Category Archives: Minnesota

Notable stories from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Minnesota is using Dramatic Look Gopher to distract kickers

The Minnesota Gophers are using a popular meme to throw off field goal kickers. It might be working too.  TCU missed some field goals last night.

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PETA Calls For Minnesota Hunter to Be “Hanged”


Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the Bloomington, MN dentist who allegedly killed Cecil the Lion says he didn’t know he killed a protected animal with bow and arrow during his big game hunt in Zimbabwe.

Dr. Palmer went on to say that during his recent Zimbabwe hunting expedition, he “hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits.” As far as he knew, “everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.”

As for Cecil, a popular attraction at the Hwange National Park who was also being studied in an Oxford University program? In the letter obtained by Fox 9, Dr. Palmer insisted that he “had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.” Instead, he “relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

Wildlife officials have accused the Zimbabwe hunting guides “of taking $50,000 from Palmer in order to coax Cecil out of the Hwange National Park and onto private land, where he was beheaded and skinned,” per NBC News. If found guilty, the men could be fined $20,000 and each face a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, specifically, had some harsh words for Cecil, telling E! News in a statement: “Hunting is a coward’s pastime. If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.”

I wonder if Ingrid Newkirk has the same compassion for the thousands of people raped and murdered by Boko Haram and ISIS as they do for lions?

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The shades at Palmer’s dental practice, River Bluff Dental, were drawn on Tuesday. A dental staffer told Fox 9 it would likely be closed for the remainder of the week, and its website and Facebook presence has been removed. Meanwhile, people from all over the country have flooded his practice’s Yelp page and Google+ page to compose nasty reviews and various hate messages.

His dental practice on Rhode Island Avenue has a herd of stuffed animals on the doorstep, and a planned protest by local Animal Rights Coalition will ensue there this afternoon.

I don’t know what to make of this all yet. I am saddened that this lion was taken and typically am not in favor of big game exotic animal hunting; especially if the animal is protected or near extinction. My assumption is that the dentist was more aware of the situation than he is letting on and that luring the lion out of the sanctuary probably occurred with his knowledge.

If he is found to be guilty of a crime, I think he should pay the consequences, but I can’t get behind pitchfork nation on this by putting his personal information online and threatening his life. There are more more tragic things in this world happening right now for us to be outraged about.

What is your opinion to this story? All comments welcome.

‘Purple Rain’ house for sale in Minneapolis

Photo: StarTribune

Photo: StarTribune

The Purple Rain house then. Photo: StarTribune

The Purple Rain house then. Photo: StarTribune

From The Current – The Minneapolis house where “the Kid” lived in Prince’s iconic 1984 movie Purple Rain is now for sale. At an asking price of $110,000, it’s a relatively affordable piece of Minnesota music history. The 1,348-square-foot 3BR was built in 1913.

Top 10 Worst Places To Live In Minnesota

Cambridge ranks as the worst place you can live in Minnesota

Cambridge ranks as the worst place you can live in Minnesota

Thinking about moving to Minnesota, but aren’t sure where to live? Maybe you already live in Minnesota and your friends won’t come to visit you. Well now there is bonafide research posted at RoadSnacks that can clue you in to the worst cities in Minnesota.

The Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria they used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse – meaning there’s nothing to do for inside fun)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • High Housing Vacancy Rate
  • Education (Low expenditures per student and high Student Teacher Ratio)
  • High Crime (crime numbers are from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased.

After analyzing 148 of the state’s most populous cities (over 5,000 people), we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in Minnesota: Click here to lean why.

  1. Cambridge – The worst
  2. Brainerd
  3. Grand Rapids
  4. Cloquet
  5. International Falls
  6. Bemidji
  7. Virginia
  8. Isanti
  9. North Branch
  10. Waite Park

Minneapolis and St. Paul can be pretty terrible too, but they also have their nice spots. The research says that out of all the cities in Minnesota, St. Paul and Minneapolis rank about in the middle. 

North Minneapolis – Cold Truth and Warm Hope

This burger should not exist on a menu in Minnesota

Someone needs to tell Lucky’s 13 Pub to update their menu and call this the Duck Duck Gray Duck burger. Contact them here.

Lucky's 13 Pub

Thanks Brooke

Why the name of Lil Wayne’s tour is ironic


Oh the irony. Lil Wayne was scheduled to perform Sunday night at the Venue on First Avenue in Minneapolis in support of his tour ironically named “Sorry for the wait…”, but bailed on his fans after “members of his entourage refused to take part in the Venue’s standard safety procedures,” the club said in a posting Monday night on Facebook.

The procedures include a pat-down and metal-detection scan on everyone entering the club. Even the artists. This is done for the safety of everyone, but his handlers felt the security measures were “excessive”, and refused to comply.

The Venue stood their ground. Fans waited for hours only to be told Lil Wayne would not be performing. The Venue is refunding fans.

Of course, if a shooting had occurred, the club would have been blamed for not doing a better job to protect the public. Go support The Venue. They did the right thing.

Minneapolis fans aren’t the only ones unhappy with Mr. Wayne. He is being destroyed in the concert reviews on Ticketmaster too.


North Minneapolis – Cold Truth and Warm Hope


It’s heating up in Minneapolis. Just last night, another person was murdered in north Minneapolis. The north side has a reputation for violence, gangs, drugs, and murder. Some say it’s overblown, while others refuse to drive through there. With anything, there is nonsense to navigate and profound things to spotlight.

Here is what we know.

The map you see here is a map overlay of the Minneapolis ShotSpotter Shots Fired report. These maps display the locations of shootings, reports of shots fired, and ShotSpotter activation. The site PoliceClips overlaid the last 2 weeks of March through the start of June. It shows north Minneapolis lit like a Christmas tree.

Last night, a man was shot multiple times and died in what was believed to be a drive-by shooting in north Minneapolis. The shooting was the 20th homicide in Minneapolis this year, the majority of which have taken place on the north side. Minneapolis reported at least 32 homicides for the entire year in 2014, so we are on pace to beat that record this year.

Despite the banging, good things are happening in this part of the city. As one resident says in this video, “If you’re gonna be scared, then you’re gonna find something to scare ya. You find what you’re looking for, and if you are looking for trouble, you’ll probably find it.” He goes on to say if you are looking for goodness and your mind is open to that, you can find that, too. There is truth and wisdom in those words.

What he doesn’t say is that, just by being in the neighborhood, trouble can also find YOU, even when you are minding your own business. That is the reality.

This video by Filmmakers Josh and Morgan of Chitwood Media shows that residents of north Minneapolis can go beyond hope and take back their city. They own it. I applaud that message and hope it drives more change for the good. They can’t do it without addressing the problems that plague the neighborhood, though. Farmers markets, candlelight vigils, and community gardens won’t stop the killing.

Comments welcome.

Teacher takes school kids to sex shop for a field trip

Starri hedges, director of the privately run Gaia Democratic School in Minneapolis. Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

Starri hedges, director of the privately run Gaia Democratic School in Minneapolis. Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges took about a dozen students to the Smitten Kitten last week. Hedges told the Star Tribune that she wanted to provide a safe environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior. “What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear,” Hedges said. Some of her students bought condoms, she said. Parent Lynn Floyd’s 11- and 13-year-old daughters were on the field trip, and has since withdrawn his children from the school. Floyd said he is most troubled that parents were never notified before the trip. Minnesota Department of Education spokesman Josh Collins said the state has no authority over the school because it is private. Here are some of the products sold there.

Did you know Sisqó lives in Maple Grove?

Sisqó, the artist whose “Thong Song” hit number three on the U.S. pop charts in 1999 lives right here in Maple Grove. “No thongs out here!” laughs Sisqo during a Channel 12 interview recently.

Maybe that’s because it’s so damn cold here.

Poll: Who do fans want the Timberwolves to take at #1?

This composite image shows Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns, left, and Duke's Jahlil Okafor. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andy Lyons, Ronald Martinez

This composite image shows Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, left, and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andy Lyons, Ronald Martinez

The curse is over! The Timberwolves got the #1 pick in the upcoming draft. Some say that the hard part is over, but selecting the right player might not be so easy either. Who would you like to see the Timberwolves take at #1? Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns?