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No federal charges against officers in Jamar Clark shooting

Plus: U launches investigation of wrestling team Xanax sales; challengers for all Minneapolis school board seats; fight over mineral leases near Boundary Waters; and more.

Jamar Clark
Credit: Kenya McKnight
Jamar Clark

No federal charges. KSTP’s Dave Aeikens reports: “Federal authorities declined Wednesday to charge two Minneapolis police officers who shot and killed Jamar Clark during a scuffle in November. … U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton released the results of a seven-month civil rights investigation at the Minneapolis FBI headquarters Wednesday. … They said there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges. Much of the evidence and reasoning was similar to what Hennepin County prosecutors concluded after their and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated.”

More on the U of M wrestling team’s Xanax problem. WCCO’s Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield reports: The University of Minnesota has opened its own probe of the wrestling program as campus police investigate a team member’s disputed allegation that the head coach covered up his wrestlers’ sale and use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. … One wrestler, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Star Tribune, told the newspaper last week that Robinson collected hundreds of Xanax pills from members of the team without reporting the issue to police or the university. The anonymous wrestler said in the interview that he told the police himself about the alleged drug ring.”

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Makes sense, what with all the glamour and glory involved. The Southwest Journal’s Dylan Thomas reports: “With the candidate filing period closed as of yesterday, it’s now clear there will be a contest for each of four open seats on the Minneapolis Board of Education this fall. … All three incumbents running for re-election will face challengers in the nonpartisan races. And although she didn’t close off the possibility entirely during a conversation in February, it’s now clear the board’s veteran member, Carla Bates, won’t be seeking a third term.”

Perhaps these mining companies are not familiar with the legal principle of “use it or lose it? MPR’s Dan Kraker reports: “Fifty years ago Wednesday, two federal mineral leases were signed for rights to copper, nickel and precious metals, just south of what would become the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. … Those leases for the area south of Ely, Minn., are now in the hands of a mining company called Twin Metals — but they expired two and a half years ago. Renewal of the leases has languished in Washington, becoming the latest point of contention in a debate over whether mining should be considered so close to the BWCA.

In other news…

Another legislative retirement: “McNamara to retire; Cottage Grove’s Tony Jurgens files for GOP in 54B” [Hastings Star Gazette]

Feels like we’ve seen this movie before, but how does it end again? “Homebuilding busts out in Twin Cities in May” [Star Tribune]

What, “dried Spam bites” wasn’t good enough for you people? “Hormel cancels Spam Snacks after six-month run” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

This was an option??? “Buffalo Wild Wings to begin testing beer to go this fall” [Crain’s]

Free idea: lowercase letters. “Guthrie Theater Hires Little & Company to Refresh its Brand” [Minneapolis Egotist]

Who else is planning to camp out? “Shake Shack opens June 9 at Mall of America, satisfying cult-like following” [Star Tribune]

Prince is bigger than The Beatles. [Star Tribune]