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Heritage Academy students walk out in support of fired staffer

Plus: more than a billion dollars spent on development in Minneapolis in 2015; ice racing; ‘Making a Murderer’ lawyer coming to Minneapolis; and more.

A walkout for coach. MPR’s Mukhtar Ibrahim writes, “More than 50 students at Heritage Academy of Science and Technology in Minneapolis are back in school after they held a protest Friday morning, demanding leadership changes. …The students, who walked out of the school at 7:30 a.m., said the principal of the school is not listening to their concerns.”

That’s a lot of luxury apartments. In the Southwest Journal, Sarah MacKenzie reports: “City officials said the city closed 2015 with $1.389 billion in building permits — the fourth consecutive year Minneapolis has surpassed $1 billion in new construction. … In 2014, the city hit $2 billion in construction with large projects like the new U.S Bank Stadium and Ryan Cos.’ Downtown East development accounting for a big chunk of that total.”

The first sentence of this story and photo collection pretty much says it all: “Welcome to NASCAR on ice.” Wired’s Taylor Glascock continues, “Across Minnesota, locals are racing DIY cars around tracks on the thick frozen lakes, careening and colliding at speeds up to 60 mph. Photographers Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber are right there in the middle of it, even hopping into the passenger seat for that perfect shot.”

‘Making A Murderer’ lawyer and internet heartthrob Dean Strang is coming to Sisyphus Brewing later this month — but it’s already sold out. [Sisyphus Brewing]

In other news…

T-wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is writing a blog for GQ. 

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At current prices, that’s what, like 4 packs? “St. Cloud Police Seek Suspects Who Stole $4,300 In Cigarettes” [WCCO]

Rep. Keith Ellison thinks House Speaker Paul Ryan should invite a Muslim-American to the State of the Union speech. [The Hill]

The Glean

St. Cloud State bans hoverboards (which, to review, do NOT hover). [St. Cloud Times]

(Former Viking) “Fred Smoot: The Sex Boat Wasn’t Even That Cool” [Deadspin]

Pretty sure this isn’t supposed to be a contact sport: “Fargo beer pong game turns bloody” [Grand Forks Herald]

Probably a safer bet than e-pulltabs:1500 ESPN has proclaimed if they hit the [lottery] jackpot and match all six numbers, they will use the winnings (after taxes are taken out) to help cover the State of Minnesota’s contribution for the new Vikings stadium” [1500 ESPN]

Musician Paul Metsa with a stirring tribute to his deceased friend, Hell’s Kitchen founder Mitch Omer. [Hometown Focus]

Lake Harriet Kite Festival: canceled.