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MSP considers hiring private screeners to ease security-line crunch

Plus: Minneapolis objects to Uptown Walgreen’s; Kasich visits Minnesota; Darren Sharper case update; and more.

Wait, this was an option? KSTP’s Dave Aeikens reports on the latest idea to solve the security line snafus at MSP: “The Metropolitan Airports Commission is looking at hiring private security as it deals with long lines at security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. … Fliers have complained that they have endured waits of an hour or more to get through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at peak times of the day. The airport recently built new security areas. … MAC spokesman Pat Hogan said the agency is looking at whether hiring private security would help solve the problem. … He said private screening forces remain subject to all TSA regulations and restrictions. Private screening companies are under contract of the TSA and not the airport authority.”

Well, it is a Walgreens. The Southwest Journal’s Michelle Bruch writes: “Citing ‘universal’ displeasure with a suburban-style Walgreens proposed at 27th & Hennepin, the city Planning Commission has delayed a vote on the project until mid-April. … Walgreens would replace the Roat Osha restaurant and computer repair building on the corner, leaving the First Tech building at 2640 Hennepin Ave. intact. The Walgreens would have a drive-thru on the west side of the building, with an entrance on Hennepin and another curb cut on 27th. Thirty-two surface parking spaces would stand on the north and west sides of the building.”

The Pioneer Press’ Rachel Stassen-Berger showed up for Gov. John Kasich’s visit to Minnesota. She writes: “Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in Minneapolis on Tuesday to raise money for his presidential campaign, used the terrorist attacks in Brussels to take swipes at both President Obama and his Republican rivals. … ‘We are not at war with Islam, we are at war with radical Islam,’ Kasich said in advance of a fundraiser at the Minneapolis Club. ‘In our country, we don’t want to create divisions. … Just because you happen to be a Muslim doesn’t mean that you are a radicalized person who wants to destroy somebody in the West.’ ”

Update on former Viking Darren Sharper’s legal situation. The AP’s Kevin McGill writes (via the Star Tribune): “A federal judge Tuesday formally accepted Darren Sharper’s plea deal in a drug and rape case, making clear to the former NFL star that she could sentence him to 20 years in prison. … U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo had earlier rejected a deal that could have meant a nine-year sentence. Attorneys say federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence in the range of roughly 15 or 16 to 20 years. Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that they may recommend a lighter sentence, based on Sharper’s cooperation in related cases.”

In other news…

Safe for now: “Judge delays demolition of historic St. Paul firehouse” [MPR]

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Remember how the Silver Bay council banned Bent Paddle beer from their municipal liquor store because of mining politics? Here’s the brewery owners’ response. [The Growler]

Jammed up in traffic in downtown Minneapolis this morning? This might be why: “Crash briefly shuts down LRT service in downtown Minneapolis” [Star Tribune]

Ugh, come on people: “Minnesota Women’s Hockey Team Received Men’s Frozen Four Hats After Winning National Title” [ESPN]

Twin Cities Pride is an official sponsor of the St. Paul Saints. [SB Nation]

Turtle is disappearing from Minnesota menus. [St. Cloud Times]