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DFLers Murphy and Walz pushing single-payer health insurance

Plus: fishing-license sales down; Minnesota dog called “World’s Ugliest” dies; Roseau County motorcyclist disappears on cross-country trip; and more.

Almost the Full Bernie. Says Stribber Kelly Smith, “Minnesota DFLers running for governor are focusing on health care plans this week, seeking to help address rising medical and prescription drug costs as two of the three leading candidates get behind a single-payer approach. While Republicans have pushed for the dissolution of MNsure and a shift to health care policies where customers pick and choose what’s covered, DFL candidates Erin Murphy and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz have lined up behind single-payer health care. That would have the state take a greater role in providing more expansive coverage and decreasing drug costs by tapping into the state’s purchasing power.” Socialist hellhole-ism!

Not that the Strib will ever devote less than 10 pages a week to it. Says Tony Kennedy in the Strib, “Participation in Minnesota’s hallowed fishing tradition is down once again, according to license data released Tuesday by the state Department of Natural Resources. Through the weekend after July 4th, the DNR sold 805,242 fishing licenses of all kinds. That was down about 41,000 licenses, or 4.8 percent, from the same period a year ago. It’s also the second-lowest fishing license sales number on record for this period in the past 19 years. The only number lower came in 2013, when the DNR sold 800,337 angling licenses through the weekend after July 4.”

Zsa Zsa went out on top. WCCO-TV’s story says, “Zsa Zsa, the floppy-tongued bulldog from Minnesota who won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest just last month, has reportedly died. Megan Brainard, Zsa Zsa’s owner, told TODAY that the dog was found dead by a relative early Tuesday morning. She said the 9-year-old English bulldog’s death has been ‘devastating.’ Brainard, who lives in Anoka, told TODAY that she held a small farewell ceremony for Zsa Zsa with her husband and their 15-month-old daughter, Mareslie. ‘I picked Zsa Zsa up and took her outside and laid her down in the grass,’ she said. ‘We were all saying our goodbyes and Mareslie went right over and gave her a kiss. It was sweet.’”

Eery movie-like story here. Says the Forum News Service, “The family of a northwestern Minnesota motorcyclist traveling cross-country is growing concerned after not seeing or hearing from him for two days. Sidney Joslyn, 62, of Swift, in Roseau County, left for a road trip on his bike on July 5 with his girlfriend, each on their own bike. They were riding through Salt Lake City, when she says they lost each other on the road. Joslyn’s girlfriend waited for him at rest stops, but he never showed up. He was last seen riding through Salt Lake City on Interstate 15. Family has checked in with hospitals near where he was last seen, with no luck.”

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Bully! MPR’s Martin Moylan reports, “Minnesota firms that provide accounting, technology and other services to other business are optimistic about their prospects. A survey by the state and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis conducted in May and June found business services firms feeling pretty bullish. … Nearly 90 percent expected sales to remain steady or increase next year. About half of the companies anticipated profits would rise.”

This … in the Garden Paradise of western Minnesota. Says Carolyn Lange for the Forum News Service, “A man is dead and a woman wounded after a shooting shortly before noon Tuesday, July 10, in Montevideo. According to the Montevideo Police Department, David Dale Schwartz, 55, of Foley, was dead at the scene at 103 South Fourth St. in Montevideo. Angela Marie Haugerud, 41, was wounded and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with unknown injuries. … When officers arrived, they found Haugerud lying on the front steps, wounded from two separate gunshots. According to Christopher, Haugerud was conscious and able to talk when emergency personnel arrived. She was initially taken to the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and then flown to HCMC. While searching the home, officers found Schwartz’s body. Christopher said Schwartz’s legal address is Foley but that he had been living in a camper at a local trailer park.” I grew up across the street. Literally. It was quieter then.

(Well) worth noting. Says Mike Mullen in City Pages, “The most important judicial, economic, and political issue to Donald Trump is Donald Trump. For that reason, the president’s favorite opinion Brett Kavanaugh ever gave voice to came right here in Minnesota.  This was not an off-the-cuff statement. It was a prepared speech Kavanaugh gave in 2008 at the University of Minnesota Law School, which he then expanded upon in a 2012 journal article for the Minnesota Law Review. The opinions he espoused concerned the ‘separation of powers.’ At the time Kavanaugh first offered them, his views were provocative, if a little radical. Today, they’re terrifying. … Back when Kavanaugh first gave his speech about ‘burdens of ordinary citizens’ at the University of Minnesota, America was two weeks from a presidential election pitting Barack Obama against John McCain. When he published his Minnesota Law Review paper, the country was gearing up for an election between Obama and Mitt Romney. Things are different now. The country’s in the hands of a charlatan with no respect for the Constitution, Congress, or judges. If that thought troubles Brett Kavanaugh, don’t expect the nominee to start singing a different tune. He owes the biggest moment of his career to that charlatan.” Does that even count as an opinion anymore?

And you thought it would be what? Lutefisk poisoning? William Bornhoft at Patch writes, “To be clear, just because residents of our state searched the internet for information on hemorrhoids more than for any other ailment doesn’t mean it’s a bigger problem in Minnesota than in any other part of the country. Were you to believe that, you might think that rabies is a huge problem in Maine and West Virginia is afflicted with pornography addiction. Though those were the terms most Googled in those states, Medicare Health Plans said its recent study doesn’t necessarily indicate a prevalence of those conditions. Rather, the study of the most frequently searched medical conditions over the past year showed what people in a specific area are most concerned about regarding their health or the health of a loved one.”