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MPR News’ Brian Bakst said that the 12-day Minnesota State Fair run this year marked a return of normal at the sprawling, yet crowded fairgrounds following two years of pandemic disruption. … The fair was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. Last year’s attendance was low because of restrictions and continued unease. It’s heading for the 2,000,000 mark this year with nearly 250,000 people showing up on Saturday.

For Politico David Siders, “Keith Ellison was a former state attorney general and congressman and was speaking at Minnesota State Fair on a recent afternoon. A late-arriving supporter approached him and asked if Ellison had raised the topic that Democrats fear could sink his bid for reelection. The man was wearing a black-and white cap with ‘Moo” printed on it and asked, ‘Did he speak about crime at any time? He called Ellison later, saying, “Hey Keith, good luck!”… Ellison had mentioned his support for the failed Minneapolis Police Department overhaul last year during an interview on the fairgrounds. Jim Schultz, his Republican opponent, is only interested in discussing crime. His Republican opponent, Jim Schultz, doesn’t want to talk about crime in Minnesota. It is the reason Ellison is considered the most vulnerable incumbent in the state by both political parties.

Gita sitamariah reports that the St. Paul neighborhood, where a triple homicide occurred Sunday, has many makeshift memorials. A decorated cross and T-shirt marks are located around the corner of the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. This is where Izavier Olguin, 20 years old, was killed and shot two Octobers ago. Six months ago Yuliya Li, a 34-year-old St. Paul resident was shot and killed in a shooting less than one mile from Sunday’s murders. Three people were killed and two others critically injured in Sunday’s attack on an East Side home. On Sunday, family members and neighbors gathered outside a church to listen to pastors, police and the mayor of the city calling for an end to retaliatory violence.”

BringMeTheNews Adam Uren says: “As the Minnesota State Fair closed early because of a disturbance that included a shot fired Saturday evening, Sweet Martha’s Cookies customers grew furious. Sweet Martha’s is the State Fair’s most popular stand. Its busiest location is at Carnes Avenue. This is also close to the scene of panic and major police responses. Sweet Martha’s employees shut down the stand after the police issued an evacuation order. However, the crowds still waiting for their chocolate chip cookies began to get angry – A spokesperson said that the company took immediate action to close the stand as the chaos unfolded near the building. It was not safe for employees to stay open. ‘”

The Huffington Post Mary Papenfuss reported that “Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson has angrily denied ever threatening the Social Security program – even though he has. Johnson, a Trump ally and a leading vote-getter, proposed last month that funding for Social Security and Medicare be determined year by year under discretionary spending programs. This would make funding subject to a fierce partisan political fight every year, jeopardizing the predictable income of some 69million Americans who have contributed their entire lives to the program. Johnson claimed Sunday that claims he is out to destroy Social Security were a ‘lie’ on Fox & Friends. ‘All Democrats can do about me,’ said the testy senator.

John Connerton wrote in the Palm Springs Desert Sun: “Hi there Palm Springs. Minnesota is back. My proposal to trade water for sporting teams has not received any interest so far. We also know that we cannot leave this up to politicians, especially during a midterm election year. Who would want to wait so long? Let me offer you a suggestion. How about some competition? Before you die laughing, hear me out. With our small landmass, tiny population and backwards cultural heritage, we cannot compete head-to-head with you. Keep in mind that we have water. Let me propose: You pick a champion, we pick a winner, and then we have it out, winner takes all . Either we get all the water or you guys win all the teams. It’s all up in the air!

An AP report says that Minnesota Twins catcher Gary Sanchez felt fortunate Sunday after nearly injuring his head. Sanchez almost got hit in the head with a full swing from teammate Gilberto Celestino, during Minnesota’s 5-1 win against the Chicago White Sox. This happened when Chicago brought in Kendall Graveman, who was to face Sanchez in the eighth inning. Sanchez was returning to the dugout to find out more about the reliever, when Celestino almost struck him in the on-deck circle. Celestino was only inches away from Sanchez’s face.

Austin Gayle wrote for The Ringer. “Welcome, to the first edition of The Ringer’s 2022 NFL Power Rankings. From now through the postseason I will be keeping track of who is up or down. I use a combination of analytics and betting odds to determine the NFL’s risers/fallers. I will be breaking down the league into tiers. These will include those who have the best chance of making the Super Bowl and those who should begin planning for the 2023 draft. … 11. Minnesota Vikings (110) The new head coach Kevin O’Connell is going to live or die by his ability to maximize Kirk Cousins’s talent. A team in Minnesota that is desperate to win the postseason should have 11 personnel on the field, as well as creative route ideas and early down passing.

MSNBC’s ReidOut Blog Jahan Jones writes . The crumbling infrastructure of Jackson [Mississippi] was largely caused by Black communities in the nation’s Blackest state. This crumbling infrastructure has forced more than 150,000 people in a city of more than 82% Black to go without water for unknown periods. The cruelty doesn’t end there. The exploitation of this talent is not uncommon. A welfare scandal that involved a former NFL quarterback shows just how widespread it can be. NBC News reported on Thursday that federal investigators had questioned Brett Favre regarding an alleged welfare scheme involving Mississippi conservatives. This included former Gov. Phil Bryant. Phil Bryant. Although Favre was not charged or accused of any crime, Bryant and he seem to have received favorable treatment from Gov. Tate Reeves. Reeves’ administration fired an attorney in July. He had subpoenaed the group connected to the University of Southern Mississippi for communications about Bryant’s use of welfare funds to fund a volleyball gym. Brad Pigott authenticated text recovered by Mississippi Today that showed Favre discussing the possibility of kicking money back to the governor if a company Favre invested in was to receive a payment from the welfare fund.

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