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Shawntera Hardy taking over as DEED commissioner

Plus: ISIL defendant pleads guilty; longtime St. Paul butcher dies in fire; a video you otter watch; and more.

Shawntera Hardy
Shawntera Hardy

There’s a new DEED boss in town. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Jim Hammerand reports: “Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben is leaving the state’s economic development agency, she said in a Thursday email obtained by the Business Journal. … Sieben said she’ll be replaced by Shawntera Hardy, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mark Dayton. Hardy, a Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree in 2015, was formerly a St. Paul city planner and director of transportation and the built environment at St. Paul nonprofit Fresh Energy.”

A change of plans. The Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor reports: “Adnan Farah, one of five defendants facing charges of plotting to go to Syria and fight for ISIL, pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Minneapolis hours after being extended a late plea deal. … Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Winter said the government re-extended an offer to Farah to plead guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after finding evidence of ‘impermissible interference’ by a member of a co-defendant’s defense team that prevented Farah from having a ‘full and fair opportunity’ to review the case against him.”

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Very sad news from St. Paul. KSTP’s Dave Aeikens and Tyler Berg report: “A longtime butcher died in a fire at a St. Paul market Thursday morning. … The fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. at Stasny’s Food Market at 1053 Western Ave. N. … The owner of the market, Jim Stasny, has identified the victim as 77-year-old Stu Gerr, who worked part-time as a butcher at the store. Geer lived in Deer River. … Geer had been a butcher for 63 years and once worked at Capitol City Meat Market on Rice Street in St. Paul.”

Someone otter do something about this. KSTP reports:Four orphaned river otters were brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota after they were found in a drain tile pipe. … The center posted to its Facebook page that those who found the otters tried to reunite them with their mother but that she never returned.” There’s a video.

In other news…

Rep. Keith Ellison won’t be intimidated by Daesh:

Diana Pierce is retiring from KARE. [KARE]

Hockey parents: “Stillwater girls hockey boosters decry ‘disgruntled few’ who attacked coach” [Pioneer Press]

Not too late: “Duluth scenic railroad earns reprieve for summer season” [Duluth News Tribune]

Well lah di dah: “Kim Bartmann plans Champagne restaurant Trapeze in Uptown” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Jared Allen to retire as a Viking. [Minnesota Vikings]

Have hope, Twins and Braves fans: “Braves (0-8) vs. Twins (0-8): Your 2017 World Series may be on deck” [Atlanta Journal Constitution]