What took us so long? Stribber Jim Spencer writes, “Minnesota has joined 17 states and the District of Columbia in suing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for rescinding a rule that would have let students take for-profit colleges to court and have their education loans forgiven in cases of fraud. The suit comes a few weeks after DeVos announced plans to delay and renegotiate what was known as a ‘borrower defense rule.’”
Revolution or not, everything will be televised. Nick Ferraro at the PiPress says, “A YouTube video of a West St. Paul officer arresting a man last month after he refused to show his identification has led to at least a dozen death threats against the police department, the city said Thursday. Devin Jerry Riley was detained and arrested after he refused requests by officer Kurt Syvertsen to show his identification outside an apartment complex about 7:30 p.m. June 7, according to police. The next day, Riley was charged with obstructing the legal process, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia for having a marijuana pipe.”
And no, not an excuse for expired tabs. Erin Golden’s Strib story says, “Minnesotans looking to renew vehicle tabs or replace license plates will find the service unavailable for several days later this month as the state upgrades its IT system. From July 20-24, Minnesota residents won’t be able to update their tabs, get a new license plate or apply for a vehicle title at Driver and Vehicle Services offices around the state. Online vehicle tab renewal and other online services will be unavailable even longer, from July 17 to 24.”
Awwww. At KARE-TV, Emily Haavik has your feel good story of the week. “Abby Arlt and Dustin Mershon had their dream wedding on Saturday. Beautiful outdoor venue. Perfect pink bouquets. And a spotless white dress. But it was the flower girl who stole the show. At 92 years old, Arlt’s grandmother, Georgiana, tossed a path of flower petals all the way down the aisle to a soundtrack of cheers and applause. ‘That was hard work!’ she said with a laugh as she finished her duties and took a seat.”
Well, with this my wife will never swim in anything wilder than a YWCA pool ever again. Cody Nelson at MPR reports, “A very determined, or confused, American eel apparently made its way from the North Atlantic Ocean all the way to Cottonwood Lake in southwest Minnesota. The state Department of Natural Resources says fisheries workers were surveying the lake late last month when they pulled up a 37.4 inch female American eel in their net. … This eel’s path appears to be one of the less-direct routes one could take to Cottonwood Lake. It likely started in the Sargasso Sea, the DNR said, which is the region of the North Atlantic where American eels spawn. The larvae then seek a freshwater habitat, riding currents for sometimes thousands of miles, according to the DNR.” Or some knuckleheads threw it in there as a prank.
Oh, that $5,000. At MPR, Brian Bakst writes, “A former Republican state senator was ordered to repay more than $5,000 over campaign misspending that he told regulators led to his abrupt resignation in 2015. The amount owed by ex-Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover is a combination of funds improperly used on personal expenses as well as civil penalties for violations found by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Petersen’s penalty was announced Thursday.”
Yeah, let’s keep this mess in the family. The PiPress says, “Eden Prairie-based Starkey Hearing Technologies announced Thursday that Brandon Sawalich will serve as the company’s president. He will succeed William Austin as president. Austin, the founder of Starkey, is Sawalich’s stepfather. Austin will remain CEO, the company said. Sawalich joined Starkey in 1994 and has held numerous executive and leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president. The privately held hearing technology company was roiled nearly two years ago when Austin fired then-president Jerome Ruzicka and other executives.”