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Minnesotans react to first Trump-Clinton debate

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shaking hands following Monday night's debate at Hofstra University.

Local coverage of last night’s Trump-Clinton face-off is a lot like this from WCCO-TV’s Nina Moini: “As of Monday night, according to a poll on WCCO’s Facebook page, 64 percent of viewers believed Hillary Clinton won the debate. Thirty-six percent said it was Donald Trump. WCCO Radio sponsored a debate viewing party at the Minnesota History Center, where there was quite a range of reactions. … There is also debate about how much undecided voters could impact elections at this point. Sitting by, some didn’t laugh or enjoy the barbs. They had genuine concern in their eyes not knowing where to turn. ‘I just feel like we’re not the only ones watching this. I think there’s a global community watching this,’ undecided voter Vicki Fellows said. ‘When it comes to having foreign relations, that is important. If we are finding some of the things that are being said humorous, I worry about what other people in other countries are thinking.’”

Lawsuit: Libor Jany of the Strib says, “A Minneapolis fire captain has filed a lawsuit accusing the city’s fire department of failing to protect her from a commander who allegedly sexually harassed her. Vicki Jung, who was among the first female firefighters in the city when she joined the department in 1994, charged that she faced retaliation after she reported the harassment, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Hennepin County District Court.”

A somewhat Ryder Cup-directed Strib editorial. “Minnesotans’ affinity for golf can be easily seen in the scores of this state’s towns and cities that sit adjacent to golf courses. Many of them were carved out of cornfields and pastures in the 1960s, not long after the game became a television sensation and one golfer — Arnold Palmer — its biggest star. … That’s why Palmer’s death Sunday in Latrobe at age 87 is a felt loss in the state that by Golf magazine’s measure is home to more golfers per capita than any other in the nation.” Arnie seemed like a good guy. But I preferred Lee Trevino. The guy could talk through his own tee shot.

But no, they’re not getting the Dakotas and Montana back. Sari Horwitz of The Washington Post says, “The Obama administration has settled lawsuits with 17 American Indian tribes who accused the federal government of long mismanaging their funds and natural resources. With these settlements, the administration will have resolved the majority of outstanding claims, some that date back a century, with more than 100 tribes and totaling more than $3.3 billion, according to the Justice and Interior departments. … The 17 tribes affected include the Gila River, Colorado Indian Tribes and the San Carlos Apache tribes in Arizona and the White Earth Nation in Minnesota.”

Good audio piece from Brandt Williams at MPR on “driving while black.” “Many African-Americans say they’re singled out by police officers in traffic stops, what’s often called ‘driving while black.’ Some national studies have shown a higher percentage of African-Americans are stopped by police than white or Hispanic drivers. Three black men talked about their experiences with police, during a roving roundtable discussion as they drove around the Twin Cities in a van.”

Strikes are … really tough. Says Jeremy Olson for the Strib, “As their strike against Allina Health enters week four, hospital nurses have found unexpected ways to pay their bills — discovering that their people skills, arm strength and endurance are useful in all kinds of professions. ‘We lift 400-pound patients. We wrestle patients who are going through detox,’ said Lisa Kielas, who has cobbled together income by helping the local stagehands’ union take down exhibits at the Minneapolis Convention Center, then did some food testing for FPI Testers, then starting giving plasma twice a week at $50 per visit.”

But has he ever hit a major league curveball? In the Strib, LaVelle E. Neal says, “The Twins are in a youth movement — and not just on the field. Derek Falvey, 33, will be hired as president of baseball operations, the Star Tribune confirmed Monday. Falvey, who is Cleveland’s assistant general manager, will become the second-youngest person to preside over a baseball department in the majors.” No pressure, kid. But unless they win 85 games next year … .

Need to get away … to Iowa? Says Kristen Leigh Painter in the Strib, “The smallest commercial airplane flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will soon be ferrying passengers to new destinations in Iowa. Air Choice One, a relatively obscure commuter airline with hubs in St. Louis and Chicago, is doubling its Midwest destinations available to Twin Cities passengers with new routes to Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, that begin Nov. 7.”

This Wells Fargo scandal isn’t going away anytime soon. Here’s a bit more from NPR’s Jim Zarroli on how the Wells Fargo scandal affected customers’ credit ratings. “A big question is how to compensate people whose credit scores were hurt by what the bank did. Regulators say that over a five-year period some 2 million credit card and deposit accounts were opened that may not have been authorized by the bank’s customers. And though no one knows for sure, it’s almost certain that the accounts had a big impact on customers’ credit scores. For one thing, each time a credit card is issued to a consumer, it’s noted on that person’s credit report. And that’s just the beginning of the potential problems.” And the boss, CEO John Stumpf, is manna from comedy heaven for guys like HBO’s John Oliver.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/27/2016 - 07:18 am.

    Lee Trevino, golf, talking:

    He said you could talk to your fade, “…but that hook just won’t listen.”

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