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St. Paul attempted-robbery victim shoots, kills robber, police say

Just a sad situation all around. In the Pioneer Press, Mara H. Gottfried reports, “A beautiful night with a blue moon brought two adults to a St. Paul river bluff to enjoy the weather, but police said they were soon met with a random act of violence that ended with a 16-year-old dead. … Four juvenile males approached the adults Friday night and one, wearing a mask and gloves, pulled a handgun and tried to rob the adults, police said. One of the victims has a permit to carry a handgun, pulled his own weapon and shot the suspect, they told police. The teenage suspect from West St. Paul died at the scene near a World War I monument at Summit Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard.”

A Palm Beach accountant wants Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate American Public Media’s recent sale of WPBI-FM, a classical station, to a Christian broadcaster. For the Palm Beach Post, Alexandra Clough reports, “In a July 22 letter to Bondi, Rampell described what he believes were troubling aspects of the sales process, including the bypassing of the Classical South Florida board by its parent company in regard to the deal-making. … Rampell wrote that Classical South Florida’s parent company, American Public Media Group of Minneapolis, ‘usurped’ Classical South Florida’s authority. … It was APMG, not Classical South Florida, that negotiated the station’s sale to Educational Media Foundation of California. APMG then turned around and informed Classical South Florida after the deal was inked.”

Seems like the authorities might want to keep an eye on this guy. For Oshkosh Northwestern Media, Nathaniel Shuda writes, “A 19-year-old Ripon man authorities say participated in the ‘thrill killing’ of 15 deer during the closing weekend of the 2014 gun deer hunting season will serve six months in jail and lose his hunting privileges for 12 years. … Grant J. Boese pleaded no contest to six counts of failing to obtain a deer hunting license Monday, Aug. 3, in Green Lake County Circuit Court, where Judge Mark Slate also sentenced Boese to three years of probation and ordered him to pay $6,000 in fines and other court costs, plus $800 in restitution.”

Fact: If you move to Minneapolis and don’t start riding your bike within six months, you will be asked to leave. Maggie Fazeli Fard wrote her story of learning to ride for the Star Tribune: “I arrived in the Twin Cities in October 2013, and felt immediately bombarded by pro-biking propaganda. Miles of well-kept trails, bike lanes and the bike-commuter haven that is the Greenway kept cyclists safe. The beauty of the Grand Rounds spoke to my nature-seeking soul. Thriving cycling communities in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, plus events like Open Streets and Art Crank, appealed to my sense of wanting to belong in my new home. … And not only did it seem like every single person in the Cities was on two wheels, it felt like everyone was willing to teach me to ride. (Minnesota nice, indeed.)”

In other news…

Ballots: don’t burn ’em. “Jury convicts township official of destroying ballots” [Post Bulletin]

Watch for motorcycles. “Riding season far from over, but Minnesota motorcycle deaths close to toll for all of 2014” [Star Tribune]

Safy-Hallan Farah provides Guardian (US) readers with an insider’s cultural guide to Minneapolis.

Everyone knows ’sconnies are easily fooled. “Scott Walker just got punked at a New Hampshire pizza shop” [Washington Post]

Minneapolis restaurants Heyday, Spoon and Stable and Hola Arepa among the best new places in the nation, according to Bon Appétit. [WCCO]

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Greg Price on 08/04/2015 - 03:07 pm.

    sad situation all around

    sad that the young man lost his life…however …he wasn’t out enjoying the moonlight…he was out committing crimes…

    Kudos to the CCW holder who quite possibly turned a double murder (his & companion) into a lesser event.

    Those that go looking for trouble…sometimes find more than they bargain for…

    Greg Price

  2. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 08/04/2015 - 03:35 pm.

    from Wikipedia

    “American Public Media Group (APMG), formerly Minnesota Communications Group, is the non-profit organization that is the parent of non-profits Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC 89.3 FM), and Classical South Florida (WKCP 89.7 FM), along with the for-profit Greenspring Company, as well as MPR’s Fitzgerald Theater. Profits from the Greenspring Company are funneled through the company and used to shore up the public funding of MPR, although SCPR apparently does not receive any funding from APMG.”

    Yep, every time you donate to MPR, you’re subsidizing this kind of business model: overlapping boards, hidden subsidiaries and a corporate face to hide individual greed. The media in this town are far too kind to the Klingdom.

  3. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 08/04/2015 - 07:44 pm.

    Hats off….

    to the law abiding permit holding citizen who refused to be a victim. Maybe these street gang members will think twice before embarking on their criminal activities.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/04/2015 - 10:06 pm.

    This armed robbery occurred a few blocks from my home

    We are living in a culture where the criminal element has absolutely no fear. There are youngsters out there who would take your life and think nothing of it. I would strongly recommend to every citizen of this city that they get the training necessary to obtain your permit to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family.

  5. Submitted by Solly Johnson on 08/05/2015 - 06:58 am.


    I believe very few people care about your recommendation, which is a good thing. Many of us believe that fewer guns, not more, would be a logical conclusion. We could learn much about gun control and culture from the Australians and other nations.

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