St. Paul names interim police chief

St. Paul Assistant Police Chief Kathy Wuorinen
St. Paul Assistant Police Chief
Kathy Wuorinen

St. Paul has a police chief for now. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “St. Paul’s mayor named an interim police chief Thursday, Assistant Chief Kathy Wuorinen, and she will be the first woman to lead the city’s police department. … Wuorinen, a St. Paul police officer for 27 years, will take the department’s helm when Chief Thomas Smith retires May 10. She’ll likely hold the position for two or three months before a permanent chief takes over.”

The Wedge is now both a co-op and a union shop. The Union Advocate reports: “Workers at the Wedge voted Tuesday to ratify their first union contract, making the Minneapolis grocer the state’s first unionized co-op. … Wedge Community Co-op workers voted last November to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, seeking higher wages, an equitable process for dealing with management and a voice in decisions that affect the co-op’s culture and working environment.”

Here’s how they’re taking the Republican Presidential Primary over in Lake Wobegon. For the Chicago Tribune, Garrison Keillor writes: “Thanks to Republicans, the country is now utterly divided between those who are thinking, ‘It is unthinkable that a man is about to win the nomination of a major party who sounds like he has never opened a book and only gets his information from guys he meets late at night in bars.’ And those who think, ‘I like him. He says a lot of things I’ve been thinking myself. And another whiskey sour, Joe. Make it a double.’ ”

Confused by the long saga of the two missing teen girls from Lakeville? ABC News’ Sean Dooley, Gail Deutsch and Alexa Valiente put together a report and timeline on the whole case so far: Living in Lakeville, Minnesota, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki appeared to be doting and loving parents to their five children, Nico, Samantha, Gianna, Nia and Gino. … But despite the happy moments their home videos captured, Sandra said she suffered years of emotional and physical abuse at David’s hand. She also claims he abused the children. … Today, Sandra is awaiting trial for felony charges of deprivation of parental rights, while David is attempting to move forward with his children. Sandra remains steadfast that she has only ever wanted to protect her children, and David denies he was ever abusive to Sandra and their kids.”

In other news…

Tough-guy hockey players have feelings too: “The Minnesota Wild, Who Backed Into The Playoffs, Don’t Want To Hear That They Backed Into The Playoffs” [Deadspin]

This interview with Replacements book author Bob Mehr also features footage of a 1989 interview with the band. [MTV]

Despite doom and gloom reports about the health insurance market, a new Minnesota company is getting in the game. [Politico — third item]

Hang 10 (below): “The Bone-Chilling Science of Surfing on Lake Superior” [Outside]

This real estate listing in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood claims to be the original home of Twin/Tone Recordings. [Zillow]

Living in Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota is about to get slightly more tolerable: “Surly expanding distribution into Nebraska and Dakotas” [The Growler]

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