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  • In historic vote, Minnesota home health care workers unionize

    08/26/2014 8:53:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    In one of Minnesota’s largest labor organizing efforts since the Depression, home care workers across the state on Tuesday voted to join the Service Employees International Union, giving that organization the power to bargain on their behalf. The vote is the culmination of one of the most sweeping union expansion efforts in Minnesota history and represents a victory for Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-controlled Legislature, who pushed through legislation that enabled the certification vote. Workers and those they care for erupted in cheers and chants of “When we fight, we win!” when results were announced at the labor pavilion...
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

    08/16/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-16-14 | Kevin Burbach
    Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" — Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire...
  • Watching Ebola outbreak, Minnesotans scramble their travel plans

    08/14/2014 6:50:42 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 4, 2014 | SAMANTHA SCHMIDT
    Minnesota Liberians are trying to help relatives; groups have canceled mission tripsAs alarm grows over the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, families in Minnesota’s large Liberian community are scrambling for plane tickets and visas to get relatives out of the stricken zone and at least two Twin Cities churches have canceled mission trips intended to deliver medical and other aid to Liberia. “We decided to err on the side of caution,” said Wynfred Russell, executive director of African Career, Education & Resource Inc. in Brooklyn Park and co-leader of a planned January trip of missionaries and public health volunteers....
  • Officer shot in road rage clash also indicted

    08/11/2014 5:37:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-10-14 | DAVE ORRICK
    Now they've both been indicted: The undercover cop and the trained security officer who shot him in a Coon Rapids road-rage incident last summer. On Thursday, an Anoka County district judge unsealed a grand jury indictment against Robbinsdale undercover narcotics officer Landen Beard, 27, of Coon Rapids, for terroristic threats, a felony. Records obtained Thursday by the Pioneer Press offer the most detailed narrative to date - as well as conflicting accounts - of events June 7. A potential key witness told police she saw Beard hanging out of the unmarked sedan he was driving, screaming, ''I'll (expletive) kill you....
  • Franken challenger: Dem-controlled Senate "land of 10,000 excuses" (voted best campaign slogan)

    08/10/2014 7:26:12 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 8/8/14 | Benjamin Goad
    Sen. Al Franken’s Republican challenger made a case for a power shift, bashing Democrats’ regulatory and education policies. Mike McFadden, seen as having an uphill battle, said Americans are hungry for new leadership. “Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. But when it comes to the challenges working families are facing, all we get from Democrats is 10,000 excuses. “November presents a tremendous opportunity for America to elect new leaders, with the vision to turn our country around, and get us back onto the path of growth and prosperity.” McFadden said the Obama administration and congressional Democrats have presided over...
  • U of Minnesota to Vikings: Don’t let visiting Redskins display their name or logo

    08/09/2014 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 69 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/14 | Dan Calabrese
    You know, being a fan of the Minnesota Vikings is difficult enough just based on what happens on the field. We’re 0-4 in Super Bowls. We’ve got to deal with the stomach-curdling memories of the 1999 NFC Championship Game, not to mention 41-doughnut in the same game two years later, and the bounty-hunting Saints putting out a contract on Brett Favre in 2010. But on a cultural level . . . hey, what the heck did we do? We were just sitting here minding our own business. First we got stuck with a petulant, attention-mongering punter who couldn’t and can’t...
  • MINNESOTA CAFE CHARGES “MINIMUM WAGE FEE,” LIBERALS OUTRAGED

    08/08/2014 11:46:18 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 42 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | August 7, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    This is currently the most-read story on the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site: “Stillwater cafe faces heat for adding ‘minimum wage fee’ to tab.” Minnesota’s Democratic legislature recently voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8 an hour, 75 cents more than the federal level. Naturally, that increase is leading to higher prices: A small cafe in Stillwater has thrown itself into the big battle over Minnesota’s minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe with dozens of phone calls and online comments this week after it tacked on a 35-cent fee to meal tabs. Oasis Cafe owner Craig Beemer said...
  • Marine finally completes 2,500-mile row of the Mississippi river (Shortened)

    08/08/2014 9:37:07 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/7/14 | GERALD HERBERT
    A former Afghanistan Marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder has found refuge in rowing the length of the Mississippi river. The trip to the mouth of the river at the Gulf of Mexico took Joshua Ploetz, 69 days, about 50 of them spent paddling. But Ploetz said he needed every inch of the more than 2,500-mile river to paddle away the demons of the war, or at least calm them a bit. Ploetz, 30, from Winona, Minnesota, returned from the war eight years ago after being injured by a roadside bomb, suffering a minor stroke and watching his friends...
  • U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins’ name at school’s stadium on Vikings game day

    08/08/2014 7:03:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ian Shapira
    The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Vikings in an effort to keep the Washington Redskins’ name from being used in “promotional and game date materials” during the NFL teams’ Nov. 2 game at the school’s stadium in Minneapolis, according to an Aug. 1 letter from university President Eric W. Kaler to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).
  • Rep. Ron Erhard: “I’ll Blow Your Head Off”

    08/05/2014 5:17:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    True North ^ | 8-5-14 | Mitch Berg
    The Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance has spent the past few weeks compiling its biennial legislative report card. As, for that matter, have a lot of Minnesota activist groups. It’s election season, after all. But I’m going to guess not very many got a response like a GOCRA volunteer got from Minnesota state representative Ron Erhardt (DFL, HD 49A) of Edina: “No more surveys! You come near me, I’ll blow your head off” was Erhardt’s response, according to GOCRA. I have sent Rep. Erhardt an email asking for elaboration. I’m trying to imagine what’d happen if a pro-life Representative...
  • Biography of Torrey Westrom from the Westrom for Congress Committee

    08/04/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT · by Gumdrop
    Tea Party Cheer ^ | 8/4/2014 | Torrey Westrom
    Torrey Westrom if a lifelong proven conservative with a record of creating jobs while ensuring government operates within its means. First elected to the Minnesota Hose of Representatives at the age of 23. Westrom has fought and defended conservative principles in the state legislature for the last 10 years. Torry Westrom is a state senator representing a large portion of the counties that makeup the 7th Congressional District. http://teapartycheer.com/bios/midwest/minnesota.torrey-westrom-mn-bio/
  • In St. Paul gas station, cop told, 'I'm gonna take your gun,' charges say

    08/04/2014 6:04:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/4/14 | Marino Eccher
    The man was 6-foot-4, weighed more than 300 pounds and wanted James Gray's gun, prosecutors say -- and he didn't ask nicely. It didn't take long for the St. Paul police sergeant to figure out "that things were going to break bad." It took Gray, two fellow officers and one vigorous wrestling match in a gas station to bring the suspect under control, according to court documents filed Monday. Anthony Michael Nickson, 49, of Hudson, Wis., was charged in Ramsey County District Court with five felonies -- three counts of terroristic threats and two of trying to disarm an officer....
  • Rep. Ellison Explains Anti-Iron Dome Funding Vote: ‘Because We Need A Cease-fire’ (VIDEO)

    08/03/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates and News ^ | August 3 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Over the weekend, both the Senate and the House approved $225M in funding for the Iron Dome. The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and by a 395 to 8 vote. Opposition to the funding of the Iron Dome demonstarted an unfortunate bi-partisan measure – four Democrats and four Republicans voted against it. The four Democrats were Keith Ellison (MN-05), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim Moran (VA-08), and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16); The four Republicans were Justin Amash (MI-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), Tom Massie (KY-04), and Mark Sanford (SC-01). Rep. Ellison explains vote on “Meet the Press”: “Because a ceasefire...
  • Video: Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

    08/03/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/3/14 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that on Friday, in what would have been a Christmas Miracle were it not several months early, Congress actually got something done. It was the passage of a bill approving $225M in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. It was quite the bipartisan effort in retrospect, garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition. One of those eight was Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and as The Corner reports, he went out on the weekend gab circuit to explain why he didn’t support the measure. “Because a cease-fire is what we...
  • Shields and Brooks on finding a GOP ‘anti-Cruz,’ Middle East alliances

    08/01/2014 10:15:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | August 1, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the weekÂ’s top news, including the struggle on Capitol Hill to find a resolution to the political division on the border crisis before Congress leaves for August recess, as well as how these events will affect the November election, plus the outlook for ending the war between Israel and Hamas. (AUDIO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: In Washington, House Republicans were racing to pass something on the border crisis after a day of confusion and chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday. For a taste of what went on...
  • Jesse Ventura Swoons Over Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

    08/01/2014 3:57:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-1-2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Maybe it’s just a coincidence that somebody like Jesse Ventura is also a major fan of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara? (Or claims to be for the publicity value among the “hip”?) Recalling his visit to Cuba and meeting with Fidel Castro in 2002 Ventura grew misty-eyed: “Fidel Castro looked into my eyes and told me I was a man of great courage…Maybe he (Castro) saw a little of him in me.” Recall the Cowardly Lion’s reaction when the Wizard grants him “the NERVE.” Well, Jesse Ventura’s moronic gloating outdoes even the lion’s (“Shucks, folks, I’m speechless..ha-ha…Ain’t it the truth!...
  • Minnesota archbishop won’t resign amid criticism

    07/30/2014 1:41:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT
    The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won’t resign despite criticism over the archdiocese’s handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests. Archbishop John Nienstedt made his comments in in a column that will appear in Thursday’s archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. He says he’s bound to stay in office as long as Pope Francis wants. …
  • Michele Bachmann, Van Jones spar on border fight

    07/16/2014 2:20:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    CNN’s Van Jones went head to head Tuesday with Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann over the border crisis, saying the congresswoman crossed the line in scapegoating the surge of unaccompanied migrant children for crimes committed by other undocumented immigrants. “Are you scapegoating every one of these kids?” Jones asked Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, on CNN’s “Crossfire.” “Well, hold on a second. There are lines that can’t be crossed here. I’m sorry congresswoman, I’m sorry congresswoman. There are lines that can’t be crossed here.” Bachmann, who acknowledged that 57,000 children have crossed America’s southern border into the country in recent months, also...
  • Riding and revolvers return: Mounted shooting event is back at Beltrami County Fairgrounds

    07/11/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    BemidjiPioneer.com ^ | 7/11/14 | Malachi Petersen
    BEMIDJI -- Guns will be drawn and shots will be fired this weekend, but it will all be in good fun. The Wild Rice Peacemakers, a cowboy mounted shooting club, will host the third annual Blackduck Dental Clinic Raid on the Gold Mine shooting competition this weekend at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. The two-day event will feature mounted shooting and cash prizes. The competition involves competitors on horseback riding through a course to shoot a total of 10 balloon targets. Participants must shoot five of the balloons with a revolver before drawing a second revolver to shoot remaining targets. Competitors...
  • Ellison: Profiling of American Muslims is ‘troubling’

    07/10/2014 9:10:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    startribune.com ^ | July 10, 2014
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in Congress, said a report that the National Security Agency and FBI were tracking the email of five prominent American Muslims is “troubling because it suggests that Americans were targeted because of their faith and civic engagement.” Documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the Muslim attorneys and activists were targeted for surveillance from 2002 to 2008 under a program meant to uncover terrorists and foreign agents, according to an analysis from online news organization The Intercept. Among the documents released were training materials that used the...
  • SWAT Unit Kills Two Dogs, Finds Little Evidence In ‘No-Knock’ Raid

    07/10/2014 2:40:58 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/09/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Instead of leaving with the drugs and weapons they were sent to find, a Minnesota SWAT team executing a “no-knock raid” left with the bodies of a family’s two dead dogs. “The first thing I heard was ‘boom,’” Larry Lee Arman told KMSP, recalling the raid which occurred in St. Paul at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. “Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop. Right in front of us.” Equipped with a warrant for drugs and weapons, the SWAT unit barged in while Arman was asleep on a mattress with his two children, shooting Mello and Laylo, the family’s two pit bulls. “One...
  • Cracks Appearing In Democratic Coalition

    07/05/2014 5:00:30 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The population of Mogadishu is moving to Minneapolis, through the miracle of chain immigration. I don’t know whether there is any limiting principle to this or whether all of Mogadishu will one day reside along the Mississippi, but in any event, the Somali influx is already impacting Minnesota politics. Despite being “natural conservatives”–imagine what they must think of abortion and gay marriage!–the Somalis have so far been reliable Democratic voters. This has created one of this year’s most interesting local races, in which Phyllis Kahn, a left-wing Democrat who has represented her district in the Minnesota House of Representatives for...
  • [MN Gov.] Dayton supports licensing dog breeders, yet rejects any oversight of abortion facilities

    07/03/2014 12:47:48 PM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    MCCL ^ | 7/2/14
    New regulations of pet breeders go into effect; governor previously vetoed abortion center licensing ST. PAUL — A measure to license and inspect commercial dog and cat breeders—passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this year—went into effect on July 1. The new regulations throw into sharp relief Dayton's refusal to accept any state licensing or inspection of abortion facilities, which perform thousands of surgical procedures on Minnesota women each year. "Gov. Dayton wants to safeguard the well-being of pets, and that is admirable," said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for...
  • MNSure lapse leaves 16,000 low-income applicants awaiting coverage

    07/03/2014 5:23:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-3-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    At least 16,000 low-income Minnesotans never received letters telling them that the state needed more information on their MNsure applications for health insurance, and many possibly remain uninsured. State officials disclosed the mistake Wednesday and blamed the problem on human error. The notices were supposed to tell the applicants to provide more information to qualify for the state's Medical Assistance program, but the notices were never sent. The applicants applied through MNsure, the state's new health insurance exchange, but their eligibility for the low-income assistance couldn't be automatically verified. "We understand that this is unacceptable to have not been sending...
  • Target asks customers not to bring guns to its stores

    07/02/2014 7:35:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 69 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 7-2-14 | evan ramstad
    Target Corp. on Wednesday took a stand against customers who bring firearms into its stores. “This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” John Mulligan, the company’s acting CEO, said in a statement. The matter became a surprising controversy for the Minneapolis-based retailer in recent months when activist gun owners in Texas and other states chose the company’s stores to demonstrate their belief in the right to openly bear arms.
  • Vote probe aimed at 419 Cedar Avenue S. in Minneapolis (DFL voter fraud)

    07/01/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | July 1, 2014 | Eric Roper and Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Hennepin County attorney’s office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters. State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008. No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although it’s unclear...
  • Closed Church gets New Life as Islamic Center (Yes, that's the headline)

    06/29/2014 6:36:59 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 37 replies
    Winona Daily News (Minnesota) ^ | June 29, 2014 | AP Staffer
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of the oldest Catholic churches in St. Paul had to close down because of a dwindling congregation, but it's been given new life as an Islamic community center. The Church of St. John parish, built in 1886, closed in 2013. It reopened Friday as the Darul-Uloom Islamic Center, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/1z0o5In ). "There are a lot of East Africans in the area, and we want to give them a place to worship, a place to be educated, a community space," center spokesman Feisal M. Elmi said. The former church held...
  • Allegations of Voter Fraud in MN DFL Primary

    Absentee voting started Friday, six weeks ahead of primary elections. Already there are strong allegations of voter fraud. The attorney for Phyllis Kahn says he got word Thursday night; there might be hundreds of people who are registering and voting using an address that's not their home. Absentee voting kicked-off Friday morning in a hotly contested democratic primary race for the state house between incumbent Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor. Brian Rice, attorney for the Phyllis Kahn Volunteer Committee, claims there's voter fraud. "I think there is a coordinated effort to use this address to bring voters into the DFL...
  • Did Barack Obama Wear Women's Shoes in Minnesota?

    06/28/2014 7:27:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/28/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Barack “Yes we can” Obama has already proven that he’s big on slogans. Leaving behind FORWARD, and of course ‘Hope and Change…We Can Believe In,’ the president’s newest catchphrase is “In the shoes,” which describes loafer-lover Barack Obama attempting to reconnect with everyday Americans by metaphorically slipping into other people’s shoes. To infuse added relatability into his plans to do future ‘in the shoes’ walkabouts, the White House is officially calling Obama’s planned encounters with the unwashed masses a “day-in-the-life” series, wherein the POTUS leaves his billionaire friends and devoted low-maintenance wife behind to venture forth onto the highways and...
  • Obama aims for 'day in the life' of (struggling to pay bills) Minnesota woman

    06/26/2014 9:18:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/26/14 | Roberta Rampton - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama headed to Minneapolis on Thursday, the first stop in series of summer road trips where he will aim to spend a "day in the life" of an ordinary American and persuade voters that the White House understands their challenges. The trip is also aimed at reconnecting Obama with Democrats ahead of midterm elections where Republicans stand a good chance of taking control of the Senate, jeopardizing the chance to accomplish goals for his last two years in office. Obama will have lunch with Rebekah Erler, an accountant in St. Paul with two young sons...
  • Obama Skipping Out of WH to Spend a Day With 'Hardworking Mom'

    06/24/2014 1:18:02 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 42 replies
    CNSNews. ^ | June 24, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Apparently because he doesn't get out of the White House enough (?) -- or have enough to do? -- President Obama will travel to Minnesota on Thursday to "spend a day with Rebekah," described by the White House as a "hardworking mom from Minneapolis," who wrote to the president to tell him "how much harder it's become to get ahead and do right by her family." When the president receives letters like Rebekah's, he "makes notes in the margins, and sits down to reply personally," the White House said. This time, he's made plans to meet with Rebekah...
  • General

    06/21/2014 3:42:22 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | February 2, 2014 | Scott Johnson
    John has previously noted the problem of robberies at the University of Minnesota on its main campus in Minneapolis. The campus is near downtown in an urban setting. Following standard practice, the university issues crime alerts that identify the race of the perpetrator when the authorities have a basis to do so based on victim identification or otherwise. Some groups on campus are not happy with the crime alerts. The local CBS station reports: School officials at the University of Minnesota are working with black student and facility organizations after they wrote a letter to the school’s president about the...
  • Opus Delecti

    06/12/2014 2:07:24 PM PDT · by andyk · 55 replies
    Me | 6/12/2014 | andyk
    I really wanted Opus Delecti to mean delicious opus, but it doesn't. In almost 16 years, this is my first vanity. And all I can muster is to post it in bloggers and personal, where it ostensibly belongs. Vanities were against the rules, and as a date once told me, I'm a rule follower. Nobody will miss me when I'm gone. In fact, I know many folks will rejoice. There are many folks I will miss, once zotted. I'll miss the kitty pings, most of all. I'll miss the quiet solitude of Lurker and the crazy shenanigans of Laz. I...
  • Charges: Coach Photoshopped Student Into Child Porn

    06/19/2014 5:38:44 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 4 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 19 JUNE 2014 | WCCO.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Brooklyn Park volleyball coach faces felony charges for allegedly having child porn on his computer and photoshopping images of a student he knew onto pornographic pictures. James Edward Ferdig, 41, is charged with two counts of possessing child porn, court documents filed earlier this month show. A criminal complaint states that officials began investigating Ferdig last year. In August, officers executed a search warrant and seized a computer and other items belonging to Ferdig.
  • Minnesota governor cheers relocation of major corporation HQ to … Ireland

    06/18/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When Rick Perry stumps for businesses to relocate, at least he’s cheering for his home state of Texas as the final destination. In Minnesota, we have the unusual experience of having a governor laud a corporation for moving its headquarters out of the state — and out of the country. Medtronic, a leading manufacturer of medical devices, acquired an Irish firm in the same sector, but will move its corporate headquarters to Ireland rather than transfer Covidien’s executive operations to Minnesota (via Gary Gross): “As I look at the project as governor of Minnesota, this is a good deal...
  • Fight over rental restrictions heads to MN Supreme Court

    06/15/2014 4:47:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 5-28-14 | Tom Steward
    Think of it as a lottery with a 30 percent chance of winning. The prize? A city permit authorizing people to be among the lucky property owners on their block allowed to rent their house. For 70 percent of their neighbors, well, that’s just too bad. That’s how it works in Winona, a southeastern Minnesota college community that in 2006 instituted an across-the-board rental restrictions on property owners. “It’s basic freedom, it’s your house, it’s your property. And here’s another case of the government coming in blindly saying you don’t have those rights anymore because we’re the Winona City Council,”...
  • Lakeville (MN) Boy Scout scrubs gravestones for soldiers

    06/14/2014 7:29:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/14/14 | ERIN ADLER
    Garrett McKay dipped his brush in a bucket of water and began scrubbing the dirt from another bright white headstone, this one from a second lieutenant who served in World War I, dying in 1963. “I know in the winter the headstones do get very weathered,” he said, as the bristles removed grime caked into the engraved letters. “The ones under the trees are really pretty dirty.” Despite the Saturday morning drizzle, McKay and 20 friends and family members spent the morning at Fort Snelling National Cemetery cleaning the limestone graves of hundreds of soldiers, their wives and the occasional...
  • Nolan: No U.S. soldiers died searching for Bergdahl (MN Democrat)

    06/13/2014 4:43:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Saint Cloud Times | June 13, 2014 | Mark Sommerhauser
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2014/06/13/rick-nolan-minnesota-bergdahl-veterans-hospitals/10447371/
  • Election-Day Registration Lawsuit: Seeking Provisional Ballots(MN)

    06/10/2014 7:35:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Minnesota Voters Alliance ^ | 6-10-14 | Andrew E. Cilek
    As you know, we are committed to overturning Minnesota election law that enables ineligible individuals to vote in two ways: by not determining the eligibility of election-day registrants before counting their votes, and by accepting the statements of individuals that they are eligible even when the state has records showing they are not, such as non-citizens and felons. We have spent considerable time with our attorneys refining the arguments that connect the precise text of the Minnesota Constitution (“[Ineligible] persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state.”) to the statutes that in fact...
  • Man pleads guilty in Texas to voting twice, also in Minnesota, Facebook posting led to charge

    06/04/2014 10:05:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 6-4-14 | AP
    GALVESTON, Texas — A man who voted absentee in Texas and Minnesota during the 2012 general election then touted his bogus balloting on Facebook has pleaded guilty. A judge in Galveston on Tuesday fined Richard Alan Collier $4,000 after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of Texas election law. Collier, who pleaded guilty to attempt to commit illegal voting, claimed residence in both states when seeking absentee ballots for the November 2012 election. Authorities say Collier then voted in Anoka (uh-NOH'-kuh) County, Minnesota, and in Galveston County. Prosecutors in Galveston say a tip that Collier posted a Facebook message...
  • FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria

    06/03/2014 3:07:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 6/3/14 | KMSP
    The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria. Investigators believe Somalis who left to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism. The FBI asking the Somali community in the Twin Cities for more information on anyone who may have left to fight overseas. If you know anyone who is planning to and/or has traveled to a foreign country for armed combat or who is being recruited for such activities, please contact www.fbi.gov/fttips or call (763) 569-8020. All information will be kept completely...
  • CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike

    06/02/2014 2:01:33 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    FOX 9 ^ | 1/6/2014 | FOX 9
    ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (KMSP) - It's yet another instance of a neighbor puling a gun on a neighbor. This time, it happened in Rosemount, Minn. while a father was teaching his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bicycle. Gary Drake, 61, is facing second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges after he was accused of brandishing a shotgun on Daytona Way last week. It's an idyllic street, but neighbors there like to talk. When Jeanne Helgeson heard rumors that a well-known neighbor had threatened someone with a gun, she didn't believe it -- until her next-door neighbor confirmed the details, that is....
  • Minnesota GOP picks Mike McFadden as Al Franken's opponent in midterms

    06/02/2014 1:06:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Here in Minnesota, where we managed to elect Jesse Ventura as Governor and Al Franken to the US Senate within a decade of each other, the state Republican Party held its convention this past weekend. Minnesota has a caucus-plus-primary system, in which the two parties attempt to settle its nominations with convention endorsements for state-wide offices. Often, the fight continues through to a late-season primary, drawing resources away from the general-election campaign. Democrats hold all of the state-wide offices, including Franken as the incumbent Senator and Mark Dayton as Governor, so their nominations have long been settled.Republicans batted .500 on...
  • ‘Hump Day’ Camel Party Cancelled at College Over Fear of Offending Middle East

    06/01/2014 3:52:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota cancelled a “Hump Day” party last week featuring a live camel following complaints that the event could be viewed as offensive to Middle Eastern cultures. The campus’ Residence Hall Association nixed its own event after several students began organizing a protest on Facebook. The protest had received more than 100 RSVPs before it was deleted Wednesday, according to aThursday report in Campus Reform. The episode has since triggered a social-media backlash against campus political correctness, with critics expressing incredulity over the idea that a camel is somehow culturally insensitive or racist....
  • Sarah Palin to MN GOP: Julianne Ortman Only Candidate Who Can Beat Al Franken

    05/31/2014 6:56:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/30/14 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Minnesota's GOP delegates to support Julianne Ortman for U.S. Senate at this weekend's state convention. Palin told the 2,200 GOP delegates that Ortman "is a true conservative and the only candidate who is battle tested with the leadership and experience necessary to beat [Sen. Al] Franken in November." "As a state senator, she proved her commitment to conservative principles and her determination to make the tough calls to get things done," Palin wrote. "As the first woman to ever head the Senate Tax Committee, she led the effort to balance a $5...
  • White students fed up with black professor’s racial screeds, lawsuits fly

    05/27/2014 12:14:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/26/14 | Robby Soave
    The politics of faux victimization are spiraling out of control at a community college in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where several white students, their black professor and irritated administrators have one-upped each other with complaints, reprimands and now a lawsuit. The trouble began in English professor Shannon Gibney’s Introduction to Mass Communications class at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Though the class ostensibly has little to do with race, Gibney considers herself an activist on racial issues, and frequently invokes white privilege and oppression during class time, according to her students. (She has previously taught classes on race and gender.) Recently, several...
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Will He or Won't He? N.J. Magazine Ban Heading to Christie's Desk

    05/18/2014 3:31:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 5-16-2014 | NRA
    Gun control supporters appear poised to force New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, often discussed as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, to show where he stands on the Second Amendment. On Monday, the state's Senate passed A2006, legislation to lower the state's magazine-capacity limit from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, by a vote of 22-17, mostly along party lines. The bill will be sent to Christie for signature or veto after the Assembly, which previously approved it by a vote of 46-31, approves technical changes made to the bill by the Senate. Once the bill reaches Christie's desk, he...
  • Obamacare insurer says Americans have to break the 'choice habit'

    05/16/2014 12:16:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 13, 2014 | Philip Klein
    In a line that says a lot about where health care is heading under Obamacare, an insurance executive offering plans through the law was quoted in the New York Times on Tuesday as saying, “We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has.” Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, made the remark in an article describing the trend toward narrow networks in health care plans. The article notes, "In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they...