Former Gophers lineman Luke McAvoy tells tale of coming out to teammates

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Luke McAvoy

Nice first-person story from former Gophers lineman Luke McAvoy in SB Nation’s Outsports: “There is something unique about discussing the merits of gay marriage while in the locker room showers with 11 other naked men, but that is where I found myself during my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota in 2012. … We had just finished a morning workout and the topic had been making its way around the locker room all week. I could not tell you anything my teammates said during the discussion, since all I could hear was the yelling in my head:  ‘I AM GAY, HOW HAVE YOU NOT FOUND OUT?’ ”

Skyway arrest lawsuit will go forward. The AP reports (via MPR): “A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit from a man arrested by police who used a stun gun against him in St. Paul’s skyway system in 2014. … U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said there are too many disputed facts surrounding the incident. In her opinion issued Feb. 4, she said Chris Lollie’s lawsuit against the city and three officers should be decided by a jury.”

A setback for solar. The West Central Tribune’s Tom Cherveny reports: “City Council members in Montevideo objected to the location for a solar farm proposed by Geronimo Energy, of Edina, due to its proximity to the Montevideo-Chippewa County Airport. … City Council members decided at the Feb. 1 meeting that they would not sell approximately 20 acres of city-owned land to Geronimo Energy, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The land was being sought by the company for a community solar garden as part of its Taurus project for Xcel Energy.”

Good news for solar. WCCO reports: “Employers in Minnesota’s solar industry project the workforce to grow by 20 percent in 2016, according to census data recently released. … The nonprofit Solar Foundation put out its 2015 census for the state, and it shows that employers here expect to add 410 solar jobs this year. … Currently, Minnesota has nearly 2,000 workers employed in solar-related programs. Most work in the Twin Cities metro and in St. Louis County up north.”

Taking advantage of people’s generosity, sheesh. The Forum News Service’s Becky Jacobs writes (via the Duluth News Tribune): “A Baudette woman who claims she set up a GoFundMe account to help the families of three men who went missing on Lake of the Woods stole funds from the account, according to law enforcement. … Retina Rayellen LaValla, 28, was charged Tuesday with two counts of theft after the Lake of the Woods Sheriff’s Department said she used some of the donated money to pay for various bills and groceries.”

In other news…

This must’ve been hard: “Community Raises Concerns Over Metro Mobility Response Times” [WCCO]

“Lake Elmo city workers propose union; one councilor cites dysfunctional council” [Pioneer Press]

More bike lanes for Minneapolis: “City staff design bikeways for Blaisdell and Nicollet” [Southwest Journal]

Did you know this man? “Hennepin investigators hope to ID man found in 2014” [MPR]

A Fargo black lab named Ripley is competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show [Inforum]

Here’s what’s happening with the old Walker library: “Restaurant going into old Walker Library” [Star Tribune]

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