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Wild fire coach Bruce Boudreau

Former Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau
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Former Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Wild move. The Star Tribune’s Carlos Gonzalez reports:Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was fired Friday morning and will be replaced, on an interim basis, by assistant Dean Evason. … Boudreau, in his fourth season, got the word he was being dismissed at Tria Rink from first year general manager Bill Guerin as he prepared for the team’s morning practice. … The Wild blew a 3-1 third period lead Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center and lost 4-3 to the New York Rangers in a shootout. It is 27-23-7 this season and has 61 points, three short of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. ”

These guys just can’t win. City Pages’ Susan Du reports: “A Ramsey County judge had some choice words for Minnesota’s main voter suppression group this week, ruling the Minnesota Voters Alliance is not allowed to intervene in a landmark case that could restore the vote for felons on probation, parole, or another form of supervised release. … The American Civil Liberties Union is currently suing Secretary of State Steve Simon, Minnesota’s chief elections official, to restore voting rights during the probation period following a felony conviction. … The MVA accused Attorney General Keith Ellison of failing to defend the state law merely because he doesn’t like it. Its case argued that individuals are barred from suing the government based on alleged violations of the state constitution, and that Ellison could’ve had the ACLU suit dismissed had he only pointed that out. Instead, the attorney general allowed the litigation to proceed at taxpayer expense. … That’s a Bad Legal Take in Ramsey County Judge Richard H. Kyle’s opinion.

But in legal victories… The Star Tribune’s Mara Klecker reports: “The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a group of Bloomington residents who sued the city after it adopted organized trash collection without putting the matter up for a citywide vote. … Wednesday’s ruling said the proposed amendment to the city charter was constitutional and did not represent an improper referendum.”

Climate protest. The Minnesota Daily’s Jiang Li reports:Approximately 30 to 40 University of Minnesota students staged a ‘die-in’ Thursday on the floors of Coffman Union to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. … The protesters also called for the University to be transparent about whether it invests in the fossil fuel industry. ”

Related:Nixed in Bismarck after backlash, Greta Thunberg mural appears destined for Fargo” [Fargo Forum]

In other news…

Not in a cave, though:Inside a Klobuchar fundraiser: Wine, panini and an anniversary remembrance” [Star Tribune]

Brazen:Credit Card Skimmers Found On Metro Grocery Store Self-Checkout Registers” [WCCO]

Many have tried:Collin Peterson draws a DFL challenger in 7th Congressional District contest” [West Central Tribune]

Jinxed it:Charges: Bank Robber Said Heist Was ‘Easy As He Thought It Was Going To Be’” [WCCO]

That’s cold:Hibbing, Minnesota hits new record low of -32 degrees Friday morning” [KMSP]

Media deal:UMD agrees to sell longtime community radio station KUMD” [MPR]

Congrats to the employees:Delta’s profit-sharing payout hits record $1.6B, with $130M in Minnesota” [Star Tribune]

Quite a tax bill on this:Months after sweepstakes, HGTV ‘Urban Oasis’ dream home in Minneapolis is up for sale” [Star Tribune]

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Bob Barnes on 02/14/2020 - 12:21 pm.

    MVA is not a voter suppression organization. Felons do not have a right to vote until they have fully served their sentence. Parole, supervised release etc are all still part of their sentence. MVA is right here. Ellison needs to enforce the laws on the books, whether he likes them or not.

    • Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/14/2020 - 05:40 pm.

      Fortunately, Mr. Barnes, it’s not your decision to make, and a judge disagrees with you, so it appears the case will be allowed to proceed. The result may be to reinforce your view and deny voting rights to people on parole, or it may be to reinstate voting rights for people on parole. These are the kinds of questions that illustrate why we have a judicial system.

      As soon as I see “Voter fraud” on its website, I know that voter suppression IS, in fact, one of the MVA’s missions, since there’s been virtually no voter fraud in any of the elections that have taken place in the metro for local contests, or statewide for state and federal offices, since I arrived here a decade ago. That’s pretty much true nationwide, though I admit I’ve not done extensive research outside the state. In Minnesota, “Voter fraud” is a dogwhistle plea to reactionaries for voter suppression.

    • Submitted by kurt nelson on 02/15/2020 - 11:36 am.

      Your wrong again. Felons in Minnesota face a byzantine set of regulations on the return of their franchise to vote. And no, it’s not as simple as once they have finished their sentence (if only it were that easy).

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