Wetterlings talk about ending of their son’s case, moving forward

Jacob Wetterling
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Jacob Wetterling

The Wetterlings speak. The Star Tribune’s Pam Louwagie writes: “In the end, after nearly 27 years of searching, the heartbreaking answer of what happened to Jacob Wetterling struck his parents almost too quickly. … It was an ending — involving a volatile defendant cutting a plea deal — that unfolded in a matter of days and left Patty and Jerry Wetterling stunned, reeling from learning that their abducted 11-year-old son had been brutally murdered, and trying to figure out how to move forward. … ‘It’s kind of like getting just punched in the head and you’re just spinning,’ Patty said in an interview Tuesday. ‘It was that sort of sensation for me. It takes a while before your head settles down. I don’t know that mine is yet. But it was stunning. It was confusing.’”

Seems pretty urgent. The Star Tribune’s Ricardo Lopez reports: “Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday named a council that will examine and make policy recommendations on how to improve policing in minority communities in the wake of fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota. … Dayton issued an executive order forming the advisory panel, made up of law enforcement officials, community activists, and family members of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police in the past year. The DFL governor said immediately after Castille’s death in July that he would form such a panel that could make recommendations on how to improve policing practices.”

Last Place loses last appeal. The Duluth News Tribune’s Tom Olsen reports: “It was the last hope for Last Place. … On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the cases of three defendants who were convicted in 2013 of selling synthetic drugs from an infamous downtown Duluth head shop. … The decision effectively ends of the saga of the Last Place on Earth, which for years had been mired in litigation as Duluth’s civic leaders, police and business community fought for the store to be shut down.”

Debate question-asker and internet phenom Ken Bone has an extremely tenuous Minnesota connection (but we’ll take it). For City Pages, Tom Q. Johnson writes: “Ken Bone and his red sweater became the delight of a politics-weary nation during the second presidential debate last Sunday. … Before that, the Bone-ster was just a regular dude in a band, cruisin’ around small towns, tryin’ to pick up chicks. … The band, Broken Vessel, was a Christian cover group remembered fondly as ‘the epitome of lame’ by Joshua Burkett, a St. Paul man who played keyboard. According to Burkett, the guys were hit-or-miss with their pick-up attempts. … But, for the church-going crowd of southern Illinois, Ken tore it up. … City Pages caught up with Mr. Burkett, now copy center supervisor at Northwestern University in St. Paul, to learn more about his time making music with Ken Bone.”

In other news…

Trump still yuge in northern Minnesota: “Where Do Clinton and Trump Have the Most Upside?” [FiveThirtyEight]

Garrison Keillor: “It’s the scariest and hairiest election of this old man’s life” [Washington Post]

Go Lynx!Defense leads Minnesota Lynx to Game 2 win over Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA Finals” [ESPN]

News you can use: “If you wanted those ‘Golden Girls’ action figures, you are too late” [Star Tribune]

Fighting faux-cal: “RED Food wants the ‘local’ food movement to mean what it says” [City Pages]

Shocker: Vikings-stadium adjacent restaurant pretty good, kind of a rip-off. “Smoked Brisket at Erik the Red” [Heavy Table]

Got our Halloween costumes:

Vs. Adult Contemporary Rock Star: “John Mayer withdraws from lineup for Prince tribute concert” [KARE]

Not too late: “Paisley Park granted another temporary permit, opens ticketing for additional tours” [The Current]

Anderson deboarding: “Anderson retiring from Delta board of directors; Frank Blake named non-executive chairman” [Delta]

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