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  • Electric vehicle fee proposed for Minnesota

    03/21/2017 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/21/17 | Mike Hughlett
    Electric vehicle owners in Minnesota would have to pay a $75 to $85 annual "surcharge" under proposed legislation since they do not pay the state's gasoline tax. State governments across the country are increasingly seeking to slap such fees on electric vehicles, some exceeding $150 per year. The Minnesota fee would cover vehicles that are all-electric and plug-in hybrids based on electric motors, but exclude gasoline-electric hybrids. The fee is aimed at making electric vehicle drivers pay their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are partly funded by gasoline taxes, said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, the author of the...
  • Digi-Key plans to generate 1000 jobs in Thief River Falls (Minnesota)

    03/08/2017 9:51:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WDAZ-TV ^ | March 8, 2017 | Ken Chase
    THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) – One thousand new jobs could come to one local town. But if they don't get what they need, they could go elsewhere. Electronics like iPhones and computer electrical components were made using parts distributed by Digi-Key. The company says they're growing, and that's why they want to build a brand new one million square foot building in Thief River Falls. Brian Holmer, Thief River Falls mayor: "You take a look at a project his magnitude, you know, $200-300 million. The construction of the building is gonna cover like 23 acres, which is enormous." In...
  • Tim Kaine's son forcefully arrested at Trump rally at Minnesota Capitol (2nd Degree Riot)

    03/07/2017 9:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Pine and Lakes Echo Journal ^ | March 7, 2017 | The St. Paul Pioneer Press
    ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol. Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot after the "March 4 Trump" rally in St. Paul; a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. Counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they attempted to disrupt the proceedings with air horns, whistles and chants. At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb....
  • Constitutional Carry and Self Defense Law Reform to be heard Wednesday!

    03/05/2017 10:52:19 PM PST · by dustind · 3 replies
    NRA National Rifle Association ^ | 3-3-2017 | Bryan Strawser
    Two critical pieces of pro-gun rights legislation are coming up for a hearing in the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:15am: HF188: Constitutional Carry (also known as Permitless Carry) HF238: Defense of Person and Dwelling Act (also known in other states as "Stand your Ground") These are the two centerpieces of our 2017 legislative agenda --- and this year we have the best chance of passing them through the legislature because of the work that supporters like you did during the 2016 elections - by putting a pro-Second Amendment legislature in...
  • Columbia Heights Man Held in Late-night Minnetonka Fatal Shooting

    03/04/2017 5:33:39 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 3/4/17 | Michael Oakes and Cleo Greene
    One man is dead and a Columbia Heights man is in custody after a late Friday shooting at a Minnetonka park-and-ride. Minnetonka police say they were dispactched to the park-and-ride at 11201 Wayzata Blvd about 11:15 p.m. on a report of a shooting. On arrival, they found an adult male with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Marcus Wayne Hallmark, had fled on foot. Police found Hallmark in the woods near Crane Lake just before 2 a.m. Saturday and apprehended him without incident.
  • 6 Arrested at Minnesota Rally in Support of Trump

    03/04/2017 4:50:30 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 25 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 3/4/17 | AP
    Six counterprotesters were arrested in St. Paul during a rally in support of President Donald Trump. St. Paul police say five of the arrested face felony riot charges after they allegedly lit fireworks inside the Minnesota State Capitol then ran away. The Minnesota State Patrol arrested a sixth counterprotester for disorderly conduct
  • Philando Castile’s Fmr. Girlfriend Arrested In Connection To Hammer Attack

    03/03/2017 3:23:01 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 3/3/17 | WCCO.com
    The woman who gained international attention last July after she live streamed the aftermath of her boyfriend’s fatal shooting by police was arrested Thursday in connection to a hammer assault. Diamond Reynolds, from West St. Paul, was arrested with two other women in connection to an assault that happened Tuesday morning on St. Paul’s east side. Police say officers were called to the 1500 block of Jessamine Lane at about 10:30 a.m. on a report of an assault in progress. The victim suffered serious injuries from being struck in the head with a hammer, and was taken to Regions Hospital....
  • Hoax alert: ‘Non-Caucasian’ student behind racist graffiti at Minnesota high school

    03/03/2017 7:24:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    College Fix ^ | March 2, 2017 | Dave Huber
    A “non-Caucasian” Minnesota high school student has been disciplined after it was determined he was responsible for racist and antisemitic graffiti found in a school bathroom. The scribblings included a picture of a lynching, the phrase “Hail the Ku Klux Klan,” the “N” word, and a swastika.
  • More Carry Permits Issued In 2016 Than Any Year Before (MN)

    03/01/2017 8:02:41 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 3/1/17 | Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
    A record number of people are legally carrying handguns in Minnesota. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says sheriffs issued more than 71,000 permits to carry last year.  That’s a dramatic spike since the year before, when about 45,000 people received the permit. Shooting off a lunchtime round at Bill’s Gun Shop and Range in Robbinsdale, we found Heather Evans. She has been carrying for five years. “For me I do a lot of solo backpacking so I carry with me for safety purposes, not only from people but from animals,” Evans said. She’s teaching her friend Stella, who is considering getting...
  • U.S. Bank Stadium is a bird killing machine

    02/28/2017 1:46:25 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    City Pages ^ | 28 Feb 2017 | Cory Zurowski
    Jim Sharpsteen started around sunrise. He was among half-dozen or so bird-loving volunteers who, over an 11-week span beginning last August, made the walk of shame around U.S. Bank Stadium. Their mission was to confirm the worst: To see if the stadium, with its 200,000 square feet of clear and reflective glass, is so indistinguishable to birds that the creatures crash into it like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Welcome to the avian killing fields.
  • Protesters snarl rush-hour traffic, denounce Trump, urge $15 minimum wage (Minneapolis)

    02/27/2017 8:24:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | February 27, 2017 | Pat Pheifer
    Voices of protest rose high once again when dusk fell Monday in downtown Minneapolis. The group of 150 to 200 people snarled rush-hour traffic in some spots but stayed peaceful — both protesters and police, who were leading and following the group. Several causes were represented: rallying for a $15 minimum wage, denouncing President Donald Trump and his immigration policies, supporting Black Lives Matter and denouncing law enforcement actions at the pipeline protests in North Dakota. At the group's final stop outside Hennepin County jail, demonstrators hurled insults at the Sheriff's Department and the city of Minneapolis. Protesters said they...
  • Must love heavy metal: Local manufacturers feeling that worker shortage too (Minnesota)

    02/26/2017 6:22:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Detroit Lakes Tribune ^ | February 26, 2017 | Kaysey Price
    When BTD employee, Derrick Cariveau extends a hand to introduce himself mid-shift, his palms are a little dirty, and he talks a little louder to make sure his voice carries over the noise of welding robots. The faint smell of welding smoke and coolant is detectable in the air—it's a shop where work gets done, but it's far from the sweatshop some may think when they hear "manufacturing." Safety is always put first, and the reality is that with robots breaking into—and reshaping—the manufacturing industry, a lot of the heavy lifting is being taken care of by robotic hands rather...
  • MNfusion: Tullibee Chef Crowned Prince Of Pigs At Cochon555

    02/21/2017 6:48:44 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 2/21/17 | Katie Fraser
    Where’s the beef? Well, it made way for the pork. On Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis, Twin Cities foodies celebrated the pig in all of its glory at Cochon555. An event dedicated to all things pork, Cochon555 celebrates heritage pigs and sustainable farming of the animal. The competition featured five chefs, who compete head-to-head creating dishes using a whole heritage breed pig. The focus is on fine dining. Proceeds from the 14-city event go to Piggy Bank, a charity focusing on sanctuaries for heritage breed pigs and Open Access Agriculture.
  • College club clubs Trump effigy at recruitment fair

    02/16/2017 3:16:00 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 24 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 2.16.2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    A feminist organization at a Minnesota college recently invited students to batter a Donald Trump effigy during a school-wide recruitment fair. The Gustavus Adolphus College “Womyn’s Awareness Center” (the misspelling is intentional) erected an effigy of President Trump alongside its recruitment table Wednesday, encouraging passers-by to unleash their political anger on a replica of the new president.
  • State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump

    02/09/2017 3:47:18 PM PST · by Ray76 · 10 replies
    Ninth Circuit Court ^ | Feb 9, 2017 | Ninth Circuit Court
    Ruling re Appeal of Visa Suspension TRO
  • Keith Ellison: Jews Are ‘Slave Traders’ Trying To ‘Oppress Minorities All Over The World’

    02/08/2017 5:15:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 8, 2017 | Amber Randall
    Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison once accused Jewish people of oppressing “minorities all over the world,” Ellison’s former college classmate revealed in an interview. Mother Jones interviewed former classmate Michael Olenick who worked as the opinions editor at the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily. Olenick said that Ellison, who went by Keith Hakim at the time, argued that “white Jews” were routinely oppressing minority groups. “European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,” Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders,'” according to the Mother Jones...
  • Minnesota becomes a gateway to Canada for rejected African migrants

    02/05/2017 3:36:08 PM PST · by Drew68 · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 2/4/17 | Mila Koumpilova
    The men pay hundreds of dollars for middle-of-the-night cab rides north to the Canadian border. They wade into the Red River to dodge border agents in summer and trudge through waist-deep snow in winter. On Christmas Eve, two wandered in the wind-swept flatness and lost their fingers to frostbite. Minnesota has become a key stop for a soaring number of migrants from Somalia and other African countries who sneak into Canada to seek asylum. More than 430 arrived in Winnipeg since April, up from 70 three years ago. Most come by way of Minneapolis, sometimes after grueling treks across Latin...
  • Somali-American Nonprofit in Minnesota Declines Federal Grant in Light of Immigration...

    02/05/2017 6:37:07 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/2/17 | Rebecca Omastiak/AP
    An internationally-recognized Somali-American nonprofit has declined to accept a federal grant in protest of President Donald Trump’s restrictions on refugees and travel. Ka Joog, which counsels and mentors young people in Minnesota, has turned down a $500,000 federal grant to show opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policies that the nonprofit says targets Somalia and six other predominately Muslim countries. Ka Joog Executive Director Mohamed Farah told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that as much as the organization does not want to turn down such a significant grant, the board has decided it cannot ethically accept the money in light of Trump’s...
  • Mondale endorses Keith Ellison for DNC chair

    02/03/2017 8:05:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 3, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Former Vice President Walter Mondale is endorsing Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to become the next Democratic National Committee chair. The move gives the two top contenders to helm the party -- Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez -- one vice presidential endorsement each, after Joe Biden backed Perez earlier this week. It comes as Democrats head to Detroit for their third of four "future forums" Saturday, where candidates for party leadership lay out their visions, before the DNC's 447 voting members select their new chair in a late-February meeting in Atlanta. "Keith was a Minnesota star in the state...
  • Wisconsin Artist Who Cast Mary Tyler Moore Sculpture Dies

    01/31/2017 7:26:53 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/31/17 | AP
    Gwendolyn Gillen, a Wisconsin artist whose bronze sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat became a downtown Minneapolis landmark, has died. She was 76. Gillen's daughter, Alessandra Gillen, says her mother died Friday in hospice care at Madison Heights Senior Community in Madison, where she had lived since 2013. Gwendolyn Gillen died two days after Moore died at the age of 80.
  • Keith Ellison, first Muslim congressman, calls for ‘mass rallies’ to stop Trump orders

    01/28/2017 11:21:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's Power Post ^ | January 28, 2017 | David Weigel
    HOUSTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who in 2007 became the first Muslim member of Congress, said in an interview Saturday that opponents of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees should oppose them in the streets. “It’s time for people to get active, to get involved, to vote and to organize,” said Ellison, who was in Houston to campaign for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Trump must be stopped, and people power is what we have at our disposal to make him stop. We need mass rallies. We need them all over the country. We need them...
  • Did Donald Trump Carry Minnesota?

    01/26/2017 1:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 26, 2017 | John Hinderaker
    Voter fraud is in the news again, with President Trump vowing an investigation and the liberal media assuring us that voter fraud does not exist. My question is always: why are they so confident that there is little or no fraud, when so few efforts are made to look for it? Here in Minnesota, there is no possible way for anyone to know how much voter fraud occurred last November. Minnesota is a same-day registration state, and more than 500,000 voters register on the day of a presidential election. The Minnesota Voters Alliance explains why that is a problem: Two...
  • Protesters Shut Down House Committee Meeting Over HF 322 (Govt. can sue protesters for costs)

    01/24/2017 10:17:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | January 24, 2017 | Esme Murphy
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Angry protesters forced a Minnesota House committee to briefly recess Tuesday morning after it passed a bill that would let local governments sue protesters to recover law enforcement costs. The measure passed 9-to-6 along party lines in the House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee. Immediately after, an angry crowd erupted in protest over the bill, known as House File 322. Among the protesters shouting at lawmakers was John Thompson, a friend of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed last summer by a St. Anthony police officer. “Shame on you,” Thompson yelled at lawmakers. “You...
  • Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Office With Upside Down Cross and “F— Trump” Message

    01/23/2017 11:03:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 23, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    The St. Paul, Minnesota headquarters of Pro-Life Action Ministries was vandalized overnight with anti-child, anti-Trump and anti-Christian messages. The messages included “Another f- mouth to feed,” “F- Trump,” and an upside-down cross. As a non-profit, Pro-Life Action Ministries never endorsed Donald Trump. The leader of the organization, Brian Gibson, also received a harassing phone call the afternoon of January 22. That date is the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Pro-Life Action Ministries conducted a prayer service, attended by 180 Christians, outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center in St. Paul Sunday afternoon to...
  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapses during State of the State

    01/23/2017 6:00:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    BNO News ^ | January 23, 2017
    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has collapsed while delivering the annual State of the State address in the House Chambers. The governor is receiving medical attention but his current condition is unknown. (more)
  • Supporters Guard Veterans Memorial After City Pulls Cross (Minnesota)

    01/23/2017 8:39:37 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-23-2017 | Fox News
    The makeshift crosses in Belle Plaine. (Fox 9) A veterans memorial in Minnesota lost one cross but gained more than a dozen others -- and a security detail -- over the weekend after supporters argued that the city caved to the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The memorial at Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park showed a silhouette of a soldier kneeling in front of a cross that served as a headstone for a fellow soldier's grave, Fox 9 reported. Workers installed it last summer, but opponents were quick to argue that it violated the separation of church and state because it...
  • Charges: Man Drove Into Ditch Drunk, Had Sex & Assaulted Deputy Attempting Arrest

    01/18/2017 10:22:54 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/18/17 | WCCO
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 27-year-old White Bear Lake man faces charges after he allegedly drunkenly drove into a ditch, had sex there with a female passenger, and spit on a deputy attempting to arrest him, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Alan Krueger is charged with one felony count of fourth-degree assault and one gross misdemeanor count of DWI with a refusal to submit to chemical test in connection to the Jan. 16 incident. ~SNIP~ After failing standard field sobriety tests, Krueger was asked to provide a preliminary breath test sample. Before that, deputies told him to form a...
  • Trump's inauguration brings high stakes, hopes in rural Minn.

    01/15/2017 5:30:43 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/14/17 | Mark Brunswick
    Donald Trump didn't win Minnesota. And he never visited Mower County. But his message resonated with voters in LeRoy and Lyle. Now they wonder: What's next? ~SNIP~ With Fox News on a nearby TV, the coffee crowd, which included a former deputy sheriff and retired and semiretired farmers and truckers, was decidedly optimistic about President-elect Donald Trump. “We’re the kind of people who believe in country, family and faith — not necessarily in that order,” said Dave Johnson, a semiretired cattle and hog farmer, Trump man and the table’s informal alpha dog. “We’re concerned about the future, and a lot...
  • St. Louis Park High School Reports Tuberculosis Case (MN)

    01/12/2017 6:07:57 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/12/17 | Nate Leding
    The superintendent of St. Louis Park High School reported a case of tuberculosis. The school district says it was notified by the Hennepin County Department of Health that one individual at the high school had been diagnosed with active TB in late November. The individual was receiving medical care by the time the school district was notified. But the school district says the person was contagious in September, October and November before the diagnosis was determined. The superintendent says the Hennepin County Department of Health asked the district to wait to communicate the information until they could determine who else...
  • 7 Juveniles with Packing Tape on Mouths, Woman in Labor Found in Stolen Vehicle (MN)

    01/11/2017 6:44:13 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 48 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/11/17 | Nate Leding
    A police officer stopped a vehicle for a driving violation just after midnight Tuesday in the city of Ramsey. During the stop, the officer found out the vehicle had been stolen and discovered a woman in labor and seven juveniles with packing tape over their mouths. There were three adults in the vehicle. The woman who was in labor was transported to a hospital, according to the Ramsey Police Department. Seven juveniles who were also in the vehicle were initially found unresponsive with the tape over their mouths. Police say there was no immediate threat to their safety and released...
  • Ventura Loses Appeal to Reinstate $1.8M Verdict

    01/09/2017 9:42:24 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 42 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/9/17 | AP
    The Supreme Court has turned away former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's bid for reinstatement of a $1.8 million verdict in his defamation case against the estate of slain Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving intact a decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to upend the verdict.
  • State Record Eelpout Caught on Lake of the Woods

    01/06/2017 6:32:46 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/5/17 | Brent Palm
    A northwest Minnesota man now holds the state record for largest eelpout. The DNR says Brent Getzler of Roosevelt caught a 19 pound, 9 ounce eelpout in the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods. The fish was 33 inches long with a belly full of girth at 23 and 7/8 inches. Getzler caught it while fishing for walleye with an orange jigging spoon tipped with a minnow on Dec. 19. "Brent along with his buddies thought he was battling with a monster walleye and they were recording the three-minute fight. But after realizing it was just a pout they quit filming, "DNR coordinator Mike Kurre said...
  • Obama to Wolves: Play better defense

    01/05/2017 7:41:19 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/5/16 | Jerry Zgoda
    The Timberwolves received a 90-minute tour of the White House that included a visit with President Obama during one of their two days between games in Philadelphia and Washington. The commander in chief and leader of the free world for the next two weeks offered them a scouting report of themselves. “Yeah,” Wolves guard Ricky Rubio said with a grin. “He said we’ve got to play better defense.”
  • Minorities are joining the rush to buy guns in Minnesota

    12/31/2016 7:43:51 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 56 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/31/16 | Faiza Mahamud
    Abdul Yusuf and Jamal Abdulahi hadn’t seen the need before, but a few weeks after the November election the two men went to a gun store and started the paperwork for permits to carry. They are among the Muslims and members of other minority groups who are joining the ranks of Minnesotans who applied to become gun owners in 2016. For Abdulahi, it’s a natural response to an uptick in hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump. “Donald Trump has directly pointed fingers at the Somali community,” Abdulahi said, referring to the president-elect’s statements before the election that Somalis...
  • EIGHT underage boys had accused a Minnesota teacher and his husband who died in a murder-suicide....

    12/28/2016 7:52:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 68 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 28, 2016 | Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: EIGHT underage boys had accused a Minnesota teacher and his husband who died in a murder-suicide of sexual abuse A Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband had sexual conduct with eight underage boys, according to a police report following a four-month investigation. South St. Paul police closed the investigation into teacher Aric Babbitt and his husband, Matthew Deyo, and released the documents this week. The couple was found dead August 25 in an apparent murder-suicide with gunshot wounds on Lopez Island in Washington state. Neither was charged in relation to the abuse allegations.
  • Superweed introduced to Minnesota with conservation seed mix

    12/27/2016 11:33:40 PM PST · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    StarTribune ^ | Dec 27, 2016 | Tom Meersman
    Federal programs designed to help farmers set aside more habitat for bees and wildlife have produced a dangerous offshoot this year: Some mixes used to plant native grasses and flowers were contaminated with harmful weed seeds that have now been introduced onto hundreds of farms in several Midwestern states, including Minnesota. The weeds include Palmer amaranth, one of the most prolific and devastating weeds in the country for corn, soybeans and other row crops. There’s reason for concern, said University of Minnesota Extension weed scientist Jeff Gunsolus, because a single female Palmer amaranth plant produces more than 250,000 seeds, grows...
  • Terrorist cell is alive in Minneapolis, U.S. judge in ISIL case says

    12/27/2016 11:57:34 PM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    StarTribune ^ | Nov 19, 2016 | Stephen Montemayor
    In sentencing nine young Somali-Minnesotans on terror conspiracy charges this week, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis closed a chapter in the federal government’s long, extraordinary investigation of ISIL recruitment in Minnesota. In nine hearings over three days before a courtroom packed with the families of the young men who sought to give their lives to ISIL, Davis repeatedly underlined a clear message: There is a terrorist cell in Minneapolis and it is still alive today. “Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells,” Davis said one day, then, raising his voice: “We have a cell here in Minneapolis.”
  • Minnesota Rep. Susan Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Won’t Be Assimilated

    12/24/2016 8:56:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Slate ^ | December 21, 2016 | Stephanie Weber
    When Susan Allen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012, she became the first openly lesbian Native American woman to win office in any state legislature. But framing that achievement as one for the lesbian community alone obscures another aspect of Allen’s identity, and one that is directly connected to her Native American ancestry: Allen also identifies as “two-spirit.” While Americans are increasingly familiar with the elements that make-up our modern LGBTQ abbreviation, other, often older queer identities like two-spirit remain unappreciated to the point of erasure. But if Allen and other two-spirit folks have their way,...
  • Good Samaritan Helps Save Christmas For Minn. Family

    12/24/2016 5:47:00 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    WCCO.com | 12/24/16 | Kate Raddatz
    It was Thanksgiving night when Allison Wicklund and her husband, Dan, were on the hunt for a new TV at a Walmart in Cambridge. They were hoping for an early Black Friday deal, but then Allison spotted something. “I noticed there was an envelope laying on the ground,” Allison said. She opened the envelope and found cash, but there was no name or contact info. She turned it in to a store employee. “I said, ‘Just kind of keep me updated with what happens, I’d really like to know if it gets back to the family,'” Allison said. She went...
  • Recent Somali Migrant Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct in Minnesota

    12/17/2016 8:30:06 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Dec 2016 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    A 22-year old Somali man who arrived in the United States in September faces charges of criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. “A Minneapolis man is being charged with criminal sexual conduct after being accused of raping a woman on a bus passing through Crookston Friday,” according to the Crookston Times. “Mohamed Harir Ayanle, 22, was released from the Northwest Regional Correction Center Monday on a $5,000 bond and on the condition that he does not leave Minnesota,” the Times reported. According to the criminal complaint filed with the Minnesota 9th Judicial District...
  • Minnesota players end boycott, resume practice for Holiday Bowl

    12/17/2016 3:56:45 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 46 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | December 17, 2016 | Graham Watson Dr. Saturday
    Minnesota players have ended their boycott of the Holiday Bowl. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Minnesota football players ended their boycott Saturday morning and will begin preparation for the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. The Gophers had been protesting the suspension of 10 players linked to a sexual assault allegation. The team was demanding the suspended players be reinstated immediately. [Forde-Yard Dash: Every bowl game, parsed and personified and predicted] Senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky read a team statement Saturday morning: “As a team, we understand that what has occurred these past few days, and playing football for the University...
  • 10 U Of M Football Players Suspended Indefinitely

    12/14/2016 7:01:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 68 replies
    CBS MINNESOTA ^ | 12/14/16
    Ten University of Minnesota Gopher football players were suspended indefinitely Tuesday night. It is unclear if this suspension is related to an earlier allegation of sexual assault....
  • Minneapolis Hiring More Cops - "An Act of Violence"?

    12/11/2016 8:38:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Law Officer ^ | December 8, 2016
    The mayor of Minneapolis proposed to hire 15 more police officers to help reduce rising crime - but the proposal has become controversial, with one citizen calling it "an act of violence against people of color," according to a news report from the StarTribune. With the number of violent crimes increasing throughout Minneapolis, and the number of gun-related injuries up 27%, mayor Betsy Hodges proposed hiring 15 more police officers. [Snip] The overall message from those who spoke at the hearing seems invariably clear: do not hire more police officers. Some characterized the hiring of more police officers in more...
  • Congressman Keith Ellison’s Son To Run For Minneapolis City Council

    12/08/2016 7:17:45 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/6/16 | WCCO staff
    Congressman Keith Ellison’s son is set to start a political career of his own. Jeremiah Bey Ellison, a self-described “artist and organizer,” will challenge incumbent council member Blong Yang in Ward 5, which includes most of north Minneapolis. Ellison’s campaign website — which makes no mention of his father — calls for “a future for the Northside authored by Northsiders.” The campaign bio makes mention of his experience as a homeless youth counselor and teaching artist, and lays out a campaign platform for the city. Yang, the first Hmong-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council, won his first term in...
  • Medical Examiner Identifies Man Shot, Killed in Confrontation with Security Guard in Eagan

    12/07/2016 7:50:36 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/7/16 | Rebecca Omastiak & Ellen Galles
    A man who died early Monday morning after being shot by a security guard has been identified. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man as 25-year-old Davon O'Keith Wiley.  The ME report says he died of multiple gunshot wounds. According to Wiley's Facebook page he was an engineer for the U.S. Army and an intake worker at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  The U.S. Army confirmed Wiley entered the Army Reserves in 2012.  Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis would not confirm Wiley's employment, despite multiple attempts. Wednesday afternoon two of Wiley's family members...
  • 13 Minnesota churches eye ‘underground railroad’ for those facing deportation

    12/06/2016 6:53:41 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 70 replies
    TwinCities.com ^ | 12/6/16 | Frederick Melo
    The rhetoric on immigration during the presidential campaign season has struck fear into the hearts of many foreign-born families, and a new network of Minnesota churches is mobilizing to respond. The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on St. Paul’s Dale Street already maintains 22 shelter beds for the homeless in its basement, where families with no other place to go often spend the night on a temporary basis. The Rev. James Erlandson said those beds may soon serve a different purpose: offering sanctuary to those facing deportation. “That’s a moral stand that we’ve taken,” Erlandson said. “We want to say: ‘Don’t increase...
  • MN Restaurant Puts Up ‘Muslims Get Out’ Sign – Has MASSIVE IMPACT On Business [VIDEO]

    12/02/2016 9:24:55 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 49 replies
    US Herald ^ | 12-2-2016 | Bob Amoroso
    When it comes to the national debate on terrorism all one needs to do is look towards Minnesota which has unwittingly become a microcosm of where America is heading. "Little Mogadishu" which is another name for Minnesota, and which is now the home to the largest Somali population in the country, also has the distinction of producing more homegrown terrorist then any other state in the union, just recently over 20 Somali/Americans from Minnesota left the U.S. to join ISIS and the recent Muslim extremist knife attack in a Minnesota mall. It's within this backdrop that this one very brave...
  • Cops To Drunk Drivers: We’ll Make You Listen To One Direction

    11/26/2016 5:02:08 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 11/26/16 | WCCO.com
    A small Minnesota police department’s tweet went viral this week after it threatened to subject drunk drivers to the music of One Direction. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, police in Wyoming, a city 30 miles north of the Twin Cities, tweeted the warning, which went on to garner, as of Saturday afternoon, more than 5,000 retweets and 9,000 likes. In the tweet, police warned that drunk drivers will be caught, arrested and made to listen to “One Direction cover bands on the way to jail.” There was no mention of the Eighth Amendment, which protects citizens from “cruel and...
  • Trump-assassination threat displayed in school trophy case

    11/19/2016 6:01:43 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 11/18/2016 | Leo Hohmann
    The U.S. Secret Service has been notified of an incident at Ordean-East Middle School in Duluth, Minnesota, in which a photo of President-elect Donald Trump was placed in a trophy case with the caption “You’re a dead man.” Duluth was one of only two areas in Minnesota that voted heavily for Hillary Clinton, the other being Minneapolis-St. Paul. The rest of the state was solid red in voting for Trump, with the overall popular vote going to Clinton by a much more narrow margin than predicted by pollsters. The principal of the school was notified of the threatening image only...
  • POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN FATAL SHOOTING OF PHILANDO CASTILE

    11/16/2016 9:21:16 AM PST · by toast · 48 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 11/16/2016 | Chao Xiong
    Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces three criminal charges for the killing of Philando Castile, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday. Choi said it was his conclusion that “use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified.” Yanez was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.