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Feds cut off student aid programs for Globe University

Plus: St. Cloud couple files suit to be able to refuse service to gay couples; Mitchell Hamline to offer more of classes online; Minnesota United announces groundbreaking for new stadium; and more.

Globe University
Globe University

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.”

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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.”