St. Croix stabbing trial to proceed with jurors from another county

Levi Acre-Kendall
Polk County
Levi Acre-Kendall

St. Croix stabbing trial will go on. The Star Tribune’s Chao Xiong reports, “Jurors in the trial of a Minnesota man charged in the fatal stabbing of a St. Croix River fisherman will be selected from outside the Wisconsin county where the killing happened, even though the proceeding itself will take place there. … The decision, by Judge Molly GaleWyrick, came during a motion hearing Wednesday at Polk County Circuit Court in Balsam Lake, where Levi Acre-Kendall, 19, of Cambridge, Minn., is being prosecuted. … Also on Wednesday, GaleWyrick reserved a decision on Nelson’s motion earlier this month to dismiss the first-degree reckless homicide charge against Acre-Kendall, saying she agreed with Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen that the motion was ‘premature.’ ”

Joseph Stromberg gives the Vox treatment to the Minneapolis City Council’s war on parking: “Small or midsize buildings that are within walking distance (specifically, a quarter-mile) of a rail or bus line no longer have to build any off-street parking at all. Large buildings (those with 50 or more units) now only have to provide one space for every two units. … It’s not perfect, but it’s a huge step in the right direction — and one that other cities nationwide should follow if they care about providing affordable housing or reducing traffic.

Being a cop ain’t got nothin’ on being a consultant. South Washington County Bulletin’s Scott Wente informs us, “[State Rep. Dan] Schoen is taking a leave of absence from his job as a Cottage Grove police officer to spend more time on legislative issues and to be a paid consultant for LeafLine Labs, the medical marijuana manufacturer that has opened in Cottage Grove. … “Those are things I want to learn,” he said, explaining that a health care or tax issue elsewhere in the state may affect constituents in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park or South St. Paul. … ‘It’s not this mythical part-time thing,’ Schoen said of serving in the Legislature. ‘The work doesn’t stop once we’re not voting yes or no on stuff, and now it’s time to learn.’

We’re not holding our breath for the promise in this City Pages headline — “How a ragtag bunch of women are saving track cycling in Minnesota” — but best of luck to these ladies nonetheless. Adam Ruggiero writes, “The self-proclaimed ‘ragtag group of heroes’ [Anna] Schwinn had assembled were just that: a disparate collection of tattoo artists and designers, bike mechanics and chemists, CPAs and PR managers. In fact, the only thing they truly had in common was a newfound love of track racing. Schwinn wanted her nucleus of novice riders to become seasoned cyclists with team backing, helping grow a stronger women’s field in their sport.”

This is going to be a hard sell. In the Star Tribune, Paul Walsh reports, “Nestled on the hilly shoreline of one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, the city of Duluth is asking residents and businesses to conserve water until Thursday night. … The call from City Hall is necessary, officials said Tuesday evening, because crews are mending several water main breaks around town and conducting needed maintenance on a water transmission line that is a main feeder to all parts of the city of 86,000 residents.”

Vince Flynn may be gone, but Mitch Rapp will soldier on. The Pioneer Press’ Mary Ann Grossmann writes, “Fans of the late Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp thrillers can look forward to October, when ‘The Survivor’ is published by Atria Books. … Although Flynn’s name dominates the jacket, the book was written by Kyle Mills, a best-selling author of 12 books including the latest in Robert Ludlum’s Cover-One series. Milles, son of an FBI agent, lives in Wyoming. … Flynn, who lived in St. Paul and died in 2013, published 14 books, including 13 best-sellers featuring CIA elite covert operative Rapp.”

In other news …

This journalism game is waaaay easier when you don’t call anybody. (Your Glean writer would know!) “Recent sports stories from MN Daily found to be fabricated” [Minnesota Daily]

Hot tip for anyone on the run from the law: Casinos are full of surveillance cameras. “South Dakota Prison Escapee Arrested at Prior Lake Casino” [KSTP]

Hot tip for anyone: Don’t believe anything you read on social media, but least of all on Facebook. “Social network claim victimizes SuperAmerica” [MPR]

Even though he only received medical training in Minnesota, with a name like Kjell Lindgren, we’ll claim him as one of our own. “Minnesota-Trained Doctor to Launch to Space Station” [KSTP]

If you’re planning an illegal street race in St. Paul this weekend, consider rescheduling:

The town of Gettysburg, South Dakota, features a Confederate flag on its police department’s patch [Pioneer Press]

Brian Dozier’s pretty good at baseball. [WCCO]

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 07/15/2015 - 03:06 pm.


    what is commonly referred to a the Confederate Flag is the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

    • Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/15/2015 - 07:01 pm.

      That design

      …was incorporated into the official flags of the Confederacy, though successive official flags also contained, at first, an all-white field, with the distinctive “X-shaped” stars and stripes taking up roughly the space that the white stars on their blue field take up in the contemporary American flag. A later Confederate flag kept the “X-shaped” stars and stripes in the same area, but added a broad red stripe to the outer portion of the previous all-white field. This was the official flag of the Confederacy when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox in 1865.

      It is therefore not at all out of line to refer to that same “X-shaped” star-and-stripe design as the Confederate flag, since the design was a part of official flags of the Confederacy throughout most of the Civil War. That Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia used that design for its battle flag does not somehow cancel its use throughout the Confederacy in other contexts.

      It’s also useful to note – in case someone is not aware of just why black Americans might take offense to that flag flying on the grounds of several southern state capitols in the 21st century – the following:

      “W.T. Thompson, the flag’s designer, referred to his design as ‘The White Man’s Flag’. In referring to the white field that comprised a large part of the flag’s design elements, Thompson stated that its color symbolized the ‘supremacy of the white man’:

      ‘As a people we are fighting maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.’
      —William T. Thompson (April 23, 1863), Daily Morning News”

      My source for the above is Wikipedia, but skeptics should note that the article has ample historical citations.

      Some might argue – I’d be among them – that there’s neither honor in the flag’s design, nor justification for its continued public display 150 years after the defeat of the dishonorable cause it represents.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/15/2015 - 05:00 pm.

    55 years too late

    I’m afraid my street racing days are long past, though I still have a prized trophy from legal races at a local drag strip. If street racing is a substantial and long-standing issue in Saint Paul, or in the Twin Cities generally, some entrepreneurial type ought to be buying flat land somewhere nearby and making money from both racers and spectators. It’s a fairly popular sport in other parts of the country.

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