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Nolan seizes on Mills’ comments defending Trump use of Chinese steel

Plus: Rosemount household receives 90 political mailers; Vikings offensive coordinator resigns; MyPillow hit with $1 million in civil penalties; and more.

Rep. Rick Nolan
MinnPost file photo by Paul Walsh

Could be a big deal in the Eighth District. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater reports: “A Roll Call report published online on Tuesday morning included the following paragraph: ‘Mills is quick to say that he didn’t caucus for Trump. But he’s voting for him next week and he defended the real estate mogul’s use of Chinese steel — a point Democrats here have seized on — as a competitive business decision.’ … Nolan pounced on the wording, holding a public appearance at the Iron Man statue in Chisholm to condemn Mills’ position.”

In other Eighth District news:

Money well spent, surely. The Pioneer Press’ Christopher Magan reports: “Judging by the mail they get, some Rosemount residents might have the impression that control of the Minnesota Legislature and Congress is in their hands on Nov. 8. … Since early September, one Rosemount home was walloped with 90 political mailers about candidates running for Minnesota House District 57B, Senate District 57 or the 2nd Congressional District.”

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Vikings shakeup. The Star Tribune reports: “Norv Turner has resigned as Vikings offensive coordinator. … Pat Shurmur will be the interim offensive coordinator for the rest of the season, the team announced Wednesday morning. Turner, in his 27th season as an NFL coach, had called plays for the Vikings in 40 games under head coach Mike Zimmer. … Zimmer said that Turner’s job status was not in jeopardy and that he was ‘surprised’ when Turner came into his office at 6:30 Wednesday morning to share his decision.”

Claims were a bunch of fluff. The Star Tribune’s John Ewoldt writes: “MyPillow, the Chaska-based pillow manufacturer, will pay $1 million in civil penalties following a deceptive ad case brought by prosecutors in ten California counties. … The company may no longer promote that its products are able to cure diseases or call its pillow the ‘official pillow’ of the National Sleep Foundation.”

In other news…

A pretty positive review: “The Commons – Some Observations” []

Well done:At the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a newsroom that’s gone from surviving to thriving” [Poynter]

Adding it to the Upper Manitou Forest Preserve: “Nature Conservancy buys old-growth forest in Minn. from Will Steger” [AP via MPR]

All the cool kids are doing it: “Buffalo Wild Wings to Introduce New Craft Beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company” [Buffalo Wild Wings]

Pretty interesting interview with a locally grown comedian: “Joe Mande on St. Paul, trolling, Philando Castile, and war with LaCroix” [City Pages]