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September 23, 2017

Changes Made in Children Theatre Production of “The Abominables”

Locally, CHRIS HEWITT has done a good job more than just reviewing a new theater production “The Abominables,” but presenting issues of censorship that is connected to marketing a product in the real world of theater. The marketing department has responded to censors from Edina making changes in the artistic production of “The Abominables.”  But I wonder how the writer(s) feels about those change from the early-in-the-run theatergoers.

In a very American “GO BACK TO FROM WHERE YOU CAME!” production, allegedly parents-who-adopt did not feel a children’s theater should be presenting as childish stuff the thematic material in the Minnesota hockey musical “The Abominables.”  Parents — mostly from “the adoption community” (?), Hewitt posits – had objected to the way adoption is depicted in the show in “The Abominables.”  In the “world” premiere of “The Abominables”, the theme is not primarily about adoption, Hewitt writes, yet emerges in a character named Harry.  

Compared to what audiences saw last week, audiences who this week see the first presentation of the Minnesota hockey musical “The Abominables” at Children’s Theatre Company will be seeing a much different show.  Because this is not childish stuff, for a St. Paul woman with her own adopted Facebook name Lori.  With her adopted son, she regularly attends the Children’s Theatre Company but has not yet seen The Abominables.” Though she has not seen “The Abominables,” the woman with her own adopted Facebook name Lori has been ‘monitoring’ the reception ever since a buzz began in “the adoption community,” wherever the vague community is.  And she is quoted too much by Chris Hewitt.

This one woman from Edina, along with “people from the adoption community” – the unfertile ones – made artistic “director” Peter Brosius change the writer’s story.  Said the St. Paul woman with her own adopted Facebook name Lori, “The Children’s Theatre Company has been pretty clear on Facebook.  In every single response, they say, ‘If you have a connection to adoption, please contact us.’” The St. Paul woman with her own adopted Facebook name Lori, according to Chris Hewitt, has been ‘concerned’ about the “wording” of a content advisory on the their website.

“Thank goodness my girls are not here with me,’” said Jen Berge to the St Paul newspaper, that your own daughters from Edina might learn the real Truth.  Harry is an abominable snowman (a yeti), Hewitt writes, discovered on a trip to the Himalayas by a Minnesota couple who bring him back home.  Harry becomes a great hockey player here, as the adoption theme comes in which the “adoption community” has objected and worked to affect change in the art.  When parenthood is questioned.  Because when bloodlines and parenthood are questioned, there is all this sensitivity.

So, what is your perspective of Adam and Eve, if you came from the old country if your people never left? What is your perspective of any adopted home?  What is the perspective of the people of Africa, Asia and Europe who never left the old country about those from there that did?  What is your perspective of Henry Boucha, who played in the NHL, speaking of hockey?

“At intermission, the first thing I thought was, ‘Thank goodness my girls are not here with me,’ ” said Jen Berge, a 10-year subscriber to the Children’s Theatre and a mother with two adopted kids of her six children; her two adopted daughters, 7 and 8, did not accompany her, according to Chris Hewitt.  Two scenes had raised particular concern. The protagonist, Mitch, insults Harry in one scene, specifically ‘targeting’ the fact that he is adopted.  In “The Abominables” preview performance, the real DNA parents of Harry show up near the finale, threatening to take Harry from his adoptive parents.  The theater review does not mention why.  Apparently, this part of the story hit a raw nerve for the adopted parents in the audience, in a generalization carried to the readers of the review of the play.  Or at least for only Jen Berge.  And maybe for Chris Hewitt.   

The wrap up in the original ending by Steven Cosson is ‘adoption is not that way.’  It’s complex.  It’s something an adoptee lives with for their whole life, in the Americas.  As do the four parents.

Then Jen Berge sent emails, before her post on Children’s Theatre Company’s Facebook page [speaking of artificial intelligence]. And her quote can be read in lieu of this theater outfit with their fair share of child sexual abuse claims against its co-founder, John Clark Donahue. She said, “(CTC is) usually SO sensitive(?) about that ‘stuff’ — social justice, civil rights issues — that I was shocked.”

The Children’s Theatre Company usually self-censors social justice, civil rights issues? As Jen Berge framed her thoughts over a couple of days, comments were already showing up on the Children’s Theatre Company’s Facebook page, before the show officially opened. ‘They screwed up, big time,’ I think.”

By the time Jen Berge weighed in, she knew that her ‘concerns’ — and concerns of others — immediately were being heard, by those bastards presenting this play.   After his assistant called 3 hours after she had sent an 11 am email, Jen Berge met with artistic director Peter Brosius in person to discuss her ‘concerns’ – “Peter had read the email.”

In what artistic “director” Brosius – not the writer of musical “The Abominables” – called “significant” changes in Friday night’s performance, there is now a new final scene which changed the adoption “insult” to a locally accepted “you-live-in-Edina” insult.  In Minnesota you can insult the natural born hockey players as well as all the bastards who are from Edina.

“It is totally something a middle-school boy would say,” said Jen Berge, who lives in Edina. “And it’s funny.”

“New work is complicated,” said artistic “director” Peter Brosius about the censorship for the audience involving a sensitive theme, who noted changes were being implemented throughout the rehearsals for the show. This is something not uncommon for an organization – as theater becomes a social science – which produces a lot of brand-new plays. “What is wild about a theater piece is certain things land on the page, certain things land in the rehearsal room, and a whole other set of things land in front of an audience,” said Brosius. The adoption insult, for instance, was a case where the creators of the show thought the apology for the adoption insult would be the audience take-away from the scene, said Brosius after considering the marketing department. Apparently, instead for these parents(?) mostly from “the adoption community – without any DNA in the fight– it was the insult and the ‘bullying’ that lingered.

Concerning the simple truth to which only the adopted parents took offense, “We want to challenge our audiences. And we know we don’t always get it [The Truth?] right. But we listen to our audience. We care deeply about our [paying] audience. We care deeply about young people,” said Brosius, who has spoken with many parents since performances of “Abominables” began. “We’ve had wonderful conversations with people in “the community” about issues surrounding adoption. Those have been terrific and generous and helpful.”

“We know it – [as theater becomes a social science?] – is complicated,” Brosius said on behalf of an organization which produces a lot of the brand-new, which often needs to see the production in front of an audience to see how perceptions are met by an audience. “ ”We’ know this is a process of listening and growing and changing and learning. And we are very grateful that we live in a community that supports that. We will keep this process going [censorship?] to see how we can continue to change things and make them better.” “It” is like seeing your adopted child responding in the real world.

So proud of her input, Jen Berge is talking about taking in not the “The Abdominals” but “The Abominables” for a second time, as is the St. Paul woman with her own adopted Facebook name Lori — Berge, to see how the show has changed; the St. Paul woman with her own adopted Facebook name Lori, to let the grandparents take her son, in her stead. But she’d likely go along to see the sort of conversation the show might start, after the censorship, like bread without its gluten, the cake without the frosting.

“I’ve seen the changes they’ve made in the plot [as written by Steven Cosson] summary and some are improvements, anyway [even if she has not yet see the show]. But I’d love for this to be a way to trigger a conversation – not just about the message my child is getting, but the [censored] message everyone in the community [who is or is not natural-born or native-born] is consuming about adoption [as if hers is the first generation which ever has adopted]. Every family’s story is individual and unique [about bastards, and those who take something that was not theirs to take?]. I would love to see the theater create a discussion “guide” for hockey groups and school groups that attend the show,” said the St. Paul woman with her own adopted Facebook name Lori [concerning a guide so that there is but one way to think about legitimacy?].

“I love the theater. Obviously,”said Berge, who appreciated while she spoke about herself and her children in Edina, that Brosius took lots of notes. “I just think they have a golden opportunity here to ‘educate’ people and work through some of the complexities and nuances of adoption. That is one of my biggest concerns.”

As Harry gets sent down. To the bantams. In “The Abominables.” In Minnesota, you have to wonder if adopted mothers had heard that their young sons would need a protective cup to play this game. And where were the adopted fathers in the discussion, Chris Hewitt? So who again exactly belongs here?

Silence. Against the culture of Screamers, using and directing through Silence. Against the culture of Screamers, living with real hockey moms, rather than fascists flexing their American dollars from Edina, trying to use their power over the theater, trying to make American great, on issues over who is a red-blooded American. Screaming at the refs and the coach.

“GO BACK TO FROM WHERE YOU CAME! YOU BASTARDS!”

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August 24, 2017

The Education of a Young Police Officer

Filed under: Minneapolis,Minnesota,Uncategorized — baseball91 @ 9:30 PM
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The call was at 11:30 pm, while home alone. “I hear a noise. It might be the noise of sexual assault … outside.” She called a second time, about the sound of sex, either with or without violence, she thought. So she did call police, eight minutes later. Engaged 20 months before on December 29, 2014, having taken his name ahead of the August 2017 wedding – that was the last call made by Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Picture 006 The murder of a Spiritual healer. As the officers rode through an alley with the squad lights off, Harrity said that before the shooting, both he and Noor saw a man estimated to be between 18 and 25, bicycling in the area, in the dark. Then there was the shooting. In the alley, Harrity was driving the squad car. Justine Ruszczyk Damond approached the driver’s side window on the squad car. No, Harrity told Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators, he was startled by a loud sound near the cruiser. So what did he strike with his headlights off? And then immediately afterward, Damond approached the driver’s side window. Harrity said he became startled by a loud sound near “the cruiser,” when immediately after, Noor fired. The driver, Harrity, told The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, that both officers then got out of the squad and gave Damond immediate medical attention. The police – the shooting officer – had shot her dead,I deduct, on the driver’s side, while riding shotgun.

With social cohesion lost? The usual north-side gunfire now is now downtown, the Media reports, putting white people – the audience that our media sponsors aim at – at risk. This, after the shooting of the Australian, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, in the nicest neighborhood in Minneapolis. And the suspicion of, if there had been one, sexual assault was lost in a night’s turmoil in July. Justine Ruszczyk Damond had gone out, after how many minutes, to see if she was wrong, in what she had heard? When you just had to know right now.

Who can you trust? In the education of a young police officer, in the summer of 2017, the shooting officer has been sued over a police call fifty-one days before July 15, 2017, for allegedly assaulting a woman while he and other officers took the woman to the hospital on May 25, 2017, for an apparent mental health crisis. In the changing culture, where no one can wait. That lawsuit alleges that after entering her home without permission, Noor, with other officers, grabbed the wrist and upper arm of the plaintiff. Contending he violated her rights, the pending lawsuit indicates Noor relaxed his grip when the plaintiff informed the police of a prior shoulder injury. No wonder Noor declined to be interviewed, by The BCA; his attorney did not indicate when, or if, Noor, still on paid administrative leave over “the incident,” would ever be interviewed. After the police chief was fired because she was on vacation… And the news Media wanted to try you for murder. And the mayor hoped, before hopping, that Officer Noor would talk to the BCA. As Mayor Bike-Lane Betsy Hodges had to fly to Los Angeles for a fund-raiser. And L.A. is where the Lakers had ended up, so some people there might appreciate the Minneapolis Mayor.

This Elephant in the room. Interviewing Witnesses, under oath, while the threat is still Present – in this November election. Was there a sexual assault? Only after the shooting, did both police officers turn on their body cameras, “authorities” have told the Media; and, in the statement from Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, this squad car video did not capture the shooting. “Authorities” have told the Media, no weapon was found at the scene. If you knew any Somalis, you knew that Somalis do not trust the white Media. And Officer Moor was a Somali-American. Why would any officer have a camera engaged if driving through an alley with your lights off? Around the Lake Harriet community?

In Sydney, the Media had it wrong, reporting the killing “in a dark alleyway in suburban Minneapolis.” This killing was within the city limits of Minneapolis. This was why a Minneapolis police officer fired a gun, and why the Minneapolis police chief was fired soon after. The Australian press, in particular, sought to ask Mayor Hodges questions in person about the death of an Australian national at the hands of an American city police force.

Behold Fear. Anger. With Police asked to kill, on this frontier.

“We are not racist here. Not in Minneapolis.”

About Perpetual gunfire, North Minneapolis council member Blong Yang (Ward 5) said in an August 2017 interview with City Pages, “We can have hundreds of shootings and homicides on the North Side and it’s no big deal. We have one in some other part of the city and all of a sudden everybody’s up in arms. I don’t know if that’s racial equity. I don’t know if that’s equity in general. I just think that’s pretty pathetic.” Along with North Minneapolis council members Barb Johnson (Ward 4), Yang is seen by his other eleven council members as a self-identified “broken record” on the plague of perpetual gunfire. Those other eleven tend to neglect the public safety of the north side, he said about the 4th Precinct “with the most gun crimes, and the most ‘priority one’ calls — people in imminent danger.”

“People are absolutely outraged about it,” said City Alderman Linea Palmisano, who represents a very white southwest Minneapolis. In Palmisano’s understanding, investigators want to rule out alternative explanations for Damond’s death, however far-fetched they might be. But she acknowledged a lingering sense in the neighborhood that BCA agents may have been looking to incriminate Damond.

With one foot anchored to home and the God of this Land, there are heroes who left, for the suburbs. The media today thinks that it is big news that 92 percent of Minneapolis police do not live in the city, which takes away the chance of Black Life Matters to protest outside their homes, like they have done to the Minnesota Governor and the St. Paul Mayor, over the past 12 months, without permits. Police forces there have a chance to protect off-duty police.


About 160 people attended a policing forum that City Alderman Palmisano hosted at Lake Harriet Methodist Church on Aug. 2nd in Minneapolis. When the 160 were broken into groups to write questions on the big sheets of paper taped to pillars, with the lingering sense of social cohesion lost, questions about the search warrant came up repeatedly. No one asked why the City Alderman was using a church for the meeting, with separation of Church & State? Did the group of 160 know the method of operation of Allen Dulles, having someone like City Alderman Palmisano infiltrate the group? Where were you during the Vietnam protests?

Concerned about bodily fluids, about illegal drugs, The BCA is looking to incriminate the victim? “These were very strange things for which even to be looking,” said Jim Miller, who serves on the Linden Hills neighborhood board. “If they had found something – which they didn’t– they would have used that as an excuse for the actions of police.”

“This didn’t happen at her house. Why would you search someone’s house,” said Jim Miller, who lives in nearby Linden Hills in the City of Lakes, “if something happened at another place and they were killed?”

If you are with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, you are the police investigating the police and many of the police hate you. You wonder about the “living together,” with her name even Justine Ruszczyk Damond, but not yet wed? Did these two still have separate homes? What did you know of other lovers, of the practices of healing of people, Tina Turner?

Behold the conclusion of Jim Miller, “if they had found something – which they didn’t…” The amateur sleuths, in The Culture of knowing-it-all. Now. Which took the life of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Michael Quinn, a retired Minneapolis police sergeant, told the Minneapolis Startribune the standard practice for police is NOT to search a home of the victim, when he was still active. But in an election year, what would a retired Minneapolis police sergeant know about BCA standards? Quinn, who lives a couple of blocks from the scene of the shooting, is now CEO of the International Ethics and Leadership Training Bureau. The only reason he can think of for the search warrant is if Damond had taken notes that would tell BCA investigators what she heard outside in the alley, or had video-recorded something; he does not share suspicion of the BCA police investigation, for publication in the local press.

Under public scrutiny…. everyone. Private lives under the scrutiny of the mob. Driving with the squad lights off, startled by a loud sound near “the cruiser,” in the alley, what did the squad car hit? The Comparative fault? What had been her Intent, for going outside after summoning police? District Judge Laurie Miller at 5:38 a.m. on July 16 granted a search warrant for the Damond home. Less than sixty minutes later a half-dozen state agents piled into this house on Washburn Avenue. Oh what a night! Oh what a morning. The local journalist guessed, in her recap, the BCA was “searching for blood, hair, guns, ammunition, knives, drugs or “writings,” everything that would help them understand what happened.

A fundraiser in California(?) for the incumbent mayor of Minneapolis was held on the evening of July 19. After the return of Police Chief Harteau from a Montana vacation, her first public statement about the killing was given on July 20; Harteau was asked to resign on July 21 by Mayor Hodges for not being in the city at the time of the shooting… after Mayor Hodges’s own return from Los Angeles.

In the attack on smugness, what kind of civilization was hovering in this modern culture? At least as presented by the “social” media – this unsocial part of a new generation, when historians might report on the “know-everythings” on the opposite spectrum of a time in the 1850s that saw the rise of the “know-nothing” party. When you just had to know Now! About this tragic loss of life.

#Justine Ruszczyk Damond #Police Chief Harteau #Mayor Betty Hodges

 

July 14, 2017

When Historic Preservation Begins

Again. The damage had been done, and the implications were clear. Like the rape of Mother Earth, in creating their territory with roads, like in Rondo, there was the State of Minnesota’s Department of Transportation.  viking hat

“I’m beginning to think we do not matter to you,” said member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Matthew Northrup. After five years of planning, the Fond du Lac Band was not consulted, no ‘flags’ were raised, where highway construction by the Minnesota Department of Transportation was taking place. Have you ever had to deal with the arrogance of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, no matter what political party held power?

Whose land? What treaty? Only after desecrating a cemetery in Duluth’s Fond du Lac neighborhood near Minnesota Highway 23, said Charlie Zelle, Commissioner for Governor Mark Dayton, after five years of planning: “We’re just beginning to understand the pain and the anger that comes from a disruption that we could have avoided.”

A disruption? This is a fake apology over the damage to burial places of the First People by a Minnesota state agency while building a new access road to West Fourth Street, replacing the Mission Creek bridge on May 15. Because the State of Minnesota’s Department of Transportation’s ‘process’ did not include working with the band, ‘the process’ had failed. Ten days later, the Fond du Lac Band was notified of work in the area. By a historian.

History is such a burden. It was announced that “The State” will study the bones and artifacts that have been unearthed in a non-invasive way. There was a time, perhaps when these bones of the Anishinaabe were buried, when Church was not split from state.

When you belong to a Land, you know things. Growing up in Fond du Lac, Historian Christine Carlson contacted the Fond du Lac Band after driving past the site on May 25th. This isn’t the first time construction has disturbed Fond du Lac graveyards, said Carlson. Noticing construction in the area that Carlson knew held documented graveyards, she brought the road construction project to the attention of the Fond du Lac. This land has served both as a gathering place as well as a burial site for Lake Superior Chippewa since at least the 1600s. Was it the first time the State of Minnesota failed to consider the historic nature of the LAND or the nature of the Peace Treaties?

Eleven days later, on June 6, 2017, human remains were found, which ruined “the process.” Said project manager Roberta Dwyer, “We need to restore and recover the graves that have been, unfortunately, damaged.”

Could you hear the missing passion in this statement? Did you ever identify the threat in all the Spiritual, Not Religious around in descendants of the Old World who have lost something, in the split of Church and State. People who think this is all hooey. With 50 states, there are all of these conflicts over the units – unitaty– making up the Spiritual identity of the political state. As if the new people would rob the sacred burial places, of the dead and of the living Spirits? Now the State of Minnesota’s Department of Transportation has to work to restore the affected area in partnership with the band. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Initially, State of Minnesota’s Department of Transportation had stated that the State Historic Preservation Office which operates under the Minnesota Historical Society, also had to “approve” the plans. And imagine what would have happened without the publicity? Like in the days when the Authority knew those treaties would be lost if not forgotten. Gutless politicians.

The gutting. Minnesota Historical Society public relations manager Jessa Kohen wrote in an email to the Duluth News Tribune: “The State Historic Preservation Office was not given an opportunity to review and consult with Mn-DOT on the Highway 23 reconstruction plans in their entirety. In this case, State Historic Preservation Office was asked by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the bridge replacement portion of the road project, only.”

After human remains were found June 6, law enforcement authority has not arrested anyone under the employment of Charlie Zelle or Mark Dayton. Historian Christine Carlson tracked a similar history during the initial construction of Minnesota 23, of unearthed bodies. In 1937. An initial occurrence of unearthed bodies was in 1869 as railroad construction roused the dead. Said Fond du Lac Band Chairman Kevin Dupuis, “If I were to drive a backhoe through your cemetery, I would be arrested, I would be in jail.”

December 2, 2016

Do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Re-opening?

Filed under: Minnesota,St. Paul,St. Paul Pioneer Press,Uncategorized — baseball91 @ 4:46 PM

Restaurants in the Age of Free Agents. Nostalgia for old places, with the Team of “dazzling chefs and restaurateurs.” Kevin Fitzgerald. Josh Thoma. Jack Riebel. These are owners of the The Lexington, a restaurant in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The managing partner is Lorin Zinter for the ownership – Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald and Jack Riebel – of the Lexington and Il Foro. The Team had been busy filling a hole of missing Italian eateries in downtown Minneapolis. Behold Il Foro!

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Jack Reibel fondly remembers his days as the up-and-coming chef inside the kitchen when the address went by the name of Goodfellows which had a nine-year (1996-2005) run here [before that this had been The Forum Cafeteria]. Il Foro brought on Troy Unruh, who had worked in the Goodfellows kitchen with Riebel, to serve as executive chef.

Opened. The 11-month-old effort. Now closed. This Team composed of superstar cooks planned to open Il Foro first. Il Foro closed in May 2016. Like The Lexington Restaurant in St. Paul, closed since 2013. The Lex then had been under different ownership.

The best laid plans of mice and men. Opening of The Lexington was to follow some time in the spring of 2015, said The Team. After 30 years of cooking, Jack Riebel won a James Beard Award nomination for the Butcher & the Boar. Being mentioned in the top 25 best new restaurants in America, as a semifinalist, he is part of the Team.

Riebel, formerly of Butcher & the Boar which is open, remains in place as the executive chef at The Lexington. Butcher and Boar opened in 2012; Riebel’s co-owners bought out his share of Butcher & the Boar in 2014. At that time he told Mpls-St Paul magazine that he no longer was involved in the restaurant’s operations. He described the split as being friendly. The Butcher & the Boar building just sold for $6 million reported in September 2016.

Knowing that they needed another partner, enter Lorin Zinter, former co-owner with Jim Christiansen of Heyday; yes, Restaurant of the Year, Heyday. Zinter left Heyday to pursue an opportunity at soon-to-open Italian eatery, Il Foro. Zinter had been the front-of-house hospitalitarian at smoothly running Heyday.

At this point, the Team is about 20 months behind schedule with the mentioned re-opening of the Lex. The Il Foro ownership – Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald and Jack Riebel – wouldn’t talk to the Star Tribune about the demise.  And no one in St Paul seems able to find out what transpires inside The Lex.

How does this team of chefs eat?  Where is the money?  Who is Josh Thoma? Or where has he been? In a joint venture with Chicago’s Four Corners Tavern Group, whose owners visited the Minnesota Smack Shack, proposed a partnership in what became a 10,000-square-foot restaurant at he base of the Google building in the Chicago West Loop, which opened April 21, 2016 and seats 300. Co-founder of La Belle Vie and Smack Shack, with his Smack Shack partner Kevin Fitzgerald, Josh Toma’s Smack Shack started as a food truck zipping around Minneapolis, the first legal food truck in town. Founder Josh Thoma, six years later, has two Smack Shack: a 200-seater in Minneapolis which opened in 2013 and the Chicago location.


In June 2010 StarTribune story, Tim McKee’s partner in La Belle Vie, Solera, and Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque, Josh Thoma, who more recently entered partnerships with the Barrio (with McKee) and La Grassa restaurants – stood accused of improperly transferring funds to the tune of $100,000 between Bar La Grassa and into two restaurants — Solera and Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque — via La Belle Vie. Thoma’s partnership at Bar La Grassa is history, as he and his longtime business partner, Tim McKee, were no longer managing Barrio.  City Pages quoted Thoma, “It was just one of those things where I told the accountant to make it work.  To a degree, I didn’t know how much was going where and when, although ultimately I’m responsible.”  City Pages reported that Thoma and McKee repaid the funds by relinquishing their stake in Barrio, and Thoma’s equity in Bar La Grassa.

La Belle Vie, the last bastion of fine dining in Minnesota called it quits, on October 24, 2014. La Belle Vie chef/owner Tim McKee made the announcement that he was closing his restaurant, one day short of their tenth anniversary in Minneapolis. Before that La Belle Vie had been open for seven and a half years in Stillwater, Minnesota.


City people in Minnesota leave the city on summer weekends. Fourteen years after opening the doors to the original Heartland location on St. Clair Avenue, Lenny Russo announced in October that Heartland would be closing the doors in downtown St. Paul.

It is next to impossible to make money operating a restaurant on the profits of 9 months of the year. “If all of those people would have come in twice more a year,” said Tim McKee on the closing of La Belle Vie, “we’d still be open. It’s so important that if there’s a restaurant or business in your community that you feel is important, you’ve got to make it your mission to support them. Otherwise they will close.”


What is the state of the union of good restaurants? A cursory list of Tim McKee mentees, both at now-closed Solera and at La Belle Vie, would contain Sameh Wadi of the recently announced closed Saffron; Jack Riebel of the recently announced closed Il Foro, and Minneapolis’ most recent winner of the Food & Wine top ten chefs in America, Jim Christiansen of Heyday, which is actually open.


Keeping The Lexington’s name, renovating and giving the place a more casual atmosphere, with plans to renovate the structure and add a rooftop patio, these three Saint Paul-born big-time operators led by Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitzgerald of Smack Shack seem to be leaving Jack Riebel waiting. A news conference at The Lexington restaurant was where St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman introduced the trio of new owners, in November 2015. Speculation about the new owners ran high, until the names of the owners were released, followed by the theme of stagnation, just keeping a lady waiting.

February 3, 2016

Concerning Bulk Surveillance & Video Policing

Filed under: Law,Minnesota,Uncategorized — baseball91 @ 12:50 AM
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Each American household seemed to have an ability to freeze time, with cameras and camcorders. And in a sense there has been a loss of spontaneity, a loss of freshness in the Information Age, if you have listened to the Grammy Award-nominated songs in the recent years.

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Bulk surveillance program. Time, frozen. In a sense, freezed time is what newspapers did each day, explaining what is in a series of events, near and far away, though news rooms these days are staffed by less than fifty percent the number of professionals that were there ten years ago.

Police investigations were the next to be cut back. In early 2016, police will begin asking local camera owners to join “a network” to provide ‘critical” video evidence, after the Rochester City Council on November 18, 2015 approved an annual $16,749 contract for the SecuroNet software program, according to the Rochester Post Bulletin. SecuroNet Founder Justin Williams and Accounts Director Gregory Boosalis were in Rochester the following day to demonstrate their software program which links access by Rochester Police to private businesses and residences with existing security cameras part of the bulk surveillance of their SecuroNet system.

In The SecuroNet system, when does a third party contractor become part of the public sector? Expected to go live early in 2016, who can view the collected video, logged as evidence and kept, according to Minnesota law, from public review? With a contract in place with SecuroNet Founder Justin Williams and accounts director Gregory Boosalis, the Rochester police department had some internal steps to take before SecuroNet system would be ready to accept participants, before police begin asking local camera owners to join the bulk surveillance network, Captain John Sherwin said.

Surveillance programs: As part of this new investigative response for Rochester, Founder Justin Williams mentioned The SecuroNet program is voluntary! Doesn’t this idea of selling cybersecurity sound suspiciously like a protection racket.

“With that existing camera infrastructure in place” – adding video policing to the standard procedure for the Rochester police – “it’s something that we want to tap into even more and we feel that this is the tool that can help us do that,” Captain John Sherwin said about the bulk surveillance program, according to the Rochester Post Bulletin.

With the software rights retained – like in the case of my computer, with the Internet Service Provider and the municipality that installed the broadband, and now SecuroNet Founder Justin Williams – who does the SecuroNet system video belong? With their hand in at least hyping and most likely launching the SecuroNet network, who do these cameras now belong?  Why is SecuroNet Founder getting an annual $16,749 contract out of the private cameras in the community? Are these more of the things that members of the public seldom think about, when 61 private sector security cameras become part of a public network? The Fifth Amendment provides the right not to self-incriminate, but what of the computer installations in the operation in the 2016 model vehicle? What of the private camera on my property, once a business volunteers to join the network tied to the SecuroNet founder as well as the public sector? Will I get prosecuted for something that happens on my own property that incriminates the owner of the camera/tape?

On matters of public policy, the Rochester police seem interested in reducing the number of jobs, like corporations cut back the jobs of real people, with dreams of a real-time crime center, in the coming age of drones.

“Video collected by police through the SecuroNet system would be logged as evidence and be, according to Minnesota law, kept from public review until the criminal case had been closed,” Captain John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department told the Rochester newspaper about the impersonal and confidential video files. “Quite frankly, many of our cases are solved through video evidence, and … based on private sector video,” Captain John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department told the Rochester newspaper.

Beware the security experts, capitalizing on the fears attached in a free society, with freedom of the press, free speech, and freedom of religion! The proprietary software is poised to collect annual fees, as the world gets less personal – in the coming age of, the less human age of, drones – and the intensity of hate will increase between police and civilians. As government infringes more and more upon my privacy, a strong partnership between the private sector and the police is the most efficient way to address this growing threat of the Bogey Man?

The foot that you shoot, in your private parking lot, might be your own. On the seamy side when the police solicit your video tapes, does it feel like extortion? You will be kept on an enemies’ list – the opposite of the Better Business Bureau? – if you refuse? Would SecuroNet be asking me to donate my hunting rifles to the police, next? And should you refuse, the police will respond more slowly to a break-in? PLACE can be one day either be used against you, or claim you, based upon current events, like what happened with the passage of law called The PATRIOT ACT. Wasn’t this software program from the private sector unnecessarily separating in the public arena, on some kind of litmus test for patriots, those leery of a police state from those old-fashioned vigilantes?

January 10, 2016

On the Coverup of How Many Rapes in Germany?

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Stefan Wagstyl writes from Cologne on behalf of the Financial Times about the government response to the “ mass sexual assault.” In Cologne. On New Year’s Eve.

Weren’t these rapes? Outright organized rape!  The interior ministry has 32 people suspects for the 379 New Year’s Eve “sexual assaults,” 22 of whom are allegedly asylum seekers, including “Moroccans, Algerians and Syrians.” From what are the Moroccans seeking asylum?

With the second rape by not just the politicians trying to gain support over an outrageous event, but by the media like the Financial Times. Did you see the spin in the headline by the male journalist covering the story? “Merkel backs plans to tighten the law on refugees who commit crimes.”

Crimes! The missing word is rape [noting that a journalist does not write the headline].  And then the coverup of the rapes.  To call rape “sexual assault” is to soften the appreciation of the crime which is much more than a temporal offense. ‘Chancellor Angela Merkel said on 09 January 2016 that she wants stricter asylum laws, after a series of “sexual assaults” in the city of Cologne.’ To a nation that should be shocked by the response to rapes.

Three days after a piece by Marc Champion of Bloomberg in Newsday, Stefan Wagstyl is unaware that the story now is of THE COVERUP, as the number of criminal complaints rose to 379 from 170.  Women filing criminal complaints should be outraged at the lack of coverage on the coverup, as well as the phony story pursued about a government response to the “ mass sexual assault.”

The Financial Times does not see the story if it bit them in the proverbial ass.  These rapes are going to bring down not just PERSON OF THE YEAR, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s  government but will affect what happens to the United Kingdom’s future in the European Union, when the Brexit vote comes.

Private.  Secret.  Hidden.  The police operations of the current decade all over the world are in the category of secret and hidden using methods to secure data off license plates, over phone lines and computers, in the United States under the authority of secret courts. So how could this news of a public crime outside Cologne’s Cathedral occurring on New Year’s Eve be hidden for several days?  Were  all of these people still on a long holiday weekend?  Is there censorship in Germany because of the political sensitivity, of the influx of refugees? And the outrage was in the January 1st press release issued by the Cologne police that it had been a peaceful New Year’s Eve in Cologne. And journalists like Stefan Wagstyl in Cologne go with the press releases, unable to identify Cologne as a sanctuary city.

So there was this coverup …. In Germany, for a number of days after all these rapes in one night in Cologne. This was the danger of this open door policy toward immigrants combined with the then public accommodation, of rapists … given sanctuary.  Outside the cathedral.  And so few politicians seemed to know that most rapes are committed by serial rapists who are never caught. So the coverup is because of the concern about racism of German people, as exhibited in the 1930s, by the authorities? Speaking of one horror following the next.

In the United States, there is selective enforcement of the law.  Rebellions occur when inequality threatens stability.  Repeatedly in Minnesota, the laws involving permits to protest have not been enforced against Black Lives Matter since at least January 2015, when Black Lives Matter walked down the interstate highway with impunity. Today Black Lives Matter invaded retail stores in St. Paul with immunity, as the group had done during Christmas week, at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport.  More and more, select groups are above the law, given sanctuary.  Above the law, like so many of the elected leaders live their lives.

We do live in a police state where it is impossible to be a member of a police force, having to report to leaders like the Minnesota governor, the St. Paul mayor, or in the case of Cologne, the mayor in the city which is welcoming refugees who allegedly believe in Sharia law for everyone.  With immunity for rape.  As law and order breaks down. As government becomes the rule of men and women rather than the Rule of Law.

And sometime after January 2nd, according to Cologne Mayor Henriette’s interview with der Spiegel, she found out 19 claimed criminal complaints were registered with the FEDERAL police inside the train station, besides the 3 emergency calls made to local police. And the Mayor during the summer had had an office located right across the street from the cathedral,in order to follow events there. Before her election.

Was there a police presence that night, outside the cathedral?  Have you noticed the wrong methods of selected enforcement by so many police, by those with power above and so little understanding of what it is to have a Closeness, outside a cathedral, that is supposed to accompany power. There are many people who do not know who are given power. Worse than the people who do not know are those who do not feel. Those who no longer search, passing on the missing – the no THERE. Like in this piece in the Financial Times. No longer grasping the Truth or even trying to grasp something of the Truth into the new year. A reporter, passing on the missing news– could you feel the no THERE there in his story, like trying to pass on nothing, in the 2016 election year, with the missing feel for the game that surrounds Donald Trump, Hillory Clinton and so many of the news people who cover them. People who cover up rape. Or with a selected enforcement of the rule of law.

 

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Post Script 2017:

Meanwhile, back in Europe, still in Vienna only on July 31, 2017, in the culture of the European Union, law enforcement ‘officials’ already ruled out a terrorist motive of a 34-year-old who came to Germany from Iraq as a child, for shooting up a disco. The ‘suspect’ was not named in keeping with German privacy laws, in the culture of the European Union, with the right to be forgotten.

VIENNA — A disagreement in a German discotheque turned deadly Sunday after the disco operator’s son-in-law left the club, returned with an assault rifle and started shooting, law enforcement officials said.

A security guard was killed and four other people were wounded, three of them seriously, during the rampage that started at the Grey Club Discotheque in the southwestern town of Konstanz. The suspect was fatally shot by a police officer.

Officials investigating the early-morning shooting identified the suspect as a 34-year-old who came to Germany from Iraq in 1991 as a child. They said they had no details of the dispute, but ruled out a terrorist motive.

Or in The Culture which knows everything, if not just too much, perhaps the issue is the culture of European Media. Reporting what the Media does not know and is too lazy to find out on their own, relying on the police. Behold the Omnipotence of Media! Could you feel the threat of the Masters of the Universe, as if the Media had created all the Universe.

September 2, 2013

Concussion Syndrome from NFL Affects the Entire State of Minnesota

Filed under: Minnesota,Minnesota Vikings — baseball91 @ 9:16 PM
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As history students of Nazi Germany learn eventually, collaborators rarely get punished. 

A spokesman for the Minnesota Vikings voiced concern when The Sports Facilities Authority of Minnesota had announced the retention of the Dorsey Whitney law firm of Minneapolis as well as FTI Consulting of Palm Beach, a forensic accounting firm.  The investigation by the state of Minnesota by independent counsel was of concern for the Minnesota Viking because this could lead to costly construction overruns, per a news story dated August 20,2013.  

viking hat FTI Consulting of Palm Beach was asked to review the NFL owner application of Zigi Wilf concerning the “financial due diligence” the league performed at the time Wilf acquired the Minnesota Vikings. Apparently such due diligence was not considered when the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill authorizing public funding of the construction of a new $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.  

At Gov. Mark Dayton’s request, Peter W. Carter, the co-chair of the securities litigation and enforcement practice at Dorsey & Whitney, was retained by the Sports Facilities Authority.  

 The reason for the investigation is the recent findings of fact in a twenty-year old New Jersey lawsuit in which a judge ruled against Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and family in civil lawsuit. One of the Time-Life publications, Forbes or Sports Illustrated, have estimated the wealth of the owner of the Minnesota Vikings at $310 million.  So how does the state of Minnesota, as a partner in the public funding of this stadium, know whether the Wilfs will have any money left by the time that the Wilfs get done paying damages in this twenty-year old lawsuit?  The defendant in the lawsuit, Viking owner as well as brother Mark Wilf and cousin Leonard, recently lost the lawsuit which resulted in findings of fact that the Wilfs had “committed fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as violating New Jersey’s civil racketeering statute.  In a lawsuit first filed in 1992, a disputed a 764-apartment complex named Rachel Gardens has resulted in a judgment against Zygi and Mark Wilf with damages to be determined by September 23, 2013. All this while the state of Minnesota is moving to begin construction of a new publicly financed stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

 According to the Associated Press, the trial lasted 209 days, lawyers took depositions from 56 people, with Zygi Wilf on the witness stand for 33 days. The Associated Press reported that Judge Wilson said that court documents showed the Wilfs had 30,000 to 50,000 apartment units, a charter airline, two hotels and and more than 100 other properties, besides the Minneota Vikings. No press comment have been made concerning the outstanding liabilities from the financing on these properties. Damages in favor of the plaintiffs have not yet been determined, though the treble damage aspect of a RICO action as well as the interest in the twenty years it took for this matter to be adjudicated may leave the Wilfs with nothing in the bank to operate their football team.  The RICO count based upon racketeering is subject to treble damages — that is, that the verdict will be multiplied times three, if this would be under federal law. And then there are punitive damages. There has been little mention on television sportscasts on in the written press whether the plaintiffs are also entitled to interest over 20 years on the overall judgment incurred as well as during any duration during the time of appeal. Lobbyists for professional sports franchises had become the media itself that covered them, because the networks sold commercial time, because consumers bought their products. And so the collaborators who have served to promote the building of the stadium with public financing.

 Yeah, it is so kind for the spokesman for the Minnesota Vikings to express concern to the increase in cost which come from any delay, as the Wilfs might not be able to meet their own share of financing.  If RICO damages are levied in this litigation, having “cheated the plaintiffs out of millions of dollars” per the findings of fact, the Wilfs’ family fortune is gone and when your partner has no assets left and is judgement-proof, the state carries responsibility for everything in building a new stadium, leaving the state of Minnesota exposed to all kinds of liabilities under the law as joint  tort feasors. The sport writers here have picked up only on the judge’s finding that the Wilfs are cheaters, having “cheated” the plaintiffs, not on the affect of the punishment on those who partner with a cheat.

There are in excess of 4500 plaintiffs involved in a consolidated concussion lawsuit against  the National Football League which was settled last week.  That settlement, involving a lot more players but a lot less money than this new stadium, was covered in the media a lot better than the oversight of public funding of the next Viking Stadium, in a state that should be getting rather good at all the Ps and Qs involved in stadium construction approved by the state legislative bodies.

 Yeah, Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs, announced that the Vikings were pulling away from negotiations with the state in the later part of August. The only difference between intervention and manipulation with the public airways is one of advanced communication. And so many of us Minnesotans had become just football airheads, concerning addictions and/or the oversight of cheaters. With too little concern about steroid use, like the little concern about concussions in the NFL. Like so little concern about the ill-gotten gains of the owner of the local NFL team.

January 26, 2013

In School Districts Above the Law

Statutory rape, based upon age, is when in Minnesota someone more than two years older than the victim engages in sexual penetration with someone at least 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age. There is no exclusions for hockey players.

“The school investigation is concluded,” Barb Olson said more than a week ago. “It’s an off-campus incident. The only connection to the school is students-athletes are involved and they ascribe to a code of conduct.”

“Over?” Like John Belushi proclaimed in the movie “Animal House”, “It’s not over.” The Sun Press & News reported on the suspensions of 13 high school hockey players over an “incident” which was investigated by the Osseo Area School District. In a judgment handed down on January 17, the senior high officials had already completed the hearing process, which allegedly included conducting “a thorough investigation,” in consultation “with the Minnesota State High School League and the Maple Grove Police Department.”

According to a story on January 25 in the Minneapolis StarTribune, “At a news conference called Thursday to talk about how to move the team forward, school officials declined to give specifics on what led to the suspension of 13 players last week. When reporters asked Principal Sara Vernig about the purported existence of a sex video stemming from the incident, she said: ‘I can’t answer that. It’s part of the investigation.’ She later added, ‘I’ll tell you, personally, it’s been devastating and disappointing.’ Longtime head coach Gary Stefano called it ‘by far my worst experience’’ in 32 years as a coach. He said references to a purported video called ‘The Show’ had been ‘brought up.’ School officials stopped him from answering further, citing privacy laws.”

Concerning the Maple Grove hockey scandal, this from City Pages:

“A person who identified himself as a student teacher in the Osseo School District (of which Maple Grove High School is a part) said the following on Twitter (his identity is being withheld; screengrabs were sent to us by a third party):

This high school hockey team sex tape is about to blow up as more of these facts come out, these kids are screwed…

[replying to someone else] I’m student teaching in that school district & the teachers were talking about it today if the stuff is true it’ll get bad..

could be a long road out of jail depending on some details…

I’m not sure how much is known yet but its all slowly coming out…

one girl, rest were hiding & watching/video-taping it…

yeah the stuff was crazy. (They do it every year, get the girl drunk, girl might have been 15 etc.) If these are true its bad…

it will depend on a lot of the detail, but it could get really bad….”

The incredible thing here is that the Maple Grove High School thought that somehow the high school had jurisdiction in this matter that was being covered up, for reasons of privacy. From the statement released by Osseo Area School Distict Community Relations Director Barb Olson it had seemed reasonable to conclude that police were on hand at the private residence, at the time of this “incident.” And the investigation, hearing and penalty all came down between January 14 and January 17? And it had seemed reasonable to conclude that the “incident” involved chemicals or sexual harassment/hazing, since penalties were (improperly) invoked under the Minnesota State High School League’s code of conduct.

So why was the Osseo Area School District releasing statements concerning a criminal matter? Why was the Osseo Area School District investigating a criminal matter under the auspices of the Minnesota High School League? In the last ten days, the Community Relations Director Barb Olson made reference to an “alleged” incident, in a press release, concerning the suspension of 13 hockey players, after an investigation into an “incident” at a private home in December.

In Maple Grove, Minnesota, school officials have just a slight idea of the code of conduct and the applicable penalties under the rules of the Minnesota High School League, based upon the press releases and news conference held to date. And where was the County Attorney with jurisdiction in these matters, over and above the “the investigation” by the Osseo Area School District and their conclusion of law to punish a violation of “the code of conduct” which each athlete signs at the start of a season. The completed investigation determined that in mid-December in a private home involving multiple athletes there were violations of the State High School League code of conducts. “We can’t provide the specifics about who were involved and what the incident was or the specific consequences,” according to Barb Olson, based upon data privacy law

Well, if you believe the TWEETS, a member of the hockey team had sex with a young woman below the age of 16. And the incident was recorded. And there was talk of “The Show” tape which must refer to a song which had come out of the movie “Money Ball” when to high school kids, even to hockey players, “ball” referred to something else. It is of note that the Minnesota State High School League’s code of conduct does not address criminal sexual conduct.

City Pages has reported that the Maple Grove Police Department had no idea of the incident. So that was why the county attorney was acting like a former soccer player keeping his/her hands off of the matter? With maybe no idea, maybe the district attorney might now start taking over the investigation, under due process, to find out what happened to “The Show,” specifying the Minnesota laws involving statutory rape.

Note the initial reaction by the administrators at the school, in their official press release last week that stated: “It’s an off-campus incident. The only connection to the school is students-athletes are involved and they ascribe to a code of conduct.” Was there a hope all of this discomfort, when the young men knew the young women at the party, would go away? Was the failure to notify the county attorney because it was the kids of Maple Grove? Or did no one in Maple Grove recognize criminal sexual conduct? And what of the suggestion that this might be some kind of lingering hockey ritual in Maple Grove, passed along from one class to the next? Whether in public school or private churches, sexual abuse by people you knew was hard to consider — by police and county attorneys.

If the alleged woman involved was 15 years old, rather than calling the Minnesota High School League, the county attorney should be filing charges, whether the family of the victim agrees or not. The public interest included the degree of fame and honor a hockey player got in the first place from representing his high school. And an investigation should include how long this “Show” has been going on.

Meanwhile, in facing the most private parts of lives, with school administrators dragging a code of conduct of the Minnesota State High School League into the discussion, to cloud a public accounting of the matter, the hockey team was intact, the perpetrator as well as the bad kids on the team who said nothing were back on the ice, in uniform with their mouthguards, representing a high school and an administration with so little idea where the real world begins. And the law not yet enforced.

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POST SCRIPT: Maple Grove is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The Hennepin County Attorney serves as the chief prosecutor of all adult felony crimes and juvenile offenses in Hennepin County. The County Attorney is also responsible for providing legal counsel to the County Board of Commissioners and all county departments, as well as representing the county in civil lawsuits, child support matters, child protection actions and mental health commitments. The Osseo School District is the fifth-largest school district in the state of Minnesota, serving all or parts of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, Plymouth, and Rogers. The Osseo School Board re-elected Maple Grove resident Dean Henke, a twenty-five year resident of Maple Grove, as the board chair (with his 9 years of experience as an Osseo school board member) at annual organizational meeting on January 8, 2013. The Osseo School Board also elected Teresa Lunt vice chair, Tammie Epley clerk and Jim Burgett treasurer.

November 10, 2012

Give To The Max Day

Since 2005, Lorena Klinnert and a group of friends have raised money for the Bluefields Children’s Fund which supports a food program and school expenses for children in Bluefields, a very poor coastal area of Nicaragua. In her letter of support, Sister Joanne Klinnert said: “My sister Lorena and the small group of people that work with her are doing what we who first settled in Nicaragua set before ourselves: to do what is to be done.”

On Friday, November 16, at 7:00 pm Lorena Klinnert is holding a fund-raiser at 300 Marshall Ave. 3, in St. Paul, Minnesota for the children of Bluefields, Nicaragua. Come hear the story of the team that provides funds to continue the ministry which provides a meal a day of beans and rice –with a little meat added a few days a week — for 120 children a day. This program was prompted by a missionary couple who runs the local clinic and noticed many malnourished and underweight children. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota is a community of Catholic women religious who walk in the very real footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. “We welcome those who wish to join us as sisters, associates, volunteers, transfer sisters, friends and donors.”Give to the Max Day 2012 Coming Soon

On Thursday, November 15, every donation you make during Give to the Max Day, gives your favorite organization the chance
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September 28, 2012

The Killings at Accent Signage Systems

Filed under: Minneapolis,Minnesota — baseball91 @ 1:30 AM
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In a slowly developing story, a shooting took place today at Accent Signage Systems’ 30,000-square-foot office and production space in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis during the end of the business day. Eight Accent Signage Systems employees were seen standing in a prayer circle near the scene of a shooting late this afternoon, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Approached after their prayer, the eight people of a total staff numbered at 28 in July, said they did not wish to comment about the shooting of six people, with two reported dead and four hospitalized.

Sixty-one year old Reuven Rahamim who stared ths interior-signage company is the son of Iranian Jews that had come to the Israel in the late 1940s. In 1974 Reuven Rahamim’s family emigrated from Israel to Minnesota; after starting Accent Signage Systems in the early 1980s out of the basement of his Minneapolis home, Reuven Rahamim was expecting “Accent’s annual revenue, now in the $5 million to $10 million range, to grow 11 percent this year.” And if so, he had plans to hire up to seven more people, per the July 2012 piece in http://finance-commerce.com

Minnpost had just run a piece in their online paper about Rahamim’s company in August 2012. “Accent’s work also goes beyond sign-making,” with workshops set up “at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake, where they teach job skills and train inmates to build signs for the state. Accent provides the same type of training at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, serving veterans who have difficulty finding work.” Minnpost also reported, “Rahamim said he tries to give back to the community, because the U.S. has allowed him to achieve success he wouldn’t have reached anywhere else.”

Minnpost is a collection of veteran journalist forced into retirement by the financial pinch felt at newspapers throughout the nation, who now do a better job with the news than the green staff left behind at the Minneapolis StarTrib.

LINK http://www.minnpost.com/line/2012/08/green-and-global-signmakers

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The photo is of the killer identified as Andrew John Engeldinger who lived at 3721 12th Avenue South in Minneapolis, a fourteen year employee of Accent Signage Systems.

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