Kistner and Craig spar on inflation, abortion rights in only debate


Mark Zdechlik is a journalist for MPR News. “Up to now, a lot of the Minnesota 2nd district congressional race has been played out in negative TV advertisements, many of which were paid for by organizations outside of Minnesota. The situation changed on Thursday, when Tyler Kistner, the Republican challenger to Angie Craig, met face-toface at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. “… Kistner is focusing on the economy, in light of high gas prices and inflation, but Craig doesn’t miss an opportunity to discuss preserving abortion rights.”

Joey Peters, Sahan Journal reports that three defendants pleaded guilty to fraud in a huge food-aid investigation. They admitted that they inflated or completely lied about how many meals they provided needy children in order for federal money. Bekam Merdassa and Hannah Marekegn pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court. They will be sentenced to between two and nearly five years imprisonment. The maximum penalty for wire fraud is five-years in prison with three years of supervised freedom. These are the first defendants who plead guilty to the case.

CNBC Leslie Josephs writes that ” Delta Air Lines expects another profit in its last quarter and said both leisure travel and business travel continue their recovery, easing concerns about the economy’s fragility. The Atlanta-based airline reported its third quarter results as the first U.S. carrier. Its positive outlook contrasts with other industries like retailers and concerns about high inflation.

For Brian Murphy reports that “Twins shortstop Carlos Correa will be returning to the free-agent market. On Wednesday, the two-time All-Star informed Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia that he would exercise his opt-out clause to become a free agent. Correa stated to El Nuevo Dia that he made the right decision because of the year he had and his health.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Daniel Bice writes that Democrats have been targeting Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson because of a provision in Trump’s tax plan that allows private jet buyers to deduct the entire cost on their tax returns. Howard Air LLC, owned by Johnson’s adult kids, bought a Pilatus PC-24 valued at $12,000,000. According to corporate records, Johnson’s son Ben is listed as the manager of the company. Johnson’s wife Jane is also listed as the manager. Howard Air purchased a Pilatus PC-12 in 2019, more than a full year after Trump’s tax plan was passed, and an Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 one year later.”

Sven Sundgaard, BringMeTheNews states that there will be a large blob of Blue on the radar Thursday night through Friday as the season’s first snow. This includes people living in the Twin Cities. The National Weather Service notes that there is very little moisture.

FoxNews Courtney O’Brien said that a Minnesota parent talked to Fox News Digital about a proposal he believes could help reduce the brutal statistics from a recent state report card, and save a sinking ship. Rashad Turner, the president and executive director at Minnesota Parent Union, an advocacy group for parental rights, presented a resolution asking schools to post data on math and reading proficiency online. He called it a “game changer” in a teaser tweet. Turner is a father of a teenager daughter and started high school this year. He previously worked for eight years in K-12 education before moving on to higher education. In 2015, he founded a Black Lives Matter chapter of St. Paul, MN. But he resigned from the group after witnessing its resistance to charter schools .

Caroline Cummings, WCCO-TV says that Tashawna Williams attends the Northside Green Zone Task Force meetings, in north Minneapolis. She is attentively listening to and taking notes for those who are unable to be there. This is part of her role as a “documenter”, a community recorder of the city’s public meetings. Williams stated that sharing information is the most important thing. She hopes to get people involved, and give them a chance to have a seat at the table. The Documenters program trains and pays everyday citizens to monitor local government, particularly those that are hidden from the public eye. Documenters attend meetings and take notes. These notes are then made available online for everyone to see.

This is from KMSP TV. “The Minnesota Zoo took another step Thursday in building a Treetop Trail along the old monorail. On Thursday, the first section of the trail was lifted onto the track. The 1.25-mile elevated pedestrian loop will be completed when construction is complete. This will allow visitors to the zoo to walk through it from 32 feet above ground.”

Kathryn Post writes for the Religion News Service . “A new Amazon sorting center in Woodbury, Minnesota is taking its employees’ religious requirements seriously, by adding new ablution stations for ritual hand- and foot washing, and three rooms that anyone of any faith can use for prayer and meditation. This facility covers 550,000 square feet and employs approximately 300 Somalians and Somali Americans. Many of these refugees fled the decades-long civil war in East Africa.

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