We’re not talking death metal music. Says Chris Serres of the Star Tribune, “A St. Cloud child treatment center with a history of regulatory violations has been cited for failing to prevent three teenage residents from ‘daily and persistent’ head-banging over a period of weeks last May, which resulted in multiple concussions, facial injuries and head trauma. The St. Cloud Children’s Home … was cited for neglect and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, according to an investigation released last week by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.”
Edina has dropped its case against the black guy walking in the street. WCCO-TV’s story says, “Edina Mayor Jim Hovland says ‘established protocol’ was followed in the arrest of a black man that went viral last week, but that the city will be reviewing the protocol. … [Larnie] Thomas was not taken to jail. He was driven to a local shopping mall at his request and released. The citation issued to Thomas will be dismissed. The officer involved was following established protocol. However, under the circumstances, the City will review that protocol and determine how to better approach this type of incident with greater sensitivity in the future.” Presumably Mr. Thomas will be issued an Audi or Volvo in order to better blend in with everyone else.
The Strib’s Paul Walsh says, “The city of Edina posted its response late Monday afternoon to requests from the NAACP Minneapolis regarding the incident. … Among the requests from the NAACP were that an independent investigation be done regarding the incident and whether any department protocols or state laws were violated, including whether Thomas’ civil rights and civil liberties were violated.”
Minnesota … finally keeping up with the times. Says Dave Chanen at the Strib, “A decades-old federal program geared toward wiping out drug-dealing hot spots has netted billions in seized narcotics and taken down thousands of traffickers across the country. Except in Minnesota. But the state finally joined the club when it was approved to design plans to take on the production, distribution and chronic use of opioids and other drugs in the five metro counties, areas formally designated as High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, or HIDTAs.”
Because an hour later and all the good stuff will be gone. Anne D’Innocenzio at the AP says, “Don’t count on Thanksgiving reverting to its traditional status of feasting on turkey and giving thanks. Macy’s announced Monday it was staying committed to Thanksgiving Day shopping, saying it’ll open an hour earlier this year. The move dampened hopes that other key stores will back away from the ‘Christmas Creep.’”
Kyle Potter for the AP explains the politics of rising health care costs. “Gov. Mark Dayton’s declaration that the federal health care overhaul is ‘no longer affordable’ for more and more Minnesota residents could be the spark that sets off major health care changes. The Democratic governor’s remarks last week renewed calls to address rising costs in the individual market, where unexpectedly high medical claims have resulted in double-digit premium increases and has some top state officials worried that it can’t survive.”
The crops are coming in. Another AP story says, “Minnesota farmers are making up for lost time on the fall harvest, thanks to drier weather. … Almost one-quarter of Minnesota’s soybean acreage was harvested last week. Eighty-seven percent of the soybean acreage was harvested, slightly ahead of average but a week behind last year. Nearly all of Minnesota’s corn acreage is mature. Thirty-seven percent of corn for grain is harvested, six days behind the five-year average and five days behind last year.”
At Power Line, Scott Johnson writes, “The CDC reviews trends in tuberculosis in this fact sheet. Doing the work that the Star Tribune won’t do, Michael Patrick Leahy reviews the Minnesota Department of Health study The Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in Minnesota, 2010-2014. … When it comes to contributing foreign fighters to ISIS (mostly Somali Minnesotans, as I point out here) and importing tuberculosis, we’re number one. And it turns out there is a correlation: “Twenty-nine percent of the 593 foreign-born cases of active TB diagnosed in Minnesota, or 161, were attributed to Somali-born migrants.” If you look hard enough, I’m sure there is data to “prove” the Somalis are to blame for wet weather at harvest time and Macy’s opening an hour early on Thanksgiving.
Dissension on the panel. Says Dan Kraker at MPR, “A key member of a group that advises state regulators on walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake has resigned, contending the committee has ‘devolved into an anti-science, anti-treaty rights forum subsidized by state resources.’ Jamie Edwards, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s director of government affairs, made the claim in a letter to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr announcing his resignation from the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee. Edwards was the only tribal representative on the 17-member panel.”
Also from MPR, weather guy Paul Huttner writes, “You could call it, ‘weather gone weird.’ Climate out of control might be a more appropriate name. A rare October severe weather risk in Minnesota. 100 degrees in Kansas on October 17th? The hottest September on record globally. A NASA scientist says 2016 is now ‘locked in’ as earth’s next new ‘warmest year on record’ globally.”