The Forest Lake Times story on a man who was a member of the Croatian Defense Council during the war there in the ‘90s says, “A Forest Lake man who is a former member of the armed forces of the Croatian Defense Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina was arrested Wednesday, May 7 on immigration fraud charges … . Zdenko Jakiša, 45, faces immigration fraud charges for failing to disclose his military service and the multiple crimes — including murder — he committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the armed conflict there in the 1990s.”
The ACLU is going after ICE “holds.” In the Strib, Mark Brunswick writes, “[T]he practice identifies prisoners in custody who may have an issue with immigration and allows the jail to hold prisoners for an additional 48 hours past when they might otherwise be released. In its letter, the Minnesota ACLU said recent court decisions have established that the ICE holds are merely a request and not a command; and that sheriffs have no legal obligation to honor the request.”
Even City Halls circumspect about praying can now let their religious flags fly, thanks to a new U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Strib’s Curt Brown notes. He notes Litchfield recently ended the 32-year-old practice, but now is thinking about re-starting. Prayers can invoke a single religion, the court voted 5-4. I wonder which one that will be??
We’re Edina. You’re Richfield. What part of that don’t you understand? Mary Jane Smetanka of the Strib reports, “The Edina City Council has given preliminary approval to a six-story apartment and retail building despite objections from Richfield … . Richfield had protested that the building planned for the former Wickes Furniture property at 6725 York Av. S. was too tall and too near single-family homes across Xerxes Avenue in Richfield.”
Just guessing, but I think a chilling effect is the whole point. The AP says, “A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building. … State lawyers contend Knoblach should post and forfeit an $18.6 million bond if his lawsuit to block the project doesn’t succeed on appeal and the project is delayed.”
It’s Cranky Barb Johnson Day at the Strib; Maya Rao notes the Minneapolis City Council president feels the city is spending too much time on racial equity plans and not on “drug arrests and gunshots.” Equity is Mayor Betsy Hodges’ big push. Meanwhile, Eric Roper reports a Georgia-based investment firm has “scooped up dozens of houses” in Johnson’s north Minneapolis: “She worries about the financial bundling of homes in the area by faraway investors, which can make owners hard to track.”
Never to be confused with Betty Friedan, Our Favorite Congresswoman has some (typically) unique thoughts about a National Women’s History Museum. At The Huffington Post, Laura Bassett writes, “A House bill to establish a bipartisan commission on the creation of the first national women’s history museum might sound pretty noncontroversial — but it has deeply upset Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.): ‘I rise today in opposition to this bill, because I believe ultimately this museum that will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement, and pro-traditional marriage movement.’”
“Pollen police,” you say? In the Strib, Allie Shah writes, “[Krista] Sullivan, 33, along with fellow allergy researcher Jenjira Skrei, 26, has been tasked with a special duty. As the only two certified pollen counters in the state, they track the amount and variety of pollen circulating in Minnesota’s air — posting their findings on websites used by allergy doctors and scientists.” It’s apparently not the worst pollen season ever; you think so because “your memory is influenced by the fact that we haven’t had tree pollen for a year.”
Ted Adams, a retired medical tech exec, writes a Strib commentary on how to control executive, uh, “compensation.” “The reasons why boards continue to dole out shareholders’ money despite opposition stem from the way board members are nominated and elected. Under current practice, a nominating committee made up of current board members selects nominees to be presented to the shareholders for approval. … These elections are the same as what you would expect in a communist country where voters vote yes or no on a single candidate.” Which is why it’s such a solid capitalist concept … .
Note to all pro sports … lighten [the bleep] up. At City Pages, Aaron Rupar writes, “The City Pages Best Sports Podcast 2014 has been booted off iTunes, for now at least. That’s because Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes had the audacity to use the words ‘Minnesota Twins’ in the iTunes description of their Gleeman and the Geek podcast. That prompted a copyright complaint from the MLB, which in turn prompted iTunes to remove it.” “Gleeman and the Geek,” along with other baseball-related blogs, have since been restored.