Minnesota welcome. WCCO reports: In a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan said Minnesota is ready to welcome refugee families from Afghanistan. … “You may already know that Minnesota has stepped forward in the past to help those fleeing desperate situations and in need of a safe place to call home,” the letter reads. ‘New Minnesotans strengthen our communities and contribute to the social fabric of our state. They are our neighbors. ‘ … “Like people around the world, Minnesotans have viewed the unfolding events in Afghanistan with pain and sadness,” the letter from Walz and Flanagan reads.. “We are ready to work with you and your administration to welcome the families as you continue this effort to provide safety and shelter.”“
Duluth pipeline protest. The Duluth News Tribune reports: “Protesters stopped traffic for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon in Duluth’s Canal Park and occupied the Aerial Lift Bridge while calling on the Biden administration to revoke permits for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. … Police officers spoke to protesters, who complied without incident, Duluth Police Department spokesman Mattie Hjelseth said in a statement Thursday. No arrests were made. … “Peacefully demonstrating and displaying the people’s First Amendment is everyone’s right and our officers are here to ensure everyone’s safety,” Hjelseth said in the statement. “
Shocking Jana Hollingsworth of The Star Tribune reports: “Lightning is the cause of the Greenwood Fire in the Superior National Forest, authorities said Thursday morning. … The rural Lake County fire that started Sunday has grown to more than 6 square miles, expanding on its west side, south of Stone Lake, according to a morning update. … High temperatures and southerly winds are expected to cause the fire to move today as aircraft protection crews, heavy equipment and structures work to keep the fire going east of the county highway. 2.… No new evacuations have been announced, but they could be coming, said Forest Public Information Officer Joanna Gilkeson.
Ketamine regulations. In his Session / Law newsletter, Kevin Featherly writes: “Receiving the potent sedative ketamine while semi-conscious, as part of a “ill-advised” Hennepin County medical study, does not shock contemporary conscience, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Monday. … The finding is one of the reasons the court upheld a September 2019 order from Minnesota United States District Court Judge Joan Ericksen dismissing the federal civil rights lawsuit, Buckley v. County of Hennepin ”.
In other news…
Economic news: “Minnesota added 14,500 jobs in July, the biggest gain since March” [Star Tribune]
There is no food recap from the Heavy Table State Fair this year: “Why We Skipped the 2021 Minnesota State Fair” [Heavy Table]