Three robberies in first few days of spring semester at the U

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Welcome back, students. KMSP reports on campus crime: “The problem of armed robberies continues to plague the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota campus. Tuesday night, on the first day of spring semester, a U of M student was robbed at gunpoint near the Pillsbury Court Apartments at 11th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE. … Two additional robberies were reported the very next day, just a few blocks away. Between 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 and 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, victims were approached by two men armed with a handgun. One of the robberies was reported at the intersection of 8th Street SE and 14th Avenue SE, and the other was reported at The Bridges Apartments at 930 University Avenue SE.”

Some people should probably just avoid social media all together. The Star Tribune’s Chao Xiong follows a long history of violent comments by the St. Paul cop who encouraged motorists to run over protesters: “The tone and content of JM Roth’s comments are similar to the Facebook post regarding the MLK Day, Jr. march. In the more recent post, Rothecker commented under a Pioneer Press article about the march, which involved citizens converging in the middle of the Marshall Avenue-Lake Street bridge over the Mississippi River. They demonstrated on behalf of Jamar Clark and Marcus Golden, who were killed by Minneapolis and St. Paul police, respectively.”

Great background before you head to the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul. MPR’s Nancy Yang has a primer on the outfits: “Figure skating has long been known for its bedazzled, over-the-top and sometimes crazy costumes: Johnny Weir famously competed in a swan-inspired costume with a single red glove (aka the beak) that he named Camille. … At times, it has seemed like there are no rules when it comes to skating costumes — which will be on display this week at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul. But, surprise! There are plenty. … We got the lowdown on costume rules from Juliet Newcomer, director of technical services for U.S. Figure Skating.”

Somehow we don’t see something like this lasting very long in Minnesota. City Pages’ Mecca Bos explains why she’ll never go to newly opened faux (or should that be bro?) speakeasy “Volstead’s”: “A fairly significant queue of quietly shuffling hopefuls had formed in the frigid air, next to the dumpsters and dreary brick surroundings of the alley. By comparison, the warm, fluorescent confines of a Walmart would seem charming. Perhaps that’s the point. After being forced to linger in below-zero temps adjacent to a garbage heap, the experience inside couldn’t help but impress. … Every few minutes, the door would swing open, and a couple would be let inside, or not. It was up to the whim of the selective bouncer. Try to approach the door from the outside yourself, and you’ll find it utterly locked.”

Rep. Keith Ellison brought a friend from Congress to town to advocate for new worker protections in Minnesota. The Southwest Journal’s Nate Gotlieb writes, “Minnesota’s low-wage workers are stretched thin in part because of low wages, pay gaps and wage theft, panelists said Tuesday at a forum hosted by Congressmen Keith Ellison and Bobby Scott, a Democrat from Virginia. … The six panelists spoke about Minnesota’s lack of paid sick, family and medical leave as well as instances of wage theft and the need for fair-scheduling practices. Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender (Ward 10) and Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) also spoke in support of the measures at the forum held at Richfield City Hall.”

In other news…

A Republican has filed to take on Rep. Betty McCollum. [Pioneer Press]

And state Sen. Jeff Hayden is getting a DFL challenger. [Star Tribune]

That showed ’em? “Angry Hudson customer shoots cellphone, returns it to store” [Pioneer Press]

#EcolabGate: “Vikings and Ecolab Announce Partnership, Unveil Ecolab Gate at U.S. Bank Stadium North Entrance” [Minnesota Vikings]

That was fast: “Controversial archbishop leaves Michigan parish” [M Live]

St. Cloud to test out credit card payments for parking meters. [St. Cloud Times]

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