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The Twitter comments, Facebook posts and talk-radio commentary began shortly after a former student massacred 17 people in a Florida school last week. Most involved the usual drivel spouted after mass shootings. Thoughts and prayers. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Now is not the time to talk about gun control.
Buckle up, North Dakota. The political campaign of your life is about to begin. It's Heitkamp vs. Cramer, the winner to the U.S. Senate. The loser gets to have a life. So who would really be the winner? For sure, those who own television and radio stations in the state. Rep. Kevin Cramer, Republican, made his flip-flop official Friday, Feb. 16. After declaring last month he was a "man of the House" and that he wanted to spend more time with his 10-year-old son, Cramer announced he will challenge incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat, in November.
News item: The Fargo Park District will spend nearly $1.3 million to buy the clubhouse at Rose Creek Golf Course, and there might be more costs to come. The 25-year-old building is in need of some upgrades and repairs, although the exact cost and who will pay is not yet decided. News item: Of the 17 outdoor ice skating rinks operated by the park district, only six have operating lights and warming houses this winter. The district says this will save about $30,000 per year.
It's tough to discern the most offensive aspect of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's ethical misstep of accepting $37,000 in Super Bowl tickets from a Minnesota energy company. Is it the utter arrogance and cluelessness of a governor whose alarm bell didn't go off when Xcel Energy, a company that does business in North Dakota and at some point may come calling on Burgum for assistance, offers such a gift?
I don't care that Carson Wentz is engaged and it's disturbing that so many people do. I don't care about his fiancee's background and it's even more disturbing that so many people do. Next thing you know, North Dakotans will be clamoring for information about Carson's wedding details, honeymoon plans and child-bearing ambitions and strategy. "They've gotta have at least two boys, spread four years apart! That'll give the Bison a Little Carson starting at quarterback for eight years!"
Minneapolis Tom who? For that matter, Carson who? At least for now. In a Super Bowl in which it was expected the greatest quarterback in NFL history was going to outshine the career journeyman, it was the journeyman who outshined the GOAT. And pretty much everybody else, including Pink and Justin Timberlake. Nick Foles, welcome to immortality. Not only was he every bit the passer of Tom Brady on this day, Foles also showed he's the better receiver. "Just another game," Foles deadpanned afterward.
Minneapolis The Minneapolis Convention Center provided shelter from reality Saturday, while a real Minnesota winter raged outside. Just enough snow fell to make streets and sidewalks slick, slushy and dangerous. The Nicollet Mall a few blocks away featured ice sculptures and wind-blown streets that had people bundling and grumbling. And the traffic around the Twin Cities with the weather the way it was? Don't ask.
St. Paul If Minnesota Vikings fans were looking to Carson Wentz for help, they're not going to get it. Many fans who traveled to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and the Eagles a couple of weeks ago were appalled—and often frightened—by the behavior of some Eagles fans. Asked about the topic at Super Bowl media day Monday, Wentz acknowledged some over-the-top behavior occurred but defended Eagles fans as passionate. "Rabid" might be a better word, but you get the drift.
St. Paul, Minn. It only got a little weird during Carson Wentz's interview session at Super Bowl media day Monday. Seated a few rows into the Xcel Energy Center's stands so he could rest his injured left knee, Wentz fielded questions from Fargo reporters and a handful of national types who spotted the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback among the zoo the NFL runs prior to the big game.
PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz isn't talking to the media while he rehabilitates his injured left knee, but that didn't stop the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback from celebrating a trip to the Super Bowl. Wentz was in the mass of bodies on the field and in the celebratory locker room afterward—using a cane for support—after the Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 Sunday night in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are headed to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4.