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Alarm over rash of shootings in the Twin Cities

Plus: CAIR-MN director profiled; more Dunkin’ Donuts stores coming to Minnesota; “Lumberjack Days” returning to Stillwater; and more.

Eight fatal shootings in the Twin Cities in a week. In the Star Tribune, Libor Jany and Nicole Norfleet write, “In a span of one week, eight people have been fatally shot in Minneapolis and St. Paul in a run of gun violence that has alarmed even veteran police officers. … Four of the five slayings in Minneapolis, and two of the three in St. Paul, remain unsolved. Police insist that the violent outbursts are not random, and they are exploring motives that range from gang ties to domestic violence.”

MPR’s Mukhtar Ibrahim profiles CAIR-MN director Jaylani Hussein: “On a Tuesday morning in mid-October, Jaylani Hussein sat in his office in Minneapolis, the walls lined with posters of religious calligraphy, reflecting on the challenges that face Minnesota’s Muslim community. … ‘In the last few years we have noticed an increase in Islamophobia,’ Hussein said. ‘That has built a level of hysteria, a level of fear in the community, so our work is becoming much more challenging.’ … Since he took over the leadership of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in January, becoming the first Somali-American to head the Muslim civil rights organization, Hussein has been at the forefront of a number of high-profile cases related to Muslims.”

Uninspired chain donuts coming to a Minnesota city near you. For the Star Tribune, Paul Walsh reports, “New Dunkin’ Donuts outlets by the dozens… are in the newly reinvigorated Minnesota pipeline thanks to a pair of franchise agreements announced Wednesday by the nation’s largest doughnut-and-coffee chain. …In the summer of 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts ended a nearly 10-year hiatus from Minnesota, with the opening of an outlet at the Kahler Grand Hotel in downtown Rochester. Within weeks, another franchisee revealed plans to build Dunkin’ outlets across northern Minnesota, from Brainerd to the Iron Range to the Duluth area. The first one opened in June.”

Stillwater’s long nightmare is over.  “The storied ‘Lumberjack Days’ name is coming back to Stillwater,” writes Mary Divine in the Pioneer Press. “The Stillwater City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to amend the city’s agreement with the organizers of Stillwater Log Jam, the summer event that replaced Lumberjack Days, to allow them to use the “Lumberjack Days” name and logo in 2016. … ‘Lumberjack Days is what we grew up with,’ said Mayor Ted Kozlowski. ‘I think the festival has turned into what many of us wanted it to be. I think it’s only appropriate that it goes back to being Lumberjack Days.’”

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