Man investigated in Wetterling case plans suit against Stearns County sheriff

Still some unresolved matters from the Wetterling case. The Star Tribune’s Pam Louwagie reports: “A man investigated as a suspect in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling intends to sue the Stearns County sheriff and others alleging that they misrepresented evidence to get search warrants targeting him. … The lawsuit on behalf of Dan Rassier, 61, will be filed Wednesday in federal court in the Twin Cities, said his attorney, Michael Padden. … ‘Like typical criminals, they left their fingerprints all over everything,’ Padden told the Star Tribune. ‘They submitted false information to secure a search warrant [targeting Rassier]. This is chilling. This could happen to any citizen.’”

Minnesota must a must. The Pioneer Press’ Jess Fleming reports: “When you drink a Minnesota-made wine, you can be assured that more than half of the liquid in your glass came from grapes grown in this state. … But two Minnesota wineries want to change that. … The owners of Alexis Bailly Vineyard in Hastings and Next Chapter Winery in New Prague have filed a lawsuit challenging the state law that requires 51 percent of a Minnesota farm winery’s grapes to be grown here. … ‘Our clients want to continue to make Minnesota wines, but they also want the freedom to make a wider variety of wines that their consumers want,’ said Meagan Forbes, an attorney for the Institute of Justice, which is helping the wineries with their lawsuit.”

Gorsuch will get no love from the North Star State. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater writes: “Sen. Amy Klobuchar told the News Tribune on Wednesday that she will not support President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. … ‘Senators have a solemn obligation to advise and consent on a president’s nominee for the Supreme Court,’ Klobuchar said in an emailed statement to the News Tribune. ‘… His judicial record on critical issues including the rights of children with disabilities, campaign finance, and preserving health and safety protections have led me to conclude that I cannot support his nomination.’ … Klobuchar joins Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in denying support to Gorsuch. ”

Well, should help with that rural population loss. The Brainerd Dispatch’s Chelsey Perkins reports: “After hearing from nearly 30 community members Tuesday, the Crow Wing County Board voted down a motion to reinstitute the practice of distributing condoms through its family home visit program. … The issue was on the agenda Tuesday at the request of Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom, who said she wanted the board to clear up confusion arising from a recent action to halt condom distribution.”

In other news…

Latest in Yanez/Castile case: “Prosecutors: Yanez’s comments in Castile shooting admissible” [MPR]

More free-enterprise-crushing regulations from the Legislature: “Rep. Gruenhagen authors bill to ban gender inclusive workplace, public accommodations” [The Column]

An underappreciated punctuation mark gets its due: “Giant, inflatable colon coming to Mankato Mayo specialty clinic” [Mankato Free Press]

Gomorrah on the Mississippi: “City Council Considers BYOB to a Minneapolis Park” [KSTP]

Everyone has to start somewhere: “Hand-penned vintage Bob Dylan lyrics, a 1961 tribute to ‘Wisconson,’ up for auction” [LaCrosse Tribune]

Rep. Ellison throws down the gauntlet:

Hey: “Hey, it’s an MLB coloring book featuring Joe Mauer” [Star Tribune]

On HBO at the end of April: “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to honor Prince with Lenny Kravitz tribute” [The Current] 

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