Roe, roe, roe your boat for 'Lake Superior Gold'by Phil Picardi, Minnesota Public Radio,
Hart Van Denburg, Minnesota Public Radio
Today on the MPR News Update, we ride along with the herring fishermen of Lake Superior. And on the podcast, we report on the flap over personal seat licenses in a new Vikings stadium, the turnaround effort at Best Buy getting a skeptical read from analysts, changes on the horizon for Minnesota's environmental oversite, and a new growth in kindertarden school registration.
ROE YOUR BOAT: It's the height of the lake herring season on Lake Superior, where for about six weeks every October and November, thousands of the silvery fish, also called cisco, are pulled from the icy waters. The harvest supports a small but thriving fishing industry along the North Shore that caters to the growing market for local and sustainable food. But it's the herring eggs - the roe - that fetch the biggest prices - in Sweden. We went along with fisherman Harley Toftey and his gil nets to see and hear about the work.
STADIUM REDUX: Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to stop the Minnesota Vikings from charging their fans personal seat license fees to help pay the team's share of a new $975 million football stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
POTENTIAL UPSIDE: The governor says Minnesotans are already paying enough for a new Vikings stadium without having to shell out for the seat licenses. But there's a potential upside for ticket holders.
COMMEMORATIVE WALK: Several hundred people gathered near Fort Snelling State Park on a cool, sunny afternoon Tuesday for a sacred ceremony marking the end of this year's Dakota Commemorative Walk. The journey retraces the footsteps of the 1,700 Dakota women and children who were forced to march nearly 125 miles to Fort Snelling after the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. The prisoners were then held in an internment camp where hundreds died.
BIG BOXED: Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly laid out his vision for the Minnesota-based electronics retailer to Wall Street analysts and investors Tuesday in New York, telling them that most of the company's problems are of its own making and can be fixed. But analysts indicated Joly did little to reduce their concerns about the struggling retailer's future.
SCHOOL GROWTH: Many Minnesota school districts were surprised by an increase in kindergarten enrollment this fall, forcing some schools to add class sections and teachers. Richfield was one of those districts. Last year, it had 385 kindergartners. The school district's business manager, Michael Schwartz, was expecting about the same this fall. But instead the district enrolled 461.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOOST: A new report recommends that the state of Minnesota bolster its main environmental oversight body and encourage more transparency in the review process. Dave Fredrickson, commissioner of agriculture and the chair of the EQB, said Minnesota's environment will benefit if the board can plan ahead.
BRIDGE SETTLEMENT: Several years of legal battles related to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse are finally over, now that the state has resolved the last lawsuit related to the 2007 disaster. Jacobs Engineering has paid Minnesota $8.9 million, and, according to the agreement, admits no wrongdoing. "This ends all litigation related to the I-35W bridge collapse," said Chris Joyce, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
WHO IS JILL KELLEY? Nearly all lines in the increasingly tangled sex scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus lead back to Jill Kelley, a Tampa, Fla. socialite whose complaint about anonymous, threatening emails triggered the FBI investigation that led to the general's downfall. And now Kelley is in the middle of an investigation of the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan over alleged "inappropriate communications" between the two.
POLICY IMPACT: This whole improbable story -- by turns tragic and silly -- could have major consequences, unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war effort and just as President Barack Obama was hoping for a smooth transition in his national security team. He'll doubtless have to address the matter this afternoon when he hosts a press conference at the White House.
HALLBERG ON MULTIVITAMINS: If you take a daily vitamin, you're not alone. About one-third of the adult population takes a multi-vitamin. Americans spend more than $20 billion annually on vitamins and supplements. New studies out now in the Journal of the American Medical Association shed some light into whether there's any benefit in taking a supplement each morning.
Phil Picardi is a newscaster for MPR News, and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away.