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  • Ford Motor withdraws from climate change group

    01/25/2012 11:38:10 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1-26-12 | David Freddoso
    The National Center for Public Policy Research is claiming a scalp today after Ford Motor Co. formally withdrew from the liberal U.S. Climate Action Partnership. The conservative non-profit announces today that Ford has withdrawn from the organization, which uses corporate support form management to work against shareholders' interests by promoting a cap-and-trade framework for carbon emissions.
  • Bachmann says she'll seek 4th term in Congress

    01/25/2012 11:19:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    ap/pioneer perss ^ | 1-25-12 | doug glass
    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., steps from her campaign bus to greet supporters after winning the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa. (Associtated Press, File) Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced today she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House following her failed presidential bid. Bachmann declared her plans in an interview with the Associated Press. The Republican congresswoman had been mum on her plans since folding her presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.
  • MN Entrepreneur Challenges Requirement That All Funeral Homes Must Have an Embalming Room

    01/22/2012 10:16:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    Institute for Justice ^ | 1-19-12 | Shira Rawlinson
    Arlington, Va.—May the government force entrepreneurs to do useless things, like build extra rooms in their stores that they do not need and will never use, just to prove they are serious about their business? That issue is at the center of a major lawsuit filed today, January 19, 2012, in Minnesota State District Court by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of Verlin Stoll, the 27-year-old owner of Crescent Tide Funeral Home in Saint Paul.
  • State worker severance packages scrutinized

    01/19/2012 5:34:28 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 1-19-12 | MaryJo Webster
    Minnesota lawmakers today will begin looking into the issue of payments for unused sick and vacation time to retiring state employees. The joint legislative subcommittee hearing follows reports by the Pioneer Press and KSTP-TV in November about $57 million paid out in unused sick time to state employees - a practice largely unheard of in the private sector - and $32 million paid out in unused vacation time between January 2008 and June 30, 2011.
  • U of M Payouts Top $30 Million

    01/18/2012 8:36:31 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    KSTP ^ | 1-18-12 | Mark Albert, Mike Maybay, & Erik Altmann
    In November 2011, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported $86 million in unused vacation pay, sick time, and other severance had been paid to departing state workers and MnSCU employees in the past three years. And the total is growing by the day. Now, the University of Minnesota has released its separate payroll records, showing it paid departing employees $30 million during the same time period. That brings the total to at least $116 million for all departing state workers in the past three years.
  • U of M Payouts Top $30 Million

    01/18/2012 8:36:08 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 1+ views
    KSTP ^ | 1-18-12 | Mark Albert, Mike Maybay, & Erik Altmann
    In November 2011, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported $86 million in unused vacation pay, sick time, and other severance had been paid to departing state workers and MnSCU employees in the past three years. And the total is growing by the day. Now, the University of Minnesota has released its separate payroll records, showing it paid departing employees $30 million during the same time period. That brings the total to at least $116 million for all departing state workers in the past three years.
  • Ted Cruz Surging in Texas

    01/18/2012 8:28:01 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    SCF ^ | 1-18-12 | jim demint
    Ted Cruz is surging. Ted Cruz has climbed 6 points to 18% in a new poll, putting him a solid second place in the 8-candidate field. Meanwhile, the frontrunner -- Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst -- has dropped 5 points to 36%. Cruz has cut Dewhurst's lead from 29 points in September down to just 18 points today. This is great news, but it's even better than it looks. If Dewhurst fails to get 50% of the vote in the April 3rd primary, he will be forced into a run-off with the second place finisher. And if Cruz makes it into...
  • High-speed rail, the third-fastest way to Chicago!

    01/18/2012 7:48:57 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-18-12 | joe soucheray
    E.R. Companion, of Eagan, writing to the editor in Sunday's Pioneer Press, wondered why our elected officials would commit to spending billions of dollars for a so-called high-speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Chicago. (Well, because they're nuts.) Companion was referring to a story that appeared Jan. 12 featuring the idea that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun studying environmental impacts along the 400-mile route, which would take passengers to Chicago, through Milwaukee, in an advertised five hours and 30 minutes. Companion wondered what was high-speed about that, and I could not agree more with his sentiment....
  • Homeowner: Cop Shot Innocent, Orphaned Fawns in Yard

    01/16/2012 3:04:51 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 103 replies
    fox 9 ^ | 1-16-12 | Shelby Capacio
    FOREST LAKE, Minn. - A Forest Lake homeowner says he is livid about an "outrageous, unnecessary ending to a great wildlife story" after a police officer came onto his property at about 7 a.m. on Saturday and shot two orphaned fawns that often slept in the dog house at close range without warning. Jeff Carpenter contacted FOX 9 News about the weekend shooting, saying an officer "brutally gunned down" the twin, 6-month-old fawns his family had come to love thirty yards from his home. Carpenter said he was working in the home office when he was startled by a shotgun...
  • Indiana GOP get schooled on election fraud

    01/13/2012 5:54:35 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    fox ^ | 1-12-12 | eric shawn
    After allegations of election fraud during the last presidential election surfaced in Indiana, dozens of Republican county and state officials in Indiana are taking lessons on how to prevent mischief in the presidential nominating petition process. A seminar in LaPorte, Ind., for Republicans was called after the revelations of what is alleged to have happened in the Hoosier state four years ago, when signatures and names were allegedly falsified on documents that got then-Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot. Similar accusations have surfaced elsewhere during the current 2012 contest for the White House.
  • Dayton calls for business tax credit to boost hiring

    01/12/2012 5:35:58 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies · 2+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 1-11-12 | denny lien
    Gov. Mark Dayton and top DFL lawmakers proposed a jobs plan Wednesday that they contend would put thousands of unemployed Minnesotans back to work. The DFL's prescription includes the $775 million bonding bill, which would include money to help businesses expand. But it also would give Minnesota businesses a $3,000 tax credit for each unemployed person, veteran or recent college graduate they hire over the next year and a $1,500 credit for each new hire through June 2013. Leaders said the $35 million program would create 10,000 private-sector jobs this year and would be paid for by closing corporate tax...
  • 1 in 6 adults binge drink - and in Wisconsin, even more

    01/11/2012 2:27:48 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies · 2+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 1-10-12 | pioneer press
    ATLANTA - College-age drinkers average nine drinks when they get drunk, government health officials said Tuesday. That surprising statistic is part of a new report highlighting the dangers of binge drinking, which usually means four to five drinks at a time. Overall, about 1 in 6 U.S. adults surveyed said they had binged on alcohol at least once in the previous month, though it was more than 1 in 4 for those ages 18 to 34. And that's likely an underestimate: Alcohol sales figures suggest people are buying a lot more alcohol than they say they are consuming. Health officials...
  • ND fuel plant plans may hinge on political change

    01/11/2012 1:06:49 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 1-9-12 | JAMES MacPHERSON
    BISMARCK, N.D.—North Dakota granted a fourth extension of state aid for study of a plan to build a coal-to-liquid fuel factory, while the project's developers wait to see if the political climate in Washington changes after the presidential election. Dallas-based North American Coal Corp. and Headwaters Inc. of South Jordan, Utah, formed American Lignite Energy LLC in 2007 to oversee construction and operation of the $4 billion plant at a yet-to-be chosen site in western North Dakota. David Straley, a North American Coal Corp. spokesman said a decision on whether to start construction depends on a change of political climate...
  • MN government request for public comments on Obamacare

    01/11/2012 8:16:34 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Find below a state government request for you to provide public comments on the Obamacare "essential health benefits" requirement for individual and small group insurance policies. Note that this list of benefits (health care services), whether you agree or find them objectionable, will be imposed by the allowed by the federal government.  The Feds are being gentle now, allowing "flexibility" for States to do as they wish, but that is likely temporary. Once the State has acquiesced to the presumption of federal control, expect the Feds to mandate the health care services they want included, and exclude the services they...
  • Local’s latest book challenges Americans to embrace science

    01/11/2012 7:40:29 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies · 1+ views
    quad press ^ | 1-9-12 | Michelle Miron
    MARINE ON ST. CROIX — Shawn Lawrence Otto thinks many of the world's problems - especially its political problems - can be attributed to a lack of scientific rationale. Potentially harmful myths he identified: global warming is a concocted idea, vaccines cause autism and cell phones cause brain cancer. Such beliefs are what spurred the 48-year-old Marine-based screenwriter and blogger to complete his latest writing project, a nonfiction book published in October called "Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault of Science in America" (Rodale Press Inc.). The tome started last year is targeted toward a general audience. He's now in...
  • Cyberbaiting On The Rise Across The Country

    01/11/2012 5:43:35 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 31 replies
    fox 35 ^ | 1-5-2012 | Susanne Brunner
    SALINAS, Calif. - Bullying is taking a new form online, but it's not kids attacking other kids. Now, they're turning on their teachers. What kids are doing is they're pushing their teachers over the edge, secretly recording it on their phone and uploading it to Youtube. It's becoming a teachers' worst nightmare. Students are purposely getting them angry so they can capture it all on camera. You can find a number of "Cyberbaiting" videos students are posting on Youtube. In one of them, a teacher is accused of spitting on a student, another one shows a teacher throwing and smashing...
  • Fannie and Freddie Helped Spawn the Mortgage Crisis, and So Did Affordable Housing Mandates

    01/10/2012 10:01:40 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies
    open market ^ | 1-9-12 | Hans Bader
    Former Fannie Mae executive Ed Pinto, who worked at the mortgage giant before it began buying up risky mortgages, has also described Fannie Mae’s key role in buying up and promoting risky sub-prime mortgages, which Fannie Mae did on a large scale, despite having a capital cushion that was tiny compared to private banks, resulting in its later insolvency and massive taxpayer bailout. A recent book about the causes of the crisis by New York Times business reporter Gretchen Morgenson and financial analyst Josh Rosner, “Reckless Endangerment,” chronicles how “it was Fannie Mae and the government housing policies it supported,...
  • Crashed Ice: Fast and furious

    01/10/2012 9:50:19 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    star tribune ^ | 1-10-12 | JEFF STRICKLER
    The generic name for this mayhem is ice cross downhill, a label that reflects its blending of elements from skating, skiing and boardercross (snowboard racing). Crashed Ice, the title of this series of races, offers an additional nod to what happens to many of the racers. Falls are such a part of the race that competitors are required to wear full hockey or motocross protective gear.
  • Anoka-Hennepin teachers cool to both old and new LGBT policies

    01/10/2012 5:07:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-10-12 | sarah horner
    Anoka-Hennepin teachers want to get rid of the district's controversial policy governing classroom discussions about sexual orientation - and they don't want a proposed new one to replace it. Union representatives of the 2,800-member teaching staff voted Monday against having any policy that would place dictates on classroom conversations about sexual orientation or any other topic deemed controversial, according to Julie Blaha, president of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota. Those results were presented to the Anoka-Hennepin school board Monday night. "Despite the good intentions of it, it turned out to be more confusing and limiting than helpful," Blaha told board members, referring...
  • Body found in river believed to be missing son of Packers offensive coach

    01/10/2012 4:58:06 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 21 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-10-12 | Don Walker And Tom Silverstein
    MILWAUKEE - Oshkosh, Wis., police on Monday confirmed they had positively identified the body of a man believed to be the 21-year-old son of Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Oshkosh police spokesman Joseph Nichols said the identity of the person, whose body was pulled from the Fox River near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, was not being released pending official notification and wishes of the family. Members of the Packers, however, were told that the body was that of Michael Philbin. In addition, some players sent condolences out on Twitter. Police said foul play was not suspected, but...
  • Retiree costs loom large over St. Paul schools

    01/08/2012 4:57:17 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-8-12 | Mila Koumpilova
    A $409 million tab projected for retiree benefit costs looms for the cash-strapped St. Paul Public Schools. Some on the school board are urging the district to tackle the liability more aggressively. But officials say there's little they can do to put a dent in the costs, which have bumped up tax bills and diverted money from the classroom. St. Paul recently started socking away money to help cover the benefits, slated to sunset in 2014. But the investment came later and started out smaller than planned, and recent market turmoil chipped away at it. "I feel we're throwing a...
  • Comic book hosts ‘gay’ wedding.ACLU among groups celebrating soldier 'marrying' his therapist

    01/08/2012 4:42:09 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 21 replies · 1+ views
    world net daily ^ | 1-8-12 | Drew Zahn
    “Life with Archie No. 16″ hits newsstands next week, featuring the interracial, same-sex wedding of character Lt. Kevin Keller, a white American soldier wounded in Iraq, and Clay Walker, the black physical therapist who helped him recover. Archie Comics CEO Jonathan Goldwater told CNN it’s part of a concerted effort to make Archie Andrews’ universe mirror the diversity and complexity of today’s world
  • State wonders, just what is a 'green' job anyway?

    01/06/2012 5:48:10 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-6-12 | julie forster
    What makes a "green" job? A Minnesota hair salon once identified its hair stylists as being in green jobs. Another business claimed a bartender was green. But after two years of study, state labor market researchers have come up with a more conservative view of the new and emerging jobs in the "green" sector. Funded through a stimulus grant of $1.6 million, the state scoured job descriptions at thousands of companies and talked to many of them one by one about the nature of their job openings. Minnesota now defines a green job as one that is directly related or...
  • Welfare Lines Overflow

    01/05/2012 12:34:41 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Growing numbers of New Yorkers seeking food stamps have created an unwelcome spillover effect at some of New York City's job centers: overcrowding that in some cases has grown so severe, benefits were jeopardized. The crush of people grew so large at one Brooklyn center in November that the Fire Department intervened and prevented anyone from entering the building.
  • This man's thinking clearly about taxes, and he's clearly baffled

    01/04/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-3-2012 | joe soucheray
    Thank you - and your colleagues Edward Lotterman, Frederick Melo and Ruben Rosario - for shedding light on the city of St. Paul/Ramsey County real estate tax "system." That system puzzles me. Should I conclude that it is broken? Perhaps even a less than artful attempt, like mine below, might add to your helpful analysis. Compare the real estate tax system to the "progressive'' income tax. A published schedule indicates the basic tax burden that a particular amount of income will bear. Or, compare the real estate tax to the "regressive'' sales tax. A product purchase price leads to a...
  • Minnesota's last Medal of Honor recipient dies

    01/02/2012 2:41:55 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 2+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 01-02-12 | ap
    Mike Colalillo, the last Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota, has died. He was 86. Colalillo died Friday at a Duluth nursing home, the Dougherty Funeral Home confirmed Monday. He received the nation's highest military honor for bravery in combat for killing or wounding 25 Germans and helping a seriously wounded comrade to safety during a fierce firefight near Untergriesheim, Germany, on April 7, 1945, toward the end of World War II. Forty-six Minnesotans, including Colalillo, have received the Medal of Honor, according to the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. According to the Medal of Honor...
  • Minn. GOP picks political consultant to head party

    12/31/2011 1:43:35 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-11 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota Republicans elected political consultant Pat Shortridge as their new state chair Saturday as the party deals with debts that could total $2 million. Shortridge, a former top aide to former U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy, defeated businessman Todd McIntyre and Terry McCall, the party's 2nd District chairman, at a meeting of the party's State Central Committee in St. Cloud. Shortridge won on the first ballot, with 66.5 percent of the vote. McCall received 30 percent and McIntyre 3 percent. "It's about reinvigorating and galvanizing our activists . to restore their confidence in what we're doing," Shortridge told the...
  • Minnesota Republican Party debt could top $2 million

    12/31/2011 12:58:09 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 17 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-30-11 | Megan Boldt
    The Minnesota Republican Party's debts total about $2 million, including more than $700,000 in contested legal fees from the 2010 gubernatorial recount. The party's financial troubles were no secret, but an internal review released Friday detailed the extent of the problems. It shows the party has obligations totaling $1.3 million over and above the legal fees, including $415,000 that hadn't been reported before and $120,000 in Federal Election Commission fines. "The debt number is higher than anyone wants it to be," said Jeff Johnson, chairman of the party's executive committee and a Hennepin County commissioner. "There's some pretty ugly stuff...
  • Dane County prosecutor wants lawsuit over Scott Walker's union law reopened

    12/31/2011 11:37:17 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-11 | Todd Richmond
    A prosecutor asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to reopen his lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law, contending a justice who voted to dismiss the suit earlier this year got free legal help from the firm defending the law. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne argued in filings with the court that it should vacate its decision because Justice Michael Gableman never disclosed his arrangement with the Michael Best and Friedrich law firm. Wisconsin's ethics code prohibits state officials from accepting free gifts, and the judicial ethics code bars judges from accepting gifts from anyone likely...
  • Duluth City Council takes stand against 'corporate personhood' ruling

    12/31/2011 11:23:42 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-11 | Peter Passi
    Duluth made history last week when it became the first city in the state to pass a resolution in support of a constitutional amendment that would essentially overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision, namely Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. The court ruled in 2010 that corporations are entitled to the same constitutional rights as individual U.S. citizens. A majority of justices also concluded that political spending was a form of free speech and that corporations should be able to spend an unlimited sum of money to influence voters, without disclosing financial details of their activities. Although Duluth is...
  • any predictions for UFC 141 tonight?

    12/30/2011 12:41:07 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    me ^ | 12-30-11 | wobbly bob
    who will win and how? why do PPV buyers only get 5 fights and have to jump around to Spike and Facebutt for the others?
  • Wind-farm project in Paynesville a year behind schedule

    12/29/2011 5:49:33 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-26-11 | ap
    A wind farm that was to be the first such large-scale operation in central Minnesota is about a year behind schedule. Edina-based Geronimo Wind Energy has the necessary permits to build the 95-megawatt wind farm. But the company hasn't been able to find a utility company willing to buy its energy. Geronimo spokesman Charlie Daum attributed the delay to a slow market. "That's really the only thing that's holding us back right now," Daum said, adding that the situation was "not a concern as much as a frustration." By now, as many as 60 turbines, each about 400 feet high,...
  • Utilities Commission rejects further study of proposed solar energy project in Willmar, Minn.

    12/28/2011 3:14:59 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    West Central Tribune ^ | 12- | David Little
    WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Tuesday rejected a motion to study the feasibility of a solar project for Willmar Municipal Utilities at this time. The commission defeated a motion to sign a nonbinding letter of intent with tenKsolar of Minneapolis to study the feasibility of a 600-kilowatt-hour project as a showcase to prospective national and worldwide customers. The study had been proposed by tenKsolar executives Joel Cannon, chief executive officer, and Jim Losleben, business development vice president.
  • History Teacher Arrested After Having Nearly 2-Year Long Relationship With 8th Grader

    12/24/2011 10:20:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 58 replies
    PIX11 ^ | 12-22-11 | KIRSTEN COLE
    A history teacher received a lesson in criminal justice Thursday after being arrested for having a year and a half long sexual relationship with one of his own 8th grade students. And it was his wife who dropped the dime on him.
  • Student Saves Teacher Stabbed By Colleague

    12/24/2011 10:17:19 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 65 replies
    WPIX ^ | 16 Dec 2011 | KIRSTIN COLE
    Dozens of teens and teachers froze as they say 40-year-old Ronette Ricketts began viciously stabbing fellow English teacher Cynthia Glozier. 3 wounds to the head, 2 puncture wounds to the neck, a dozen more to her back and body.
  • Scott Walker details $123.2 million in budget cuts

    12/24/2011 7:53:44 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-23-11 | scott bauer
    The University of Wisconsin System will have to cut an additional $46.1 million over six months, atop a previously approved $250 million two-year reduction, under a detailed budget-balancing plan Gov. Scott Walker's administration released Friday. The new cut to UW was part of $123.2 million in additional reductions ordered to be made across state government. The amount in cuts was approved under the budget passed in June but not specified until Friday. Walker's Department of Administration ordered agencies to make the cuts without layoffs, if possible.
  • Carlson School of Management Flash Mob, Deck the Halls

    12/23/2011 2:40:58 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    you tube ^ | 12-21-11 | youz tube
    nice version of "Deck the Halls".
  • Police Claim Waka Flocka Flame Associate Slim Dunkin Killed Over Candy

    12/23/2011 2:05:23 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 32 replies
    pop crush ^ | 12-21-11 | Trent Fitzgerald
    Shocking details have surfaced in the murder of up-and-coming rapper Slim Dunkin (born Mario Hamilton). Atlanta police has told WSB-TV, that the Waka Flocka Flame associate was shot and killed during a fight over a piece of candy. Incredulous as the story may sound, authorities are still investigating the case and the shooter remains at large.
  • Citing Gableman, Dane County DA might renew case against anti-union law

    12/23/2011 6:12:53 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    Associated Propaganda ^ | 12-22-11 | Scott Bauer
    The district attorney who filed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's law passed this year effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers said Thursday he is considering asking the state Supreme Court to rehear the case. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told the Associated Press he was looking at making the request after learning that Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman had received free legal services from a firm that defended the law in that case decided in June. Gableman was part of a four-justice majority that upheld the law, which generated massive opposition protests and made Wisconsin the center...
  • Hockey dad charged in attack on coach

    12/22/2011 8:36:49 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 12-22-11 | KARE 11
    HASTINGS, Minn. - Dakota County prosecutors have charged a St. Paul man with making terroristic threats and assault after an attack on a coach of his son's youth hockey team. A criminal complaint says 49-year-old Thomas Tonda attacked the coach after he disciplined Tonda's son following an incident during practice.
  • Infamous Mankato news anchor arrested on suspicion of DWI

    12/22/2011 3:58:45 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies
    makato free press ^ | 12-22-11 | mankato free press
    MANKATO, Minn. - A KEYC-TV anchor who made David Letterman's Top 10 List after many speculated she could have been drunk during a newscast has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. An anonymous caller contacted the North Mankato Police Department on Wednesday morning to report an intoxicated person was leaving a Roe Crest Drive residence in a vehicle. A report describing the vehicle was put out to law enforcement officers in the area and the car was stopped by a Nicollet County sheriff's deputy on U.S. 14. Annie Stensrud, 28, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated. She...
  • Ramsey-based Bixby founder arrested, expected to face charges today (more "green" scams)

    12/21/2011 2:00:09 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-11 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    The founder and former chief executive of troubled Bixby Energy, an alternative energy startup, will appear in U.S. District Court in St. Paul this afternoon after being arrested this morning by federal agents. Bob Walker, also the retired founder of mattress maker Select Comfort Corp., is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron at 2 p.m., Jeanne Cooney, community relations director for the U.S. Attorney's office said today. The charges against Walker will be revealed in court, Cooney said. Last Wednesday, Ramsey-based Bixby Energy admitted to defrauding investors of between $2.5 million and $7 million and agreed to...
  • White Castle burger chain considers alcohol sales

    12/21/2011 11:34:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 77 replies · 3+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-11 | ap
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The White Castle hamburger chain is sipping on the idea of selling alcoholic beverages at its restaurants. The 90-year-old company is testing beer and wine sales at a location in Lafayette, Ind., that combines a traditional White Castle burger joint with a Blaze Modern BBQ, a new restaurant concept also being tried out. In other cities, Columbus, Ohio-based White Castle is testing an Asian food concept and a restaurant that serves grilled sandwiches.
  • 50 fascinating facts: Kim Jong-il and North Korea

    12/19/2011 12:09:33 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-19-11 | telegraph uk
    1 --According to his biography, he first picked up a golf club in 1994, at North Korea's only golf course, and shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. Satisfied with his performance, he reportedly immediately declared his retirement from the sport.
  • Man Accused of Hitting 6-Year-Old With Car at MSP Airport Identified

    12/19/2011 4:38:49 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    kstp ^ | 12-18-11 | Michelle Knoll
    A 6-year-old boy struck by a car at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was listed in fair condition Sunday at Gillette Children's Hospital. Zachary Drew, his mother and three siblings had been on his way to greet his father who was returning from an 11-month tour in Iraq with the Oklahoma National Guard, the boy's mother said Saturday. They were crossing the ramp to the terminal around 8 p.m. Friday when the accident happened. The little boy suffered a broken leg and nose, lost most of his teeth, and he may need reconstructive surgery on his jaw. "This guy turns the...
  • 10 doctors who backed Wisconsin protesters' absences not disciplined

    12/18/2011 10:03:14 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12-17-11 | Matthew DeFour and David Wahlberg
    At least 10 doctors not previously disciplined by the state signed sick notes for Madison School District employees that the district considered fraudulent, according to a State Journal analysis of the notes submitted amid Capitol protests earlier this year. The newspaper also found that about 570 district employees submitted sick notes for at least one of the four days in February when teacher absences forced a school shutdown. The number presents, for the first time, a clearer picture of how many Madison employees sought an excused absence. The documents - obtained by the newspaper Friday as part of a settlement...
  • Duluth argues free speech doesn't apply at holiday lights display

    12/18/2011 9:56:46 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 3 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-17-11 | duluth news tribune
    First Amendment rights don't apply at a bayfront Christmas attraction, the city of Duluth argued in an objection filed Friday in federal court. "Bentleyville is not a public forum, and the nonprofit is not a state actor," Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson said, reading from the city's objection. "The plaintiffs do not have First Amendment rights in Bentleyville." Federal Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois recommended this week in favor of a temporary restraining order that would permit Steve Jankowski of Duluth and Peter Scott of Hibbing to resume preaching at Bentleyville, at Bayfront Festival Park. Last year, city police told them...
  • Koch Industries looking to fill 2,500 jobs

    12/17/2011 3:39:48 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 27 replies
    yahoo/ap ^ | 12-17-11 | ap
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Koch Industries is looking to fill 2,500 job openings across the nation thanks to the commercial growth of most of its subsidiaries. Company officials said most of the 300 job openings at Koch Industries and 10 of its subsidiaries in Wichita are new, professional positions in areas such as information technology, accounting and engineering, The Wichita Eagle ( reported Friday. "Most of the job openings are due to growth as opposed to replacement," said Jeff Morris, director of talent development for Koch Industries. "It's a good problem to have," he said of the overall job openings....
  • Don't Read Their Lips: Website Ranks Lawmakers' Words

    12/14/2011 9:35:48 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB
    KSTP news ^ | 12-13-11 | Mark Albert
    It's a database of words that no lawmaker can talk their way out of. "We just want lawmakers to be a little bit more transparent and accountable," said Tom Lee, with the non-profit Washington, D.C. organization the Sunlight Foundation. On Monday, it announced a retooled and beefed up website,, that tracks every word uttered on the floor of the U.S. House and Senate, going back 15 years. "It's not only something that's fun," Lee said, "but it's also a serious tool. It can be used to show deliberate ways in which language is used to manipulate the public.
  • Climate change: the risk of waiting for proof (barf alert)

    12/14/2011 5:36:29 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 30 replies
    quad community press ^ | 12-14-11 | Cindy Ojczyk
    Should we act on climate change now or wait? While an international majority of scientists believes climate change is real, a minority of scientists and majority of politicians want you to wait. After all, behavior change should not be mandated or government regulated - especially without proof. UBS Wealth Management, a financial services company working with high/ultra high net worth clients, published a comprehensive report to its investors in January of 2007 titled "Climate Change: Beyond Whether." Its findings suggest we can follow one of three paths: 1) Take a wait-and-see approach 2) Act now and risk investment if nothing...