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  • ICE confirms four 'illegally in U.S.' detained in Ypsilanti [Michigan]

    02/24/2017 7:49:48 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 23, 2017 | By Martin Slagter
    YPSILANTI, MI - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that officers took four individuals "who were illegally in the United States" into custody on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Ypsilanti. ICE Spokeswoman Rachel Yow said the targeted enforcement took place Wednesday morning, in a statement to The Ann Arbor News. "ICE Enforcement and Removal (ERO) officers conducted targeted enforcement actions in the area of Ypsilanti on Wed. morning, Feb. (22)," Yow said in a statement. "During the course of action, ERO officers encountered multiple persons who were illegally in the United States. Four individuals were taken into custody and are currently...
  • No room for you, moderates -- DNC on the verge of appointing extremist Keith Ellison as chair

    02/23/2017 7:19:36 AM PST · by 198ml · 31 replies
    CR ^ | 2/23/17 | Chris Pandolfo
    Will the Democratic Party complete its descent into madness this weekend? As the Democratic National Committee meets in Atlanta to select its next chairman, the frontrunner for the position, extremist Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., represents the leftist radical fringe’s complete takeover of the party. In a survey of DNC members, Ellison leads his nearest rival with nearly twice the support. Ellison, the first Muslim American elected to Congress, has built a coalition of support across the DNC spectrum. He is the favorite of the Bernie Sanders wing of the party while simultaneously garnering the endorsements of progressive icons such as...
  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

    02/21/2017 6:14:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | February 21, 2017 | Euan Kerr
    Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has died. He was 93. Skrowaczewski came to Minnesota decades ago to lead what was then the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and he never left. He changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.
  • 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.
  • Many Twin Cities businesses closing Thursday for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest

    02/15/2017 7:36:17 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/15/17 | Mary Lynn Smith
    A growing number of Twin Cities businesses will close Thursday in solidarity with a nationwide protest dubbed a “Day Without Immigrants.” The one-day boycott, organized through social media, urges immigrants — whether citizens or not — to not go to work, open their businesses, spend money or send their children to school in reaction to President Trump’s views and actions on immigration. The idea is to send a message that the “country is paralyzed” without immigrants, who do everything from run corporate boardrooms to clean them. In the Twin Cities, primarily Hispanic-owned businesses posted Facebook messages saying they will close,...
  • Republicans Expand Minnesota House majority With Special Election Victory

    02/15/2017 5:01:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    MINNPOST ^ | 2/15 | Briana Bierschbach
    Despite an effort by Democrats to mobilize anger over President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office, Republican Anne Neu won a highly watched Minnesota House special election in the northern Twin Cities exurbs Tuesday night. Neu defeated DFL challenger Laurie Warner in House District 32B with 53 percent of the vote, after a blitz of campaigning from both sides. It was the only missing result of the 2016 election, after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in September that the seat’s incumbent, Rep. Bob Barrett, did not actually live in the district. Neu is not new to politics: She’s worked for...
  • Chisago County race goes to GOP's Anne Neu (MN House 32B)

    02/14/2017 9:39:10 PM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | February 14, 2017
    Republican Anne Neu will represent Chisago County in an open Minnesota House seat following her victory in a closely watched special election on Tuesday. Neu took 53 percent of the vote in the House District 32B race, while DFLer Laurie Warner took 47 percent. The seat has been vacant since September, when the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that GOP Rep. Bob Barrett, who was seeking re-election, did not live in the district
  • Al Franken triples down on stupid

    02/10/2017 8:55:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/10/17 | Paul Mirengoff
    I’m not enough of an elitist to believe that only Senators with legal training should serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, the ability to engage competently in legal reasoning ought to be a prerequisite.In his work on the Judiciary Committee, Al Franken has failed to display this ability. Indeed, he shows a lack of competence in basic logic that, in a better world, would disqualify him from the Senate.In this post, I discussed Franken’s laughable attempt, when questioning Jeff Sessions, to show that the then-Senator misrepresented his involvement in prosecuting several civil rights cases while he served as a...
  • 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
  • Student loses job for failure to promote social justice agenda

    02/08/2017 10:07:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | February 8, 2017 | David Blondin
    The University of Minnesota’s Department of Housing and Residence Life declined to rehire a student community adviser at Frontier Residence Hall, apparently based not on her workplace competency, but her political views. The university’s rehiring process for community advisers (CAs) is based off of performance reviews by the resident directors (RD) of each building, and Justine Schwarz’s performance review was conducted by Sean Smallwood, the resident director at Frontier Hall.
  • 'Build That Wall' Social Media Video Launches Investigation at Saint John's University

    02/07/2017 6:26:47 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/7/17 | Rebecca Omastiak
    Local community members are reacting to a video circulating social media depicting possible Saint John's University students chanting, "Build that wall" on a bus. It's only a six-second video, but with more than 30,000 views it's caught the attention of nearly everyone on the campuses of St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict Rallies held Tuesday afternoon turned the discussion toward diversity, asking others to build bridges, rather than walls. Organizer Gladys Gutierrez said the rally was already being put together when the video surfaced. "The situation we are in, the political climate that we are in right...
  • Bush Appointed Judge (What the MSM will not tell you)

    02/06/2017 10:39:01 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | February 5, 2017 | Donald R. McClarey
    When a Seattle Federal Judge, James Robart, imposed a nation wide injunction on portions of President Tump’s executive order, most of the media hastened to noted that he had been appointed by Bush 43. True, but misleading, as noted by Jerome Wohrle at Liberty Unyielding: Judge Robart’s Friday order against Trump sheds little light on his thinking. But at an earlier hearing on Washington State’s motion for a temporary restraining order, he asked what rational basis the government had for restricting entry from the seven countries covered by Trump’s order: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. As NPR...
  • 2 states say allowing travel ban would 'unleash chaos again' [MN and WA]

    02/06/2017 5:41:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2017 8:13 AM EST | Eric Tucker
    Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal appellate court that restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would “unleash chaos again.” The filing with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco came early Monday after the White House said it expected the federal courts to reinstate the ban. Washington and Minnesota said their underlying lawsuit was strong and a nationwide temporary restraining order was appropriate. If the appellate court reinstated Trump’s ban, the states said the “ruling would reinstitute those harms, separating families, stranding our university students...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Minnesota GOP (RINO) Rep. Paulsen Criticizes Trump Travel Ban

    02/01/2017 5:58:31 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/1/17 | AP
    A Minnesota Republican congressman is criticizing President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.                 Rep. Eric Paulsen said in a statement Monday the executive order "is too broad and has been poorly implemented and conceived."                 Paulsen says it doesn't ensure that legal residents such as green card holders and people who are no threat, such as those who served alongside the U.S. military in Iraq, are treated fairly.
  • Milwaukee sheriff honors service members in Minneapolis

    01/28/2017 8:33:53 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies
    KMSP.com ^ | 1/28/17 | KMSP.com
    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken supporters, spoke in Minneapolis on Saturday. Clarke spoke at an event honoring first responders and service members. Throughout the evening, Clarke weighed in on a number of issues, including immigration and crime. The event was called “A Celebration of Law and Order,” and honored many individuals, including a soldier from Rochester wounded in the Fort Hood attack. The event was hosted by a conservative grassroots group, Rightway Minnesota, the mission of which was supported by all of the speakers during the night. Clarke, the keynote speaker...
  • Fashion police: Cops ease rules on tattoos, turbans, beards

    01/28/2017 5:23:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2017 11:37 AM EST | Colleen Long
    The Joe Friday look is out. Tattoos, turbans and beards are in. Police departments, compelled by a hiring crisis and eager for a more diverse applicant pool, are relaxing traditional grooming standards and getting away from rules that used to require a uniformly clean-shaven, 1950s look. More officers are on the job with tattoos inked on their forearms, beards on their chins or religious head coverings like hijabs and turbans in place of — or tucked beneath — their blue caps. “My turban is a part of me,” said Mandeep Singh, among 160 Sikhs in the New York City Police...
  • U of M Professor, Former White House Lawyer Explains Why He's Suing President Trump

    01/27/2017 7:38:39 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 88 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/27/17 | Josh Rosenthal
    Lately a little-known clause in the Constitution has been making big headlines. It's called the emoluments clause, and it's just 49 words total. The clause reads in full: "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any Present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." The ethics group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) claims President Donald Trump is in violation of that clause, and as...
  • Dem Sen. Al Franken: "We Have A Strategy" To Resist Trump, But I'm Not Going To Share

    01/27/2017 1:47:39 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 54 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 27, 2017 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) talks to Rachel Maddow about how Senate Democrats are planning to challenge and "resist" President Donald Trump's pick for cabinet. Franken, however, said he would not be telling her the strategy. Maddow said it was "one of the most heartening things" she has ever heard from a Democrat. From Thursday's broadcast of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show:
  • Rep. Ellison: Not Trump - ‘People Who Get The Credit’ For Ending TPP

    01/27/2017 1:45:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/27/17 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says it’s not President Trump but “the people who raised their voices” that deserve credit for the United States quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP). On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum removing the United States from TPP. “You didn’t like TPP, are you pleased with how swiftly Mr. Trump moved on it?” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Ellison on Tuesday’s New Day program. “I'm pleased that the American people over the course of years raised up the problems with TPP and I'm glad that their voices got heard, even if it was...
  • MNsure Relief Bill To Help Minnesotans With Skyrocketing Premiums (25% rebate)

    01/26/2017 5:09:15 PM PST · by maggief · 7 replies
    CBS-WCCO ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pat Kessler
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Help is coming for thousands of Minnesotans hit with skyrocketing health care premiums. The Minnesota House and Senate passed an emergency aid package Thursday and have sent it to the Governor. And Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill immediately. The Minnesota House and Senate passed that rescue rebate for 125,000 Minnesotans hit with huge monthly premium hikes. But it took months to reach agreement, while Minnesota families worried about what to do. Self-employed families are facing monthly insurance premiums of $2,500 a month or more. They make too much to get tax...
  • Minnesota Legislature Considers Change in Electoral Vote Allocation UPDATE- Virginia Too

    01/26/2017 8:58:10 AM PST · by SMGFan · 51 replies
    Decision Desk HQ ^ | January 25, 2017
    As of January 2017, only two states divvy up their electoral votes by Congressional district, but now members of the Minnesota House of Representatives have introduced a bill to make their state the third to do so. The basics of the change is this: instead of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the statewide winner, the electoral votes are awarded by the winner of each Congressional District. Say you win districts 3 and 5 in your state while losing overall. You still pick up two electoral votes, even if you had been crushed statewide. After the Congressional-level votes...
  • 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)
  • Charge: Cottage Grove man killed wife after Dark Web murder plot

    01/19/2017 8:30:24 AM PST · by toast · 5 replies
    Woodbury Bulletin ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Scott Wente
    Bail was set at $1 million Wednesday for a Cottage Grove man who authorities linked to a complex Dark Web plot to pay for his wife’s murder before he ultimately poisoned and shot her himself and staged her death as a suicide.
  • While Ellison Skips, Most Minnesota Democrats Will Attend Inauguration

    01/17/2017 6:54:06 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/17/17 | AP
    U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison may be the only Minnesota Democrat making a stand by not showing up at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. The Minneapolis Democrat announced Monday he'd boycott Friday's ceremony, joining more than two dozen lawmakers in skipping the event. Ellison is the nation's first Muslim congressman and is currently running to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.
  • Ellison Not Attending Inauguration

    01/16/2017 5:53:24 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 124 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/16/17 | Nate Leding and AP
    Rep. Keith Ellison says he will not be attending the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday. I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won't be attending Donald Trump's inauguration. — Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 16, 2017
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Twin Cities Man: ‘I Was About 10 Feet Away’ From FLL Shooter

    01/06/2017 5:22:50 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 89 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/6/17 | WCCO staff
     A Twin Cities man who was heading on a cruise with his wife told WCCO he witnessed the shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Mark Lea, a financial adviser from Elk River, talked while passengers were still on lockdown at the airport after police had taken the gunman into custody. He was in the baggage claim area when shots broke out. The latest reports from authorities in Florida say five people were killed and eight others were hurt in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Lea said that the attack was an awful and surreal experience. “It sounded at first like firecrackers, and...
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar Sworn In After Trip To Somalia

    01/06/2017 4:52:46 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/6/17 | AP
    Ilhan Omar took the oath as the nation’s first Somali-American lawmaker this week, just days after an 8,500-mile journey that retraced her path from her war-torn homeland to Kenya to the Minnesota Capitol. ~SNIP~ Omar said she considers her election to be a “counter-narrative” to President-elect Donald Trump, who has proposed a temporary ban on allowing Muslim immigrants into the country. During his lone campaign stop in Minnesota, he said the state had suffered from the influx of refugees.
  • A teacher and his husband were found dead in August. Police say they had sexually abused 8 boys.

    01/04/2017 9:54:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 76 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/4/17 | Kristine Guerra
    Aric Babbitt was not just a teacher to some of his former students; he was also a mentor. To at least one of them, he was a father figure. But authorities believe Babbitt used his position of authority to not only gain his students’ trust but also to exploit it. Newly released police documents state that Babbitt, a 40-year-old elementary school teacher from Minnesota, and his 36-year-old husband, Matthew Deyo, sexually abused eight underage boys over the course several years, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The South St. Paul residents did not live to see any criminal charges against...
  • A teacher and his husband were found dead in August. Police say they had sexually abused 8 boys.

    01/04/2017 7:11:38 PM PST · by KingofZion · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Kristine Guerra
    Aric Babbitt was not just a teacher to some of his former students; he was also a mentor. To at least one of them, he was a father figure. *** (snip) Newly released police documents state that Babbitt, a 40-year-old elementary school teacher from Minnesota, and his 36-year-old husband, Matthew Deyo, sexually abused eight underage boys over the course several years, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The South St. Paul residents did not live to see any criminal charges against them. They were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide on an island in Washington state last August — shortly...
  • 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...
  • Post-Election Donations Up 300 Percent at Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD

    12/30/2016 4:29:54 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 34 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/30/16 | Josh Rosenthal
    Planned Parenthood became a frequent talking point during the election. The additional attention now appears to be responsible for a skyrocketing number of donations. "Somebody stopped in yesterday, downstairs, a man, and he had nine checks of $45 each, all in the name of Mike Pence," Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota President and CEO Sarah Stoesz said. She's never seen anything like it. "Our donations are up about 300 percent over a typical year," Stoesz said. "Every time there is any kind of attack on Planned Parenthood, of any broad scale, there has been an outpouring...
  • 10 Places With the Highest Rates of Car Theft in the U.S.

    12/29/2016 8:01:37 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 | Devon Thorsby
    U.S. News compiled data on car thefts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2014 – the most recent year for complete data from the bureau – to determine which of the 100 largest metro areas in the country had the highest rate of car theft. Albuquerque, New Mexico, takes the top spot for highest rate of car theft, with a total of 6,131 thefts in 2014 and 676.9 thefts per 100,000 people. The City of Albuquerque acknowledges its high rate of auto theft on its website, noting New Mexico’s shared border with Mexico gives car thieves added incentive because...
  • TSA to post REAL ID deadline notices at MSP Airport (starts Jan 2018)

    12/25/2016 5:04:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 93 replies
    Fox 9 ^ | 12/15/16
    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Signs will soon be posted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a warning that your current Minnesota driver’s license won’t be enough to pass through security in 2018. Starting Jan. 22, 2018, you will need an alternate ID to fly if you have a standard driver’s license or ID card issued by any of the following states: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina or Washington. Alternate forms of ID include a passport, military ID, or permanent resident card. You can find a full list of accepted ID at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification
  • Minnesota: Yes to Immigration, No to Jihad

    12/22/2016 7:44:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2016 | Cain Pence
    The cold tundra of Minnesota was a foreboding land to early settlers. French fur traders came to the bountiful lakes of the Northern Territory in search of hides and pelts. German and Norwegian farmers came for some of the richest farmland in the world. Flour mills in Minneapolis hired Irish and Polish workers and iron ore mines on the great Mesabi Range brought in Swedish and Eastern European immigrants. Today, many immigrants come from Mexico and Central America. They work in restaurants, at summer farms, and on roofing and construction sites. Programmers from India and Asia work in the many...
  • 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...
  • 2 Attys Indicted in Multimillion-Dollar Scheme Involving Porn Downloads

    12/17/2016 11:48:38 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 12 replies
    KSTP News ^ | December 16, 2016 | Brandi Powell
    The indictment says Hansmeier and Steele threatened copyright lawsuits against people who allegedly downloaded pornographic movies from file-sharing websites. Hansmeier and Steele filmed some of the pornographic movies themselves and would then upload those movies to file-sharing websites to lure people to download the films, according to the indictment.
  • Minnesota players boycott football after suspensions due to school's sexual assault investigation

    The Minnesota football team has announced a boycott of football following the suspension of 10 Gophers after a sexual assault investigation by the school. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, players threatened to boycott the Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl against Washington State in protest of the 10 players being suspended. The team held a players-only meeting and later brought in head coach Tracy Claeys, informing him of their plans. Afterward, they announced the football boycott to reporters.
  • Judicial Watch: U.S. Customs, Homeland Security Records Reveal Somalis Given Security Briefings,...

    12/15/2016 10:35:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 15, 2016
    Full title: Judicial Watch: U.S. Customs, Homeland Security Records Reveal Somalis Given Security Briefings, ‘Community Engagement Tours’ in Secured Areas at Major U.S. Airports Somalis Given Access to Sensitive Information (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 31 pages of records from U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealing that the Department of Homeland Security has given Somalis “community engagement tours,” including security briefings, in secured areas at least three major U.S. airports – Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Columbus, Ohio. The records came in response to a May 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which sought records, documents and communications...
  • 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....
  • Ilhan Omar On D.C. Cab Incident: ‘Criminalizing Hate Is Not A Solution’

    12/12/2016 5:56:31 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/12/16 | WCCO staff
    Incoming Minnesota state representative Ilhan Omar is speaking out about a hateful incident she experienced in the nation’s capital. Omar said in a Facebook post Wednesday that a cab driver in Washington, D.C. had called her “ISIS” and threatened to pull off her hijab. The newly elected representative was in Washington meeting with Democratic leaders learning about policies she could help implement in her upcoming term. In a press release Monday, Omar says she reported the incident to the Department of For-Hire Vehicles and the Human Rights Commission in D.C. However, she said she did not report the incident to...
  • 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...
  • Keith Ellison Leading The Charge Against Trump’s Cabinet Picks

    12/08/2016 5:25:06 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 52 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/8/16 | WCCO staff
    Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is speaking out about Donald Trump’s cabinet selections. Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus say the president-elect’s picks are more committed to serving his brand and their own wallets than they are to serving the American people. According to the caucus, many of Trump’s appointments have attempted to destroy the agencies they are now expected to lead. “We are disturbed by not just one pick here or one pick there, but the sum total of all represent a very disturbing trend,” Ellison said. The 5th District congressman is leading the charge against Trump’s cabinet picks while...
  • Somali-Minnesotan Lawmaker Says She Was Harassed by Cab Driver in D.C.

    12/07/2016 8:40:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 54 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/7/16 | AP
    <p>The nation's first elected Somali-American lawmaker says she was harassed and called "ISIS" by a taxicab driver in Washington, D.C.      Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar detailed the incident on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said the cab driver called her ISIS, lobbed sexist taunts and threatened to remove her hijab during a brief ride on Tuesday after a White House meeting on criminal justice reform. She did not provide information about the driver. Omar, 33, says she is troubled by growing animosity toward Muslim people. Her campaign staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p>
  • 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...
  • St. Cloud couple file suit so they can deny wedding services to same-sex couples

    12/06/2016 6:19:33 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/6/16 | Stephen Montemayor
    A St. Cloud husband-and-wife film company is challenging the constitutionality of Minnesota’s human rights act, arguing that they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples. In one of the first challenges since same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota, Carl and Angel Larsen’s Telescope Media Group filed suit Tuesday in federal court against the state’s commissioner of human rights and attorney general. The complaint describes the Larsens as “Bible-believing Christians” who “believe that many see marriage as a punch line for jokes, a means for personal gratification, an arrangement of convenience, or a method of achieving social status.”...
  • Ellison Calls Farrakhan ‘The Mistake In My Past’

    12/06/2016 5:39:31 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/6/16 | Pat Kessler
    Minnesota Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison is once again expressing regret for his past association with Louis Farakhan and the Nation of Islam. Ellison explained in a Star Tribune op-ed why he cut his ties many years ago to the Nation of Islam, which some say is anti-Semitic and homophobic. It’s a story that bogged Ellison’s first Congressional campaign in 2006. Now he’s running for Chair of the Democratic party. Ellison was a Nation of Islam supporter 25 years ago as a young civil rights lawyer and organizer. He condemns the group now, and says he “should have listened more, and...