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  • Man opens fire on police during Minnesota city council meeting

    01/27/2015 6:40:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/27/15 | Emma Lacey-Bordeaux
    A man opened fire on police attending a swearing-in ceremony for new officers in New Hope, Minnesota, on Monday night.... As a city council member began a discussion of a resolution, a man with a handgun began firing, said Hennepin County Chief Deputy Mike Carlson. Officials don't yet know why the man targeted officers. His name hasn't been released.
  • Medical examiner rules Apple Valley deaths were murders-suicide

    01/23/2015 10:11:25 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 35 replies
    Star Tribune - Metro Edition ^ | January 22, 2015 - 6:45 AM | Article by: PAT PHEIFER
    David Crowley, an independent filmmaker and screenwriter, shot his wife, Komel, and their 5-year-old daughter Rani in the head before shooting himself, according to a report from the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office released Wednesday. Yet Jason Allen, a producer based in Los Angeles, also said Wednesday that Crowley’s words and actions when the two met in September and in an e-mail Crowley sent him on Dec. 17, seem contradictory to a man who was about to kill his family and himself. A news release from the Apple Valley Police Department also contained the official identifications and said the investigation...
  • Potentially endangered bat could change pipeline project

    01/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    lacrosse tribune ^ | 1-19-15 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A potentially endangered species of bat could become a major obstacle to the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to declare the northern long-eared bat an endangered species because the spread of the white-nosed syndrome disease has reduced its population. In that case, Enbridge could be forced to postpone its pipeline project or chose a different route. The current proposal would carry crude from the North Dakota oilfields to Superior, Wisconsin and would run through the bats' habitat. Enbridge has already taken steps to avoid...
  • Apple Valley couple, child dead in apparent murder-suicide (MN)

    01/18/2015 7:14:10 PM PST · by rabidralph · 67 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 01/18/2015 | Bob Shaw, Kristi Belcamino
    A couple and their child have been killed in an apparent Christmastime murder-suicide in Apple Valley. The three bodies were found Saturday in their rambler home on Ramsdell Drive, after Apple Valley police were called about 1 p.m. Police would not identify the victims Sunday. A neighbor who discovered the bodies said they were David Crowley; his wife, Komel; and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani.
  • ALCO stores closing across state, nation

    01/18/2015 10:48:50 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | November 21, 2014 | Ken Stephens
    ALCO stores nationwide, including those in South Hutchinson and 21 other small Kansas communities, are closing. The stores, which typically serve small towns with few other options for everything from clothing to housewares and groceries, began conducting going-out-of-business sales on Friday morning, a day after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas authorized ALCO’s owners – Tiger Capital Group LLC, SB Capital Group LLC and Great American Group LLC – to begin doing so. In all, 198 stores in 23 states will close, as will the 113-year-old discount retailer’s 352,000-square-foot distribution center in Abilene. During the liquidation sale, the company plans...
  • Feds Spend $499,880 to Teach Doctors How to Talk to Fat Kids

    01/17/2015 12:12:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A new project from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using computer simulated training sessions to teach doctors in Minnesota how to talk to fat kids.The nearly $500,000 study using “virtual role play” to coach doctors is the latest attempt by the federal government to combat obesity.“Obesity in the United States is at historically high levels and is an important health problem,” the grant for the project states. “Interventions targeting children are a high priority because children bear the greatest lifetime health risk from overweight and obesity.”“Health professionals in primary care settings are influential in the lives of families,”...
  • Police: 6-Year-Old’s Hanging Death Suicide Or Accident

    01/17/2015 9:24:53 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    cBS Minnesota ^ | 1/15/15 | AP
    <p>BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Police in Minnesota have closed their investigation of a 6-year-old girl’s hanging death by ruling out foul play, and said the evidence points to an accident or suicide.</p> <p>Kendrea Johnson was found unconscious in a bedroom of her foster home in Brooklyn Park with a jump rope around her neck Dec. 27. There were no witnesses in the room.</p>
  • Willmar Man Accused of Impersonating Army Ranger Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gun Possession

    01/16/2015 12:38:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-16-15 | Jennie Olson
    Willmar man accused of impersonated a U.S. Army Ranger at military events around the county has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Fifty-three-year-old Richard Rahn pleaded guilty Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Because of his plea, charges of “obstruction of the legal process” and “possession of a firearm while bowhunting” were dismissed. Rahn was arrested last fall after Willmar police searched a home on the 600 block of Second Street Southwest on Sept. 9, 2014, on suspicion that Rahn was illegally possessing...
  • St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

    01/16/2015 8:16:20 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-16-15 | Amy Forliti
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse. "We're doing the right thing," the Rev. Charles Lachowitzer told The Associated Press in an interview in advance of Friday's filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. "This decision reflects the end of a process of putting victims first." The archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims. Church leaders have said...
  • License Plate Readers Pit Privacy Against Police

    01/16/2015 4:34:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-15-15 | tom hauser
    It's a battle between privacy advocates and police. Two bills regarding the controversial license plate readers, also known as LPR's, received a hearing at the State Capitol Thursday afternoon. "The scanning and storage capabilities of these systems have increased exponentially since they were first implemented," testified Teresa Nelson of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an opponent of storing this data collected by law enforcement. "As this technology improves and costs go down we're going to see LPR systems reach a point where they're deployed on every street corner and capable of scanning every vehicle." Republican Senator Branden Petersen, R-Andover,...
  • City of Bloomington charges 10 organizers in Mall of America demonstration

    01/14/2015 5:30:00 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-14-15 | Nick Ferraro, Sarah Horner and Joseph Lindberg
    Ten participants in the mass demonstration at the Mall of America in protest of police brutality were charged Wednesday for their roles in what Bloomington authorities say was an unlawful rally. Authorities say the 10 organized the Dec. 20 gathering. They face an array of misdemeanor charges, including public nuisance, trespassing and disorderly conduct. The large-scale demonstration drew between 1,500 and 2,000 people to the Mall of America rotunda in protest of recent grand jury decisions that cleared white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. The protest lasted more than two hours...
  • St. Paul Police Shoot, Kill Man; NAACP Expresses Concern

    01/14/2015 10:37:58 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/14/15 | Scott Theisen
    St. Paul police are investigating an officer-involved shooting early Wednesday morning that killed a man suspected of sending threatening messages. Officers responded to the 200 block of University Avenue East about 2:14 a.m. after a woman reported getting death threats via text message. The woman told police the messages were from a man she knew and that he was known to carry a gun. Sgt. Paul Paulos says after officers arrived and located the suspect, shots were fired and the suspect was hit. Paulos did not give further details on how the shooting occurred. St. Paul Fire Department medics were...
  • Senate DFLers put transportation funding plan on table

    01/13/2015 5:14:03 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Pioneer Press | 1-12-15 | David Montgomery
    The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will present a unified front this year in favor of a transportation funding package, including about $1 billion of increased taxes and fees. Legislative DFL leaders unveiled a proposal Monday that dovetails closely with Gov. Mark Dayton's plan, along with that of advocacy group Move MN: almost $600 million per year in new gasoline taxes, plus $125 million in vehicle registration fees and hundreds of millions of dollars more for metro-area mass transit. The plan forestalls the possibility of a three-way fight among Dayton, the DFL majority in the Senate and House Republicans -- who oppose any...
  • Minneapolis schools' credit card usage raises accountability questions

    01/12/2015 5:49:27 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-11-15 | ALEJANDRA MATOS
    Minneapolis Public School employees are using district credit cards for unauthorized purchases — including personal use — and have routinely failed to follow expense policies, a Star Tribune review of school expense records found. Several school district leaders — including the outgoing superintendent and the current CEO — repaid the district for expenses only after the Star Tribune inquired about them. The Star Tribune reviewed $1.5 million in credit card expenses submitted by 262 employees over the past six months. School officials spent thousands of dollars at grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart and restaurants in Minneapolis and around the country. The...
  • Keystone XL pipeline presents a political predicament

    01/10/2015 8:26:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation face a difficult balancing act. Their supporters who are advocates of renewable energy anticipate them to vote against the pipeline. President Obama has threatened to veto the present pipeline bill due to the fact it quick-circuits his administration’s assessment course of action. But Minnesota politicians who oppose the pipeline flirt with a attainable lengthy-term raise in oil train traffic on tracks that quite a few constituents say are already overloaded with railcars carrying flammable fuel. “It is a precarious position to be against oil train transport and to be against the Keystone pipeline,”...
  • Minnesota man with record 27 DWIs completes prison sentence

    01/08/2015 8:51:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-6-15 | Emily Welker
    A man convicted in 27 drunken driving-related cases in Minnesota has been released to residential placement in Clay County. Danny Lee Bettcher, 61, was released Dec. 29 after serving about five years in prison for his latest drunken driving-related conviction, said Minnesota Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Latuseck. Prosecutors said he blew through a stop sign on his motorcycle in Otter Tail County while his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Bettcher reportedly holds the state record for the most drunken driving-related convictions at 27. His criminal drunken driving-related record goes back to the 1980s. Bettcher was released under...
  • Mark Dayton gas tax plan gets cool reception from business

    01/08/2015 8:47:44 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-9-15 | David Montgomery
    Gov. Mark Dayton walked into unfriendly territory Wednesday to pitch his plan for a gas tax increase to fund transportation needs. Surrounded by business leaders at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner, Dayton reiterated his call to raise $6 billion over 10 years by applying the sales tax to gasoline and imposing a series of fee increases. But minutes before Dayton took the stage, a chamber leader repeated the position of the business group: Road work should be paid for without raising taxes and fees. "I know there are things about state government and my administration's policies that you don't...
  • MNsure gets another $34 million in federal money

    01/07/2015 5:00:03 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | January 7, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
    MNsure says it will use the money to upgrade its website and address other ongoing issues. MNsure will receive an additional $34 million in federal funds to continue work on the state’s health insurance enrollment system.With the new money, total federal grant funding in support of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is now about $189.3 million, according to an announcement Wednesday by MNsure.The money will fund improvements to the MNsure website, said Scott Leitz, the MNsure chief executive, during a board meeting Wednesday in St. Paul. It also will let MNsure address ongoing issues, Leitz said, such as invoices for people...
  • Medtronic Seals Deal with Covidien

    01/07/2015 4:00:24 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-7-15 | David Fondler and Tom Webb
    Storied Minnesota medical-device company Medtronic will move its headquarters to Ireland after shareholders approved a merger Tuesday with Dublin-based health care supplier Covidien. The controversial $43 billion "inversion" deal will allow the new company, to be called Medtronic PLC, to reduce its corporate tax liability as it repatriates cash stored overseas. But the deal has irked longtime Twin Cities shareholders, who will face significant capital gains taxes on their Medtronic holdings. In preliminary vote totals, shareholders representing about 75 percent of Medtronic's outstanding shares approved the deal, general counsel Brad Lerman announced to a special shareholder meeting in Minneapolis. And...
  • 'Lord Chisholm' gets nearly 2 years in prison for welfare fraud

    01/06/2015 2:22:27 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 05 Jan 2015
    Colin Chisholm, who lived the life of a Lake Minnetonka millionaire with his wife while collecting welfare benefits, was sentenced Monday to nearly two years. Chisholm, 63, and his wife, Andrea, collected more than $167,000 in fraudulent medical and food-stamp claims over seven years. In November, Chisholm agreed to a 21-month prison sentence and admitted committing a major economic crime. “This is a fitting end to a crime that never should have occurred,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said after the sentencing. “We are pleased with the sentence and believe it is one of the longest ever given in the...
  • Bloomington urged not to file Mall of America demonstration charges

    01/06/2015 8:27:23 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-6-15 | AP
    Supporters of a large demonstration at the Mall of America last month are urging the City of Bloomington not to pursue charges for disrupting retailers and shoppers. Several people at the Bloomington City Council meeting Monday night asked prosecutors to reconsider. More than two dozen people were arrested after the Dec. 20 demonstration organized by the group "Black Lives Matter." It was part of a nationwide wave of protests following incidents in Missouri and New York in which unarmed black men were killed by police. City Attorney Sandra Johnson says she plans to file charges against protest organizers for unlawful...
  • GOP lawmaker: O-Care repeal top priority (Barrasso)

    01/04/2015 11:23:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/04/15 | Megan R. Wilson
    The repeal of ObamaCare is the priority of the Republican party, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Sunday. “There will be a vote on repeal. The president, in the White House, will veto that,” he said of the symbolic gesture offered by GOP lawmakers still unsatisfied with the healthcare legislation. However, Barrasso told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that there would also be other bills that strike at other parts of the Affordable Care Act – some of which have gained bipartisan support – including a repeal of the medical device tax and the employer mandate. There is...
  • Youngest Woman Elected to Congress Seeks Middle Ground

    01/03/2015 8:43:55 AM PST · by Maceman · 71 replies
    WSJ via Google ^ | January 2, 2015 | Mara Gay
    WATERTOWN, N.Y.— Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, has never held elected office, but her résumé looks more like that of a Beltway insider than a political newcomer. By the time she won her seat representing a swath of upstate New York in the November election, she had served as a domestic policy aide for former President George W. Bush , a policy director for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ’s 2012 presidential campaign and head of debate preparation for vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan .
  • Public hearings across all of Minnesota next week for Sandpiper oil pipeline

    01/02/2015 7:22:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-30-14 | John Myers
    DULUTH, Minn. -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will take public testimony next week at five hearings across the state on the all-new Enbridge Energy Sandpiper pipeline set to run from Beaver Lodge, N.D., to Superior, Wis. This round of hearings is intended to focus primarily on the "need" for the new pipeline -- both Enbridge's need to serve their customers -- oil companies -- and whether Minnesota really needs another pipeline to carry oil that will mostly go to other states. Usually the commission and an administrative law judge also would hear testimony on possible routes for the proposed...
  • Trooper indicted in July 4 crash that killed 2 in Cannon Falls

    12/31/2014 7:09:15 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-31-14 | AP
    RED WING, Minn. -- A Minnesota state trooper appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since being indicted on manslaughter charges in a Fourth of July crash that killed two people in Cannon Falls. A Goodhue County grand jury indicted Scott Reps, 48, on two felony counts of second-degree manslaughter. Reps was released on his own recognizance, the Post-Bulletin reported, and is due back in court Feb. 20. He was indicted on Dec. 16, but the indictment was sealed until his court appearance. In addition to the two felony counts, he also faces one count of failure to drive...
  • Mark Dayton wants to limit tax increases to transportation funding

    12/31/2014 7:06:21 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-31-14 | David Montgomery
    Minnesota's highway needs can't be met without more tax revenue, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday -- setting him up for a possible clash with the new Republican majority in the House. Dayton is finalizing his 2016-17 budget proposal, which aims to raise what he says is the $6 billion Minnesota's roads need over the next 10 years. The plan calls for a 6.5 percent wholesale surtax on gasoline -- separate from the existing 28.5 cents-per-gallon tax already levied. That means the tax would bring in more money when gas prices increase. "Our transportation systems are getting worse," Dayton said. "Anybody...
  • Minnesota May Start Taxing Drivers

    12/29/2014 2:31:13 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    SeeBS ^ | 12-25-14 | SeeBS
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gas prices are finally falling, but those savings might not last long.At least 18 states, including Minnesota, are considering taxing drivers based on distance. Gas prices aren’t the only reason for the idea, since newer cars get better gas mileage. Oregon has a pilot project that will start next year to test the idea. They’re having 5,000 volunteers pay 1.5 cents per mile instead of the 30-cents-per-gallon tax.An electronic device attached to their vehicle will report how far they drive in state.
  • Iowa’s Steve King rules over GOP on road to presidency

    12/28/2014 10:12:08 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Seth McLaughlin
    Rep. Steve King has summoned the potential field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates to Iowa next month for his Freedom Summit, and they are jumping at the opportunity — underscoring the conservative firebrand’s political pull and marking the event as the first major gathering of the next campaign for the White House. Mr. King told The Washington Times that the Jan. 24 gathering in Des Moines will give the kinds of activists who turn out for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses a look at their options and will give the candidates an early reality check. (SNIP) Though Mr. Santorum achieved victory without...
  • Help Us Restore Election Integrity (MN-MVA)

    12/28/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Minnesota Voters Alliance ^ | 12-10-14 | Andrew Cilek
    Formed in 2005, the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) is the only conservative organization in Minnesota, and one of a few in the nation, dedicated solely to expanding liberty through legal action, determined to strike at the liberal forces which degrade and reduce our freedoms. A critical component of that dedication is the ability to pursue an objective for as long as it takes to win. So, while we have achieved several recent victories in other cases, our commitment to changing Minnesota’s defective Election-Day Registration (EDR) laws continues in full force. Today, I am requesting your support for our impending lawsuits...
  • Bachmann: Obama Embraces Agenda of Jihad to Convert USA into Islamic Caliphate”

    12/27/2014 4:52:50 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Sons Of Liberty Media+ ^ | 12/26/2014 | Tim Brown
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been an outspoken voice against the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the halls of the United States federal government, and she has taken the shots against her, even by those who claim they are on her side. Recently, the Minnesota congresswoman was interviewed by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) and told him that Barack Obama has embraced “the agenda of Islamic jihad,” and that agenda includes both the destruction of Israel and converting the “United States into an Islamic Caliphate.” “While the president continues to say that this is not about...
  • Call for border fence exposes lack of knowledge

    10/18/2011 12:04:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | October 18, 2011 | staff
    Minnesota Congresswomen and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has become the latest politician to call for an impenetrable fence along the entire length of the border with Mexico. "President Obama has failed the American people by failing to secure the southern border," said Bachmann. "I will secure that border and that will be Job One." Statements like that may get some attention, but they are not practical. Don't take our word for it; take Rick Perry's. The Texas governor has been called a lot of things, but he's hardly a mushy liberal. Yet even this tough Texan sneers at calls for...
  • Bachmann: Obama embraced 'agenda of Islamic jihad'

    12/24/2014 5:22:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/14 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says President Obama has embraced the “agenda of Islamic jihad” at every turn. “I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad,” she said in an interview released Wednesday with "Washington Watch," a radio show produced by the socially conservative Family Research Council. Bachmann criticized the president for writing to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to encourage a deal on Tehran's nuclear program....
  • In Mall of America protest, charges considered against organizers

    12/24/2014 7:26:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-23-14 | AP
    The Bloomington city attorney is pursuing criminal charges against the organizers of a protest inside the Mall of America after police shut down stores for about two hours during the demonstration. City Attorney Sandra Johnson tells WCCO-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1JNVUll) that mall officials are figuring out how much money stores lost on Saturday. Johnson is also figuring out the cost of overtime for police, and she expects to file criminal charges soon. Johnson said she wants organizers of the police brutality protest to pay restitution. She's focusing on those who kept promoting the rally after they were told it was prohibited on...
  • Charges Expected To Be Filed Against Mall Of America Protest Organizers

    12/23/2014 12:23:59 AM PST · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    CBS Minnesota WCCO ^ | Dec 22, 2014
    In the next few days, the Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson expects to file criminal charges against the organizers of Saturday’s protest at Mall of America. The mall went into a partial shutdown for about two hours as thousands of protesters filled the rotunda on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The group, “Black Lives Matter” chose the mall for its high visibility, but was warned repeatedly that it was private property.
  • Powerful statement from Minnesota police chief after NYPD ambush (Sartell, MN)

    12/22/2014 6:10:38 AM PST · by maggief · 13 replies
    KMSP ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Durkin
    SARTELL, Minn. (KMSP) - Police in New York say the man who murdered two police officers while they were sitting in their patrol car has been arrested 19 times for assault and robbery. Ismaaiyl Brinsley was angry at police for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, making an online pledge to kill two “pigs.”
  • Police made on-the-spot decision not to arrest protesters

    12/10/2014 10:20:32 AM PST · by PeteePie · 30 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | December 10, 2014 | ERIN GOLDEN
    Rather than make arrests, Minneapolis police and State Patrol officials said they made on-the-spot decisions to keep demonstrators safe from traffic... As the group moved onto the freeway, officers told leaders to stop but didn’t intervene when the crowd ignored the orders.... None of the protesters was arrested or cited... Grimm and McDowell (community organizers) said the group plans more demonstrations.
  • [Howie] Carr: Drumbeats for Liz

    12/21/2014 2:16:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 21, 2014 | Howie Carr
    Elizabeth Warren for what? Granted, the American electorate has been significantly dumbed down over the past few decades — think Barack Obama and Deval Patrick. But is the country really so far gone that it would turn to a plagiarizing fake Indian who thinks western Mass. has a seacoast and that Jeanne Shaheen is from Vermont? Er, yes. So by now you know about this boomlet for the former one-32nd Native American who now claims to be Okie down to her toes. Hundreds of Obama aides (enough said) are swooning over her. Some of the moonbat groups have posted Internet...
  • Bloomington Police Say 25 Arrested at MOA Protest

    12/20/2014 8:21:36 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    kstp ^ | 12-20-14 | Megan Stewart
    Demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest of police brutality that caused at least part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shoppers. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official attendance figures weren't immediately available, but organizer Mica Grimm says she believes about 3,000 took part. Bloomington police said 25 people were arrested. The Mall of America increased security, and police in riot gear were present. Stores were closed for a short...
  • Minneapolis Principals Not Allowed to Suspend Black Students, Only White Ones

    12/20/2014 7:27:25 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 63 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | December 18, 2014 | Robert Morley
    The Minneapolis, Minnesota, school system has a big problem. According to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and the Justice Department, the vast majority of its 2,300 teachers are racists. To solve this problem, Johnson says the district must implement racism against white and Asian students. It is part of President Barack Obama and the Justice Department’s new protocols to combat racism. But does it really make sense to try to solve a perceived racism problem in teachers by institutionalizing racism against innocent students? Does using racism to solve any kind of problem make sense? Here’s what is happening: Black students in Minneapolis...
  • Protesters Shut Down America's Largest Mall

    12/20/2014 6:22:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hundreds of protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, a community group member said. Demonstrators at the Mall of America shouted "Hands up, don't shoot!", referring to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri, and "Black people can't breathe, while we're on our shopping sprees," referring to the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York. Police made 12 arrests in the demonstration on private property at the Mall...
  • Mall of America Officials: Approx. 12 Arrested During Protest

    12/20/2014 4:09:59 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/21/14 | Megan Stewart/AP
    Demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest of police brutality that caused at least part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shoppers. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official attendance figures weren't immediately available, but organizer Mica Grimm says she believes about 3,000 took part.
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Islamic center to operate in St. Anthony Village [Obama's DOJ sues city]

    12/17/2014 1:44:40 PM PST · by Gideon7 · 11 replies
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/16/2014 | Katie Kather
    A settlement agreement announced Tuesday calls for St. Anthony Village to allow an Islamic group to use a portion of a building the group owns for worship and other religious activities. The U.S. government reached the settlement with the city over its 2012 rejection of a proposed Islamic center. Since the Islamic center bought the St. Anthony Business Center in 2011, its leaders have wanted to maintain office space for the current tenants and to hold its religious gatherings in the building's basement level. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced the results of settlement negotiations agreed upon Dec. 11 at a...
  • Franken tells TV network: 'I'm ready for Hillary' to be president

    12/16/2014 11:24:17 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 48 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/16/14 | Paul Walsh
    Sen. Al Franken has told MSNBC that he’s enthused about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president, a comment which the network reported as being an endorsement of her potential candidacy. “I think that Hillary would make a great president,” the Minnesota senator said in an interview on the MSNBC cable network with Ari Melber, scheduled for telecast Tuesday at 2 p.m. CST on “The Cycle.”
  • The East-Sider fell in the Battle of the Bulge. His daughter now knows his fate

    12/16/2014 7:23:19 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-13-14 | Richard Chin
    Nearly 70 years ago, Gordon Russ died fighting for his country and was buried in a foreign field. The St. Paul man left behind a wife, two little daughters, his parents and sisters. But in the seven decades since Russ fell during a critical and bloody battle in World War II, none of them has been to his grave. "I would have liked to have my dad's body back here, to go visit him," said Russ' daughter, Judith Doyle, now 75. "I wish I could get out and see his grave. If I could just walk up and touch the...
  • Minnesota Taxpayers Forced to Fund 65,000 Abortions Since 1995

    12/15/2014 2:50:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/15/14 | Paul Stark
    More than 65,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota with taxpayer funds since a Dec. 15, 1995, Minnesota Supreme Court ruling required taxpayers to fund abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS). The Doe v. Gomez ruling established the most extreme abortion-on-demand state policy in the nation. “The Doe v. Gomez decision by a handful of activist judges has been disastrous for Minnesota women and their unborn babies,” said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). “On this 19th anniversary of the decision, Minnesotans continue to believe it is not the mission...
  • Branstad wants to keep GOP event, end straw vote

    12/15/2014 3:06:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 12/14/2014 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad says he would support a statewide Republican fundraising event in Ames next summer where GOP presidential hopefuls are invited to speak as long as no vote is taken as had been the practice during past straw polls that have been the focus of controversy. Branstad added that he did not want to see Iowa face possible sanctions that could cost delegates to the 2016 Republican national convention for conducting a poll in advance of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses that could run afoul of new party rules. “I’m willing to agree to a statewide meeting...
  • Is This the End of Michele Bachmann?

    12/14/2014 12:36:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/14/2014 | By MELINDA HENNEBERGER
    hould anyone have been surprised that Michele Bachmann would go out with a bang, a big bang? On Tuesday, in what the retiring congresswoman from Minnesota figured would be her last White House holiday party, Bachmann used the grip-and-grin moment when she got her picture taken with President Obama to raise a reliably grin-killing topic. “The U.S. needs to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities today,” she informed him. His response? “A condescending smile and laugh,” she tells Politico, making a little pat-on-the-head gesture. “‘Michele, it isn’t that easy, but that’s OK,’” she remembers him telling her. To which the gentlelady...
  • RON PAUL LOSING ME, AGAIN

    12/20/2011 7:47:27 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 26 replies
    Special Guests inc. ^ | 12/19/2011 | Staff
    Joseph opened by saying, "I was just beginning to soften up to Ron Paul, largely because of his boldness in wanting to cut $1 trillion out of the federal government's budget immediately. Then came his insulting and untrue statement on "The Tonight Show" about Michele Bachmann, who is in my opinion the very best candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "She doesn't like Muslims," Ron Paul said. "She hates Muslims." It's also just simply a naïve statement for Paul to make. She simply has a realistic view of Islam that holds women, Jews and Christians to something significantly less than...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...