When it comes to a big heart, a Minnesota little town shines
At last official count, there were only 699 residents of Hendricks, Minnesota, aka ‘The Little Town By the Lake,’ so the idea of a “flash mob” isn’t a practical notion, especially given the weather these days.
Our pal in the town, Steve Hemmingsen, gave it a shot anyway today, sending out an e-mail to town residents urging them to head for the drug store. He didn’t say why, other than it would be fun.
He said in a follow-up email to residents that about 5 percent of the “ambulatory population” of the community showed up. Read more →
MN Supreme Court divided on whether abuse of a mother is abuse of children
In upholding the constitutionality of Minnesota’s law allowing a 50-year order for protection for victims of domestic abuse, the Minnesota Supreme Court was sharply divided today on the question of whether abuse or stalking of a mother constitutes abuse of the children when it comes to deciding whether parenting time should be restricted. Read more →
Drone journalism growing faster than the FAA’s ability to stop it
While it considers new regulations on quadcopters, the Federal Aviation Administration is taking on a role of the 2014 version of Prohibition’s revenuers. Read more →
Behold, the power of perfect strangers!
Two news stories today involve people who helped people they’ve never met. As a result, a boy in Kabul is going to school and a two-year-old in Pine City is getting a kidney. Read more →
There’s no nice way to describe what happened in Oklahoma last evening, where for weeks people have been trying to tell a state that attempting to execute two men using experimental drugs was a bad idea .
No doubt, some people will say, ‘good, let ’em suffer,’ but public policy shouldn’t be dictated by people without a functioning soul. Read more →
Here’s to the ticket scalpers
People were shut out of buying Paul McCartney tickets over the last week and, not unexpectedly, scalpers are in the crosshairs. It’s not fair, they said, that scalpers were able to get their hands on tickets, while they had no chance of seeing the oldtimer from Liverpool. Read more →
Racist comments will earn Donald Sterling a big payday
The NBA’s punishment for Donald Sterling has to hurt, right? Hardly. Read more →
Here’s why you should just take your diploma and keep walking
The other day on NewsCut, you may recall, we discussed the growing number of admonishments to graduating seniors in high school and college to cut the gymnastics and selfies.
Not everyone at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan got the word. Read more →
Mille Lacs is relentless as more ice comes ashore
A southeasterly wind and breaking ice continue to plague a few homeowners on the west shore of Lake Mille Lacs.
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Special ed teacher pocket dials special ed parent with rant
What are the odds that a special education teacher would go on a nasty rant about her students, while she ‘pocket dialed’ her phone, and the call went to the parent of a special education student? Read more →
The Hermantown School Board last night caved to the public outcry it prompted by cutting $2,500 from the cheerleading program. The elimination of two elementary school teachers remains in force.
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Let this be a lesson: pay your taxes on time. Read more →
Ryan Larson, the man falsely suspected of killing of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker in 2012, might have a struggle in court proving his defamation suits against — so far — WCCO and KSTP, but with any luck, he’ll succeed in getting local news media to take a step back and a deep breath in similar stories in the future. Read more →
In Wild win, the legend of pink begins
When you’re facing elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you’ll grasp at anything.
The Wild was on the edge last night against the Colorado Avalanche, having coughed up a two-goal lead. The Minnesota sports fan was sure this would end badly. How could it not? It’s Minnesota sports. Read more →
Singing the sump pump blues
If I learned nothing else from my friends who fought the Red River in Moorhead, it’s this: during flooding, the enemy is inside your home.
Judging by the crowd in two separate hardware stores’ sump-pump sections this afternoon, I wasn’t alone in fighting the beast: the burned-out sump pump. Read more →