Nothing. Riham Feshir and Jon Collins at MPR say, “Jurors weighing the fate of officer Jeronimo Yanez finished another day of work Thursday without a unanimous verdict on felony charges tied to Yanez’s shooting of Philando Castile. They’re expected to return 8:30 a.m. Friday. Thursday was the quietest day so far in the trial, with little going on outside the courtroom beyond the activity of the three dozen or so reporters assembled in the hallway.” They could always do the cable news thing and interview each other.
Credit watch, they say. At MPR, Brian Bakst informs us, “One of the Wall Street firms that confers debt ratings on states and other public borrowers has put Minnesota on a credit watch over concerns that a dispute between the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton could impact debt payments. S&P Global Ratings, which rates Minnesota’s creditworthiness a notch below perfect, issued a statement Thursday that it is monitoring the state’s situation and could lower the rating if a stalemate isn’t resolved within the next few months. A downgrade would make it more expensive for the state to borrow for public construction projects because ratings affect interests rates.”
Also from Bakst: “Planners of a 2018 Super Bowl-timed ice palace on the Capitol lawn are going for a record-breaker, with a structure so tall they’d need a special variance from the state to pull it off. The St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and an architecture firm behind the palace provided a sneak peak Thursday to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board ahead of a full-blown announcement in coming weeks. They said the goal is for it to reach 170 feet at its apex, which would break a current world record of 166 feet set in Minnesota in 1992 — also during a Super Bowl.”
Gretchen Morgenson at The New York Times says, “Even as Wells Fargo was reeling from a major scandal in its consumer bank last year, officials in the company’s mortgage business were putting through unauthorized changes to home loans held by customers in bankruptcy, a new class action and other lawsuits contend. The changes, which surprised the customers, typically lowered their monthly loan payments, which would seem to benefit borrowers, particularly those in bankruptcy. But deep in the details was this fact: Wells Fargo’s changes would extend the terms of borrowers’ loans by decades, meaning they would have monthly payments for far longer and would ultimately owe the bank much more.”
As PR stunts go, this one is hard to criticize. Stribber Jeremy Olson says, “Roughly 1,800 patients will see $2.6 million in medical debts disappear because of charitable payments by the Minnesota Nurses Association, the union that represents hospital nurses throughout the state. The union announced on Thursday that it would pay off the patients’ debts in conjunction with the anniversary of a strike by its nurses against five Allina Health hospitals in the Twin Cities.”
Today’s top fraud. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “The president of a Twin Cities property asset and management company fired a senior executive amid a criminal investigation into allegations that he stole from at least one of the firm’s many clients, an independent condominium complex where retired University of Minnesota faculty and staff live. One resident of 1666 Coffman in Falcon Heights informed other owners in an e-mail Thursday that the ousted executive for Durand & Associates management company in South St. Paul embezzled ‘a large amount of money’ and ‘has disappeared.’” First, check flights to Vegas. Second, look for recent purchases of gaudy boats.
Foodie news. Says Amelia Rayno for the Strib, “After a decade in business, south Minneapolis’ Cafe Maude is preparing to close. The Armatage neighborhood restaurant, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this summer, will shutter at the end of July. But the next phase for the space at 5411 Penn. Av. S. is already in the works. Kim Bartmann, the Twin Cities restaurateur who owns Barbette, Red Stag Supper Club and several other eateries around town will take over the space and plans to debut a new concept this fall.”
And in precious Second Amendment news, the Forum News Service tells us, “A man was transported to the Ely Community Hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the buttocks Thursday. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that it was called to the Angleworm Lake area off the Echo Trail north of Ely for a man who had accidentally shot himself while camping at about 3 p.m. A 29-year-old Maplewood man, preparing to take a nap in his tent, went to remove a loaded 9 mm handgun from a holster near the small of his back and accidentally fired off one round into his buttocks, according to the sheriff’s office.”