Fans of Emo Senator, Southern Minnesota's most watched online telenovela, may be disappointed to learn that Mike Parry spent a quiet April Sunday in Rochester, courting delegates for the MNGOP CD1 endorsement.
If there were April Fools jokes, the record is silent.
Update: A dedicated fan of Emo Senator writes to ask if delegates actually met with Mike Parry, since rumor has it that at times the only person at Parry's meet and greets is the DFL tracker, but Emo still gushes on about how it was great to see people at those events. [end update]
But in a bizarre plot twist, a threatening figure from our hero's past reappears, with a crack cadre of young scientists and engineers who have created the machinery of the apocalypse and taken it on the road.
The South Bend Journal Courier reports in St. Olaf College wins Rube Goldberg contest:
The student team from Northfield, Minn. wowed judges and the audience with a flawless run of its 191 step machine that ended with a balloon being inflated and then popped by a laser.
Based on the theme of an apocalypse, the team combined chemical reactions and mechanical doodads for quirky machine that included a Mayan calendar, erupting volcano and a Earth-style balloon that exploded into a cloud of white smoke.
A student also performed a suite of thematic music on keyboard.
Nuclear physicist and college professor Jason Engbrecht, a resident of Faribault, coaches the team of young mad scientists. Engbrecht was the endorsed DFL candidate in the January 2010 special election in Parry's district and learned the hard way that running for office isn't rocket science.
Now that redistricting has located Faribault inside the First Congressional District of Minnesota are left to wonder whether the deceptively charming young professor will team up with Congressman Walz to create fanciful engines of the imagination to torment Mike Parry, the Belle of Waseca County. Or at least to run an autodialer for phonebanks.
Tune in to the next exciting episode.
Photo: The champion doomsday machine, via Brent Drinkut/Journal & Courier (above); Non-evil Scientist Jason Engbrecht (below)