Minnesota attorney general sues CenturyLink

Attorney General Lori Swanson
Attorney General Lori Swanson

First, sue someone to explain the average bill. Erin Golden’s Strib story on Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s latest legal action says, “Swanson sued CenturyLink on Wednesday as she alleged that the internet, phone and cable television provider frequently billed Minnesota customers at higher rates than its sales agents quoted. … Swanson said she’s asking a judge to impose civil penalties, order the company to change its sales practices and require that CenturyLink pay restitution to customers who were mislead about their purchases.” Trump or any cable company: which has a higher approval rating?

Who among us wouldn’t want a little leeway? At MPR, Brian Bakst says, “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is waiver hunting this week out east. The DFL governor wrapped up a few days in Washington on Wednesday and heads next to Rhode Island, where the National Governors Association holds its summer meeting this weekend. In both settings, Dayton is pressing top federal officials for leeway — on health care and driver’s licenses. … The state’s application for flexibility was judged to be complete in late June and a required public comment period will push the matter into August. Dayton says he hopes a waiver decision will come through by the end of August.”

The latest on the dogs: Stribber Paul Walsh writes, “The officer who shot and seriously wounded two dogs over the weekend in a north Minneapolis residential backyard responded properly and in line with his training, the police union said Wednesday. In a lengthy statement, Sherral Schmidt, vice president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, noted that the first dog that officer Michael Mays encountered growled and slowly advanced on him before he ‘made the difficult decision to fire his service weapon upon the pit bulls to prevent injury to himself.’” And if a cat purred at him in a particularly aggressive manner? 

Peter Passi from Forum News Service says: “Six women who worked for local law enforcement likely stand to receive $1.2 million as part of a mediated settlement involving St. Louis County and the city of Duluth. The settlement arises from the actions of Jeffrey Dominick Giacomini, a former custodian at the Public Safety Building shared by city and county law enforcement. Giacomini, a county employee, pleaded guilty in April to five gross misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy and two gross misdemeanor charges of stalking, related to women he surreptitiously video-recorded and photographed at work and in a locker room at the law enforcement center between 2014 and 2016.”

More on the Holiday deal. Jeff Meitrodt of the Strib reports, “The acquisition of Holiday Cos. will help the company that also owns Circle K to stake a claim as America’s first truly national convenience store chain. … The deal, which must still be approved by Holiday shareholders and federal regulators, would allow Circle K to expand into six new states. There would be Couche-Tard-owned stores in all but two states, well ahead of leading rival 7-Eleven, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores.” Will the Slim Jims still be fresh?

A wild, fatal ride. The AP story says, “La Crosse police say a man who crashed a car into creek following a weekend chase has died of his injuries. Authorities say 19-year-old DeShawn Huff, of Winona, Minnesota, was driving a stolen vehicle last Sunday when police tried to stop him. He sped away with police in pursuit. Police video shows Huff veering off a street and into Swift Creek. Officers went into the water and threw ropes to Huff but he was unable to grab them or stay afloat.”

Today in Second Amendment news. In the PiPress, Mara Gottfried reports, “As a man held his 1-year-old daughter on the front porch of their St. Paul home Tuesday night and his 10-year-old son made Kool-Aid inside, a barrage of gunshots rang out on the street. At least one bullet went through the kitchen window, near the boy. ‘I would have lost it if one of my kids would have got hit,’ said George Jackson. ‘I’m standing right here and I’m hearing the bullets, ‘zoom, zoom’ past me.’ No one was injured in the North End neighborhood, but the incident illustrates the perils associated with the increase in gun violence in St. Paul this year. Reports of shots-fired rose nearly 62 percent in St. Paul during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year.”

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/13/2017 - 07:14 am.

    A cat is not a pit bull

    …unless “Fluffy” is a Bobcat or Cougar.

    Shortly after I moved to Minneapolis, while walking on a paved city trail in my neighborhood, an unrestrained pit bull owned by a resident whose home was adjacent to the trail left that resident’s yard and, snarling and growling, backed me up against a tree until my shouts got the attention of the dog’s owner, who then pulled the dog away by the collar. It was not a pleasant experience, and the dog’s owner did not apologize.

    If it had been a pair of Dachsunds, I’d sure I’d feel differently, but if the officer was dealing with a pair of aggressive pit bulls, I have to support the officer on this one.

    • Submitted by Howard Salute on 07/13/2017 - 08:59 am.


      I love dogs and am distressed at the video. But to compare a pit bull to a cat shows a total lack of context.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/13/2017 - 09:11 am.

      Have You Seen the Video?

      An aggressive dog of any breed is one thing, but the video of this incident makes it clear that these dogs were anything but aggressive.

      Also, I would not give much credit to anything Sherral Schmidt says about this matter.

  2. Submitted by Robert Henderson on 07/13/2017 - 09:30 am.

    I watched the video

    I don’t see an aggressive dog in the video. Maybe the body cam video will show something else.

    And, perhaps your interpretation is influenced by your previous experience? Not all pit bulls are aggressive.

    This does look to me like a very poor decision on the part of the officer. Police officers do make mistakes. It would be helpful and I think improve relations if they were willing to admit to the mistakes they do make. So, far the Union has given us their usual response, the only one they have apparently, the officer did everything correctly. Let’s see what the department finally says, any guesses?

  3. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 07/13/2017 - 09:49 am.


    The police union, like all unions, is legally obligated to represent it’s members. It cannot collect an officers dues or agency fees and then not represent him or her. Unions have been successfully sued for not representing their members. In some states, big government dictates that unions even have to defend non-dues paying freeloaders, but that’s another story.

    That said, the police union’s response in this case reminds me of the wit and wisdom of long time Mischke Broadcast caller Sam Hawk more than once opined, “Don’t urinate on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” In difficult to defend circumstances like this one, they should really seek out a professional PR person, such as Jon Austin.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/13/2017 - 03:47 pm.

      If that’s true . . . .

      it’s no wonder unions get such a bad rap in certain circles.

      So do you mean to tell me that even if a union member was doing something definitively and provably wrong, that the union would still be obligated to go on record as telling the world that whatever that union member did was A-OK?

      I find that reprehensible, and I’m someone who supports the idea of workers’ unions!

  4. Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/13/2017 - 01:51 pm.

    I call Bull . . . .

    And I’m not referring to a breed of dog!

    Someone needs to get a canine ethologist to view that video. That dog is exhibiting placating, submissive and questioning behavior, and I HIGHLY doubt anything resembling a growl came out of that dog’s mouth.

    A plaintive whine, maybe . . . . . . .

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