Dayton to have follow-up surgery Monday

Gov. Mark Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton

An MPR report says, “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will undergo a follow-up surgical procedure Monday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. That’s after he had surgery on Friday at Mayo to fuse several vertebrae in his lower back. The operation was meant to improve the 71-year-old governor’s leg strength and stability. … Dayton has been hampered by health problems throughout his two terms in office.”

For the Star Tribune, Mara Keckler and Erin Adler write: “Two bodies were pulled from a murky pond in Chaska late Sunday, bringing a frantic two-day search for two 19-year-old cousins and best friends from Shakopee to a tragic end. Family members and friends of Bushra Abdi and Zeynab “Hapsa” Abdalla held an agonizing vigil late into the freezing night at the site near Hwy. 41 and White Oak Drive where divers located a car that had been carrying the two women.”

Says a New York Times story from Racine, Wiscsonsin by Monica Davey and Nelson Schwartz: “One by one, the party’s top  Wisconsin candidates took a microphone and fixated on a single villain — a Republican who drew jeers from the campaign volunteers preparing to make phone calls and walk door to door with clipboards and pleas for votes. The target? Not President Trump, who drew only passing mention. It was Scott Walker, the state’s governor. His eight years in office are the Democrats’ greatest weapon this fall, even as his economic record has become their greatest complication.”

Also in the Times, this from Catharine Porter. “Up on the third floor of a commercial building near the city’s edge is a vision of Canada’s future. To the sound of throbbing music, hundreds of people jockey around the marijuana-infused products laid out for sale in a pop-up cannabis market. … Amid a haze of smoke, from people taking hits of cannabis distillate from ‘rigs,’ or high-tech bongs, sits a portable Tim Hortons coffee urn, offering shoppers a cannabis version of the classic Canadian beverage … infused with tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that causes a high. On Wednesday, after 95 years of prohibition, Canada will become the second country in the world to legalize cannabis.”

Martin Moylan and Bill Catlin at MPR say, “Delta Air Lines said it will start flying a new generation of quieter narrow-body jets on some Twin Cities flights next summer. Delta said the narrow-body A220-100s from Airbus have much quieter engines … versus other comparably-sized planes. … The new planes will be deployed on several routes, including trips between the Twin Cities and Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.”

Bob Shaw of the PiPress writes, “John Strohfus is rehabilitating the outlaw of Minnesota agriculture. ‘People think this is new,’ said Strohfus, as he sifted hemp seed through his fingers at his Afton farm. ‘But the only thing new is that farmers can grow it now.’ Farmers like Strohfus are tip-toeing into the hemp market, planting fields in Woodbury, Afton, Dakota County and across the state. State officials are encouraging them, saying that hemp would stimulate the state’s economy. Yet the growers are shackled by the fact that hemp — unlike any other crop — has a lingering reputation as a source of dangerous drugs.”

A Strib editorial says, “This campaign season, political attack ads are filling the airwaves with ominous warnings against a government-run ‘single-payer’ health care system. As the funereal music escalates, it’s worth taking a step back and remembering that similar rhetoric abounded in the 1960s as Congress considered, then passed, a controversial government-run health care program. That program is Medicare.”

MPR reports: “A bus carrying the Bethel University volleyball team was involved in a crash Saturday night in southern Wisconsin that left two people in the other vehicle dead. No one from the Bethel bus was injured, according to a statement from the university in Arden Hills. Local media, citing the Rock County (Wis.) Sheriff’s office, reported that the crash happened just after 8 p.m. several miles west of Whitewater, Wis., when a car crossed the center line and struck the bus head-on.”

An ESPN story says, “Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday that guard Jimmy Butler practiced with the team and is expected to play in its season opener Wednesday.”

Paul Walsh and Randy Johnson of the Strib report, “Gophers running back Shannon Brooks was arrested early Sunday in Minneapolis on suspicion of assaulting his roommate in the residence they share, according to authorities. Brooks, a 22-year-old senior who has been sidelined all season because of a knee injury, was booked into the Hennepin County jail about 2:40 a.m., according to the jail log.”

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