A Man Named “Talon”

It’s hard to imagine how his life could have taken such a wrong turn. Roll Eyes

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) – A strange and scary situation at the Oasis C-Store in Glyndon Friday.

What started as a gas driveoff turned into a lockdown when a masked man approached wearing some very strange headwear.

Employees say the man is a regular at the C-Store.

Glyndon Police Chief Mike Cline says he did ask him why he did what he did, and he said he didn’t know.

It all started with a common excuse.

Cindy Munn/Oasis C-Store Employee: “He didn’t have enough money on him so he said he was going back out to his vehicle.”

That’s what 23-year-old Talon Parisien told Oasis C-Store attendants before walking out around 7:45 a.m. and driving away without paying.

Most gas driveoff stories end there…but not this time.

10 minutes later, he was back, and walking towards the store…wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and a Panda hood.

Munn: “We immediately decided to start locking the doors and we pushed the panic button and called the cops…well when you see someone pull up in the parking lot who just drove off with gas, it’s scary.”

When Parisien couldn’t get in, he got in his car and drove west on highway 10 towards Dilworth, making it about seven miles before police caught up with him at Valley Hardwood Supply and arrested him for DWI.

Cline: “He had an open container, no insurance, and he had a bottle of vodka in his pocket when he entered the store the first time and still had it with him when he was there.”

Court records show Parisien was convicted of another DWI in September 2012.

Police say he will have to go through a drug evaluation.

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Forum editorial: Cut taxes, but what and how?

Don’t tax you, don’t tax me; tax that guy behind the tree. Roll Eyes

Bet the farm on this one: The 2015 North Dakota Legislature will cut taxes. If ever there was a guarantee, that’s it.

That being said, the sentiment to cut taxes must be leavened with common sense and long-term vision. The wealth and subsequent tax revenues being created by the oil boom and a diversified and increasingly urban economy are unprecedented in the state’s 125-year history. But economic circumstances can change quickly. (Note the downturn in farm commodity prices.) North Dakota has been exemplary in “saving for a rainy day” – the ever-fattening Legacy Fund, for example – so lawmakers have a lot of wiggle room to either cut taxes or return tax revenues to North Dakotans.

What to cut? The first targets seem to be personal and corporate income taxes. The noise to eliminate both is rising, but state Senate Tax Committee Chairman Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, was not overly enthusiastic about total elimination when asked about it a few days ago. He urged caution and deliberation. He’s right.

While a cut or elimination of the corporate income tax would be business-friendly, the same treatment for the personal income tax would be at best an uneven benefit for North Dakota wage earners. Not all residents of the state earn enough to pay income tax, so a cut or elimination would mean nothing to them.

The property tax? The mantra is that this tax is the most onerous of all. Not so fast. When North Dakotans had the chance a couple of years ago to eliminate the property tax, they said “no” in overwhelming numbers – a result that reflected their sophistication when it comes to the value and need for local property taxes.

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U.S. and Allies Hit ISIS Targets in Syria

Will Obama lose his peace prize for this? Huh

WASHINGTON — The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border.American fighter jets and armed Predator and Reaper drones, flying alongside warplanes from several Arab allies, struck a broad array of targets in territory controlled by the militants, known as the Islamic State. American defense officials said the targets included weapons supplies, depots, barracks and buildings the militants use for command and control. Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from United States Navy ships in the region.

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Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence

Gee, what a surprise. Roll Eyes

Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development.Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing.

Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky, which are housed at the University of Texas at Austin.

The letters also suggest that Alinsky, who died in 1972, had a deeper influence on Clinton’s early political viewsthan previously known.

A 23-year-old Hillary Clinton was living in Berkeley, California, in the summer of 1971. She was interning at the left-wing law firm Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, known for its radical politics and a client roster that included Black Panthers and other militants.

On July 8, 1971, Clinton reached out to Alinsky, then 62, in a letter sent via airmail, paid for with stamps featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and marked “Personal.”

“Dear Saul,” she began. “When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?”

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Letter: Cramer calls attention to half-baked ‘war on potatoes’

Lisa likes tater puns. Roll Eyes

Letter: Cramer calls attention to half-baked ‘war on potatoes’
By Lisa A. Johnson from Grand Forks
After watching a recent YouTube video from Rep. Kevin Cramer,

R-N.D., I felt compelled to take a moment and write about his half-baked Potato Bowl Challenge.
Cramer created the challenge in an effort to bring attention to some mysterious “war on potatoes.” Like most other North Dakotans, I hadn’t realized that anyone had declared a war on potatoes, so I appreciate that Cramer has taken the time out of his busy vacation schedule to keep his “eye” on this important issue for us. It is clear in the video that he is just “starch” raving mad about the whole thing.

As this obscure and little understood problem “heats up,” Cramer is making sure North Dakotans are “fully loaded” with the information they need. We don’t want to find ourselves “scalloped” because our leadership wasn’t preparing us as this serious national security challenge “boiled” to the surface.

Thank goodness for Cramer’s “POTATriotism.” Without his efforts, who knows what would happen to the most vulnerable among us – our baby red potatoes and little tater tots. They might be mashed! Or eaten!

Some may say that North Dakotans would be better served if our sole congressperson focused on the many real challenges facing the nation and state, but I feel that Cramer’s leadership on this fictional issue is simply “spudtacular.”

Please join me in commending Representative (dare I say Repspudsentative) Cramer for bringing this to our attention and leading the fight against this make-believe “war on potatoes.”

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Woman to receive 50th Habitat house

This won’t end well. Roll Eyes

Inside the second-floor hotel room, Cashondra Fenroy’s 4-year-old twins run circles with their 5-year-old brother.

Their mouths are stained blue from cotton candy, and they giggle nonstop, eventually carrying around their cat, Tigerlily.

Fenroy’s three oldest children smile and occasionally warn their younger siblings to be careful. The person grinning widest in the room of happy chaos is Fenroy.

The Fenroy family is temporarily living in the hotel room until their Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity home is completed in November.

Like other families who’re chosen through the program, the Fenroys have been putting in their “sweat equity” helping build other homes and learning how they’ll furnish and care for their new residence once it’s complete.

And it can’t come soon enough.

Since moving here in 2009 from Georgia, the Fenroys have lived in apartment buildings that barely fit the family of seven.

But they’re grateful to be here, together.

‘Trapped in a box’

Life was good, at least it appeared that way to people who knew the Fenroys.

They lived in a three-level home complete with an elevator and pool. They hosted parties and enjoyed financial security.

“Everyone thought everything was rosy but there was a horror story behind that picture frame. It was a 24/7 lie,” Fenroy, 43, says.

Fenroy says her ex-partner was an alcoholic who abused her emotionally, physically, mentally and financially.

“I had a good job, life was good – financially good. We had the extra cars, the motorcycle, but it wasn’t worth it in the long run,” Fenroy says. “I definitely didn’t want my daughters to grow up thinking it’s OK to be treated that way. I didn’t want my sons to be tainted either.”

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Moorhead man accused of stalking

It’s probably this nut. Roll Eyes

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man is accused of stalking his former manager at Microsoft’s call center in Fargo after she let him go from his job.

Jon Christopher Abel, 43, was charged Wednesday in Clay County District Court with one count of stalking using electronic mail, a gross misdemeanor.

Court documents filed with the charges say Moorhead police were contacted by Abel’s former manager on Aug. 11 to tell them she received harassing emails from Abel in 2012, then again via Facebook this Aug. 10 and 11.

The emails included a string of curses and gender-based insults against the former manager, as well threats against her, her husband and children, according to court documents.

The manager told police she terminated Abel’s employment in spring 2008, court documents say.

A warrant has been issued for Abel’s arrest.

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Fargo to study policy on urban chickens

A guy named “Cole Hooey” wants to raise chickens inside city limits. Cheesy

“If it’s a matter of noise, then I’d like to bring up my neighbor’s Pomeranians,” joked Cole Hooey, who said he and his wife were considering raising chickens at their north Fargo home.Both Moorhead and West Fargo ban the birds, despite recent pushes from residents who want to have chickens. But many nearby cities – like Minneapolis, St. Paul and Fergus Falls, Minn. – allow homeowners to have chickens.

Most cities allow only a small number of hens, for egg production, and ban roosters because of morning crowing.

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Letter: Clarifications regarding tax statements

Who is Michael Montplaisir trying to fool? Taxes will rise in retribution for voting down the increased school levy last spring!

Letter: Clarifications regarding tax statement meaning
By Michael Montplaisir
Many of you received notices from the county, school district, city, or park district over the past few weeks about increased property taxes proposed by those entities. You may have received a notice from multiple entities because your property is taxed by multiple entities. Not all taxpayers were notified by letter – only taxpayers whose property value went up less than 10 percent and $3,000, or didn’t increase at all, were notified by a published notice.

Of the 60,000 taxable properties in Cass County, only about 6,000 met the requirement for mailed notices. It is a legislative requirement for entities to notify taxpayers if the entity will receive more in tax dollars than from properties taxed in the previous year, as opposed to new property added to the taxing district. In most cases, the rate of taxation as expressed in mills is not increasing.

The percentage included in the notices is misleading – this is the percentage of additional tax revenue the entity will be receiving as a result of inflationary increases in the values of taxed property. The percentage is different for each tax entity. The percentage does not represent how much your taxes will be increasing, nor does this mean that you are losing the tax relief passed by legislators during past legislative sessions.

The best way I use to explain the tax relief is the “effective tax rate,” which is the property tax divided by the true and full value of the property. In 2008 for Fargo, the effective tax rate was 2.05 percent on residential property. Last year, the effective tax rate was 1.30 percent of full and true value; I expect it to be the same for the 2014 taxes.

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Steaks are high at Minn. meat raffles


   I don’t share my meat well. If it’s good meat, I keep it all to myself.
St. Cloud, Minn.


JENKINS, Minn. – They sit at a table near the bar, the three farmer’s daughters and their boisterous friend, all of them single, in their 40s and 50s. With Johnny Cash on the jukebox, their cocktails before them, they’re ready for an actionpacked Saturday night.
Sure, there are plenty of eligible men on hand up here in the Minnesota north woods – good-looking ones, too, with summer tans, fishing caps and ready smiles – but these women are eyeing another quarry entirely.
Like a package of raw Tbone steaks, beef tips, thick bottom rounds, butterfly pork chops or a nice roast. In a pinch, they’ll take chicken breasts, ribs, sausage, bratwurst or, heck, even hamburger.
The women are among the crowd at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3839, home to a long-standing cultural practice that’s as much a part of this state’s identity as hockey, brutal winters and Lake Wobegon: the meat raffle.
At hundreds of bars, pubs and American Legion halls
– in big cities and in small towns like Moose Lake, Long Prairie and Fergus Falls – the faithful gather for a few drinks and a chance at taking home dinner without having to shoot it themselves.
Mary Wiener, a lab technician from St. Cloud, starts a cheerleader’s chant, and the farmer’s daughters – out for a women-only camping weekend – join in, raising their glasses as though engaging in some holiday toast.
“Do we want grilled steak?”
“Do we want bottom round?”
Wiener, a true meat-andpotatoes woman, sips her first Miller Genuine Draft of the evening. “I’m going for the bacon,” she says.
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