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Dayton declares state of emergency in storm-damaged Minnesota counties

Gov. Mark Dayton
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Gov. Mark Dayton

Dayton declares Emergency. MPR and the AP report: “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather in the past month that has caused flooding and property damage across much of the state. Dayton's order on Thursday applies to 36 counties and the Red Lake Nation. His order cites a persistent weather pattern since June 9 that has generated a series of severe summer storms packing high winds, tornadoes and torrential rains resulting in flash flooding.”

92 days. The Star Tribune’s Chris Serres writes, “A man suffering from severe mental illness was held for 92 days at the Hennepin County jail without access to proper medical treatment because of a severe and worsening shortage of beds in state psychiatric facilities. The prolonged detention of Raymond Traylor Jr., 28, has become the latest flash point in a long-running struggle between county and state officials over how to accommodate a growing number of jail inmates with serious mental illnesses.”

RIP Ed Schultz. From the AP: “Veteran broadcasting personality Ed Schultz, whose career took him from quarterbacking at a Minnesota college to national radio and television, including hosting a show on MSNBC, died on Thursday, according to his son. He was 64.”

Are you ready for more winning? Danielle Pauquette and Emily Rauhala of The Washington Post report, “Donald Trump’s first tariffs are scheduled to hit $34 billion of Chinese imports on Friday, and Beijing plans to swiftly respond with levies on an equal amount of goods. Border officers here could receive the order as early as midnight to slap new taxes on hundreds of American products, including pork, poultry, soybeans and corn. And so would begin an unprecedented commerce battle between the world’s two largest economies — a conflict analysts fear could rattle markets, cripple trade and undermine ties between the United States and China.” Other than that, though, great stuff. 

At The Hill, Morgan Gstalter reports on “whining” in Minnesota. “A Minnesota state senator this week schooled ‘whining government officials’ on being approached in public. ‘I’ve been in public office for almost eight years,” state Sen. Matt Little tweeted on Wednesday. ‘If I’m out in public eating lunch or having dinner, you have every right to come up to me and tell me what you think. That’s how public service works.’ Little, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, added that he was directing the tweet at ‘any whining government officials.’” 

No actual farm area legislators needed for work on the farm bill. Says Maya Rao in the Strib, “As ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota would normally be in the negotiating mix on a federal farm bill that's now passed both the House and Senate. But Peterson said he's out of the loop after a falling-out with the committee's Republican chairman over the House's move to expand work requirements for food stamp recipients, which passed that chamber with only GOP votes. ‘You tell me,’ Peterson said, when asked this week about the status of the bill.”

Sad story. The AP and MPR report,Brittany Boegel, 32, of Mound, Minnesota, died on a hike in an ice field near Byron Glacier about 45 miles south of Anchorage. Byron Glacier is within Chugach National Forest. The glacier is part of Portage Valley, a 14-mile isthmus that connects the Kenai Peninsula to mainland Alaska. The valley attracts thousands of visitors each year and offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and Turnagain Arm, the finger of ocean at the top of Cook Inlet. Chugach National Forest spokesperson Alicia King said she did not know how Boegel reached the ice field but confirmed that Byron Glacier is accessible by a short walking trail.”

No, they were not filled with meth. KSTP-TV has a story saying, “Authorities seized more than 60,000 counterfeit dolls at the border between the U.S and Canada in Minnesota last month. The dolls, valued at more than $600,000, were headed for the town of Ranier, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. CBP officers in International Falls targeted the rail container holding the dolls and inspected it in May, finding the payload contained mermaid and fashion dolls with copyright-protected markings.”

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