The Star Tribune says, “The Gophers fell 1-0 to Alabama on Sunday in the championship game of the Tuscaloosa Regional at Rhoads Stadium. The Big Ten champions finished the season with a 56-5 record, and with some lingering indignation over how they were sent on the road as an unseeded team despite their record and credentials. ‘This should have been a Super Regional game,’ Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. … Instead, it happened on Alabama’s home turf in front of more than 1,900 fans.”
Want to build a house? In the Star Tribune, Emma Nelson says, “Years after the recession rocked some Minneapolis neighborhoods with foreclosures, the city owns hundreds of vacant lots — and pays thousands of dollars a month to keep them tidy. About 400 of the 500 lots are on the North Side, according to the city’s department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED). … The pileup of empty properties on the North Side has reached such an extreme that the city is offering financial incentives to build new houses on vacant residential lots there.”
A Forum News Service editorial states the obvious. “Minnesota is once again mired in partisan dysfunction in St. Paul. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and Republican leaders who control both chambers of the legislature are far apart in their budget proposals, a troublesome stalemate as the session nears completion. … It’s a big mess. Nothing seems to get done in St. Paul anymore. Although the budget quagmire is somewhat reminiscent of 2011, Dayton’s first budget, the problem then was a huge deficit. Now the feud is over a large surplus. The problem, of course, is an inability to strike a compromise. The divide is a vivid illustration of how polarized politics have become, with the two parties seemingly inhabiting different planets.”
But all is not lost yet. Brian Bakst at MPR says, “Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said as of late Sunday afternoon the Republican-led Legislature and DFL Governor Mark Dayton were on the cusp of a broad agreement. That includes a compromise on Dayton’s signature water quality law to require buffer strips between farmland and waterways. Republicans had been pushing for a delay to a November deadline for compliance. Gazelka said there will be some flexibility that suits Dayton’s concerns.”
Speaking of visiting state parks, Stribber Paul Walsh reports, “The sentence for a northern Minnesota man who stole thousands of tree tops from a national forest and sold them so they could be made into Christmas decorations allows him to avoid any time incarcerated. Joseph L. Edminster, 70, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced in federal court in St. Paul on Friday to three years’ probation and 200 hours of community service, and ordered to make restitution.” But the restitution is … what?
Also from Walsh: “A hazing incident at Carleton College involving ‘extreme alcohol consumption’ in connection with a secret club has prompted the private school to suspend 13 students, administrators announced. A letter sent Friday to students, faculty and staff from Carleton President Steven Poskanzer and another top college official revealed that punishment for the 13 students includes an immediate three-trimester suspension, alcohol education and community service.” I thought that was a smarter cut of kid down there?
Someone just realized what happened to their stash. The Pioneer Press’ Tad Vezner reports: “A Maplewood children’s clothing store that pays money for used goods didn’t exactly know how to assess a customer’s drop-off Friday. ‘“Once Upon a Child” does not buy little baggies of weed,’ said Police Chief Paul Schnell. Or, in this case, 60 baggies containing about 2 grams of marijuana each.”
A couple items from next door. The AP has a preliminary price tag for last week’s tornado in Chetek, Wisconsin. “The Barron County Sheriff’s Department has released initial damage estimates from a tornado that tore through the Chetek area of northwestern Wisconsin last week. The department said Sunday that the storm damaged 231 homes and four commercial properties across the county, though those numbers are likely to change. The storm caused about $10 million in damages, not including damage to trees. That includes $5 million to personal property and the rest to commercial property.”
Then, in what is kind of a weekly standard, Will Ashenmacher of the PiPress reports, “An Eau Claire man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of his 8th drunk-driving offense. Around 9:45 p.m., ‘multiple’ motorists in Eau Claire called 911 to report a minivan being driven erratically as it headed west on Clairemont Avenue. When a nearby Wisconsin State Trooper investigated, he found that Leo F. Owen, 58, had crashed into a guardrail just west of Otter Road. Neither Owen nor his 60-year-old male passenger were injured.” Another eight or nine of these incidents and The Badger State is going to crack down on old Leo.