Obama endorses Minnesota bid to host World’s Fair

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President Barack Obama

Uh huh, and what about the new guy? The AP says, “President Barack Obama has endorsed a Minnesota bid to host a World’s Fair in 2023 on the theme of wellness. In memos Friday to the secretaries of state and commerce, the president says he finds that officially recognizing the proposed expo is in the national interest. An organizing committee announced plans last year for ‘Minnesota World’s Fair [2023]: Wellness and Well Being for All.’ The initiative is being led by former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie with support from business leaders and civic groups.”

Way too much jingling of the bells. Carolyn Lange of the Forum News Service says, “A festive Christmas light celebration Saturday, Dec. 10, near Willmar had a tragic end when several passengers and the driver of horse-drawn wagon were injured after the horses got spooked and ran for about a mile before crashing in a yard. The passengers had non-life-threatening injuries but emergency life-saving measures were performed on the driver, who was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in critical condition and later transferred to the Hennepin County Medical Center.”

And I don’t think they were all new arrivals from the Sun Belt. WCCO-TV says, “The State Patrol says that since the snow started falling Saturday afternoon on the Twin Cities metro, there’ve been more than 500 crashes and 140 spinouts on the snow-packed highways and city streets. Troopers tweeted at 9 a.m. Sunday that in a period of 24 hours since the snow began there were 507 crashes in the metro and 141 spinouts. In those incidents, 53 people suffered injuries, although none were serious or fatal. … Statewide, the numbers were only slightly higher, totaling 600 crashes and 227 spinouts. Again, none of the incidents involved fatalities or serious injuries.”

No, they will not be advising the deer. Says Sam Cook in the Duluth News Tribune, “Twenty Minnesota residents representing a range of interests in Minnesota’s deer population will convene in St. Paul for the first time on Tuesday. Hand-picked by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the diverse group of residents and the organizations they represent are members of an advisory committee that will guide DNR officials as they develop a deer management plan.”

Unfortunately, the trolls are sucking up a lot of the air these days. Says Tad Vezner in the PiPress, “It was actually pretty cold down there; he was thankful for the thick, red suit. And he wanted, badly, to talk about the four days he’d just spent in Minnesota. ‘I want to tell everybody how wonderful Minnesota was to me,’ Santa Larry said. He’d made national news the week before: the first African-American Santa to formally appear at the Mall of America. A newspaper in the west metro broke the story and turned off its comment section. Online backlash, highlighted by national news outlets, began over Santa’s skin color, with some posts calling for a boycott. But as for Larry, he didn’t hear a single naughty word. And he was fully booked.”

On the death of Miles Lord, MPR’s story says, “The man Hubert Humphrey named, ‘the people’s judge’ has died. Judge Miles Lord died Saturday in Eden Prairie, surrounded by family at the age of 97. Lord was born on the Iron Range and was known for being blunt and direct. He was one of the founders of the state’s DFL party and also served as state Attorney General from 1955 to 1960. But it’s his work as a federal judge for which he’ll be most remembered. During Lord’s nearly 20 years as a federal judge, he had a number of landmark cases, including his 1974 order that forced Reserve Mining Company to stop dumping its waste rock into Lake Superior. The case forged a new principle in environmental law — the idea that states should take precautions even when they’re not completely sure that an action will seriously harm the environment.”

And what would Miles think of this? Also at MPR, Peter Cox reports, “DFL party members overwhelmingly defeated a resolution to call sulfide ore mining an environment hazard at the party’s state caucus on Saturday. The issue has been kicked around for decades and would have opposed ‘sulfide ore mining’ in Minnesota due to ‘unacceptable environmental impacts.’ The proposal has come to represent a divide in the DFL party between strong labor supporters who don’t want to steers jobs away from rural Minnesota and environmentalists, who see sulfide mining as a pollution threat.”

Strib biz columnist Neal St. Anthony has a piece on Delmonico’s Deli’s new owner. “[Jessica] Rivera envisioned transforming the business into ‘Jessi’s Market at Delmonico’s,’ with assistance from her mother, a chef. The idea was to make a few improvements to the antiquated building, keep some of the Italian and grocery staples, and launch a deli with a Puerto Rican twist. …  But a 2015 inspection by the city Health Department after the sale found numerous problems with the antiquated facility and equipment. … The bids for the work were $160,000. She had budgeted $50,000 and thought, mistakenly, the work could be completed gradually while open.”

Coast-to-coast. Miguel Otaroia in the Strib writes, “Mindy Ahler wanted to ride her bicycle across the country before she turned 50. All she needed was a reason. She didn’t need to look far to find it — Ahler, 47, has dedicated the last five years advocating for lower carbon emissions in the United States. This ride, she said, would be a chance to talk with people and learn how climate change has affected their communities.”

And no day is complete without news of Wells Fargo. At Bloomberg, Edvard Pettersson and Laura Keller report, “Prudential Financial Inc. was accused of covering up fraudulent sales of life insurance policies through Wells Fargo & Co. to low-income customers, marking the latest flare-up of the fake-accounts scandal plaguing the third-largest U.S. lender by assets. Many of the customers, who often had Hispanic last names, didn’t know what they had purchased and there were ‘a large number of similarities’ between the way Wells Fargo employees opened bogus bank accounts without customers’ knowledge and the way Prudential’s ‘MyTerm’ policies were sold by the bank, three of the insurer’s former employees said in a lawsuit filed in New Jersey state court.” Anyone who claims that is anything more than a bizarre coincidence is the most scurrilous of cynics!

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 12/12/2016 - 06:36 am.

    Somebody at ABC made a boo-boo!

    That SHOULD read “Minnesota World’s Fair 2023: Wellness and Well Being for All”

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/12/2016 - 09:04 am.

    “All she needed was a reason.”

    I think wanting to ride your bike across the country is reason enough to do it. Have we become so dour that anything like this has to be tied to some noble purpose?

  3. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 12/12/2016 - 11:31 am.

    The other guy…

    …is supporting Moscow’s bid. Minnesota didn’t support him, Putin did.

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