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Feds to review Minneapolis police response to Jamar Clark protests

Plus: St. Paul council approves soccer-stadium spending; Sun Country seeks nonstop route to Havana; Duluth musician wins NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest; and more.

Black Lives Matter protesters in front of the 4th District police station last November.
MinnPost photo by Brent Moore

Another outside investigation related to the Jamar Clark case. This time, the feds are looking at the Minneapolis Police Department’s response to the protests, reports MPR’s Jon Collins: “A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) office will review the Minneapolis Police Department’s response to protests late last year following the police killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. … Clark was shot by an officer and later died after police say he scuffled with officers in north Minneapolis on Nov. 15. His killing sparked protests in Minneapolis, including an 18-day occupation of the area in front of the police department’s Fourth Precinct in north Minneapolis.”

Looks like the St. Paul City Council is giving Minnesota United a free kick. We guess? We’re not good with soccer metaphors. But anyway, Brian Quarstad writes on Northern Pitch: “A crowd that nearly filled the St. Paul City Council chambers had to wait almost three hours to get the news they had hoped for. In the end, the Council voted 5-2 to approve both a lease for the Met Council-owned bus barn site, and $18.3 M worth of infrastructure improvements for the 24.5 acre superblock owned by RK Midway.”

We’re dusting off our guayaberas. The Star Tribune’s Kristen Painter reports: “Sun Country Airlines has applied with the U.S. government to operate two weekly nonstop flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Havana, the company confirmed Wednesday night. … The Mendota Heights-based airline submitted its route bids to the U.S. Department of Transportation by the Wednesday deadline along with a slew of other U.S. airlines hoping to fly routes between their large domestic hubs and the island nation. The U.S. carriers are competing to fly the first commercial nonstop routes between the United States and Cuba in five decades.”

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A Minnesotan won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest! Via MPR: “There were 6,100 entries in this year’s Tiny Desk Contest, representing every state in the nation. We asked you to send us a video of an original song, behind a desk of your choosing. We didn’t care much about the quality of the video or even the sound. We wanted something singular, a song and a sound that felt original and a performance that felt inspired. … We at NPR Music watched all of those 6,100 entries and in the end our six judges — Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and The Arcs, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius, Son Little, Robin Hilton and I — found one artist so compelling we’re thrilled about this announcement. Our winner is a haunting fiddler from Duluth, Minn. Her name is Gaelynn Lea.”

In other news…

At least one Wisconsin Republican has changed his views on Obamacare. [Letters to President Obama Tumblr]

That’s too many dogs: “95 Dogs Removed From Minnesota Couple” [WCCO]

Target’s ‘Love Today!’ mug really makes sparks flyso they’re recalling it. [Star Tribune]

Congrats to Alison Rempel Brown, the Science Museum of Minnesota’s new president! [Pioneer Press]