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High sex-offender numbers rile North Minneapolis residents

A group of North Minneapolis residents are confused and angry over the large number of convicted sex offenders being relocated to their neighborhoods, reports Brandt Williams of MPR. “Angry residents called on local and state officials Tuesday night to find ways to stop the practice. ‘For some reason, this community has been saddled with a concentration of Level 3 sex offenders at a rate over 10 times the county ratio,’ Jordan Area Community Council board member Dave Haddy told officials gathered at the Hennepin County North Regional Library. … Haddy asked why other counties and cities don’t have any sex offenders. One answer came from Mark Bliven, who supervises the community notification unit in the Minnesota Department of Corrections: 80 percent of sex offenders now living in Hennepin County were living in the county before they went to prison. Offenders relocate in areas where they have access to family, friends and housing — all factors that Bliven says reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend.”

The Pioneer Press lists the new foods at this year’s Minnesota State Fair. There are 47 new foods at its 300 concessions, including Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Shrimp On-A-Stick; Bourbon Wurst, pork sausage seasoned with sage, caraway and nutmeg and infused with bourbon whiskey; Breakfast Sausage Corndog — sausage link in corndog batter, deep-fried, with a side of maple syrup; Candied Bacon Cannoli;  and Chocolate Chili Ice Cream.

Republican Stewart Mills has announced he will challenge DFL U.S. Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District, reports MPR’s Brett NeelyMills, 41, is a political newcomer and a member of the family that owns the Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores. He first hit the political radar of many observers in January with this video protesting a proposed assault weapons ban in Congress. Nolan was returned to Congress by voters last November after a more than three decade absence, having served three terms in the 1970s. He defeated one-term Republican Chip Cravaack. The Cook Political Report rates Nolan’s seat as “Likely Democratic.”

The Glean A little thing like a muscle tear might keep DFL Gov. Mark Dayton out of the public eye for a while, but it won’t keep him from attending Sunday’s Twin Cities Gay Pride parade, a spokesperson told the Strib’s Rachel E. Stassen-Berger. “Dayton cancelled a public appearance on Wednesday because he tore a muscle in his hip, his spokesman Bob Hume. Hume said Dayton, 66, is in some discomfort and is doing physical therapy to relieve the problem. Hume said the governor is working from his St. Paul residence. … Last week, Dayton was on a trade mission in Europe and returned on Friday. … Hume said Dayton, who signed a law legalizing same-sex marriage last month, was delighted at the Supreme Court ruling.”

Chris Riemenschneider at the Strib says music scene stalwarts The Suburbs have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release their newest album since the late 1980s: “The 10-song record, titled ‘Si Sauvage’ is due in September. ‘We’re going to act as our own record company, and that is a freeing and wonderful thing,’ singer/keyboardist Chan Poling says in a video posted on the Kickstarter page. Details of the album are also revealed on the campaign page, including song titles such as “Turn the Radio On” and “What’s It Like Out There?” Singer/guitarist Beej Chaney reportedly wrote the latter tune as a tribute to the band’s late guitarist, Bruce Allen, who died in 2009.”

 John Fitzgerald is subbing this week for Brian Lambert.

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