Says Tim Nelson at MPR, “The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued another air quality alert on Monday, warning Minnesotans about the ongoing dangers of particulates in the air from wildfires burning in Canada. There have been more than two dozen such alerts since 2015, with more than half of them attributed to wildfire smoke. That’s nearly double the number of smoke-related alerts issued by the agency from 2008 to 2015, the seven previous years. MPCA meteorologists say the smoke-related alerts are also unusual in that they’re not being attributed to nearby fires — they’re blazes in British Columbia. Climate change may be a contributing factor to the alerts and to poor air quality, said meteorologist David Brown. Climate change is shifting precipitation patterns, he said, and parts of the west are experiencing significant drought where they did not before.”
At RealClearPolitics, Kathryn Cora Hinderaker writes, “With control of both the House and the Senate in play on Election Day 2018, one unlikely state could prove pivotal: Minnesota. … National attention was slow to focus on the state’s key role in this year’s elections. The House races broke through first, as commentators realized that Minnesota — home to three of the few rural House districts still in Democratic hands — was likely to flip at least two, making the Democrats’ path to the House majority tougher. More recently, pundits belatedly realized that Minnesota also features a competitive, and highly interesting, Senate race, even though the state last elected a Republican senator in 2002. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is comfortably ahead of state Sen. Jim Newberger. But in a year in which female candidates have shown staying power, Tina Smith has drawn a woman as her election opponent.”
For the Star Tribune, Chris Bowling writes: “U.S. Bank Stadium will host thousands on Tuesday for prayer and festivities at this year’s Eid al-Adha gathering in Minneapolis that organizers are calling ‘Super Eid.’ The Muslim holiday has been an occasion for public celebration in the Twin Cities for more than a decade, often at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This is the first time the event is being held at the stadium, and organizers have made an effort to include more mosques and Muslim communities while also inviting Minnesotans of all religions and cultures.”
KSTP-TV reports: “In a 3 to 2 vote, the Farmington City Council voted to accept a separation agreement with Police Chief Brian Lindquist. More than 300 people turned out for Monday night’s City Council meeting and nearly every person who took to the podium did so in support of Lindquist, with many people telling City Council members it was their jobs on the line and not Lindquist’s. … Two of the three city council members who voted to accept the removal of Lindquist declined to offer specifics for their decisions citing legal concerns. But, the third City Council member who voted in favor of the separation agreement, Katie Bernhjelm, did offer specifics and said it had nothing to do with ‘personality differences with Chief Lindquist.’”
Also, Josephine Marcotty of the Strib reports, “Just as election season gets into full swing this fall, a Twin Cities think tank will wade into the fierce economic debate about copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota with a statewide advertising campaign that promotes the potential of the new industry. John Hinderaker, president of the Center of the American Experiment in Golden Valley, said the $270,000 campaign announced Monday will start after Labor Day.”
In The National Review, Jack Crowe says, “A series of attack ads released by the Congressional Leadership Fund Monday employ recent allegations of domestic violence against Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) to impune the credibility of four of his fellow Minnesota Democrats. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC dedicated to preserving the Republican Senate majority, produced ads deriding Democratic congressional candidates running in Minnesota’s first, second, third and eighth districts for supporting Ellison, rather than joining in calls for his withdrawal from the ongoing Minnesota attorney general race.
Says KEYC-TV in Mankato: “Gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 stations in Minnesota. … Average gasoline prices on August 20 in Minnesota have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.27/g in 2017, $2.19/g in 2016, $2.71/g in 2015, $3.32/g in 2014 and $3.50/g in 2013. Including the change locally during the past week, prices Sunday were 47.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 0.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 1.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 50.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.”
A KSTP-TV story says, “The Dakota County Attorney’s Office says a 59-year-old Rosemount man with 17 prior convictions for DWI has been charged in connection to a crash that involved four vehicles last October. A release said Marshall Anthony Knoll is charged with one count each of criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm, criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm, first-degree driving while impaired and driving with a canceled license. According to the criminal complaint, a truck driven by Knoll allegedly rear-ended another vehicle on Highway 52 in Vermillion Township on Oct. 20 of last year. That caused the driver of that vehicle to collide with a vehicle in front of him. … the complaint alleges an inspection of Knoll’s truck and trailer showed numerous deficiencies, including lights and blinkers determined to be inoperable.”