Disappointing news. Christopher Snowbeck at the Star Tribune reports on the lack of a deal between the state's largest health insurer and largest pediatric hospital: “'We find it disappointing that Children’s would choose to walk away from our network instead of working with us collaboratively to negotiate a new agreement,' said Garrett Black, senior vice president of health services at Blue Cross, in a statement issued just after midnight. … 'We’re disappointed that Blue Cross has been unwilling to find common ground given the scale and scope of vital pediatric services that we provide in this community,' said Bob Bonar, the chief executive at Children’s Minnesota, in a statement.”
Throwing candy at people losing their health insurance would not have gone over well. Esme Murphy at WCCO-TV covered the Edina Fourth of July parade, where Rep. Erik Paulsen was a no-show: "On Tuesday, Paulsen’s spokesperson, Andrew Johnson, wrote to WCCO-TV, saying that since it was an 'off year,' the congressman didn’t plan on appearing in the parade. 'As was the case two years ago in the last off year, he didn’t participate then either, so nothing new here,' Johnson said. 'I think it’s more of an on-year versus off-year thing.' Paulsen’s no-show left an opening for his critics, as protesters took his place in the parade."
Unusual indeed. Kaelyn Forde at ABC News has a story on Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III's letter of support to the jurors of the Jeronimo Yanez trial: " 'The criticism of the jury’s decision of which I am aware has focused primarily on a reaction to the squad-cam video and on consideration of issues you as jurors were never asked to address,' Leary wrote in the letter, which was dated June 23. 'You were simply asked to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, whether a crime had been committed. … You were never asked to decide whether racism continues to exist, whether certain members of our community are disproportionately affected by police tactics, or whether police training is ineffective,' Leary added."
Bye, Merona. Mark Reilly at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recaps a Wall Street Journal article on Target overhauling its apparel and housewares lines: "Just as Cat & Jack supplanted Cherokee and Circo, there will be some brand casualties associated with the newly announced lines. Target will phase out its Merona and Mossimo clothing lines, which executives said had grown too homogenized."
In other news…
Unsportsmanlike conduct: “Minor leaguer charged with punching guest at Minnesota hotel” [Associated Press]
Home of the naïve: “NPR’s Declaration of Independence tweets expose a thin grasp of American history” [NewsCut]
What's next, libraries?: “Should an arts group move in? Eagan neighbors say no – Twin Cities” [Pioneer Press]
Speaking of unwanted neighbors: “Gypsy moth infestation prompts quarantine in Minneapolis' Lowry Hill” [Star Tribune]
And one more: “Lyme Disease Is Spreading, And It’s Partly This Mouse’s Fault” [FiveThirtyEight]
The original cans are still good, by the way: “Spam Turns 80: History and Origins of Canned Meat” [Time]
Of course, we're ranked #1: “Ricky Rubio calls Minnesotans the 'nicest people on Earth, I think'” [City Pages]
R.I.P.: “Prince's drummer for more than a decade, John Blackwell Jr., dies at 43” [Star Tribune]
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Don't stop to take a selfie with the dead bear on Hwy 8/CR-26. Multiple calls received of people stopping to take pics. MNDOT enrt.— Chisago Co Sheriff (@ChisagoCountySO) July 4, 2017