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Bipartisan legislative support for constitutional amendment protecting Minnesotans’ electronic data

Plus: Target closures hit local suppliers; unwinding the Como neighborhood; Roseville is bandy central; and more.

Hey! You! Get out of my cloud. Abby Simons at Hot Dish Politics in the Star Tribune reports on the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers leading the charge to amend the Minnesota Constitution to protect electronic data from warrantless searches: “This is a set of values that unite all of us across our different party affiliations and ideologies,” [state Sen. Scott Dibble] said. “I think a central unifying premise of our system of government is we only need as much government as necessary.”

Local suppliers will be missing targets. MPR’s Matt Sepic covers the ripple effect of Target closing it’s Canada stores: “Target Canada filed for creditor protection too, and it owes about $200 million to 1,800 vendors. The total for Minnesota-based suppliers and service providers is nearly $5 million.”

Property taxes only go one way. Molly Priesmeyer, posting in her YourVoices blog at the Star Tribune, wonders if residents living in “distressed” areas of Minneapolis are being taxed unfairly: “The city has a complicated system of determining market value, and many say that system unfairly taxes lower-income neighborhoods. That’s because the city eliminates sales of all ‘distressed properties’ — short sales and foreclosures — before designating average market values in a neighborhood. Which means that in some distressed neighborhoods, like Jordan on the northside for example, the city is tossing out as much as 40 percent of all lower-priced sales.”

Jesse Ventura knows who designed those streets. Curtis Gilbert at MPR News covers the St. Paul City Council and their attempts to make the Como neighborhood easier to navigate.

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Would that be a Class-B12 misdemeanor? Dan Nienaber at the Mankato Free Press reports on the Mankato man who sat in jail for weeks awaiting trial for possessing a large amount of powder amphetamine only to be released when test results confirmed the substance was actually vitamins: “I told the judge I couldn’t plead guilty to something I knew wasn’t a drug,” Burrell said about a plea offer he received. “They set my bail at $250,000 for vitamins.”

A big fracking deal. Robb Jeffries at the Pioneer Press is keeping an eye on Minnesota Sands LLC. The company plans to submit a revised business plan to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, and there’s speculation the proposal could double the number of sand mines in the state, which has environmental groups worried.

In other news…

A conversation with civil rights champion Dr. Josie Johnson [The Journal]

David Carr‘s final column [New York Times]

Duluth police add diversity to interviews for new hires [Duluth News Tribune]

Name that beard: Match the facial hair to the President [PBS NewsHour]

Polaris Industries unveils the Indian Chief Dark Horse [Bloomberg]

Take the Northeast Mpls. Presidents’ Day quiz [Star Tribune]

An 800 number in the 2014 Winona State University Foundation annual report goes to a sex hotline [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

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Roseville hosting world bandy championships later this month [WCCO]