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FBI director: St. Cloud attacker got ‘some sort of inspiration’ from radical groups

Plus: don’t even think about driving to the Ryder Cup; sisters from Minnesota found dead in the Seychelles; Wells Fargo CEO to testify before House committee today; and more.

FBI Director James Comey testifying before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.
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The AP reports: “While testifying for hours before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, [FBI Director James] Comey was asked whether authorities had confirmed that the attack earlier this month in a mall in St. Cloud was an act of terrorism. Comey responded that the FBI is ‘still working on it,’ but that it looks like Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, appears to have been motivated ‘by some sort of inspiration from radical Islamic groups.’” Hmmm. And the Nazi-symbol wearing, Porsche-driving lawyer in Houston? What radicalized him?

Take the bus. Says Bill Hudson for WCCO-TV: “You can’t drive a car to the Ryder Cup and you can’t get dropped off. The only way for the expected 80,000 daily spectators to get to Hazeltine National Golf Club is to board free shuttles. And don’t be surprised if the process takes you a couple of hours to get through the gate. The trip to Hazeltine requires parking at Canterbury Park, the general public’s park and ride.” Thanks, but I think I’ll just catch the highlights on the late news.

And a bit of inside golf stuff. Via USA Today’s “For the Win”: “The Ryder Cup is all about fire, passion, and boldness, and with the competition due to kick off on Friday, it seems some of those emotions have transferred over to the Golf Channel. Speaking on Live Extra Tuesday, Brandel Chamblee and David Duval began discussing leadership on Ryder Cup teams. Chamblee went in hard on some of the disappointing Ryder Cup records of golf’s biggest name players, like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Duval said that it wasn’t entirely their fault, and things spiraled on from there.” 

A mystery. Writes Paul Walsh for the Strib: “A Twin Cities man and the rest of his family is looking for answers into why his two sisters were found dead in their resort villa on a tropical African island. The bodies of Eden Prairie High School graduates Annie Korkki, 37, and Robin Korkki, 42, were discovered in their hillside villa while vacationing together on the archipelago nation of Seychelles, more than 900 miles off Africa’s east coast in the Indian Ocean, said brother Chris Korkki, of Lakeville.”

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Might want to run this around for a second opinion. But Don Davis of the Forum News Service reports: “A conservative group says Minnesota’s taxes are the 46th most competitive in the country. The Tax Foundation reported on Wednesday, Sept. 28, that when considering corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes, Minnesota finished near the last. Only Vermont, Washington, D.C., California, New York and New Jersey have worse business tax climates, the foundation reported.” I hear everything is much better in Mississippi.

Big tree war. Steve Kohls, of the Forum News Service, says: “Dr. Roland Kehr and his late wife Pat moved into the house at 723 N. Fourth Street in Brainerd 40 years ago. The couple was told the eastern hemlock, also called a Canadian hemlock, in their front yard could be a state record. … On Tuesday, forester Alex Brothen rang the doorbell at the Brainerd home and the measuring process began. After calculations and measurements by Brothen, Kehr’s tree has a circumference of 87.5 inches, height of 58 feet and a crown of 51.5 feet. The eastern hemlock may reach a maximum height of 100 feet with a diameter of about 2 feet.”

Here’s the conservative AlphaNews report on the 97-1 Senate vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill allowing law suits against Saudi Arabia for the 9/11 attacks. Says Donna Azarian: “Minnesota Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, in a rare display of going against the President, both voted to overturn the veto.  This is the first time that the Democrats in the Senate have overridden a veto issued by President Obama in the eight years that he has been president. … Klobuchar said that if Saudi Arabia did nothing wrong, they should have nothing to fear.” 

Only one expletive? Says Stribber Lee Schafer: “Twins president Dave St. Peter hit a home run as the featured speaker for the environmental nonprofit Great River Greening’s annual breakfast Wednesday morning at the University of Minnesota. In the process, he dropped an expletive when talking about his team, which is two games away from setting a franchise record for losses in a season. … . ‘Where we screwed up,’ he said, ‘is having a shitty baseball team.’” Heck, die-hard fans say that every inning.

Modest success. MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar writes: “Officials with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District say a copper treatment to kill zebra mussels on Lake Minnewashta in the southwest metro has been successful — so far. Zebra mussels were discovered near the lake’s boat access last month. Eric Fieldseth, the watershed’s aquatic invasive species program manager, said the copper treatment was applied to the entire ‘Little Minnie’ bay — an area of about 29 acres.”

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is going back to testify before Congress. For The Daily Beast, veteran (and Pulitzer-winning) finance reporter David Cay Johnston writes, “There is a term for the criminality that infects our biggest banks and damages the economy … . The term is ‘control fraud.’ That’s when executives use their control of a corporation to run frauds because they make much more money that way. … Wells Fargo, Black told me last week, is ‘a clear example of control fraud. It was the defining policy of Wells Fargo. Indeed, it was the defining policy of Norwest before it acquired Wells Fargo.’ That takes us back to 1998 when the Minneapolis bank holding company Norwest Corporation acquired Wells Fargo, and adopted its name, for a figure variously reported at $31 billion to $34 billion (nearly $50 billion in today’s money).”

For The Wall Street Journal Yuka Hiyashi writes: “The lawmakers [at today’s House Financial Services Committee hearing] will press Mr. Stumpf to provide definitive responses to some key questions left unanswered at the Senate hearing, according to Congressional staffers. The most important, they say, is exactly when and how he became aware of the problems in the bank’s retail business that resulted in employees opening as many as 2 million accounts without customers’ knowledge and the firing of 5,300 employees over five years.”