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Federal EPA signals support for final PolyMet EIS

Plus: Sergio Paez defends himself; Khaalid Abdulkadir stays in jail; Superior mayor under fire for Obama comments; a new strain of norovirus; and more.

The PolyMet-NorthMet FEIS

The Duluth News Tribune is reporting the federal EPA has filed a letter with Minnesota regulators that appears to signal support of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed PolyMet copper mining project: “It stopped short of endorsing the project — that’s not the EPA’s purview — but the letter from federal regulators is considered important because it appears to say most of the agency’s concerns about the years-long environmental review process have been addressed.”

KSTP’s Dave Aeikens has a segment on Sergio Paez, who was selected as the preferred candidate for Minneapolis superintendent, defending himself against criticism from allegations that children were abused in one of his former schools: “‘I strongly object to false statements in the press that we did not take these reports seriously or failed to take action,’ Paez wrote. ‘Some members of the media are doing a great disservice to the public and to me personally by accepting and reporting all claims as fact without verification.'”

MPR News has a brief stating the Minneapolis man who’s charged with tweeting threats against FBI agents will remain in jail without bail: “U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel ruled at a hearing Monday that the government had met its burden of proof for keeping 19-year-old Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir in custody, but he said it was a close call.”

News out of Northern Alabama, er, Wisconsin: WDIO is reporting five Superior City Councilors are calling on Mayor Bruce Hagen to retract a Facebook comment referring to President Barack Obama as a Muslim who has “destroyed the fabric of democracy.” Councilor Graham Garfield is quoted: “How can we have a non-partisan elected mayor who has to work with elected officials, including the president’s office, making these comments?” Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy adds: “This is not what Superior is about. We’ve always been a community that’s welcoming to all people.”

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Et tu Satanists? Susan Du at City Pages reports Doug Mesner in the executive ministry of the Satanic Temple has put the kibosh on Minneapolis and San Jose Satanists’ offer to escort Muslims where they need to go for safety purposes. Mesner’s statement: “Clearly, if anybody has received a credible threat of violence, they should contact Law Enforcement, not The Satanic Temple. In the absence of any credible, active calls to violence against American Muslims, we must also consider that the act of flanking American Muslim citizens on their way to carry out daily errands may, in itself, be unnecessarily provocative and threatening.”

In other news…

State Health Officials are warning Minnesotans about a new strain of norovirus that is sickening residents across Minnesota. [KARE]

St. Paul prepares to overhaul trash collection. [Pioneer Press]

Boom to bust to … North Dakota leading the nation in population growth. [AP]

Yeah, but: Minnesota population gains more than Midwest average in last year. [Duluth news Tribune]

52 Manic Mondays: Pawtucket illustrator draws Prince every day for an entire year. [Bored Panda]

Billy Glaze, convicted in 1980s Minneapolis serial killings, has died. [NewsCut]

Inside Fargo, America’s most undervalued tech hub. [Fortune]

Are you sure we didn’t come in first? Minnesota didn’t produce a Top 50 album or Top 100 track, says Pitchfork [City Pages]

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Sen. Al Franken roasts out-going Duluth Mayor Don Ness: