Wisconsin is the #1 cranberry-growing state in the nation. From the eyes of a drone, it also was the most colorful state in the nation this week.
The law is the law, but sometimes the law is lame.
In Seminole County, Fla., a woman who was choked in a domestic abuse case was sent to jail for three days because she refused to testify against her attacker — not uncommon for victims of domestic abuse.
Without the key witness, the attacker, who is the father of the couple’s 1-year-old child, got only 16 days in jail.
“We cannot have people deciding which court orders we will obey or not obey,” county judge Jerri Collins said.
The Orlando Sentinel has video of the hearing at which the judge berated the victim.
“Your Honor, I’m very sorry for not attending …,” said the woman. “I’ve been dealing with depression and a lot of personal anxiety since this happened …”
A video of the proceeding shows Collins, a former prosecutor who took the bench in 2006, retorting: “You think you’re going to have anxiety now? You haven’t even seen anxiety.”
“You disobeyed a court order knowing that this was not going to turn out well for the state,” she said.
As deputies placed the woman in handcuffs, she begged Collins for a different outcome. But the judge closed her binder and told the woman to “turn around.” The Orlando Sentinel is not identifying her because it does not name victims of domestic abuse.
“She’ll never call again,” Jeanne Gold, CEO of SafeHouse, told WTFV. “Look what happened to her. She could be lying, broken in a ditch somewhere, and she would probably not call police because of what happened to her in this place.”
The judge refused to comment to reporters.
If you’re a city slicker and you don’t take a drive to farm country, you’re missing quite a show at this time of the year.
The combines are hitting the corn and soybean fields. The ginormous machines stir up dust clouds by day. By the time night falls, they illuminate the usually-dark fields as if the circus has come to town. And — in a way — it has.
This is also the season when we’re good for at least one or two “neighbor helping neighbor” stories and Galva, Illinois has come through for us in a big way.
Carl Bates had 450 acres of corn that needed to come in late last month. But Carl has terminal cancer and he just couldn’t do it.
But he didn’t need to, as it turned out.
“Most of the combines were all close neighbors, within a couple of miles. Most of the semis were real close. He’s all done,” his cousin, Dan, said.
Forty people worked 10 combines, 12 grain carts, and 16 semis to harvest in one day what usually takes a week to bring in.
The local grain elevator stayed open late to receive it all.
From the archive: A day in the life of the harvest (NewsCut)
Minnesota U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen is getting some online love nationwide today for his joke on Instagram. But his idea seems like the most workable plan at the moment. Read more →
Wisconsin is getting some national shaming today for its refusal to make drunk driving a crime when it’s someone’s first offense. Read more →
What kind of country have we become when we can’t even throw gourds anymore? Read more →
Venus, the moon, Mars, and Jupiter are all together in the early morning sky, something that won’t happen again for years. Read more →
The white-linen, polished silver restaurant that’s been in its Minneapolis location for 10 years, is calling it quits. Is Minnesota’s minimum wage increase to blame? Read more →
How’s the view where you work? A small group of craftsmen climbed recently to the top of St. Michael’s Church in Stillwater. The stunning drone video shows it’s not a job for just anybody.
Read more →
I had a craving for potato chips today, but there are no chips in the house.
Fortunately, Amazon started its new home-delivery service in the Twin Cities today. Read more →
Here’s what you missed if you lived in that fancy metro area well south of Duluth. Read more →
It’s an old story that the New York Times has done a masterful job telling this week. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy loses job and balloons to nearly 600 pounds. Boy hears the Proclaimers’ hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” on the radio. Boy decides to bike across America to win girl’s heart back again. Boy gets girl. Maybe. Read more →
The Mills family has confirmed that it’s selling Fleet Farm, the Brainerd-based, rural-focused chain.
It’s economics in 2015. Business is good but in order for it to be better, the family has to sell to deeper pockets. Read more →
Take a ride in a powered parachute around some of the most beautiful country in Minnesota — bluff country. Read more →
You go to a baseball game to see your beloved team in the postseason, and the next thing you know you’re the most hated man in a city and you go into hiding for the next 12 years.
That’s Steve Bartman’s life in one sentence because of what happened in 2003. Read more →