The feds are on it. Jennifer Brooks and Faiza Mahamud of the Strib say, “In a city torn by violence, hundreds of people came together Monday night in a show of unity. It’s been three days since 20-year-old Dahir Adan turned the Crossroads mall into a scene of bloodshed and terror. … The FBI on Tuesday took over the investigation into the attack that officials have called ‘a potential act of terrorism.’”
There’ll be a run on dinghys. Says Liz Sawyer in the Strib, “Dig out your umbrellas, because Wednesday is going to be a wet one. Forecasters are predicting 2 to 4 inches of rain around the Twin Cities metro, with multiple rounds of thunderstorms sweeping through southern Minnesota and continuing into Wednesday evening.”
At MPR, Paul Huttner says, “Our seemingly perpetual ‘June monsoon’ weather pattern continues this week. Flash flood watches are flying now for all of southeast Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin and northern Iowa. … It’s been a summer of high water across our region. In a rare occurrence, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed issued this today about plans to deal with the expected heavy rainfall. The MCWD is reducing the flow into Minnehaha Creek out of Lake Minnetonka to leave headroom for possible flooding.” Remember, only two of each living creature.
Tough day for the boss. Jim Spencer’s Strib story on Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s Senate committee appearance says, “Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf faced calls for his resignation and possible criminal prosecution from U.S. senators Tuesday over the possible creation of 2 million fake customer accounts that improperly padded employees’ sales bonuses. … Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for Stumpf to resign and be investigated criminally.”
A Wall Street Journal op-ed says, “By now everyone knows that Warren Buffett’s favorite bank failed customers when employees at Wells opened accounts without customer authorization. But politicians hoping to use this tale of bankers gone wild to justify Washington’s financial bureaucracy must also explain why regulators proved so useless in this case.” The Journal’s board has of course not been what you’d call an early and fierce advocate for a full strength Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Meanwhile, Dana Milbank of The Washington Post says, “If high-level bankers didn’t go to prison for the subprime hijinks that caused the 2008 crash, it’s a safe bet that none will in the Wells Fargo scandal, either. But if arrogance were a criminal offense, Stumpf would be looking at a life sentence. The bank’s fraud, and the executive’s insolence, may have one salutary result: It takes off the agenda any plan to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the post-2008 regulatory creations and a top target of Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.”
Unionizing at the U. Maura Lerner of the Strib says, “A ruling Tuesday has cleared the way for a vote this fall on forming a faculty union at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. The State Bureau of Mediation Services ruled in favor of union organizers, who had argued for a single bargaining unit to represent both tenured faculty and part-time adjunct instructors, about 2,500 people in all.”
The neighbors. Says Chao Xiong in the Strib, “A White Bear Lake man is jailed for financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult after two bodies were discovered in the home he shared with his elderly mother and twin brother. Authorities say the bodies were discovered after a neighbor hadn’t seen the residents for some time … .”
You mean, “We’re gonna get really, really tough” isn’t a fully thought out plan? A Strib editorial says, “Weekend attacks in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey exposed yet another flaw in presidential candidate Donald Trump … . Trump first spent some time congratulating himself for having called the New York explosion a bomb before investigators had confirmed it to be one. Speculation in the aftermath of an attack, especially the kind that prompts panic and backlash, is nothing to be proud of. Any ignoramus can do the same, but it’s particularly unsettling when it comes from what could be the next president.” When is the last time the Strib compared a major party presidential candidate to an “ignoramus”?
Bubba Gump in Marshall? Says MPR’s Mark Steil, “Minnesota is known for its lakes and freshwater fishing. Now, a big agribusiness hopes to make the state a leader in producing America’s favorite seafood, shrimp. Marshall, Minn.-based Ralco Nutrition has been in the livestock feed business for more than 40 years, producing mainly hog, cattle and poultry food. But the firm wants to expand and has set its sights on producing seafood. It might seem like an odd project for this part of the country, but the firm already has a pilot Pacific white shrimp operation up and running on the southwest Minnesota prairie — one of the driest parts of the state — 1,000 miles from the nearest ocean.”
In The New York Times correspondent Monica Davey writes about closing her chapter on the Jacob Wetterling abduction. “As a reporter covering the Midwest for more than a decade, I have focused at times on shifting policies regarding sexual predators — from local bans on where they can live to controversial programs in which states hold offenders, even after they complete criminal sentences, and the legal challenges that have followed. And I have long followed Jacob’s case, and often thought of the grinning boy in the yellow sweater in a frequently reprinted photo as the real stakes in any policy debate.”