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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Patriot Guard honors fallen Officer Patrick

WEST ST. PAUL - Minnesota Patriot Guard members are among the thousands honoring fallen officer Scott Patrick in West St. Paul. 

Vice President Mark Lea says their members are here to show honor, dignity and respect for Officer Patrick, who gave his life to protect our freedoms and liberties.  Around 118 Patriot Guard members are carrying American flags and lining the streets around St. Stephens Church in West St. Paul  as a show of respect to Officer Patrick.  

As mourners made their way into St. Stephens Church for the funeral,  Kevin Torgerson with the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association summed up the morning so far.  He says the Patrick family is overwhelmed by the show of support so far.  Thousands paid their respects this morning for Officer Patrick at St. Stephens Church in West St. Paul. Officer Patrick was gunned down one week ago today during a traffic stop.


The National Farmers Union PAC is endorsing Minnesota Democrat-Farm Laborer Al Franken of Minneapolis in his his re-election bid for U.S. Senate.  Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says "family farmers know Senator Franken is working hard for them, whether that's successfully passing a bi-partisan five-year farm bill, helping prevent another propane shortage or working to combat the PED virus." GOP-endorsed candidate Mike McFadden, State Representative Jim Abeler and Iraq war veteran David Carlson face off in the August 12th Republican primary.      


Just after Congress adjourned for the five-week summer recess, a new poll shows most Minnesotans and Americans disapprove of their own representative in the House of Representatives.  And both parties got poor grades on that report card.  The survey shows that only 41 percent approve of their current representative in the House and 51 percent disapprove.  That's an even lower score than just after the government shutdown last October.  The poll also shows 49 percent had a favorable rating of the Democratic party while only 35 percent said the same about Republicans.  It's the first time that the majority of Americans have disapproved of their own member of Congress in nearly 25 years, and is also an all-time low in approval rating.


The Target chain has filed a legal brief in support of same-sex marriages in Wisconsin.  Large companies normally shy away from hot-button political issues so they don't turn off customers, but with polls showing growing support for gay marriage, several large U.S. companies have publicly defended the practice -- both in legal briefs, and in referendums.  Target filed its brief with the federal appeals court in Chicago, which is considering the constitutionality of gay marriage bans passed in both Wisconsin and Indiana.  Federal judges overturned those bans, and both states filed appeals.  Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak says it's the company's belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights related to marriage.


This not a flashback to 1889; a southeast Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to cattle rustling.  Twenty-nine-year-old Adam Tiedeman of Oronoco has admitted to rustling and livestock theft in Olmsted County.  He was accused of stealing seven Holstein cows from his father's farm last October and selling them to a livestock exchange in Zumbrota for about $5,500 dollars.  He'll be sentenced next month. 


A 21 year-old Akeley man was stabbed several times, had his hands tied with a strap and then was unloaded in the middle of the road, where two men allegedly attempted to run him over in Cass Lake.  Twenty-two-year old Sheldon Armstrong III of Cass Lake and 18-year old Travis Paquette of Bemidji were arraigned Monday on first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and theft charges.  The incident happened early Friday near a residence northwest of Cass Lake.  Bail was set at 100-thousand dollars.  The men are due back in court August 11th.  


A popular foodie website has included a Minnesota beer maker on its list of 50 best craft breweries in America.  The Daily Meal-dot-com ( put Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis at number 42, noting that the craft brewer recently broke ground on a $20-million taproom, "Which is pretty good for a company that began from a home brew kit in owner Omar Ansari's garage."  The website also pointed out that Cynic Ale is rated "outstanding" by Beer Advocate and was named among Esquire's "Best Canned Beers to Drink Now" in 2012.