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Look, Kirk was just “fired up”
Disclaimer: I am not much of a “football person.” But I know a true weirdo when I see one, and right now I am looking for the very-many-th time at Kirk Cousins directing some sort of unvaccinated and emotionally charged response at Coach Mike Zimmer to the Vikings eking out a two-point victory over the hapless Detroit Lions yesterday afternoon. The exchange with Zimmer has been covered enough by all the real sports folks, so there’s not much to add here except that the clip never stops looking bizarre. “I was just celebrating with him," Cousins said. "I was just fired up."
3 suspects in custody for downtown St. Paul mass shooting
We’re all still saddened and rattled by the early Sunday morning shootout at Seventh Street Truck Park in downtown St. Paul that killed 27-year-old Marquisha D. Wiley and left 14 others injured. Here’s how St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders described the scene: "There were gunshot wound victims lying in the street outside the bar, there were gunshot wound victims lying on the sidewalk outside the bar, and there were gunshot wound victims lying on the floor inside the bar." Three of the wounded have since been taken into custody by police as suspects in the shootings.
You can park for free in Minneapolis and St. Paul today
Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Minnesota (and, blech, Columbus Day in the U.S. generally) and that means… well, probably, it means that you’re still working. Bring Me the News has a roundup of what’s closed (mostly federal and city services) and open (most everything else). It’s also a free parking day in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which, if you’re a cheapskate like me, means you will drive somewhere on purpose just to let your car sit unpaid for by a curb. If you’d like to think more substantively about what this holiday means, Sahan Journal talks with Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan about how she secured legislative funding for indigenous history in Minnesota schools to be taught more fully and accurately, including teacher recruiting and training.
Fine, but what percentage of Minnesotans trust Racket?
As poll experts ourselves, Team Racket is always looking around to see how other outlets are gauging public opinion. But honestly, a new poll from APM Research Lab about which institutions people in Minnesota trust raises more questions than it answers. Only 46% of Minnesotans trust “the media” “to do the right thing,” MPR News reported today. But what does that mean? It’s not the same as whether you can trust the facts that news outlets report. And “the media” is an overly broad category that surely takes in reliable and unreliable sources. Maybe even framing the matter in terms of “trust” and “distrust” sets up a binary that assumes the possibility of an objective “trustworthy” source, when really we should approach all perspectives, including our own, with a healthy (but not cynically dismissive) skepticism.