Missing U student seen going into Mississippi from 10th Ave. bridge in video

Jennifer Houle
Jennifer Houle

A sad update in the case of Jennifer Houle, the University of Minnesota student who went missing Friday night: “Police said they recovered video evidence Sunday night that indicates Houle, 22, entered the Mississippi River from the 10th Avenue Bridge Friday morning,” WCCO reports. “Minneapolis Police said they are not seeking suspects in the incident.”

FBI agents at the Minneapolis field office are among the most frustrated in the agency. That’s based on the results of an annual employee questionnaire conducted by the FBI, the results of which were obtained by the Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request. The worst category for Minneapolis? “Counterproductive work behavior,” defined as “How well the division handles difficult employees and negative attitudes.” It’s Minnesota, so we can only assume the procedure for that involves never openly acknowledging problems and instead leaving disgruntled survey responses.

A major re-do for the Walker Art Center campus. In the Star Tribune, Mary Abbe looks at the contemporary art museum’s plan to spend $75 million for landscaping, changes to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and a new entrance pavilion. Fear not, cat video fans: “The grassy hill west of the building will remain an open field suitable for popular events like Rock the Garden and the Internet Cat Video Festival, but it will be recontoured and softened with small clumps of trees. A staircase beside the pavilion will provide access to hillside pathways and to a new seasonal entrance to the Walker’s shop and theater.”

Target cannot get out of Canada fast enough. The Canadian Press’ David Friend reports: “A court-appointed monitor overseeing the windup of the Target Canada stores says all 133 locations across the country will be permanently shut down by “as early as mid-April,” which is about a month ahead of schedule. … Some locations have already ceased operations — 17 stores closed in the middle of March. Another six Target locations will shutter on Monday, while 23 are slated for closure on April 1, and 32 more on April 2.”

In other news…

UnitedHealth doubled its pharmacy-benefit business with a $13 billion purchase of Catamaran [Star Tribune]

The Vikings stadium won’t be done for another year, but preparations are already under way for Super Bowl LII [WCCO]

Minneapolis/St. Paul remains a millennial magnet [City Lab]

It did seem like a lot of oregano. “Police Say Papa Dmitri’s Pizza Was a Front for Weed-Selling Operation” [City Pages]

“Forest Lake Couple Accused of $115,000 in Welfare Fraud” [KSTP]

Former Minneapolis Laker and broadcaster Rod Hundley has died [New York Times]

Meet the owners of Urban Growler, Minnesota’s first women-owned brewery [WCCO]

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