1-year-old survives hanging at Minneapolis day-care; woman flees scene in minivan

The GleanThis is insane. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh and Libor Jany report: “A 16-month-old boy survived being intentionally hanged in a day care Friday morning by the operator of the facility in a south Minneapolis neighborhood, and the suspect threatened to jump from a freeway overpass until passersby and police stopped her from following through, according to authorities. … The woman fled the scene in a van, ran over a pedestrian at W. 28th Street and Grand Avenue, then kept going and struck a bicyclist at E. 28th Street and Park Avenue, Arneson said.”

Now here’s an email scandal. The Star Tribune’s Andy Mannix reports: “The top official at one of Minnesota’s largest prisons sent sexually graphic e-mails from his official account, made inappropriate comments about a female intern and verbally abused employees, according to an internal Department of Corrections (DOC) investigation. … Steve Hammer, the warden at Stillwater prison, was fired in October for violating several departmental policies. Prison officials wouldn’t comment on specifics at the time, but a cache of documents obtained by the Star Tribune through a public data request — including e-mails, complaints and interviews with more than a dozen employees — detail the pattern of improper behavior and abuse that led to Hammer’s dismissal.”

Extra points for being first? MPR’s Tim Nelson writes: “Minnesota’s 2018 race for governor is already underway as the first Democratic candidate is launching a bid. … Rep. Erin Murphy announced Thursday she filed to run governor. Murphy had discussed the possibility of running for the state’s highest office for more than a year.”

Did you need a long read about the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns for your weekend? Sure you did. ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz writes: “The league has put the big man on notice: It’s not enough anymore to take up space in the middle, shoot 60 percent at the rim, rebound in the low double digits and block a couple of shots a night. It’s not even enough to shoot a little from the outside. You must now combine power and finesse and make plays for teammates and have quick feet that can switch out on speedy point guards on the pick-and-roll and run the floor and be able to catch the ball on the move and attack like a perimeter slasher and still display that old-school big-man gravitas so that your four Lilliputian teammates heed your commands, hear you calling out defensive assignments from the back line or issue a decree in the huddle during a stoppage. … That is the big man of today. But Towns isn’t just the big man of today. He is the first big man of tomorrow.

In other news…

USA Today editor argues that Minnesota’s own Norm Coleman is a big part of the problem with Washington: “Americans want leaders who are on our side” [USAA Today]

Sen. Klobuchar pulls this on us every MinnRoast: “Al Franken attacks Steve Bannon by quoting real headlines from Breitbart.com” [City Pages]

D’oh: “Man’s car sails out of second-floor garage, takes dive” [Pioneer Press]

Jeno Paulucci’s company: “Minneapolis-based Bellisio Foods sells for $1.08 billion to Thailand company” [Star Tribune]

Stay home! “Travel not advised as blizzard wallops western, central Minn.” [Star Tribune]

Update: The Star Tribune item about the attempted hanging at the day care has been updated to reflect the latest information on the incident.

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