Patrick Reusse blasts Jacob Frey for making big deal out of loud fireworks show [VIDEO]

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For Reusse (left), Frey's response to Fireworks-gate would be reason enough to vote against him.
-- Update including Frey's response on bottom of page two --

Star Tribune columnist and 1500 ESPN host Patrick Reusse has been going after Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey over his indignant response to the Tuesday morning fireworks show that woke up half of Minneapolis, including many residents of his ward.

The 12:30 a.m. fireworks show, which came at the tail end of an All-Star Gala that took place along the Mississippi River near the Stone Arch Bridge, violated the permit obtained by Chad Hudson Events from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. That permit expired at midnight, meaning the show was supposed to be wrapped up by then at the latest. (You can read the entire permit on page two of this post.)

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Legalities aside, the fireworks were freakin' loud. Doubt us? Check out this video sent to us yesterday by a woman who lives across the river from where the party was happening:



Could you sleep through that?

Put it together and perhaps you can understand why Frey was "furious" about the situation, demanded (and received) an apology from the MLB, and now says he'll compensate those like the woman who shot the above video with free Twins tickets.

But Reusse's stance is that folks who live in the city shouldn't get rankled by a little noise, especially when it's part of a special event like the MLB All-Star Game.

Here's some of what Reusse's been saying on Twitter: Reusse then took a couple direct shots at Frey: Last night, Frey extended an olive branch: Sounds like it'd make for a great segment or two on Reusse's radio show, doesn't it?

Meanwhile, to read the event permit, which contains details like the fact that Chad Hudson Events paid $22,937 to reserve Mill Ruins Park and the surrounding area for the entire day Monday, click to page two. (UPDATE -- page two now also includes response from Frey himself.)


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Billy Zimpel
Billy Zimpel

Is the continuation of this story even news worthy? I notice most antagonistic articles on the CITYPAGES blogs are by Rupar. Some of them are good, but most just make Rupar seem like the kid who starts fights in the schoolyard by telling one kid another kid said they were ugly. How about some substance.

T-Bob Gross
T-Bob Gross

I was very displeased & mad about the fireworks... b/c I live in SLP, was still awake & could hear them, but couldn't SEE them. :(

Mary Jo Peterson
Mary Jo Peterson

I agree with Reusse. I live near the Stone Arch bridge and yes I heard the noise, but come on you live downtown you should expect some noise. But I might complain if it means free tickets!!! They were spectacular

Hunter Warne
Hunter Warne

I agree with Patrick...the wimpiness of Minnesotans is amazing sometimes. I'm from here, but have to agree with my friends from around the country when they say Minnesotans complain about everything. So pathetic!!

Ben Parpart
Ben Parpart

Kind of hard to present ourselves as a top tier city when people whine about fireworks at midnight. These are young people too, even more perplexing how sissified millennials can be. Wonder if anyone noticed how wildly popular the 4am bar close was? It's because a lot of people want things like that, or they'd move to the sticks. Do we wanna be more like Omaha or more like the top destination cities?

d_sheppard
d_sheppard

I guess I'd rather have late night fireworks then 20 below wind chills. It's summer time, embrace it! Soon winter will erase it. :)

d_sheppard
d_sheppard

I'd rather have late night fireworks, then 20 below wind chills. It's summer time....embrace it. Soon winter will erase it! :)

Brent Boche
Brent Boche

Now this is seriously the most practical comment I have seen about the subject, nice work!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Patrick Reusse is one of the biggest whiners in the Twin Cities - can't wait until he goes to sleep - permanently. 

Mark Bendik
Mark Bendik

The main fact is everyone knew the all star game was here! If you live here and are a part of city gov., maybe a post-it note on your memo pad!! The city made money!! Remember that!!

Eric Weiss
Eric Weiss

Meanwhile, actual issues continue to go unsolved. What a distraction. It happened, it sucked, it's over. Let's prioritize what we spend our limited energy and resources on fixing.

David Roberts
David Roberts

I live about as close to the show as you can get, and when I heard it happening I went outside and enjoyed the free show! It was only maybe 10 minutes. Plenty of time left in the night for sleep.

Eric Severson
Eric Severson

Nicole haven't you heard? Nearly no one gives a shit about our veterans these days (and that's messed up)

Dan Aldridge
Dan Aldridge

I love the diversity that Minneapolis brings. This is why I live downtown. Both of you should get a life. The fact this is a discussion baffles me. As a resident taxpayer, I vote that you find something interesting and paint it green. We can then move on to the next crisis.

Kimberly Mikla
Kimberly Mikla

Notification would have been nice. It is not like they were lighting them off at dusk or 10pm when most fireworks shows occur. Most people were in bed at this time and it was a bit startling. I live in Bryn Mawr and I could hear them clearly as if they were happening in my neighborhood.

Nathan Heiling
Nathan Heiling

It's not just the fireworks people are complaining about its the time they did them who wants to be woke up by fireworks at 12:30 - 1 am if they have to get up for work early

Kevin Boedigheimer
Kevin Boedigheimer

Someone should go to Reusse's house and light off a shit-ton of cherry bombs at 3am in retaliation. What a douche bag.

Justin Kuechle
Justin Kuechle

It's kind of nice to live in a state that has nothing better to bitch about.

Dan Geurts
Dan Geurts

This stuff is why major sporting events do not like coming here or possibly won't anymore after the fines they had to pay.

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

Oh an event that brings millions of dollars of revenue into the city and omg there's fireworks! Stfu. One thing I've learned about rich white people is they will find anything to complain about.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

The "economic impact" does not be if it Minneapolis. It lines some rich dudes wallet. It takes money away from us not to us.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

It was way way longer than 5 minutes. Over half an hour actually. I live a good long distance away and it woke me up. Has anyone considered our countries veterans in this and the affects loud gunshot sounding noises has on people with posttraumatic stress disorder?

thisisnews
thisisnews

The umbrella company for this radio station has a lot of different radio stations with a lot of different radio personalities that it would appear support this stuff because this guy is still on the the air. I don't care what his opinion is the way he's gone about it is completely unprofessional. If I were other on air employees on different stations I would start to worry about being associated with this guy. 

Mike Bougie
Mike Bougie

nope! didn't even hear it. But it's pretty common that fireworks wake up my kids late at night. You do care about kids don't you?

Melissa Servais
Melissa Servais

I'm guessing because it was unexpected--it wasn't the 4th of July, it was 12:30 on a Monday night.

Alex Jarvis
Alex Jarvis

The placement of your comment made you the argumentative one. Grow up Melissa! You shouldn't be calling people dbags or asshat's anyway. That is not opinion..that is just immature, jaded bias. And generalizing downtown residents as rich yuppies is expressed prejudice.

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

.....because you're one of the babies who soiled themselves over the fireworks? I economic impact the event had on Minneapolis was huge, you'd think people wouldn't get their panties in a bunch over some fireworks.

Melissa Servais
Melissa Servais

To each their own. Not sure why you feel the need to argue with me when I was just giving my opinion, like everyone else here.

Alex Jarvis
Alex Jarvis

I just told you...I was downtown and outside and I didn't even notice them. And, I completely agree with that guy you are calling an asshat.

Margaret Preston
Margaret Preston

Fireworks don't bother me but I'm not surprised Patrick Reusse is actively lambasting someone who questions the legality of the late hour of the fireworks. It turns out that he is not only a weak writer but also an unappealing person.

Melissa Servais
Melissa Servais

I don't have an issue with it. But I could understand how people who live downtown might--if it was that loud in my neighborhood, it must have been crazy loud downtown. I am sympathetic to them, and mainly just commented because I thought that Patrick Reusse's remarks made him sound like a real asshat.

Carol Heltzer
Carol Heltzer

I think the fireworks were a great way to celebrate a great event especially one that brought many people from outside the state to Minnesota....that's what we want because it means $$ for us. We've had lots of thunderstorms lately with more to come I'm sure lots of people get woken up by the thunder....do they expect some type of compensation. Everyone knew this event was going on and that there would be some chaos......get over it! How about the people who get woken randomly by gun shots and sirens at all hours of the night....how should they be compensated. I think these people complaining are a bunch of cry babies!

Alex Jarvis
Alex Jarvis

That is probably about what the neighbors of Rave venues have to say when a party turns up in their neighborhood. Not sure why you would select to have issue with this even though you frequent parties that create much longer of disturbances for much more unsuspecting of neighbors.

Melissa Servais
Melissa Servais

Oh I'm sure. I've lived in the neighborhood for over a year now. I'm only a block off Hiawatha so I'm totally used to hearing emergency sirens all night, as well as occasional gunshots/domestic disturbances/etc.--I can generally sleep right through those because I'm used to it, and they're brief. I formerly lived at the Hwy 7/Minnetonka Blvd split which had a ton of traffic noise which again, I was used to. It's not that I don't expect random noise disturbances, I just don't expect 20 mins of what sounded like bombs being dropped that late on a Monday.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Powderhorn sounds like a nickname for George Jung's penis, not the name of a hood.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

I live a few blocks from there, slept with my window open and it didn't wake me up.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

I didn't know we have to get permission from Veterans before making any noises that might be considered loud.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@thisisnews I don't think some DJ in New York City cares about Patrick Reusse talking about fireworks on Twitter.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Shut up asshat.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

That's because you are uneducated and have the mentality of an 8 year old. 

thisisnews
thisisnews

@ajlalk3 @thisisnews i think ESPN run by the same people who own KSTP, 107.1 ect. 

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