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  • State’s transportation budget is headed the wrong way(MN)

    04/12/2014 7:50:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    Quad Community Press ^ | 4-8-14 | Roger Chamberlain
    During the last twenty years, roads and bridges have taken a back seat to commuter and light rail projects. This was never clearer than in a 2010 report by the Metropolitan Council titled, “Regional 2030 Transportation Policy Plan,” which virtually gives up on constructing any new vehicle lanes in the seven-county metropolitan area. Instead, the plan places heavy emphasis on rail projects. The population of the metropolitan area is about 3.3 million. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are only about 20 percent of that. In other words, most people live and work outside of the two cities. So why is there...
  • U of M study sees signs of mortgage redlining in Twin Cities

    04/11/2014 7:19:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 4-9-14 | JENNIFER BJORHUS
    Minority residents in the Twin Cities are much more likely than white people of similar incomes to be rejected for a mortgage, whether they’re buying a home or refinancing. If the home sits in a diverse or mainly nonwhite neighborhood, the application is also more likely to get the boot. Those are the findings of a new study from the University of Minnesota Law School suggesting that mortgage redlining remains alive and well in the Twin Cities. The report suggests that while banks may have justifiably tightened up credit standards, they have swung so far that they are cutting off...
  • UMD team’s snowmobile sweeps competition

    04/10/2014 5:43:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    brainerd dispatch ^ | 4-8-14 | Alysee Shelton
    DULUTH — In a competition to create a cleaner-running, quieter snowmobile, the team from the University of Minnesota Duluth reduced friction and turned heads to dominate the competition when it came to style and functionality at the 2014 Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The club walked away with the BASF Corporation Award for Innovation for the first time, as it competed against 13 to 16 schools from around the United States and Canada last month.
  • After marathon House debate, school-bullying bill goes to Dayton

    04/09/2014 6:24:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-9-14 | Christopher Magan
    After nearly 12 hours of impassioned objections by Republicans, the DFL-controlled House sent an overhaul of Minnesota's bullying-prevention law to Gov. Mark Dayton early Wednesday morning. GOP lawmakers acknowledged from the start of the debate at 1 p.m. Tuesday that House DFLers had the votes to pass the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, but they objected to the measure right up until the vote, shortly before 12:30 a.m. The bill prevailed on a 69-63 vote, mostly along party lines. The bill passed the Senate last week with a 36-31 vote with all Republicans and three DFLers voting against it....
  • ACTION ITEM! Nominate the next Archbishop! [Of St Paul]

    04/09/2014 4:50:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/9/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    ACTION ITEM BELOW!Some people in my native place, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, have in their bizzaro-world imaginations dreamed up a project to nominate the next Archbishop.Yes, the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, all four of them, have been busy.To get an idea of what these folks are about, look at the links on their side bar: Council of the BaptizedProgressive Catholic VoiceCatholics for Marriage Equality MNAmerican Catholic CouncilCall to Action MNCall to Action USFutureChurchRoman Catholic WomenpriestsSpirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community I think you get the idea.For some real fun, scroll down a bit and read their...
  • Lawmakers reach deal to hike minimum wage to $9.50

    04/08/2014 4:29:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-7-14 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota's minimum wage would rise to $9.50 per hour within a few years and continue going up unless a governor's administration applied the brakes, according to terms of an agreement announced Monday. The outline described by leaders of the House and Senate resolves one of the biggest remaining standoffs in a session on course for an early adjournment. The wage legislation could move through both Democratic-led chambers this week; it was scheduled for a Senate vote on Wednesday. Gov. Mark Dayton said he would sign the bill.
  • Student pushes lawmakers to fix DWI loophole

    04/06/2014 9:24:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-6-14 | Rubén Rosario
    Hope Baker is one determined young lady. She won't take no for an answer, even though it looks like her Don Quixote-type quest has run smack into a legislative windmill up at the state Capitol. Along with Jayne Jones, her Concordia University political science professor, and six like-minded classmates, the 22-year-old Alexandria native and law school aspirant wants to add impaired driving as a specified exclusion to a state law that grants lawmakers immunity from arrest in certain cases while the session is underway. But the push to clarify a centuries-old state Constitution provision has not gone over well with...
  • Wisconsin bar on a Minnesota road has its peculiarities

    04/04/2014 5:01:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-4-14 | John Brewer
    A couple walked into the Wabegon Bar, flummoxed. "Where the hell are we?" they asked. The bartender had heard it before. That's because the Wabegon is the only bar in Wisconsin you can't get to through Wisconsin. "Unless you canoe here," said regular Bill Talarico. The bar is just off a stretch of Minnesota 23 known at the Evergreen Memorial Scenic Drive, which stretches diagonally from Duluth to the far reaches of southwest Minnesota. Just outside of Duluth, though, after the road leaves down-on-its-heels Gary-New Duluth, it crosses the St. Louis River and passes through a spit of Wisconsin barely...
  • Minnesota angler pleads guilty, loses potential world-record lake trout

    04/01/2014 4:19:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-1-14 | Sam Cook
    Caught -- and released to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Rob Scott, the Crane Lake, Minn., angler who caught a potential tip-up world-record lake trout in February, pleaded guilty Friday in Fort Frances Provincial Offences Court to keeping one lake trout over his limit. Scott, 65, won't get to keep the fish. He paid a $400 fine plus court costs amounting to about $75, according to Kevin Elliott, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources enforcement supervisor in Fort Frances. Scott, who was represented by an Ontario attorney, did not contest the charges. He caught and kept the fish that unofficially...
  • Julianne Ortman: The Solution to America's Franken Problem (MN)

    03/31/2014 10:00:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/29/14 | Lloyd Marcus
    Just when Mary was mastering not over-cooking (burning) steaks on our grill at home in Florida, duty called us back on the road, with our Conservative Campaign Committee team traveling to freezing Minnesota to defeat Al Franken. My charcoal-grill-master-in-training awesome wife hates cold weather. Nevertheless, she is willing to brave bone-chilling temperatures and snow to fire Franken! Not only is Franken responsible for causing pain and suffering to millions of Americans by providing the 60th vote that enacted ObamaCare, but Franken also threw Minnesotans under the Obama bus in the process. Unique to Minnesota, they already had a program (MinnesotaCare)...
  • In nod to cultural sensitivity, Minnesota considers renaming Asian carp to 'invasive carp'

    03/27/2014 6:35:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Cronin - ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get a new name in Minnesota over concern that the current one casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light. Proposals advancing in the Legislature would require the Department of Natural Resources to refer to the fish as "invasive carp," a reference to the threat the non-native fish pose to Mississippi River-area ecosystems. ...
  • Minnesota: Your Immediate Action Needed to Stop Suppression of Political Speech, Anti-Gun Language

    03/26/2014 7:00:01 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 3-16-14 | NRA-ILA
    House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA, continue to move quickly through the Minnesota legislature. These flawed and dangerous bills pose a grave risk to freedom of speech in Minnesota and overreach to impose excessive regulatory burdens on political interests. HF 1944 and SF 1915 would require organizations like the NRA, who engage in political speech, to disclose the names of many of their donors, including those who pay membership dues. This legislation would re-brand what is now recognized as free speech as “elections speech,”...
  • St. Paul School Records Show Light Punishment for Serious Violations

    03/25/2014 8:37:56 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    KSTP ^ | 3-25-14 | Jay Kolls
    After a check of the last two years of disciplinary records at St. Paul Schools KSTP found dozens of records that show employees got off with relatively light punishments for serious violations. One employee, who worked on a bus route, missed 18 days of unexcused work, and only received a written reprimand. A teacher at a high school sent out dozens of Tweets with sexual references that students had access to and only received a one-day, unpaid suspension. Another employee showed up to school "under the influence of alcohol" and received a one-day, unpaid suspension. And yet another teacher called...
  • GOCRA Update: The Bloomberg Bill(MN)

    03/25/2014 5:52:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 3-25-14 | GOCRA
    Since this bill isn’t going away — we don’t have the votes to kill it — we are working with our allies AND the bill’s authors to transform it into something fair and constitutional. We’ve come a long way, and there are still more changes to come. There’s another hearing Wednesday at 2:15 in Room 10 of the State Office Building, and if you can come to show your support for civil rights, we’d love to see you there. The long version: Last Thursday and today, the Minnesota Senate and House heard their separate versions of Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s “domestic...
  • House Bloomberg bill hearing Tuesday morning (MN)

    03/24/2014 8:48:30 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 3-24-14 | Andrew Rothman
    The House version of Michael Bloomberg’s unconstitutional gun grab bill, HF3238, will be heard Tuesday morning in Rep. Paymar’s Public Safety committee. The bill strips accused individuals of fundamental Second Amendment and property rights without due process, and imposes, practically, a gun forfeiture on such accused individuals. In the Senate, bill author Ron Latz successfully urged his fellow DFLers on the committee to pass the bill, promising that the bill would be fixed after it was passed out of committee. This is, in the words of GOCRA co-founder and attorney David M. Gross, “backwards, upside-down, and inside out“: bills are...
  • Veterans Affairs wind turbine, built for $2.3 million, stands dormant

    03/20/2014 6:40:02 AM PDT · by woodbutcher1963 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tom Steward
    <p>ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A $2.3 million federal stimulus project at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud is giving green energy initiatives a bad name. A 600-kilowatt wind turbine -- some 245 foot tall -- stands on the wintry VA grounds, frozen in time and temperature, essentially inoperable for the past 1 1/2 years.</p>
  • Will NFL's Super Bowl bullying be too much for our lawmakers?

    03/19/2014 7:03:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-18-14 | Joe Soucheray
    The National Football League sent six of its lieutenants to Minneapolis the other day to advertise what essentially is a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Either you people give us the tax breaks we want so that we might not be fettered by the reasonable expectations of doing business or you don't get a Super Bowl. Capiche? "It's an incredibly competitive environment,'' said Frank Supovitz, NFL senior vice president of events. If Supovitz wasn't wearing a tie, he would have said, "Look, we've got other cities that will do what we want, so you either play by our rules or you can stuff...
  • Rock n' Roll" Zumhofe allegedly bolted after he was convicted of sexually abusing his daughter

    03/08/2014 6:05:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    City Pages ^ | 3-6-14 | Aaron Rupar
    Zumhofe was known for lugging a boombox to the ring. He was a star in Minneapolis for the AWA and had a few cups of coffee with the WWF. Yesterday, former AWA star and WWF wrestler "Rock n' Roll" Buck Zumhofe was convicted of 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. The charges stemmed from allegations he sexually abused his daughter 1,800 times between 1999 and 2011, when the woman, now age 29, finally left his Cyrus, Minnesota, home. THE BACKSTORY: Zumhofe allegedly sexually abused his daughter between 1999 and 2011 Zumhofe, 62, will be sentenced today. He'll likely spend...
  • Tax break bill passes Minnesota House by 126-2 vote

    03/07/2014 4:38:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-7-14 | Billy Salisbury
    Gov. Mark Dayton wants to use half of the state's $1.2 billion budget surplus for tax relief, and the Minnesota House gave him most of what he's after by passing a $503 million package of tax cuts on a 126-2 vote Thursday. Hours before the vote, Dayton proposed a supplemental budget that calls for cutting taxes by $616 million, stashing most of the rest of the surplus in a rainy-day reserve account and providing a relatively small sum for "essential" new spending. "Our improving economy has greatly improved the state's budget forecast, giving us the opportunity to put more money...
  • 3 Charged in Extensive Twin Cities Food Stamp Ring

    03/07/2014 3:56:22 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    KSTP ^ | 3-5-14 | Leslie Dyste
    Three people were charged Wednesday in connection to an extensive welfare fraud scheme. The scheme involved using EBT cards to purchase products in the Twin Cities and then ship them overseas for sale in Africa. According to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, 39-year-old Noni Shanita Snider of Eden Prairie was charged with one count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance and one count conspiracy to commit a felony; 38-year-old Walter Carr Cooper of Plymouth was charged with one count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance and one count conspiracy to commit a felony; and 40-year-old Nyla Jean Newburgh of Minneapolis was charged...
  • Protect Privacy or Accept Government Control

    03/06/2014 5:12:37 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    He who holds the data makes the rules. If you haven't figured this out, it's almost too late. Obama knows it. In 2009, his team mandated electronic medical records and $27 billion to make it happen as a "foundation" for health care reform. If you wonder whether medical privacy is important, check out Minnesota, where the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Democrat-controlled legislature plan to eliminate all medical privacy rights. Bills being fast-tracked include: GENETIC GRAB: Repeal of hard-won parent consent requirements for government storage, use, and sharing of Baby DNA and newborn (genetic) screening test results for...
  • If Your Work Is Worth More Than Minimum Wage, You Don't Need a Law For It.

    03/05/2014 5:13:49 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-5-14 | Joe Soucheray
    Once in a blue moon you come across somebody in the service industry who does such a good job that you think to yourself, "That guy or girl is going places." And if they are going places, they are the first ones to understand that they aren't going there on a minimum wage. No, they are getting their feet wet by working and interacting with the public, and their big dreams have nothing to do with a lifetime plan of working for $9.50 an hour. That's the number, $9.50 an hour, that's being kicked around by DFLers in the Legislature....
  • Number of Minnesota handgun permits issued almost double in 2013

    03/01/2014 7:50:26 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-28-14 | Mara H. Gottfried and Joseph Lindberg
    Minnesota sheriffs' offices issued almost double the number of permits to carry handguns in 2013 than they had the year before, according to figures released by the state Friday. It was the largest number since the state's permit-to-carry law was enacted in 2003. As of Friday, more than 165,000 people had valid permits to carry guns in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Andrew Rothman, Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance president, estimates about 4 percent of adults eligible in Minnesota to obtain carry permits have them now. "Mostly, you'd never know it," he said. "Most carry-permit holders...
  • MN:Ford Dealer: Shotguns with Pickup Purchase

    02/28/2014 2:47:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A Ford dealer, Muscatell Burns Ford, in Hawley, Minnesota, is offering a free shotgun with each new pickup truck it sells.    A shotgun costs a few hundred dollars and a pickup truck tens of thousands, so while a nice addition, it is not a big deal. It tells the customers that the dealership supports a constitutional republic, in a way that is willing to make national news and take a little heat from the "progressive" media.  This is a proven promotional idea that savvy dealerships have used a number of times to gain free publicity.  This promotion is scheduled...
  • Vote Buying Bill Advances on Party-Line Vote from House Elections Committee

    02/26/2014 5:34:37 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Minnesota Majority ^ | 2-26-14 | Dan McGrath
    Minnesota Statutes 204C.18 and 204C.22 contain protections against vote buying fraud that have been in place in some form through court rulings and statutes as long as Minnesota has had a secret or “Australian” ballot, which was adopted statewide in 1891 with strong bipartisan support. Prior to the advent of the Australian ballot system, scholars and historians note that vote buying corruption was common practice, but voters would generally need to provide evidence that they have voted the “right” way to collect their bounty, typically ranging from $2 to $20 in those days. The proof could often be a mark...
  • This pothole could cost you $500

    02/26/2014 4:46:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-26-14 | John Brewer
    Jonathan Kealing was on his way to the dog groomer Sunday morning when his car hit a line of potholes on eastbound Minnesota 62 in Minneapolis. "We hit some normal potholes, then it got so intense. We slammed into this chasm in the Earth," Kealing said. It wasn't until a stop later in the morning that he saw just how intense: The rim was no longer round, but flat, and the tire couldn't hold air. After getting a $500 repair bill from the auto shop, Kealing took to Twitter to alert the Minnesota Department of Transportation to the situation. "Dear...
  • The schools will never have enough of our money

    02/23/2014 2:00:50 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-22-14 | Joe Soucheray
    The schools will never have enough money. That should be clear by now. Trying to get a handle on what public education costs us is like trying to get a handle on Bigfoot, a large, out-of-focus monster that has never been successfully photographed. Remember, as the union activists from the St. Paul Federation of Teachers dutifully put on their red T-shirts to tell us of their current distress, that we just went through something similar as recently as 2012. That time, we were told we had to vote for a levy increase so the kids could have better access to...
  • Top Minn. legislators pledge boost in minimum wage

    02/20/2014 4:55:33 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-19-14 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Democrats who lead the Minnesota Legislature left no doubt Wednesday that a minimum wage increase of some kind will prevail in the upcoming session. The assurance that a minimum wage plan will get through—after stalling last year—came during a preview session with Capitol reporters sponsored by Forum News Service. The details, however, are still in flux and will be negotiated early in a session that begins next week. "I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be able to move pretty expeditiously on this bill and get it passed after working out what are legitimate public policy issues,"...
  • Minnesota cops sue NFL over gun ban

    02/19/2014 5:20:12 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 84 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-18-14 | David Hanners
    Minnesota's largest police group and police union are suing the NFL and the Vikings, claiming the league's new ban on off-duty cops carrying their guns to games is illegal. The Minnesota law that allows businesses to bar weapons specifically exempts "active licensed" peace officers, and state law trumps NFL rules, the lawsuit says. But the National Football League disagrees, saying the law doesn't apply to it. Although an NFL spokesman declined to comment on the suit, when police officials complained about the policy last fall, the league's security chief said a ticket to a game is a license that teams...
  • Enrollment threatens exchange funding

    02/10/2014 4:53:44 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-9-14 | Patrick Condon
    The 14 states running their own health insurance marketplaces had all their startup costs footed by the federal government, but they're supposed to pay for themselves starting next year under the new federal health care law. In several states, it's not clear whether it will work out that way. Projected enrollments are lower than expected, meaning the insurance surcharges designed to sustain the exchanges might not generate enough revenue in the years ahead without significant changes in the financing model. Officials in some states are stashing away federal grant money to continue paying for operations beyond the January 2015 target...
  • Bullying's a problem. Could this proposed Minnesota law be a solution?

    02/09/2014 7:12:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-9-14 | Christopher Magan
    It's expected to be the most passionately debated piece of education policy for the legislative session that begins Feb. 25. Supporters say that Minnesota's current law, at 37 words, doesn't do enough to prevent bullying and that sweeping change is needed. "Nobody should be OK with the fact that all we have to protect students and make schools safe from bullying is 37 words," Kurzer-Zlotnick said. "To me, that's ridiculous." Opponents argue that the 20-page bill goes too far by taking away local control and imposing costly new layers of bureaucracy on schools. "I think it's a bad bill," said...
  • One in eight Minnesotans on the road don't have valid licenses

    02/05/2014 3:06:20 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    MPLS Star,Tribune ^ | 2-5-14 | Tim Harlow
    A startling number of Minnesota drivers don't have a valid license and should not be behind the wheel. A KARE-TV/MPR report found that approximately 1 in 8 drivers don't have driving privileges because their licenses have been suspended, revoked, canceled or disqualified. In some cases, they had no license at all. Yet they still drive. Reporter Trisha Volpe analyzed court records between 2008 and 2013 and found that nearly 310,000 people have been convicted for driving when the law says they can't. In the Twin Cities metro area that number was 181,000 with scores of repeat offenders. Volpe reported that...
  • Breaking News: Fight Breaks Out at Democratic Party Caucus in Minneapolis

    02/04/2014 7:26:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Power Line ^ | 2/4/14 | John Hinderaker
    Party caucuses are going on tonight in precincts across Minnesota. Caucuses are an old-fashioned civic tradition, more noted for boredom and long nights than anything else, but tonight there was some excitement at a DFL caucus in Minneapolis. A fight broke out: A very tense night at a caucus site in Minneapolis where DFLer Mohamud Noor is challenging longtime DFL state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. The heat in one Minneapolis location resulted in police being called out. With 300 people at the Byan [sic] Coyle Center, a fight broke out and people rushed the stage. After the melee, the Minneapolis police
  • MNSURE awarded $26,000 in manager bonuses before troubled website's launch

    01/30/2014 4:57:06 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-30-14 | Chistopher Snowpeck
    Fourteen MNsure managers were paid bonuses totalling more than $26,000 in November as Minnesota launched its troubled online health insurance exchange, state officials said Wednesday. After MNsure went online Oct. 1, software problems bogged down website users and led to long delays for callers to its overwhelmed call center in St. Paul. Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, first raised questions about the bonuses in a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday. "After MNsure's catastrophic launch, MNsure executive staff received bonus compensation," he said, citing a state report prepared last week. "Given the chaos that was apparent within MNsure, this is...
  • Minnesota to update how it calculates energy costs

    01/27/2014 5:07:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-27-14 | AP
    State officials plan to update the way they consider environmental and health effects when determining the overall cost of energy production, a move that could help guide decisions ranging from the fate of aging power plants to using cleaner sources of energy. The state Public Utilities Commission has agreed to update the way it considers costs, the St. Cloud Times reported . That could mean taking into account issues such as climate change, infant mortality and emergency room visits. "What this would do is to cause Minnesota to take a hard look before investments are made in power plants so...
  • Documents: Accused clergy cost church millions

    01/24/2014 5:40:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-23-14 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis paid millions of dollars in costs associated with clergy misconduct in the last decade, according to internal church documents. An investigation by Minnesota Public Radio News ( http://bit.ly/1aMnkYs) found that from 2002 to 2011 the archdiocese used two secret accounts that were controlled by the archbishop to pay nearly $11 million in costs related to allegations against priests. The figure represents about 3 percent of overall archdiocese revenues in those years. MPR reported Thursday that the money was used for persuading priests to leave active ministry, for legal settlements, for therapy...
  • MNsure won't meet goals, report says, and revamp on table

    01/23/2014 5:03:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-23-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    While limping along in the short-run with its troubled website, MNsure must quickly pick a strategy for making long-term software fixes and get beyond the recent "crisis mode" that has dominated program management, according to a consultant's report released Wednesday. Some improvements can be made in the coming weeks, but the website can't be completely fixed by the March 31 deadline for people to obtain health insurance, according to a report from Optum, a unit of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group. The company recommended doubling the call center workforce with the equivalent of 100 full-time workers, and utilizing an Optum call center...
  • Target will drop health insurance for its part-time employees

    01/21/2014 7:29:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-21-14 | JACKIE CROSBY
    Target Corp. said Tuesday that it will stop offering health insurance to its part-time employees because new online health exchanges offer workers an opportunity to buy coverage. The Minneapolis-based retailer will give each worker $500 to help buy health insurance, and has arranged for one-on-one consultations with benefits manager Towers Watson to help with the transition. The retailer announced the decision through its online site, “A Bullseye View: Behind the Scenes at Target,” in a Q&A with Jodee Kozlak, Target’s executive vice president of human resources. In the article, Kozlak acknowledged the disruption to workers. But she said the exchanges...
  • Minnesota teen brothers' handmade jigs catching on

    01/19/2014 10:28:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-8-14 | Dave Orrick
    <p>ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Have you heard about the two kids from St. Paul, brothers, actually, who started their own bait company and are now getting the attention of pros?</p> <p>They produce their own fishing videos, hawk their brand with shoe-leather savvy, and have landed a sponsorship of sorts, being named to the "pro staff" ranks of a major fishing-gear manufacturer.</p>
  • Former White Bear Lake cop accused of harassing an ex-boyfriend - again

    01/18/2014 8:07:30 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-18-14 | Elizabeth Mohr
    Susan Tuthill was once hailed as an outstanding rookie on the White Bear Lake police force. Now she's a disgraced former cop at the center of a harassment investigation for the second time. Tuthill has been charged with stalking a former boyfriend and his new love interest -- about five years after being fired by White Bear Lake police amid allegations she sent threatening letters to a previous ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. The charges came after the 46-year-old Cottage Grove woman reported she was the one being harassed. But investigators didn't buy it. "For being a former police officer,...
  • One-party rule has consequences

    01/16/2014 5:24:34 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 1-13-14 | Linda Runbeck
    People sometimes express frustration over how difficult it is to pass new laws in our system. I consider that a positive. But in 2013, we saw how one-party rule under the Democrats can open the floodgates on lawmaking. In one short year, Democrats eschewed sound governing principles, even sidestepping the rule of law, to satisfy their interests: government subsidies, bailouts, expanding bureaucracies, favored businesses, and government unions. One-party rule got us some 300 amended statutes in the 2013 tax bill alone. That is astounding. Among those pages were controversial taxes and fee increases of nearly $2.5 billion to pay for...
  • Gov. Dayton unveils $986 million in construction project wishes

    01/16/2014 5:13:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-15-14 | Billy Salisbury
    Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to embark on one of the state's most ambitious and expensive public works construction programs ever. Dayton called Wednesday for borrowing nearly $1 billion this year to modernize state college and university buildings, revitalize downtown business centers and upgrade parks, prisons and other facilities while leaving enough money to complete the renovation of the deteriorating state Capitol building. He predicted his bonding bill would create more than 27,000 jobs in the state. "This jobs bill would address many of our critical infrastructure needs while strengthening Minnesota's economy and getting people back to work," the Democratic-Farmer-Labor...
  • MN Health Care Program for Low-Income Workers Faces Deep Deficit

    01/15/2014 11:13:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-13-14 | jay kolls
    New budget projections for MinnCare, the state's health insurance program for low-income workers, could show a deep financial hole in the next five years. An email from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans indicates what 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has been told, that MinnCare could be in the red "around 500 to around 600" million dollars. The email was in response to our inquiry about the financial status of MinnCare. We asked Gov. Mark Dayton for a response to the new budget numbers, but his office referred us to the Minnesota Management and Budget Office (MMB). The Minnesota Department of Human...
  • Twinned Cities Now Following Different Paths

    01/13/2014 9:23:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1-12-14 | Monica Davey
    DULUTH, Minn. — The soaring Blatnik Bridge spans a modest body of water but a political gulf. Most mornings around 7, Kim and Kyle Smith drive a mile and a half across the bridge from Duluth, where they live, to Superior, Wis., where they teach. On the same bridge most mornings, scores of workers from Superior head the opposite direction, making their way to a foundry that Andy Fulton’s company runs in Duluth. This is a well-traveled commute between the Minnesota and Wisconsin cities, separated by the St. Louis River. Together, they are known as the Twin Ports for their...
  • MN:League of Minnesota Cities Admits Many Cities Work to "Chill" Exercise of Second Amendment

    01/08/2014 10:26:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent article in the Star Tribune,  an interesting admission was noted in an advocacy piece pushing for more infringements on the exercise of the second amendment.    After documenting how some cities are flouting the rule of law, and apparently approving of it, the author notes that: The League of Minnesota Cities has taken a stream of calls over the years from city governments trying to find ways to discourage people from bringing guns to city buildings, Finn said. Their advice in a blog post includes pointing out that cities may regulate the discharge of firearms and that...
  • RAW VIDEO: Truck Goes Over Bridge at I-694 and 35E (MN)

    01/08/2014 7:22:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    KSTP ^ | 1-8-13 | Megan Stewart
    Maplewood woman survived after her truck went off an overpass in Little Canada on Tuesday. The crash occurred on the 35E flyover ramp to westbound 694 around 7:24 a.m.
  • Explosion Rocks Minneapolis Apartment Complex over Arab Grocery

    01/01/2014 11:10:13 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 30 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/1/2014 | Thomas
    The explosion took place over a Halal grocery in a portion of the city dominated by Arab immigrants: Ismail Adan, 34, has lived in the building since 2002 and left shortly before the fire. He said his mother had called him early in the morning and he left to visit her, but a cousin who was staying with him was in the third-floor apartment when the explosion occurred. He said the cousin leapt from the window and was injured but he has spoken with him in the hospital. “He’s OK. It’s not very serious,” Adan said.
  • Meteorologist: Loud boom that shook the Brainerd lakes area seems consistent with meteor event

    12/30/2013 12:46:01 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-30-13 | AP
    BRAINERD, Minn. — Residents in the Brainerd lakes area reported seeing flashes of light streaking across the sky and hearing a boom that rattled homes and buildings, and meteorologists say the reports are consistent with a meteor event. The reports started flowing in to authorities on Friday between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the Brainerd Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1cPPrbq ). Some residents said they saw a turquoise streak light up the sky, and others say a bright light illuminated their homes, even darkened rooms where the drapes were closed.
  • MN:Police: Gun-carrying passerby 'did noble thing' halting Mpls. store robbery

    12/29/2013 8:43:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 19 December, 2013 | PAUL WALSH
    Inside his neighborhood market, Mohamed S. Ahmed was screaming for help after a pair of armed robbers had left him bleeding. Outside the northeast Minneapolis store, two men pounded on the window, trying to get back into the University Market after Ahmed managed to lock them out. “They seemed really agitated, super agitated,” said Matt Dosser, who was walking by about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. At first, “nothing made sense, then I saw the gun.” Dosser, who has a permit to carry a gun, reached for his own weapon. One of the robbers “turned around and looked at me,” Dosser recalled....
  • MN:Carry permit holder fends off crowbar wielding intruder

    12/29/2013 8:28:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    tcdailyplanet.net ^ | 16 December, 2013 | Shelley Leeson
    Construction worker Craig Paulson was thinking about where to go for lunch as he worked on renovations inside a bank-owned residence in a quiet, tree-lined and well-manicured neighborhood in Uptown on one of the last days in November. His appetite and lunchtime thoughts quickly faded, however, when Paulson, working alone in a back room inside the residence on the 3300 block of Girard Avenue, turned around and found himself faced with a “large” man wielding Paulson’s own three foot crowbar just steps from where he was working. The lifelong construction worker and father of three kids of whom he has...