$800 million bonding bill fails to pass House

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Don Davis of the Forum News Service tells us, “Minnesota legislation funding public works projects ranging from repairing college roofs to helping cities build water treatment plants has an uncertain future. The House rejected the bill Wednesday, May 17, 70-62, falling 11 votes short the super majority the state Constitution requires to borrow money. ‘There are other options out there,’ Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, said after the bill went down. However, he could give no assurances there will be another chance.”

Gross. Says Sarah Horner in the PiPress, “It was the nature of the Craigslist ad that caught a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent’s attention. The poster said he was looking for ‘serious girls’ who shared his interest in incest and starting a ‘nudist family.’ He went on to describe his desire to get a mother and daughter pregnant at the same time, according to a criminal complaint. Concerned, the agent responded to the ad with an undercover email address and pretended to be a 15-year-old girl. The officer told the poster that “she” wanted to help him fulfill his vision but was concerned she was too young.”

Today in invasive pests. David Knutson of the PiPress says, “The St. Paul City Council voted Wednesday to spend nearly half a million dollars to tackle the infestation of the emerald ash borer beetle. The city will take $400,000 from its contingency budget for capital programs and $50,000 from the streets program to pay for a multi-year effort. It plans to replant a tree for every tree it ‘stumps’ — or chops down.”

Poland doesn’t care how old he is. The AP reports, “Polish prosecutors say they are working on a request for the extradition from the U.S. of a Minnesota man they accuse of participating in a World War II massacre. The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-commander in an SS-led Nazi unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians during the war. Prosecutor Robert Janicki of Poland’s National Remembrance Institute told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the extradition request will be sent to the U.S. Justice Department soon, but declined to specify when.” 

Still guilty. MPR’s Bob Collins writes, “Over the objections of one justice, the Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the life sentences given to the killer of three people at the Seward Market and Halal Meat on East Franklin Ave., in Minneapolis in 2010. Mahdi Hassan Ali was initially sentenced to life without parole, a sentence that was modified after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles. The state Supreme Court had sent the case back for the resentencing after the Minnesota Legislature failed to adjust the law mandating life without parole for juveniles in particularly heinous crimes.”

Every crisis is an opportunity. Kavita Kumar of the Strib reports, “As he looks to revive Target Corp.’s faltering business, CEO Brian Cornell said Wednesday the retailer will more aggressively pounce on opportunities to profit from the large number of store closings and retail bankruptcies that have been rocking the distressed industry. ‘We know there’s going to be billions of dollars up for grabs,’ he told reporters after the Minneapolis-based retailer reported its fourth straight quarter of lower sales. In fact, Target projects there could be as much as $60 billion in sales up for the taking as weaker players exit the industry. Gordmans, HHGregg, BCBG, Payless ShoeSource, Rue21, American Apparel, the Limited and Wet Seal are among those who have filed bankruptcy and closed some or all of their stores this year.”

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