U.S. Attorney Luger warns of danger of terror recruitment in Minneapolis

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger
MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger

Tough talk from the U.S. Attorney. MPR’s Laura Yuen and Tom Weber report: “Some Twin Cities Somalis are ‘in denial’ about the threat of terror recruitment and should work with law enforcement to fight the ongoing radicalization of their youth, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andy Luger said Tuesday. … In his first interview since three Minneapolis men were convicted two weeks ago of trying to join ISIS extremists in Syria, Luger offered his strongest argument yet toward those who’ve criticized the FBI’s investigation and the U.S. attorney’s office prosecution.”

Only two passengers were on the plane with Prince when it had to make an emergency landing a week prior to his death. One of them, musician Judith Hill, spoke to the New York Times’ Melena Ryzik about what happened: ‘His eyes fixed,’ just before he nodded off across a table from her, Ms. Hill, 32, recalled in an interview here, speaking for the first time about her presence on the April 15 flight from Atlanta, after Prince’s two shows there. Only one other passenger was on the private jet, Prince’s longtime friend and aide Kirk Johnson. They were bound for Paisley Park, Prince’s estate outside Minneapolis. Over vegetables and pasta, Prince and Ms. Hill discussed his performances that night, which turned out to be his last public concerts; other musicians like the funk singer Betty Davis; and photography, one of Prince’s hobbies.”

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The AP’s Scott McFetridge considers the skyway problem: “Across the country, a debate is growing over what to do with the cozy corridors, bridges and tunnels that have helped create urban ghost towns. Cincinnati decided to dismantle half its 1-mile-plus system and Baltimore has taken down seven bridges, with plans to remove two more, to push people back onto the streets. Minneapolis, which is spending $50 million to overhaul its glitzy Nicollet Mall downtown, is being urged by some residents to do the same. Spokane, Washington, which has one the most extensive systems, is turning away from any further expansion.”

Seems like this will make for some awkward neighborhood block parties. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers has an update on chainsawed-in-half-garage-gate: “The Minnesota Court of Appeals has backed a rural Nashwauk man who sawed his neighbor’s garage in half in a property boundary dispute. … A three-judge panel of the appellate court, in a 10-page decision released Monday, said Roger Weber was on his own property when he sawed the garage that apparently was half on his property and half on property owned by Mark Besemann.”

In other news…

A little Pride reading: “Minnesota’s proud, resilient gay rodeo gets back in the saddle” [City Pages]

This is the “person of interest” in the Jacob Wetterling abduction: “Heinrich won’t get venue change for child-porn trial” [St. Cloud Times]

Cue the amateur design critics: “UND unveils new logo for its Fighting Hawks nickname” [Star Tribune]

It’s all happening in EAGAN:

Well I’ll be damned: “DNR decides not to rebuild Blue Mounds State Park dam” [Worthingon Daily Globe]

Weekend project: “Celebrate Paul Bunyan with plaid-themed Lumberjack cake” [Inforum]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 06/22/2016 - 12:59 pm.

    Build a wall!

    I know it isn’t a dramatic, but wouldn’t it have been more useful to build a wall and cut a door into that garage?

  2. Submitted by Richard Callahan on 06/22/2016 - 02:46 pm.

    Skyways

    I’m old enough to remember how much nicer the down towns were before the skyway system. The street level was full of people and inviting store fronts. Now, it is inhospitable and ugly. I’d vote to tear them down.

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