The landfill philharmonic, saying 'goodbye' in music, the snow-emergency song, West Fargo's guitar man, and the worst Christmas song ever.
Blizzard, schmizzard. This was just a preview.
We're just a few days from the big one.
Remember: Dogs are not your friend.
At the Fargo Forum, Sam Benshoof has recommendations on how to spend the next 11 days.(2 Comments)
In Georgia, the governor of the state has appointed a political ally to head Georgia Public Broadcasting, with an eye toward using the network for economic development and to promote the state.
What does that mean for editorial independence, a public radio wag asked the governor.
"I don't consider job creation for the citizens of our state to have a political connotation to it. It's simply doing what's best for our state," the governor said.
You're pulled over on the side of highway, your passenger is sick, and a cop pulls up behind you. He smells alcohol in the car. If the state trooper orders you out of the car, do you have to get out?
Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said "yes," while ordering the reinstatement of driving-under-the-influence charges against a woman.
Last December, a Minnesota state trooper pulled up behind a stopped car on I-94 in Minneapolis when he noticed Julie Ann Klamar's passenger vomiting out the door. The trooper noticed Klamar's eyes were bloodshot and she agreed to a field sobriety test, which she flunked. Her blood alcohol level was later determined to be .122.
But the District Court tossed the case, ruling that the trooper didn't have enough evidence and had "prematurely" ordered the woman out of the car.
"Under the Minnesota Constitution, a person has been seized if in view of all the circumstances surrounding the incident, a reasonable person would have believed that he or she was neither free to disregard the police questions nor free to terminate the encounter," the court said today.
It is generally established that a seizure occurs when a police officer stops a vehicle. But the trooper in this case did not stop Klamar's vehicle; he pulled up and parked behind the vehicle when it was already stopped along the side of the freeway. "[C]ourts generally have held that it does not by itself constitute a seizure for an officer to simply walk up and talk to a person standing in a public place or to a driver sitting in an already stopped car."
In addition, the Minnesota Supreme Court has held that an officer's use of a squad car's flashing red lights, when pulling up and stopping behind a car parked on the shoulder of a highway at night, does not turn the encounter into a Fourth Amendment seizure. But this court has found a show of authority sufficient to constitute a seizure where officers asked a person to exit a parked vehicle and approach the officer.
Is the smell of alcohol in a car with more than one person enough justification for a police officer to seize the driver? "Because the odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle could have come from Klamar, from her passenger, or from another source in the vehicle, it was reasonable for the officer to physically remove Klamar from the other possible sources," the court ruled today.(4 Comments)
Sacred Heart, MN., takes the top honors in the "who had the most snow" competition. The Renville County town had 17.3."
There's a fair chance that this is the first time you've heard of Sacred Heart (unless you travel US 212 frequently) , so we provide this glimpse into the new snow capital of Minnesota.
* The city is one square mile big, according to the Census Bureau.
* The median house price there is about $47,000, compared to $200,000 in Minnesota as a whole. The median rent is $481 a month.
* Population: 500.
* Unemployment is 4.5% but 11 percent of the people live below the poverty level.
* At one point, thanks primarily to the railroad (Hastings & Dakota Railway), Sacred Heart had two elevators, two hardware stores, three general stores, two hotels, a blacksmith shop and a saloon, according to the city's website. These included: Paulson's General Store, Nordstrom's Drug, and Oslund's Cash Store.
* It has its own telephone company: The Sacred Heart Telephone Company
* The most photographed building in town appears to be the Hotel Sacred Heart.
* It has four churches, all Lutheran.
* There's no mail delivery. You have to go to the Post Office.
* It used to be called Reishus. Olaf S. Reishus was the postmaster.
* Here are some historical photos from the city.(2 Comments)
There are worse ways to spend a life than playing ping pong.
Marty Reisman died today. He was 82.
Reisman was a ping pong hustler. The Boston Globe says "his signature trick was breaking a cigarette in half from across the table."
The record of life show, however, that when he got his one chance to demonstrate the trick on national TV, he blew it. Such is life.(0 Comments)
I'm a little late acknowledging the accomplishment of five young people I met in Apple Valley last summer -- the crew of Bus 52, who set out to document the ways people are giving back to their communities and doing good things.
They had planned to take a year and hit all 48 lower states in the U.S.
Last Friday, they concluded their mission. That's one year of living together in confined spaces. Having recently graduated from college, it's off to what some people think is real life.
Disclaimer: I donated to the Bus 52 project. And they gave me a T-shirt.(0 Comments)