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  • » (EA) EASTTODAY I N YOU R A R E A Savor a piece of history White Bear Town Hall | 4151 Hoffman Road Learn the history of the Town Hall, a small 1885 building in White Bear Township. The 6 p.m. event twin cities+region is free, but donations welcome. Info: 651-407-5327 W W W. S TA R T R I B U N E . C O M / L O C A L S E C T I O N B • T H U R S D AY, M A R C H 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 Pawlenty to sign bonding bill DFL made concessions, but the governor is still expected to use his line-item veto to trim out some projects. gail rosenblum By RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and PAT DOYLE the Legislature’s latest borrowing bill for construction projects — an indi- the end of the week. “The bonding bill incorporates Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL- Glyndon, and Rep. Alice Hausman, For a few Star Tribune staff writers cation that he will use his authority to most of our key priorities,” Pawlenty DFL-St. Paul, acknowledged that trim projects from the measure rath- said. “It’s still too large, but it’s a bill there was a risk in making the con- Gov. Tim Pawlenty signaled er than veto the entire bill. we can work with. We’ll just have to cessions without knowing how many gifted teens, Wednesday that he’ll approve a ma- jor statewide public works effort, af- But at $1 billion, the bonding bill remains roughly $300 million larg- slim it down.” After the governor threatened to projects could get sliced from their bill. home is where ter DFLers made concessions to fund his priorities with no assurances that he’ll approve their projects. er than the governor had sought. The DFL-led House and Senate are poised to pass the legislation Thursday, and veto an earlier version in its entire- ty, legislators reconstructed the bill, adding projects that he wanted and But they said there was no chance for a deal otherwise because the gov- their art is Pawlenty said he can “work with” Pawlenty could trim specific items by cutting funds for some he didn’t. Bonding continues on B6 Ø « IT’S STILL TOO LARGE, BUT IT’S A BILL WE CAN WORK « WE WERE CONSTANTLY ASKING THEM FOR SOME KIND Maximino Garcia-Marin is among dozens of Minneapolis WITH. WE’LL JUST HAVE TO SLIM IT DOWN. » OF A DEAL … AND WE NEVER GOT ANY. » art students who created projects Gov. Tim Pawlenty Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon for Viva City, an annual citywide WWII’S UNSUNG competition that continues at the Central Library through March 16th. But he’s among an elite few whose artwork carries painful un- Legislature actstoban VETS: THE WASPS dertones. Still, it’s hard to imagine a better person to create art around one of this year’s themes — home — than someone who went so graciously for so long without one. Through- sexoffender chiropractors out middle school and much of high school, where he now is a se- nior in the Patrick Henry Inter- national Baccalaureate (IB) Pro- gram, Garcia-Marin lived with After the Star Tribune reported his parents and three younger sib- that a convict got a license to lings at Mary’s Place, a Minneapo- lis shelter. practice despite past abuse, a bill “I tried to hide it sometimes,” on the issue moved in the House. said Garcia-Marin, 18 who speaks so softly one must lean in to hear By LORA PABST • lpabst@startribune.com each word, something you quickly realize you want to do. Less than two weeks after a Star “I was trying to get past that and Tribune report exposed a legal loop- look at the positives of living there. hole that allows convicted sex offend- We were saving up money. We had ers to work as chiropractors, the state food.” His parents carved out small Senate is moving quickly on a bill that jobs there, as did he. would overturn the policy. During his five years at Mary’s Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL- Place, he became a documentar- Winona, introduced a bill Tuesday ian of sorts, filling sketch books that would expand a law that cur- with pages of stories told in words rently governs just the state Board and pencil. of Medical Practice, which is pro- hibited from issuing a medical li- Rosenblum continues on B9 Ø cense to anyone convicted of a felo- ny-level sexual offense. The bill was unanimously approved in a commit- tee vote Wednesday night. It will be east today heard before the State Senate Judicia- ry committee on Friday. startribune.com/east “It’s certainly a high standard that Oakdale we also want applied to chiroprac- tors,” said Erickson Ropes, a regis- chief: Critics W H I ST L E B L OW E R had a shot To read the original report, go to http:// tinyurl.com/yhzb578 Chief Bill Sullivan pledges changes tered nurse. “I think citizens would following a no-confidence be surprised to find out that there vote by his department’s were two sets of expectations. … It’s a no-brainer to me that we’re equal- union last spring. izing those expectations.” Gary Hill, the Senate DFL cau- By KEVIN GILES cus spokesman, said the measure has kgiles@startribune.com widespread support and is expected to pass in the Senate. Oakdale leaders are press- Erickson Ropes said she drafted ing their police chief for an- the bill after reading the newspaper’s swers about his management report about Dr. Scott Fredin, who style after a study criticized was granted a license by the state some department practices. Board of Chiropractic Examiners Two City Council mem- last month even though Fredin spent bers, Kent Dotas and Stan two years in jail after pleading guilty Karwoski, asked Chief Bill to sexually assaulting two patients at Sullivan during a meeting his practice in Owatonna, Minn. Monday night why the study The board revoked Fredin’s li- didn’t address specific allega- cense when he was convicted in tions by a police union that J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE • Associated Press 2003, but board officials approved led to a no-confidence vote Former WASP Betty Wall Strohfus, a native of Faribault, Minn., was among several Minnesotans to receive the against Sullivan last spring. Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. Behind her was Tom Brokaw, author of “The Greatest Generation.” Chiropractor continues on B6 Ø Officers alleged he ran the department with a heavy hand. An elite corps of women received overdue » INSIDE THE SECTION The study, for which the recognition of their high-flying work. city paid nearly $50,000, was conducted by the Police Ex- DATESFIRMUP ecutive Research Forum (PERF) of Washington, D.C. By HAYLEY TSUKAYAMA hayley.tsukayama@startribune.com receive a long overdue recognition of their work — the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s FORLRTWORK Researchers interviewed highest civilian honors. Contract details on construc- several officers. WASHINGTON – Betty Strohfus, 90, has never liked More than 1,000 women flew non-combat mis- tion work on the Central “Did people feel free to be having her feet on the ground. sions for the United States during the war, includ- able to talk?” Dotas asked the “As a kid, if I couldn’t climb a tree, I’d sit on the ing a handful of Minnesota women. Never commis- Corridor plot out a timetable chief. roof,” she said. sioned or given benefits, the WASP pilots were not for much of the St. Paul line. Sullivan said the officers So Strohfus couldn’t pass up a chance to fly dur- even recognized as veterans until 1977. On Wednes- Trains should roll in 2014. B3 that PERF interviewed were ing World War II, when she came across a brochure day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority given the opportunity to asking women to join the military’s Women Air- Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry speak their minds. “The most force Service Pilots (WASP) program, which was Reid and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley Police ask abuse victims important thing to me is ev- designed to free up male pilots for missions over- paused in their other duties to bestow the medals. to come forward eryone had a clear shot,” Sul- seas. Other Minnesotans were also recognized. Patri- Investigators believe ex-Park Po- Known in her flying days as Betty Wall, Strohfus, cia McBride of St. Paul traveled to Washington to lice officer William Allan Jacobs Oakdale continues on B7 Ø of Faribault, Minn., was one of nearly 200 WASPS may have molested other kids. B4 who gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to WASP continues on B6 Ø
  • B 6 • M E T R O • S T A R T R I B U N E • T H U R S D AY, M A R C H 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 (NW) Pawlenty will sign, then trim ø BONDING FROM B1 er jobs into the pipeline quick- exactly what can be built with ly. They feared that a protract- the $47.5 million to house the ernor wouldn’t agree to lim- ed battle with Pawlenty would civilly committed sex offend- it his line-item vetoes in ex- delay that effort. ers. “I’ve told them to focus on change for concessions. They DFLers may have removed building additional contain- said it’s likely the entire pub- one major stumbling block to ment space as opposed to the lic works bill would have been Pawlenty’s approval by meet- infrastructure,” he said. killed or delayed without the ing him halfway on expand- In addition to concessions changes. ing the sex offender facility on Moose Lake, DFLers in- “He would have vetoed the at Moose Lake. Pawlenty had cluded funding for sever- whole bill if we hadn’t given said he wanted $89 million for al projects that Pawlenty de- him most of what he wanted,” that project. The Legislature’s manded but didn’t get in ear- Langseth said. “We were con- latest version includes $47.5 lier versions of the bill. They stantly asking them for some million. provided more than $9 mil- kind of a deal … and we nev- “We will make do with lion to renovate the Veterans er got any.” it,” Pawlenty said. “It’s what Home in Minneapolis and Hausman said the House they’ve given us, so we’ll make more than $10 million for con- does not have the votes to the most with what we have.” struction at Oak Park Heights override line-item vetoes by Also on Wednesday, pro- prison. LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE • Associated Press Pawlenty. gram officials provided some DFLers also agreed to cut Former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women in to fly American military Still, she said, it was “very details in response to a Star $44 million from their earlier aircraft, gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday.“It’s so surprising to be recognized,” said Betty Strohfus, a good news to me and to thou- Tribune request for a cost requests for construction in native of Faribault, Minn. sands of out-of-work Minne- breakdown of the project. the Minnesota State Colleges WWII’S UNSUNG VETS sotans that the governor says Among the disclosures, the and Universities system. he will sign this bonding bill.” administration wants to buy 12 outdoor benches for more Staff writer Mike Kaszuba contributed Quick action was sought than $700 each, 10 stools cost- to this story. DFLers came into the legis- ing $400 each and three natu- rachel.stassen- lative session last month insist- ral wood file cabinets for $946 berger@startribune.com • 651-292- ø WA S P F R O M B 1 Strohfus did everything she ing that work on the measure each. 0164 could to try to get back into the needed to be completed ear- The governor said he has pdoyle@startribune.com • 651-222- air, but no one would hire her. ly to get construction and oth- asked officials to figure out 1210 accept the honor on behalf of Now she travels the country, her mother, the late Anna Ross speaking about her experienc- Kary Anderson. The medal was es as one of the first women to also awarded posthumously to fly American military aircraft. Micky Axton, a WASP pilot who died in Eden Prairie last A former WASP displayed her At Wednesday’s ceremo- ny, surrounded by friends and A move to ban sex offender chiropractors month. Honoree Ruth Roberts new Congressional Gold Medal. family, Strohfus could barely get of Minneapolis was unable to through a sentence without be- ø CHIROPRACTOR FROM B1 tic Association, whose execu- “With the severity of this attend the ceremony. commutes from Faribault to ing stopped by autograph seek- tive director, Debra Hurston, charge, this is the appropriate “It’s so surprising to be recog- Mankato. ers and other admirers. is circulating a letter in favor response,” he said. nized,” Strohfus said. “It’s true After graduating from One admirer, Marine Lance his request to start over. He of Erickson Ropes’ bill. Dr. Adam Schotzko, a we weren’t recognized for a long training with the first class of Cpl. Gia Prestonise, had never is not allowed to treat female “Having a professional li- Woodbury chiropractor, al- time, but at the time I didn’t care, WASPs in 1944, Strohfus was met Strohfus before this week patients without another per- cense in Minnesota is a priv- so testified at the committee because I got to fly airplanes.” off to Nevada to train gunners. but quickly fell in love with her son in the room, but he doesn’t ilege and a trust,” Hurston hearing. He said chiroprac- She flew every day. warm, gregarious personali- have to tell patients about his wrote. “We believe this bill is tic doctors want to be held to Love at first flight “I loved every minute of it,” ty. Prestonise fought through conviction. Fredin has been consistent with previous leg- the same standards as medi- Strohfus took up aviation af- she said. the crowd Wednesday to find working in Minneapolis. His islative policy regarding li- cal doctors. ter she overheard a man talking On Dec. 20, 1944, the Ar- Strohfus and congratulate her license is registered at Hu- censed professions.” If the bill becomes law, about flying while working at my deactivated the WASP. “It on the medal. man Interfaces on Willow David Kunz testified Erickson Ropes said, legisla- the local courthouse. broke my heart when they said “We’re so proud of you,” Street. Larry Spicer, executive on behalf of the Minneso- tors should consider extend- “It was love at first flight,” they didn’t need us anymore,” Prestonise said, taking Stro- director of the chiropractic ta Chiropractic Association ing the ban to other state-reg- she quipped. Strohfus said. “We wanted hfus’ hands in hers. “Thank board, told the Star Tribune in at Wednesday’s committee ulated professions, including To join the local flight club, to fly for nothing, but they you, ma’am, for all you’ve February that he thought the hearing. He said even if chiro- dentists, psychologists and Strohfus took her bike to the wouldn’t let us.” done for us. You gave me this board would support extend- practors are restricted in their nurses. “Now that we have bank and put it up for collateral When she returned to Min- uniform and you didn’t even ing the revocation require- practice, there is no guaran- this awareness, we’re going on a $100 loan. For the required nesota in 1945, she tried to get know it.” ment to chiropractors. tee that they won’t reoffend. to have to follow up on it,” 35 hours of flight time required a job with Northwest Airlines, The move to eliminate the Kunz said a companion mea- she said. to qualify for WASP service, only to hear “we don’t hire Hayley Tsukayama is an intern in the license loophole is supported sure was introduced in the Strohfus flew a friend on his women.” Star Tribune’s Washington bureau. by the Minnesota Chiroprac- House this week. 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  • As Congress spars with Bunning, Minnesota hums along http://www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story... As Congress spars with Bunning, Minnesota hums along By Hayley Tsukayama March 2, 2010 Sen. Jim Bunning and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid exchanged strong words this morning, as the Kentucky Republican continued his objection to passing 30-day extensions to unemployment benefits and health without applying the Senate's rules of pay-go, which requires the Senate to offset spending before passing new legislation. Bunning's protest over deficit spending has stopped unemployment payments and transportation projects in some states, but, for now, Minnesota is doing just fine in both departments, thanks. Not that unemployed Minnesotans aren't affected. While figures from the U.S. Department of Labor say no unemployed Minnesotans are expected to be left high and dry by the Bunning hold, that's only because the state system has an extended benefits program to cover the 8,000 to 9,000 people who currently have federal emergency unemployment insurance. And until the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) gets its marching orders from Congress, Kirsten Morell, a spokeswoman for DEED, said DEED wants people to hold off until Friday to ask about benefits. If Congress reauthorizes the extension by Friday, the department can place those who qualify in the federal unemployment tiers. If it doesn't, DEED will most likely place the unemployed into the extended benefits tier. And if Congress makes the decision to reauthorize after Friday has passed, DEED may have to shuffle benefits yet again, returning people to federal unemployment insurance, to make sure they're following the letter of the law. The state's online unemployment system helps DEED move people to different tiers of the system, but Morrell admitted it's "quite a feat." Needless to say, DEED is hoping that won't happen. "[The department is] hoping to place people in the appropriate program the first time," Morell said. Over at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), they've learned from history. Communications director Kevin Gutknecht said MnDOT put programs in place to keep projects from shutting down in situations like this after the last reauthorization of the transportation law in 2005, which Gutknecht said took two years. "We knew the potential existed, and we're ready for it," Gutknecht said. Thanks to that preparation, the department hasn't had to shut down any projects as a result of Bunning's 1 of 2 4/21/10 3:17 PM
  • As Congress spars with Bunning, Minnesota hums along http://www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story... objections. Hayley Tsukayama is an intern at the Star Tribune's Washington bureau. © 2010 Star Tribune. All rights reserved. 2 of 2 4/21/10 3:17 PM
  • Leaders work to stop carp from invading Great Lakes // Governors http://min.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?ONEIMA... Credit: STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) Leaders work to stop carp from invading Great Lakes // Governors and White House officials pledged $78.5 million toward an effort to keep the fish out. HALEY TSUKAYAMA Publication Date: February 9, 2010 Page: 05B Section: NEWS Edition: METRO State and federal officials vowed Monday to expand an aggressive campaign to prevent Asian carp from establishing populations in the Great Lakes, pledging $78.5 million to the effort. The governors of Wisconsin and Michigan met with Obama administration officials to discuss ways to keep the carp out of the lakes. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn participated by telephone. Asian carp is a term used for any of four invasive species of carp. The carp-control framework proposed Monday also includes a plan to open locks into Lake Michigan less frequently to prevent the fish from entering, a move that could have implications for the shipping industry. "We believe the strategy and these actions are giving a strong and aggressive federal response to the Asian carp," said Nancy Sutley, who chairs the White House Council on Environmental Quality. While no live Asian carp have been found in the Great Lakes, scientists have found traces of carp DNA in Lake Michigan upstream from electric barriers designed to keep the fish out. Asian carp were introduced into the Mississippi River basin after catfish farmers imported the carp in the 1970s to control algae. Many fear the fish could destroy the Great Lakes' ecosystem and multibillion-dollar fishing industry by devouring the food supplies for native fish populations. In December, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a brief supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to immediately close two Illinois shipping locks that connect the Mississippi to the Great Lakes. Minnesota joined New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and the province of Ontario in supporting the measure. Illinois officials and the federal government opposed closing the locks, citing economic concerns. On Jan. 19, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Michigan's request to close the locks immediately. Federal officials said the governors did not discuss the lawsuit at their meeting Monday, although Jo-Ellen Darcy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that the locks represent only two ways for the carp to enter the Great Lakes and that closing them was "not necessarily the silver bullet that we're all looking for." Charlie Wooley of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who is based in Minneapolis, said this is not the only anti-carp effort Minnesota is undertaking. "We're not only concerned about the fish getting into the Great Lakes. We also have researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey starting to develop techniques that could control Asian carp in other parts of its expanded range," he said. "We'd like to develop techniques and then reclaim areas where the 1 of 2 3/26/10 12:17 PM
  • Leaders work to stop carp from invading Great Lakes // Governors http://min.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?ONEIMA... Asian carp are now and get these rivers back to where they have native fish species." Haley Tsukayama - 202-662-7301 Graphic: Keywords: FINANCE, NATURAL RESOURCES, FISHING, Slug: carp0209 No Linked Objects 2 of 2 3/26/10 12:17 PM
  • Lawmakers face threats over votes on health care // Am... http://min.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?O... Credit: STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) Lawmakers face threats over votes on health care // Amid heightened rhetoric, Obama dared GOP critics to campaign on repeal this fall. HAYLEY TSUKAYAMA; KEVIN DIAZ; STAFF WRITERS Publication Date: March 26, 2010 Page: 01A Section: NEWS Edition: METRO WASHINGTON - Rep. Keith Ellison was called "Sambo." Rep. Betty McCollum received a used condom. Both got threatening letters, as did a number of other Minnesota lawmakers who voted for the Democrats' heath care bill. Thursday's incidents in the Twin Cities appeared to be part of a nationwide rash of threats and harassment against members of Congress in the aftermath of the bitter national struggle over overhauling health care. As threats spread, political rhetoric over the historic legislation remained intense as President Obama dared his Republican critics to follow through on their vows to campaign this fall on a platform to repeal the legislation. Speaking in Iowa, where he first laid out detailed plans as a candidate to overhaul health care, Obama said: "If these congressmen in Washington want to come here to Iowa and tell small-business owners that they plan to take away their tax credits and essentially raise their taxes, be my guest." Meanwhile, some Republicans accused Democrats of using the reports of threats for political gain. "To use such threats as political weapons is reprehensible," said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the Republican whip, who said a shot was fired through a window of his campaign office in Richmond, Va., this week, but that he had chosen not to publicize the incident. "By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels." Leaders in both parties are condemning the vandalism and threats, but disagree on why it's happening. Democrats and a few Republicans reported at least 10 incidents of harassment amid the tensions following passage of the health care bill, which Obama signed Tuesday. Lawmakers in other states have had windows in their offices broken, one reported a shot fired and a gas line was cut at the home of a congressman's brother in Virginia. McCollum told authorities she received two threatening letters at her St. Paul district office, one attached to a used condom and laced with obscenities. One letter, a page-long typewritten screed threatening to "intimidate you and your family," was copied to Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and to Ellison, all Democrats. Ellison said he also received several offensive e-mails and calls, including a voice mail from a man in south Minneapolis who said "Timothy McVeigh said dead government workers are good government workers. Goodbye, Sambo." 1 of 3 4/21/10 2:43 PM
  • Lawmakers face threats over votes on health care // Am... http://min.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?O... 'Americans are upset' Democrats blamed Republicans and their Tea Party allies for overheated rhetoric that has fanned the flames of fanaticism nationwide. "Convincing their base that the health care reform would lead to 'Armageddon,' conservative leaders in Congress, talk radio and on Fox News have deliberately whipped conservative extremists into a frenzy," said Eric Burns, of the left-leaning media watchdog group Media Matters. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party icon, also condemned the threats, even as she said she understands people's frustrations. "Americans are upset for being ignored by Congress, but this frustration should be channeled into repealing this monstrosity of a bill," she said. "I encourage everyone to call their congressman, get involved in local elections and make your voice heard clearly this November." McCollum, the first in the Minnesota delegation to discover the hate mail, said she reported it to St. Paul police, as well as to Capitol Police and postal authorities. At least one other threatening message was received through her website. "This has gone beyond freedom of speech," McCollum said. "This has gone to direct intimidation with intent to harm, and that is a criminal action." One letter received by McCollum and several other Minnesota Democrats contained a slew of obscenities and vowed to take violent action, if necessary, to stop the "this 'Big Government' takeover." 'It's worse' Ellison, who got a copy of the letter, said that as a black Muslim, he's used to hate mail. "We get stuff like this every day," he said. "I have boxes of it. But usually it's on my religion. The last few days it's been about the health care stuff, and it's worse." Ellison said he also has received several offensive e-mails and phone messages, including from the Minneapolis man who left his name and phone number. He also recounted an expletive-laced letter that he received before the vote last week, calling him a "communist" and threatening to "destroy" him if he voted for the bill. He said that while he doesn't feel personally intimidated, he normally reports the incidents to police "so they can link the dots together." McCollum's district director, Josh Straka, said that the postmark on the letters she received was from St. Paul and mailed Wednesday. "They were obscene," Straka said. He added these were the only letters the office had received that "have risen to that level." 2 of 3 4/21/10 2:43 PM
  • Lawmakers face threats over votes on health care // Am... http://min.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?O... Klobuchar's office confirmed it received one of the letters. Franken's spokeswoman, Jess McIntosh, said she couldn't immediately confirm or deny that they had received any threats, given the volume of mail the office receives. Other Minnesota members of Congress reported high volumes of calls and letters over health care, including Democrat Jim Oberstar, an abortion foe who was at the center of a debate over abortion language in the final bill. No other Minnesota congressional members reported threats as of Thursday evening. "Nothing out of the ordinary," said Oberstar spokesman John Schadl. "Just a few comments that would embarrass the mothers and aunts of the callers or e-mailers, and those tend to come from outside of the district." The Washington Post and Associated Press contributed to this report. Graphic: Keywords: legislation, health, insurance, threat, congress, Slug: cong0326.side No Linked Objects 3 of 3 4/21/10 2:43 PM
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By PAUL WALSH REPEALED The 559-451 vote allows for gay pwalsh@startribune.com pastors without the church’s former Federal investigators on Friday stipulation that they remain celibate. blamed a Mesaba Airlines repre- sentative at the Rochester airport By JEFF STRICKLER • jstrickler@startribune.com for stranding 47 passengers for about six hours on a regional air- In a historic change, noncelibate gays liner this month. and lesbians can now lead parishes of the The U.S. Department of Trans- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America portation’s (DOT) preliminary (ELCA). investigation found that the rep- On a 559-451 vote taken Friday in Minne- resentative for Mesaba, the only apolis at their biennial conference, delegates carrier staffing the airport at that repealed the ELCA ban on gay clergy un- time, “improperly refused the re- less they agree to remain celibate. It makes quests of the ExpressJet captain ELCA, with 4.8 million members nationwide to let her passengers off the plane, and 830,000 in Minnesota, the largest denom- telling the captain that the airport ination in the country to welcome gays into was closed to passengers for secu- the pulpits without restriction. rity reasons.” The vote did not surprise Ryan Schwarz According to transcripts of from Washington, a member of Lutheran transmissions from the cockpit re- CORE, a group that opposed the motion. Nor leased Friday, the pilot grew frus- did it dampen his interest in running for vice trated during the course of what president, the highest lay position within the she called a “ridiculous” ordeal, ELCA. That vote will be taken today. in which passengers on the near- “I remain a candidate,” he said emphatical- ly full plane had virtually nothing ly as he left the convention hall. to eat, and the toilet and babies on “We knew coming into this that we’d prob- board began to smell. ably lose, but I plan to speak out in my speech “I just can’t sit here any lon- [today] about how the leadership has failed ger,” she radioed to ExpressJet dis- this assembly.” patchers in Houston. “… There’s As for Javen Swanson, the vote clarified a no food, and [the passengers are] future that had been highly in doubt. just getting really unhappy. … “The vote determined whether or not I We’re stuck here with no lavs, was going to be able to continue through the no nothing. … There are lawsuits ordination process,” said the St. Paul resident, about this kind of stuff.” a seminarian who recently wed his same-sex Mesaba CEO John Spanjers partner in Connecticut. said his company “disagrees “It was incredibly emotional. The weight with the DOT’s preliminary find- JEFF WHEELER • jwheeler@startribune.com ings,” calling them “incongruent ELCA continues on A9 Ø D with our initial internal review. … espite going 1-for-4 for 4 yards in two series before being relieved by Tarvaris Mesaba offered assistance as a Jackson in the first quarter, newest Viking Brett Favre was all smiles Friday Plane continues on A8 Ø night at the Metrodome, where he received a standing ovation from once-hos- tile Vikings fans. Above, Favre warmed up before taking the field against the Chiefs. In- ¢com side the Dome it was an eerie scene: Souvenir stands hawking purple No. 4 gear. Listen to audio and read tran- scripts at startribune.com/ Game recap, Zygi Wilf looks to the postseason, and more in Sports tinyurl.com/nxlyw6 Global bankers say recession is nearly history MARLIN LEVISON • mlevison@startribune.com Members prayed for guidance after the vote. While turbulence still lies ahead, the world’s central bankers are Home resales jumped Fed’s annual retreat here in the “This is a very difficult day for those who did looking for ways to wean economies off emergency measures. 7.2% in July D2 Grand Tetons, Bernanke echoed not support [it],” ELCA leader Mark Hanson said. the growing relief among Europe- By EDMUND L. ANDREWS take shape. peated his warning that the eco- an and Asian central bankers that New York Times “The prospects for a return to nomic recovery here is likely to their own economies have already JACKSON HOLE, WYO. – Central growth in the near term appear good,” declared Ben Bernanke, be slow and arduous, and that un- employment will remain high for started to rebound. Along with an obvious sense of FBIINVESTIGATION bankers from around the world expressed growing confidence Friday that the worst of the finan- chairman of the Federal Reserve, expressing optimism both about the United States and the world- another year, he went beyond the central bank’s most recent state- ment that economic activity was relief and some self-congratula- tion over what has been achieved since the financial crisis of last OFGANG FORCE The investigation of the Metro Gang cial crisis is over and that a global wide outlook. “leveling out.” Speaking to cen- Strike Force may turn toward of- economic recovery is beginning to Though the Fed chairman re- tral bankers and economists at the Economy continues on A8 Ø ficers who could“flip”and become government witnesses. B1 Frugal, savvy travelers use Swine flu 2 claim lead creativity to see the sights has jumped to birds A7 in Afghan vote A4 Recession puts damper on some summer vacations, but not all. By HAYLEY TSUKAYAMA rising unemployment, the reces- hayley.tsukayama@startribune.com sion has put a damper on sum- H AV E YO U H E A R D? mer travel plans, causing steep Wearing a fake beard and a red declines in spending on every- 1 August has become, on average, the plaid shirt on national television thing from hotels to souvenirs, ac- rainiest month in the Twin Cities. B1 was a small price to pay to see the cording to the U. S. Commerce De- pyramids of Egypt. partment. 2 State lottery officials are reporting re- When Alicen Burns Spaulding At the same time, many Min- cord ticket sales for the fiscal year. B3 of south Minneapolis and her fam- nesota families have been loath ily won $42,000 dressed like lum- to give up their summer vaca- 3 More than 31 million bags checked by Family photo berjacks during a Halloween ap- tions, and they’ve made sacrific- airlines last year — about 1.4 percent of all pearance on “Family Feud,” she es to travel. “People are definitely bags — did not arrive with the passengers. knew exactly what she and her still traveling,” said Alison Traxler About 1.8 million bags were lost altogether. husband would do. of MLT’s Worry-Free Vacations. The Minnesota way “We knew that whatever we MLT agents have seen roughly to pay for a vacation won we would spend on travel,” the same number of travelers this 0 8 2 2 9 S TA R T R I B U N E Volume XXVIII • No. 140 The Spauldings of Minneapolis dressed up like lumberjacks to compete on Burns Spaulding said. summer as last year; they’re just Minneapolis, St. Paul TV’s “Family Feud.” Alicen Burns Spaulding and her husband, Steve, (on the Few have had such luck. As fam- August 22, 2009 camels) decided to use their share of the winnings to take a trip to Egypt. ilies face falling home prices and Travel continues on A8 Ø 7 57273 00002 1
  • A 8 • S T A R T R I B U N E • S AT U R D AY, A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 9 h Travelers Bankers start to see are frugal, creative crisis in past tense in making ø ECONOMY FROM A1 government’s deficits by buy- ing long-term Treasury secu- their plans year, these central bankers are rities, and the central bank an- now beginning to focus quiet- nounced last week it will end ly on another big task, how to that program next month. unwind the vast emergency Going forward, Fed offi- ø T R AV E L F R O M A 1 measures they put in place to cials could feel more pres- fight the crisis. sure to further tighten mon- getting more creative. At almost the same time etary policy to counter the Audrey Hendley, Ameri- that Bernanke spoke, the Na- government’s deficit spend- can Express’ vice president for tional Association of Real- ing. The massive borrowing marketing and strategic part- tors reported sales of existing could push up long-term in- nerships, said a recent survey homes jumped 7.2 percent in terest rates if foreign inves- of travel agents found more July — the biggest monthly tors balk at buying U.S. debt. customers are taking advan- increase in more than a de- Bernanke argued aggres- tage of last-minute deals and cade and much bigger than sive action by countries pre- opting for frequent-flier plans analysts expected. vented a collapse that would through their credit cards. Investors reacted ebullient- have been even more cata- The survey, an online poll of Family photo GAYLE KNUTSON ly to both the housing news strophic. 603 of the company’s agents na- I N L I N C O L N ’ S H O M E T O W N : The Gemlo B Y T H E S E A : Casey Maher and her father, Jim, and to the Fed chairman’s re- Asserting that short-term tionwide, also found that trav- family of Golden Valley dressed up to attend a ball hiking along the Tasman Sea in the Abel Tasman marks, with the Dow Jones lending markets are func- elers are gravitating toward all- in honor of the 16th president’s 200th birthday. National Park in New Zealand. industrial average jumping as tioning more normally, that inclusive packages, which some soon as the markets opened corporate bond issuance is believe makes it easier to under- Randy and Sharon Engelland clear that more travelers are and ending the day up 155.91 strong and that other “pre- stand the total cost of a trip. of Farmington have saved thou- like the Engellands. And that FOUR WAYS points, or 1.67 percent, at viously moribund” securiti- Traxler said travel agents sands of dollars for family trips means cutting back on vacation TO SAVE MONEY 9505.96. Though stock pric- zation markets are reviving, have been booking fewer flights by shopping at garage sales, spending by staying at econo- Pack a cooler: Bringing es are far below their all-time Bernanke said the United to Mexico and Europe, but scanning craigslist.org and driv- my hotels or with relatives, and your own food and bever- highs, the Dow has risen 45 States and other major coun- more to domestic destinations ing 10- and 12-year-old cars. buying fewer souvenirs. ages, saves money and ac- percent from March and is at tries are poised for growth. such as Las Vegas and Florida. They’ve even won airline Duffy said she’s been struck comodates picky eaters. its highest point this year. Despite encouraging signs Those destinations are popular tickets by entering radio con- by how many people have Look for free passes and A growing number of on many fronts, American re- with road-trippers, too. tests and raffles. “I would rath- made travel a priority in their promotional events: Tar- economists and some Fed of- tailers have reported unex- Lisa and Chris Gemlo of er travel than have a closet full lives. “People are still trying to get is sponsoring free or re- ficials say the shift to tighter pectedly weak sales in the Golden Valley eventually plan of Coach purses,” said Sharon. eke out room for enjoyment,” duced-price events at many monetary policies and high- past week — a sign consum- to visit all 50 state capitals with “If it’s not on sale, my son will she said. “They’re still going, it museums and theaters. Go er interest rates, though un- er spending could drag down their two sons. So far this year, tell you, ‘we’re not buying it.’ ” just means sitting down, look- to target.com/arts. likely to start until at least the economic growth in the they’ve been to Springfield, Ill., They’re frugal when they ing at what you have and plan- Go to places with good middle of next year, may have months ahead. And on Thurs- and have explored St. Paul. travel, too. ning accordingly.” public transit: Many cities to be much more abrupt than day, the Labor Department re- They’ve toured the country In June, the Engellands took That’s what Gayle Knut- have inexpensive passes normal to prevent inflation ported new unemployment with money they squirreled a 13-day trip to Washington, son and Jim Maher of Marine and tickets for tourists. two or three years from now. claims jumped again. away in a travel account, includ- D.C. They parked the camper on St. Croix did this summer Stay with friends and “When you get into a crisis On Friday, a prominent ing stipends from Chris’ volun- they bought nearly a decade when they decided that despite family: Spend time with like this, gradualism is not the banking analyst warned hun- teer firefighting job and money ago at a campground near one worries about their incomes — the ones you love instead right strategy,” said Frederic dreds more American banks from a garage sale. Lisa said the of the city’s Metro lines so they both are self-employed — they of spending money at a Mishkin, an economist at Co- will fail over the next year, account now has $1,200. didn’t have to pay for parking wouldn’t sacrifice their sum- motel. It’ll build character lumbia University who was a adding to difficulties small Setting aside money for trav- and taxi cabs. And they went to mer vacation. for the kids to share Grand- Fed governor from 2006 until businesses have experienced el sets a good example for their several free museums. Instead, they financed a ma’s lumpy sofa bed. earlier this year. “Of course, in borrowing. children on how to effectively three-week trip to New Zea- when things turn around, you “There will be over 300 budget their money and turn Setting priorities land by purging their home of have to be aggressive in the bank closures,” said Mere- long days at work into days in Dawn Duffy, spokeswoman everything they weren’t using. equivalent of an upscale youth other direction.” dith Whitney, who accurately the sun, the Gemlos said. for AAA Minneapolis, said that They started with a garage hostel. Indeed, the Federal Re- predicted last year that Citi- “We work pretty hard,” Li- while the organization doesn’t sale to get rid of inexpensive To finance the family’s next serve’s “exit strategy” could group would have to cut its sa said. “It gives us some time keep track of such consum- items and put the proceeds in adventure, Knutson plans to lead to a clash with the dividend. to relax.” er behavior, anecdotally it’s a tin box. Pricier items, includ- sell a set of collectible Olym- Obama administration. The Jean-Claude Trichet, pres- ing Maher’s cross-country skis, pic pins in February, when in- White House plans to release ident of the European Cen- two canoes and a 35-millimeter terest in the Winter Olympics its newest budget estimates tral Bank, cautioned against camera, were sold on Craig- could maximize their value. next week, and administra- assuming the world is back To the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Charity slist. And gems from Maher’s During the worst of the re- tion officials said that the 10- to normal. baseball card collection were cession, such sacrifices aren’t year deficit will rise to $9 tril- “We still have a lot of work Proceeds benefit veterans of military conflicts peddled at a specialty store. painful. “You leave it all one lion — a big jump from the to do,” he said, adding “it The net? About $4,500. way or another,” Knutson said earlier estimate of $7 trillion. would be a catastrophe” if That was enough to pay for with a laugh. 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