The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany reports, “Despite a recent spasm of violence, criminal activity in Minneapolis has fallen sharply from last year, newly released Police Department statistics show. Part I crimes, which include both violent and property crimes, fell 16.7 percent in 2018 compared to this time last year, from 15,275 incidents to 12,724. The data are based on raw crime numbers as of Aug. 20, which don’t account for population growth, unlike crime rates. Among violent crimes, the steepest declines were seen in robberies (down roughly 33 percent) and aggravated assaults, such as shootings and stabbings (down about 15 percent). Homicides dropped to 20 so far this year from 26 in 2017. This, all while arrests have continued to decrease.”
Remembering McCain. Up in the Duluth News Tribune, Lisa Kaczke writes, “Duluth resident David Wheat crossed paths with U.S. Sen. John McCain over the years, beginning when they were prisoners of war in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ during the Vietnam War. ‘We were shot down, both of us, in the month of October, except I was two years ahead of him’, said Wheat, a retired U.S. Navy commander. … There were large cell blocks in the prison and McCain was in a cell perpendicular to Wheat’s cell. The POWs maintained silent communication with each other, using one hand to signal letters and numbers through windows high up in the walls.”
New record. From MPR: “The Minnesota State Fair has set two daily attendance records in the first three days of this year’s 12-day run. Fair officials on Sunday announced that Saturday’s attendance was 222,194 — more than 20,000 above the previous first-Saturday record of 202,126, set in 1998. … The fair also set a daily record on Thursday — the fair’s opening day — when 122,695 people passed through the gates.”
Ski-U-meh. From the Star Tribune’s Rachel Blount: “In three years, ticket revenue from Gophers sports fell by $8 million — a 28 percent drop — to $20.5 million in 2017, the most recent accounting. Most of the decline occurred in football, men’s basketball and men’s hockey, the three sports the U counts on to help fund the entire athletic department. Ticket sales have long been a top revenue stream for Gophers sports, and the escalating costs of running an athletic department make it more essential than ever to fill those seats.”
Important football news from Mike Nelson of the Strib: “On Saturday [Vikings quarterback Kirk] Cousins posted on Twitter that he intended to have his first taste of the Minnesota State Fair. But there was one small problem. ‘Raincheck on Minnesota State Fair … parking was a challenge,’ Cousins wrote. ‘Hoping later this week I can try a #FriedTwinkie for the first time.’ Commenters came to his aid with Minnesota-nice solutions ranging from parking on their property to taking an Uber or Lyft or finding a park and ride option. As for the fried Twinkie … there were plenty of thoughts on that, too, including how he could do the Fair better.”
Says an AP story, “Foxconn Technology Group will cast a wide net to find the 13,000 workers it eventually expects to hire at its new North American manufacturing plant, partnering with universities and technical schools and even tapping into transitioning members of the military. … The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a public-private agency promoting business, will spend $1 million this fiscal year to promote Wisconsin’s career and lifestyle advantages for potential workers in the Chicago area, as well as to alumni of the state’s universities who have moved away. Other Midwestern cities, including Detroit and Minneapolis, may also be targeted. That involves changing some stereotypes about Wisconsin, WEDC spokesman Mark Maley said. ‘We have done perception studies around the country and what you hear is beer, cheese and Packers and sometimes cold weather,’ Maley said. ‘There’s a lot more to Wisconsin.’” Uh huh.
At The Huffington Post, Zach Carter writes, “To any reasonable person, Wells Fargo is a rolling disaster ― a ripoff, wrapped in a swindle, inside a bank. And yet to a Wall Street investor, Wells Fargo looks like a pretty good bet. The bank has reported a combined $39.1 billion in profit since the final quarter of 2016. …Regulatory fines generate headlines ― most notably a $1 billion sanction for that mass automobile repossession screw-up ― but are too small to serve as much more than a cost of doing business.”