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Governor's Bonding Recommendations Include Sparky at Como Zoo

Apr 7, 2015
On Tuesday morning Governor Dayton released his 2015 bonding priorities for the State of Minnesota capital investiments.  Included in his list of recommendations was the $14.5 Million Seals and Sea Lions Exhibit at Como Zoo.
"I am excited to see Governor Dayton's priority for the Seals and Sea Lions at Como Zoo," said Representatve Lesch, "Sparky...

It's Friday the 13th, But on the Question of Who's the New Boogeyman, the Jury is Still Out

Feb 13, 2015
Today is Friday the 13th, an omen of back luck and misfortune.  The day’s lasting infamy stems from legends of ill fated ventures on this day throughout the ages, not to mention the horror movie franchise of my youth which I was relegated to watch only at sleepovers because “trash like that” was not welcome in our house – a prohibition I had...

Police Keeping Data on Where You Drive is "Unconstitutional" Says Rep Lesch

Jan 31, 2015
Keeping data that tracks where you drive your car is “un-American” and “unconstitutional” says Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) He says the retention of License Plate Reader (LPR) records should be zero if they’re “non-hit.”
Police use the automated systems to read license plates as a way of spotting...

This Tuesday, I Want to Thank You for Your Service

Jan 29, 2015
Sometimes when I find myself out and about in uniform, a civilian approaches, extends his/her hand, and offers me a “Thank you for your service.”  I’ll admit, when I first enlisted in the military, this situation made me uncomfortable.  But now, after going on nearly six years in uniform, I think about it a little bit differently – for two primary...

Je Suis Satire! Well, Hang on a Minute, What’s that Gonna Cost Me?

Jan 11, 2015
If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. - Anonymous
It’s Sunday morning, and I am still in bed.  In fact, I’ve been mostly in bed since Wednesday, fighting this hateful flu against which I thought I’d already immunized myself in late November (since I’d also been in bed for a couple of days back then).  Turns out, not.  And...

St. Paul Man Wrongly Imprisoned in Camry Deaths to be Paid by State

Dec 5, 2014
Koua Fong Lee spent 2-1/2 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Now, the state is prepared to put a dollar amount on his suffering.
Attorneys for Lee, who was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide after crashing his Toyota Camry in 2006, have filed a stipulation in Ramsey County District Court for him to receive compensation under a...