Rick Nolan on Stauber, his health and his legacy in exit interview

Rep. Rick Nolan
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Rep. Rick Nolan

Rick rolling. Brady Slater at the Duluth News Tribune has an exit interview with out-going U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan: “Hardly sailing into retirement, Nolan encountered an election-year scandal last summer, has seen his daughter’s lung cancer diagnosis take a bitter turn and been confronted with health scares of his own. ‘I had four hours of heart surgery — it was not open heart — about 16 months ago, and then I had another heart attack here about six weeks ago,’ Nolan said.”

Oh, deer. John Molseed at the Rochester Post-Bulletin has an update on the DNR’s efforts to control the outbreak of fight chronic wasting disease among deer in southeastern Minnesota: “The disease likely was spread to other clusters of deer by infected bucks, which tend to travel along rivers during the mating season, according to MnDNR officials. All the new cases this fall so far have been bucks. Managing the disease calls for reducing the number of mature bucks in the disease management area, said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager.”

Tree ornament budget also slashed. Hannah Jones at City Pages has highlights from a recent Minneapolis City Council meeting where cuts were made to the MPD budget: “The cut was included on a budget amendment co-authored by City Council Members Steve Fletcher and Phillipe Cunningham, which passed 9-2. It took $1.1 million away from the Minneapolis Police Department’s planned budget, which would have put eight new officers on the streets, and put it toward a variety of ‘community-driven public safety programs’ instead.”

Wattle load of cash. The West Central Tribune reports Jennie-O employees will have something to toast this season: “About 6,300 hourly and farm employees across Jennie-O Turkey Store received Thanksgiving bonuses totaling $6.2 million. It works out to $985 on average per eligible worker. Those with 10 or more years of services received at least $1,460.”

The Daisy Hill Puppy Farm law. Frederick Melo at the Pioneer Press outlines a St. Paul City Council proposal intended to deter pet mills: “Under the proposal, pet shops can still collaborate with animal shelters, animal rescue organizations and animal control authorities to showcase adoptable dogs and cats, provided the animals are not younger than eight weeks old.”

In other news…

Constant craving: “Minnesota’s curious self-obsession: 13 above-average ‘facts’ about our state” [City Pages]

Badgers or weasels?Wisconsin Republicans pass lame-duck bill to curb powers of incoming governor, attorney general” [The Cap Times]

We shall see: “South Minneapolis is set to get 430 new ‘affordable’ housing units at Lake St. and Hiawatha” [City Pages]

Lighter news: “Eden Prairie raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21” [Star Tribune]

Squad goals:3M: Every new product must meet a sustainability goal” [Star Tribune]

Get ’em: “Father of boy killed at Sandy Hook suing Wisconsin author of ‘Nobody Died at Sandy Hook’” [Pioneer Press]

Sort of the Paris of the Midwest: “Passenger’s disorderly behavior leads to emergency landing at MSP airport” [KSTP]

Squeeze Me In:Country superstar Garth Brooks to play U.S. Bank Stadium in May” [Pioneer Press]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 12/05/2018 - 12:51 pm.

    Not living in Wisconsin I don’t know the answer to this, but I just have to think they have a state constitution that would outline the powers allotted to the various offices and branches and so forth. In that case, it would seem highly likely that the actions of this lame duck sessions would not pass constitutional muster.

    Will be interesting to see how the legal battles play out. But this does nothing to bolster my opinion of Republicans (not that it was very high to begin with).

  2. Submitted by Julie Barton on 12/05/2018 - 02:02 pm.

    “It took $1.1 million away from the Minneapolis Police Department’s planned budget, which would have put eight new officers on the streets, and put it toward a variety of ‘community-driven public safety programs’ instead.”

    The above is interesting, as members of the MPD are stating that the budget reduction will mean canceling community-drive safety programs…..

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