Second electric-scooter rental company launches in Minneapolis

MinnPost photo by Greta Kaul

And then there were two. WCCO reports: “Another electric scooter rental company has launched in Minneapolis. … On Monday, Lime announced it will be rolling out its electric scooters in Minneapolis. … About 100 scooters are included in the initial launch, but the company may adjust the fleet in the coming weeks based on rider demand and from working with city officials. … ‘The new Lime-S scooters we’re rolling out in Minneapolis are designed with rider safety and enjoyment top of mind; with a longer lasting battery life, they are also safer and faster than any other model, which is why we’re thrilled to provide them for Minneapolis residents and visitors to enjoy,’ Lime said in a statement.”

Checking in with Denny Hecker. KMSP reports: “After spending more than seven years in federal custody for committing bankruptcy and wire fraud, former Minnesota car dealer Denny Hecker is a free man. … The 66-year-old was released earlier this month. In an exclusive interview, Fox 9’s Randy Meier sat down with Hecker to discuss the decisions that led to his imprisonment and what he learned while serving his sentence.

Does this mean they’ll be released soon? MPR’s Kirsti Marohn reports:Friday marked the deadline to appeal a judge’s decision ordering state investigative documents in the Jacob Wetterling case to be released. … As of Friday afternoon, no one had appealed the decision, which ordered Stearns County to return FBI documents to the federal government and release the rest of the case file.”

More Nolan reverberations over the weekend. WCCO’s Esme Murphy reports: “On WCCO Sunday Morning, gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tim Walz expressed anger and frustration that Lori Swanson is accusing his campaign of exploiting #MeToo allegations against a former staffer of Rep. Rick Nolan, her running mate, for political gain. … In an explosive story by the online journal MinnPost, two women who worked as interns in Nolan’s congressional office accused the congressman of sheltering a staffer they accused of sexual harassment.”

In other news…

Sad news:Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano dies at 56” [Pioneer Press]

If you missed it, it’s too late:Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel retires after Mpls. show” [KARE]

Nice:‘Diversity has always been here’: Funding exceeded for monument of black Civil War hero from Moorhead” [Fargo Forum]

Got a theory?Exactly Where Does The Song ‘Skyway’ Take Place?” [streets.mn]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/23/2018 - 02:56 pm.

    Please…

    “…Rep. Tim Walz expressed anger and frustration that Lori Swanson is accusing his campaign of exploiting #MeToo allegations against a former staffer of Rep. Rick Nolan, her running mate, for political gain.”

    A political campaign exploiting a popular theme of the moment to make their opponents look bad? Gosh, that can’t happen in Minnesota, can it?

    Meanwhile, what is it, exactly, that Mr. Nolan is accused of doing? Failing to be harsh enough on an underling who allegedly harassed a couple female staffers? The language being used by those doing the alleged “exploiting” is hostile enough that a casual listener or viewer might be forgiven for thinking that it was Mr. Nolan who did the harassing, or that he personally hired the alleged harasser some time later, when neither of those things appear to have been the case at all.

    I’m not a particular fan of Mr. Nolan, or of harassment, but can’t help wondering how those currently in high dudgeon would respond to losing their own employment over an unverified accusation of harassment on their part from one of their coworkers. Shouldn’t there at least be multiple witnesses to the harassment?

    • Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/24/2018 - 10:43 am.

      Some perpetrators are too careful to avoid witnesses to their actions, other than the target of those actions. Like rape, lesser forms of sexual assault and harassment typically take place outside the hearing and sight of others. So, no, we can’t and shouldn’t require multiple witnesses to allegations of harassment. What we should and must do is investigate as best we can and take action based on our best assessment of the evidence or lack thereof.

      As for Rick Nolan, it appears that he knew of the allegations against his employee, knew the employee was dismissed on the basis of those allegations, and then knowingly permitted the person to come back aboard as a campaign “consultant”. At its very best, this is extremely poor political judgment for which he is now called upon to pay a price. Time will tell whether Lori Swanson stands by him or throws him overboard to help her campaign. At this point, she loses either way.

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