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Cub Foods announces ban on openly carrying firearms in stores

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In the Pioneer Press, Kristi BelCamino writes, “Cub Foods announced that it will no longer permit customers to openly carry firearms into its stores and that it has ceased sales of vaporizers and e-cigarettes. The changes stem from the store’s top priority being the ‘safety and well being of all our customers,’ the store said in a tweet Friday. ‘While Minnesota is an open carry state … we also respect the concerns and feedback shared by many of our customers following the recent tragic events throughout our country. Therefore, we’re respectfully asking our customers, other than authorized law enforcement officials, to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores.’”

CBS 3 Duluth reports: “An Esko High School football player has died after collapsing on the field during a game on Friday evening. 15-year-old Jackson Pfister suffered a cardiac event during a game at Veterans Field in Aitkin. He was taken by ambulance to Riverwood Healthcare Center and passed away a short time later. The Aitkin Police Department and Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating.”

Says Janet Moore of the Star Tribune, “Supporters of passenger rail service in Minnesota, including restoration of the route from the Twin Cities to Duluth and additional service to Chicago, are plotting their push for state funding to keep expansion efforts alive. The nexus of their efforts will come during the legislative session, which begins in February. But if this year’s experience is any guide — where funding requests for passenger rail projects were thwarted by lawmakers — the undertaking could be a bit of a slog. And there’s no shortage of opponents who feel passenger rail is a waste of money.”

Says Martin Moylan for MPR, “As parts of the region recover from the fall snowstorm, Minnesota’s annual cold-weather rule is about to take effect. Starting Tuesday, homeowners and renters struggling to pay natural gas and electric bills qualify for a break. The rule protects people from shut-offs of natural gas and electricity through April 15. … Consumers must first agree to a payment plan, and utilities can shut off service to customers who fail to make promised payments.”

WCCO-TV reports: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey took to the Washington Post Saturday to explain why he asked President Donald Trump to pay up ahead of his Thursday rally at the Target Center. In the op-ed, Frey said he had a responsibility to ‘stand up for Minneapolis taxpayers. ‘In Minneapolis, we need to ensure that our limited funds are put to good uses,’ Frey wrote. ‘Every opportunity we have to save taxpayer dollars and dedicate them to important matters such as affordable housing policy is an opportunity we must seize.’. …Frey said the matter ‘remains a stand-off.’ ‘The booking agent is still seeking payment from the Trump campaign, and our position continues to be that the city should be reimbursed,’ Frey said.”

The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow writes: “The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing new technology that is giving state troopers a better chance to catch carpool lane cheats. Nearly one in seven motorists illegally uses the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes that during rush hours are reserved for carpools of two or more people, buses, motorcycles and solo drivers who pay to use them. Through September, the State Patrol has issued nearly 3,500 citations to motorists who have flouted the law, compared with 2,933 written in all of 2018.”

In the Duluth News Tribune, Adelle Whitefoot writes, “A new contract with Essentia Health to provide professional sports medicine services to the Duluth school district is on the School Board agenda Tuesday. …The contract states Essentia will purchase and provide athletic training supplies valued at up to $1,000 per year per high school. It also states that Essentia will provide the district $325,000 during the term of the contract with $100,000 provided within 30 days of the approval of the contract to purchase new weight room equipment at Denfeld and East high schools.

The Star Tribune’s Jim Buchta reports, “Ryan Sadowy, a Chicago developer who is used to putting together challenging real estate deals, was astonished that after several years of back-and-forth negotiations with five property owners on an entire block in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota, all of them agreed to sell. … Sadowy is a project manager for CA Ventures, which wants to demolish a two-story, 1970s-era McDonald’s, a Five Guys restaurant and every other building on the block to build a 25-story apartment tower in an area where the maximum height limit is much lower. His next big challenge: Convincing the neighbors — and the city — to agree to the project, which would occupy a block that fronts SE. 15th Avenue between SE. 4th and 5th streets.”

Comments (23)

  1. Submitted by Andy Briebart on 10/14/2019 - 07:49 am.

    So they will continue to carry concealed.

    Not sure how this makes the store safer.

    Law abiding permit to carry people are not the problem.

    Once again, the people that want to do us harm don’t care what the store policy is.

    • Submitted by ian wade on 10/14/2019 - 11:28 am.

      The most worthless statement ever. Everyone is “law abiding until they choose not to be.

    • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 10/16/2019 - 09:10 am.

      Andy, I’m sure well aware of the fact the odds are if anyone is carrying a gun in a grocery store, it’s most likely a conceal and carry that’s breaking the law by ignoring the sign. I know several conceal and carry holders who take great pleasure in photographing the signs they ignore and posting those photos for everyone to laugh at.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/14/2019 - 08:06 am.

    I carry a concealed pistol wherever I go, including Cub stores. Although Minnesota is an open carry state, I’ve only seen one person openly carrying in public here in town. And that was at a Hy-Vee store. heh

  3. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 10/14/2019 - 08:14 am.

    “Law abiding permit to carry people are not the problem.” Now that gave me a good laugh.

    • Submitted by Andy Briebart on 10/14/2019 - 08:55 am.

      People legally carry every day and you don’t know it.

      The person pumping gas next to you, the person picking out produce next to you, the person in the plumbing aisle at the hardware store, eating at a restaurant….. every day, even in the bid big two cities.

      • Submitted by David Lundeen on 10/14/2019 - 09:59 am.

        That is a terrifying thought. It really reflects a depraved viewpoint about their thoughts on society and the citizens who live in it.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/14/2019 - 09:39 am.

      So, these Minnesotans are not welcome at Cub Foods.

      • Submitted by David Lundeen on 10/14/2019 - 10:02 am.

        Of course they are welcome. They seem like normal people I could talk to . However, they just don’t need to bring their gun everywhere.

        • Submitted by Mike Chrun on 10/14/2019 - 11:12 am.

          Hey, come on. We need these people as part of the well-regulated militia. They’re necessary for the security of a free state. Without them, we’d be living in a dictatorship run by a narcissistic, sociopath who thinks he can do whatever he wants.

        • Submitted by Andy Briebart on 10/14/2019 - 12:55 pm.

          Cub foods says you can still bring your gun, but only discreetly.

          • Submitted by ian wade on 10/14/2019 - 05:09 pm.

            It’s a testament to the bravery of all of those housewives that, over the decades, ventured into the hellscape of grocery stores unarmed in order to bring home sustenance for their families.

            • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 10/15/2019 - 09:47 pm.

              IW most enjoyable, all those big fearless men packing a Glock because they are suspicious/afraid of the little old lady in isle 2 buying wheat bread instead of white! You just can’t make this stuff up.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/14/2019 - 01:56 pm.

          And if the customers are unarmed, what will happen if there’s a dangerous criminal on the loose? If you saw someone stealing a grape without paying for it, wouldn’t you feel safer knowing the person next to you had the capability of taking out his piece and splattering that punk’s brains all over the frozen food section?

  4. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 10/14/2019 - 01:51 pm.

    Those who cannot follow this rule deserve to permanent lose their right to beat arms.

  5. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 10/16/2019 - 09:28 am.

    Yes, I have to echo Ian Wade’s comment that I’m not afraid to go to the car wash or walk my dog without a Glock in my belt.

    The problem with these carry and castle and stand your ground laws is that they empower and arm exactly the wrong people. The last people you want walking around with loaded guns is frightened and panicky people. They want to pretend they’re the tough guys in the room, but their ones who afraid to go golfing without a gun in their golf bag.

    Then you’ll hear these guys describe themselves as the would-be hero’s who’ll save the rest of us when the gunfire brakes out, but hero fantasies might be an even worse reason to carry a loaded gun around the State Fair.

    If you wait long enough eventually one of these guys will point out that the rest of us are entitled to our opinions but that we only enjoy our free speech because people with guns died for them… another hero fantasy. Howard Stern is probably the biggest champion our free speech and he never brandished a gun. Likewise from civil rights workers in the 60’s to Suffragettes in 1800’s our liberties have more often been championed by unarmed demonstrators confronting armed opposition. Jim Crow didn’t end in a gun battle with the KKK, nor did the Viet Nam War end with a massacre of National Guardsmen at Kent State.

    Those of use who AREN’T afraid to walk around without a Glock in a fanny pack are not the frightened sheep living under a blanket of someone else’s protection.

  6. Submitted by Joe Musich on 10/17/2019 - 07:57 pm.

    The NRA called today. I told them well I cannot repeat what I said. But I am glad to know that concealer squealers are protecting me at Cub until one misjudges a situation and pulls it out. Then not so much. Even those who are paid to be vigilant make “mistakes.” I would not like to think about how someone who is concentrating on picking the proper cucumber might suddenly they think they see something that is not there. Yank it out and pull the trigger only to find out it was a toy potato.

  7. Submitted by Tom Wilson on 10/19/2019 - 03:38 pm.

    I agree with Paul. These guys are paranoid, worry warts that something is hiding under the bed around every corner feeling, is always uppermost in their thoughts.

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