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Roseau County becomes first Second Amendment ‘sanctuary county’ in Minnesota

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For the Forum news service, Hannah Shirley writes: “Commissioners in northwestern Minnesota’s Roseau County passed a resolution Tuesday designating the county a “Second Amendment Dedicated County,” more commonly known as a Second Amendment “sanctuary county.” Roseau County joins more than 400 communities nationwide to adopt such gun rights resolutions and is the first county in Minnesota to do so. The movement has largely been a response to so-called sanctuary laws approved in some U.S. communities that are aimed at limiting local cooperation with federal immigration authorities.”

MPR’s Paul Huttner says: “It’s a relatively brief but intense arctic outbreak across Minnesota. Blizzard conditions in the Red River Valley were visible from space Wednesday. … The core of the coldest air lingers for about 40 hours across Minnesota. Wind chills will be in the subzero range across most of Minnesota from about 6 p.m. Wednesday until noon Friday.

The Star Tribune’s Miquel Otárola writes: “Downtown Minneapolis’ population has surged past 50,000 for the first time, prompting business and political leaders to celebrate the milestone Wednesday while pledging to do more about a corresponding rise in crime. During its annual meeting, held at the Armory, the Minneapolis Downtown Council revealed that 51,288 people were living in central-city neighborhoods by the end of 2019.

For Politico, Elena Schneider says, “[Pete] Buttigieg and [Amy] Klobuchar … bounced out of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary with top-three finishes, media attention and money flowing into their campaigns. But all that momentum could easily evaporate as they turn to states with significant numbers of Latino and African American voters, who have yet to show interest in either candidate in real numbers so far in the 2020 race….”

A Guardian discussion includes this from Cas Mudde, “The main story of the New Hampshire primary was, however, the Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar. After a very disappointing fifth place in the neighbor state of Iowa, her campaign got a massive boost from the New Hampshire debate, raising $2m in 24 hours, and massively increasing her support in the state within a week. While her road to the Democratic convention remains far from certain, there is a big chance that Klobuchar soon will be the last woman standing in the primaries, and that is something few saw coming, maybe not even the senator herself.”

Meanwhile, For NPR, Bobby Allyn writes, “In a 2019 ranking by The Lugar Center and Georgetown University judging how often lawmakers introduce legislation that attracts co-sponsors from the opposing party, [U.S. Sen. Amy] Klobuchar was rated as the 23rd most bipartisan senator in Congress. Her two fellow senators running for president, Warren and Sanders, ranked 68th and 100th, respectively.”

In the Star Tribune, Dee DePass and Jackie Crosby report, “Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc. could be among the first U.S. companies to take a direct hit from the corona­virus outbreak as concerns grow about disruptions to supply chain networks in China. Although existing inventories are strong at most of the nation’s big-box retailers, analysts from Wells Fargo warn that shoppers could start seeing empty store shelves as early as mid-April.”

KSTP-TV reports:Firefighters battled a massive house fire burning on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in Woodland Wednesday evening. Pictures and videos of the fire showed large flames engulfing the home at about 6:45 p.m. Lindsi Boynton-Lilledahl, whose home neighbors the one that caught fire, told KSTP her son first saw the flames and told her at about 6:45 p.m. Boynton-Lilledahl said the home was under construction and was nearly finished, but thankfully nobody was home.”

MPR’s Peter Cox says, “At the University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Services office, ear-loop masks have been very popular since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, in China. ‘Lots of masks have been leaving our building,’ said Dave Golden, director of public health and communication at Boynton. The university says that since Jan. 22, the Boynton pharmacy has sold more than 8,200 ear-loop masks. … In short, the university has a plan in place if a student or faculty member comes in with symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.”

Also from MPR, this from Tim Nelson: “The final installment of a historic Minnesota college football rivalry is heading for U.S. Bank Stadium in November. The much celebrated game between the St. Thomas Tommies and the St. John’s Johnnies is one of the biggest college football games in Minnesota each fall. They’ve played 89 times, including a game last fall at Allianz Field in St. Paul and a game at Target Field in 2017.”


Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 02/13/2020 - 08:31 am.

    Klobuchar’s vaunted “across-the-aisle” legislating doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Virtually none of the bills involved anything of major significance. In fact, that’s true of most of her legislation, whether author or co-author. She “leads” from the middle of the pack and only after confirming the speed and direction of the prevailing winds.

    Let her stay in the Senate, where she can at least be a reliable anchor.

    • Submitted by lisa miller on 02/13/2020 - 10:46 am.

      Define major significance–it is too many especially in the area of health care. Often times the what is deemed small to many are large differences to those who are struggling. You have to know where people are coming from to see if it’s worth pushing through and building a coalition. She’s not glamorous, but she is steadfast and as the Kavanaugh hearings showed does her homework as well as fair.

      • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 02/13/2020 - 12:32 pm.

        Steadfast? In 2006 she was for the very border/immigration policies Trump supports (she wanted more fence, e-verify, etc) yet now she has done a 180 and opposes all of those thing. Hardly steadfast, more like flip flopper.

  2. Submitted by kurt nelson on 02/13/2020 - 09:12 am.

    While that designation of a “sanctuary city/county” might make those paranoid fearful gun nuts feel good, there is no force of law behind it, merely tautology.
    To think that a city could enact a law which supersedes the state’s constitution is laughable, but also pathetic that so many believe.

  3. Submitted by Karen Sandness on 02/13/2020 - 11:54 am.

    In an age when the formerly respectable Republican Party is turning into something that resembles the Mafia more than it resembles the party of Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower (I think even Nixon would be horrified at its current state), I don’t see bipartisanship as a good thing.

    In practice it means the Republicans saying, “We propose this harmful bill,” and the Democrats saying, “OK, whatever,” or at most, “OK, but could you soften it just a little?”

  4. Submitted by Andy Briebart on 02/13/2020 - 12:04 pm.

    Ottertail county is next, with a few more in the works.

  5. Submitted by Andy Briebart on 02/13/2020 - 02:16 pm.

    15 states have Constitutional Carry

  6. Submitted by Andy Briebart on 02/14/2020 - 10:35 am.

    New Hampshire has constitutional carry, and nothing happened during their primary. Lots of liberals and liberal media were there and life just when on as usual. Imagine that.

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