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Twin Cities loses out to Austin, Texas for Army Futures Command center

The GleanFigures. Nicole Norfleet of the Star Tribune reports, “The Twin Cities simply didn’t have enough firepower. The metro area lost the battle for the Army Futures Command research and development operation to Austin, Texas, which also beat out Boston, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C., for the coveted bid. Local officials were informed Thursday night about the loss. ‘I’m proud we were one of the very select few finalists,’ said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was part of a larger group trying to woo the military installation.” 

Good luck kid getting any of your buddies to pay for lunch ever again. For KSTP-TV: “One Minnesota college student will have a head start on paying off his student loans thanks to the Minnesota Lottery. Twenty-year-old Brandon Stevenson won $1 million on a Powerball ticket, which he purchased through the new Minnesota Jackpocket app.  Stevenson, a Concordia University student, does not play the lottery regularly, according to a release from Jackpocket.”

Good idea. Says the Star Tribune's Chris Serres, “Thousands of Minnesota seniors and people with disabilities who require help with daily living activities at home now have a place to go to find caregivers who can meet their needs. After years of preparation, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched the state’s first online job portal that connects people who need assistance with tasks, such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals, with caregivers who are looking for work. State officials will roll out the new online job portal — Direct Support Connect — to the state’s 140,000-person direct care workforce this summer and fall.”

This did not go as plannedKSTP-TV’s Eric Chaloux reports: “Emotions were at a boiling point at a community meeting in North Minneapolis Thursday night that centered on the officer-involved shooting death of Thurman Blevins. It was supposed to be a meeting where the head of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency investigating the case, was going to speak, but that did not happen. … Organizers said they hoped the meeting would bring healing and some understanding surrounding the officer-involved shooting last month. … Some members of Blevins' family and friends stopped the meeting, upset it was being held.”

Want to see Brett Kavanaugh’s U of M speech? The one about not disturbing a sitting president with silly criminal investigations? Chao Xiong and Matt DeLong at the Strib say, “President Donald Trump's nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, delivered the keynote speech at the 2008 Minnesota Law Review annual symposium at the University of Minnesota. Kavanaugh was a co-author of the 1998 Starr Report that laid out the case for impeaching President Bill Clinton for lying under oath. During the 2008 address at the U, Kavanaugh argued that sitting presidents should be immune from congressional investigations and prosecution while in office.”

At The Root, Micheal Harriot reports, “The Root has obtained exclusive footage and spoke to an eyewitness who filmed a now-viral video that seems to contradict many of the cops’ initial claims after [Minneapolis] Park Police pulled their guns and detained children in a Minneapolis area park. … [Brianna] Lindell shared a copy of a separate video with The Root, simultaneously filmed at the scene by her partner, that seems to document witnesses who said the cops definitely drew their weapons on the boys.” 

Whaaaat? For the Grand Forks Herald Barry Amundson reports, “A 28-year-old northwest Minnesota man who reported that he was attacked by three men in his garage and had his pickup stolen has now told authorities that he made up the story. Brian Smith of Mahnomen on the White Earth Indian Reservation admitted his report on Sunday, July 8, was false, according to Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier. … on Tuesday, July 10, Smith asked to speak with authorities investigating the case and he told them he set fire to his Ford pickup, causing burns to his body, said the sheriff. He said he was trying to commit suicide.”

Are you cool enough? At Fast Company, Mark Wilson tells us, “I’m looking at an app, and I could swear it’s Instagram. I see large square photos in an endless feed. Avatars appear in round circles. You can tap a heart to like something. Inside any post, there are dozens of comments. But while the wireframe looks like Instagram, the intent behind the software couldn’t be more different. This is Studio Connect, an app developed inside Target in 2016. It’s used to connect the Target design team to the customer they’re designing for … . Not just anyone can join the service. Target keeps the group at roughly 600 members (that’s 0.002% of its 30 million weekly shopper base).”  

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Look on the bright side

By losing the Army research and development contract to Austin, Texas, we're sure to be picked to be the Space Force HQ, right?

But on a serious note, the U.S. military once again puts an installation in the South, following a long tradition of the Dixie Welfare Program.

Color me not surprised.