Minneapolis Chief Harteau shakes up police leadership — again

No doubt there’ll be blowback on this one, too. Libor Jany of the Strib says, “Chief Janeé Harteau is shaking up her senior staff again, just over a month after a leadership shakeup that included the demotion of two top officials. Harteau this week handed the reins of the newly formed recruitment and administration division to Gerald Moore, who used to run the professional standards background unit, officials said. Moore, who came up through the department ranks – from patrol to child abuse to homicide – has received numerous awards and commendations, including two Lifesaving Awards and two Chief’s Awards of Merit, officials said.”

Never mind the NSA, Google knows exactly what you’re lusting after. Claire Cain Miller and Derek Willis of The New York Times write, “Americans make two-thirds of their Web searches on Google, which gives the search engine company insight into our curiosities, plans and desires. And a big share of Google searches are shopping queries, particularly at this time of year. … Some trending gift searches reinforce stereotypes about certain cities, like smart watches in San Francisco and $800 handbags in Los Angeles. Others reveal regional allegiances, like Minnetonka Moccasins in Minneapolis and Harvard sweatshirts in Boston. But, at least according to the Google, the whole country is as obsessed with a game called Cards Against Humanity, the antithesis of holiday spirit, as ‘Frozen’ merchandise.”

Still no explanation as to why, but Jon Collins and Peter Cox at MPR report, “A Fergus Falls City Council member and business school professor died in a car accident following a police chase in Otter Tail County on Monday evening. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim as Timothy Rundquist. He also served as temporary assistant Stevens County attorney and was a part-time business professor at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. … Councilman Ben Schierer said they attended The Federated Church in Fergus Falls together and their children performed together in a Christmas pageant on Sunday. … Rundquist’s LinkedIn profile says he had his own law office for nearly 11 years in Fergus Falls. He’d taught business law at St. Cloud State University, Bemidji State University and Winona State University.”

In addition to the fact that they are, well, living in Wisconsin, the Strib’s Adam Belz crunches some census data to figure out why our population growth is out-pacing theirs. “So when you add up the higher number of births, lower number of deaths, lower losses to domestic migration and higher gains from international migration, Minnesota is adding twice as much population as Wisconsin.”

MPR’s Dan Gunderson says the railroads are making progress in moving grain. “Although some experts say capacity will be tested again in early next year, the rail companies have hired thousands of new employees and added hundreds of locomotives over the past few months to increase their ability to meet demand. Railroad officials say record spending on locomotives, crews and new track is paying off.”

Yet another sad tale of a drunk driving victim. Says the Strib’s Tim Harlow. “Greg Torell has had the same Christmas wish for the past seven years: to see his grandchildren open their presents and watch them play with their new toys. It’s an opportunity he will never have. Torell, 51, saw his granddaughter, Elizabeth, and held her in his arms the night she was born, on June 12, 2007. Twenty minutes later his life changed forever. Torell was on his motorcycle on Hwy. 47 when he was broadsided by a drunken driver just blocks from his home in Cambridge, Minn. He lost his left arm and leg in the crash. He also was blinded.

Never mess with the big lake. The AP reports from Tofte, “Two Wisconsin men have been identified as the victims of a fatal incident in Lake Superior near a Minnesota resort. The Cook County sheriff’s office said Wednesday that 40-year-old Evan Alexander Johnson of Menominee and 66-year-old Wayne Louis Hoffman of Spring Green died Tuesday afternoon near the Bluefin Bay Resort. According to the official account, Johnson fell into the water first. Hoffman was pulled in by a wave as he attempted to rescue Johnson.”

Classy scene in court yesterday. Elizabeth Mohr of the PiPress says, “As soon as the word ‘guilty’ escaped the judge’s lips in a St. Paul sex trafficking case Tuesday afternoon, spittle flew, clumps of hair were pulled out and about a dozen deputies drew their stun guns. Courtroom decorum devolved into utter chaos. Defendant Kauser Mohamoud Yusuf, who is nine months pregnant, collapsed to the floor crying as she was found guilty of prostituting a 15-year-old girl, setting off the shocking chain of events on the 14th floor of the Ramsey County Courthouse. As soon as Yusuf hit the floor, co-defendant Johnathan Bernard Edwards — often seen holding Yusuf’s hand throughout the proceedings — yelled ‘Bitch’ and spat in the prosecutor’s face as he jumped on a table, lunging at her.”

The hipsters are having their say on the year’s best music. At The Current, Bill DeVille and Bob Boilen are toting up the cream of 2014. The link leads a to collection of videos, in case you’ve never heard of War on Drugs.

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