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  • 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...
  • Early retirement getting more rare for Minnesota public employees

    03/01/2015 8:24:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-1-15 | Maryjo Webster
    Marlene Nelson loved teaching, but after 35 years she was ready to retire the first chance she got. When she became eligible for her pension at age 55 because of an early-retirement incentive known as the Rule of 90, she and her husband sold their home in Glenwood, Minn., and moved someplace warm. "I really would've liked to have taught a little longer, but I just wanted to go out liking my job," Nelson said. She and her husband have spent the past four years living modestly off their two pensions in Arizona. This kind of Utopian early retirement is...
  • [MN] Section 8 Housing Applications Outnumber Slots

    02/25/2015 3:38:09 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 26 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 25 FEBRUARY 2015 | WCCO.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – For the first time in more than five years, thousands of people in the metro area have a chance to apply for Section 8 housing. That means you only have to pay for 30 to 40 percent of your rent, and the federal government will pay your landlord the other 70 percent. Applicants can choose their rental as long as the landlord agrees. There are 2,000 slots open online through Friday for people in Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Scott and Carver counties and in rural Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
  • 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.
  • MN: Councilman with Gun acts, defends Colleagues

    01/28/2015 10:35:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In the dramatic video from inside the New Hope, Minnesota city council chambers, one of the council members reacts to the sound of gunfire outside of the doors by drawing his own weapon and preparing to defend his colleagues.  Link to video: It is clear that the council member on the left of the screen has considered this sort of scenario, and is mentally prepared.   Immediately after the shots are fired, you hear a voice saying, "Get down!, Get down!".  As the video progresses, and shows the councilman with the handgun on the left, it is clear that he...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Father sought in death of Brooklyn Park baby boy

    12/11/2014 5:47:28 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-12-14 | BRANDON STAHL and KAREN ZAMORA
    A fugitive suspected of killing his 1-year-old child was reported at least three times to Hennepin County child protection for abusing the boy and his sibling, public records show. Brooklyn Park police were called Tuesday night to the 2100 block of 74th Court N. on a report of the child not breathing, authorities said Wednesday. First responders and paramedics administered CPR at the residence, then rushed the boy to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died. Witnesses told police the child’s death was due to an assault. The boy’s father, Reggie Delanie Harper, 23, fled the residence before...
  • FBI Investigates after Jewelry Heist at Minn. Rest Stop Nets $500K

    12/09/2014 8:07:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    kstp ^ | 12-8-14 | kstp
    The FBI is helping investigate a high-level jewel heist at a southern Minnesota rest stop. Authorities say the theft was done quickly and precisely without weapons, and about $500,000 in jewels was taken. Danny Ranta is the head maintenance worker at the Marion rest stop on Interstate 90 between Eyota and Rochester, and he came into work Monday morning to learn there was a high-end jewelry heist in the parking lot. "Nothing has ever happened here before," he said. The robbery happened just after midnight Monday, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said. A man and several of his employees were...
  • Super Bowl documents suggest what NFL will seek from Legislature

    12/09/2014 12:28:18 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-9-14 | doug belden
    As they're sorting through requests for more funding from programs and agencies next legislative session, state lawmakers are likely to be asked to help out a huge New York City-based nonprofit: the National Football League. 2015 is the year when any additional tax exemptions for the league related to the 2018 Super Bowl would likely be passed, and stadium officials have confirmed they will be making requests. The question of what exactly Minnesota taxpayers would be giving the NFL as part of hosting the game has been in limbo since Minneapolis' bid was accepted by league owners in May. As...
  • Federal Grand Jury Probing Suspected Terrorist Pipeline in MN

    09/09/2014 5:58:22 AM PDT · by kidd · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/8/14 | Fox News Insider
    A Minnesota youth center is at the heart of a federal grand jury investigation into a suspected ISIS terrorist pipeline. The FBI says that someone on the ground in Minnesota is convincing young people to join the terror fight in Syria, then giving them money to get there. Up to 30 Somali-Americans who have reportedly joined or tried to join terrorist groups overseas had attended Al Farooq Youth and Family Center in Minnesota. That’s the same mosque that kicked out 31-year-old Amir Meshal this summer for allegedly proselytizing radical Islam ideologies
  • Obituary: Rodger Kent, a signature voice in Twin Cities pro wrestling

    12/02/2014 2:18:45 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-2-14 | Paul Walsh
    Rodger Kent, a longtime Twin Cities radio and television personality whose career ranged from delivering weather forecasts to announcing pro wrestling to hosting a hunting and fishing show, has died. Kent, who lived in Cook, Minn., was 90. Kent’s death Friday was announced Monday by the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, which will be the site of his memorial service Dec. 14. Kent was inducted into the museum’s hall in St. Louis Park in 2003. He built a dedicated following while calling professional American Wrestling Association matches on WTCN and around the country for 25 years. Verne Gagne’s AWA operated from...
  • Federal Regs Push Minneapolis Into Illegal School Discipline Quotas

    12/02/2014 9:48:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 2, 2014 | George Leef
    Combine an administration that disdains the idea that it has any legal boundaries with the “liberal” penchant for coerced equality and you get some amazingly absurd results. A case in point is the recent cave-in by public school officials in Minneapolis to the Department of Education regulations I wrote about here, regulations that threaten schools with loss of federal funds if they punish “disproportionate” numbers of students from certain groups. The “proportional discipline” rules are beginning to bite. After all, bureaucrats don’t just make rules for the sake of keeping busy – they demand obedience. Public school officials in Minneapolis...
  • Minnesota National Guard troops to deploy to Liberia for Ebola response

    11/17/2014 5:03:46 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-16-14 | Katie Kather
    Close to 700 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard will be deployed to West Africa this spring to help with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The soldiers will be from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, according to a statement from the Minnesota National Guard. The Red Bulls will not treat Ebola patients, but will work with operations, logistics, personnel and resources in assistance to U.S. military forces that are supporting the United States Agency for International Development's response. The troops will receive medical training to ensure they are protected from exposure to the virus.
  • Seasonal Workers on Wheels: A Growing, Graying Wave of Employees

    11/13/2014 8:35:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    KSTP ^ | 11-13-14 | Beth McDonough
    Every day, 170 Minnesotans turn 65. It's supposed to be the beginning of retirement. But for many, 65 is just another birthday. Although they're old enough to retire, they can't afford to. So every year in the fall, thousands come to work in Minnesota. For them, the sugar beet harvest is a lifesaver. Although it's seasonal and short-term work, it's a paycheck. The sugar beet harvest starts at the end of September and runs for a few weeks. The work involves a lot of heavy lifting and the pay is pretty good. The starting wage is $12 an hour. The...
  • Activist Groups Sue over Enbridge Border Pipeline

    11/13/2014 9:06:43 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    WDIO ^ | 11-13-14 | WDIO/AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tribal and environmental groups are suing the U.S. State Department for approving a temporary plan by a Canadian pipeline company to increase the flow of crude oil from Alberta into Minnesota. The Sierra Club and other groups filed the federal lawsuit. The suit contends the State Department approved a plan by Enbridge Energy to construct and operate a pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Canada border without first reviewing environmental impacts. Enbridge won Minnesota regulatory approval to complete a $200 million upgrade of its 1,000-mile Alberta Clipper pipeline, boosting its flow by adding pumping stations
  • Lax system let ineligible people get public health care aid

    11/13/2014 4:40:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    MPR ^ | 11-12-14 | MPR News Staff
    Minnesota human services officials didn't verify that low income people enrolling in health plans through MNsure were eligible for benefits they got, the state legislative auditor said Wednesday. The state Department of Human Services did not check key eligibility criteria, such as Social Security numbers, citizenship, income, and household sizes for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program), MinnesotaCare, and Children's Health Insurance Program recipients. That screening breakdown "resulted in ineligible persons receiving public health care benefits," the auditor said in its report. "They're not getting it right," Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said. "We design these systems to make complex eligibility determinations....
  • Audit found ineligible people on state's public-health rolls

    11/13/2014 4:37:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    MinnPost ^ | Brian Lambert
    The AP story says, “Minnesota's legislative auditor says the state Department of Human Services has failed to adequately verify the eligibility of people who enroll in public health care programs through the state's health insurance exchange MNsure. In a report released Wednesday, the Office of the Legislative Auditor says it found many instances where department paid for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare benefits for people who weren't eligible because their incomes were too high or didn't qualify for other reasons. It says the department also charged incorrect MinnesotaCare premium rates.” It’s hard to put into words how shocked I am. The...
  • Terrific! Minnesota Is Monitoring 48 for Ebola – Already 12 Go Missing

    11/06/2014 1:45:44 PM PST · by combat_boots · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/6/2014 | Jim Hoft
    Minnesota is monitoring 48 travelers who have returned from Ebola infected West Africa. Already 12 of the individuals, or 1 in 4, have gone missing. Ebola Virus (Wikimedia) This was buried in the sixth paragraph of the newspaper report. The Star Tribune reported: Forty-eight travelers who have returned to Minnesota from Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa are being monitored by state health officials for 21 days to make sure they don’t have any signs of the deadly virus, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday. All the travelers are considered low risk, according to the Health Department, meaning they might...
  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Felony Gun Convictions Often End With No Prison Time

    10/31/2014 8:16:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10-30-14 | Stephen Tellier
    EYEWITNESS NEWS spent weeks analyzing more than 1,800 cases across Minnesota - murders, robberies, burglaries, and assaults, all involving firearms, as well as many cases of previously convicted felons being caught with guns. In more than half of such cases, the convicted felon received less than the minimum sentence. And whether they spent any time in prison varied greatly from judge to judge and courtroom to courtroom. Daylight was beginning to dwindle. Leaves were beginning to litter the landscape. Fall was beginning to descend on Folwell Park. "This is where kids come. This is their sanctuary," said John Joyce, who...
  • Brookings study reveals Minnesota’s individual insurance market is not faring well under ACA

    10/30/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Center of the American Experiment ^ | 10-30-14 | Peter Nelson
    Printer-friendly version A new study published by the Brookings Institution reveals the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is imposing far more volatility and harm on people in Minnesota’s individual market than elsewhere. The study, by Yale economist Amanda Kowalski, takes “an early look at the impact of the ACA on the individual health insurance market.” It compares state-by-state coverage levels, insurance premiums and insurance costs in the first two quarters of 2014 to estimates of what they would have been if the ACA had not been implemented this year. These estimates are created by extending pre-ACA trends going...
  • Moderator Calls Out Franken For Not Answering Ebola Question

    10/27/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2014
    On Sunday, Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) avoided questions on travel bans and quarantines to limit the spread of Ebola in the United States. After being prodded to answer, a moderator asked Franken, “I mean, which is it, do you support a travel ban or not?”
  • More insurers pressured to lower MNsure rates: Time to remove politics from rate-setting process

    10/25/2014 9:55:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 10-24-14 | Peter J Nelson
    The Star Tribune reported yesterday that the Minnesota Department of Commerce “asked” PreferredOne to lower insurance rates in the MNsure exchange last year. The July 2013 letter referenced in the story reveals the company lowered rates twice in response to Commerce “objections.” PreferredOne ultimately agreed to lower rates by 37 percent from its initial proposal, which resulted in the company offering the lowest rates in the nation. Governor Dayton’s administration celebrated these low rates throughout the year, all of which helped dial down the political heat from MNsure’s botched rollout. “Now,” according to the Star Tribune, “those subscribers face an...
  • In search of change, sex offenders at Moose Lake run for office

    10/17/2014 5:23:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-16-14 | CHRIS SERRES and GLENN HOWATT
    Sex offenders at a treatment center in northern Minnesota, fed up with political gridlock over their controversial program, are taking matters into their own hands: They are running for elected office. For the last three months, a group of sex offenders has quietly run a voter-registration drive up and down the hallways of the prisonlike treatment center in Moose Lake, where about 460 convicted rapists, pedophiles and other offenders are locked away indefinitely behind razor wire. Some 155 are now registered to vote — amounting to nearly 20 percent of all voters registered in Moose Lake. Their goal is to...
  • MNsure says 2015 premiums going up but will remain nation's lowest

    10/01/2014 7:50:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-1-14 | Nick Woltman
    Premiums on the state's MNsure health insurance exchange will rise in 2015, but they will still likely be the lowest in the nation. The Minnesota Department of Commerce said Wednesday that the rates offered by the four insurers still participating in the exchange will increase an average of 4.5 percent over their 2014 levels. "Not only is the average rate increase low for companies returning to the exchange, but Minnesotans living in each area of the state will have more product choices available this year to fit their individual health insurance needs," Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said in a statement....
  • Somalis say: Show us the money

    09/30/2014 1:53:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9-30-14 | Scott Johnson
    We’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Somalis have been immigrating to Minnesota for more than twenty years now. They have taken advantage of all the services that our state and local institutions offer. They have been welcomed with open arms, in Minnesota’s characteristic style. Yet Minnesota’s Somali community — a/k/a “Minnesotans” — is the most fertile ground in the United States for the recruitment of terrorists by foreign terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. We are concerned that they may choose to return...
  • DNR Talks Safety After Hunter Attacked By Bear, More Details Released

    09/29/2014 6:05:07 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    wdio ^ | 9-29-14 | Laurie Stribling
    Family members said a hunter is undergoing a second surgery after a bear attack in Pine County. Brandon Johnson is from North Branch and was attacked by a wounded bear early Saturday morning. The 9-1-1 call came in after 3:30 a.m. in a remote part of the county called Duxbury. Pine County deputies said Johnson was alone at the time of the attack, but was with a group scattered in the woods. Johnson told deputies he was tracking the wounded bear after bowhunting. Johnson told deputies the animal knocked him to the ground clawing and biting him. Officials with the...
  • MN:CCW Holder Cleared in Shooting

    09/26/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    Earl Malone, Suspected Armed Robber One adult attempts to rob another, using the threat of deadly force.  The victim is an armed adult with a concealed carry permit.  He defends himself, and the attempted robber dies.   Cause for muted thanks, correct?  The good guy won, and there is one less hardened criminal on the street to make the city a slightly less dangerous place. The CBSMinnesota headline: Man Released After Claiming Self Defense In Fatal Mpls. ShootingThis from cbslocal.com: Authorities believe he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot 18-year-old Earl Malone Saturday night at the intersection of...
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • His name is Jeff Johnson. He wants to be governor.

    09/22/2014 5:26:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-21-14 | Bill Salisbury
    Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner and former state legislator, also is trailing in the polls. In four statewide surveys taken since the Aug. 12 primary, Dayton led Johnson by an average of 9 points -- 48 percent to 39 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.com. A recent poll in the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune newspaper showed about one third of registered voters didn't recognize Johnson's name and 40 percent had not formed an opinion about him. The polls do not alarm the GOP candidate. Four years ago, he said, Republican Tom Emmer trailed Dayton by 18 points in early September and lost the...
  • Lowest-Cost Insurer Drops From Minnesota Exchange

    09/16/2014 3:11:22 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 10 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 9/16/2014
    The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials Tuesday that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne may mean higher rates and again puts the troubled exchange front-and-center in Minnesota’s governor and House elections. PreferredOne had 59 percent of the private-plan market for MNsure enrollees as of early August. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota had 23 percent, HealthPartners 12, Medica 5 percent and UCare 1.
  • Big Minnesota insurer leaves Obamacare site

    09/16/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9-16-14 | Dan Mangan
    Minnesota Obamacare is calling it quits. PreferredOne, the insurer that sold nearly 60 percent of all private health plans on Minnesota's Obamacare exchange, on Tuesday said it would leave that marketplace. PreferredOne's plans were the lowest-cost options on that exchange, known as MNSure. PreferredOne cited the costs of doing business on MNSure as the reason for its surprising decision, saying that selling plans is "not administratively and financially sustainable going forward," according to KSTP.com, the website of that Minnesota TV News network.
  • Bachmann: FBI Told Me Americans Who Joined ISIS Would Be Allowed To Return To US

    09/14/2014 8:15:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    cbs ^ | 9-11-14 | cbs
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Rep. Michele Bachmann says she was told by the FBI that Americans who joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the Middle East would be allowed to return to the U.S. Speaking to Newsmax, the Minnesota Republican detailed a private meeting she had with the federal agency earlier this summer when she asked them if any Minnesotans had joined ISIS. “The FBI told me … that there were two Minnesotans that had joined up with the Islamic State. I asked the FBI, ‘If they choose to return to Minnesota, will they be allowed to?’ The...
  • At least THREE young Minnesota women have traveled to Syria to aid ISIS jihadis

    09/11/2014 5:57:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 9/11/14 | Martin Gould In St. Paul, Minnesota For Mailonline
    At least three young Minnesota women are now believed to have traveled to Syria to give aid to the ISIS terror group responsible for the brutal beheadings of American journalists, MailOnline has learned. The trio left some three weeks ago, Omar Jamal, a leader of the Somali community in the state capital, St. Paul, tells MailOnline. They said they intended to become nurses tending to fighters injured in ISIS' violent surge in Syria and Iraq. The news comes as 19-year-old suburban Denver woman Shannon Conley who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty to trying to help...
  • St. Paul police defend skyway arrest; charges dismissed

    08/29/2014 7:10:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 86 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    St. Paul police responded Thursday to criticism over officers' interaction with a man, including police use of a Taser, saying a video doesn't tell the whole story. Chris Lollie, 28, said he was sitting on a chair in a downtown skyway Jan. 31 when a security guard told him it was a private area and he couldn't be there. No signs were posted saying it was private, Lollie said. The guard called police. Lollie, of St. Paul, told an officer he was heading to pick up his children and didn't have to identify himself because he had done nothing wrong....
  • Suspect Dead, Officer Uninjured in St. Paul Officer-Involved Shooting

    08/28/2014 9:12:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    kstp ^ | 8-28-14 | Jennie Olson
    The St. Paul Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning. Police confirm that the officer was not injured and the suspect is dead. The shooting reportedly happened around 7 a.m. outside of a Holiday gas station near Wabasha Street and Plato Boulevard. A witness tells KSTP he saw the suspect and police involved in an altercation. He says the suspect was throwing rocks and at one point punched one of the officers. He allegedly continued to “physically and aggressively” interact with the officers before the shooting. No other information has been released at this time.
  • Home values rising on St. Paul's East Side. So will taxes.

    08/17/2014 11:31:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-17-14 | Freddy Milo
    On St. Paul's East Side, homeowners in the 1900 block of Hawthorne Avenue are in line for property tax increases of 40 percent or more -- an additional $430 on their tax bills. Property owners along the 700 block of Summit Avenue will see just as much in savings. The city's middle-class property owners will feel the biggest bite in their wallet come tax time, and nowhere more so than on the city's East Side. After years of mild tax breaks, the owners of median-value homes in St. Paul likely will do a double-take when "Truth in Taxation" statements arrive...
  • Stanley Cup winner's son scores the 'Spamboni'

    08/15/2014 9:56:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-15-14 | Nick Ferraro
    The old "Spamboni" ice resurfacer has sold for the $2,000 asking price -- and it's going to a family with deep Minnesota hockey roots. Dave Langevin, whose dad grew up in St. Paul and won four Stanley Cups as a defenseman with the New York Islanders in the early 1980s, is now the owner of the Hormel-sponsored Zamboni that once wheeled around the St. Paul Civic Center while promoting the Austin, Minn.-based company's canned meat. The 1972 HDB Zamboni (Serial No. 1566) was the Civic Center's original machine.
  • Off-duty officers may bring guns to Vikings games

    08/14/2014 7:34:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    KARE ^ | 8-14-14 | ap
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS - A court has struck down an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from bringing their guns to Vikings games.</p>
  • Arden Hills shooting suspect had business, romantic ties to victim

    08/14/2014 4:18:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-12-14 | Joseph Lindberg, Mara H. Gottfried and Sarah Horner
    A Boston Scientific executive who was fatally shot Monday at an Arden Hills gas station once had his life intertwined with the shooting suspect -- they had been life partners and started a popular Minneapolis nightclub together. But Kelly L. Phillips, 48, had moved on. He was to marry another man this month and had ended his business relationship with Lyle "Ty" Marvin Hoffman, 44. The Ramsey County sheriff's office said Tuesday that it was seeking Hoffman as a suspect in Phillips' homicide. Five police agencies searched for Hoffman in two hangars at the Anoka County Blaine airport Tuesday afternoon,...
  • St. Paul police officer allegedly left scene of accident

    08/11/2014 6:52:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-11-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    A St. Paul police officer drove through a red light, struck another vehicle with his squad car and left the scene of the accident last spring, according to two misdemeanor charges filed against the officer Monday. Officer Vosinick "Nick" Kellum, 39, was on duty at the time, according to the police department, though the criminal complaint said he hadn't been assigned to respond to any police calls that day and there were no police calls for service in the immediate area of the incident. Kellum, a St. Paul officer since 1999, "admitted to driving the vehicle and being involved in...
  • U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins’ name at school’s stadium on Vikings game day

    08/08/2014 7:03:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ian Shapira
    The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Vikings in an effort to keep the Washington Redskins’ name from being used in “promotional and game date materials” during the NFL teams’ Nov. 2 game at the school’s stadium in Minneapolis, according to an Aug. 1 letter from university President Eric W. Kaler to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).