish catalogue. An MPR story says, “A concert cellist formerly with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has been cleared of marijuana charges in Oregon. David Huckaby, who resigned from the SPCO in 2014, had been arrested last February after authorities allegedly found 113 pounds of marijuana in his car. A judge in Klamath County, Ore., granted a defense motion to suppress that evidence on grounds that the arresting officer lacked sufficient cause to search Huckaby’s vehicle.”