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  • Feds claim accused ISIL recruit from Minneapolis threatened to kill FBI agents

    05/21/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/21/15 | Paul McEnroe
    One of the Twin Cities men charged with supporting terrorism planned to kill FBI agents who were investigating their activities over the last 10-months, according to federal authorities who’ve reviewed a confidential informant’s secret recordings of conversations in early April that detailed the threats. “If there’s no way out, I’m saying. If our backs are against the wall, I’m gonna go kill the one who punks me,” said Mohamed Farah, one of seven men from the Twin Cities who is charged with supporting terrorists in the Middle East. “You know the one. Everybody has that one Fed that you know....
  • St. Paul SWAT Commander Explains Use of High-Powered Weapons

    05/20/2015 6:12:10 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 34 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Jay Kohls
    The St. Paul Police Department SWAT Team Commander, Tim Flynn, says the military weapons they use only come out when they face high-risk, dangerous situations. "These weapons are critical to protecting the safety of the public and police officers," Flynn said. The SPPD has 99 AR-15 rifles on loan from the federal government, and they did receive a federal grant to obtain an armored vehicle used in potentially violent cases such as last year's arrest of cop killer, Brian Fitch. In October we reported on how four police departments returned military issued equipment obtained at no cost through a government...
  • Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

    05/20/2015 7:22:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Amy Fortili
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet. After losing his $15-an-hour job fueling airliners in Minneapolis, the Somali-American father of nine survived on low-wage jobs and public assistance. He complained about working hard, but never having enough money. His circumstances worsened when he was ordered to pay more than $700 a month to support three of his children — including one less than a year old. Months later, he surfaced in Syria, where he went to fight for the Islamic State.
  • Shoplifting arrests at Eagan Outlet Mall raise question of bias

    05/17/2015 6:20:01 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 34 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/17/15 | Stephen Montemayor
    Nearly 85 percent of those arrested or cited in connection with shoplifting calls at Eagan’s new outlet mall were people of color, according to a Star Tribune analysis of nearly 1,000 calls to police in the first eight months the center was open. The percentage of blacks and other minorities arrested or charged with shoplifting offenses at Eagan’s Twin Cities Premium Outlet was higher than at nearby Burnsville Center, in all of Minneapolis or at a similar outlet mall in Albertville. Eagan police say the mall has attracted organized and sophisticated shoplifting rings, but say they typically rely on the...
  • Minneapolis cop is under investigation by federal authorities

    05/15/2015 6:14:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/15/15 | Matt McKinney
    Federal authorities are investigating a Minneapolis police officer who has been the target of two brutality lawsuits that have cost the city $410,000. The investigation focuses on Michael Griffin, a patrol officer in north Minneapolis, who joined the police force in 2007. Griffin has been the subject of 22 police internal affairs investigations, a total that may include both public complaints and internal department issues. Most of the claims against him were not upheld. The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. However, a number of sources told the Star Tribune that the FBI has been making inquiries that include questions...
  • Stolen Bible Leads to Charges in Death of 'Wonderful and Loving' Carver Co. Man

    05/13/2015 3:26:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/13/15 | Jennie Lissarrague
    A stolen Bible with two $1,000 savings bonds issued to a 90-year-old Carver County man who was murdered led police to arrest two suspects in his death. Earl Olander was found beaten and robbed inside his home on the 16000 block of Homestead Road back on April 11. Police say his hands and ankles were bound with duct tape and that he was found lying face-down on the floor of his living room. According to the criminal complaint, Olander had multiple injuries to his head, face and body. Police also say his entire home was ransacked, with drawers pulled out...
  • Stillwater Concert Choir singing in hotel pool

    05/13/2015 12:56:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | april 28, 2015
    The Stillwater Concert Choir breaks out into song at a hotel pool. The acoustics were perfect for them to sing F. Melius Christiansen's "O Day Full of Grace."
  • St. Cloud, MN Mosque Vandalism Called Hate Crime; Muslim Arrested This Week

    05/12/2015 3:53:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | May 8, 2015 | Ann Corocoran
    Back in December the St. Cloud Islamic community was all in a rage over several incidents of vandalism that had occurred at a local mosque. The local ‘interfaith’ community rallied and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Relations (CAIR) arrived on the scene and even called in the feds in hopes of proving that a “hate crime” had occurred. Here is CAIR’s commentary—making sure that everyone is notified that Muslims are victims of hate crimes in America! Lori Saroya ‘Our biggest concern is that it will escalate.’ Lori Saroya, [former] executive director of CAIR-MN, said the biggest concern...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Elk River police officer, son shot dead; another son arrested

    05/11/2015 6:28:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-10-15 | Kristi Belcamino
    An off-duty Elk River police officer and his son were shot dead Saturday night in St. Michael, Minn., and another of the officer's sons was arrested after he called 911 saying he wanted to turn himself in, authorities say. Police say that at 7:06 p.m. Saturday, a man called 911 from a house in the 4500 block of Mayfield Avenue saying he had been shot. According to radio traffic posted on the MN Police Clips, a male caller told a 911 dispatcher that his brother shot him in the chest. "Sounds like the phone dropped," the dispatcher said. "I can...
  • Michele Bachmann: Clinton Foundation is “An International Money Laundering Ring”

    05/09/2015 4:46:03 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 23 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 5/8/2015 | Tim Brown
    The Clinton Foundation has come under scrutiny over the past few months with the scandal concerning Hillary Clinton's personal email server being used for State Department business. This week, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann said the Clinton Foundation was nothing more than an international money laundering ring. In speaking with Newsmax TV, Bachmann said, "This is the most transparent family in the United States, right? The woman who won't hand over her server, who wasn't supposed to do her government work on that server in the first place, who violated department rules… who, in all likelihood, probably violated US federal rules,...
  • On V-E Day, St. Paul prayed, and the bars stayed open

    05/08/2015 5:53:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-8-15 | Richard Chin
    When the guns finally fell silent in Europe 70 years ago today, St. Paul prayed and drank. It was called V-E Day -- Victory in Europe -- when Nazi leaders still alive in Germany agreed to unconditional surrender ending World War II on the European continent. In St. Paul, it was celebrated with a prayer service at the Municipal Auditorium attended by 6,000 people. "The audience ranged from fur-draped women to women in defense plant coveralls and bandannas, and from white-collared business executives to work-stained garage mechanics," according to the St. Paul Dispatch. The city's churches also were packed, as...
  • Man Arrested after St. Cloud Islamic Center Damaged

    05/07/2015 12:58:58 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Dave Aeikens
    A man suspected of vandalizing the St. Cloud Islamic Center had regularly attended prayer services there, St. Cloud Police said. The incident was reported at 4:48 a.m. Thursday on the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South in St. Cloud. It happened while prayer services were taking place inside. The front door window of the Islamic Center and a window of a nearby car were broken, police said. Witnesses chased a man and detained him for police. Officers determined that the windows had been broken with a basketball-sized plaster ball that is artwork. The suspect made the piece and obtained it...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • New DHS-Sponsored Study Reveals ISIS Recruitment in Minnesota

    05/04/2015 1:04:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Security Debrief ^ | 27 April 2015 | Erroll Southers and Justin Hienz
    The threat of foreign fighter recruitment is greater today than it has ever been. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is proving lethally effective in drawing extremists from around the world to their ranks, and in the United States, ISIL is targeting the Somali-American community in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. There are more than 40,000 Somali-Americans and immigrants in Minnesota. This growing immigrant community is facing substantial challenges, including weak family structures, lack of education, racism and violent crime. In this mix of chronic community challenges, young people can be unsure of their personal identity, leaving them vulnerable...
  • Minnesota mosques, Muslim orgs complain about anti-terror program

    05/01/2015 8:17:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Complete Fox News article Atlas Shrugs ^ | 5/1/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Muslim agitation, attrition, the litigation jihad accompanies all counter terror programs in these United States. We are constantly being told, scolded, admonished and clubbed with the now well worn meme that “only a tiny minority” “a radical few” Muslims engage in jihad. And yet we never see Muslim organizations supporting, encouraging cooperation and applauding any counter terror efforts.Why is that? Based on everything we are constantly being told about moderate Muslims – this is an impossibility. And yet this impossibility is our constant companion.Is it any wonder there is a stream of young Muslims from these communities and mosques flocking...
  • Minnesota mosques, Muslim orgs raise concerns with anti-terror recruitment pilot

    05/01/2015 5:35:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 25 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 5/1/15 | Mike Durkin
    Nearly 50 mosques, Muslim organizations and student groups have signed a statement that highlights concerns with a federal pilot program to combat radicalization and terror recruitment in Minnesota. “While we support the right of all Americans to live in democratic communities free of violence, we cannot in good conscience condone or help refine programs that are fundamentally discriminatory and are likely to further subject our community members to additional civil rights abuses,” said the statement released by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The statement lists 44 Muslim organizations as undersigned supporters, as well as the National...
  • # Black Lives Matter Protesters March Through Downtown Mpls.

    04/29/2015 5:29:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    WCCO ^ | 4/29/15
    On Facebook, Twin Cities organizers called on people who stand for social, economic and racial justice to peacefully rally with them. “It’s imperative to understand when we lose a life to police, it affects all of us,” organizer Mica Grimm said. “Police are out to protect every single citizen, not just certain ones.” This isn’t the first time this group has rallied together. “Black Lives Matter” is the same organization that demonstrated inside Mall of America on Dec. 20, 2014 to protest the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York. The protesters briefly shut down...
  • University of Minnesota SDS Delivers People's State of the University Address

    04/27/2015 9:04:31 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 12 replies
    Just an hour after UMN President Eric Kaler delivered his annual State of the University address, Minneapolis activists, led by Students for a Democratic Society members, delivered their own address. Dubbed a "People's State of the University Address", the address centered on the struggle of students, staff, and faculty, including inflated administrations, the need for a diversified campus, tuition hikes, and greater difficulties for workers. This was in contrast the the address delivered by Eric Kaler which was little more than a PR stunt for the university.read more
  • Former Senator fuels speculation over Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: 'He's running' for president

    04/26/2015 2:19:03 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 37 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-25-2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder "is running" for president, according to a former U.S. Senator, whose comments at a Republican confab were quickly contradicted by a spokesman for the governor, who said he has not made any decisions of that kind. "I met with Rick Snyder yesterday," former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman told reporters on Saturday morning at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting, according to the Guardian and other publications. "He's running. He's running." Snyder was in Las Vegas this weekend to attend the RJC meeting as part of what his advisors are calling an economic tour....
  • Somali Families Rally At State Capitol Over Terror Arrests

    04/26/2015 9:53:36 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    minnesota.cbslocal.com ^ | April 25, 2015 | Nina Moini
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Dozens of local Somali families gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon, calling for the release of six terror suspects. They’re calling for the government to stop what they see as attacks against them, and say the suspects were set up. Six local Somalis were charged this week with trying to leave the country to join the terrorist group. These four men were taken into custody in Minneapolis a week ago. Two others were arrested in San Diego. Federal agents also arrested Mahamed Said for allegedly making threats on Twitter in response to the arrests....
  • Gun-weary Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers

    04/24/2015 5:53:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | Harry Potter
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Senate added language to a bill Thursday that would legalize gun silencers — a surprise development as majority Democrats had shown little interest in changing the state's gun laws and a direct challenge to Gov. Mark Dayton's promise that such a measure would meet his veto pen. The silencer language was added to a grab bag of policy changes that would also mandate external investigations for officer-involved deaths, set ground rules for law enforcement's use of drones and restore voting rights to felons after they're released from prison. The full bill passed 39-22, with...
  • Relaunched Congregation Grows in Movie Theater

    04/24/2015 9:09:47 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 24 replies
    PE News ^ | 22 April 2015 | Eric Tiansay
    Compass Church meets in a movie theater, has no live worship, and keeps its Sunday service meeting to 45 minutes. But the somewhat nontraditional Assemblies of God congregation is making an eternal impact in Winona, Minnesota. Pastored by Aaron Lindholm, Compass "exists to reach the 9,000 people in Winona that are far from God by creating a loving, giving, growing community, where it is safe to belong until you believe," according to the church's website. Lindholm, 38, moved to Winona from Claremore, Oklahoma, in 2009 when around 40 people attended the church regularly. Last year, Compass Church had more salvation...
  • St. Paul church pushes to recognize Armenian genocide

    04/20/2015 6:22:59 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-17-15 | Richard Chin
    Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian made headlines recently by calling attention to what happened to the Armenian people 100 years ago. It was genocide at the hands of the Turks in what was then the Ottoman Empire, according to the pope, the reality show star and many historians. In Minnesota, the push to recognize the deaths of Armenians a century ago as the first genocide of the 20th century is being led by a small, new St. Paul church. In the past month, St. Sahag Armenian Church has put up billboards on Interstate 94 in St. Paul and Interstate 494...
  • Minnesota Mother Shocked that 2 Sons Face Terror Charges

    04/23/2015 9:01:49 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/22/15 | Cassie Hart
    Adnan Abdihamid Farah's parents took his passport away last year when it came in the mail, and his mother would later tell authorities she feared her son would "disappear." She also stopped the 19-year-old from traveling with his brother, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, when the siblings told her they were going to Chicago. Mohamed - who was older and given more freedom - made the trip and instead ended up in San Diego, where authorities say he was bound for Mexico and ultimately the Islamic State group in Syria. "I cry all day," their mother, Ayan Farah, said Wednesday. "I don't...
  • ‘They Destroyed Our Home,’ Terror Suspect’s Family Says

    04/21/2015 3:06:31 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 4/21/15 | Ali Lucia
    More details are emerging about the six Minnesotans who are accused of trying to join ISIS, and were arrested Sunday both in Minneapolis and in San Diego. The U.S Attorney’s Office in Minnesota said for ten months they monitored the men as they tried to get to Syria to join ISIS fighters. They are Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20. Omar was among the suspects arrested in the Twin Cities. His mother, Fudamo Hussein, said she does not believe her son...
  • Minnesota's youth exodus spells trouble ahead for labor force

    04/21/2015 5:52:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Start Tribune ^ | 4-18-15 | Jackie Crosby
    Every year since 2002, Minnesota has been losing residents to other states. What’s worse: Young adults are leaving in the greatest numbers. Casey Sperzel is Minnesotan through and through. She grew up in Maple Grove, went to college at the University of Minnesota, and lived in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. But when the 27-year-old met with a job recruiter last year, she was set on the Pacific Northwest. “I don’t think I’ll be back,” said Sperzel, now with a Seattle ad agency. States are scrambling for young professionals like Sperzel to help offset the wave of baby boomer retirements....
  • Michigan Lawmakers Want Homeschooled Children Registered Like Dogs and Inspected by Social Workers

    04/21/2015 4:47:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-20-2015 | Paula Bolyard
    In the wake of the tragic murders of two Michigan children whose mother tortured them before stuffing them into the family’s freezer, lawmakers are calling for more stringent regulation of homeschooling in the state. The proposed legislation from state Rep. Stephanie Chang, a Detroit Democrat, would require homeschooled children to be inspected twice per year by a licensed social worker or law enforcement officer. The bill would also require homeschooling parents to register their children — like dogs or sex offenders — with the superintendent of the school district in which they reside. Michigan is one of eleven states that...
  • US Attorney: Minnesota has Terror Recruiting Problem (YA THINK?)

    04/20/2015 2:44:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 42 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/20/15 | Dave Aeikens
    Six Minnesota appeared in federal court Monday are charged with providing support to a terrorism organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The men were arrested in Minnesota and California on Sunday. Nineteen-year-old Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19-year-old Adnan Farah, 19-year-old Hanad Mustafe Musse and 20-year-old Guled Ali Omar were arrested in Minneapolis. Twenty-one-year-old Adirahman Yasin Daud and 21-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah were arrested in San Diego. All six are Somali-American, the FBI said. The charges and arrests are tied to the efforts of the six men to try to get to Syria to join the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq...
  • Minnesota bar busted for illegally serving Wisconsin-only beer

    04/20/2015 12:24:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 99 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4-20-15 | Meg Wagner
    Police said a bar in Maple Grove, Minn. was caught selling Spotted Cow, a beer that's only legal in Wisconsin. A Minnesota bar was busted for illegally pouring a Wisconsin exclusive. The owners of Maple Grove’s Maple Tavern could face felony resale charges for selling pints of Spotted Cow, a farmhouse beer brewed in Wisconsin and distributed only in-state, police said. The Minneapolis-area bartenders drove across the border and loaded up on kegs of the coveted New Glarus Brewing Co. ale before they were busted during a sting last week, KMSP reported. Undercover officers went to the Maple Tavern on...
  • Several Arrested In Minneapolis & San Diego In Terrorism Investigation

    04/20/2015 6:39:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    A source tells WCCO that FBI agents arrested at least six people in Minneapolis and San Diego for suspicion of trying to join ISIS. Authorities say efforts of a joint terrorism task force led to the arrests. The six people taken into custody may be connected to the on-going investigation of Twin Cities residents traveling to Syria to support ISIS over the last year, according to the source. U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota and the FBI are holding a news conference Monday morning to provide more details.
  • These Blue States Have Tried the Elizabeth Warren Model. Their Residents Are Fleeing.

    04/19/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | april 19, 2015 | stephen moore
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes. So, if income redistribution policies are the solution to shrinking the gap between rich...
  • Hundreds attend mentally disabled girl's tenth birthday after Facebook appeal when none of her class

    04/19/2015 1:22:25 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 4/19/15 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    Hundreds attend mentally disabled girl's tenth birthday after Facebook appeal when none of her class Mackenzie Moretter, of Shakopee, Minnesota, celebrated her tenth birthday on Saturday When none of her classmates could come to her party, Mackenzie's mother posted on Facebook groups, inviting strangers to the celebrations More than 700 people joined a Facebook event for the birthday party Hundreds of people flocked to a park in Shakopee on Saturday They brought Mackenzie gifts and food and she made new friends Mackenzie was diagnosed with Sotos Syndrome when she was a year old The disorder delayed her development and makes...
  • To all that light-rail waste, add fare-skipping

    04/18/2015 11:31:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    It took an agreeable 15 minutes Monday to get from the Westgate Station to the Warehouse/Hennepin Avenue station on the Green Line. There was merriment in the air all right, but not enough actual humidity to smell the green grass of Target Field. We are unseasonably dry, and a bit of moisture in the air is essential to bring about the full flowering of the baseball home opener. I watched passengers get on and off; there are seven stops between Westgate and Warehouse, or probably two too many. I don't know who paid and who didn't. Impossible to tell, really,...
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • A Good Day for the 2nd Amendment!

    04/17/2015 7:04:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    mngop ^ | 4-17-15 | Keith Downey
    Yesterday was a good day for gun rights in Minnesota. A bipartisan group of Representatives at the State Capitol passed several bills protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment. Bills enhancing the Second Amendment include: ⌁ Emergency Powers Act ⌁ (HF 722) - Protects private property rights by prohibiting government officials from confiscating firearms during a declared state of emergency.
  • Whatever you do, don't make eye contact... in the Minnesota Senate?

    04/16/2015 7:48:48 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 11 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Apr 15, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    The Minnesota Senate will keep its rule forbidding members from looking at one another during floor debate and will continue to ban everyone from having drinks on the Senate floor.The issues arose Monday during the passage of the rules to govern the Senate. On a 15-44 vote, the Senate decided to keep its current requirement that all speakers must gaze at the Senate president.
  • Bird flu confirmed at 1 ND turkey farm, 4 more in Minnesota

    04/10/2015 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2015 11:23 PM EDT | Steve Karnowski
    A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the new cases in Minnesota of the highly contagious H5N2 strain are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties. The four new farms housed a combined 189,000 turkeys. In North Dakota, State Veterinarian Susan Keller said the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the H5N2...
  • ‘Gertie’s Babies,’ Sold at Birth, Use DNA to Unlock Secret Past

    04/10/2015 12:58:35 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04 April 2015 | Kirk Johnson
    Sue Docken’s start in life, in 1951, with a no-questions-asked cash adoption at the hands of a midwife, had strong elements of the crime scene that it was. Her adoptive father was told to stay in the car and keep the motor running. His wife went into a nondescript office building in Butte, Mont., where she met with the midwife, Gertrude Pitkanen, and was handed the hours-old infant and the afterbirth, offered a peek through a curtain at the young mother lying in a bed, and told to leave. The afterbirth was thrown out the window on the drive home,...
  • Minneapolis police records shed light on 2014 military training

    04/09/2015 8:34:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Twin Cities Daily Planet ^ | April 08, 2015 | Matt Ehling, Public Record Media
    In August of 2014, military helicopters flew low over residential neighborhoods of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, engaged in a series of night-time training exercises. The exercises involved the Naval Warfare Development Group - a "special forces" component of the U.S. Navy - and were aimed at enhancing urban combat tactics. Just as they had two years earlier, military personnel had come to the Twin Cities to conduct counter-terrorism training operations in an urban environment. And just as before, those operations commenced with little advance notice to the public.
  • James J. Hill's iron ore legacy has last day on NYSE

    04/08/2015 6:13:39 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-7-15 | Tom Webb
    After 109 years in business, the Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Trust officially terminated Monday and its stock stopped trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The moment provided a reminder of a distant era in Minnesota history, shaped by railroad barons and trust-busting reformers, by the great riches of the Mesabi Range and the hard realities of the industrial age. "So many of Hill's decisions cast such a long shadow," said Craig Johnson, manager of the James J. Hill House historic site in St. Paul. "It reminds us that he's still that big looming presence in the business and...
  • Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Records Regarding Suspicious 2014 New Year's Day Explosion (short title)

    04/03/2015 12:09:15 PM PDT · by Aethelwolf · 7 replies
    closedpress.com ^ | 04/03/2015
    Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) to obtain records regarding its response to the January 1, 2014, explosion of an apartment building in the largely Muslim Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The FOIA lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v U. S. Department of Justice (No.1:14-cv-02212)).
  • Let innocent victims reclaim their property

    04/01/2015 6:35:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-1-15 | Lee McGrath and Meagan Forbes
    Can law enforcement seize an innocent person's property? If you think the answer is no, just ask David Laase. In May 2006, he received an unexpected phone call at 1 a.m. from his wife. She had been arrested for DUI, later pleaded guilty and paid all court-imposed fines. However, that punishment was not enough under the state's civil forfeiture laws. Isanti County sheriffs seized the $35,000 Chevrolet Tahoe she was driving at the time of the stop and refused to return it to Laase, even though he jointly owned the vehicle and had done nothing wrong. Laase became a victim...
  • In Jordan, Boehner Delegation Discussions Focus on Iranian-Backed Violence, Growing Terrorist Threat

    03/30/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 30, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    AMMAN, JORDAN – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior lawmakers met with His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday during a visit to Jordan where talks focused on Iranian-backed violence in the region and the growing terrorist threat. King Abdullah hosted the delegation for a luncheon at Beit al-Urdun Palace. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells, Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, as well as senior embassy officials. Discussions focused on two major trends in the region: the violence caused by Iran’s allies and proxies, and the spreading of the terrorist threat. There was also...
  • Your Predictions: By Which Primary Will Jeb Bush Finally Bow Out And Throw Support To Ted Cruz?

    03/29/2015 12:21:57 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 92 replies
    And unless there are any changes, this is the order. Iowa, New Hampshire,Colorado,Minnesota,New York,Utah.Then from Feb.6 thru Feb.23,we have Nevada,South Carolina,North Carolina and Michigan on the 23rd. Obviously the odds of Bush even winding up in the top three are about the same as the odds of Joe Biden taking the Democrat Nomination in 2016. The far left media will probably keep Bush in the top three with their "Left Leaning Polls". Should be interesting to watch their reactions when Jeb wont even make the top four in Iowa.
  • ‘Gutter Block Goon’ Gang Members Charged In St. Paul Assaults

    03/24/2015 2:48:12 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 3/24/15 | WCCO
    Seven men were each charged Tuesday for their roles in three gang-related assaults over the span of two days in downtown St. Paul in January. The Ramsey County Attorney’s office says the defendants are all members of the Gutter Block Goon gang, and all are charged with two counts each of third- and fourth-degree riot, both of which are considered crimes committed for the benefit of a gang: Michael James Jackson, 29; Jesse Jamoni Moore, 23; Rodney Lloyd Johnson, 22; Devon Walter Lee Johnson, 20; Ramon Devon Tolbert, 19, Keanu Antwain Brown, 19; and Donald Maurice McCormick, 19.
  • Minnesota GOP plan funds transportation with general fund, not tax hike

    03/24/2015 6:08:13 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-24-15 | David Montgomery
    Republican lawmakers on Monday proposed a $7 billion plan that they called an investment in transportation over the next decade. The proposal has some common ground with plans from leaders of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, but big divisions remain. The parties are far apart on how much money a transportation plan should include, how much of it should go to Twin Cities metro-area mass transit and -- above all -- whether the plan should be paid for by raising taxes or cutting spending. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Senate DFL majority each proposed their own plans in January. Their approaches...
  • Somali Muslims Swarm (MN) School, Force Lockdown After Somali Posts ISIS-Supportive Picture

    03/24/2015 7:41:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Katie McHugh
    Shockingly, a fight broke out between Somali Muslim students on Friday, two days after a student posted a social media image of a wheelchair-bound girl whom posters claimed to be affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS). A student is reportedly being “disciplined” for the photo–meaning he or she will be given a reprimand and will be allowed to roam society freely without restriction or inhibition after inciting jihad against America. Jeff Oxton of the St. Cloud Police Department reassured media that the angry, alien mob will not be punished, and police were on hand not to arrest lawbreakers, but to “keep the situation calm”...
  • Physician-assisted suicide for Minnesota? The discussion begins

    03/24/2015 6:24:26 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-24-15 | Bill Salisbury
    Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, a registered nurse, said she proposed the legislation to "begin a conversation" on whether to allow dying patients to request and receive medications to control the time and manner of their deaths. Eaton detailed her bill with White and members of the Minnesota chapter of Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit looking to expand end-of-life options. It was presented later Monday at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing. However, Eaton said she wanted to postpone any action on the bill until after she conducts informational hearings on the measure around...
  • Brunch patrons fight back against #BlackBrunch protesters in suburban Atlanta and Minneapolis

    03/23/2015 7:44:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 78 replies
    americanthinker ^ | March 23, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Some sort of tipping point seems to have been reached, with Sunday morning brunch patrons no longer willing to sit passively as noisy protesters attempt to guilt-trip them about being white, or having the disposable income to go out for a nice brunch, or something (in my view, mostly anger about being such losers). Gateway Pundit reports on the pushback in Atlanta and Minneapolis eateries yesterday. In Atlanta: Black Brunch protesters invaded several Decatur, Georgia restaurants on Sunday. Protesters report two establishments called police, with managers from Sweet Melissa’s trying unsuccessfully to throw them out.