Feds cut off student aid programs for Globe University

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Will the new administration  take a more sympathetic look at these courageous entrepreneurs? The Star Tribune’s Mark Brunswick reports, “Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business no longer will be allowed to participate in federal student aid programs, an unusual move that could seriously jeopardize the ability of the struggling for-profit schools to continue to operate.”

The obvious question is, “What gay couple would hire these two?” Says Stephen Montemayor in the Strib, “A St. Cloud husband-and-wife film company is challenging the constitutionality of Minnesota’s human rights act, arguing that they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples. In one of the first challenges since same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota, Carl and Angel Larsen’s Telescope Media Group filed suit Tuesday in federal court against the state’s commissioner of human rights and attorney general.’”

Speaking up for Keith Ellison is Michelle Goldberg at Slate: “The taboo Ellison broke here is acknowledging the obvious truth that American foreign policy disproportionately favors Israel and that the pro-Israel lobby is effective. ‘His words imply that U.S. foreign policy is based on religiously or national origin-based special interests rather than simply on America’s best interests,’ says an unctuously pious Anti-Defamation League statement. Special interests interfering with American policymaking—who ever heard of such a thing! This is nothing less than Zionist political correctness, attempting to pre-emptively delegitimize an argument—that the Israel lobby is highly influential – rather than respond to it on the merits.”

Outside in a North Dakota winter. What’s not to like? For NPR, Nathan Rott says, “The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, has asked protesters to leave the campsites because of the severe weather. But many at the camp are insistent on staying. Morning Star Gali, of the Achomawi Band of the Pit River Tribe, left the camp with her two daughters and sheltered in Cannon Ball after the storm hit. But she was preparing to return Tuesday, regardless of the request and subzero temperatures. ‘[The pipeline] hasn’t left yet, the machinery hasn’t left yet, the floodlights have been turned off, the barbed wire hasn’t been removed,’ she says. ‘Until that occurs, it’s not over with and we plan to be here.’”

On The Wall Street Journal opinion page, North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer writes, “So what is the pipeline dispute really about? Political expediency in a White House that does not see itself as being bound by the rule of law. The Obama administration has decided to build a political legacy rather than lead the country. It is facilitating an illegal occupation that has grown wildly out of control. That the economy depends on a consistent and predictable permitting regime seems never to have crossed the president’s mind. There is no doubt that Native American communities have historically suffered at the hands of the federal government. But to litigate that history on the back of a legally permitted river crossing is absurd. The Obama administration should enforce the law, release the easement and conclude this dangerous standoff.” 

What good lawyer wouldn’t want to beat the traffic and save on parking? Says Maura Lerner for the Strib, “Starting next fall, students in the weekend law-degree program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law will be able to spend a lot more weekends at home. For the first time, a third of their course work will be offered online, the school announced this week.”

Speaking of hiring, Kavita Kumar of the Strib says, “It has only been in operation since August, but the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee is already looking to ramp up its workforce as the online giant’s growth continues to outpace the overall retail industry. Amazon is actively hiring for another 1,000 full-time jobs on top of the 1,500 positions it has already filled … .”

In the Dallas Morning News, Claire Cardona writes about the short-lived experience of Minnesota’s black Santa. “Although his job takes him to the North Pole and other faraway places, this Santa — the first black St. Nick at the Mall of America — would prefer to work closer to home. Larry Jefferson, a retired U.S. Army veteran, returned to Irving on Monday after spending four days greeting children and handing out candy canes at Minnesota’s Mall of America. … He said he doesn’t believe kids see him any differently, although adults might. Despite his popularity with some, others were less enthusiastic with the decision, voicing their opposition online.”

Jon Bream of the Strib says, “The Grammys showed Minnesota a little love. Just a little. When the nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, Mint Condition ended up as a finalist for best R&B album for ‘Healing Season,’ a holiday album. … The Okee Dokee Brothers, the Twin Cities duo that makes music for kids of all ages, earned its third nomination for best children’s album, for ‘Saddle Up.’”

The good doctor can cover the cost of the golden shovels. MPR’s Matt Sepic says, “Minnesota United, the Twin Cities’ Major League Soccer team, is breaking ground on its new stadium on Monday. But a major piece of financing for the $150 million facility remains up in the air. … But Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire has said he’s confident legislators will sort things out.”

Apparently, pizza delivery tips don’t quite keep you in the lifestyle to which you’d like to be accustomed. Sarah Horner of the PiPress says, “A St. Paul man accused of stealing money from two Domino’s Pizza employees as they attempted to make deposits has pleaded guilty to the crime. Demonte Cortez Johnson, 20, entered the plea during a hearing Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court. Johnson was charged in October with three counts of simple robbery for incidents that occurred in August and September. He had worked at the pizza chain and was identified as a potential suspect by a Domino’s security employee, according to the criminal complaint filed.”  

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 12/07/2016 - 07:25 am.

    I Can’t Help but Wonder

    why all those in charge in North Dakota,…

    such as Rep Kramer,…

    had NO trouble when the Dakota Access Pipeline was moved so that it wouldn’t cross the river upstream from Bismark,…

    because that river is Bismark’s water source,…

    and the inevitable oil spill from the pipeline would pollute Bismark’s water

    but now claim not to be able to understand why the Native Americans are upset that the pipeline is now slated to cross the river upstream from THEIR lands,…

    ensuring that the inevitable oil spill will pollute THEIR water.

    Are their eyes so blinded by racism directed toward Native Americans that they don’t believe those original inhabitants of North Dakota,…

    deserve the same equal treatment, protection, and courtesy as the descendants of the largely-undocumented European immigrants who invaded those lands?

    So far I see no reason to conclude that the basis for this dispute is anything OTHER than white racism.

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 12/07/2016 - 08:03 am.


    Do the Native Americans use the river as their water source? I haven’t read enough to know the answer. But, if not, your comparison is apples to oranges.

    • Submitted by Thomas Quinn on 12/07/2016 - 10:24 am.

      According to an article in the STRIB last week

      the current tribal water intake is 20 miles from the crossing, but will be 70 miles away after a new system goes into effect next year.

  3. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 12/07/2016 - 08:09 am.

    Conservative hypocrisy

    Conservatives all over love to tell Muslims to “assimilate” when they want accommodation for work breaks for prayer, or for the cashier who doesn’t want to sell pork or liquor. But whoa, the minute Christianity is involved, suddenly it’s the “War on ____”.

    Do these Christians provide service to divorced heterosexual couples? Do they quiz couples on whether they’ll remain faithful? Do they check to see if there’s a history of domestic abuse between them? Is there any kind of bible-based checklist they impose? Of course not. This is sheer bigotry attempting to be passed off as religion. The answer is simple….GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS.

    Lastly, I note how close St. Cloud is to Morrison County, the hotbed of Trump support. Just coincidence, I’m sure.

  4. Submitted by T J Simplot on 12/07/2016 - 09:37 am.

    I support same sex marriage…but

    I have no problem with same sex marriage. That said I believe there is a difference between discriminating based on who you are versus what you do. If a business refused to sell any kind cake to a person simply because they are gay,minority, etc, that is wrong. However, if they refuse to make a cake celebrating something they don’t agree with, I think that’s okay. For example, what if a white person wants a cake decorated with a phallic symbol or a vulgarity. Shouldn’t the baker have the right to turn that request down? They’re not turning the person down because they are white, they are doing so because of what that cake represents.

    I believe that if a business chooses to either do or not do business with same sex marriage ceremonies they will feel the effects of their decisions. They may get increased business from those who agree with them and may also lose business from those who disagree. I think that’s how it should work.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 12/07/2016 - 10:32 am.

      Tim, last I checked

      a cake with a phallic symbol isn’t a constitutional right. Although, now that you mentioned it….:)

      • Submitted by T J Simplot on 12/07/2016 - 11:36 am.

        Last time I checked…

        In my example no one is taking away their right to get married.

      • Submitted by T J Simplot on 12/07/2016 - 11:49 am.


        Last time I checked gun ownership is a constitutional right. Does that mean if I own a sporting goods store or any other kind of store, I have to sell guns?

  5. Submitted by Richard Hodges on 12/07/2016 - 12:18 pm.


    Why didn’t they route the pipeline down the east side of the Missouri River to start with so it would not have to cross the river downstream?

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