Keillor pens anti-Trump column

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Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor has an open letter to Donald Trump in the Chicago Tribune. Seems like he’s not a fan: “The cap does not look good on you, it’s a duffer’s cap, and when you come to the microphone, you look like the warm-up guy, the guy who announces the license number of the car left in the parking lot, doors locked, lights on, motor running. The brim shadows your face, which gives a sinister look, as if you’d come to town to announce the closing of the pulp factory. Your eyes look dead and your scowl does not suggest American greatness so much as American indigestion. Your hair is the wrong color: People don’t want a president to be that shade of blond. You know that now.”

The honeymoon’s not over. The Minnesota Spokesman Recorder’s Charles Hallman reports on Minneapolis Public School’s new superintendent Ed Graff: “Archie Givens told the MSR that he felt ‘good vibrations’ from the new superintendent while listening to him. ‘I am so impressed with his commitment and sincerity to education and the community. Anything I can do, I will be on board to help. I’m happy to see new leadership in place.’ … ‘I think it is a great start’ on his first focus on students as he begins his first year on the job, said Mario Green, the dean of students at FAIR School Downtown. … Both Minneapolis School Board Members Jenny Arneson and Kim Ellison were impressed as well: ‘I think the [MPS] staff is ready’ for the new school year, noted Ellison. ‘I think you can judge by the reaction that it was positive and well received,’ added Arneson on the address.”

Seems there aren’t that many Pokémons to be found along the Gunflint. MPR’s Dan Kraker reports: “Boatloads of canoeists are expected to paddle into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this Labor Day weekend, something outfitters and Forest Service officials hope will contribute to a rebound in visits to the popular recreation area. … But if recent trends continue, those paddlers will be quite a bit older than they used to be. …The Forest Service’s last demographic study showed the average age of Boundary Waters’ visitors increased from 26 in 1969, to 36 in 1991, to 45 in 2007.”

In New York magazine, Gabriel Sherman has a deeply reported account of the fall of Roger Ailes at Fox News, all kicked off by the lawsuit by Minnesotan Gretchen Carlson: “It began, of course, with a lawsuit. Of all the people who might have brought down Ailes, the former Fox & Friends anchor Gretchen Carlson was among the least likely. A 50-year-old former Miss America, she was the archetypal Fox anchor: blonde, right-wing, proudly anti-intellectual. A memorable Daily Show clip showed Carlson saying she needed to Google the words czar and ignoramus. But television is a deceptive medium. Off-camera, Carlson is a Stanford- and Oxford-educated feminist who chafed at the culture of Fox News. When Ailes made harassing comments to her about her legs and suggested she wear tight-fitting outfits after she joined the network in 2005, she tried to ignore him. But eventually he pushed her too far. When Carlson complained to her supervisor in 2009 about her co-host Steve Doocy, who she said condescended to her on and off the air, Ailes responded that she was ‘a man hater’ and a ‘killer’ who ‘needed to get along with the boys.’ After this conversation, Carlson says, her role on the show diminished. In September 2013, Ailes demoted her from the morning show Fox & Friends to the lower-rated 2 p.m. time slot.” 

In other news…

Why the Vikings are screwed, by the numbers: “Teddy Bridgewater’s Injury Puts The Vikings Back In QB Hell” [Five Thirty Eight]

Was kind of a neighborhood institution: “Ecopolitan raw vegan restaurant on Lyndale is closed” [City Pages]

Andrea Swensson reports on the scene at First Ave: “The Revolution power through the pain at first of three reunion shows” [Local Current Blog]

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