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Black Lives Matter targeting Rosedale for Sunday protest

Plus: officer involved in Castile shooting attended ‘Bulletproof Warrior’ training; Essar Steel Minnesota gets new CEO; state-paid stadium execs want to stay on the job; and more.

Rashad Turner, the leader of the St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter
MinnPost photo by Kristoffer Tigue

Black Lives Matter is targeting … Rosedale mall. In the PiPress, Mara Gottfried writes, “Black Lives Matter St. Paul plans to protest at Roseville’s Rosedale shopping center Sunday afternoon to press Falcon Heights to terminate its contract with St. Anthony police, whose officer shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop. ‘Lets shut it down,’ said a post on the group’s Facebook page announcing the 1 p.m. action. ‘(L)ets hit them where it hurt$.’ The group made the announcement because Falcon Heights hasn’t taken steps to end the contract, including at a city council meeting Wednesday night.”

At The New York Times, Mitch Smith and Timothy Williams get into the “Bulletproof Warrior” training of Jeronimo Yanez. “The “Bulletproof Warrior” booklet handed out at the company’s seminars addresses warfare as much as police work. A copy of the booklet was obtained by The New York Times. It has charts and graphs on ‘Combat Efficiency’ and ‘Perceptual Distortions in Combat.’ The booklet portrays a world of constant and increased threat to officers, despite more than two decades of declining violent crime in the United States, and the fact that the last few years have been among the safest to be an American police officer. One section is titled ‘Pre-attack Indicators.’ It says, ‘Unfortunately, the will to survive is all too often trained out of the psyches of our police officers,’ and warns of ‘predators’ and ‘adversaries’ who are younger than officers and who have ‘been in more gunfights and violent encounters.’ It advises: ‘An attack on you is a violent act! What is the only way to overcome that violence?’” In other words, it’s like playing army but with a real badge.

At MPR, Riham Feshir has this on the why’s of the traffic stop and shooting. “Accusations of racial profiling in Minnesota and across the country are nothing new. Minnesota lawmakers decided to take a closer look at the issue during the war on drugs in the mid-1990s. Legislators commissioned the Council on Crime and Justice and the Institute on Race and Poverty to gather and analyze traffic stop data. The 2003 report — the most recent, comprehensive, statewide review — showed blacks and Latinos were stopped at a far higher rate than whites and searched at a far higher rate. Yet, they were found in possession of drugs at a far lower rate. At the time of the report, state public safety officials said they weren’t convinced the data proved conclusively that law enforcement agents were targeting African-Americans and other minorities. Thirteen years later, though, it’s a different story, said Gavin Kearney, an attorney who co-authored the report.”

Good luck, pal. WDIO-TV in Duluth reports, “Essar Steel Minnesota announced Thursday they have a new CEO to lead the project. His name is Matthew Stock, and the company said he has 25 years of experience in the metals and mining world. … Essar filed for bankruptcy last Friday, the same day Governor Mark Dayton served them notice their mineral leases with the state would be terminated.”

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You know what I hate about the wilderness? The quiet. From up in Fargo we learn, “The Department of Natural Resources has entered into a partnership that will significantly expand adventure touring opportunities for four-wheel drive enthusiasts with more than 400 miles of trail from the shores of Lake Superior to the North Dakota border. ‘The Border to Border Off-Road Vehicle Trail (also known as the B2B trail) will be the most ambitious four-wheel drive vehicle trail project in Minnesota history,’ said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. The proposed route will link existing state and national forest roads — as well as township roads, minimum-maintenance roads and connecting spurs — that any vehicle with an off-road vehicle sticker will be able to use.” Will there be metered on-ramps?

Save the winged mapleleaf! In the Strib, Bob Timmons writes, “Nearly 30 people were part of an interagency gathering June 29 on a slice of sandy shoreline across from Hudson, Wis., with a sole focus: the livelihood of a native mussel called the winged mapleleaf that is on the federal and state endangered lists.”

Have you ever found a galaxy, much less a cluster? says, “In his nearly 40 years as a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Minnesota, Lawrence Rudnick has made countless discoveries. Yet for his latest project, he needed a little help from some new friends thousands of miles away. Rudnick followed up on the work of a pair of Russian ‘citizen scientists’ to help produce a paper on the discovery of a rare galaxy cluster 1.2 billion light years away. It’s the latest use of volunteers to help ignite discoveries in the cosmos, something Rudnick says is invaluable for him and colleagues. ‘They discovered that this little patch was part a giant structure, much larger than we had showed them,’ says Rudnick. Their discovery is called a wide-angle tail radio galaxy, one of the largest ever found and part of a previously unreported galaxy cluster.” Very cool.

Because, you know, it’s a team sport. At WCCO-TV, Pat Kessler reports, “Most of Minnesota’s delegates will cast their ballots for Marco Rubio at next week’s National Republican Convention in Cleveland. Minnesota is the only state in the country that Marco Rubio won, which commits a majority of delegates to vote for the Florida senator on the first ballot. But Minnesota’s Donald Trump delegates are unfazed. ‘It feels fabulous!’ said Sheri Auclair, an exuberant Minnesota Trump delegate. ‘I need to have the public see that there’s a lot of people like me who will hold up a sign and say ‘I support Donald Trump,’ she said.” Then again, it might have the same effect on people as that out-there hairdo she had in high school.

How do we know congressional candidate Stewart Mills is from a new and different generation. From the stuff that’s still on his Facebook page. At City Pages, Cory Zurowski writes, “The Mills Fleet Farm scion, who’s challenging DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan a second time for Minnesota’s Iron Range seat, cranked out his brand of conservative bro-humor on Facebook pretty regularly back before he was running for political office. A review of old posts on social media finds Mills making flippant references to battered women, his own laziness, and the health benefits of women swallowing after oral sex, among other topics most politicians would happily avoid.”

I mean, come on! These are good gigs. In the Strib, Rochelle Olson says, “Both state-paid executives on the panel overseeing U.S. Bank Stadium construction aim to keep their jobs when the building opens, with one focusing on marketing and the other on operations. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen, who was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton, and Executive Director Ted Mondale said earlier this week that they are both needed full time to monitor the operations of the new $1.1 billion building.”

But … but … the exchange rate is so good! Kristen Leigh Painter of the Strib reports, “Low fuel prices helped Delta Air Lines beat profit expectations in the second quarter, but revenue fell and it became one of the first major U.S. companies to signal a financial effect from Brexit. The Atlanta-based carrier — and biggest operator at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — said it will reduce its flight capacity between the United States and United Kingdom by 6 percent in its winter schedule.”

No, not an air conditioned dome over the whole city. Elizabeth Dunbar at MPR says, “A group of researchers and urban planners from across the country met this week to discuss how to design a neighborhood in Minneapolis to make it more resilient to heat waves. … One popular idea was using alternative roofs to keep temperatures down in the summer. Researchers discussed how to do that without losing needed energy in the winter.”