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  • Minnesota: Pro-Gun Omnibus Legislation Takes Full Effect Tomorrow

    07/31/2015 4:14:10 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    NRA ^ | 7-31-15 | NRA-ILA
    Tomorrow, August 1, all remaining pro-gun provisions of Senate File 878 will now be in effect. Starting tomorrow, the use of firearm sound suppressors for the taking of wildlife will be allowed in Minnesota. By the end of the year, 37 states will allow for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting. SF 878, as previously reported, was passed with strong bipartisan support in both chambers and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton (D). Other pro-gun provisions of SF 878 include: Minnesota is now aligned with more than 40 other states that have conformed their statutes to federal...
  • More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick

    07/27/2015 7:50:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-26-15 | Glenn Howatt
    The number of Minnesotans struggling to pay their medical bills is rising sharply, despite an increase in the number of residents who have health insurance. In the past year, Minnesotaís main hospital and clinic groups filed nearly 9,000 lawsuits against people with large or long-standing medical debts ó a sharp increase since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of court records. Once a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States, medical debt was widely expected to decline as more Americans got health insurance following federal health reform. Instead, shifts in the insurance market are pushing more people...
  • Rogue Dairy Queen has been ignoring corporate HQ since 1949

    07/24/2015 5:53:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-23-15 | AP
    MOORHEAD, Minn. ó The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs. And itís a recipe that seems to be working for one of the few DQs in the country still operating under a 66-year-old contract that allows them to dish up throwback treats alongside the standard corporate-approved items, a combination that turns Main Avenue and 8th Street into a hopping, slightly retro summer hangout. Though the restaurant shuts down in the...
  • Fort Snelling's landmark Upper Post to be turned into affordable housing

    A massive $100 million redevelopment proposal is expected to transform Fort Snellingís historic military buildings into 190 apartments for low-income families in the area near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials announced the landmark proposal Wednesday, saying it will overhaul and preserve the Fort Snelling Upper Post. Officials said it is exciting to see a place that holds great importance in Minnesotaís history be reborn as a place for Minnesotaís future. ďItís going to preserve 26 of the most historic buildings in Minnesota,Ē said Larry G. Peterson, park manager and...
  • It's an ill wind that spawned this air pollution report

    07/15/2015 5:23:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Canadian forest fires, which delivered unto us a Fourth of July weekend pall, seem to have inspired the release of a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. We are being told that air pollution is killing about 2,000 people a year, a figure so preposterously guessed at it that they might as well have made it 175,000 people a year if it's alarm they are trying to sound. The following words were used: likely, estimates and roughly. Air pollution likely contributes to thousands of deaths each year, a state study estimates. The...
  • Minnesotaís ĎSanctuary Cityí Murder

    07/12/2015 8:21:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 7-9-15 | Edgar Linares
    In the Twin Cities, 29-year-old Edson Celin Benitez, of St. Paul, and 35-year-old Reinol Godines Vergara, of Richfield, were both arrested last May for the April murder of 90-year-old Earl Arthur Olander in the San Francisco Township. Olanderís family tried reaching him for several days. Then on Saturday, April 11, a neighbor went to check on him and found him dead on the living room floor of his farmhouse in Carver County. Olanderís hands were tied, and he had been brutally attacked and his home ransacked. More than a month later, a tip led law enforcement to Vergara and Benitez....
  • MCA scores tossed over cheating, St. Paul teacher suspended

    07/10/2015 6:20:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-9-15 | Josh Verges
    Schools in St. Paul and Cannon Falls threw out dozens of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results this spring because of cheating by teachers assigned to monitor the standardized tests, according to state Department of Education reports. At St. Paul's Linwood Monroe, the department found, 21 seventh-graders had their math scores invalidated after the exam proctor gave students "direct prompting and direction on test items while they took the test." The teacher was placed on administrative leave, but the district wouldn't comment on any further discipline. In Cannon Falls, the school district tossed the scores of 26 fifth-graders after a teacher admitted...
  • Study: Hennepin County ignored some child abuse reports

    07/01/2015 6:44:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 6-26-15 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The child protection agency in Hennepin County has been ignoring reports of child abuse to ease its caseload and control its budget, according to a national child welfare group. The group, Casey Family Programs, studied the county's system for months and presented the findings of a report released last week to the Hennepin County board on Thursday. Casey Family Programs director Dee Wilson also told the board that child protection workers commonly screened out abuse reports, which means families weren't visited and services weren't offered, the Star Tribune ( http://strib.mn/1IhwPjh ) reported. Additionally, neglect cases are looked...
  • Ramsey Co. K-9 Handler Charged with Abusing his Dog Partner

    06/28/2015 2:10:13 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-26-15 | Dave Aeikens and Eric Chaloux
    A Ramsey County deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with hitting his canine partner, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. The charges are from an incident that happened early June 15 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. The sheriff's office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry is charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty, both misdemeanors. Berry has been a Ramsey County deputy since 1996. Black Bear security told deputies they had been called into the Cobalt Lounge to ask a man to leave. Security followed him with video and saw him return to...
  • Land of 10,000 Stories: Beer drinking gets 'Surly'

    06/25/2015 7:33:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Gannett Publications KARE 11 ^ | 6-1-15 | Boyd Huppert Gannett
    The most unlikely bartender in the state of Minnesota may well be the 76-year-old Pakistani immigrant pouring beers on Friday evenings in the tasting room at the Surly Brewery in Brooklyn Center. "If my father found out he would kill me," laughs Naseem Ansari, known to family and friends as Nick. "These are good beers, they're tasty," says Nick, his pride bubbling up like the beer in the glasses he's filling. Nick can't quite be called the father of Minnesota's fastest growing brewery, but he is most certainly the dad to Surly's owner and founder, Omar Ansari. The three-year-old craft...
  • 6 signs you're a Twin Cities bike jerk

    06/22/2015 5:14:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 6-18-15 | Steve Stratman
    Letís face it, bicyclists are becoming unlikable, even to other bicyclists. And if you think there are more important issues, youíre right ó homelessness, political corruption, pet laws or ISIL. But there are good articles about those issues already. As a man who enjoys Netflix like any other guy, eats cheap Chinese food with chopsticks and just spent $40 on premium decaffeinated coffee, I feel Iím qualified to talk about The Breakdown of the Family Bike Trail. Iíve compiled a checklist, a self-intervention of sorts, that the average bicyclist can use to determine if he or she is indeed, a...
  • No plants? No patio dining in Mankato

    Anarchy reigned in Mankato, Minn., for a short time last week before authorities stepped in to curb the scourge of outdoor dining without enough live plants in the vicinity. The Mankato Times reports police shut down the patio at Blue Bricks on Front Street last week after they determined there werenít enough flowers nearby. In Mankato, 25 percent of the area around patio dining has to have at least 25 percent live plants
  • Explaining the proposed Minnesota health insurance rate increases

    06/05/2015 5:28:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-5-15 | David Montgomerty
    June 05--Minnesotans got a shock Thursday when the state's health insurers proposed "eye-popping" rate increases for people who buy health insurance on the individual market -- premium increases as high as 70 percent. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton condemned the increases as "outrageous" and suggested they should be scaled back. Republicans saw them as reason to criticize the state-run portion of that market, MNsure. Here's the background about these premium increases, why they're happening and what they mean: What's proposed? Federal law requires health insurers to disclose any premium increases above 10 percent. Those were released Wednesday, and in Minnesota, there...
  • 8 Minnesota Health Plans Propose Big Premium Hikes for 2016

    06/03/2015 8:31:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-1-15 | Cassie Hart
    Eight Minnesota health plans have proposed big premium increases for 2016, ranging from 11 to 74 percent. The rate increases are only proposals for now and must be approved by state regulators before they can be finalized. But Minnesota Public Radio reports the proposals drew an angry response from Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor calls the proposed rate increases "outrageous" given that Minnesota's health care costs have been increasing by only 3 percent. He says they need a "rigorous review" before they become final Oct. 1. Some of the policies will be offered through MNsure, the state health insurance exchange....
  • With Minntac layoffs, hardship hits the Iron Range

    06/01/2015 7:51:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-1-15 | Brady Slater
    On color-coded spreadsheets that displayed the names of about 350 laid-off Minntac workers Friday, the ones marked in orange were those of older union members who took voluntary layoffs so that younger members could continue working. About 200 of the names were highlighted in orange. "God bless them," United Steelworkers Local 1938 Vice President John Arbogast said as he reviewed the list at the
  • Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance

    05/29/2015 9:07:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5-29-15 | Matt McKinney and John Reinan
    Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns. The plane’s flight path, recorded by the website flightradar24.com, would eventually show that it circled downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale Center at low altitude for hours starting at 10:30 p.m., slipping off radar just after 3 a.m....
  • Governor Dayton just signed SF878, the public safety omnibus bill

    05/23/2015 6:18:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 5-25-15 | GOCRA
    This afternoon, Governor Dayton told the Minnesota Legislature that he will be signing SF878 into law. This bill contains five key Second Amendment rights provisions: Suppressors legalized Emergency Powers limited Capitol Carry notification rule reformed Interstate Purchase rights clarified Carry Reciprocity standards reformed
  • Monster fish pulls anglers' boat mile down Mississippi before being landed

    05/19/2015 4:59:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-15-15 | Dave Orrick
    Taco flavored Doritos And my orange life vest Dad caught a hundred pound sturgeon On twenty-pound test -- Primus, "Fish On (Fisherman's Chronicles, Part II)" Yerhart has caught only one sturgeon in his life. But it was the sturgeon of a lifetime. On Friday night, Yerhart, a 34-year-old truck technician from Brownsdale, Minn., found himself in a Hemingway-esque struggle with a prehistoric monster: a lake sturgeon as long as he is tall, and perhaps twice his age and 10 times the weight for which his rod and reel were designed. Once nearly wiped out by overfishing (caviar is sturgeon...
  • You'll be forced to pick a side

    05/18/2015 9:21:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | 5-15-15 | Devin Foley
    Anti-religious (typically, anti-Christian) attitudes as are now spreading like wildfire through social media. Similar sentiments played out horrifically in the French Revolution, the Marxist purges in Eastern Europe and China, the Cristero War in Mexico, the killing fields of Cambodia, and the ongoing slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Is it unreasonable to wonder if and how the virulent, anti-Christian attitudes of today will be unleashed in America? The question hit home for me yesterday at the annual Minnesota Prayer Breakfast when Governor Dayton opened his remarks by stating: ďYou know the theme of todayís prayer breakfast:...
  • Twin Cities minorities face longer commute times, report notes

    05/14/2015 5:21:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-13-15 | Fredrick Melo
    The Twin Cities have long been considered one of the best places in the country to live when it comes to health, happiness and job opportunities, but the disparities for racial minorities are striking. A new report looks at yet another area where the experiences of whites and non-whites generally diverge: commute times. The 12-page study finds that black and Asian transit users in the Twin Cities spend 138 and 146 more hours each year, respectively, getting to and from work than white drivers do. For Latinos, the "transit time penalty" increased to 173 hours -- the equivalent of losing...
  • On V-E Day, St. Paul prayed, and the bars stayed open

    05/08/2015 5:53:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-8-15 | Richard Chin
    When the guns finally fell silent in Europe 70 years ago today, St. Paul prayed and drank. It was called V-E Day -- Victory in Europe -- when Nazi leaders still alive in Germany agreed to unconditional surrender ending World War II on the European continent. In St. Paul, it was celebrated with a prayer service at the Municipal Auditorium attended by 6,000 people. "The audience ranged from fur-draped women to women in defense plant coveralls and bandannas, and from white-collared business executives to work-stained garage mechanics," according to the St. Paul Dispatch. The city's churches also were packed, as...
  • Minnesota felons should finish full sentences before being allowed to vote

    05/07/2015 5:40:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 5-3-15 | Andrew Cilek
    There is a good reason liberal lawmakers and governors across the country are eager to pass laws allowing felons to vote. A recent study conducted by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences indicates that seven out of 10 convicts register as Democrats.The DFL-controlled Senate in Minnesota is leading the way with its recent passage of a bill allowing felons to vote while still on parole or probation. Proponents of changing the law are focused almost entirely on what they view as good for the felon rather than being concerned with the rights of law-abiding citizens. Proponents claim that allowing...
  • A tax on non-metered downtown parking to fund bike and pedestrian improvements ó yay or nay?

    04/27/2015 5:58:08 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | City Hall Scoop
    The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are asking lawmakers to put a new tool in their toolbox, so to speak: a parking surcharge that could eventually fund downtown amenities like pedestrian walkways and bike paths. Proposed legislation would allow the Twin Cities to impose a tax on non-metered parking, including stalls in public and private ramps and surface lots, within a defined area of their respective downtowns.
  • License the undocumented, if only for safety's sake

    04/26/2015 1:59:04 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-25-15 | Rubťn Rosario
    Natalie Lopez summoned the courage to show up. This was several months ago in front of the Chaska City Council. Lopez, a hard-working mother of a preschool child, did not want to be there. She's an undocumented immigrant. In the minds of some individuals in this state and nation, her ilk is as much a pariah of society as, say, violent sex offenders. "What part of illegal don't you understand?" is the slogan with these folks. When I hear this, I'm reminded of a poster of an American Indian siding with this view and then imploring all who broke numerous...
  • They chose evil. 'Outreach' programs can't change that.

    04/26/2015 1:49:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-25-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Six Minnesota men of Somali descent have been charged with terrorism-related offenses in a criminal complaint unsealed last week. The fellows were allegedly trying to get to Syria to fight for ISIS, or as we sometimes more charitably name them in newspaper headlines, Islamic militants. Our local six are just the latest Westerners accused of traveling or trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, which beheads people, throws homosexuals off roofs of buildings, destroys historical wonders of the world, marries off girls at about 9 years old, stones to death adulterers and shoots children. Other than...
  • Gun-weary Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers

    04/24/2015 5:53:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | Harry Potter
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ó Minnesota's Senate added language to a bill Thursday that would legalize gun silencers ó a surprise development as majority Democrats had shown little interest in changing the state's gun laws and a direct challenge to Gov. Mark Dayton's promise that such a measure would meet his veto pen. The silencer language was added to a grab bag of policy changes that would also mandate external investigations for officer-involved deaths, set ground rules for law enforcement's use of drones and restore voting rights to felons after they're released from prison. The full bill passed 39-22, with...
  • 'Miracle on Ice' hockey doctor mugged at wife's graveside

    04/21/2015 7:11:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-21-15 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ó A 94-year-old physician who served as team doctor for five U.S. men's Olympic hockey squads has suffered serious injuries in an attack while visiting his wife's grave. KMSP-TV reported that George Nagobads was mugged Sunday afternoon at the Crystal Lake Cemetery and left bleeding from the head. A witness says Nagobads managed to get back in his car and drive away. The unidentified witness says he saw a young man looking through a wallet near the mausoleum before fleeing. Nagobads was the University of Minnesota men's hockey team physician for 34 years until his retirement in 1992....
  • Minnesota's youth exodus spells trouble ahead for labor force

    04/21/2015 5:52:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Start Tribune ^ | 4-18-15 | Jackie Crosby
    Every year since 2002, Minnesota has been losing residents to other states. Whatís worse: Young adults are leaving in the greatest numbers. Casey Sperzel is Minnesotan through and through. She grew up in Maple Grove, went to college at the University of Minnesota, and lived in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. But when the 27-year-old met with a job recruiter last year, she was set on the Pacific Northwest. ďI donít think Iíll be back,Ē said Sperzel, now with a Seattle ad agency. States are scrambling for young professionals like Sperzel to help offset the wave of baby boomer retirements....
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • To all that light-rail waste, add fare-skipping

    04/18/2015 11:31:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    It took an agreeable 15 minutes Monday to get from the Westgate Station to the Warehouse/Hennepin Avenue station on the Green Line. There was merriment in the air all right, but not enough actual humidity to smell the green grass of Target Field. We are unseasonably dry, and a bit of moisture in the air is essential to bring about the full flowering of the baseball home opener. I watched passengers get on and off; there are seven stops between Westgate and Warehouse, or probably two too many. I don't know who paid and who didn't. Impossible to tell, really,...
  • Minnesota Senate keeps rule forbidding eye contact

    04/18/2015 8:50:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-15-15 | Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Minnesota Senate will keep its rule forbidding members from looking at one another during floor debate and will continue to ban everyone from having drinks on the Senate floor. The issues arose Monday during the passage of the rules to govern the Senate. On a 15-44 vote, the Senate decided to keep its current requirement that all speakers must gaze at the Senate president. "I find this particular rule of the Senate, dare I say, antiquated," said Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, disagreed. When you can look at the senator speaking, he...
  • A Good Day for the 2nd Amendment!

    04/17/2015 7:04:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    mngop ^ | 4-17-15 | Keith Downey
    Yesterday was a good day for gun rights in Minnesota. A bipartisan group of Representatives at the State Capitol passed several bills protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment. Bills enhancing the Second Amendment include: ‚¶Ā Emergency Powers Act ‚¶Ā (HF 722) - Protects private property rights by prohibiting government officials from confiscating firearms during a declared state of emergency.
  • On Met Council, we get cronyism, not reform

    04/16/2015 8:01:39 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-15-15 | DAVID OSMEK
    In January, the 89th Legislature convened to begin its work. With the elections behind us and the House under Republican leadership, we opened the session with a renewed sense of bipartisanship. Many suburban legislators, myself included, had high hopes for one particular bill that would inject some common-sense into a major concern of local city councils ó the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council is an unelected body that has the power to tax and spend over $1 billion every year and inject itself regularly into local government decisions. It has the authority to dictate (among other things) where new trains...
  • Stolen: $70k in Bull Semen (ed)

    04/09/2015 2:02:42 PM PDT · by dware · 35 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 04.09.2015 | AP via Fox News
    LEROY, Minn. Ė Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota. Mower (MOH'-ur) County Sheriff Terese Amazi (AM'-uh-zye) says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn.
  • James J. Hill's iron ore legacy has last day on NYSE

    04/08/2015 6:13:39 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-7-15 | Tom Webb
    After 109 years in business, the Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Trust officially terminated Monday and its stock stopped trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The moment provided a reminder of a distant era in Minnesota history, shaped by railroad barons and trust-busting reformers, by the great riches of the Mesabi Range and the hard realities of the industrial age. "So many of Hill's decisions cast such a long shadow," said Craig Johnson, manager of the James J. Hill House historic site in St. Paul. "It reminds us that he's still that big looming presence in the business and...
  • Mass transit is more than light rail - and still costly

    04/01/2015 6:06:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-1-15 | David Montgoery
    Light rail is controversial because of its price tag -- the recently finished Green Line linking downtown St. Paul with Minneapolis cost $957 million. Supporters, though, say it's justified along dense routes where it can move many people more efficiently than buses can. <<>> Taxpayers shoulder the majority of the cost. In the metro area, fares account for about $100 million in revenue last year -- about 30 percent of the operating cost of transit. Federal grants play a big role in paying for new transitways and vehicles -- 55 percent of capital costs last year. But federal taxpayers covered...
  • 'Castle Doctrine' bill faces long odds in Minnesota House

    03/19/2015 6:04:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-18-15 | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Gun rights supporters rolled out this year's version of the "Castle Doctrine" in the Minnesota House on Wednesday, but House leaders said the measure is unlikely to win focus in 2015. The "Castle Doctrine" would give Minnesotans greater rights to use their guns to defend their property. Expanding that ability has long been a goal for supporters, but the expansion also has long been thwarted. That is unlikely to change this year. "I don't want to go at it again until I think I can garner up enough support in the Senate and in the governor's office. There's no sense...
  • U.S. Steel shutting down Keetac plant on Iron Range

    03/14/2015 7:31:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-14-15 | John Myers
    U.S. Steel announced Thursday that it will idle its Keetac taconite iron ore operations starting May 13, another victim of the huge glut of global iron ore and steel that's far outpacing demand. The company said up to 412 workers at the facility will be affected and that they are being notified. Some employees will be kept on to maintain the operations, so the exact number of layoffs hasn't yet been determined, the company said. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel said the Keewatin, Minn., plant will be idled indefinitely "due to the company's current inventory levels and ongoing adjustment of its steelmaking...
  • Gun debate heats up again at Legislature

    03/13/2015 6:06:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-12-15 | Doug Belden
    Gun owners in Minnesota could attach silencers to their weapons if a bill sent to the House floor Thursday becomes law. The "suppressor" bill was the most contentious and substantive of three bills expanding gun owners' rights that passed in a House committee and were sent to the floor on what chairman Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, called "fun day gun day at the Capitol." Gun-rights advocates are making a renewed political push this session after fighting off a variety of gun-control measures in 2013 and with the backing of the new speaker of the House, Republican Kurt Daudt, who has...
  • The worst MN gun control bill we've seen in years!

    03/04/2015 8:03:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    GOCRA email ^ | 3-4-15 | andrew rothman
    This week, Rep. Dan Schoen and Sen. Ron Latz introduced...well, we call it the Sign Away Your Rights & Rat Out Your Family Act. The Bloomberg bill, HF1361/SF1289, starts with the assumption that every gun owner is a ticking time bomb. The bill would encourage doctors to trick you into giving up your gun rights, and encourage your most anti-gun family member to petition a court to take away your Second Amendment rights. Grief isn't a crimeTricks and kicks gun owners when they're down. Everyone has moments in life where things seem hopeless. A death in the family, a job...
  • Minnesota handgun permits down, after 2013 spike

    03/03/2015 5:34:21 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-3-15 | TZ
    The number of handgun permits newly issued or renewed in Minnesota in 2014 dropped after a spike the year before, according to an annual report released Monday by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Sheriff's offices statewide reported that about 41,500 permits were issued last year. Here's what the numbers look like over the past five years: The year 2014 had 41,493; 2013 had 60,471; 2012 had 31,657; 2011 had 20,772; and 2010 had 17,240. About 1,800 people who applied in 2014 did not receive a permit. Of those, 422 were denied; about 1,300 more are pending. A handful of...
  • Early retirement getting more rare for Minnesota public employees

    03/01/2015 8:24:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-1-15 | Maryjo Webster
    Marlene Nelson loved teaching, but after 35 years she was ready to retire the first chance she got. When she became eligible for her pension at age 55 because of an early-retirement incentive known as the Rule of 90, she and her husband sold their home in Glenwood, Minn., and moved someplace warm. "I really would've liked to have taught a little longer, but I just wanted to go out liking my job," Nelson said. She and her husband have spent the past four years living modestly off their two pensions in Arizona. This kind of Utopian early retirement is...
  • [MN] Section 8 Housing Applications Outnumber Slots

    02/25/2015 3:38:09 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 26 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 25 FEBRUARY 2015 | WCCO.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) Ė For the first time in more than five years, thousands of people in the metro area have a chance to apply for Section 8 housing. That means you only have to pay for 30 to 40 percent of your rent, and the federal government will pay your landlord the other 70 percent. Applicants can choose their rental as long as the landlord agrees. There are 2,000 slots open online through Friday for people in Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Scott and Carver counties and in rural Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
  • Breaking: Minneapolis Cop Shooter is a Member of Muslim Street Gang (If Obama had a son)

    02/22/2015 1:36:41 PM PST · by Enterprise · 35 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    GotNews.com has learned that Andrew J. Neal, 43, the suspect in the targeted shooting of MN police officer Jordan Davis, is a longtime member of the Mickey Cobras street gang. The ďMickey CobrasĒ AKA the ďAlmighty Mickey Cobra NationĒ is a large, predominantly Black gang that is heavily influenced by Islam and uses Muslim ideology throughout its constitution and by-laws.
  • MN: Councilman with Gun acts, defends Colleagues

    01/28/2015 10:35:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In the dramatic video from inside the New Hope, Minnesota city council chambers, one of the council members reacts to the sound of gunfire outside of the doors by drawing his own weapon and preparing to defend his colleagues.† Link to video: It is clear that the council member on the left of the screen has considered this sort of scenario, and is mentally prepared.†† Immediately after the shots are fired, you hear a voice saying, "Get down!, Get down!".† As the video progresses, and shows the councilman with the handgun on the left, it is clear that he...
  • Potentially endangered bat could change pipeline project

    01/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    lacrosse tribune ^ | 1-19-15 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ó A potentially endangered species of bat could become a major obstacle to the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to declare the northern long-eared bat an endangered species because the spread of the white-nosed syndrome disease has reduced its population. In that case, Enbridge could be forced to postpone its pipeline project or chose a different route. The current proposal would carry crude from the North Dakota oilfields to Superior, Wisconsin and would run through the bats' habitat. Enbridge has already taken steps to avoid...
  • Apple Valley couple, child dead in apparent murder-suicide (MN)

    01/18/2015 7:14:10 PM PST · by rabidralph · 67 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 01/18/2015 | Bob Shaw, Kristi Belcamino
    A couple and their child have been killed in an apparent Christmastime murder-suicide in Apple Valley. The three bodies were found Saturday in their rambler home on Ramsdell Drive, after Apple Valley police were called about 1 p.m. Police would not identify the victims Sunday. A neighbor who discovered the bodies said they were David Crowley; his wife, Komel; and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani.
  • License Plate Readers Pit Privacy Against Police

    01/16/2015 4:34:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-15-15 | tom hauser
    It's a battle between privacy advocates and police. Two bills regarding the controversial license plate readers, also known as LPR's, received a hearing at the State Capitol Thursday afternoon. "The scanning and storage capabilities of these systems have increased exponentially since they were first implemented," testified Teresa Nelson of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an opponent of storing this data collected by law enforcement. "As this technology improves and costs go down we're going to see LPR systems reach a point where they're deployed on every street corner and capable of scanning every vehicle." Republican Senator Branden Petersen, R-Andover,...
  • City of Bloomington charges 10 organizers in Mall of America demonstration

    01/14/2015 5:30:00 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-14-15 | Nick Ferraro, Sarah Horner and Joseph Lindberg
    Ten participants in the mass demonstration at the Mall of America in protest of police brutality were charged Wednesday for their roles in what Bloomington authorities say was an unlawful rally. Authorities say the 10 organized the Dec. 20 gathering. They face an array of misdemeanor charges, including public nuisance, trespassing and disorderly conduct. The large-scale demonstration drew between 1,500 and 2,000 people to the Mall of America rotunda in protest of recent grand jury decisions that cleared white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. The protest lasted more than two hours...
  • Minneapolis schools' credit card usage raises accountability questions

    01/12/2015 5:49:27 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-11-15 | ALEJANDRA MATOS
    Minneapolis Public School employees are using district credit cards for unauthorized purchases ó including personal use ó and have routinely failed to follow expense policies, a Star Tribune review of school expense records found. Several school district leaders ó including the outgoing superintendent and the current CEO ó repaid the district for expenses only after the Star Tribune inquired about them. The Star Tribune reviewed $1.5 million in credit card expenses submitted by 262 employees over the past six months. School officials spent thousands of dollars at grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart and restaurants in Minneapolis and around the country. The...