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  • Northstar Commuter Rail Ridership has Dropped, Costs Remain

    03/04/2015 5:29:27 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    kstp ^ | 3-3-15 | jay kolls
    New numbers show that Northstar Commuter Rail Line ridership is down and, after five years of operation, an important goal has not yet been met. Metro Transit numbers show ridership in 2014 was down 8 percent for weekday rides. In 2008, Metro Transit had a goal of removing 5,000 cars from the road by encouraging commuting on Northstar. However, only about 2,500 commuters ride during the week, which is well below the goal set seven years ago. Taxpayers paid $315 million to build the Northstar system. Approximately $15 million each of the five years it's been running for operations and...
  • Minnesota handgun permits down, after 2013 spike

    03/03/2015 5:34:21 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-3-15 | TZ
    The number of handgun permits newly issued or renewed in Minnesota in 2014 dropped after a spike the year before, according to an annual report released Monday by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Sheriff's offices statewide reported that about 41,500 permits were issued last year. Here's what the numbers look like over the past five years: The year 2014 had 41,493; 2013 had 60,471; 2012 had 31,657; 2011 had 20,772; and 2010 had 17,240. About 1,800 people who applied in 2014 did not receive a permit. Of those, 422 were denied; about 1,300 more are pending. A handful of...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Rep. Tom Emmer lashes out at fellow Republicans (Fake Tea Party/MN)

    03/01/2015 6:02:20 PM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 29 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 1, 2015 | Allison Sherry
    WASHINGTON -- Mere weeks into his first term as a U.S. congressman, Republican Rep. Tom Emmer is challenging the right flank of his party. Just after midnight Saturday, Emmer issued a statement calling out Republican House colleagues who don't support fully funding the Department of Homeland Security because of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. (snip) "I am disappointed that many of my colleagues chose to put the security of Americans at stake and waste time playing politics," said Emmer, who replaced Rep. Michele Bachmann in January. "Congress has a solemn responsibility. As a body, we should never hold...
  • UMN's new protocol for crime alerts will fail

    03/01/2015 7:19:03 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-1-15 | Joe Soucheray
    As a result of succumbing to its own ceaseless indoctrination about the virtues of diversity, the University of Minnesota no longer will include race and other descriptions in crime alerts unless, it says, there is enough detail to aid in an arrest. Well, if a one-armed flying purple people eater conked some kid over the head and stole her smartphone, that might be allowed to be released to the campus population, although five will get you 10 that there is a one-armed flying purple people eater community on campus who will find the release of that information objectionable on the...
  • Publicly funded Iron Range board is deep into DFL politics, policy (MN)

    03/01/2015 6:57:30 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 13 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | March 1, 2015 | Jennifer Bjorhus
    EVELETH, Minn. – Workers in a call center on Minnesota’s Iron Range don headsets each day knowing their employer’s core business: Get Democrats elected. For years, prominent Democratic candidates and political groups have used the obscure center tucked among hills and pines to canvass and raise money from small donors. DFL organizations, state and national, have paid the phone bank’s current and former owners about $80 million over the last decade, campaign records show. The call center relocated to Eveleth in 2006 thanks in part to a $625,000 loan from a unique state agency called the Iron Range Resources and...
  • Governor's Islamist Terror Comparison Shocks Wisconsin Protesters

    02/28/2015 9:47:46 AM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ed Pilkington
    Governor's Islamist Terror Comparison Shocks Wisconsin Protesters Scott Walker’s CPAC account of 2011 protests in state’s capitol unnerve those who were present as some accuse him of painting working people as the enemy Ed Pilkington 27 February 2015 Participants in the massive political protests in Wisconsin in 2011 have reacted with a mixture of shock, disbelief and anger to remarks by Governor Scott Walker which compared his handling of the peaceful demonstrations to his stance on Islamist terrorism were he to become president. Walker, who is enjoying a surge of support among the conservative wing of the Republican party amid...
  • Why I won’t be attending Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress

    02/27/2015 12:08:08 PM PST · by mojito · 66 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 2/26/2015 | Betty McCollum
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the midst of a heated reelection campaign. Yet he is traveling 5,900 miles to give a speech before a joint meeting of Congress on March 3 — just two weeks before Israelis go to the polls. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), working with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, a former Republican political operative who renounced his U.S. citizenship, extended the invitation in a clear effort to undermine the president while the United States and its five partners engage in tough negotiations with Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Twin Cities teen pleads guilty to terrorism conspiracy charges

    02/26/2015 3:59:52 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/26/15 | STAFF REPORT
    A Somali-American teenager from Inver Grove Heights pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to conspiring to join terrorists fighting in the Middle East. Adullahi Yusuf, 18, is the first defendant to plead guilty in the FBI’s long-running investigation of Minnesotans who have tried to enlist or fight with forces aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Last May Yusuf was stopped by FBI agents as he tried to board a flight bound for Turkey at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
  • Minnesota Legislators Hope to Update Constitution for Digital Data Privacy

    02/26/2015 5:39:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-20-15 | David Montgomery
    (TNS) -- Pick another issue -- maybe any other issue -- and they'd be at each other's throats. But on Monday, the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance shared a stage with Occupy Minnesota, with the American Civil Liberties Union and an anti-Affordable Care Act advocacy group, with liberal DFLers and conservative Republicans. These unnatural allies agreed on one thing: limiting the ability of government to access electronic data. "There won't be many opportunities for you to see a group this ideologically diverse and bipartisan," said state Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover. Petersen, a Republican with libertarian leanings, wants to amend Minnesota's constitution...
  • Moose Collaring Continues Despite Calf Deaths

    02/25/2015 7:00:30 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-23-15 | John Myers
    DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota wildlife researchers will keep trying to collar and study newborn moose calves in 2015 even though things haven't gone well during the first two years of the effort. Last May and June, researchers put GPS collars on 25 calves just hours after they were born. But 19 of them either were abandoned by their mothers and had to be rescued, or their collars fell off or stopped working, leaving only six calves to be studied. By August, those six had been eaten by predators, mostly wolves. "It's frustrating. But we need to persevere," said Glenn DelGiudice,...
  • Minnesota Man Pleads Not Guilty To Supporting Islamic State

    02/25/2015 1:57:03 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 2/25/15 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who was stopped at a New York City airport in November as he and three others were allegedly trying to travel to Syria has pleaded not guilty to charges associated with supporting the Islamic State group. Nineteen-year-old Hamza Ahmed entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
  • DHS hides crucial fact on 'terrorist influx' Mall attackers recruited from 1 state in particular

    02/23/2015 10:11:59 PM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | February 23, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Al-Shabab terrorist on propaganda video seeking to inspire lone-wolf attacks on malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota. Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson warned that a Somalia-based terrorist group is encouraging “independent actors” to carry out attacks in Western countries, with the Mall of America in Minnesota among the specific targets, but he failed to mention that the U.S. continues to import hundreds of high-risk Islamic refugees from Somalia every month. The U.S. State Department’s refugee-resettlement program has placed more than 100,000 Somalis into U.S cities and towns since the early 1990s – all of them Muslims hand-selected...
  • Mall of America urged to drop ‘ridiculous’ concealed-carry ban in wake of terror threat

    02/23/2015 7:19:45 PM PST · by PROCON · 51 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 23, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish says the al-Shabaab threat against the Mall of America should be enough to motivate mall owners to drop their “no guns” policy so citizens can protect themselves. Mr. Cornish, a Republican who also chairs the House Public Safety Committee, said the Mall of America has interpreted state concealed carry laws incorrectly, and he’s intent on challenging them for it, a local CBS affiliate reported. “This is completely ridiculous. The complete opposite of what they should be doing,” he said. “If we’re threatened with an attack, the last thing you want to do is disarm...
  • Al Shabaab calls for attack on Mall of America in new video(Video)

    02/22/2015 6:40:37 PM PST · by Mozilla · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-23-15 | Fox News/AP
    A new video from Al Shabaab purportedly shows the terror group calling for an attack on Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn. According to Fox 9, the mall is one of three similar targets the terror group specifically names, including West Edmonton Mall in Canada and the Oxford Street shopping area in London. The video purportedly shows 6 minutes of graphic images and the terrorists celebrating the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed more than 60 people.
  • Homeland Security Chief Urges Caution After Threat to Mall of America

    02/22/2015 1:58:57 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 150 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | By MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — The nation’s top homeland security official urged shoppers on Sunday to be “particularly careful” in visiting the Mall of America, a sprawling shopping center outside Minneapolis, after it was targeted for a terrorist attack in a video posted by a radical Islamist group. “If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” the official, Jeh C. Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, said on CNN.
  • Breaking: Minneapolis Cop Shooter is a Member of Muslim Street Gang (If Obama had a son)

    02/22/2015 1:36:41 PM PST · by Enterprise · 35 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    GotNews.com has learned that Andrew J. Neal, 43, the suspect in the targeted shooting of MN police officer Jordan Davis, is a longtime member of the Mickey Cobras street gang. The “Mickey Cobras” AKA the “Almighty Mickey Cobra Nation” is a large, predominantly Black gang that is heavily influenced by Islam and uses Muslim ideology throughout its constitution and by-laws.
  • Keith Ellison: Obama "Amazing Patriot, One Of The Best Presidents Our Country Will Ever Have Seen"

    02/22/2015 10:44:31 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 85 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 22, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): Oh, I don't agree with that. You know, people are always being asked about what somebody else said. But I have to tell you this, the president definitely is a great lover of America. I mean so much so that 11 million Americans got health care who never had it before. That's pragmatic love of country, when you do things for your countrymen and women. So I don't know. I think that the president's an amazing patriot and one of the best presidents I think our country will ever have seen.
  • Somali Terrorist Group Targets Western Shopping Malls In Call For Lone Wolf Attacks

    02/22/2015 5:59:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    IBT ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Angelo Young
    Somali Terrorist Group Targets Western Shopping Malls In Call For Lone Wolf Attacks By Angelo Young The al Qaeda branch in Somalia released a video Saturday celebrating the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 60 people in a four-day siege. In the 66-minute video, unleashed on Twitter in both English and Arabic, al-Shabab called for attacks on specific targets in the U.S., Canada and Britain. “If just a handful of mujahedeen [militant jihadists] fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, just imagine what the dedicated mujahedeen could do...
  • Terror group appears to call for attacks on malls

    02/21/2015 6:50:29 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 54 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | 2/21/15 | CBS/AP
    A terror group linked to al Qaeda released an online video Saturday in which the group appears to call for attacks on Western malls. Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab specifically named the Mall of America in Minnesota, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, and London's Oxford Street. Federal law enforcement officials told CBS News that they are investigating the video. In 2013, the Somali-based group claimed responsibility for an attack on an upscale shopping mall in Kenya. More than 60 people were killed in the four-day siege when attackers stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
  • Minneapolis police officer 'doing OK' after shooting

    02/21/2015 12:47:47 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 21, 2015 | Greg Botelho
    (CNN)—A Minneapolis police officer was shot Saturday morning, and Police Chief Janee Harteau said "there is little doubt that an officer was the intended target." The wounded officer was one of two who had just finished responding to a reported burglary when he was shot just before 5 a.m. (6 a.m. ET), Minneapolis police said in a statement. His partner promptly drove him to a nearby North Memorial Medical Center, where he was in stable condition later Saturday. "The chief is now with this officer and his family is with him, as well," police spokesman Scott Seroka told CNN. "He...
  • After minimum wage boost, some DFLers turn to paid leave

    02/19/2015 5:50:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    kare 11 ^ | 2-18-15 | ap
    <p>ST. PAUL, Minn. - After a successful push to raise the minimum wage, some Minnesota Democrats want to establish a statewide paid family leave program.</p> <p>Workers would be able to take up to six weeks off from work for a birth, adoption or to take care of a sick relative under the proposal. They'd make at least two-thirds of their pay during that time.</p>
  • MNsure’s birth: A tale of incompetence, report suggests

    02/18/2015 5:45:22 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    MPR ^ | 2-17-15 | Bob Collins
    Today’s release of the review of MNsure from the Office of the Legislative Auditor leaves a big question for MNsure’s board of directors and the Commerce Department: What were you thinking when you put such incompetence on the payroll? This one page in the report concerning the development of the technological infrastructure by MNsure is a how-to on developing something that is sure to fail. MNsure rejected the auditor’s finding on this point, saying it contradicts the facts. It contends the I.T. agency’s participation was robust, although it acknowledges its expertise “was not utilized in the early stages of the...
  • ELLISON: “I’VE OFTEN ASKED MYSELF WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE TO REGISTER TO VOTE”

    02/17/2015 7:07:16 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 64 replies
    Democrat Keith Ellison thinks it’s difficult to vote in America and that it should be made far easier. Why does someone have to register to vote? Because voting is a privilege and it should be hard (relatively speaking) to vote in order to prevent voter fraud: About a hundred years ago, both political parties were caught STUFFING BALLOT BOXES with bogus votes, and the states decided to make it more difficult for a person to vote. So most of them set up a host of VOTING REQUIREMENTS, including REGISTRATION at least 10 to 30 days before an election. Most other...
  • House Dem Doesn’t Understand Why Voters Have to Register

    02/17/2015 7:41:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17. 2015 | Michael Schaus
    [Editor's note: The original copy of this article incorrectly identified Rep. Ellison as a Democrat from Wisconsin. The oversight has been corrected, and a formal apology has been sent to the people of Wisconsin.]Forget about the Tuesday following the first Monday of November… Let’s just run an online poll for future public elections. Maybe we can set up a phone bank, kinda like PBS donation drives, for people without access to the internet. Heck, let’s just do a show of hands: Hillary or Jeb for 2016?Okay, that might be a slight over-simplification of what Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) was suggesting, but...
  • Somali American Appointed to Metropolitan Airport Commission Board

    02/16/2015 7:49:20 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/16/15 | Todd Wilson
    Ibrahim Mohamed has worked at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for almost 11 years. Within that time, his jobs have ranged from cabinet-maker, to ticket-verifier to, currently, a cart driver. "Absolutely, I do enjoy my job that's why I stay on it still," he said. But now Mohamed faces a new and daunting challenge. He's been appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the 14-member Metropolitan Airports Commission. He will be the only current airport employee. Mohamed's appointment is also historic and has not gone unnoticed. "His appointment is welcomed by the community but it also shows that it's long overdue,"...
  • Minnesota Supreme Court finds implied-consent law for drunken drivers constitutional

    02/11/2015 8:05:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 2-11-15 | David Chanen
    Despite national court decisions limiting police in obtaining a blood-alcohol sample without a warrant, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that doing so doesn’t violate the state and U.S. Constitutions. As a result, in Minnesota, a suspected drunken driver can still be charged with refusing a breath or blood test if arresting officers believe there’s enough evidence to get a search warrant to require the test — even if they don’t obtain the warrant. Only a few states have a similar implied-consent law. The issue, which reached the state Supreme Court in a case involving William Bernard Jr., has been...
  • ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in America-Marking territory

    02/10/2015 5:27:30 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | Dawn Perlmutter
    ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in AmericaPosted By Dawn Perlmutter On February 10, 2015 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments On February 4, 2015 the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Michael Steinbach said that the FBI has seen children as young as 15 recruited by the Islamic State aka ISIS, ISIL. Two days later FBI Director James Comey said there are open cases looking into individuals who may be connected to ISIS in every state in the Union except Alaska. Evidence of the Islamic State’s successful recruiting efforts in America is literally written on...
  • Here are all the raises Gov. Mark Dayton just gave his cabinet

    02/09/2015 6:50:23 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-6-15 | David H. Montgomery, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Until very recently, Minnesota law capped the salary for commissioners of state departments at 85 or 95 percent of the governor’s salary. A law passed in 2013 changed that cap to 133 percent, and now Gov. Mark Dayton has used that change to raise the salaries of most of his cabinet. Overall, the higher salaries will cost taxpayers an additional $802,990 per year for the 27 affected positions. Dayton’s 2015 salary is $123,912, meaning the new maximum is $164,803. None of Dayton’s commissioners are earning that maximum, even after this year’s raises. The previous highest salary earned by a commissioner...
  • Somalis push Minnesota officials to help after bank halts money transfers

    02/07/2015 6:08:27 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/7/15 | ALLISON SHERRY
    Somalis living in the Twin Cities are begging Minnesota’s elected officials to help find a way to safely wire money back to families living in the Horn of Africa after a California bank abruptly ceased wiring cash to the troubled country over the weekend. The decision by Merchants Bank to stop that part of its operations last Friday caught Somalis, who use money service businesses to wire money abroad, off-guard in communities across the United States. Of the more than 30,000 Somali immigrants living in the Twin Cities, 80 percent of them use money service businesses to send money abroad,...
  • Turbo Tax Resumes State E-Filing; Still Closed In Minn.

    02/06/2015 8:13:33 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 2/6/15 | WCCO
    Intuit Inc. announced that its software Turbo Tax has resumed e-filing of state income tax returns Friday afternoon. The company had temporarily suspended e-filing in all states over concerns of fraud after two Minnesota users reported that someone had already filed in their name.
  • Straw buyer linked to New Hope City Hall shooting charged

    02/04/2015 12:31:13 PM PST · by Sawdring · 7 replies
    Fox Twin Cities ^ | Feb 04, 2015 | Mike Durkin
    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Federal charges have been filed against the alleged “straw buyer” who purchased 3 shotguns through an online auction that were later given to New Hope City Hall shooter Raymond Kmetz. Michael Ronald Garant, 42, is charged with making a false statement to acquire firearms on behalf of another person. Garant made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. He was released on bail, with the judge telling him, "Don't do any more favors for friends."
  • Delta Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit [5 days ago]

    02/03/2015 2:17:58 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    ABC News - GMA ^ | January 29, 2015 | Michasel Kreisel and Paul H.B. Shin
    A Delta Air Lines flight heading from Minneapolis to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing today after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit, airport officials said. The call about Flight 1651 came in around 12:10 p.m. and the plane landed safely at McCarran International Airport around 12:25 p.m., officials told ABC affiliate KTNV. The cockpit door malfunctioned, locking the pilot out of the cockpit, airport officials told KTNV, noting that the first officer made the landing.
  • #BlackBrunch Violence - Downtown Saint Paul Minnesota Besieged By Black Mob Violence - Media Hides..

    01/31/2015 3:44:37 PM PST · by PROCON · 142 replies
    conservativetreehouse ^ | Jan. 31, 2015 | sundance
    #BlackBrunch Violence – Downtown Saint Paul Minnesota Besieged By Black Mob Violence – Media Hides Story…Saint Paul Minnesota is a hotbed of racially driven black mob violence, but the media work diligently to keep it hidden. Recently the frequency of the attacks has increased in severity and now even the local media are forced to discuss it. However, the media avoid the racial motive inherent in all of the suspects being black and all of the victims are white. The community is shocked, SHOCKED. (make sure you click the links and watch the videos) SAINT PAUL - A string of...
  • Police: Chaska Man Bit Off Girlfriend’s Ear, Beheaded Her Cat (Minnesota, eh?)

    01/30/2015 6:40:31 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 1-29-15 | unattributed
    According to a criminal complaint, police officers in Chaska responded that night to the Cedar Creek Apartments on a domestic assault call. When they arrived, officers found a 42-year-old woman covered in blood, shaking and cowering in the corner. The woman told police that Trudeau, whom she’d been dating for about two years, had severely beaten her after drinking vodka all afternoon. She said that Trudeau assaulted her while the two were arguing about their relationship. He reportedly choked her, slammed her head onto the ground and told her repeatedly she was “going to die tonight.”
  • Jesse Ventura: Chris Kyle Is No Hero, He's a Liar

    01/29/2015 12:21:25 PM PST · by seanmerc · 83 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 28 Jan 15 | AP
    American Sniper is tops at the box office, but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it. Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over whether snipers should be considered heroes. Ventura said Wednesday he won't see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.
  • Jesse Ventura: ‘American Sniper’ as real as ‘Dirty Harry,’ blasts Chris Kyle as dishonorable, liar

    01/29/2015 3:03:06 AM PST · by Abathar · 61 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/28/15 | Douglas Ernst
    Former pro wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has joined director Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen in denigrating “American Sniper” and its subject, the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Mr. Ventura said during an interview Wednesday that Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” — which he has not seen — is as authentic as his 1970s “Dirty Harry” cop films. He then said the famous sniper was a man without honor. “A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying,” Mr. Ventura told The Associated Press, referring...
  • Ventura won't see 'American Sniper'; says Kyle is no hero

    01/28/2015 3:46:36 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 133 replies
    AOL ^ | 1-28-15 | AaaPee story
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - "American Sniper" is tops at the box office but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.</p> <p>Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over whether snipers should be considered heroes. Ventura said Wednesday he won't see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.</p>
  • 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,...