Just level with me. Am I firing up the blower or not? On the coming storm, Stribber Paul Walsh says, “Blizzard conditions are predicted by the National Weather Service (NWS) across the state’s midsection starting Friday morning, from Redwood Falls to St. Cloud and continuing east to Lake Mille Lacs. But for those above or below that horizontal path, the NWS had this to say Thursday in its ‘urgent’ winter weather advisory: ‘Any slight deviation in the expected storm track will result in significant snowfall forecast changes.’”
At MPR, Ron Trenda says, “Winds gusting from 45 to 55 mph and heavy snow will create whiteout conditions, which could develop shortly after midnight [Thursday] in far western Minnesota. A blizzard warning goes into affect at 3 a.m. Friday for parts of western Minnesota, including Morris and Marshall. Blizzard warnings begin at 6 a.m. Friday to the east of that area, including Willmar and Redwood Falls. … GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH ARE EXPECTED IN THE BLIZZARD WARNING AREA.” (I swear: The CAPS LOCK is not mine.)
Good news for Joe Soucheray. Also at MPR, Brian Bakst reports, “Property taxes levied by cities, counties, schools and other entities across Minnesota would rise an average of 3.8 percent for 2017 if preliminary rates don’t come down after upcoming Truth-in-Taxation meetings. The total proposed increase — about $344 million — is considerably lower than that suggested and ultimately adopted for 2016. Last year, property taxes across the state rose by a combined $397 million, or about 4.5 percent. That was below the 5 percent recommended by local governments in their preliminary assessments.”
Today in Second Amendment news. Pat Pheifer of the Strib says, “Shortly after 7 p.m., St. Cloud police Sgt. Jason Burke said in a news release that ‘Initial information is that a male and female were in an argument outside the mall by the food court. During the argument, two males unknown to them approached, one of the males lifted the front of his shirt and showed the couple a gun in his waistband. The gun was not pointed at the couple, no threats were made, and no injuries have been reported.’”
Similarly, Walsh of the Strib writes, “A gun that a first-grader brought to a St. Paul elementary school fired one round in a class full of students Thursday morning, police and the School District said. No one was injured.”
The end has come. Says John Croman for KARE-TV, “The Larson Boat Group plant in Little Falls employs 140 people, but the market for pleasure boats has never quite recovered from the Great Recession. The company announced last week it will close the Little Falls plant between now and April 1, and consolidate all production at the company’s manufacturing center in Pulaski, Wisconsin.” Dang! As soon as I get my Ponzi scheme up and running I was going to get me a big honkin’ boat.
Everyone else, too. Says Stephen Montemayor for the Strib, “The man who confessed to kidnapping 11-year-old Wetterling at gunpoint in October 1989 has replayed that night ‘in his head a thousand times,’ and wishes he never took the boy’s life, according to a document his attorney filed in federal court Thursday. Danny Heinrich, 53, is expected to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in September to one count of possessing child pornography.”
Well, would you? In the San Jose Mercury News George Avalos writes, “New account openings at Wells Fargo plunged in October, the first full month after the bank became mired in a scandal linked to bogus accounts opened without the permission of its customers, the financial services giant reported Thursday. Wells Fargo said consumer checking account openings fell 27 percent in October, compared with September activity. Account openings also were down 44 percent compared with October 2015.” They really need to incentivize that stuff somehow.
Nice of him not make his pals go get him. In the PiPress, Tory Cooney writes, “St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez turned himself in at the Ramsey County jail on Thursday after he was charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black man in Falcon Heights in July. Yanez, 28, was fingerprinted and had his photo taken. He is expected to appear in court Friday. He was not taken into custody.”
Says Dave Orrick in the PiPress, “A Coon Rapids police officer shot a man suspected in an earlier convenience store shooting Thursday after a high-speed chase, authorities in Anoka County said. … The police pursuit Thursday afternoon led to the closure of U.S. 10 in Coon Rapids and involved some 30 to 40 squad cars from several law enforcement agencies struggling to corner an Audi sport coupe at speeds of up to 130 mph over a 20-mile swath of Anoka County from East Bethel to Coon Rapids, according to police … .”
It may open in time for “Transformers 5.” Yousseff Rdadd of the Forum News Service says, “Woodbury may be getting another movie theater in 2018. Michigan-based developer Ramco-Gershenson recently submitted an application to build a 1,063-seat movie theater on the western end of the Woodbury Lakes Development, which is between Hudson Road and Interstate 94. In its application, the firm plans to begin developing a 52,275-square-foot theater next spring, with an anticipated opening in fall 2018.”