Esme's Blog: Vikings 3, Fans 0In 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.
Esme's Blog: Black Friday CreepLast 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.
Esme's Blog: Trouble In Vikings CountryThe 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.
Esme's Blog: Franken Turkey Day RecipesIn my inbox this morning I found this email from Al Franken for Senate 2014 campaign. Note the Senator's use of Mahnomen wild rice. Will other wild rice producers ask for a recipe recount?
Esme's Blog: A General ProblemThe Paula Broadwell/David Petraeus/Jill Kelley scandal is embarrassing enough.
Esme's Blog: Mystic Lake & LiquorIf Mystic Lake gets the green light for alcohol sales, it will transform what is already a travel destination into a far more high profile and popular spot.
Esme's Blog: Why The Fair MattersIt is the Great Minnesota Get Together. Twelve days of excess eating, riding rides, and touring exhibits that range from the quaint (think seed art) to the frankly goofy (again, think seed art).
Esme's Blog: Another Lesson From AuroraAs the anguished second guessing over the Aurora massacre continues, much has been made of the suspect's ability to amass an arsenal legally and over the Internet. But there is a second wave of second guessing.
Esme's Blog: The Mental Health Of Our MilitaryThe horrifying tragedy of the American soldier who is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians raises serious questions about the U.S. Military's awareness, monitoring and understanding of how troops are faring under the unimaginable stresses of combat.
Esme's Blog: That Open Marriage QuestionAfter a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire, New Gingrich has resurrected his campaign in South Carolina with razor sharp attacks on Mitt Romney and the news media. He has successfully deflected the embarrassing claim by his second wife that he wanted an open marriage.
Esme's Blog: MN GOP: Broke And LeaderlessThe sudden announcement by GOP Chair Tony Sutton that he is resigning sheds light on the embarrassing financial picture of the party.
Esme’s Blog: Minnesota Enters the Record BooksAt midnight Sunday July 10 Minnesota will enter the record books, breaking the record for the longest state shutdown in the nation’s history.
Esme’s Blog: The Lasting Legacy of Geraldine FerraroFor the young women of another generation the announcement that Geraldine Ferraro would be Walter Mondale's running mate was a watershed. It was thrilling, stunning news. A woman as vice president meant a woman would be a heartbeat away for the presidency.