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  • Mpls. Man Charged with Making Threats in Islamic State Group Case

    04/24/2015 5:40:06 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/24/15 | AP
    A Minneapolis man has been charged with threatening law enforcement officials after authorities charged six men earlier this week with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Mahamed Abukar Said appeared in federal court in St. Paul on Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Perzel says Said tweeted threats. He's accused of tweeting one threat that said if the men weren't freed, there would be a "massacre." He is also accused of tweeting a picture of the FBI informant in the case.
  • Sierra Club ads chide Minnesota utilities over coal plants

    04/24/2015 6:13:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | John Myers
    The Sierra Club is turning up the heat on Minnesota's largest utilities with another advertising campaign aimed at coal-fired power plants. The ads target Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy and come, not by chance, as the utilities are developing updates to their 15-year energy plan that go to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission later this year. The television ads started Thursday and will run on cable channels in northern Minnesota and in Xcel's coverage area. As part of its "Energy Forward'' plan to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Minnesota Power already has stopped burning coal at its Laskin plant in...
  • Gun-weary Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers

    04/24/2015 5:53:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 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...
  • Judge orders Minnesota terror suspects held until trial

    04/23/2015 1:22:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 2 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/23/15 | ERIN GOLDEN, MILA KOUMPILOVA and LIBOR JANY
    A federal judge ruled Thursday that the four Minnesota men arrested this week will be held until they can be tried on charges that they planned to leave the Twin Cities to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIL, overseas. In the morning, after nearly three hours of testimony from an FBI agent, U.S. Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson said officials have gathered substantial evidence against the men. Attorneys for the men argued that officials had built a thin case primarily on the testimony of another man who eventually served as a paid confidential informant. They had asked...
  • Terror Suspect’s Sister: ‘I Feel Like My Brother Got Set Up’

    04/23/2015 11:42:45 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 4/22/15 | Esme Murphy
    We are learning more about one of the six Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS. The sister of 20-year-old Guled Omar spoke to WCCO Wednesday evening. “I believe that my brother is innocent and that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Shukri Omar said. Omar gathered with Somali community members at the Brian Coyle Center Wednesday to support the four men arrested in Minnesota. Two other Minnesotans were arrested on Sunday in San Diego. Guled Omar was active on social media. In his Twitter feed, we found Omar threatened to sue the U.S. government after federal agents kept him...
  • 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...
  • 'Miracle on Ice' hockey doctor mugged at wife's graveside

    04/21/2015 7:11:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-21-15 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 94-year-old physician who served as team doctor for five U.S. men's Olympic hockey squads has suffered serious injuries in an attack while visiting his wife's grave. KMSP-TV reported that George Nagobads was mugged Sunday afternoon at the Crystal Lake Cemetery and left bleeding from the head. A witness says Nagobads managed to get back in his car and drive away. The unidentified witness says he saw a young man looking through a wallet near the mausoleum before fleeing. Nagobads was the University of Minnesota men's hockey team physician for 34 years until his retirement in 1992....
  • ‘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

    04/20/2015 6:39:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    KSTP ^ | 4-20-15 | Dave Aeikens
    "They never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria. These men are focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible," Luger said. Luger said the six men are not part of an organized recruiting group but were friends who worked to recruit and help each other get to Syria to support ISIL. There is not one master ISIL recruiting organizer in Minnesota, Luger said; that makes it more difficult to stop. "I will work and help anyone who in good faith wants to break the cycle of terror recruiting in Minnesota," Luger said....
  • 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...
  • Video: FBI arrests 6 in Minneapolis, San Diego in terrorist probe

    04/20/2015 9:32:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    As of this morning, the arrests seem rather mysterious, except for the context of missing young men from the Twin Cities Somalian ex-patriate community. The FBI rounded up a half-dozen suspects in Minneapolis and in San Diego in a Joint Terrorism Task Force operation, but otherwise the feds have been mum about the specifics of the threat or threats: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The FBI arrested several people in Minneapolis and San Diego on Sunday as part of a joint terrorism task force investigation, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger confirmed Sunday evening. A Somali woman who...
  • 6 Somali-Americans Arrested in ISIS Recruiting Case

    04/20/2015 8:00:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2015 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — Six young Somali-American men were arrested on Sunday in what may be the largest case to date involving recruiting in the United States for the Islamic State, law enforcement officials said on Monday. All six are Somali-Americans ages 19 to 21, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity before a news conference planned in Minneapolis on Monday morning to announce the charges. Four men were arrested in Minneapolis and two in San Diego, they said. A few dozen Americans have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, also known as ISIL...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • These Blue States Have Tried the Elizabeth Warren Model. Their Residents Are Fleeing.

    04/19/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 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...
  • FBI arrests six in Minneapolis as part of Joint Terrorism Task Force operation (al-Shabab/ISIS ??)

    04/19/2015 9:23:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    RedStarTribune.com ^ | 4/19/15 | Staff Report
    The FBI made six arrests in Minneapolis and in San Diego Sunday as part of a Joint Terrorism Task Force operation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Minnesota office. “There is no threat to public safety,” .. More information will be released Monday morning, .. Omar Jamal, a Somali activist in Minneapolis, said the community has been abuzz about arrests Sunday of several Somali young men both in Minneapolis and California that appear to be linked to the ongoing investigation related to ISIS and Al-Shabab. He said he’s heard the number of arrested could be between three and six people.
  • Southeast Asian allies of Vietnam war honored at Fort Snelling

    04/18/2015 6:09:34 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-18-15 | Will Ashenmacher
    In what was described as the first occasion of its kind in the country, a memorial to the Southeast Asian forces who fought as allies of the U.S. during the Vietnam War era was dedicated at Fort Snelling on Saturday. The plaque, in the cemetery's Airborne Circle, memorializes the Hmong, Laotian and Khmer special forces units that served in Cambodia and Laos. "I believe that this is probably the first time that they have been recognized specifically in a place like this," Trudell Guerue, president of the Chapter XV 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, said during the dedication ceremony. For Khoa...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • Minnesota Senate keeps rule forbidding eye contact

    04/18/2015 8:50:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-15-15 | Rachel 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. "I find this particular rule of the Senate, dare I say, antiquated," said Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, disagreed. When you can look at the senator speaking, he...
  • On Met Council, we get cronyism, not reform

    04/16/2015 8:01:39 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-15-15 | DAVID OSMEK
    In January, the 89th Legislature convened to begin its work. With the elections behind us and the House under Republican leadership, we opened the session with a renewed sense of bipartisanship. Many suburban legislators, myself included, had high hopes for one particular bill that would inject some common-sense into a major concern of local city councils — the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council is an unelected body that has the power to tax and spend over $1 billion every year and inject itself regularly into local government decisions. It has the authority to dictate (among other things) where new trains...
  • 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.
  • ‘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,...
  • 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)).
  • Handgun owner's shooting in attempted robbery 'very complex,' police say

    04/02/2015 6:08:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-2-15 | Mara H. Gottfried
    St. Paul police said Tuesday that their investigation continues after a 24-year-old man being robbed at gunpoint pulled a gun and shot one of his assailants Monday. The would-be victim was not injured, and police Tuesday identified Joseph Barre, 29, as the suspect who'd been shot in the foot. Police were called to the Hmongtown Marketplace at Como and Pennsylvania avenues about 5:30 p.m. Monday with a report of shots fired, and officers recovered several casings, according to a police report. A St. Paul man had been walking outside when two men approached and tried to rob him, police have...
  • 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...
  • Mass transit is more than light rail - and still costly

    04/01/2015 6:06:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-1-15 | David Montgoery
    Light rail is controversial because of its price tag -- the recently finished Green Line linking downtown St. Paul with Minneapolis cost $957 million. Supporters, though, say it's justified along dense routes where it can move many people more efficiently than buses can. <<>> Taxpayers shoulder the majority of the cost. In the metro area, fares account for about $100 million in revenue last year -- about 30 percent of the operating cost of transit. Federal grants play a big role in paying for new transitways and vehicles -- 55 percent of capital costs last year. But federal taxpayers covered...
  • NFL's secret Super Bowl demands revealed

    04/01/2015 5:50:26 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-1-15 | Joe Soucheray
    It was noted last week that the National Football League desires an additional $2.8 million in beneficial tax reductions or payments -- beneficial to them -- in addition to the perhaps as much as $30 million in enticements to bring the Super Bowl here in 2018. Mind you, any additional benefits are to be piled on top of the free hotel rooms, the paid-for police escorts, the cases of water and pounds of ice and the scented candles in each suite. I have had delivered to me, anonymously, exactly 153 pages of demands that the NFL has placed in the...
  • Minnesotans in oil train ‘danger zones’ urged to prepare

    04/01/2015 4:41:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    echopress ^ | Don Davis
    people need to take some personal awareness of what’s around them,” Kevin Reed of the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department said. “‘How do I get out of the way before the fire department gets here?’” Minnesotans should answer in advance questions such as “what would I take with me?” he added. People living within a half mile of railroad tracks carrying North Dakota oil are in an area officials say is a “danger zone.”
  • 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...
  • Supporters of immigrant driver's licenses ramp up campaign, but opposition remains

    03/26/2015 7:41:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle | 3-26-15 | MILA KOUMPILOVA
    Supporters of a bill to grant driving privileges to immigrants living in the state illegally gave the Minnesota House transportation committee a rare standing-room-only audience and almost an hour of tearful testimony Wednesday. But the bill’s prospects remain murky. The proposal, which stalled in three recent legislative sessions, enjoys unprecedented Republican backing in the House and a stronger show of support from law enforcement. A version passed in the Senate transportation committee last week. The proposal still faces opposition from legislators who say the licenses could enable voter fraud and would reward those who have broken the country’s immigration laws....
  • Dayton calls for $10 hour minimum wage at MSP airport

    03/26/2015 6:12:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-26-15 | Rachel Stassen Burger
    Just a year after increasing Minnesota's statewide minimum wage from one of the nation's lowest to one of the highest, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing for another hike. Dayton told a group visiting St. Paul for a Muslim American Society in Minnesota event that he believes the minimum wage for Twin Cities airport workers should become $10 an hour immediately. "I'm going to urge the Metropolitan Airports Commission myself to raise the minimum wage at the airport to $10 an hour, starting immediately, because they earned it, they deserve it, the airline industry can afford it," Dayton said. The...
  • Eligibility for public programs not properly checked, state review finds

    03/25/2015 5:26:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    star tribune ^ | 3-24-15 | chris serres
    A state legislative auditor’s report found that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) failed to ensure the eligibility of participants in large public assistance programs and that it did not always perform timely inspections of child care centers. The findings mirror those of other recent auditor reports and could fuel calls to reform the way state administrators verify eligibility for programs that together cost nearly $7 billion a year in federal money. For more than a decade, the legislative auditor has reported flaws in the way the state determines who qualifies for Medical Assistance, which provides health insurance to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ‘I Have A Name’ exhibit focuses on journey of undocumented immigrants

    03/23/2015 3:56:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Minnesota Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Ibrahim Hirsi
    The traveling “I Have a Name” exhibit that highlights the struggle of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America is scheduled to be on display at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in April. The exhibit is a collection of 30 life-size photos and a booklet detailing the perilous journey each immigrant undertook in search of a better life in the United States. The exhibit aims to restore dignity to the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants nationwide. “‘I Have a Name’ seeks simply to give a few of those immigrants from Mexico and Central America a face, a name, their...
  • 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.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Patrick Henry Brady ~ March 23, 2015

    03/22/2015 4:58:59 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 37 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Patrick Henry Brady All info and photos from this website.             Brady attended O'Dea High School in Seattle, Washington, a strict, all boys school run by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, where he was active in sports. While in college at Seattle University, he initially hated the compulsory ROTC...
  • Tensions high following Somali protests in St. Cloud

    03/22/2015 5:43:59 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 99 replies
    kare11.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | No Attribution
    ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Tensions remain high in St. Cloud following a walkout and protest by Somali students alleging a pattern of bullying and discrimination against them. Reports of a fight triggered a lockdown at St. Cloud Technical High School Friday, summoning police, sheriff's deputies and State Troopers to the same place more than 100 students and parents gathered on the lawn Wednesday to protest what they describe as an insufficient response by Tech teachers and administrators to their concerns.
  • St. Paul school board approves transgender policy

    03/20/2015 6:24:57 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    twincities.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Josh Verges
    The St. Paul school board unanimously approved a new policy Tuesday that aims to make school more welcoming for transgender and gender-nonconforming students. The policy sets the expectation that students' preferred name and pronoun be used at school and that teachers not separate students by gender without a compelling reason. It also will give transgender students access to the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. "I should be able to walk into a bathroom and not have people question if I'm supposed to be in there," Siren Lopez, a transgender teen girl, told the board. Emma Santibanez,...
  • 'Castle Doctrine' bill faces long odds in Minnesota House

    03/19/2015 6:04:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-18-15 | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Gun rights supporters rolled out this year's version of the "Castle Doctrine" in the Minnesota House on Wednesday, but House leaders said the measure is unlikely to win focus in 2015. The "Castle Doctrine" would give Minnesotans greater rights to use their guns to defend their property. Expanding that ability has long been a goal for supporters, but the expansion also has long been thwarted. That is unlikely to change this year. "I don't want to go at it again until I think I can garner up enough support in the Senate and in the governor's office. There's no sense...
  • Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) Admits Her Staff To Blame for Scuttling of Trafficking Bill

    03/19/2015 3:31:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/1/8/2015 | Jake
    Last Friday, I wrote about how the Democrats were putting abortion before helping victims of human trafficking. The Democrats incredible defense was that they had not read the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to find the language inserted by the GOP relating to abortion. Now, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a Democrat from Minnesota and the bill’s leading Democratic sponsor, admits that it was her staff, not the Republicans, who should be blamed for the scuttling of the bill. Per the Daily Caller; Klobuchar admitted Tuesday one of her staffers did see the language weeks ago. The staffer “had seen...
  • 150 Years Later, Democrats Are Still Fighting Efforts to End Slavery

    03/19/2015 3:20:29 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/18/2015 | Erick Erickson
    The Democratic Party is the Party of Slavery. They are the party that decided to secede from the Union. They are the party that started a Civil War over the right to treat people as property. They are the party that, once their side lost the war, set up structures to keep American citizens from exercising their civil rights. And now, 150 years after the Civil War, the Democratic Party is at it again. Republicans were leading a bipartisan effort to stop slavery around the world. Human trafficking is a terrible issue. It affects children in this country and women...
  • Chaotic Night in Downtown Mpls (Amish Yutes)

    03/18/2015 12:05:11 PM PDT · by Abigail Adams · 40 replies
    KSTP ^ | March 18, 2015 | KSTP
    A chaotic night Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis included fights, injuries and arrests. Police say it all began with a large group of teens who used mass transit to travel downtown with the intention of causing trouble. The group of young people fought amongst themselves and blocked traffic near Nicollet Mall amid St. Patrick's Day celebrations. View raw Chopper 5 video of the scene here. The disturbance was widespread and included the areas between 3rd and 8th streets, and Marquette and Hennepin avenues. Additional police officers were called in to restore order. They arrested as many as six people, and used...
  • Stop MN Gas Tax Hike

    03/18/2015 6:06:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    galt.io ^ | 3-17-15 | MR RIGHT
    So Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota wants another new tax--this time adding a 6.5% gas tax at the wholesale level, along with license fee increases and a new metro-wide sales tax for, you guessed it, mass transit. A lack of government revenue isn't what plagues our roads. About 25% of the current federal gas tax of 18.4 (not including diesel) cents per gallon is siphoned off for non-highway uses, primarily via the Mass Transit Account. As a result, the HTF must now rely on general fund bailouts to survive. Recent history here in Minnesota also proves a similar point. In...
  • U.S. Steel shutting down Keetac plant on Iron Range

    03/14/2015 7:31:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-14-15 | John Myers
    U.S. Steel announced Thursday that it will idle its Keetac taconite iron ore operations starting May 13, another victim of the huge glut of global iron ore and steel that's far outpacing demand. The company said up to 412 workers at the facility will be affected and that they are being notified. Some employees will be kept on to maintain the operations, so the exact number of layoffs hasn't yet been determined, the company said. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel said the Keewatin, Minn., plant will be idled indefinitely "due to the company's current inventory levels and ongoing adjustment of its steelmaking...