In the last episode of Emo Senator, Southern Minnesota's most watched telenovela, loyal readers learned that Kristina Seppala, the wife of former Pawlenty presidential campaign advisor Jon Seaton helps Parry while Quist sleeps with campaign manager.
Seppala was the contact person listed on the invitation for a Parry for Congress fundraiser tonight at Bio Wood Processing in Faribault.
As we tune in to this morning's explosive episode, fans learn via the Fairbault Daily News that Faribault's Bio Wood still operational after fire and explosion. This news will come as a relief for tonight's guests:
Despite Bio Wood Processing being hit by a fire and an explosion in the first three months of business this spring, county and fire officials say they aren't concerned with the safety of the facility.
Bio Wood, which processes truckloads of scrap wood -- like pallets and demolition building material -- into mulch, wood chips and animal bedding, opened its doors March 7 south of Faribault.
A week later, on March 15, the Faribault Fire Department was called to the facility for a report of a fire. According to Fire Capt. Mike David, a fire that started in the plant was sucked into the facility's air system, called a dust collector or bagger house.
Bio Wood owner Kim Halvorson said the installation of the wrong motor -- a sealed motor was supposed to be put in, but an open motor was installed instead -- on the plant's conveyer system caused that fire.
"Dust hit the motor and created a spark, and you know what happens from there," Halvorson said.
As for the explosion:
The second incident -- an explosion in the dust collector on June 1 -- was a different story. The dust collector sustained major damage and needs to be rebuilt.
Halvorson said the insurance company is still investigating what caused the explosion, but that they are getting close to finding out exactly what happened. She would say it was possibly related to an equipment malfunction.
"I think we’ve narrowed it down to an issue," she said. "The machine we are operating is a prototype -- the only one like it in the world operating ... This is how we learn. New technology is driven by a need for change and once that change happens we have to deal with the issues that are driven by a new technology and then once those are all ironed out life is good."
Joe Berg, the city's director of fire and emergency management, said he and his staff were not alarmed by being called out to Bio Wood for a second time, partially because it was an entirely different incident.
The business seems like the perfect setting for Mike Parry, the Belle of Waseca County, to bring his message of government regulation getting out of the way of business so that job creation can catch fire.
Elsewhere, Allen Quist ally Michele Bachmann, GOP endorsed US Senate candidate Kurt Bills, and CD4 lamb Tony Hernandez will join the North Metro Tea Party on Thursday to "Ignite the Right" at the Blue Fox Bar and Grill in Arden Hills. Given Congresswoman Bachmann's patented pants-on-fire rhetoric, the scriptwriter hopes the fire marshall knows about this.
Image: Mike Parry, the Emo Senator. Photoshop by Tild. Given the cinematic model for the persona, Bluestem feels obiliged to mention Sherman's march to the sea.