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Accused kidnapper picked Closs at random

Plus: Walz, legislative leaders want ‘early wins’; Minnesota likely to set another mild winter milestone this week; Super Bowl-winning coach Kubiak to join Vikings staff; and more.

Jake Thomas Patterson
Barron County

For FoxNews, Katherine Lam says, “Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper began his plot to abduct the 13-year-old girl from her Wisconsin home after randomly seeing her get on a school bus one day, a moment when he said ‘he knew that was the girl he was going to take,’ according to a chilling criminal complaint revealed Monday. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told authorities he spotted Closs for the first time after he stopped behind a school bus on Highway 8 while he was driving to work at the Saputo Cheese Factory, where he worked for only two days. He didn’t provide a specific reason why Closs was his selected target and the complaint doesn’t provide a date for the chance encounter.”

From The New York Times’ Matt Furber and Mitch Smith: “The details of Jayme’s abduction and captivity, outlined in documents released as Mr. Patterson was formally charged in the kidnapping and killings, were elaborately planned, gruesome and terrifying. They told the story of a girl who was forced to spend three months held against her will in the cabin of a volatile stranger after having witnessed the deaths of her parents. It was the situation every parent fears — and one that experts say is exceedingly rare: a targeted attack on a child by a total stranger.”

MPR’s Brandt Williams reports: “Nearly 400 complaints against Minneapolis police officers were filed with the city’s Office of Police Conduct Review in 2018. That’s a big jump over the 220 filed in 2016 and a similar number filed in 2017 — the same two-year period in which the department outfitted all of its patrol officers with body cameras. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the spike in complaints may be part of a nationwide public push for more police accountability.”

The Forum News Service’s Dana Ferguson writes: “Six days into the 2019 legislative session, Minnesota legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz fielded reporters’ questions at a briefing hosted by Forum News Service and set up some of the top decisions set to come before state legislators. Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk agreed that they should push for ‘early wins,‘ and aimed to win one another over as they discussed proposals likely to garner debates over the next five months.”

Also from MPR, this from Paul Huttner: “Minnesota likely chalks up another mild winter record this week. The thermometer at MSP Airport bottomed out at zero on New Year’s Day. But a sub-zero temperature has not yet been recorded in the Twin Cities this winter season. The latest date on record for the season’s first sub-zero reading is January 18. The occurrence of the first sub-zero temperature of the winter season happened on that date in 1889, 2002, and 2012. … Looking at the forecast this week, the best shot at a sub-zero temperature at the official recording station at MSP Airport appears to be Sunday morning January 20.”

KSTP-TV reports: “More than 1,100 Transportation Security Administration agents and air traffic controllers in the Twin Cities just missed their first paychecks and they’re working through the uncertainty together …. To make sure no one goes hungry, TSA workers turned a small, unused room in Terminal 2 into a makeshift food pantry. The room that was once empty is now full of macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, canned goods and other essentials. Employees are being encouraged to take what they need for their families.”

Says John Ewoldt in the Star Tribune, “GoodThings, a gift shop with stores in White Bear Lake and Maple Grove, will purchase two of the four Bibelot shops that are closing soon, the stores said Monday. GoodThings is picking up the Bibelot shops on Grand Avenue in St. Paul and Linden Hills in Minneapolis, the top two revenue producers of the four stores. New items will be added in the two stores starting Feb. 1 as the existing items are sold. They will be renamed Bibelot-GoodThings and have grand reopening events in September.”

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Mark Zdechlik of MPR writes, “When Democrats took control of the U.S. House from Republicans it put two Minnesotans who have been in Congress a long time in more powerful positions. U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson, a 28-year veteran of Congress from western Minnesota, and Betty McCollum, an 18-year veteran who represents St. Paul and its suburbs, will have a big say in major pieces of legislation that emerge from the House. Peterson chaired the powerful Agriculture Committee from 2007 to 2011, and now he’s back. And McCollum is the incoming chair of the Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over $35 billion in annual federal spending.”

Say Andrew Krammer and Mark Craig in the Strib, “A makeover of the Vikings offensive coaching staff began in earnest Monday with the addition of a Super Bowl-winning coach. Gary Kubiak, the 57-year-old former Texans and Broncos head coach, was hired as assistant head coach and offensive advisor to coach Mike Zimmer, the team announced. Kubiak is being joined by his son, Klint, as quarterbacks coach. Klint Kubiak, 31, served as Vikings quality control and assistant receivers coach in 2013-14. Gary Kubiak is a veteran play caller and offensive schemer who won Super Bowl 50 as the Broncos coach after the 2015 season.”