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  • (Dem Congressman Betsy) McCollum calls for federal investigation of lion-killing Minnesota dentist

    07/29/2015 11:42:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Minn Post ^ | July 29, 2015 | Sam Brodey
    The Internet exploded in outrage this week after it was revealed that a Minnesota tourist killed a beloved lion while on a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe. That indignation reached Capitol Hill yesterday, as 4th District Rep. Betty McCollum was quick to call for justice for the protected African lion, fondly referred to as Cecil the Lion. [Snip] “To bait and kill a threatened animal, like this African lion, for sport cannot be called hunting, but rather a disgraceful display of callous cruelty,” McCollum said. Palmer says he was not aware that the lion was a protected animal, and regrets what...
  • Former adult leader again named in sexual abuse lawsuit against Boy Scouts

    07/28/2015 8:24:54 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/28/15 | Kevin Duchschere
    Yet another man is charging the Boy Scouts with failing to protect him decades ago against a former St. Paul adult scout leader who allegedly abused him dozens of times when he was an adolescent and took naked photographs of him. The scout leader, Leland “Lee” Opalinski, has been named in three other civil suits against the Boy Scouts of America since late June, when Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough announced he was seeking damages from the Scouts and the local Northern Star Council for four years of sexual abuse by Opalinski. In a civil suit filed Tuesday in Ramsey...
  • More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick

    07/27/2015 7:50:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-26-15 | Glenn Howatt
    The number of Minnesotans struggling to pay their medical bills is rising sharply, despite an increase in the number of residents who have health insurance. In the past year, Minnesota’s main hospital and clinic groups filed nearly 9,000 lawsuits against people with large or long-standing medical debts — a sharp increase since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of court records. Once a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States, medical debt was widely expected to decline as more Americans got health insurance following federal health reform. Instead, shifts in the insurance market are pushing more people...
  • Minn. Lawmakers to Propose National Guard Members Carry Weapons at Recruiting Centers

    07/27/2015 7:23:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/27/15 | Jay Kolls
    Several state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that will make it legal for Minnesota National Guard members to carry weapons at recruiting centers, or whenever in uniform. State Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, says the killing of five military personnel in Tennessee is not to be taken lightly and said, "It is time we make sure our Minnesota National Guard members can have the ability to protect themselves when in uniform." Gazelka said "our guard members are targets wherever they go in uniform because they represent the United States and there are those who would do harm to them for that...
  • Donald Trump is still rocketing up polls in dominating fashion

    07/27/2015 11:08:25 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 25, 2015 12:00 PM | Maxwell Tani
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit. Donald Trump is still the clear front-runner of the 2016 GOP presidential field. A new Economist/YouGov poll released on Friday actually showed Trump gaining support in the last week, despite a controversy over his comments questioning Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) status as a "war hero." According to the poll, the number of registered Republican primary voters who responded that Trump is their first choice jumped from 15% at the beginning of July to 28% last week. Another 10% of voters pick him as their second choice. That puts the real-estate...
  • Ellison says Trump can win GOP nod, points to Minn. electing Ventura governor

    07/26/2015 7:48:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/26/15 | Paul Walsh
    Don’t underestimate the likelihood of billionaire and reality TV personality Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination for president, a Minnesota member of Congress cautioned the nation Sunday, pointing to his own state putting a onetime feather boa-flaunting pro wrestler in charge. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., during an appearance on ABC-TV’s “This Week,” said voters “better be ready for the fact that [Trump] might be leading the Republican ticket.” Challenged by host George Stephanopoulos that “I know you don’t believe” Trump can actually be the challenger to the Democratic nominee in November 2016, Ellison reminded viewers that Minnesota voted in Jesse...
  • U.S. Bank Stadium could be coming in over budget, Duane Benson discusses future

    07/25/2015 1:31:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    kttc ^ | 7-23-15 | Ali Killam
    Some controversy is swirling around the new Vikings Stadium, as some are saying the project could be millions of dollars over budget. One member of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is speaking out on the issue and facing opposition from other members. Duane Benson has served as the MSFA treasurer since the group's inception back in 2012, however, he is preparing to leave the group in light of recent turmoil and says the $1.1 billion project's finances are anything but in order at the moment. As the groundbreaking project continues to break the bank, Benson says there is a problem--perhaps...
  • Trump Beat Back the Outrage Machine

    07/23/2015 2:52:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Today is Thursday. Last weekend was four days ago. Depending on which day of the weekend you go back to, it could be five days ago. And if you have wishful thinking about weekends it could be six days ago, all the way back to last Friday. What happened last weekend? Donald Trump supposedly took himself out of the presidential race with one sentence about John McCain. I mean, that's what the conventional wisdom told us. From the moment it was reported that Trump said he wasn't impressed with McCain because he's not impressed with people that get captured,...
  • St. Paul schools may adjust health plans to avoid 'Cadillac tax'

    07/24/2015 5:20:34 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-22-15 | Josh Verfes
    St. Paul Public Schools employees are likely to see their health benefits curtailed as the school district looks to avoid financial penalties set to begin in 2018. The Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac Tax" provision will charge employers an excise tax on high-cost plans -- 40 percent on every dollar over $10,200 on individual and $27,500 on family plans. Jeni Simon, a consultant with Aon Hewitt, told school board members Tuesday that companies already are redesigning their health plans in order to avoid paying the tax. A survey found 92 percent of U.S. employers expect their health plans to change by...
  • Fort Snelling's landmark Upper Post to be turned into affordable housing

    A massive $100 million redevelopment proposal is expected to transform Fort Snelling’s historic military buildings into 190 apartments for low-income families in the area near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials announced the landmark proposal Wednesday, saying it will overhaul and preserve the Fort Snelling Upper Post. Officials said it is exciting to see a place that holds great importance in Minnesota’s history be reborn as a place for Minnesota’s future. “It’s going to preserve 26 of the most historic buildings in Minnesota,” said Larry G. Peterson, park manager and...
  • Minnesota lawmakers urge Governor Dayton to investigate Planned Parenthood after undercover videos..

    07/23/2015 9:38:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    kttc.com ^ | Jul 22, 2015 | Ali Killam, Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Minnesota lawmakers urge Governor Dayton to investigate Planned Parenthood after undercover videos released ROCHESTER / ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Planned Parenthood is feeling the heat this week after a couple of undercover videos revealed some troubling conversations with some of the organization's executives. It has lawmakers across the country calling for investigations, including many here in Minnesota. Planned Parenthood has strongly defended itself against the accusations sparking from these videos, yet legislators are not so convinced. A list of 65 Minnesota lawmakers are calling on Governor Mark Dayton to launch an investigation in the wake of national...
  • Chris Rock got laughs in 2008 – “John McCain’s a war hero that got captured...

    07/21/2015 12:17:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    News Ninja ^ | 07/19/15 | Wayne Dupree
    Back in 2008 during a HBO comedy special, Comedian Chris Rock, who had never served in the military but supported then Senator Barack Obama made disrespectful comments about Senator John McCain and the GOP establishment never attacked Chris Rock or called on Obama to denounce Rock for his comments about John McCain but they definitely went after Donald Trump. Liberal voters laughed out their seats! Liberal news websites didn’t even report the comedy as news or call out Rock for his act…it just “went away,” until now: “He a war hero. He a war hero,” Rock said of then-GOP presidential...
  • John McCain responds to Donald Trump: 'I'm not a hero'

    07/20/2015 8:12:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/20/2015 | Colin Campbell
    Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said Monday that real-estate developer Donald Trump should apologize for comments he made over the weekend — but not to him. "I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country," McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." McCain was responding to Trump, a GOP presidential candidate who panned his war record over the weekend. Trump ignited a media firestorm by saying McCain was a war hero only because he was captured during the Vietnam War. "He's not...
  • Al Franken 2000 on McCain: I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured

    07/19/2015 9:59:18 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 85 replies
    So the media, liberal hacks and so called Republicans have been bashing Donald Trump all day for speaking the truth about songbird John McCain, the often referred to ‘war-hero.’ Funny, Al Franken, a far left liberal Democrat said something very similar about McCain when he first ran for president in 2000. I doubt I could cross the line and vote Republican. I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned he sat out the war. That’s actually worse...
  • Donald Trump Uses Old Al Franken POW Joke About John McCain

    07/19/2015 8:24:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 87 replies
    Reason ^ | Jul. 18, 2015 2:18 pm | Jesse Walker
    Franken 15 years ago: "I don't buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured."
  • Trump attacks McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured'

    07/18/2015 11:51:30 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 200 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/18/2015 | Ben Schreckinger
    Donald Trump might finally have crossed the line. Appearing on Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, the real estate mogul took his running feud with Arizona Sen. John McCain to a new level. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” The remarks, which came after days of back-and-forth between McCain and Trump, were met with scattered boos.
  • Donald Trump Stole Chris Rock’s McCain Line [VIDEO]

    07/19/2015 8:12:21 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/19/2015 | Patrick Howley
    <p>The line originated in Obama-supporting comedian Chris Rock’s HBO special during the 2008 election.</p> <p>“He a war hero. He a war hero,” Rock said of McCain. “He a war hero that got CAPTURED. There’s a lot of guys in jail that got captured. I don’t want to vote for nobody that got captured. I want to vote for the motherfucker that got away.”</p>
  • Pacific Legal Foundation sues the Corps and EPA over WOTUS on behalf of the WCA

    07/17/2015 7:05:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Washington Cattlemen's Association ^ | July 16, 2015 | Jack Field
    Today we filed our complaint in the Federal District Court of Minnesota challenging the Corps and EPA’s extreme rule redefining “waters of the United States” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act, and other laws. The case is entitled Washington Cattlemen’s Association, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al,. ... We represent ranchers, farmers and private parties from 5 different states arguing the new rule violates the Clean Water Act itself, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, and exceeds federal power under the Constitution. The new rule covers virtually all waters in the U.S. and much...
  • Reality Check: Trip To Pluto Cost Less Than Vikings' Stadium

    07/16/2015 12:14:27 PM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 32 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | July 15, 2015 6:39 PM | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — NASA scientists and planet lovers everywhere are cheering the Pluto space probe, which is now sending images of the dwarf planet back to Earth. The cost of the 10-year voyage is raising eyebrows, but not for the reasons you might think. (snip) The edge-of-the-solar-system breakthrough cost $720 million. That’s less than the cost of the $1 billion Vikings stadium. And less than half the $1.7 billion price tag of the Southwest Rail Project.
  • It's an ill wind that spawned this air pollution report

    07/15/2015 5:23:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Canadian forest fires, which delivered unto us a Fourth of July weekend pall, seem to have inspired the release of a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. We are being told that air pollution is killing about 2,000 people a year, a figure so preposterously guessed at it that they might as well have made it 175,000 people a year if it's alarm they are trying to sound. The following words were used: likely, estimates and roughly. Air pollution likely contributes to thousands of deaths each year, a state study estimates. The...
  • Man sues Boy Scouts, St. Paul-based council in sexual abuse case

    07/14/2015 6:13:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/14/15 | KEVIN DUCHSCHERE
    <p>A man alleges the Boy Scouts failed to protect him from sexual abuse in the 1960s and 1970s by the same scout leader said to have molested Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough.</p> <p>The man, identified only as John Doe 151, charged the Scouts with several counts of negligence and fraud and is seeking damages of more than $50,000, according to a civil suit filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.</p>
  • In Scott Walker's Wisconsin, Obama Urges Crowd to Flee to Democrat-Run Paradise In Minnesota

    07/14/2015 1:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Slate ^ | July 3, 2015 | Beth Ethier
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) President Obama took advantage of a stop in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Thursday to get in on the fun of the 2016 presidential derby, telling an enthusiastic university crowd he's lost track of how many Republicans are running but that it's probably enough for "an actual Hunger Games. That is an interesting bunch." Obama also stoked a regional rivalry while questioning the economic credentials and policy agenda of the "bus full" of contenders for the Republican presidential nominaton, particularly the state's conservative governor and as-yet undeclared candidate, Scott Walker. "We've seen what happens when top-down economics meets the real...
  • Wounded veteran wins $100K settlement for being fired by Roto Rooter

    07/14/2015 12:46:19 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/14/15 | Paul Walsh
    An Iraq war service member wounded in combat was fired by Roto Rooter in Plymouth rather than kept on and accommodated for his battle-related injuries upon his return to the United States, according to a federal agreement that requires the company to pay $100,000 to the veteran. In a conciliation agreement signed Friday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Roto Rooter Services, of Plymouth, the company must pay $100,000 to settle disability discrimination charges for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Firing a war veteran for his disabilities incurred serving his country is just plain wrong...
  • The Return of High School Shooting Sports

    07/13/2015 5:33:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 12, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    These kids are going to be future legislators, and they’re going to get in there and know the truth about weapons. When I was in high school, back in the Stone Age, many if not most American high schools, both public and private, had shooting teams. Then the wilting violets and pansies took over and set about effecting Fundamental Emasculation of American society. But now, gradually, shooting sports are coming back: ... Competitive musketry dates to 16th century England and has been an Olympic sport since 1896. Today trap, a cousin of skeet and sporting clays, is as popular with...
  • Minnesota’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Murder

    07/12/2015 8:21:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 7-9-15 | Edgar Linares
    In the Twin Cities, 29-year-old Edson Celin Benitez, of St. Paul, and 35-year-old Reinol Godines Vergara, of Richfield, were both arrested last May for the April murder of 90-year-old Earl Arthur Olander in the San Francisco Township. Olander’s family tried reaching him for several days. Then on Saturday, April 11, a neighbor went to check on him and found him dead on the living room floor of his farmhouse in Carver County. Olander’s hands were tied, and he had been brutally attacked and his home ransacked. More than a month later, a tip led law enforcement to Vergara and Benitez....
  • MCA scores tossed over cheating, St. Paul teacher suspended

    07/10/2015 6:20:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-9-15 | Josh Verges
    Schools in St. Paul and Cannon Falls threw out dozens of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results this spring because of cheating by teachers assigned to monitor the standardized tests, according to state Department of Education reports. At St. Paul's Linwood Monroe, the department found, 21 seventh-graders had their math scores invalidated after the exam proctor gave students "direct prompting and direction on test items while they took the test." The teacher was placed on administrative leave, but the district wouldn't comment on any further discipline. In Cannon Falls, the school district tossed the scores of 26 fifth-graders after a teacher admitted...
  • Minnesota banks on higher taxes, minimum wage as script for growth

    07/10/2015 3:21:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/10/15 | Howard Schneider
    It is too early to tell how a recent round of tax hikes and a minimum wage increase will play out in Minnesota, a state where liberal and conservative forces have often swapped control and policies. But the state's experience may give pause to a crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls who largely swear by tax cuts and small government as a recipe for prosperity. Judged by those standards this state on the Canadian border should be a train wreck in process. Instead, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton's Minnesota could become a touchstone in the national debate over how to bolster...
  • Dem Rep: Would-Be Somali-American Terrorists Should Not Be Detained Ahead of Trial

    07/09/2015 2:08:25 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/9/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    Muslim leaders in Minnesota, including Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, argue that the best way to discourage Somali-Americans caught trying to join the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL or ISIS) from embracing radical Islam is to allow them to remain in their communities while awaiting trial. The New York Times reported that U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis on Wednesday ordered that three young men accused of trying to travel to Syria and join IS be detained while they await trial. However, Muslim leaders in Minnesota — which has become a hot recruitment spot for terrorists — insist that...
  • 2 former Minnesota Boy Scouts suing over alleged abuse

    07/09/2015 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies
    WQOW News Eau Claire ^ | Jul 09, 2015
    <p>ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two men are suing the Boys Scouts of America, claiming they were sexually abused as scouts by troop leaders in St. Paul.</p> <p>The plaintiffs' attorney say the lawsuits allege the Boys Scouts organization created a public nuisance by its negligence and concealment of abuse allegations and by failing to warn parents and others about the "prevalence" of abuse.</p>
  • Federal Agents Arrest Baby-Faced Boy, 12, For His Role In Nebraska Murder

    07/08/2015 1:24:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 07/08/2015 | Staff
    Federal agents last night arrested a baby-faced Nebraska boy, 12, for his role in the murder of a man during an armed robbery. Jarrell Milton was collared at 11:30 PM by U.S. Marshals Service agents in Minneapolis, nearly 400 miles from the boy’s Omaha residence, police reported. Investigators allege that Milton and two other boys--Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15, and Jamar Milton, 17--last month lured two men to an Omaha park with the ruse of conducting a marijuana sale. Jarrell (seen at right) and Jamar are brothers. Instead, cops say, the trio first flashed guns during the meeting and then opened fire...
  • Southwest light-rail e-mails show messaging behind cost announcement

    07/08/2015 5:34:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 7-8-15 | Janet Moore
    At 8:10 a.m. on Monday, April 27, the Metropolitan Council released the startling news that the price tag of the proposed Southwest light-rail line had increased by $341 million to $2 billion. Met Council Chair Adam Duininck said in a news release at the time that “all options are on the table,” including not building the line at all. E-mails among Duininck, Metro Transit officials and other political players — including Gov. Mark Dayton — obtained through a Minnesota Data Practices Act request reflect the behind-the-scenes positioning in the days leading to the announcement. The 231 pages of e-mails don’t...
  • Terror Suspect Caught Boasting He Won’t Be De-Radicalized

    07/07/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/7/15 | Esme Murphy
    A Minnesota terror suspect is recorded boasting he and his friends will never be de-radicalized. The quotes come from a court document released ahead of a hearing Wednesday in which three suspects will ask a judge to free them before trial. One of the suspects asking to be released is 19-year-old Zacharia Abdurahman. The government says it recorded the teenager telling an ISIS fighter he and his Minnesota friends would be in Syria soon. The quotes are from secret recordings made by an FBI informant just weeks before the April arrests of the Minnesota suspects. Zacharia Abdurahman, 19, is quoted...
  • Fire truck flies Confederate flag alongside U.S. flag in Albert Lea holiday parade

    07/05/2015 5:30:25 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 80 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/5/15 | Paul Walsh
    The nation’s pitched and passionate debate over the display of the Confederate flag has found its voice in the northern state of Minnesota, where a firefighter flew the most enduring symbol of the Civil War South alongside Old Glory on a fire truck in a July 4th weekend parade in Albert Lea. The Confederate flag flew at the same height as the U.S. flag from the back of the truck belonging to the Freeborn County town of Hartland during the “3rd of July Parade” on Friday, which was organized by the Chamber of Commerce. Also over the weekend, the Confederate...
  • I-94 rollover injures 1 person

    07/05/2015 6:44:30 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 24 replies
    7/3/2015
    There is an SCTIMES report but I could not post it due to copyright restrictions.
  • As Long as We're Discussing Flags, What About Minnesota's? (It's Racist)

    07/04/2015 10:56:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | JULY 2, 2015 | Judith Harrington
    It, too, may fail to reflect current sensibilities. The current interest in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public displays and store shelves provides an excellent opportunity to examine what the Minnesota state flag represents. The images on the flag are interpreted by state documents as innocuous symbols of the state’s history. A critical examination of what the flag is saying, however, should make Minnesotans reconsider what their state flag projects about their state. The state flag of Minnesota is often something that is taken for granted. Thousands of people see the flag flying without giving it a...
  • Former Twin Cities man and ISIL recruiter linked to thwarted terrorist plots in U.S.

    07/02/2015 8:06:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/2/15 | Libor Jany
    Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, the former Minneapolis high school student turned jihadi recruiter accused of influencing a gunman at a controversial cartoon contest in Texas earlier this year, has been linked to at least two other high-profile homegrown terrorist plots targeting sites in the U.S. Hassan, who goes by Mujahid Miski online, traded tweets with a Rhode Island man facing federal terrorism charges for his role in an alleged plot to kill police officers, according to security analysts. He is also thought to have been in contact with a New York City college student who federal investigators say was intent on...
  • Study: Hennepin County ignored some child abuse reports

    07/01/2015 6:44:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 6-26-15 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The child protection agency in Hennepin County has been ignoring reports of child abuse to ease its caseload and control its budget, according to a national child welfare group. The group, Casey Family Programs, studied the county's system for months and presented the findings of a report released last week to the Hennepin County board on Thursday. Casey Family Programs director Dee Wilson also told the board that child protection workers commonly screened out abuse reports, which means families weren't visited and services weren't offered, the Star Tribune ( http://strib.mn/1IhwPjh ) reported. Additionally, neglect cases are looked...
  • New gun charge against man convicted of threatening FBI agents

    06/30/2015 7:50:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/30/15 | ABBY SIMONS
    Three weeks after he was freed from federal custody following a conviction for threatening FBI agents who wanted to question his brother about alleged terrorism involvement, a Minneapolis man faces a fresh round of gun possession charges stemming from an incident late last year. Mohamed Ali Omar, 22, was charged last week with possessing a pistol in a public place without a permit, a gross misdemeanor. Minneapolis city prosecutors allege that Omar tried to hide the weapon on Oct. 16, when police arrived to investigate a report of a rowdy group near Findley Place Apartments near 32nd Street and Pillsbury...
  • Ramsey Co. K-9 Handler Charged with Abusing his Dog Partner

    06/28/2015 2:10:13 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-26-15 | Dave Aeikens and Eric Chaloux
    A Ramsey County deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with hitting his canine partner, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. The charges are from an incident that happened early June 15 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. The sheriff's office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry is charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty, both misdemeanors. Berry has been a Ramsey County deputy since 1996. Black Bear security told deputies they had been called into the Cobalt Lounge to ask a man to leave. Security followed him with video and saw him return to...
  • Vikings' Josh Robinson Compares Gay Marriage to Incest and Pedophilia

    06/28/2015 9:54:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Eonline ^ | 06/28/2015 | Brett Malec
    Cue the backlash!Following this morning's history-making Supreme Court Decision on marriage equality, Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson took to Twitter to condemn gay marriage in a series of homophobic tweets. He event compared marriage equality to incest and pedophilia."Love is love? So what will we say when the 30yr old loves YOUR 10 year old. When the dad loves HIS 6 year old? It's different? Yea okay!" the 24-year-old football star wrote Friday. "The day one person makes that stand, some may support, but many will say that's sick! That day I will say ‘hypocrites.'""When did we start defining a word...
  • Vikings CB Josh Robinson compares gay marriage to pedophilia, incest

    06/26/2015 5:45:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies
    SI.com ^ | 6/26/15
    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson compared gay marriage to pedophilia and incest in a series of Twitter posts on Friday following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage. The landmark Supreme Court decision effectively legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The Court's 2013 decision ruling the crux of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and subsequent decisions from lower courts laid the groundwork for Friday's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. While a number of athletes praised the Court's decision, Robinson questioned whether the logic that has led to the legalization of gay...
  • Minnesota Sees Teen Abortions Drop 87% After Parental Notification Law Passed

    06/24/2015 9:25:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Bill Poehler
    Teen abortions in Minnesota have declined dramatically since the state enacted a law requiring parental notification before minors undergo abortions. Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Minnesota’s parental notification requirement. The law (MN Statute 144.343), strongly supported by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), was passed by the Legislature with large bipartisan majorities in 1981. It requires that both parents be notified at least 48 hours before an abortion is performed on a minor girl. The measure includes a judicial bypass procedure, which is required by the courts, and exceptions for rare cases. Minnesota’s...
  • Dakota County(MN) to start collecting DNA from some charged with crime

    06/24/2015 8:00:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Fox 9 ^ | 6-24-15 | Ted Haller
    Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie will soon have his deputies obtaining DNA from people arrested and charged for certain violent crimes. This DNA collection will take place before they are convicted – a departure from current Minnesota law. In 2006, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled the practice of gathering DNA, without a warrant, from people charged but not convicted, was illegal. Two years ago, in 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled the practice was okay – at least in Maryland. In light of that ruling, Dakota County is betting that if their new procedure is challenged in court,...
  • Charges: Gang Member Charged for Shooting of Mother, Child in South Mpls.

    06/22/2015 7:40:19 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/22/15 | Cassie Hart
    A 24-year-old Minneapolis man who police say is a gang member is now charged in Thursday's shooting of an innocent mother and her child. On Monday, the Hennepin County Attorney's office charged 27-year-old Dontae Peterson with eight counts of attempted murder and assault. Police announced an arrest Friday. Police say Peterson was arguing with a man, only identified as OT2, and his associates. At about 2:15 p.m. on June 18, Peterson noticed OT2 and his friends were riding in a light-colored SUV that was traveling north on Park Avenue. Peterson ran through Peavey Park and stood between two parked cars....
  • After Waterway Closure, Minneapolis Sees An End To River Shipping[Asian Carp]

    06/22/2015 1:04:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 June 2015 | Matt Sepic
    It's late on a Tuesday morning and — as it's done every day for decades — the Patrick Gannaway towboat pushes its two barges up the Mississippi River right through downtown Minneapolis. To get its 2,400 tons of sand, gravel, and limestone past the river's only waterfall, the barges take a five-story vertical ride inside the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock. Deckhands squeeze everything into the narrow chamber and use a winch to take up the slack in the boat's steel cables. In a control room above, a lock operator closes the chamber's enormous gates before opening a valve and...
  • Mazatlan Forks Over $355,000 in Back Wages

    Wages Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant will be serving 25 employees a total of nearly $355,000 in back wages after violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. The consent judgment made Thursday comes after an investigation by the U. S. Department of Labor Wages and Hours Division. Christopher Rosengren, attorney at Rosengren Kohlmeyer, says, "The Fair Labor Standards Act in a nutshell ensures that all workers are treated fairly." The U.S. Department of Labor says Mazatlan violated several provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including minimum wage, overtime and records–keeping. The investigation focused on incidents between March 2011 and March 2013. Rosengren...
  • No plants? No patio dining in Mankato

    Anarchy reigned in Mankato, Minn., for a short time last week before authorities stepped in to curb the scourge of outdoor dining without enough live plants in the vicinity. The Mankato Times reports police shut down the patio at Blue Bricks on Front Street last week after they determined there weren’t enough flowers nearby. In Mankato, 25 percent of the area around patio dining has to have at least 25 percent live plants
  • Twin Cities archbishop, deputy resign in wake of abuse cover-up allegations

    06/15/2015 5:51:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-15-15 | staff
    The archbishop of the Twin Cities and a deputy bishop have resigned after prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest. The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche. They resigned under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office. Earlier this month, Ramsey County prosecutors charged the archdiocese as a corporation with having "turned...
  • Dedicated cyclists claim purity, but I'm not buying it

    06/14/2015 9:02:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-15-15 | Joe Soucheray
    My favorite response was from a woman with a funny name -- one of those names where the alphabet got tossed up in the air -- who told me that she bicycles to and from work, to any event, social or otherwise, to the store, what have you. Really? You ride your bike to social events? Don't you get sweaty? I'm wondering what would constitute a social event that you could ride your bike to. Let's say you're going to an art museum charity fundraiser. Do you wear a dress? Valet park? I'm not buying that, any more than I...
  • 3 Indicted in Alleged Minn. National Guard Recruiting Scam

    06/11/2015 8:16:40 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-11-15 | Cassie Hart
    Three recruiting assistants for the Minnesota National Guard have been indicted for what the military has described as a "widespread scheme." They were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Minneapolis and are accused of illegally taking bonuses for signing up new recruits. According to the indictments, Timothy Stafford is accused of fraud in kickbacks on the enlistment of 25 soldiers, and Terry Wosmek and Quinton Jones are accused of receiving kickbacks for four recruits each.