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Legislative auditor calls MSFA suite use ethically questionable

Plus: Trump includes widely reported St. Cloud mall attack in list of under-reported terrorism incidents; legislators consider requiring hands-free mode for in-car cellphone use; Francis Lam to replace Lynne Rossetto Kasper on “Splendid Table”; and more. 

Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles
MinnPost file photo by Daniel Corrigan

Like so many things, unethical but not illegal. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “The agency that runs U.S. Bank Stadium made ethically questionable use of the stadium luxury suites it controls, but its use of event tickets did not violate state law. … That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles. … The report criticizes the five-member Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and its staff for inviting friends, family and political allies into its suites for Minnesota Vikings games, concerts and other events.”

Hmm … where do we remember reading about this? MPR’s Cody Nelson reports: “President Trump said on Monday he thinks the news media have failed at reporting terrorist attacks. … Speaking to troops at an Air Force base in Florida, the president said news organizations ‘have their reasons, and you understand that.’ … A reporter followed up later in the day and asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer for examples of a terrorist attack the news media has not reported on. Spicer promised to provide a list. … The St. Cloud, Minn., mall stabbing is on the list of purportedly underreported terror attacks.”

As long as you can still hold your latte and doughnut. The Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery reports: “Minnesota could be about to clamp down even more on mobile phone use while driving. … Several state lawmakers are proposing a ban on all cellphone use while driving, except in hands-free mode. … ‘Constituents tell us, and the data affirms, that we’re seeing more and more accidents as a result of distracted driving,’ said Rep. Frank Hornstein, the Minneapolis Democrat who’s co-authoring the bill with Champlin Republican Rep. Mark Uglem. ‘We know that we’re going to save lives and prevent injuries with this type of legislation.’ ”

Another high-profile public radio talent switch. The Growler reports: “American Public Media announced today that New York Times Magazine columnist Francis Lam will become the new host of The Splendid Table. After 21 seasons, Lynne Rossetto Kasper is retiring at the end of 2017, and will continue to contribute to the program throughout the year until her retirement. Lam will host his first show March 10. … Lam, a James Beard Award winner, has been a regular contributor and frequent guest host on The Splendid Table since 2010. He is also the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing. He’s also been a regular judge on Top Chef Masters.”

In other news…

More Ellison love … “Keith Ellison Is Everything Republicans Thought Obama Was. Maybe He’s Just What Democrats Need.” [Mother Jones]

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… and here’s Ellison on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. [Comedy Central]

… and another endorsement: “Gloria Steinem Endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair” [Variety]

DeVos confirmed as ed secretary; Franken not amused:

Any day now: “Voters await economic revival in a part of pro-Trump America” [AP]

Surgery in March: “Gov. Mark Dayton Announces Treatment Plan” [KSTP]

More of this kind of stuff please: “Minnesota mosque gets ‘thank you’ note from neighbors they don’t even know” [City Pages] 

Expect More but maybe not this much: “2-ton Target ball pulls an ‘Indiana Jones’ and rolls through parking lot” [Mashable]

Yeah, we’re pretty great: “Check Out the Winterland Beauty of the Great Northern Experience” [Eater]

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