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Pedal Pub assault ends in six arrests

Plus: MIA returns stolen Italian vase; would-be ghost hunters vandalize Meeker County cemetery; Ford Parkway closure; and more.

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Cyclist on cyclist violence in Minneapolis over the weekend. Per the AP: “Six people are facing potential criminal penalties in a series of water attacks on three pedal pubs in Minneapolis, including one that carried six off-duty police officers. … PedalPub Twin Cities manager Lisa Staplin said the first two ‘Mad Max’-style attacks Saturday evening involved bicyclists who sprayed a driver and passengers with high-powered water guns and threw water balloons at them. She said the pilot of the first pedal pub was momentarily blinded by the blast. … Kurtis Johnson, 31, of Inver Grove Heights told MPR News he was one of the men squirting at the pedal pub passengers. He says the off-duty officers used excessive force. … ‘If you can’t take a joke and think that there’s something more to it than just water, I mean, you’ve got to take a big look at your life if you think we’re out to try to hurt people. We were just having fun,’ Johnson said.” Certainly good advice, but maybe misdirected here.

Oh, and here’s the video of the aforementioned off-duty officers’ response.

Today in scrupulously honest Minnesotans: “United States on Tuesday officially returned a vase from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and 24 other artifacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections,” the AP reports (in the Star Tribune). “Police stressed that most collectors and museums willingly gave up the artifacts after learning they had been stolen. The Minneapolis museum director contacted the Italian culture ministry after reading an article about one suspect piece, police said.

Jerk ghost hunters ruining it for all the legitimate ghost hunters. City Pages’ Cory Zurowski reports, “For as long as Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze can remember, outsiders have rolled into Litchfield in search of ghosts. … Last week’s episode, in which four self-styled ‘ghost hunters’ were arrested for burglary and vandalism inside the Ness Church, a 19th-century building that’s fabled for paranormal activity, was especially egregious. … Sometime during the wee hours of Sunday, May 17, 23-year-old Kyle Huber of Victoria and three others from Sioux Falls, S.D. — 23-year-old Todd Suurmeyer, 25-year-old Joseph Porter, and 24-year-old Brittani Roberts — allegedly vandalized a monument that marks where the first five victims of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War are buried.”

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Your top-secret back route into St. Paul just got nixed for a while. “Road construction coming soon to Ford Parkway will send drivers looking for different routes,” reports the Pioneer Press’ Sarah Horner. “Starting Tuesday, the street will be closed to through traffic, as well as parking, between Fairview and Snelling avenues for about three months, according to information from Ramsey County.”

In other news…

University of Minnesota hires a new police chiefMatthew Clark of the Minneapolis Police Department [Minnesota Daily]

Your daily Walker: “Does Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Have a Bicycle Vendetta?” [Planetizen]

“MN court: Boyfriend’s revenge post is protected speech” [MPR’s NewsCut]

Yikes: “Two dead, one hospitalized following shooting at Grand Forks Walmart” [Inforum]

Anoka City Council cracking down on “aggressive solicitation.” [KSTP]

Lee’s Liquor Lounge getting sold to a regular. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Just a bear, doin’ bear stuffs … in Stillwater Township. [Stillwater Current]

Reports: Former Gophers coach Glen Mason to lose his spot as BTN top football analyst [Star Tribune]