No grand jury in Jamar Clark case

Jamar Clark
Credit: Kenya McKnight
Jamar Clark

Freeman to decide. MPR’s Paul Tosto reports: “Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday his office — not a grand jury — will make the final call on whether to press charges against Minneapolis police officers in the Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark. … Freeman stressed that no decision has been made yet on any charges in the shooting, which ignited widespread protests and set north Minneapolis on edge for weeks. … Still, Freeman’s move is a victory for protesters who believed a grand jury would be less likely to charge officers in the shooting.”

Sounds like a win-win. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges reports: “Minneapolis Public Schools’ move from yellow school buses to Metro Transit passes for high school students saved the school district money and boosted attendance, a University of Minnesota study has found. … In 2013-14, students who used the passes had 23 percent lower absenteeism, and the school district saved $1.55 million on transportation, researchers found.”

Wondered where the Nicollet Mall farmers market was going to go during street construction? The Star Tribune’s Eric Roper has the answer: “After a stint last year on Hennepin Avenue due to the reconstruction of the mall, the Thursday market popular with downtown workers will move this year to the Hennepin County Government Center’s south plaza, the Downtown Council announced Wednesday. … The Nicollet Mall project is expected to last through fall 2017, meaning the relocations will continue for at least another year. The market runs on Thursday’s from May 5th to November 10, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

Went through the couch cushions a few times. City Pages’ Cory Zurowski writes: “Bang! So comes the big announcement from Minneapolis today. … The Park Board had planned to hold a referendum to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to rehabilitate Minneapolis’ 157 parks. Instead, the city has found enough money — about $11 million per year — to go forth with the plan without raising taxes.”

In other news…

Sorry NE Minnesota! “Late Winter Snowstorm Could Drop A Foot Of Snow On NE Minn.” [WCCO]

Changes at MSP: “Minneapolis airport adding Black Sheep Pizza, Republic, LoLo and live music” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Paul McCartney playing Target Center in May. [City Pages]

Metallica playing the Vikings stadium in August. [Star Tribune]

Rest In Peas: “The Jolly Green Giant is now officially dead after a good run in the Minnesota River Valley.” [MPR]

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