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Dance team coaches suspended by Minnesota high school league

Without justice, there can be no healing. KSTP’s Cassie Hart reports: “ The Minnesota State High School League approved one-year suspensions Monday for five head dance coaches following a public protest at a state competition. … The suspended coaches from Chaska, Eastview, Eden Prairie, Lakeville South and Wayzata will also have to participate in ‘Why We Play’ training before they are reinstated.”

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, eternal optimist. Zach Kayers in the Brainerd Dispatch: “House Minority Leader Paul Thissen on Friday talked about the ‘disappointing’ regular 2015 session of the Legislature and ongoing negotiations leading into the upcoming special session. … ‘I’m hopeful that as we move toward the special session, that the offers are all public … and that once decisions are made at the leadership level, that there’s time built into public hearings so people can actually understand what’s in these bills,’ Thissen said.”

Your hilarious tweet just got a lot more expensive. The AP reports (via MPR): “Law enforcement officers ticketed more than 900 people in Minnesota in April for distracted driving — most notably texting behind the wheel. … Beginning on Aug. 1, fines for repeat offenders will get a lot tougher. The first citation for distracted driving is $50. Every ticket after that is $225.”

What do you mean, “next?” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal relates some good news for the Twin Cities restaurant scene: “The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has steadily improved its national dining cred in recent years, and this month the metro earned some big applause from foodie bible Saveur magazine, which named Minneapolis ‘the next great American food city.’ ”

The Pedal Pub squirt-gun attack planner stretched out those 15 minutes with an open letter in City Pages, and here we are linking to it, so, mission accomplished. “I’d like to take responsibility for one of those ideas that resulted in the arrests of five friends and one innocent bystander. At 6 p.m. on May 23, with water guns and balloons, I decided to start a rain of pleasure on the Puddle Pub, a pre-emptive strike that some have regrettably referred to as operation Soak and Aww. … I alone supplied the cheap, plastic weapons of splash destruction to the troublemakers that would later take the plunge for my alleged crimes. What began as a trickle of the imagination, rapidly became a flood of pour judgment.”

In other news…

Sign of things to come? Pioneer Press and Star Tribune combine home delivery operations [MPR’s NewsCut]

The Glean

The house the GIFs built. “Inside look at the Buzzfeed office in Northeast Minneapolis” [KARE]

CoCo Fargo to close its doors. [Inforum]

St. Paul Public Schools has a food truck. It gives out free school lunch during the summer. [Pioneer Press]

An update on Minnesota’s esteemed business partners, the Wilfs: “Wilf family business settles pollution claims” [KARE]

This is cool: “From bar to the stars: Sidewalk astronomy brings the heavens to the street” [Inforum]

Paul Westerberg communicates with fans through the universal language: spray-painted T-shirts. [Stereogum]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 06/01/2015 - 01:15 pm.

    Speaking of the Wilfs and NJ legal matters,…

    …has ANY local reporter followed up on the legally-mandated CRIMINAL investigation of the Wilfs in New Jersey?

    Is this in neutral pending the results of the appeals by the Wilf legal team of the original RICO civil findings against them? Or is it the result of something else?

  2. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 06/01/2015 - 02:29 pm.

    Dance Team Coaches

    Wow, karma — or at least Rules — finally demonstrate that poor sportsmanship has its consequences!

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