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Trump rebuked for comments about Somali-Americans in Minnesota

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Donald Trump speaking in a cargo hangar at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday.
Shocker. The Donald offended people during his visit Sunday. At MPR, Doualy Xaykaothao says, “Somali-Americans and their supporters reacted harshly Monday to Republican Donald Trump’s remarks during his brief weekend visit to Minnesota.

In his rally at an airport hangar on Sunday, the GOP presidential candidate told supporters that Minnesota had ‘suffered enough’ for taking in thousands of Somali refugees. … In Minneapolis on Monday, outside a dark-green building that houses both Afro Deli and the African Development Center, a woman in her 30s said Trump’s comments were not only ignorant but dangerous.” 

Our (deeply) convoluted medicinal pot system still isn’t doing much for many. Says Jennifer Brooks for the Strib, “When Minnesota’s medical marijuana program opened its doors to pain patients this summer, the hope was that people in pain, and a program struggling with growing pains, might be able to help each other. That was three months ago. … Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is one of the most restrictive in the country and one of the smallest. As of last Friday, 3,331 patients had enrolled, half of them pain patients.”

Just as long as he’s gone. Also at MPR, Tim Nelson says, “A St. Paul police officer seen in dashboard camera video kicking a man during a controversial arrest in June, is no longer on the force, the department said Monday. That’s a change from Friday, when police described Brett Palkowitsch as being on unpaid leave as they released video of him kicking Frank Baker, an African-American man who lay on the ground as a police dog bit him. … On Monday, department spokesperson Mike Ernster said the Palkowitsch’s status has not changed, but that the description of his employment last week did not accurately reflect the situation. Palkowitsch is no longer with the department but state law prohibits disclosing whether the departure was voluntary or if Palkowitsch was fired, Ernster added.”

This hasn’t caught on in Edina, as far as I know. Says Mara Gottfried for the PiPress, “What started as a ‘smack fest’ at a St. Paul bar ended with one of the participants assaulted by at least half a dozen people, police said Monday. … A 25-year-old Anoka woman reported she had been at Arnellia’s Bar on University Avenue, near Lexington Parkway, and had taken part in a smack fest at the bar, according to Steve Linders, a department spokesman. It was described in a police report as being ‘a competition in which willing contestants take turns slapping each other in the faces,’ Linders said.”

Sanctuary for the ponies. Says Stribber Shannon Prather, “Seven blind mustangs with bloodlines that stretch back to Spanish explorers will live out their days in Minnesota. This Old Horse, a nonprofit horse sanctuary in Dakota County, agreed to care for the seven blind stallions, as well as two mares, which had been living at an overcrowded horse sanctuary in South Dakota.”

I know this will put a crimp in your lifestyle. Tom Krisher of the AP reports, “Electric carmaker Tesla Motors has decided to stop offering unlimited free use of its 734 fast charging stations worldwide, just months before it is scheduled to start selling a mass-market electric car. Tesla Motors Inc. said cars ordered after Jan. 1, 2017, will receive roughly 1,000 miles worth of credits each year for use at the Supercharger stations. But after the credits are used, owners will have to pay fees that Tesla didn’t detail on Monday. Vehicles ordered or sold on or before Jan. 1 would still get unlimited free charging.”

Frankly, this is tame compared to others I’ve seen. William Bornhoft of Minneapolis Patch says, “An inflammatory T-shirt worn by a man at Donald Trump’s rally in Minnesota Sunday has sparked controversy across the county. The T-shirt, which displays the words, ‘Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required,’ was pictured being worn by a supporter attending Trump’s rally at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Tweets and Facebook posts of the image have been shared thousands of times since Sunday. The T-shirt’s message drew widespread criticism from people angered by the belief that journalists should be lynched.” It’s all about making ‘Murica great again.

Nick Woltman of the PiPress says, “Two African-American construction workers say their Hugo-based employer allowed a supervisor to repeatedly harass them using racial slurs, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Thursday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. William Staple and Dion Pye began working for JL Schweiters Construction in fall 2012 as carpenters, court documents say. Both men allege a white field manager frequently referred to them using a racial slur and threatened them with violence. ‘For example, the supervisor told Staple and Pye that he had a gun and could ‘shoot a n—-r a mile away,’  the complaint says. … The supervisor also made a cross out of two pieces of wood, and told Staple and Pye that he would burn a cross in their yards’.” But, you know, if we just stopped being so danged politically correct all the time.

Barry Amundson of the Forum News Service reports, “A Cloquet man has been found dead in his deer stand from a gunshot wound. Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said the 73-year-old man had been deer hunting in Red Clover Township. Dispatchers received a call at 10:18 a.m. on Monday reporting the man had been found dead. Cromwell fire and ambulance, Carlton County deputies and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded.”

But how do I know I’ll never need that half gallon of “Desert Mist” sometime in the future? Dee DePass of the Strib says, “Minnesota’s new paint-recycling program far exceeded expectations as the public, the state and retail stores helped collect more than 1 million gallons of old paint during its first full year.” If you mix everything you’ve got together you get a kinda grey.

Might have priced itself out of the market. Solvejg Wastvedt of MPR reports, “The University of Minnesota and Teach for America Twin Cities announced Monday they’re ending a two and a half-year partnership. Teach for America recruits teachers from around the country for initial two-year commitments at high-need schools. Since 2014, Teach for America participants in the Twin Cities have taken a summer preparation program followed by university courses toward a teaching license while they worked in the classroom.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 11/08/2016 - 10:05 am.

    PotRx not yet Dx

    Oh, yes, many constraints and expenses here. We should note, however, that since intractable pain was added to the qualification list in July, the enrollment number cited here is a double.

    One significant revelation not (well) fully revealed simply regards street sources. It is truly amazing to discuss the State program most anywhere, and then learn just how widespread the sub-culture has grown at many levels. “Mary Jane” gets around a lot, one learns.

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