Dayton wants legislative leaders to agree on MNsure special session

We’re holding our breath! The Star Tribune’s reports: “Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday urged legislative leaders to set aside ideological differences and work on a short-term fix to ease the sting of rising premiums next year for the roughly 120,000 Minnesotans who buy health care coverage through the state’s individual market. … If legislators can agree on a plan by November 1, Dayton said he would call a special session. He said the timing and location of a special session would be complicated, but signaled it would be best to call one after the election.”

Snoopy gets canned. The Boston Globe’s Katherine Chiglinsky reports: “MetLife announced Thursday that it will phase out its use of Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang as a brand after more than 30 years. … When MetLife Inc. was looking for a lovable face in the 1980s to appeal to individual customers, the cartoon character Snoopy was just the right beagle. Now that the company is exiting the U.S. retail market and focusing on group coverage in the country, it’s time for a change. … ‘We have a lot of affection for Snoopy,’ Chief Marketing Officer Esther Lee said in a phone interview Thursday. ‘He’s rated very high as a good friend and on approachability. Where he didn’t rate as high is things like, as a leader, keeps promises, is a good adviser.’”

The buzz about our neighbors to the northwest: Marketplace’s Annie Baxter reports: “It might seem surprising that North Dakota, one of the northernmost and coldest states in the nation, is the bees’ knees for honey production. … It produces more honey than any other state. In summertime, North Dakota’s climate is just right. It’s conducive to flowers’ production of nectar, which bees use to make honey. … ‘Warm days and cool nights are optimal for nectar secretion for a number of plants that honeybees visit. So that helps,’ said Mark Sperry, owner of Sperry Apiaries in Kindred, North Dakota.”

The New York Times sent writer Porter Fox to the Boundary Waters. He writes: “There are no roads here. No towns or airports. There are no gas stations, businesses, cars, airplanes, electricity, phone service. There is water. And if you are not on it, you are in the woods. … The lakes and forests of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters are straight from the Pleistocene. Paleo-Indians navigated chunks of melting ice left by retreating glaciers when they hunted woolly mammoths and caribou in the area 12,000 years ago. … When the first Europeans breached the wilderness west of Lake Superior in search of a route to China — and then highly valuable beaver pelts — the only way through was in a canoe. The United States-Canada border that wanders along the northern edge of the region, and gives it its name, follows their route almost precisely.”

In other news…

That’ll show ’em: “Paulsen likely to write in Rubio for president” [MPR]

Some people will be excited about this: “Tim Hortons Coming To The Twin Cities” [WCCO]

If BB guns aren’t firearms… “Minnesota prosecutors start reviewing BB gun convictions” [MPR]

Not to jinx it or anything, but the Vikings are currently FiveThirtyEight’s favorites to win the Super Bowl: “2016 NFL Predictions” [FiveThirtyEight]

The meaning of this is as clear as Dylan’s lyrics: “Bob Dylan’s website drops reference to Nobel Prize in Literature” [Duluth News Tribune]

Really cool shots: “Photos: Minneapolis-St. Paul landmarks and fall colors from a plane” [Pioneer Press]

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 10/21/2016 - 08:45 pm.


    The Republicans realize that a “fix” cannot be achieved by a closed door meeting between three people and choose to let ALL of the legislators decide when the next legislative session begins. Do we really need a special session to fix problems created by months of legislative action (supported by the Governor) that affects maybe 5% of the population?

  2. Submitted by Jim Million on 10/22/2016 - 12:54 pm.

    MNSure Fixes?

    In a Special Session? The need here would take at least an entire regular session without partisan pandering and pulpit pounding. A quick subsidy increase is no fix for premium escalation–just a big inflation adjustment.

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