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    06/12/2017 5:49:56 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    BTLD | 6/12/17 | BTLD
  • Attorney Criticizes Handling of Weapons Arsenal Arrest Case

    06/09/2017 6:02:23 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies ^ | 6/9/17 | Matt Belanger
    An attorney representing the citizen who tipped off Minneapolis police to two men with an SUV containing  a cache of weapons and bomb making materials, according to police, is now criticizing local leaders for how the case is being handled. "They had guns, they had ammo, they had a grenade," attorney Joe Tamburino said. "Where is the mayor? Where are the county commissioners? We need to be talking about this. This was a dangerous situation." KSTP previously spoke with the man who called police to the scene. He asked his identity not be revealed. He said he walked by a...
  • Sheriff: Woman From Ghana Died Likely Trying To Reach Canada

    05/31/2017 9:42:00 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 34 replies ^ | 5/31/17 | WCCO Staff
    Officials in extreme northwestern Minnesota say a woman from Ghana died last week while likely trying to walk across the border into Canada. The Kittson County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 57-year-old Mavis Otuteye was found Friday near Noyes. Otuteye was reported missing in the area earlier last week. The sheriff’s office says Otuteye likely died of hypothermia. Temperatures in the area Friday dipped down into the low 40s. However, the final autopsy report is still pending. Officials say they believe Otuteye was trying to cross the border to Canada at the time of her death. The Brainerd Dispatch...
  • St. Olaf President Says Racist Note Was 'Fabricated'

    05/10/2017 6:52:51 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 33 replies ^ | 5/10/17 | KSTP Staff
    The President at St. Olaf College has informed members of the campus community that a racist note an African-American woman found on her car April 29 was fabricated . President David R. Anderson wrote in an an email that the note was "apparently a strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate." The school confirmed the email was sent, as well as an earlier email from Anderson informing the campus community the school had confirmed the note was not a genuine threat. Students said the woman discovered a typed note that read, in part, "I am so glad...
  • As you all know, I'm not a Math major.

    05/09/2017 8:22:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    YoursTruly | 5/9/17 | BTLD
    We are into day 39 of the current FReepathon. And we are at 39% of goal. Soon, we will be into day 40 at 39% of goal. Do the math. It's above my paygrade. Do we really want to be fundraising when the next 'thon begins? Come on FReepers, lets put this baby to bed!
  • Satanic Monument To Be Installed In Veterans Park

    05/05/2017 4:29:37 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies ^ | 5/5/17 | AP
    BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A veterans’ memorial park in Minnesota will soon include a satanic monument among its tributes. The city is allowing the monument in its Veterans Memorial Park after the Freedom from Religion Foundation threatened to sue over another statue that features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross. The cross was removed once the issue was raised, but residents rallied to put it back.
  • Big Lake Trap Shooting Team Photo Will Be Included in Yearbook After All

    04/27/2017 6:45:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies ^ | 4/27/17 | Frank Rajkowski
    The Big Lake High School trap shooting team will have its team photo included in the school's yearbook after all. School officials Thursday announced a change to a student handbook policy that excluded firearms or weapons from being displayed. The trap shooting team photo showed all 60 team members posed with shotguns by their side, and its rejection upset team members, their parents and others. The new policy still allows for images that "violate school policy, display firearms, weapons, drugs, alcohol, inappropriate gestures and poses, and revealing clothing" to be edited or excluded. But it makes an exception for the...
  • Somali-American Business Owners Plead For Help: 'Everybody Is Saying This Place Is Not Safe'

    04/24/2017 5:39:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 46 replies ^ | 4/24/17 | Josh Rosenthal
    Members of Minneapolis' Somali-American community say one of their main business districts -- often referred to as "The Somali Mall" -- is so ridden with crime, they no longer feel safe. Located at 24th Street East and home to dozens of businesses, more than 100 911 calls have been placed from the location since last October, according to police records. Problems include assaults, thefts, fights, and property damage. "I know a friend of mine being beaten up here badly and took his car," customer Asad Abdulahi recalled Monday. The owner of Juba Cafe, located across the street from the mall,...
  • Minnesota police department wins Twitter again with hilarious 4/20 tweet

    04/20/2017 5:49:12 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies ^ | 4/20/17 | Rachel Chazin
    The Wyoming, Minn., Police Department is at it again with its comical tweets. In just a few hours, the quick-witted officers received thousands of retweets and “likes” on their Twitter message on marijuana’s high holiday, 4/20.   “Undercover #420 operations are in place,” the department tweeted around 4 a.m. Thursday. “Discreet traps have been set up throughout the city today. #Happy420.” The "traps" are Doritos, Cheetos, Mountain Dew, White Castle and video games such as "Grand Theft Auto." Also pictured is a squad car and police officer standing by with a net.
  • Hodges Fires Back After Being Named One Of The U.S.’s Worst Mayors (Blames Trump)

    04/20/2017 9:53:25 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies ^ | 4/20/17 | WCCO Staff
    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she welcomes the attack from President Donald Trump’s “cronies” at the New York Observer after the online newspaper named her this week as one of the three worst mayors in the country. The article, published on Tuesday, said Hodges has alienated Minneapolitans on both the left and the center, and it predicts she’ll face tough competition in the upcoming election. The list ranks her just below Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and above New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio. While author Arick Wierson says Hodges “appears to genuinely want better” for Minneapolis, he slams her...
  • St. Paul City Council votes 6-1 to reject Dai Thao’s symbolic call for Trump investigation

    04/19/2017 7:38:51 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies ^ | 4/19/17 | Frederick Melo
    A proposed resolution calling for a congressional investigation of President Donald Trump fizzled before the St. Paul City Council, which voted 6-1 on Wednesday to kill the effort. “Symbolic resolutions, strictly for political purposes, when overused, become meaningless,” said council member Chris Tolbert, dressing down the proposal brought by colleague Dai Thao, who cast a lone vote in support of the resolution. Thao, a St. Paul mayoral candidate, had sought to have the council ask Minnesota’s congressional delegation to investigate the president’s ties to Russia and any personal financial benefits he receives from foreign powers. Thao’s resolution specifically called for...
  • Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity he is bad for America

    03/26/2017 3:29:15 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 121 replies ^ | 3/26/17 | David Morgan
    In a report that aired on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” about the polarization of politics and the media in the Age of Trump, “Sunday Morning” special contributor Ted Koppel charged Fox News host Sean Hannity with contributing to the increased antipathy toward opposing viewpoints that is prevalent in America. Hannity made no qualms about presenting his own conservative agenda, but objected to Koppel characterizing his viewers as not being able to discriminate editorial content from news. “We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and...
  • Idaho Woman Says She Crashed Because She Saw a Sasquatch

    03/25/2017 4:42:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies ^ | 3/25/17 | AP
    A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch.
  • Homeland Security on Twin Cities transit prompts Twitter response

    03/22/2017 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies ^ | 3/22/17 | Janet Moore
    The presence of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) police officers on light-rail trains in the Twin Cities provoked unease among some passengers Wednesday. Several took to Twitter to express their dismay. But Metro Transit said the DHS officers are part of a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) team working with its own police force to help ensure security on public trains and buses. The VIPR officers do not engage in any enforcement actions, and have worked with the department for “more than a decade,” said Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla.
  • Electric vehicle fee proposed for Minnesota

    03/21/2017 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies ^ | 3/21/17 | Mike Hughlett
    Electric vehicle owners in Minnesota would have to pay a $75 to $85 annual "surcharge" under proposed legislation since they do not pay the state's gasoline tax. State governments across the country are increasingly seeking to slap such fees on electric vehicles, some exceeding $150 per year. The Minnesota fee would cover vehicles that are all-electric and plug-in hybrids based on electric motors, but exclude gasoline-electric hybrids. The fee is aimed at making electric vehicle drivers pay their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are partly funded by gasoline taxes, said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, the author of the...
  • ICE Operation Nets 86 Arrests Across 5 Midwestern States

    03/15/2017 6:35:37 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies ^ | 3/15/17 | Michael Oakes
    United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it arrested 86 foreign nationals across five Midwestern states last week, including 26 in Minnesota. In a release Wednesday, the department said the operation targeted immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens over a three-day span. The operation included 32 arrests in Nebraska, 26 in Minnesota, 23 in Iowa, four in North Dakota and one in South Dakota. ICE said 52 of those arrested had prior convictions in addition to an undocumented status. Twenty-three had previously been deported and returned, which constitutes a felony. 
  • Columbia Heights Man Held in Late-night Minnetonka Fatal Shooting

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

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

    03/03/2017 3:23:01 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies ^ | 3/3/17 |
    The woman who gained international attention last July after she live streamed the aftermath of her boyfriend’s fatal shooting by police was arrested Thursday in connection to a hammer assault. Diamond Reynolds, from West St. Paul, was arrested with two other women in connection to an assault that happened Tuesday morning on St. Paul’s east side. Police say officers were called to the 1500 block of Jessamine Lane at about 10:30 a.m. on a report of an assault in progress. The victim suffered serious injuries from being struck in the head with a hammer, and was taken to Regions Hospital....
  • More Carry Permits Issued In 2016 Than Any Year Before (MN)

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