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Esme’s Blog: A Note to School Administrators

To school administrators: I get it, your job is hard. But being a mom, dad or guardian of a child is too. I get that when the high is -10, schools should be closed. What I don’t get is why these calls are not made sooner so that parents can make plans, not only for their children but for their own work schedules.

01/25/2014

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Esme’s Blog: The Blame Game For The Target Breach

A news article Saturday puts the blame for the 100 million plus credit card breach squarely on the Target bullseye. The story in the New York Times said hackers trolling for vulnerable retailers found an easy target (pun intended), in the Minneapolis-based company.

01/18/2014

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Esme’s Blog: Cold Weather Perspective

“Brutal cold is coming,” the weather man announced with urgency. “Temps will dip to 18 overnight,” he warned. That was just a few days ago as I watched a local TV station while visiting relatives in New York. Coming home to a forecast of lows of minus 20-something, I winced.

01/04/2014

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Esme’s Blog: Another School Shooting

A day before the anniversary of the shooting that claimed 26 lives in Newtown Conn., another school shooting had a nation collectively saying, “Not again” on Friday. Mass shootings suddenly seem part of the American landscape. A push in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre for tougher gun control laws failed.

12/14/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The First Step For The Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced a list of 34 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse earlier this week. Critics said more names should have been on that list, that the Archdiocese was forced to release the names and that without a court order they would not have done so.

12/07/2013

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is wrapped up by Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Esme’s Blog: Vikings 3, Fans 0

In this most dismal of years — with last week’s tie possibly blowing a shot at landing the top draft pick — comes the news that, in three weeks, three Vikings have been arrested. Jerome Simpson and Erin Henderson for were booked for DWI, and AJ Jefferson for felony domestic assault.

11/30/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Hidden Waters

Driving south on Highway 100 at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, I heard WCCO-AM’s Steve Murphy reporting on a horrific accident. A car was submerged, people trapped inside. I didn’t hear the location. I remember thinking it was likely somewhere by Lake Minnetonka. Suddenly at St. Louis Park traffic slowed, and I saw an ambulance racing with lights and sirens on in the northbound lane.

11/23/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Black Friday Creep

Last year there was a furor over Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Target will open one hour earlier on Thanskgiving. It is of course not just Target; almost every major retailer this year is opening on Thanksgiving Day. Even one of last year’s big holdouts — Macy’s — will open at 6 p.m.

11/16/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Ranking Ranked-Choice Voting

One: It was confusing. Two: It took far longer to count the ballots than supporters said it would. Three: It was a fix for a system that wasn’t broken. That is my ballot. What’s yours?

11/09/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The Final Humiliation Of Tom Petters

If there were ever a Minnesota case where cameras in the courtroom would have been a benefit to the public, it is the Tom Petters case, in my opinion. For four remarkable days in the winter of 2009, Petters testified, maintaining with a cocky flair, that he was an unwitting pawn in a $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme. It was all the work of his underlings he said, and that he had no idea what was going on.

10/26/2013

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Esme’s Blog: A Widening Scandal

What exactly is the standard in the Catholic Church these days? Among the lurid revelations in the past few weeks there is one that I keep coming back to. It is not the most graphic, but it is one that those at the highest levels of the Archdiocese knew about.

10/19/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Government Shutdown Pain

Today I got an email from a furloughed federal employee from Lakeville, Minn., who, along with her co-workers, has not been able to collect unemployment because the state of Minnesota is demanding information from her employer, which she obviously can’t get because the government is shut down.

10/12/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The Shutdown Blame Game

Last time the government shut down in 1995-96, Republicans were blamed and paid a heavy price. They lost seats in both the House and Senate, and Presidential candidate Bob Dole went down in defeat to President Clinton.

10/05/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Stereotyping Minnesota’s Somali Community

This week, as network television crews descended on the Twin Cities to report on the still unconfirmed Minnesota connection to the Kenyan mall attack, young Somalis, most of them American citizens, felt they were being seen, just because of their ethnicity, as supporters of the terror group al-Shabaab.

09/28/2013

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Esme’s Blog: A Critical Week For The MN Orchestra

No one disagrees that it is one of the best orchestras in the world. For nearly a year they have been locked out by the Minnesota Orchestra Board. The Orchestra’s renowned conductor Osmo Vanska has […]

09/21/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Mpls. Mayor’s Race The Wackiest In MN History?

Minnesota, of course, has had some pretty wacky elections. Topping them all, most would say, was the 1998 Governor’s race, where former pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura used some unconventional campaign commercials to help him ride to victory.

09/14/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The Agonizing Syria Decision

This week, normally accessible members of Congress and their staff have not returned phone calls. Lawmakers usually ready to offer up opinions have hidden behind statements suggesting which way they are leaning but also offering up expressions of understanding for the opposing side.

09/07/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The Comfort Of The MN State Fair

As the nation sits on the brink of a military intervention in Syria, an intervention that has a nation nervously wondering if the President’s “limited” action could lead to a path to a greater extended conflict, there is a place to ignore this and all other problems, whether they be national, domestic or personal.

08/31/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Trouble In Vikings Country

The stadium deal that most of us thought was a done deal in May is unraveling at the midnight hour over fallout from a New Jersey Judge’s findings that the Minnesota Vikings owners are guilty of civil fraud.

08/24/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Amy Klobuchar For President?

A little visit to Iowa by Sen. Amy Klobuchar has news outlets from CNN to ABC speculating she is considering a run for President of the United States. Klobuchar is brushing off the talk insisting she loves her current job. But the buzz is not likely to subside. Emily’s List has her on their list of potential candidates.

08/17/2013

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Esme’s Blog: ‘Purse-onal’ Style And The NFL

It has been a long time since I have been to a Vikings game, far longer since I went anywhere with a toddler toting a diaper bag. A check on the Vikings’ website for tickets to the upcoming Cleveland Browns game revealed the cheapest tickets in the upper deck of the Metrodome are a hefty $72.

08/10/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The Surprisingly Formidable Al Franken

If anyone was supposed to be an easy target for defeat in 2014 it was going to be Sen. Al Franken. He won the disputed 2008 race by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast. Today Franken is on none of the national lists of vulnerable incumbents.

08/03/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Adrian Peterson Says Bring On The Blood Tests

The NFL is beginning a trial program of blood testing for HGH and performance enhancing drugs. Details of the pilot program are sketchy but Adrian Peterson is one player who is welcoming it. “I like it, I love it,” Peterson said, as he believes it will reveal who the cheaters are.

07/27/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Obamacare Headed Our Way

With even supporters of Health Care Reform calling it Obamacare, I guess we can too. And it is heading our way, in a big way, on Jan. 1. Sure, some provisions have already been in place, including young people under 26 staying on their parents’ insurance. And the White House this week announced the postponement of the requirement for larger employers to provide insurance.

07/06/2013

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Esme’s Blog: What A Difference 1 Year Makes For Gay Marriage

Last summer almost all political experts predicted Minnesota would pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. Not only was that amendment defeated in November, but Minnesota legalized gay marriage last month.

06/29/2013

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