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  • 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...
  • Insurer: Obamacare Customers Must Break ‘Choice Habit’ (choice is only good for abortion)

    05/13/2014 3:15:13 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    Health insurers are now openly admitting that with Obamacare’s reforms, patient choice can no longer be a priority for Americans. “We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” Marcus Merz, CEO of Minnesota insurer PreferredOne, told The New York Times Tuesday. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.” With boatloads of mandatory services provided each and every customer whether they’re wanted or not, health insurers’ costs are going up. If insurance companies are going to keep prices at a manageable level, narrow networks are one of their...
  • State of Minnesota may soon control your retirement savings

    05/15/2014 7:13:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    MN Freedom Foundation ^ | 5-8-14 | Jonathan Blake
    Earlier this week, House and Senate conferees agreed to final language for the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA). While most of the attention has focused on the bill’s family and sick leave provisions, one particularly bad policy provision has attracted little attention. Specifically, WESA lays the groundwork for a “state-administered retirement savings plan” for employees in the private sector. Yes, this would essentially be a government-run retirement plan controlled by the State Board of Investment. The ramifications of such a plan could be devastating for private sector employees as well as taxpayers who would likely be on the hook for...
  • Minnesota passes nation’s first smartphone ‘kill switch’ law

    05/15/2014 3:53:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/15/2014 | NIRAJ CHOKSHI
    Minnesota on Wednesday passed the nation’s first law requiring smartphones to have the ability to be remotely disabled. The law requires smartphone manufacturers to introduce so-called “kill switches” in devices to allow users to make lost or stolen phones unusable. In so doing, the state hopes to remove the incentive for such robberies, which are on the rise. A Consumer Reports survey released last month found that 3.1 million Americans had cellphones stolen in 2013, nearly double the 1.6 million thefts reported the previous year. Some of those robberies can become violent, as was the case for a Minneapolis mayoral candidate who received nine...
  • Report:Mexican Drug Cartel Hired MS-13 to Kidnap & Torture 2 Minnesota Teens

    05/08/2014 4:47:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | May 8, 2014 | Staff
    One of the roughest Mexican drug cartels has allegedly been hiring a ruthless American gang to kidnap and torture those who cross the cartel inside the United States. The Sinaloa cartel reportedly hired MS-13 gang members to fly from Los Angeles, Calif., to St. Paul, Minn., to find the people who stole 30 pounds of meth and $200,000 from a stash house. Police say three MS-13 gang members kidnapped two teens who they believed stole the meth and cash. Then they tied them up and tortured them, even cutting one victim’s pinky with a scissor. The teens were eventually let...
  • Police: Mexican drug cartel enforcers torture two teenagers in St. Paul

    05/07/2014 7:10:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | May 6, 2014 | By PAUL MCENROE
    Three enforcers hired by Mexico’s biggest drug cartel flew from Los Angeles to Minnesota last month, kidnapped two local teenagers, and then tortured them for hours at a house in St. Paul in an effort to recover stolen drugs, according to court documents reviewed by the Star Tribune. Acting under orders from the Sinaloa cartel, the three kidnappers were trying to determine who had stolen 30 pounds of methamphetamine and $200,000 from a stash house on Palace Avenue in St. Paul. Before the episode was over, they had issued death threats against the Minnesota pair and their families, demanding that...
  • Honeycrisp Apples To Soon Be Available Year-Round

    05/05/2014 7:27:44 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    wcco ^ | 5-4-14 | Reg Chapman
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Apple fans in Minnesota will soon be able to find a favorite apple in grocery stores year-round. The Honeycrisp apple has come a long way from its humble beginnings here in Minnesota. When the apple was first introduced in 1991, University of Minnesota researchers only produced a three-week supply. Now, Honeycrisp is the No. 1 desired apple in America. “When you find a winner, you stick with it,” scientist and Honeycrisp breeder David Bedford said. Spring usually means Honeycrisp apples fans must do without their favorite fruit. But Bedford says researchers found a way to have the...
  • House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria

    04/06/2011 10:43:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria By Andrew Restuccia - 04/06/11 12:25 PM ET Just hours before a vote Wednesday on a GOP plan to block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) called climate change a bigger public health threat than AIDS, malaria and pandemic flu. Capps and several other liberal Democrats spoke out Wednesday morning in opposition to the legislation, authored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). The lawmakers, who were joined by officials from the American Lung Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the Upton...
  • Why Josh Hartnett Quit Hollywood and Moved Back to Minnesota

    05/01/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Michael Rothman
    Josh Hartnett is 35 now and mostly acts in indie films, but he was a hot commodity back in the early 2000s, and almost every big picture wanted him in the lead. "Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn't want that," he told Details magazine of passing on the iconic characters. He also passed on 2006's "Superman Returns." "I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger." Hartnett admits...
  • Minnesota couple wants $48k in cash seized by Iowa police returned

    05/01/2014 8:50:48 AM PDT · by bkopto · 84 replies
    BringMeTheNews ^ | Apr 26, 2014 | Shaymus McLaughlin
    Iowa City police seized $48,000 in cash from a Minnesota couple during a traffic stop in March. They want it back – but that’s been proving difficult, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The publication says Kearnice C. Overton, of St. Paul, was pulled over March 16 for speeding. Overton’s kids were in the car at the time. Police say a K-9 signal gave them the authority to search the car, the Press-Citizen reports. So they did, found the $48,000 in cash, and seized it. Overton says he got the money from his wife, Tiffani D.S. Barber, to buy some property...
  • Poll: Franken Up, but Well Under 50 Percent

    05/01/2014 9:59:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 4/30/14 | Andrew Johnson
    Minnesota’s Senate race isn’t one of the best chances for Republicans to pick up a seat, but a new poll shows that it’s a possibility. A new Suffolk University poll finds Democratic incumbent Al Franken leading all four, relatively unknown Republican candidates, but he fails to pick up majority support from voters. In four head-to-head match-ups with declared Republican candidates, Franken gets roughly 44 percent support to the Republicans’ 29 percent. While his lead is in the double digits, the gap falls within the percentage of Minnesotans who say they remain undecided on who to support. Nearly one-fifth, or 19...
  • Tevlin: A Bright Line Between Murder and Self-Defense in Little Falls

    04/29/2014 8:36:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | April 29, 2014 | Jon Tevlin
    “This case is big. This is Minnesota’s Trayvon Martin case,” prosecutor Pete Orput said before the Byron Smith murder trial. Except it never really was. Unlike the Florida case that became a lightning rod on race and the boundaries of self-defense, the Smith case got national attention but never gained the traction some predicted among gun proponents. Joe Olson thinks he knows why. Olson is as big of a gun advocate as you will find. The Hamline University law professor has worked on behalf of gun owners at the Capitol for 25 years and written book chapters on self-defense. Olson...
  • Little Falls Man Found Guilty On All Four Counts Of Murder

    04/29/2014 1:57:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 175 replies
    SeeBS ^ | 4-29-14 | cbs
    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — The Little Falls, Minn. man who shot and killed two teenagers after they broke into his home has been found guilty of all four counts of premeditated murder. After roughly three hours of deliberation, the jury found 65-year-old Byron Smith guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for the shooting deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady.
  • Comment Was Picked Up By Courtside Microphone (Sprewell Suspended For Vulgarity Towards Female Fan)

    12/07/2004 1:42:23 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 37 replies · 947+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | 12/07/04 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA suspended Timberwolves swingman Latrell Sprewell on Tuesday for one game without pay after reviewing comments he made to a female heckler during Minnesota's overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Tim Frank, vice president of basketball communications for the NBA, said the league senior vice president Stu Jackson reviewed the tape of the incident and then ordered Sprewell suspended for Tuesday night's game against Dallas. He said league policy prohibits directing obscenities at fans. "Our policy is that you can't do it," he said. "When you do it, you're going to get suspended." During...
  • Ice on Superior - The Winter that won't end!

    04/25/2014 2:08:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Wawa-news ^ | 4/22/14 | Brenda Grundt
    Spring seems to be taking forever to arrive, but we are not really seeing the worst of the late spring. The Great Lakes, and Lake Superior is holding on to their ice. As a result the freighters that normally travel the Great Lakes are having their fair share of problems. This has been a very long winter season, beginning with the Great Lakes freezing on December 6th, not allowing Northwest Indiana steel mills to stockpile materials. Glen Nekvasil, vice president for Lake Carriers' Association explained that lake freighters are struggling to make the voyage across Lake Superior despite the thick...
  • A 7,000-year-old find awaits detailed analysis [ Minnesota bison kill site ]

    11/20/2008 5:34:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 473+ views
    West Central Tribune ^ | Monday, November 17, 2008 | Tom Cherveny
    Too often, Janet and LeRoy Peterson have heard the tell-tale sounds of screeching tires and, soon after, a rap on their door. Another motorist has just discovered that the natural terrain around their river valley home makes a natural funnel for deer, the Petersons told members of the Indian History Hunters at a Nov. 4 meeting in Willmar. Some 20 years ago, the Petersons discovered that Minnesota's first inhabitants had this all figured out at least 7,000 years before the first car-deer crash. Except it wasn't 100- to 200-pound whitetail deer that brought Minnesota's first people to the Peterson's three-acre...
  • Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

    04/19/2014 3:54:16 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Roll Call ^ | Abby Livingston
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel. Clawson’s announcement of the endorsement offered no statement from the retiring congresswoman, but the candidate heaped praise on Bachmann, the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.
  • The Stupid Hounding of Condi Rice

    04/17/2014 6:20:09 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | April 16,2014 | Rich Lowry
    Rice’s recent speaking gigs on college campuses and her ascension to the board of the file-sharing company Dropbox have sparked protests calling for her to be disinvited, cashiered and generally isolated and shamed --snip-- When the University of Minnesota invited her to give a lecture Thursday as part of a series marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the herd of independent minds that is the school’s faculty roused itself. Roughly 200 of them demanded that the invitation be revoked, mostly for her association with George W. Bush’s interrogation and detention policies, but also because she is unfit...
  • College: The Sixty-Five Thousand Dollar Misunderstanding

    04/17/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/17/2014 | Roger L. Simon
    [1]Back in 1962, Robert Gover published a novel called the One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding [2] whose premise Amazon describes this way: “A college sophomore spends a weekend with a pretty 14-year-old black prostitute under the manly misapprehension that she has invited him because she finds him irresistible.”I remember reading it as an undergraduate and finding it mildly amusing. Of course, inflation being what it is, it’s hard to write a book about a piddling hundred dollar misunderstanding anymore. But somehow the novel came to mind today when reading one of my favorite websites — The College Fix [3]. The...