Minnesota’s Territorial Legislature voted in 1857 to move its capital from St. Paul to the village of St. Peter, about 60 miles southwest. But the man tasked with sending that legislation to the governor for a signature absconded with it instead. He disappeared on a weeklong bender and returned just as the session ended with the bill unsigned. Or so the story goes. That man was Joseph Rolette, a colorful fur trader from the Red River Valley. His antics are often credited with saving the capital for St. Paul by preventing its removal to St. Peter. It’s a great story — and much of it factual — but the truth is more complicated. “It’s a myth that Joe Rolette saved the capital for St. Paul,” said William Lass, a Minnesota historian who has researched and written about the episode. “But once those things are ingrained, it’s darn hard to root them out.” The credit for keeping the capital in St. Paul, Lass says, belongs instead to a … [Read more...] about Joe Rolette is often credited with keeping Minnesota’s capital in St. Paul — but did he?
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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 6, 2019, 2:37 AM GMT / Updated Feb. 6, 2019, 5:00 AM GMT By Jane C. Timm and Carrie Dann President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday, where he re-enforced his immigration agenda, slammed "ridiculous partisan investigations" and announced he would meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un for a second time later this month. NBC News fact-checked his State of the Union address as it happened. Claim: Trump's administration has created 600,000 manufacturing jobs Trump's figure is close. The U.S. has added 454,000 manufacturing jobs since Trump took office in January 2017, some of the biggest gains in 20 years, according to jobs data. Trump’s numbers mark an acceleration of a trend that began in 2010 under President Barack Obama. Still, after decades of automation and change to the industry … [Read more...] about State of the Union fact check: What’s true and false in Trump’s address
By Beau Yarbrough | [email protected] | Inland Valley Daily BulletinPUBLISHED: January 11, 2019 at 7:29 pm | UPDATED: January 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm On what should have been payday for some 250 federal employees at Ontario International Airport, businesses and local residents rallied to show their support for workers. The airport’s federal employees – a mix of Transportation Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff – are missing their first paychecks this weekend due to the partial federal government shutdown but local residents have been stepping in to buy them lunch throughout the week. On Friday, Jan. 11, a barbecue with food provided by the airport, Ontario Reign hockey team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario basketball team, the Doubletree Hotel, Ontario firefighters and other local businesses and organizations fed employees during the 20th day of the shutdown, which is now on track to … [Read more...] about Ontario airport’s federal employees working without pay, but with community support
Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg Published 7:27 am PST, Friday, January 4, 2019 Herb Kelleher hugs a Southwest employee in 2008. Herb Kelleher hugs a Southwest employee in 2008. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Mike Fuentes. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Mike Fuentes. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Herb Kelleher hugs a Southwest employee in 2008. Herb Kelleher hugs a Southwest employee in 2008. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Mike Fuentes. Discount airline pioneer Herb Kelleher dies; founded Southwest 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Herb Kelleher, the lawyer with a Texas swagger who built Southwest Airlines Co. into the biggest discount carrier and set the standard for budget air travel for more … [Read more...] about Discount airline pioneer Herb Kelleher dies; founded Southwest
Robert Snell The Detroit News Published 11:59 PM EDT Sep 19, 2018 Detroit — Federal investigators are questioning United Auto Workers officials' use of almost $1 million of membership dues on condominiums, liquor, food and golf in California, where Gary Jones held annual conferences before becoming president. UAW officials spent member dues from 2014 to 2016 in Palm Springs for little, if any, legitimate union business or labor-management purposes, according to a key government witness who is helping investigators unravel a broad conspiracy that has shaken the auto industry. During those three years, the union spent $953,692 in Palm Springs, according to the UAW's annual financial filings. The allegations reveal a new thread of a federal corruption investigation into a multimillion-dollar conspiracy involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The focus on Palm Springs is emerging at a crossroads in the … [Read more...] about Feds question UAW officials’ spending on Palm Springs trips