Minnesota Wild rethink ‘Thin Blue Line’ promotion

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Joe Nelson, of BringMeTheNews says that the Minnesota Wild pulled out of a promotion which would have seen a fan giveaway featuring T-shirts with the ‘thin’ blue line. According to the Wild’s website, the promotion was part of their ‘Hometown Heroes series that aims to celebrate Minnesota’s “special community of dispatchers, firefighters and first responders, as well as frontline and essential workers.” The team originally included the thin blue line shirts in its Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on Nov. 1, when they hosted the Montreal Canadiens. The event is still being held, but the Wild pulled out of the T-shirt giveaway due to backlash from social media.

This from the Strib: “One person was killed and another was seriously injured in an incident at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicagoin South Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon. The Third Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department received a report Sunday afternoon about a shooting close to the intersection where George Floyd was killed two years ago. Two men were found with life-threatening injuries by police officers who provided “lifesaving efforts” until they were taken away by medics.

MPR News’ Tim Nelson article says that the National Park Service shut down campsites and closed trails on Isle Royale, Lake Superior, after a forestfire started there on Saturday. According to NPS, smoke was seen in the Three Mile Campground area on Saturday afternoon.

Greg Stanley from the Strib states, “State pollution inspections are asking for farmers and other property owner to determine if toxic runoff caused a large die-off in brown trout in southeastern Minnesota near Lewiston. This was the third major fish kill in the area in recent years. Past investigations have shown that it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of pollution when it washes away quickly downstream. On July 25, more than 2,500 fish died, many of them washed up along the creek shore. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, most of the fish died from contamination due to heavy rains. Rain could have carried fresh applied manure, pesticides from farms or other contaminants into the water.

Duluth News Tribune Ted Cadeau writes that “Residents of Hermantown will have to wait a little more to sell or buy cannabis edibles within the city limits , despite the new Minnesota state law permitting the legal sale and consumption edibles containing low amounts of THC.” The ordinance was passed by the Hermantown City Council on Aug. 1. It prohibits the sale or production of edible cannabinoids derived form hemp for six months.

According to a CBS News report,, “A Wisconsin man has been charged with the murder of a woman in 1992 and her boyfriend in 1992 as a vengeance for a fatal snowmobile accident in which he was only 7 years old ,” said the prosecutor. Tony Haase 52, from Weyauwega faces two counts first-degree intentional murder in connection to the stabbing deaths in March 1992 of Timothy Mumbrue and Tanna Togstad. Tongstad’s dad was killed in a snowmobile accident in 1977. A criminal complaint states that Haase, 52, of Weyauwega faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the stabbing deaths of Tanna Togstad and Timothy Mumbrue in March 1992. They didn’t say how they found out about him in the complaint. Officers obtained a DNA sample of him from a traffic stop in July 6. It was identical to DNA found on Tongstad.

MPR News ‘s Jacob Aloi writes, “A theater performance may be overwhelming. This is especially true for people who are sensitive to light, sound, and certain movements. The Guthrie offers what they call relaxed performances since 2018. These performances are usually one-off performances at the end of a show’s running. They change elements of the show such as the adjustment of special effects on stage. Other theaters see an opportunity to reach new audiences, and they continue to strive to be inclusive. Jillian Nelson has been working on such performances for many years. Nelson is an autistic person who works at the Autism Society Minnesota. She also consults at the Guthrie on sensory friendly programming.

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