Minnesota gold. The AP story says, “[Rochester native and Phoenix resident] Bethanie Mattek-Sands figures she’ll retire the stars and stripes socks and frame them with her gold medal. In an all-American mixed doubles final Sunday, Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won the title as first-time Olympians. And they did it against an opponent who has won as many medals — and as many golds — as any tennis player in history. Mattek-Sands and Sock beat Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram to deny Williams a record fifth gold.”
Be the first on the McMullin bandwagon. For The Hill, Jessie Hellman says, “The Independence Party of Minnesota has selected Evan McMullin as its 2016 presidential nominee, his campaign said in a statement. McMullin, a little-known former CIA officer and House GOP official, announced his long-shot White House bid last Monday as an alternative to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. … The campaign has said getting on ballots in 15 states with deadlines on or after Aug. 15 is a top priority. So far, McMullin is only on Colorado’s ballot.” But he may already have as much organization as Mr. Trump.
Mastery of the obvious. The Strib editorial board says, “Many people who were in the state’s high-risk health insurance pool because they were rejected by insurers are now among the roughly 5 percent of Minnesotans who buy plans on their own. The result: unacceptable year-over-year premium increases, which are expected again this fall. … In response to an editorial writer, Gov. Mark Dayton expressed welcome interest Friday in convening a task force this fall. But the work should begin now to aid consumers.”
In other task force news, Libor Jany of the Strib says, “When the Police Conduct Oversight Commission released a study last week detailing serious problems in the way complaints against Minneapolis police officers are handled, there were immediate calls for a revamping of the complaint process. … Whether the police department will act on the group’s proposals is another matter, said PCOC Commissioner Adriana Cerrillo.” Maybe they should write editorials instead.
Apparently not a castle doctrine episode. Mara Gottfried of the PiPress writes: “A woman in her 60s was found fatally shot in a Northfield home Sunday morning, and police took a woman in her 70s into custody before releasing her later in the day. … Responding officers found the woman who had made the report and a shooting victim, who was treated by officers and paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene. Despite the initial report about an intruder, police said that did not appear to be the case. The women, whose names were not released Sunday, were both residents of the home … .”
In the business section of the Strib, Jim Spencer gets into an interesting angle. “At a cattle conference last week in Alberta, Canada, Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap fielded the same question over and over: How did international trade become such a bad thing in the United States? … As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes sacking two of the country’s biggest free-trade agreements a part of his economic plan, Minnesota’s business community finds itself at odds with the top candidate of a political party that once was a reliable supporter of open markets.”
Bye bye Ricky? Kit Bernal at Yibada writes, “The Minnesota Timberwolves could swap point guard Ricky Rubio to the Sacramento Kings for Rudy Gay, one of the few names available in the trade market. It is no secret that the Kings are looking to deal Gay this offseason after the 29-year-old forward expressed his frustrations over Sacramento’s unclear direction. … According to Nick Agar-Johnson of Hashtag Basketball, one possible destination for Gay is the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that would see Ricky Rubio joining the Kings.” What, you haven’t bookmarked Hashtag Basketball?
You gotta pity KARE. The station is still taking flak for … just slightly … undercounting the number of games in an NFL season. At Sportsnaut, Jesse Reed piles on, saying, “NBC affiliate, KARE 11 in Minneapolis, Minn., had us spitting our coffee out this morning with an epic fail on a Minnesota Vikings poll. Apparently, the people running the poll still think we’re back in the 1950s. As pointed out by Timothy Burke of Deadspin, they asked fans how many of the 12 games this season the Vikings would win.” How much were tickets at The Met? Did we pay to tailgate?
Well, their hair is kinda the same color. In The Atlantic, Michelle Cottle alerts the world to our “mini-Trump.” “With Donald Trump scorching the land like a political Agent Orange, it’s easy to forget about all the juicy House races also underway. Among the most competitive: the battle for Minnesota’s 2nd, a swingy sort of district in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. … . So how have Minnesota Republicans responded to the challenge? By nominating Jason Lewis, a hard-right radio provocateur turned internet activist famous for racist, misogynistic, and generally from-the-fringe rants that make Donald Trump sound like Mitt Romney. Hard to believe, I know.” And Lewis is one of the “reasonable” ones.
Dairy farming has always been tough work. For MPR, Mark Steil says, “The U.S. agriculture department predicted another record harvest this fall on Friday, raising the prospect of yet more financial pain in farm country. Crop, livestock and dairy farms are all suffering. Some are filing for bankruptcy, among them John Quaal, who runs a dairy farm near Fergus Falls. It’s nearly impossible to break even producing milk, he said. ‘For almost two years now we’ve been going backwards,’ said Quaal. ‘You’ve got to learn to deal with it I guess. It’s just the way it is.’”