Tim Pugmire of MPR reports, “A corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility — Stillwater died Wednesday after being assaulted by an inmate serving time for homicide. Joseph Gomm, a Minnesota Department of Corrections veteran, was attacked around 1:30 p.m. in a prison industry building. Gomm was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was later pronounced dead. ‘The corrections family is reeling from this incident’, Minnesota Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy told reporters. ‘We are not accustomed to losing staff. Officer Gomm was a fine man doing honorable work’. Tuesday was Gomm’s 16-year anniversary as a corrections officer, he said, adding that Gomm was survived by two family members.”
No kidding. The Star Tribune’s Eric Roper reports: “The NFL asked for a lot before bringing the Super Bowl to Minnesota. And Minnesota obliged. The state’s bid for the game agreed to all of the NFL’s lengthy demands on cities interested in hosting the event, from free hotel rooms to exemptions on all local taxes. … The Star Tribune first published the NFL’s secret, 153-page list of demands in 2014. A source at the time said local organizers had agreed to a majority of them, but the bid document shows that — with one exception relating to practice sites — they were all approved.”
More like Pariah John’s, amiright? At Ad Age, Megan Graham and Jessica Wohl report, “Minneapolis-based agency Fallon began doing creative work for Papa John’s last month, the agency confirmed Wednesday, but said it has decided to end the relationship following the controversy that began last week. ‘In mid-June, Fallon was retained by Papa John’s International to create work for the brand,’ the Publicis Groupe-owned agency said in a statement to Ad Age. ‘The agency was unaware of the incident with its previous agency and learned about it with the rest of the world. During our short time with Papa John’s, Fallon produced limited product-focused advertising that has yet to air. The agency has decided not to pursue additional business with Papa John’s.’”
They don’t grow a lot of soybeans up on The Range. A Wall Street Journal story by William Mauldin says, “President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel imports into the U.S. marked a victory for the Mesabi Iron Range region of northern Minnesota, boosting the prospects of a Republican congressional candidate. The region’s mines are ramping up capacity to meet growing demand for ore in steel mills as far away as Lake Erie. At the same time, Mr. Trump’s tariffs—and the resulting retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports by other countries—are creating concerns for Republican candidates in other districts, hurting farmers concentrated in the southern half of the state. The duties are also worrying Best Buy Co, Target Corp. and other politically connected businesses based around Minneapolis and St. Paul.” Still nothing on that funky show in Finland, Congressman?
How much of it comes on a stick? For MPR, Tim Nelson writes: “The fair offered a preview of its new attractions Wednesday, just 35 days before the gates open for this year’s fair. Among the highlights: Seven new Midway and Kidway attractions, including the Super Frisbee, a gondola ride that swings five stories into the air and spins 20 revolutions a minute. Another ride, described by fair officials as simply as the Twin Flip, promises a stomach-churning experience for thrill-seekers.”
Pig deal. Says an AP story: “Some pigs went hog-wild on the highway after a semi-truck overturned in southern Minnesota. The semi crashed at an interchange of Highways 169 and 14 near Mankato Wednesday morning. Hogs escaped from the punctured trailer and spilled onto the roads. … 90 hogs were in the trailer and more than 20 escaped through holes torn in the roof of the livestock trailer. The loose hogs snarled traffic for hours until authorities corralled the porkers. A few of the hogs died.”
Charming guy. KIMT-TV reports, “A man arrested after a 100 mile per hour chase from Albert Lea to Clear Lake is pleading not guilty to some of the charges against him. Jacob Aaron Eberly, 32 of Little Falls, Minnesota, is charged in Cerro Gordo County with felony eluding, 2nd degree theft, OWI – 2nd offense, and failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident. He was arrested on June 22 after a pursuit by the Iowa State Patrol on I-35 ended when Eberly was rammed by a law enforcement vehicle, went into the median, and rolled. … In addition, Eberly is charged with one count of terroristic threats in Hennepin County, MN. He’s accused of making a bomb threat at the Rainforest Café in the Mall of America on June 14. A café employee says he was in the bathroom with Eberly when Eberly said he had a bomb in his backpack.”