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One dead after shooting at Hmong Freedom Festival in St. Paul

Como Park shootingThe Pioneer Press’ Kristi Belcamino writes: “A man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon at the 38th Hmong Freedom Festival at Como Regional Park in St. Paul, police said. The shooting took place about 4:30 p.m. in a crowded area of McMurry Field where vendors had set up their booths, said Steve Linders, a spokesman for the St. Paul Police Department. …  The man was taken to Regions Hospital, where he died during surgery. The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office will identify him. Officers searched for the assailant, but no arrests have yet been made, Linders said.”

Another cruel blow to entrepreneurship. Says Pam Louwagie in the Star Tribune, “Thanks to the internet, renting out cabins has become so popular that some officials are now wondering: At what point does the simple family cabin morph into something more? And should they be taxed more heavily? … Assessor’s officials in the Cook County seat of Grand Marais scoured websites recently and found that a full 10 percent of the county’s taxable parcels were listed on vacation rental websites.

Not good. MPR reports:  “The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported Sunday afternoon that the mudslide had closed State Highway 68 just south of Courtland, or about 5 miles southeast of New Ulm. MnDOT said in a news release that the mudslide left ‘significant mud, fallen trees and debris on the roadway.’ … (The) road will remain closed until (the) slope can be stabilized.’"

Koi vey. Also from the AP: “Minnesota conservation officials are blaming the illegal introduction of non-native ornamental goldfish for large numbers of dead carp washing up on a lakeshore south of the Minneapolis area. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a virus from the koi goldfish also has been found in at least eight other southern Minnesota lakes in the past year. … Both the DNR and Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center labs showed the fish died from infection with the koi herpes virus, which only afflicts common carp and koi.” 

Protests. Stribber Pat Pheifer says, “Indigenous dancers and drummers, dressed in finery, feathers and masks, led a protest outside the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis. About 60 people in all joined up to protest the fatal police shooting of Thurman Blevins, known as ‘Jun’ or ‘Junior’. The gathering came just three days after another protest and march along West Broadway on Thursday night. Another is planned for Friday in downtown Minneapolis.”

Meanwhile, protests continue over Enbridge pipeline. For MPR, Nina Moini reports: “Protesters gathered outside the Governor's Residence in St. Paul on Sunday afternoon to continue rallying against the proposed new Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last Thursday approved the new pipeline after emotional deliberations weighing the need and the risks of the project. Enbridge wants to replace its 50-year-old Line 3 that runs across northern Minnesota, saying it's deteriorating and that there's a demand for more oil.”

Says the AP: “The University of Minnesota will receive a third magnetic resonance imaging machine to meet high demand and reduce wait times. The Board of Regents approved the $2 million MRI machine this month, Minnesota Daily reported. Construction will begin this summer and the machine will be operational in December. Patients currently may have to wait up to three weeks to get an MRI at the university's Clinics and Surgery Center.”

But vinyl? The WCCO-TV story says, “[Best Buy] will stop selling compact discs nationwide starting July 1, according to a February report from Billboard. The decision could be due to a fall in sales. As USA Today reports, entertainment sales dropped almost 14 percent during the retailer’s 2017 fiscal year. Though it’s reportedly pulling out of CD sales, ironically Best Buy will continue to carry vinyl for the next two years.”

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Medical Arms Race

Instead of buying more $2M MRI machines, maybe at some point we could focus on preventing disease, rather than treating disease.

I know that GE and many other companies make more from detection and treatment of disease than prevention, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to reduce medical costs by promoting healthier lifestyles.

A lot of what CMRR does is

A lot of what CMRR does is look into prevention of disease. The more we understand how the brain works, the more we can prevent issues that affect it.