Some Black Lives Matter trespassing charges dropped; MOA didn’t tell protesters to leave

Photo by Patience Zalanga
Protester Kandace Montgomery

Word choice matters. For MPR, Curtis Gilbert writes, “What’s the difference between being told to ‘disperse’ and being ordered to ‘leave?’ One might get you convicted of trespassing at the Mall of America. The other will not. … That explains why Bloomington prosecutors have dropped trespassing charges against the organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in December. While mall officials that day told the group repeatedly over a loudspeaker that the demonstration was unauthorized, they forgot to use one key word: leave.

New EPA rules are … relatively popular. Allison Sherry writes in the Star Tribune: “Just more than half of self-identified Republicans and independents in Minnesota say they agree with President Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions, and they call climate change a ‘serious problem,’ according to a poll of voters in eight swing states. … Among the 564 Minnesotans polled between July 31 and Aug. 3, 38 percent of Republican voters say Minnesota should develop its own carbon reduction plan and 54 percent of independent voters agreed.”

Everybody knows you put mustard on interstates. “Drivers on Interstate 94 in the Maple Grove area experienced delays Thursday morning as crews worked to clean up after a semi hauling mayonnaise started on fire overnight,” reports KSTP’s Scott Theisen. “The fire happened about 1 a.m., but the truck was still on the scene and the right lane of westbound I-94 was blocked near Maple Grove Parkway through the morning commute.”

Can we just buy every Minnesotan a walleye and call it good? “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has drawn up a restocking plan for walleye in Lake Mille Lacs, a step that hasn’t been taken before on the iconic lake,” KSTP reports. “DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said Thursday if the agency moves ahead, some initial actions could be taken this year to capture eggs that would be taken to a hatchery and stocking could begin in spring. Gov. Mark Dayton says he supports an ‘all-out stocking’ program to help improve the walleye population in the massive lake.”

Local angle alert: In honor of Jon Stewart’s last night hosting The Daily Show, MPR’s Meg Martin compiled a list of Minnesota’s top 10 moments on the show. #pointergate, Jesse, Peanuts vs. F. Scott Fitzgerald — it’s all there.

In other local angles, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports that the Arby’s ads bidding farewell to the show were created by Minneapolis-based firm Fallon.

In other news…

Unsurpising: Minneapolis ranked least comfortable city temperture-wise. [Star Tribune]

Surprising: “Gay teens have higher pregnancy rates than their straight peers” [Star Tribune]

Please do not fly your drone near the airport. “Drone, airliner in close encounter near Twin Cities airport” [Pioneer Press]

Debate prep: “The 10 Worst Moments in Presidential Debates.” Mondale’s “Where’s the beef?” line gets a mention. [National Journal] 

But, Jesse Ventura, for one, will not be watching tonight’s GOP debate. [Off the Grid]

A doctoral student from Zimbabwe asks, “Cecil who?” [New York Times]

The big Glensheen restoration is complete. [Duluth News Tribune]

State Fair’s Ye Old Mill is … old. [MPR]

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