PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — A band played Somalia's national anthem in Sherin Park in this small Minnesota lakes country city on Saturday, June 22. The world didn't end. It looked, in fact, like the couple of hundred people enjoying the International Friendship Festival on the banks of the Pelican River weren't adversely affected in the least.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — To be clear, it was one bigot who prompted the Pelican Rapids Press and managing editor Louis Hoglund to respond with a column and opinion page worthy of a New York City tabloid. Just one.
Amy Klobuchar is presidential timber. She's experienced, smart, tough, effective, capable of being bipartisan, likable, measured. All the things Americans once seemed to prefer in a president, and the exact opposite of the person who currently occupies the White House. But is that a good thing as we hurtle toward the 2020 election?
Walter Wynhoff will be out of prison in less than three years for his role in Justis Burland's death, which came after months of beatings and torture. Justis was 6 years old at the time of his death in April 2018 , unable to stop the beatings with a stick, the scaldings with hot water, having hair torn from his head. He was 6, so he couldn't bring himself to a hospital to get care for the massive infections ravaging his body.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. If you're a walleye fisherman, it never gets old. Seeing all those walleyes, the chunky females and scrawny males, contained in nets in the waters of Lake Sallie near the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offices. Hundreds of them, some of the big females pushing seven or eight pounds, waiting to be stripped of their eggs and milt to make baby walleyes in the nearby hatchery.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The star of opening day for the Minnesota Twins was pitcher Jose Berrios. The 24-year-old right-hander threw a gem against the Cleveland Indians at sold-out Target Field that had teammates and media ready to anoint him as the horse of Minnesota's starting rotation for years to come.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rocco Baldelli managed his first real game for the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, March 28. Wes Johnson, too, made his official big-league debut as the team's pitching coach. They were hired by the Twins' newish front office gurus Derek Falvey, the chief baseball officer, and Thad Levine, the general manager.
The athletic director at Southern Illinois and former Minnesota Gophers football coach Jerry Kill ripped current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck in a radio interview, saying Fleck is "about himself" and his "ego gets carried away." In an interview on Sirius XM College Sports, Kill aired a long list of grievances about Fleck, who was an assistant under Kill at Northern Illinois for two seasons. "He coached with me, but after that, you know, he changed a lot.
A Minnesota man likely will go on record as catching the biggest fish in state history. Darren Troseth of Jordan pulled a 78-inch sturgeon through the ice from the St. Croix River last weekend, a fish he estimates weighed 120 pounds. If the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certifies the fish, it will be the biggest documented fish ever caught in the state. The catch-and-keep record on the DNR books is a 94-pound sturgeon. Troseth submitted photos and measurements of his catch to the DNR and was awaiting word of certification.
FARGO -- The long knives are out for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota, who is expected to announce her candidacy for president on Sunday, Feb. 10. Some national media outlets reported last week Klobuchar is a Bad Boss, one of the toughest politicos in Washington, D.C., for whom to work, the implication being it might make her a Bad President. Democrats are funny creatures. If it was a Democratic opponent planting the stories about Klobuchar in the media, the idea would be to submarine her chances by making her seem insufferable.