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Thousands gather to remember slain corrections officer

Plus: POST board reacts to report on sexual assaults; country grapples with Wheaties shortage; Carlson Family Foundation announces $15 million donation to U of M; cougar (maybe) stalks Edina; and more.

The GleanThe Pioneer Press’ Mary Divine writes about the memorial service for Joseph Gomm, who was killed by an inmate at Stillwater prison on July 18: “Thousands of people gathered to remember and honor Gomm, who last week had marked 16 years as a correctional officer. Minnesota Department of Corrections officials said more than 3,500 corrections officials and law enforcement officers from around the country and Canada came to honor Gomm. It was standing room only in the sanctuary of the church, which seats about 1,400 people, for the moving and deeply personal service. Among the dignitaries who attended were Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach.”

It’s all in the follow-through. Stribber Jennifer Bjorhus reports, “The chairman of Minnesota’s police licensing board said Thursday he plans to recommend that it adopt a model policy designed to improve sex assault investigations across the state. Tim Bildsoe, chairman of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, also said he’s calling a special meeting of his executive committee early next month to address the findings of a Star Tribune investigation that documented pervasive failings in police work on rape and other sexual assaults.”

A what shortage? Says Martin Moylan at MPR, “If you want your Wheaties, you may have to wait a while. General Mills says it’s been having trouble keeping stores stocked with that cereal. There have been growing grumblings across the country about a Wheaties shortage, even in Minnesota. Golden Valley-based General Mills would not detail the extent of the stocking problem or what’s behind it. But a spokesperson assured that “the Breakfast of Champions is not going anywhere.” He said that General Mills knows that people are having a difficult time finding Wheaties but said that the cereal should become more readily available on store shelves in about a month or so.”

Tough on the premiums. Catharine Richert at MPR says, “Husky Energy is looking at $27 million worth of damage after an explosion and fire at its Superior Refinery in late April this year. The company’s second-quarter results that were released Thursday show Husky Energy also spent $53 million in unspecified costs related to the incident. As of early June, Husky Energy had received nearly 3,000 claims from businesses and residents who incurred extra expenses or suffered losses during the incident. Chief Operating Officer Rob Symonds said that the company plans to use insurance money to rebuild the refinery, along with other expenses.”

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The Star Tribune’s Maura Lerner reports: “The Carlson Family Foundation has announced $15 million in gifts to the University of Minnesota, including $10 million to expand the global reach of its business school, the Carlson School of Management. The latest gift is one of the largest since the late Curt Carlson, founder of the Carlson company, donated $25 million in 1986 to the business school that bears his name, officials said Thursday.”

Thank you. And hold my beer, will you? Barry Amundson of the Forum News Service says, “A 55-year-old Wisconsin woman was arrested Tuesday, July 24, following a crash in which the vehicle she was driving started on fire in northern Minnesota and she was pulled to safety by a nearby resident. The Lake Shore Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office were called at 4:51 p.m. for a report of a vehicle that went off the road near the Lake Shore City Hall, about 16 miles northwest of Brainerd, and was on fire. Upon arrival, the vehicle was fully engulfed and the driver was moved to safety. … The driver was not injured, was arrested for third-degree driving while intoxicated and is in the Cass County Jail in Walker.”

So maybe not standing with Scott Walker. Daniel Strauss and James Arkin at Politico write, “A new poll from NBC News and Marist College shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker trailing a Democratic challenger by double-digits, part of a raft of rough results for Republicans across three Midwestern states. The poll showed Wisconsin state education superintendent Tony Evers, the Democratic primary front-runner, taking 54 percent to Walker’s 41 percent in a head-to-head matchup. … The results are sharply more negative for Walker than the most recent Marquette University poll of the governor’s race in June, which showed Walker narrowly ahead of Evers, 48 percent to 44 percent.”

Says Rohan Preston of the Strib, “Surrounded by the African masks and paintings that fill his St. Paul home, veteran actor/singer T. Mychael Rambo sipped what he calls his daily elixir — a blend of mango, strawberries, coconut milk and greens. Last weekend, he was carjacked, pistol-whipped and left bloodied in the street by a group of young men. Doctors diagnosed a concussion and put six stitches in his head. … The incident happened Saturday night as festivities wound down for Rondo Days, a celebration of the historic African-American neighborhood in St. Paul that was severed by the construction of Interstate 94.”

Cougar town? WCCO-TV reports: “From playtime to a gentle stroll, people and their pets are a typical sight at Edina’s Arden Park. But little Chico, a two-year-old Bolognese dog, and his owner saw something that will keep them from visiting the park for quite some time. ‘We’re not going that way for a while,’ the owner said, who asked we hide her identity. ‘It was bigger than a golden retriever or a Lab.’ She said a large, wild cat pounced out of the woods towards them on the park’s east side during their morning walk. She believes it was a cougar.”