I can hardly wait. At least there will be one reason to head into the city.

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Fleet Farm eyes late-summer opening for Hermantown store
By Candace Renalls on May 1, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
If there’s any doubt what the sprawling new development is overlooking Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown, the orange silo gives it away.

The Hermantown Mills Fleet Farm store at 4165 Market St. is 183,000 square feet or 4½ acres in size. It’s nearing completion, with the parking lot yet to be installed. Fleet Farm eyes late-summer opening for Hermantown store
Mills Fleet Farm has arrived in the Northland.

The big question is: When will it open?

Construction, which began last summer, is wrapping up on the 4½-acre store, with the parking lot, sidewalks, landscaping and some street work still to be completed.

The $18 million project at Loberg Road and Market Street is on track for a late-summer opening.

Company officials aren’t being more specific on the opening in case there are delays. But during a visit to the site last week, Fleet Farm’s senior vice president of store operations, Nickolas Widi, said, “August could be a good month.”

The store, on 35 acres just south of Hom Furniture and west of Sam’s Club, will be the Brainerd-based Fleet Farm’s 36th store. It marks Fleet Farm’s expansion into Northeastern Minnesota and is expected to draw customers from the Iron Range as well as the Twin Ports.

“We are so excited to be here,” Widi said. “This is a market we’ve wanted to be in for some time.”

That didn’t change when, in January, it was announced that the company was being sold to KKR, a global investment firm that intended to grow the business.

For those in Duluth, the closest Fleet Farm stores have been in Baxter, Minn., more than 100 miles to the west, and Cambridge, about 100 miles to the south. Besides stores in central and southern Minnesota, Fleet Farm has stores in Wisconsin, North Dakota and Iowa.

The chain’s diverse, competitively priced products likely will pose competition for other Duluth-area retailers. Fleet Farm’s offerings include sporting goods, hunting and farm supplies, tools and hardware, clothing, home improvement, automotive supplies, equipment rental and a seasonal garden center.

“With the depth and breadth of our products, we have a full assortment for our customers,” Widi said. “We don’t just dabble in things.”

The Hermantown store also will have an auto service department, a lumber yard with a 17,000-square-foot accessory building, a gas station with 16 pumps, a three-bay car wash (both touchless and soft gloss) and a kerosene dispenser.

Widseth Smith Nolting, a Minnesota-based architectural engineering firm, is the project manager, while Fleet Farm serves as its own general contractor.

At 183,000 square feet, the store will be be smaller than the average 200,000-square-foot Fleet Farm store. But it will be the same size as Fleet Farm’s most recent store to open — last year in Mankato, Minn. Like the Mankato store, the Hermantown store will sport a new layout for a better flow and convenience for customers.

Jobs for the 150 to 200 full-time and part-time employees needed to staff the store started being posted online about a month ago. Hiring has begun, starting with managers. Knowledge and interest in a particular department could snag applicants a job, just as much as retail experience, Widi said.

The exterior of the store is now complete, including the signage on the building, while the last of interior finishing work is being done. Outside, the grounds are being prepared for the coming installation of the parking lot that will accommodate 619 vehicles. Work to reconstruct Westberg Road running behind the store is scheduled to begin this week.

As part of the project, Fleet Farm agreed to upgrade the site’s water supply system, rebuild Westberg Road and put in a traffic signal at Loberg Road and Market Street. Mall Drive now becomes Market Street west of Haines Road, where Hermantown begins.

“They’re doing it,” Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher said of the utility and street work. “What we’re doing is taking the increased property taxes and will repay them the cost of those roads out of the increased taxes they will pay.”

Fleet Farm is within the Hermantown Marketplace area, which the city has earmarked for commercial development. Civic leaders expect Fleet Farm’s opening — along with the upcoming openings of the new Holiday Inn Express and a St. Luke’s clinic nearby — will spur more interest in the district.

“We haven’t had anything specific yet,” Boucher said. “But I anticipate in a couple of years we’ll see more development in the area.”

A foot in the door to criminalize private sales of firearms.

Unlicensed Twin Cities buyer of guns online pleads guilty; some were used in crimes
The St. Paul man bought 41 guns online. One was found at a drug crime scene in Bloomington.
By Paul Walsh Star Tribune MAY 1, 2016 — 10:03AM

U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced a federal indictment charging Eitan Benjamin Feldman, 28, for illegally dealing in firearms without a license and lying on at least nine firearms transaction records and seen Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN.

A St. Paul man has admitted that he illegally sold large quantities of weapons online while posing as a gun collector in one of the first cases charged in the wake of President Obama’s pledge to crack down on unregulated firearms sales.

Eitan B. Feldman, 29, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to dealing in firearms without a license. Feldman remains free on $25,000 unsecured bond as he waits sentencing on a date to be determined. Feldman’s was the third unlicensed-seller case charged by the U.S. attorney’s office in the past decade.
Several of the handguns sold from January 2014 to January of this year soon turned up at Twin Cities crime scenes, according to federal authorities. Of the 41 guns Feldman bought and resold during this period, the average time he actually possessed a gun before offering it for resale was nine days. Authorities said his average profit on each sale was $90.

In July 2015, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) told Feldman that some of the firearms he had bought and then transferred for pickup at L.E. Gun Sales in Burnsville had been linked to crime scenes days later after he sold them.

A few months later, ATF agents warned Feldman in writing that continuous sales of guns made him an unlicensed “dealer in firearms” and that he should stop immediately or risk prosecution. But Feldman made at least eight more sales, including two to undercover federal agents. Those agents were not asked for identification or screened to determine whether they were barred legally from buying firearms.

According to the indictment, Feldman advertised on a website called Armslist.com to sell more than 40 guns he had earlier bought from licensed dealers online.

Feldman first had the firearms transferred to L.E. Gun Sales, where he would receive them after completing required paperwork and submitting to a background check.

The ATF found evidence linking him to several handguns used in violent crimes and drug trafficking:

• A Ruger .380 pistol allegedly bought from Feldman was used in Minneapolis just one week after he obtained the weapon. Minneapolis police found shell casings from the pistol at the scene of a March 2015 shots-fired call, and they were later linked to an April assault, according to court documents.

• Bloomington police investigating the transport of 50 pounds of marijuana to Minnesota also found a Taurus .38-caliber revolver that one suspect allegedly bought from Feldman.

Beyond sick. Predators doing what predators do, I guess.

Grand Rapids woman accused of using drugs, having sex with teen from drug treatment center
By News Tribune on Apr 29, 2016 at 9:14 p.m.

A Grand Rapids woman faces seven felony charges after allegedly having a sexual relationship and using drugs with a teenage boy who was a client at the drug treatment center where she worked.

Melanie Lynn Peterson, 30, was charged in State District Court in Grand Rapids on Friday with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct; one count of third-degree sale of a controlled substance; one count of fourth-degree sale of a controlled substance; one count of fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance crime; and one count of depriving another of parental rights — all felonies. She also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

If convicted on the most serious charge, she faces up to 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Peterson’s bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions, the Itasca County Attorney’s Office reported.

According to the criminal complaint:

Early Tuesday morning, a 15-year-old boy was reported as a runaway from Northland Recovery Center’s adolescent center in Grand Rapids. A staff member — Peterson — told authorities that the boy, who had been a resident of the facility since about January, ran out the door without saying a word; she said she did not know where he might have gone.

Officers spoke with the boy’s mother, who said the boy had previously shown up at her apartment several times late at night when he was supposed to be at the center. He allegedly told his mother that he was able to leave the facility because he was having sex with a female staff member who worked nights and was about 30 years old; the boy’s mother said she thought the staff member’s name was Melanie.

At about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the boy returned to the treatment center and admitted to ingesting Percocet and Vicodin pills and smoking marijuana.

He initially told authorities that he had traveled to Minneapolis that day, but in a later interview said that he had coordinated running away from the facility with Peterson and spent the day at her apartment in Grand Rapids.

“He stated that Peterson had agreed to delay reporting him as a runaway to ensure that he would arrive at her apartment without issue,” the complaint states. He allegedly said he stayed in contact with her during the morning, and after she returned to the apartment the two used drugs and had sex.

The boy told authorities that he had been involved in an “intimate relationship” with Peterson since March, and that they had had sex at the treatment center about 20 times.

Peterson initially denied, but then admitted the boy had been at her apartment on Tuesday, the complaint states. She claimed that the boy had involved her in using prescription drugs again after she had been clean for six years.

Peterson allegedly told authorities that she and the boy had discussed him running away from the facility and going to her apartment for some time. While at the apartment, she said, the two ingested Oxycodone pills and smoked marijuana. She also allegedly said she and the boy used controlled substances at the treatment center several times in the past.

Peterson is due back in court on Monday. A check of Minnesota and Wisconsin court records showed no prior convictions.

Its about damn time, don’t you think? After all, isn’t the definition of equality treating everyone the same??

House panel votes to make women register for the draft
Leo Shane III, Military Times 8:16 a.m. EDT April 28, 2016


Women will have to register with the Selective Service and would be eligible to be drafted in the military, under a provision narrowly approved by a House panel on Wednesday.

The proposal passed the House Armed Services Committee without support from its sponsor, Iraq War veteran Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who introduced the measure as a way to force congressional conversation about the role of women in the military.

But several Republicans broke ranks with their committee counterparts to support the idea of drafting women for military service, until now a possibility solely reserved for men.
Congress takes its first step toward killing the military draft

Under current law, all men ages 18 to 26 are required to register for possible involuntary military service with the Selective Service System. Women have always been exempt, and past legal challenges have pointed to restrictions placed on their military service as a reason for their exclusion.

But earlier this year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened all military jobs to women, negating that argument.

Hunter said the move made the Selective Service setup “sexist” and said he was unwilling to leave the draft issue up to the White House or Pentagon. But he also made clear he opposed the idea of adding women to draft lists.

Others disagreed, including Nevada’s Rep. Joe Heck, New York Rep. Chris Gibson and Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, fellow Republicans and Iraq War veterans. McSally argued that if a draft was needed, women could serve any number of military roles, including but not exclusive to infantry jobs.

The vote came the same day Army officials announced that Capt. Kristen Griest, one of the first women to earn a Ranger tab, will becoming the Army’s first female infantry officer.

Defense Department leaders have already backed the idea of adding women to the draft, while also emphasizing they do not see any scenario where a draft will actually happen. No Americans have been pressed into involuntary military service since the last draft ended in 1973.

Lawmakers have also included in the legislative language requiring a full review of the Selective Service System and possible “alternatives” to the current system.
The agency’s activities cost taxpayers roughly $23 million each year, and a 2012 Government Accountability Office report questioned whether the system could even provide a list of draftees to the Defense Department if called upon to do so.

Senate lawmakers must sign off on the draft review and changes before they can be sent to the president to become law. The authorization bill isn’t expected to be finalized by Congress until this fall.
Leo Shane III covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He can be reached at lshane@militarytimes.com.

Meanwhile, both our borders remain open for intrusion…

Secret Service Calls for ‘Taller and Stronger’ White House Fence Following Series of Jumpers
Apr. 28, 2016 12:18am Tré Goins-Phillips


The U.S. Secret Service has one thing in common with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump: They want a “taller and stronger” wall — sort of.

Rather than around the country’s borders, the Secret Service is proposing an improved fence around the White House, following an increase in the number of people attempting to jump the barrier onto the ground of the executive mansion.

The proposed new design would incorporate “anti-climb features” and “intrusion detection technology” in order to deter possible jumpers, according to a statement from a Secret Service spokeswoman. The new “complex design” would feature a fence that is 11 feet and seven inches tall with 1 3/4-inch pickets and taller gates near entrances.

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said, according to NBC Washington.

“[The fence] is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances, and we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” he added.

The current 6-foot fence boasts small spikes, which officials call “pencil points,” that were installed in 2015 after a series of jumpers crossed onto protected White House property.

The Secret Service, working with the National Park Service, is awaiting approval from the National Planning Commission before the proposal can move forward. The goal is to begin building the higher-security fence by 2018, but an exact timeline is unknown.

“There are still several additional steps before construction could begin on a new fence, and a timeline is not concrete,” the Secret Service said.

This comes after the White House was briefly placed on lockdown Tuesday after a male robbery suspect, who authorities said was attempting to flee police custody, jumped a fence near the president’s house.

Let the crime spree continue…and the common denominator is….

Two Arrested for Selling Heroin in Duluth

Raeanna Marnati, Web Producer, rmarnati@kqdsfox21.tv
POSTED: 01:22 PM CDT Apr 27, 2016


Two men have been arrested and charged for allegedly selling heroin in Duluth.

The Duluth Police Department, along with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant Monday afternoon.

During their search, they seized 9.4 grams of heroin, along with other evidence of drug sales.

31-year-old Terrell Jermain Cullom, of Chicago, and 33-year-old Aaron Reynolds, of St. Paul were arrested and charged with Aiding and Abetting Controlled Crime in the Second Degree.

Reynolds has a prior conviction of Controlled Substance Crime in the Fourth Degree in Ramsey County from 2009. He also has pending charges of Aiding and Abetting Controlled Substance Crime in the Second Degree and Third Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance in St. Louis County District Court.

Cullom has a previous conviction for Fifth Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance in Ramsey County from 2008.

Copyright © 2016, KQDS.

An act of kindness. We wish Jacob all the best.

Bemidji High School holds early graduation for senior battling cancer, facing surgery
By Kyle Farris Today at 12:17 p.m.

BEMIDJI — He probably was smiling.

The people who know Jacob Caliri say he does that a lot, even on days a band doesn’t play in his honor. “He’s so happy,” his mom said. “All the time.”
The smart money says Jacob didn’t keep a straight face Monday. Not on a day that was all about him. There’s just no way he sat with a scowl during the graduation song and its slow, steady sweeps. Or during his friend’s speech. Or during his walk across the stage–punctuating each handshake with a sharp bow–toward a diploma he got six weeks early.

Some things a mask can’t hide.

Jacob was diagnosed a few weeks ago with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. His mom, Nikki, found the tumor March 7. The cancer right now is confined to his cheek and jaw–an unusual part of the body for an unusual form of cancer to take hold. His surgery, an invasive one, is scheduled for Thursday. After that it’s more chemotherapy.

“We’re just doing what they tell us,” Nikki said. “I don’t want to put any expectations into his mind.”

Bemidji High School made Monday all about Jacob when his teachers and friends found out he might not be able to attend the senior class graduation June 4.

He had fulfilled every requirement to graduate. But his surgery had originally been scheduled for that week.

So the band practiced. And the choir.

Jacob’s classmates bought T-shirts with a logo like Superman’s. “Super Jacob,” they read.

And someone arranged an appearance by a professional Batman, the kind that specializes in birthday parties and hospital visits. Complete with a street-legal Batmobile.

“I was excited,” Jacob said.

“I think he’s overwhelmed,” Nikki said. “In a good way.”

They let Jacob walk into the auditorium last, so the applause would be loudest. His teachers wore caps and gowns, so he wouldn’t be alone. And his friends held up signs they had made, and waved them so he would see.

David Stortroen’s had a picture of Sonic the Hedgehog, Jacob’s favorite–“because he’s fast, and he’s powerful, and he helps save people from evil,” the new graduate said.

Johnny Anderson’s had messages he had written for his friend. “You make people happy,” one read.

Johnny started to cry.

“I’m going to miss him.”

When the choir started to sing, Jacob ran up to sing with them.

When it was over, he gave about 20 bows.

When he got his diploma and moved off stage, he took off his cap and threw it.

Nikki didn’t ask doctors the stage of her son’s cancer.

Osteosarcoma usually affects the arms and legs, and its presence in Jacob’s chin and jaw complicates an already complicated process. He wears a surgical mask now, muffling his voice.

Nikki tries not to plant expectations in Jacob’s mind, because she doesn’t know what to expect herself.

“Good thing it’s isolated,” she said.

Jacob’s friend, Tanner Garrigan, gave the graduation speech. They acted together in “Shrek,” the school’s fall musical. He said Jacob had the script memorized–everyone’s lines, even stuff like pages numbers.

“His mind is his superpower,” Garrigan said.

At the end of the ceremony Batman gave Jacob a bag with comic books and trading cards.

Then they came together for a photo, and the hero of the day took off his mask.

What goes around, comes around. Its called Karma.

Armed Felon Dead After Allegedly Pulling Gun on Concealed Permit Holder


by AWR HAWKINS25 Apr 2016Orlando, FL82
On April 25, an armed felon was shot and killed after allegedly pulling a gun on a concealed carry permit holder.

The alleged armed felon was at a Circle K around 12:48 a.m. in Orlando, Florida.

According to WFTV, the Orlando Police Department says 29-year-old Titus Bernard and 36-year-old Delvin Jamar Broner got into an argument that “was instigated by Broner.” At some point, Broner — “a convicted felon” — allegedly “pulled out a gun.” Bernard responded by pulling his own gun and firing several rounds at Broner.

Police said Broner died “on the floor of the business.”

Bernard “has a valid concealed weapons permit,” and police indicate that witnesses corroborated Bernard’s “version of the events.”

No employees or other customers were harmed.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

What’s the point in driving a fast car if you don’t drive it fast? My personal best was 143/55.

racers4By Paul Walsh and Dan Browning Star Tribune staff writers APRIL 24, 2016 — 4:53PM

The drivers of a dozen or more high-end sports cars were cited for reckless driving Saturday after a state trooper clocked them at more than 110 miles per hour as they zoomed west on Interstate 394, just west of Louisiana Avenue, authorities said.

One state trooper stopped seven of the vehicles as they doubled back and headed east on Hwy. 12 near Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 15), but five others allegedly took “evasive” actions and sped away, said patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson. The drivers of those five vehicles were later cited when they stopped at a Holiday gas station in Maple Plain.

One of the troopers told some of the drivers that “they were endangering themselves and other drivers on the road,” Nielson said.

The first report from a patrol officer on I-394 back to dispatch came late Saturday afternoon: “Two dozen cars, well over 100 miles per hour. … Lamborghinis, Porsches; one of them was bright green.”

The same officer said just a moment later, “I see the lead pack. … I’m gonna stop that one, and then I’m gonna start flagging them over.”

A second patrol officer spotted the pack that reversed course and headed east on Hwy. 12.

Three of the sports cars that were caught going more than 100 miles per hour.

Three of the sports cars that were caught going more than 100 miles per hour.
“I’m gonna try to shut it down here,” he told dispatch, according to scanner transmissions. “I got [one of the cars] pulled over just west of County Road 15. Another five are stopped at Baker [Road].”

The makes of the cars included Lamborghinis, a McLaren, a Ferrari, a Maserati and other elite models. The trooper estimated the combined list price of the dozen vehicles that were stopped at more than $2.1 million.

There may have been others in the initial pack who evaded authorities, the lieutenant said.

The 12 drivers who were stopped were all men, ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-50s and owners of the vehicles, Nielson said. They must appear before a judge to answer the misdemeanor charges.

There was no suspicion of drinking by any of the drivers, Nielson said. As for seat belt compliance, the lieutenant said it would have been difficult for the troopers to spot that.

After the drivers were ticketed and sent on their way, a motorist on eastbound Hwy. 12 spotted some of the exotic rides and had his passenger snap a few photos as they neared where Hwy. 12 becomes I-394 at I-494.

The witness, who asked that his name not be published, said, “They came by us, pretty much safe and legally for the most part.”

He said a black BMW was leading the pack, and a passenger was “hanging out the window taking pictures of this little caravan.”

There was a Lamborghini, a McLaren and an Audi in the group “all driving in a line,” he said.

Any thought of joining them? “I was driving a silver Honda Civic,” the man said. “I actually thought of catching up with them for a bit, but my girlfriend gets mad at me when I do things like that.”

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Happy earth day. If you just ate and have a queasy stomach, pass this story up.

Earth Day co-founder killed, ‘composted’ his ex-girlfriend


1:15 PM 04/22/2013

The self-described founder of a Earth Day is a convicted murderer.

Despite helping to found the environmental movement’s most important day of the year, environmental activist and self-proclaimed co-founder Earth Day Ira Einhorn had a dark side. NBC News recalls that Einhorn was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and stuffing her “composted” body inside a trunk.

After his girlfriend of five years, Helen “Holly” Maddux, broke up with him, Einhorn threatened to throw her belongings onto the street is she didn’t pick them up. She went to Einhorn’s apartment to retrieve them on Sept. 9, 1977 but was never seen again.

Several weeks later, Einhorn told police that she went missing after going out to the neighborhood co-op to buy tofu and sprouts. However, 18 months later authorities searched his apartment after neighbors complained that a “reddish-brown, foul-smelling liquid was leaking from the ceiling directly below Einhorn’s bedroom closet,” reports NBC News.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/22/earth-day-co-founder-killed-composted-his-ex-girlfriend/#ixzz46a8C0z3C