St. Louis County reopens sexual abuse investigation after APM report

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Impact. MPR’s Tom Scheck and Curtis Gilbert write: “St. Louis County social services officials said Monday they have reopened an investigation into a child sexual abuse allegation at a juvenile correctional facility on the Iron Range. … At the same time, the Minnesota Department of Corrections said it planned to meet with officials from the facility, KidsPeace Mesabi Academy in Buhl, and the county to discuss the state’s law requiring that certain abuse allegations be reported. … The St. Louis County decision came after APM Reports published a story this morning that detailed allegations about the conduct of some staffers at KidsPeace Mesabi Academy in Buhl.”

Curious. The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany reports: “A popular Minneapolis police inspector at the helm of the city’s North Side has been suspended while the department investigates allegations surrounding an unspecified “personnel matter.” … Inspector Michael Friestleben, 53, who was hand-picked last year by Chief Janeé Harteau and has drawn praise for his efforts to build community trust in the city’s Fourth Precinct, was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. … In an e-mail to City Council members, Harteau provided no reason for the suspension.”

Wide gulf here. The Star Tribune’s Andy Mannix has today’s Minnesota Poll finding: “Black and white Minnesotans have dramatically opposing views of whether authorities should have charged two Minneapolis police officers in the shooting death of Jamar Clark late last year, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. … Among black respondents, 68 percent believe that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was wrong to not file charges against the officers when he made the announcement in late March. Only 17 percent of black respondents supported Freeman’s decision. … In stark contrast, 66 percent of white respondents agreed with Freeman’s conclusion; only 11 percent disagreed.”

Hopefully nobody needs to cross the intersection before one o’clock. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “At the St. Paul crosswalk where a driver struck and fatally wounded 24-year-old Shelby Kokesch in March, leaders plan to gather Tuesday to say ‘no more.’ … Fifty-six other pedestrians and bicyclists have been hit by vehicles on the city’s streets this year and 39 of them were seriously injured, according to the Stop For Me campaign. … After a 1 p.m. news conference at Kellogg Bouelvard and Mulberry Street, where Kokesch was struck as she crossed from the Minnesota History Center with her mother on March 15, police will conduct crosswalk enforcement at the intersection.

In other news…

Yikes: “’Active shooter’ at Target was just ‘disturbance’ about transgender restrooms: Cops” [Chicago Tribune]

They’re still working on this? “Photos: Inside the state Capitol renovation” [MPR]

You don’t criticize Monsanto in “Farm News”: “Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon” [KCCI]

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords is in the state today pushing for gun reform:

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 05/03/2016 - 02:55 pm.

    Corporations

    …may be people for the purpose of buying political ads to promote their viewpoint, but they’re the sort of people – you may have relatives like this – who have both very thin skin and no observable sense of humor. Big corporations, since they’re run on a feudal model, generally don’t tolerate criticism. They spend big bucks on advertising this time of year, and the cartoon was critical of ag chemical CEO salaries. Accurate, no doubt, but not good timing.

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