really? Comparing a politician to accomplished business men? Is Government now a business? Wow.

Duluth Mayor Ness named Business Person of Year at Success Awards

By Candace Renalls Today at 2:48 p.m.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness joined the likes of Jeno Paulucci, Al Amatuzio and Rob Link today when he was named Business Person of Year at the annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards.
Paulucci, Amatuzio and Link are among the region’s business greats who have received the prestigious annual award in the last 44 years given by UMD’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

In presenting the award, Dean Amy Hietapelto was referring to Duluth when she called Ness the CEO of a $250 million organization who has made difficult business decisions with personal integrity.

A modest Ness attributed his success to putting the city first, having built a good team and having a supportive family.

“I’m a convenient proxy for everything good happening in Duluth,” he said.

About 400 people gathered for the awards luncheon at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The 2014 Labovitz Success Award recipients were:

  • Micro-Entrepreneur: Lake Superior Art Glass, Dan Neff, Duluth.
  • Emerging Entrepreneur: Laurentian Monument Granite and Stone, Kandi and Mark Sutich, Virginia.
  • Established Entrepreneur: Lake Superior Consulting, LLC, Phillip Powers, Duluth.
  • Mature Entrepreneur: Zup’s Market, Edward J. Zupancich, Babbitt.
  • Environmentally Engaged Entrepreneur: A Laundry Room, Inc,  Rebecca Spengler, Ely.
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership: Kelly Klun.
  • Entrepreneurial Vision: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Duluth.

The irony of hypocrisy.

Obama will burn more than 35,000 gallons of fuel on Earth Day, emitting 375 TONS of carbon dioxide

  • President took Marine One chopper to Andrews Air Force Base and will fly to Washington state and Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday
  • ‘Earth Day is about taking action,’ the White House declared shortly after takeoff
  • Air Force One consumes 5 gallons of jet fuel for every mile it flies
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that burning the fuel emits 21.1 pounds of CO2 per gallon
  • Total presidential fuel consumption for Earth Day, not including automobile motorcades, is an estimated 35,609 gallons


PUBLISHED: 11:17 EST, 22 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:20 EST, 22 April 2014

Not including his motorcades in Oso, Washington, the site of a recent devastating mudslide, his trip will consume an estimated 35,565 gallons of fuel.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the statistics arm of the Department of Energy, burning each gallon emits 21.1 pounds of carbon dioxide, bringing the president’s Earth Day carbon footprint to more than 375.7 tons.

The White House did not respond to a question about any measures it might be taking – planting trees, for instance – to offset those emissions.

President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday, en route to the state of Washington to visit with victims of the deadly March 22 mudslide, and then on to Tokyo, Japan to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe


President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday, en route to the state of Washington to visit with victims of the deadly March 22 mudslide, and then on to Tokyo, Japan to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe


Air Force One, the president's private Boeing 747, burns about 5 gallons of jet fuel per minute, a rate that would have the typical car stranded halfway to the grocery store

Air Force One, the president’s private Boeing 747, burns about 5 gallons of jet fuel per minute, a rate that would have the typical car stranded halfway to the grocery store


Boeing’s specifications for its 747 aircraft, which serves as Air Force One, include an estimate for fuel consumption of 5 gallons per mile. Tuesday’s presidential travel will span more than 7,100 miles over two continents.– more than one-quarter of the way around the earth.

Sikorsky, whose HV-3d Sea King helicopter flew Obama from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base, burns an additional 176.7 gallons of fuel per hour, requiring more than 44 gallons – about four times the size of a modern economy car’s fuel tank – for the estimated 15-minute trip.


Mid-morning Tuesday, the White House issued a sweeping online essay calling for renewed awareness of threats from global warming.

‘Our health, our economy, our security, and our planet’s future are once again threatened by pollution and environmental degradation,’ the White House’s official blog claimed.

Marine One, the Sikorsky helicopter tasked with flying Obama short distances, consumes 176.7 gallons of fuel per hour

Marine One, the Sikorsky helicopter tasked with flying Obama short distances, consumes 176.7 gallons of fuel per hour


‘Our climate is changing, and that change is being driven by human activity. Every year, the United States pumps millions of tons of carbon dioxide pollution and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.’

‘Earth Day is about taking action,’ the White House declared.

Obama’s trip will have more than an environmental cost, draining $228,288 from the taxpayer-funded U.S. Treasury for every hour it’s in the air.

The Air Force’s estimate brings the president’s airfare to $3.47 million.

The United States ranks 12th in the world among all nations for per capita carbon dioxide emissions.


Read more:
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Happy Earth day. Click on the image to enlarge



Your tax dollars hard at work.

$100K Study to Count How Many Birds Fly Into Rebuilt Minnesota Bridge

April 18, 2014 – 11:09 AM
tundra swanTundra swan (Mississippi National River & Recreation Area)

( – At the behest of the National Park Service (NPS), the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is planning to spend $100,000 of federal highway funds on a study to count the number of birds that are killed flying into a rebuilt bridge over the Mississippi River. 

The study would “determine the effect of bridge size and design on bird strike mortality, particularly with bridges spanning rivers and intersecting migratory flyways,” according to NPS.

This project  was the result of several designs that were being considered to replace the old Hastings Bridge, located southeast of Minneapolis, including one with a high arch. The four-lane replacement bridge is “the longest free-standing tiered-arch bridge in North America,” according to Mn/DOT.

However, the NPS Mississippi National River and Recreation Area(MNRRA) expressed concern in a letter that because “the arch bridge will contain cables, there is potential for bird strike impacts.” The letter did acknowledge that because “the issue has not been carefully researched anywhere, the significance of potential bird strike impacts is unknown.”

The NPS then requested “a post-construction research project concerning bird strikes” as mitigation for the project’s potential impact on avian populations. Mn/DOT officials agreed to conduct the study when the arch bridge was chosen as their final design.


Hastings BridgeHastings Bridge under construction (Minnesota Dept. of Transportation)


However, bridge strikes are not even mentioned in The Sibley Guide to Birds’ list of the top causes of bird mortality. Collisions with windows and attacks by feral cats are the major causes of bird mortality, followed by high-tension wires, pesticides and cars.

MNRRA Superintendent Paul Labevitz says he was pleased that the arch design was chosen for the replacement bridge, saying the first design proposal, was “a giant dream catcher for migratory birds.”

It “had a center spire that was like 270 feet high that had cables that came off it almost like a spider web, and because of the Mississippi River flyway and the fact that this bridge was in the National Park, we were worried about its impact on migratory birds,” he told

While there is not a great deal of research on bird /bridge collisions, ornithologists’ opinions vary widely on the usefulness of such studies.

Dr. Robert Zink and Dr. Todd W. Arnold of the University of Minnesota recently co-authored a study which concluded that “collision mortality has no discernible effect on population trends of North American birds.” However, their studies did not specifically include bird/bridge collisions.

When asked about the bridge study, Zink told, “We should be spending money on trying to worry about serious threats to bird populations. And yes, a few birds collide with bridges, a few birds collide with wind towers, but no one has ever thought that these are significant threats to populations.”

“A lit bridge isn’t going to be an obstacle to birds,” Arnold agreed. “Things like being scared by something else and having poor visibility, you’d need something like that to make a flock of waterfowl fly into a bridge. They wouldn’t do it otherwise.”

However many other ornithologists disagree with Arnold and Zink’s assessment about the threat bridges pose to migrating birds, pointing to the lack of available data on bird/bridge collisions.

Dr. Christine Sheppard, Bird Collisions Campaign Manager at the American Bird Conservancy, believes that the NPS study will add useful data to help prevent bird mortality.

“Lots of water birds fly along rivers and so forth and could be anticipated as collision victims for particular types of bridges in particular places, so what exactly you might expect to collide may vary from structure to structure and place to place,” Sheppard told

“I’m glad that people are starting to look at bridges,” she added. “I’m sure that there are ways to make bridges that are safer than other designs once we take a look and actually have some data.”

Labevitz also believes the bridge collision study will be useful because the area is “the most active migration route on the continent.” He added that he hoped that “as bridges are replaced, this issue comes up. Maybe this study will help plug in migratory bird concerns as the design process for bridges.”

The decision to replace the old Hastings Bridge with an arch design also sparked local controversy when Mn/DOT insisted on a supposedly more bird-friendly box girder design for another bridge project in Winona.

“In the case of the Hastings bridge, where the FWS (Fish and Wildlife Service) could have totally removed one avian obstacle by successfully insisting that the old bridge be replaced with a box girder bridge, the FWS approved the arch bridge on the condition that Mn/DOT provide $100,000 for migratory bird conservation programs,” Chris Rogers of the Winona Post wrote.

Another reason to vote against Assclown Al Franken.

H/T True North

For It Before He Was Against It

Written by Mitch Berg on .

Al Franken supported a program that uses taxpayer money to give foreign companies a leg up in the market over US companies…

…until someone whispered “Hey, Al – this directly harms Minnesota business, and uses Minnesotans’ tax dollars to do it…”.

But in politics, policy must become parochial for a politician before they see the error of their ways. In July of 2013, the Bank’s activities became a threat to Minnesotans and for Franken, who voted to reauthorize the Bank just months earlier.

Half a billion worth of business (provided you’re a crony of Franken and his clique).  Good, right?

Apparently Franken needed reminding that Minnesotans are his constituents; he reversed his vote when someone apparently reminded him of this factoid:

But when the citizens of Minnesota were in danger of being directly and substantially harmed, Mr. Franken suddenly became “concerned.”…

U.S. iron ore production is concentrated in Michigan and Minnesota…

Australia is in the midst of an economic boom right now, due in significant part to the expansion of its mining industry.

And how’s the Iron Range doing these days?

Now – let’s place some odds on whether MPR, the Strib or the MinnPost ever cover this story.

Tags: Al Franken


What the hell, Duluth already did it, why not turn the whole state into a liberal plethora of morons.

Council to vote on renaming ‘Columbus Day’

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: April 21, 2014 – 4:04 PM

Minneapolis is preparing to strike “Columbus Day” from its calendar this October.

The City Council is expected to vote Friday on a resolution that would rename the federal holiday “Indigenous People’s Day” on all city communications. The vote follows a similar effort in Red Wing, where the city mulled changing Columbus Day to “First People’s Day” earlier this year.

The Red Wing city council has yet to act on the resolution. City Council administrator Kay Kuhlmann said in an e-mail that the council discussed the matter in a workshop but has not scheduled it for action on any upcoming agenda.

The effort in Minneapolis is being spearheaded by new City Council Member Alondra Cano. She said they have been working with the Native American CommunityDevelopment Institute and a handful of other Native American leaders.

“This is more about elevating the American Indian perspective than it is about being anti-Columbus,” Cano said. “Although there are plenty of people that will talk about the deep violence that Christopher Columbus used and enacted when he first came to this part of the world.”

The Red Wing resolution noted that Columbus never stepped foot in North America and practiced “extreme cruelty” in the New World. A full accounting of Columbus’ legacy in America is documented in a recentpodcast from Backstory.

“From a basic historical perspective there’s a lack of understanding about what Christopher Columbus did or didn’t do,” Cano said. “So we’re just trying to make sure that people are aware of a more clear and accurate history in terms of what is that folks are celebrating on Christopher Columbus day, what does that mean for them.”

The practical effect in Minneapolis will be largely limited to changing the name of the holiday on official communications from the city, including the calendar and press releases. If the resolution passes Friday, those documents will now refer to the second Monday in October as “Indigenous People’s Day.”

Though several states do not recognize Columbus Day, it is defined as a holiday in Minnesota statutes. The city of Berkely, Ca. has celebrated Indigenous People’s Day since 1992.

SEALs ET AL do what they do to keep your ass above ground… This guys dedication and inspiration should be one we all should have.

The Incredibly Touching Thing a Navy SEAL Says Kept Him Alive During a Deadly Battle: ‘I Thought I Was Dead or Alone’

Don’t fear death. It makes you weak. We need you to fight your way back to us.

As Navy SEAL Thom Snyder lay on his back, dazed, bleeding and in shock, he heard his wife Stacy’s clear, strong voice ringing in his ears, commanding him to get up and move. To fight. To live.

Fight your way back to us.

On this mission in Afghanistan, Snyder and his SEAL teammates were inserted by helicopter roughly 4 miles from their target in Kandahar province. They were in a sustained firefight throughout the first day, spending about six hours in a heated battle, fending off enemy fire.


Navy SEAL Thom Snyder waits to take out an enemy sniper. (Photo courtesy of the Snyder family)

By the following afternoon, they felt a relative calm. The bullets stopped flying and they made it a good distance toward their target. For a few minutes, Snyder remembered, they thought they were in the clear.

Then with just about two hours of daylight left, their position was overrun.

“We got overwhelmed by the enemy; there were 65 of them to about 12 of us,” Snyder recalled. “The sniper position was overwhelmed and the guys had to jump off the roof, several of our weapons were fired at and destroyed.”

They were pinned down, and all hell broke loose.

Snyder was in a building alone when a rocket blasted just outside the window, blowing him back against the wall.

Ears and head ringing, he tried to call out for his teammates. But he heard nothing.

“I thought I was dead or alone,” Snyder said. “My radio wouldn’t work and I couldn’t hear anyone saying anything, so in that moment I realized that I might be alone. And that’s when I heard Stacy’s words just playing over and over again.”

It was the voice of his Spartan Wife, the warrior he left back home to protect and defend their children, and her words gave renewed energy to this battle-hardened Navy SEAL.

“In that moment I realized that moment I could either give up and die, or keep moving,” Snyder said. “I realized in that moment of clarity, that I wasn’t going to die, that I was going to be unbreakable. So as I fought my way back to lucidity … and we rallied the troops.”

For the next 45 minutes, Stacy’s words were the only thing Snyder could hear as he fought back to defeat the enemy.

Don’t fear death. Fight your way back to us.


Stacy Snyder, left, told her husband not to fear death — words that Snyder claims kept him alive and focused during a deadly battle. (Photo courtesy of the Snyder family)

“That was a tough moment as a leader to realize that everything that I do affects everyone else,” Snyder remembered. “When you realize every step you take could have been the last one and I was responsible for all those men — and their lives and their future … that’s a tough moment.”

“We couldn’t maneuver, but we did what we needed to do, and we eventually won the battle,” he said, describing the end of the 2009 mission that would eventually earn him a Silver Star.


Snyder kept a journal of sorts for his children in case he didn’t return from his deployments. He and his wife have now turned it into a book called, “Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life.” (Photo courtesy of the Snyder family)

Years earlier, before Snyder left for one of his multiple overseas deployments, Stacy said they needed to find a way to capture his stories and his life in case the worst happened, and so their children could know their father through his own words.

“When our son Chance was 4 months old, Thom left for Iraq, and anybody whose husband or wife is leaving for a combat deployment it becomes very real, the mortality of your husband.

“All the things I thought were important, strong and admirable qualities of my husband, I couldn’t preserve alone to pass on to our kids,” Stacy Snyder said. “I wanted to make sure Thom was writing those down, he is the expert on what make him strong through those successes and failures.”

Thom Snyder retired in January after 23 years of service in the Navy, having served as a SEAL since 1996. He said his wife is the rock that kept him grounded during the dangerous deployments, especially knowing that she had everything under control back home.


The Snyders say the life lessons they hope to share with their children and the world are similar: when you have solid home relationships, other things in life, like work — especially if you’re in combat — go a heck of a lot more smoothly. (Photo courtesy of the Snyder family)

Snyder documented his deployments as a SEAL, the life lessons he learned a long the way, and the importance of having a “Spartan Wife” in the recently published book, “Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life.”

“I wanted the kids to know how important a woman is to a man, and you don’t hear about that a lot in life in general,” Snyder said.

I think its a test case to institute martial law.

Live From Bundy’s Nevada Ranch: The Funny Way Supporters Are Responding to Harry Reid Calling Them ‘Domestic Terrorists’

Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza traveled to Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., on Friday to embark on a “fact-finding” mission. Prior to attending a “big rally” made up of hundreds of the cattle rancher’s supporters, D’Souza planned to talk to some of the people who Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has labeled “domestic terrorists.”

Broadcasting live from Bundy’s Nevada ranch on “The Kelly File,” he revealed that supporters — made up of men, women and children — were wearing “domestic terrorist” name tags on Friday. D’Souza said seeing children wearing the tags shows just how absurd Reid’s allegations are.

He also told Megyn Kelly that he is now “sensitive” to situations where an individual is targeted by the federal government because of his current case involving a violation of campaign finance law. Some have speculated he was targeted following his anti-Obama documentary.

“My case is going to trial in May and I am preparing for it. It’s created to in me a feeling of vulnerability and, of course, a sensitivity to these kinds of issues of justice,” he said. “But, of course, I didn’t have SWAT teams on me, I wasn’t in the sights of snipers — so I feel that these guys have been facing some real domestic terror from their own government and that’s a very scary idea here in America.”

The filmmaker behind “2016: Obama’s America” and the soon-to-be released film, “America,” told TheBlaze in a phone interview that he is “less concerned about the specifics of the case and whether [Bundy] paid his grazing fees” and more concerned about federal overreach and questions surrounding whether the government is treating all people and groups equally under the law.

D’Souza also characterized Reid’s inflammatory remarks as a “vastly unjust portrayal of domestic terrorism.” He argued the senator is intentionally “stirring the pot” and called on President Barack Obama to condemn Reid’s statements and urge him to apologize.

However, that seemed unlikely to happen as Reid doubled down on his “terrorist” comments on Friday.

The conservative filmmaker urged Bundy and all of his supporters to refuse to let that kind of rhetoric cause them lose their cool. It’s the kind of case that can “make your emotions run away with you,” so both sides need to show restraint and prevent the situation from escalating into a Ruby Ridge-type of incident, he added.

One of the themes in his new documentary, “America,” which is scheduled to be released in June, revolves around “equal justice,” D’Souza said. That’s part of the reason he decided to make the trip to Nevada and try to figure out who Bundy and his supporters really are.

“The issue of equal justice transcends politics completely,” D’Souza told TheBlaze. “Unfortunately, there’s a sense that this core issue is being manipulated.”

He cited the Obama administration’s habit of selectively choosing which laws it enforces, bringing up same-sex marriage and federal immigration law as examples. The IRS targeting scandal also raises concerns about “equal justice” under the law.

As TheBlaze has previously reported, “Bundy reportedly owes the federal government roughly $1 million in grazing fees, an amount he accumulated after he “fired” the Bureau of Land Management in 1993 over its decision to turn public land into a protective habitat for the state’s desert tortoise.”

TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch was also on “The Kelly File” to discuss the Bundy case:

There just has to be a special place in hell for folks that would do this.

Minnesota woman returns from burying husband, finds home burglarized

By Paul Walsh, Minneapolis Star Tribune Today at 1:54 p.m.

 On the same afternoon that she mourned and buried a husband who died in a highway crash, Anne Crowley arrived home minutes later with her children to find her house had been burglarized.

Steven Crowley, 50, was eulogized at an 11:30 a.m. funeral at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano and buried that afternoon down the street from the house of worship. The church is a short drive from the Crowley home on wooded property north of town.

The Sheriff’s Office said the extent of the Crowleys’ losses have yet to be determined, in material terms, anyway.

Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Findley characterized the daylight break-in as being obviously timed to coincide with the funeral and as a “kick in the teeth to the family. Unbelievable.”

Anne Crowley, along with her three children and others among her extended family, came directly back to the house from the parish cemetery, a 3-mile drive, to discover the burglary.

“Can you imagine coming home after that,” Findley said, “the headache and the heartache of someone burglarizing your house?”

Daughter Elizabeth Crowley, 23, was among those who came upon what they hadn’t anticipated would be a crime scene.

“It was very disrespectful to my family,” said the eldest of the Crowley children, who traveled from Milwaukee for the services. “At this sort of time, (anticipating burglary) is not the first thing you think about. There are more important things you are focusing your energy on.”

That said, the Crowley daughter said the family had alerted the Sheriff’s Office that no one would be home for several hours that day during the funeral and burial.

“Someone had mentioned it to us,” she said, referring to notifying the Sheriff’s Office. “We did it just to be safe.”

Lieutenant Findley confirmed that the Crowleys requested a “house watch,” which sends a deputy to “drive in, look (the property) over and see if anything is amiss.” He said this was done a couple of times on behalf of the family.

“If there is no obvious sign of forced entry, we wouldn’t see this,” Findley said. “There is a segment of society that preys on people. You can take all the precautions, and it still may not be enough.”

The parish’s priest, the Rev. Paul Kammen, said his homily delivered before the Crowley family and fellow mourners in the overflowing sanctuary was “about the inherent good in people.”

“In Christianity, one of the virtues we believe in is justice,” Kammen continued. “We want justice for whoever (burglarized) their home.”

He added that it is fine for victims such as the Crowleys to feel “justified anger, which is different than rage or hate.”

Investigators say they are looking for a vehicle — an older Suburban-style truck, charcoal gray — that could lead them to one or more suspects. Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (763) 682-1162.

The death notice and news media coverage of the crash offered telltale signs that the Crowleys were well-off. He graduated from the prestigious University of Chicago, worked in the investment industry for nearly 30 years and left “a legacy of success.” He owned a horse breeding and training facility, operated behind the Crowley home, and was a wine aficionado.

“I’ve heard people read obits so they’ll know when (families) will be gone,” Kammen said. “This is just kind of brazen to do it in daylight too.”

Also killed in the crash April 11 on Hwy. 12 in Orono was Nnamdi Okolue, 25, of Burnsville. Police say it was Okolue’s car that crossed the centerline and struck Steven Crowley’s vehicle.

Along with his wife of 27 years, Steven Crowley is survived by daughter Elizabeth, sons Mark and William, parents Francis Crowley and Marie Caponero, and stepfather Robert Caponero. He was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Crowley.

DPD’S turd of the week.

Duluth police name new ‘wanted person of the week’

By News Tribune staff Today at 1:01 p.m.

William Michael Wieland

Duluth Police Department’s latest property crime wanted person of the week is a 36-year-old man with a felony warrant for a drug sale, and a misdemeanor warrant for domestic assault and criminal damage to property.
William Michael Wieland is white, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone who knows where to find him is urged to contact Duluth police by dialing 911 or using the Tip 411 system online.