A AP story says, “Superior National Forest officials say the last remaining closure order related to the wildfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has now been lifted.. A hot, unusually dry summer caused extreme fire danger and resulted in the complete closure of northern Minnesota’s popular wilderness for a few weeks after wildfires broke out. The last remaining shutdown related to the John Ek and Whelp fires has now been lifted. Cooler conditions and recent rains have helped control the fires. … The BWCA received 3-6 inches of rain in September, which is about normal for the month.
Frederick Melo writes in Pioneer Press: “In an ongoing effort to crack down on tobacco sales to youth and other vulnerable groups, St. Paul’s city council will soon vote on a sweeping anti-smoking ordinance that would reduce the number of tobacco licenses available in the city., set a minimum price of $ 10 for cigarette packs, and ban cigarette coupons and price promotions, including vaping coupons. Opponents of the retail sector and anti-tobacco advocates agree the proposal would likely amount to the most aggressive tobacco sales restrictions in the country. “
A Star Tribune Story by Jeff Meitrodt, Nicole Norfleet and Adam Belz reports: “Every year, settlement buying companies persuade accident victims across the country to forgo an estimated $ 1 billion in future payments in exchange for a much smaller lump sum. On average, settlement buying companies keep about 60% of the money, according to a Star Tribune analysis of more than 2,400 transactions in seven states between 2000 and 2020. In Minnesota alone, these companies paid $ 28 million. dollars since 2010 for $ 70 million in future payments, according to court records. At the time these deals were made, the companies valued the payments at $ 53 million. As a rule of thumb, the less payments someone has to wait for them.“
Babs Santos Reports for FOX 9: “After seven decades in east St. Paul, a popular Italian-American restaurant closed for the last time on Saturday. The Dari-Ette Drive-In opened in 1951 and since then, a family has been behind all of its success. With its Italian-style sandwich, popular gravy, and hand-rolled meatballs, the restaurant is perfect for Italian-American cuisine in the Twin Cities, between April and October. … And as the last drive-in in St. Paul, the experience is also bittersweet. But after Saturday, Angela Fida packs her bags, calling it the right time. “
Also in the Star Tribune, Tim Harlow writes: “The construction season is drawing to a close for this year, but plans for future road construction and transit projects continue. This week, we’ll learn more about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plan to modernize the highway. 252 via Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park and Interstate 94 in northern Minneapolis as the agency launches a series of virtual and in-person meetings. … Both roads are also deteriorating and need to be repaired, MnDOT said. “
ICYMI, WCCO-TV reports: “After a tumultuous few months for the Minnesota GOP, the party has a new president. David Hann won the election on Saturday for the post after Jennifer Carnahan was forced to step down in August. Hann, a former Senate Minority Leader for Eden Prairie, won the final vote against businessman Jerry Dettinger.
MPR Reports: “Thousands of runners took part in the Twin Cities Marathon and the TC 10 Mile race on Sunday – a welcome return to a fall tradition, after last year’s races were canceled due to the pandemic. Mohamed Hrezi of Philadelphia won the men’s marathon title with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 22 seconds. Naomi Fulton, of Hartland, Wisconsin, won the women’s title in 2:45:57.“
Also from the AP: “Hundreds of world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires, celebrities, religious leaders and drug traffickers have hidden their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront properties, yachts and other assets over the course of the quarter of a century, based on a review of nearly 12 million files obtained from 14 companies around the world. The report released on Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists involved 600 journalists from 150 media outlets in 117 countries. It’s nicknamed the “Pandora Papers” because the findings shed light on previously hidden transactions of the elite and the corrupt, and how they used offshore accounts to protect assets collectively worth billions of dollars. “
Related. As part of their report on the “Pandora Papers”, Greg Miller, Debbie Cenziper and Peter Whoriskey write in the Washington Post: “The records provide substantial new evidence, for example, that South Dakota now rivals the notoriously opaque jurisdictions in Europe and the Caribbean on financial secrecy. Tens of millions of dollars from outside the United States are now hosted by trust companies in Sioux Falls, some of which are linked to people and companies accused of human rights abuses and other acts reprehensible. … In 2019, for example, family members of the former vice president of the Dominican Republic, who once ran one of the country’s largest sugar producers, finalized several trusts in South Dakota. The trusts held personal wealth and stock in the company, which has been accused of human and labor rights violations, including illegally razing the homes of impoverished families to expand plantations.