FBI continues to investigate Jamar Clark shooting

Hennepin County Attorney's Office
The scene of the Jamar Clark shooting on the night of Nov. 15, 2015.

The presumption is that the outcome won’t be a lot different, but the Feds are still looking at the Jamar Clark case. Says Stephen Montemayor in the Star Tribune, “The federal probe is likely considering either charges of conspiracy by the two officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, to violate Clark’s civil rights or deprivation of civil rights under ‘color of law,’ that is, a violation of those rights… .”

This will impede the flow of out-of-state riff-raff. The Pioneer Press story says, “A divided University of Minnesota Board of Regents endorsed a five-year enrollment management plan for the school Thursday, aiming to attract more Minnesotans while dramatically raising the sticker price for out-of-state students. The strategy represents a major change of course for the U, which slashed nonresident tuition to $13,600 from $20,580 in 2008 in hopes of making the state’s flagship school a more national and international institution.”

Who needs roads, really? Says Pam Louwagie for the Strib, “[Road] work, deferred for too long due to a lack of funds, is reaching a critical point in many communities, city officials say. … ‘Things are at an all-time low point for cities trying to keep up with their street maintenance and reconstruction,’ said Anne Finn, transportation lobbyist with the League of Minnesota Cities.” 

Ouch. An AP story says, “Inflation-adjusted farm incomes in Minnesota fell to their lowest point in 20 years in 2015 despite record crop yields and this year’s outlook is also grim, according to an annual analysis released Thursday. A major factor was the continued decline in commodity prices, the report from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and University of Minnesota Extension said. Unlike 2014, when livestock producers had a very good year, both crop and livestock farms struggled last year.”

Another flood study. In the Grand Forks Herald, Kevin Bonham writes, “A grassroots group of landowners along the Red River wants to study a series of potential measures that could help to prevent chronic flooding near Oslo. A Minnesota Senate committee this week approved a bill sponsored by Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, that would pay $187,000 for half of the study cost. The study would require matching funds from North Dakota, he said.”

At this point there should be a daily page dedicated solely to chaos in the Republican party. In the Strib, Michael Brodkorb reports, “The Republican Party of Minnesota has not formally adopted the final procedure by which they will elect delegates to the Republican National Convention within their governing documents, creating widespread confusion among party leaders on how Minnesota delegates will actually be elected and allocated to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.”

In a situation a bit more dire, Don Davis of the Forum News Service tells us, “A small southern Minnesota community that lost eight downtown businesses to an early-morning Feb. 3 fire is poised to rebuilt, but it seeks some state help. For many communities, ‘it would be enough to bring the town to its knees, but not ours,’ Brent Christenson said of Madelia, a 2,300-person community just southwest of Mankato. ‘We will rise from the ashes, but we need your help.’ Christenson, a school board member and former mayor, joined others in asking the state Senate Taxes Committee Thursday to provide tax breaks and increased state aid so the city can recover from losing eight businesses in four buildings.” Well, we’d like to help, but I don’t see any mention of a professional sports team.

A surge in violence. Libor Jany of the Strib: “Four people were wounded by gunfire in separate shootings in Minneapolis on Wednesday, bringing the number of gunshot victims in the city this year to more than 60. … Police statistics show that 59 people were shot in the city — 47 of them in north Minneapolis — from the beginning of the year to March 28, the last date for which reliable data were available. During the same period last year, the city recorded nearly half that total — 31.”

MPR’s Brian Bakst has this: “A consultant the Department of Natural Resources will use to assist in the permitting and financial review of the PolyMet Mining Corp. project will earn up to $309,000, according to a recently executed contract obtained Thursday by MPR News. … A DNR spokesman says the contract and the work associated with it is paid for by PolyMet. He noted the company also paid for the Environmental Impact Statement and related work.” 

Does it come with a trailer hitch? And how many cup holders? Nicole Norfleet of the Strib reports, “Car enthusiasts waited for hours Thursday outside an Eden Prairie dealership for a chance to eventually own the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3, which is being lauded as an affordable luxury electric car meant for the masses. A horde of potential buyers descended on the Eden Prairie Tesla Motors dealership to put $1,000 down sight unseen for a coveted spot on the waiting list for the new vehicle that isn’t expected to begin production until late 2017.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 04/01/2016 - 07:47 am.

    Conflict of interest?

    Doesn’t it strike anyone as a conflict of interest to have PolyMet paying for its own environmental impact statement, permitting and financial review? Seems like it could have a strong potential to skew the results . . . . . . . . .

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 04/01/2016 - 08:31 am.

    Surge in violence

    The ‘Strib story also says the first two people shot, a pair of men aged 23 and 24, were shot about 6 AM in NE Minneapolis, and received “noncritical” injuries. The story also says the men were “…uncooperative with officers investigating the incident, providing only a vague account of what happened.” Gunfire at six in the morning? Let the speculation begin as to why they’d be “uncooperative.”

  3. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 04/01/2016 - 10:37 am.

    The latest Duluth cocktail…

    Muddying the waters is a gentle way of putting it?

    Almost 6 million gallons of raw sewage poured into Lake Superior… after investing a pretty sum into avoiding such overflow…

    The fine point here if there is one… it took Two Weeks before the people’s right to know?

    Drink hearty Duluth folks…console yourself maybe,the sewage you sip may not be your own? ( Duluth News Tribune story)

  4. Submitted by Corey Freije on 04/01/2016 - 12:08 pm.

    Another Flood Study

    A grassroots group of landowners? Beetroots more likely. Plummer? And ND asked for MN to foot the bill, they’re a little short right now. C’mon Brian that one was ripe.

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