USA Today’s story says, “Players told Claeys they will boycott the Holiday Bowl if their demands are not met — a reference to their disagreement with the decision to suspend the 10 players. According to the person who spoke to USA TODAY Sports, athletic director Mark Coyle decided unilaterally to suspend the 10 players, though he initially tried to characterize the decision as one made in conjunction with Claeys. The university announced the suspensions Tuesday night without disclosing why.”
In the Strib, Joe Christensen writes, “What appeared to be every Gophers player appeared Thursday at a university athletic building to deliver a united announcement, saying they are immediately boycotting team activities and are willing to boycott the Holiday Bowl if their teammates are not reinstated. … The players on Thursday night called out university President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle, saying the school leaders supported and delivered unjust punishment.”
At Deadspin, Patrick Redford follows the Strib story and adds, “Right after the publication of this post, the Minnesota football team gathered and a player read a statement demanding a reversal of the suspensions, a private meeting with university officials, and immunity from retaliation against players or coaches. He urged the Holiday Bowl committee to be ‘patient’ and said that he wanted the chance to ‘make our program great again.’” Dude … please.
Somehow it’s got to be the fault of Obamacare. Stribber Jeremy Olson reports, “A pharmaceutical saleswoman in Minnesota was a key figure in a conspiracy by six generic drug manufacturers to curtail competition and raise prices, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the attorney generals of Minnesota and 19 other states. … The local saleswoman, who worked for Heritage Pharmaceuticals, ‘is central to the allegations’, said Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson.” I like someone who shows enterprise!
Well, someone should. The MPR story from Riham Feshir and Jon Collins says, “The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that it’s launched an “independent and comprehensive assessment” of the St. Anthony Police Department. The city will be the 16th nationally to enter into a collaborative reform process with the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which works to help police departments around the country advance community policing. The St. Anthony department in October asked to join the effort, which focuses on identifying specific issues within a police department.” Maybe taking “revenue enhancement” off the cops’ to-do list will help.
Tim Nelson at MPR reports, “Chanhassen High School Principal Timothy Dorway was charged Thursday with seven felony counts of possession of child pornography, dating back as much as a decade. Carver County charging documents say a tip led investigators to Dorway’s Dropbox account where they allegedly found 11 child porn videos. The complaint says Dorway admitted to viewing child pornography, and that ‘his primary interest’ was pornography involving girls ages 11 to 13.”
In case hadn’t heard. MPR’s Paul Huttner is saying, “Our next major winter storm of the season is moving into Minnesota. This one comes in 3 main pieces. … Light snow arrives overnight into Friday morning. Slick/icy roads impacting Friday morning rush hour. … The main body of the storm arrives Friday afternoon and evening with moderate to heavier snow. … Bitterly cold sub-zero air follows the storm Saturday night into Sunday and Monday. … This may be one of the best-advertised winter storms in modern history. That makes me nervous. … but we could see the coldest air in 3 to 20 years depending on how cold it gets Sunday. If we get to -24 it will be the coldest at MSP since 1996.”
With that in mind, consider this from Jerard Fagerberg at City Pages, “This month, we look at a microcosm of beers that represent the breadth of winter beers. There’s even a bonus thrown in for the holiday season. Rejoice! … Lupulin Polarnattens Paradis. … Brewed in collaboration with Ramsey’s Paradise Roasters, this coffee stout is a milky beer homage to the Aurora borealis that light up your winter. The beer makes good use of Paradise’s Espresso Nuevo and Aged Sumatra Peaberry coffees to put a strong java taste on top of the intimidatingly dark body. It goes down smoother than it looks, though, with a surprising tingle of star anise punctuating the end of the sip. If you’re one of those people with a natural aversion to black licorice, this may not be the beer for you, but if you like good, insulating imperials that creatively disguise their ABV, then seek it out when it drops on December 23.” Hmmm. I’m looking for something with notes of kerosene, anise and pepperoni and that lingers on the tongue like 60-weight sandpaper. I know it’s out there somewhere.
Also in hospitality news: Nancy Ngo of the PiPress has a list … of restaurants open on Christmas.
Also at City Pages, Susan Du writes, “Metro area Walmarts rely on police to deal with shoplifting more than any other business, including rival big box stores like Target and Cub. Legislators from St. Paul and Brooklyn Park say the discount giant has been gobbling up an unfair portion of their cities’ public resources. Rather than hiring their own security to deal with petty crimes, they say, Walmart is forcing taxpayers to subsidize security for its stores. In the past year, the St. Paul Walmart made 2,129 calls for service; Bloomington had 1,250; Brooklyn Center 1,099; and Brooklyn Park 480. The total cost to these cities is estimated to be a little more than $3 million.” What this country needs are 35 percent tariffs on cheap imported goods.
Today in your precious Second Amendment freedoms. Says Karen Zamora of the Strib, “What started out as some playful fun among teenage boys turned frightening late Wednesday when a west metro man who feared being burglarized fired his handgun three times into the ground, leading to charges against him. The 34-year-old Carver man fired the gun after he saw what he thought was a stranger or strangers on the roof of his shed … The roof climber was a 16-year-old boy trying to retrieve his hat from the roof.” Which reminds me. I need more ammo in case those kids next door build another snow fort.
Meanwhile, out in Seattle, Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times reports: “The city should cut its ties with Wells Fargo Bank in part because of the bank’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says. Legislation introduced by Sawant requests that Seattle’s mayor refrain from banking or conducting other business with Wells Fargo Bank for at least one year, when the city’s current contract with the bank ends Dec. 31, 2018. … Wells Fargo currently manages more than $3 billion of the city’s operating account, including a biweekly payroll of $30 million for approximately 12,000 employees. The average daily balance in the city’s account with Wells Fargo is about $73 million.”