Closing arguments heard in Minnesota terrorism trial

The GleanThe sentence for a half-hearted conspiracy being much less. The Star Tribune reports: “The government began its summation in Minnesota’s ISIL recruitment trial Tuesday morning, with a top prosecutor asserting that three young men from Minneapolis engaged in ‘exceptionally persistent efforts’ to leave the United States and join the terrorist group in Syria. … Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty said planning and preparation by the young men spanned three long periods, from early 2014 to spring 2015, and that each defendant participated ‘wholeheartedly’ in each phase — an apparent reference to defense claims that the alleged conspiracy involved little more than periodic bravado or wishful thinking.”

Scratch that off the list of ways to afford those association fees. MPR’s Bob Collins writes: “If a police officer enters your secured condominium building without a warrant and a drug-sniffing dog outside your door detects the presence of drugs, is it an illegal search? … No, a divided Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. … Two members of the Court of Appeals ruled today that there is no expectation of privacy in the common areas of a condominium building. It also said the fact the building owners make access available to police negated the need for a warrant to enter the building.” 

Sláinte mhaith! The Star Tribune’s Joe Carlson reports: “Medtronic PLC said Tuesday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 9 percent and executives forecast stronger growth in the next year. … The medical device maker said its adjusted per-share profit amounted to $1.27, a penny more than analysts estimated, in the February to April period. Sales rose 4 percent to $7.57 billion. … Shares of Medtronic dropped about 2 percent in morning trading.”

Hoping for a Miracle on Rice … Park. The Pioneer Press’ Sarah Horner writes: “He coached the United States hockey team to Olympic gold against the heavily favored Soviet Union in 1980, and he’s the brother of a prominent St. Paul developer. … Put the two together and what do you get? … Evidently a restaurant named after you in downtown St. Paul. … Herbie’s on the Park, named after famed hockey coach Herb Brooks, is reportedly set to open this September inside 317 on Rice Park, according to a source involved in the project.”

In other news…

Good news for Iron Range: “United Taconite to reopen in October” [Mesabi Daily News]

Just in time for summer: “Lake home sales on upswing, with deals to be had” [Star Tribune]

Bloggers still a thing, apparently: “With Tourism Rising, Travel Bloggers Flock To Minnesota” [WCCO]

More weed in Moorhead: “Moorhead’s medical marijuana dispensary to open June 18” [Inforum]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Julie Barton on 05/31/2016 - 01:27 pm.

    Sláinte mhaith!

    – to you too! (now where’s my whisky dram to raise in celebration?)

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