Seems some people want to restrain that restraint. Evan Ramstad and Nicole Norfleet in the Strib say, “Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges expressed less enthusiasm at the prospect than their peers elsewhere. Dayton said the state’s bid for Amazon, due Oct. 19, would be “restrained” and both leaders cited conversations with Target and Best Buy, who together employ about 20,000 people at headquarters in the Twin Cities. Some executives said Wednesday that they fear the deference to those companies shows that officials are more concerned about the state’s present than its future.”
How to make a bad thing worse. The Pioneer Press’ Nick Woltman reports: “Brent Patrick Ahlers, 25, of St. Louis Park called 911 shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and reported that he had been shot by a suspicious person he confronted in a wooded corner of St. Kate’s campus along Cleveland Avenue. That set off an extensive manhunt that lasted till midnight and included 55 officers, four dogs and a Minnesota State Patrol aircraft. No suspect was located nor was a physical description ever detailed. Ahlers, who was treated Tuesday night at Regions Hospital, told investigators during questioning Wednesday that he had accidentally shot himself while handling his personal handgun and lied about it because he feared he would lose his job, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul Police Department spokesman.”
Oh, boy. In a Strib commentary, Minneapolis PD union boss Bob Kroll has this to say, “If the goal is to be fair and balanced in response to concerns voiced by the community, then we need to be sure that the community is aware of hard facts affecting the daily lives of officers and citizens. Police officers are being killed at an increasing rate. Worse, irresponsible comments by public officials are fueling the creation of police widows and widowers.”
Not a good sign when you’re “Too drunk to be booked.” John Meyers for the Forum News Service reports, “The Minnesota State Patrol on Wednesday, Sept. 13, reported the results of a recent two-week crackdown on drunken and other unsafe driving that included an Ely woman so drunk when she was arrested that officers had to wait until the next morning to book her into jail. The woman in Ely recorded a 0.24 percent blood-alcohol concentration, three times the legal limit.”
Seems kind of light. In the PiPress, Sarah Horner says, “A former Edina woman whose disruptive behavior prompted a pilot to return a Delta flight to the Twin Cities last winter was ordered to do community service and sentenced to probation for her conduct.” Was she required to reimburse other passengers for their tickets?
Smokey air is heading back. Says Paul Huttner at MPR, “Intense smoke plumes from persistent western wildfires continue to drift eastward over Minnesota. … Some of the smoke has mixed down to ground level in Minnesota. The MPCA has issued an air quality alert for Thursday.”
If it works in D.C. why not Shakopee? Liz Sawyer of the Strib reports, “A Shakopee City Council member who was censured in April for boorish behavior may be asked to resign Tuesday for accusing another council member of a crime without any proof. The center of the firestorm, Mike Luce, says he already has a response in mind if he’s asked to quit: ‘Pound sand!’” Is this guy angling for a job in White House communications?