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More arrests in front of governor’s residence

Plus: Minnesota’s diverse DNC contingent; bear cools off in Duluth kiddie pool; pedestrian-friendly crossing in Minneapolis on hold; and more.

Arrests in front of the Governor’s mansion got national attention. The AP says, “Police have arrested at least 46 people while trying to reopen the street in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion. St. Paul police said on Twitter that an additional 19 people were arrested Tuesday for public nuisance and unlawful assembly near the Summit Avenue residence. That’s on top of the 26 adults and one juvenile who were arrested earlier in the day. Police spokesman Steve Linders says an officer was treated for heat exhaustion.”

Peter Cox, Tim Nelson and Matt Sepic at MPR report, “Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds accused the police of a ‘show of military force against unarmed peaceful protesters’ and said she would not tell people to stop the protest. ‘I’m not telling the people to move. They deserve to be out here,’ she said at one point on the protest line. ‘We don’t need to be treated like animals and criminals when we’re simply out here demanding justice for someone who didn’t deserve to be killed.’”

Ok, let’s try this. Maura Lerner at the Strib reports, “The University of Minnesota is creating a special panel of students, faculty members and staff to decide if students accused of sexual assault should be disciplined. Officials said they plan to train a pool of 35 volunteers to preside over hearings, as part of an effort to cope with an upsurge in complaints about sexual misconduct on campus.”

It’s officially time to move on. Don Davis of the Forum News Service writes, “Don Bye of Pequot Lakes has attended all but one national convention since the demonstration-plagued 1968 Chicago event and said backers of a defeated candidate often leave unhappy. At his first convention, Bye said, many supporters of U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota ‘walked out feeling very, very sour’ after Vice President Hubert Humphrey, a former Minnesota U.S. senator, beat him for the party nomination. ‘That gave us (President Richard) Nixon for too long,’ Bye said.” And then there was Ralph Nader.

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It’s hot! Can you blame the guy? The WCCO-TV story says, “The warm weather this past week has a lot of us seeking lakes and pools. It turns out, a bear in northern Minnesota had the same idea. Dave from Duluth took a picture of a bear in his backyard, relaxing in a kiddie pool.” And yes, there is a picture.

But did they mention Bob Dylan? Says Tim Pugmire for MPR, “ U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison shared the duty of making Minnesota’s roll call speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. … But before sharing the votes, Klobuchar and Ellison dropped a lot of names as evidence of ‘great state’ status. Klobuchar began with a rhyme. ‘The state of Prince’s Purple Rain and the birthplace of Tim Kaine,’ Klobuchar said. She also mentioned Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Al Franken, Vice President Walter Mondale.” And … Spam? World’s Greatest Donuts?

Eh, not so many in Cleveland. Pugmire also report, “Minnesota’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention has a noteworthy amount of racial and ethnic diversity, including three Somali-American delegates and one alternate. Asad Aliweyd of Eden Prairie, a delegate supporting Bernie Sanders, was proudly boasting about the high representation Tuesday at the delegation’s hotel outside Philadelphia. ‘We have only one other Somali, from South Carolina. That’s it’, Aliweyd said. ‘Minnesota has the largest delegates of Muslims and Somalis in the entire convention.’”

A reflective moment from Current jock Mary Lucia, who was victimized by a stalker, on her recent personal crisis. “Have you ever been stuck? I mean circumstantially paralyzed. All throughout 2014 – 15, on a daily basis, I had to remind myself to breathe. A year ago, my life came to an unnerving crescendo of crap that left me in desperate need of change. … It’s a heavy crossroads when you start to take stock of your life and career and ask yourself, ‘What is really keeping me here? Is everything I thought to be right now terribly wrong?’ Colored with overwhelming feelings that both my home and workplace felt like a crime scene, I simply did not know where I belonged anymore.” Don’t leave, Mary. You’re an asset to these towns.

A whole new variation on protecting and serving. Says Kevin Cusick in the PiPress, “A former Hudson, Wis., police officer resigned this year after he admitted to using police resources for nearly 100 sexual encounters and spending about half his work-time making personal phone calls, according to data released by police. Eight-year department veteran John Worden …  also falsified daily work logs 146 times; exhibited conduct unbecoming an officer by having sex an estimated 98 times while on duty; failed to meet department performance expectations; and lied to a supervisor about how he spent his time at work, according to Willems’ summary of violations.”

And another guy with a unique notion of what’s his. Says Tory Cooney in the PiPress, “A homeless St. Paul man was charged Monday with second degree burglary after ignoring repeated warnings to stay away from a Roseville house purchased by somebody else. Over a two-month period after the house’s sale, John Calvin Gill, 46, had mail sent to the property, put his belongings inside, attempted to change the locks, claimed to own it and falsely reported a dead body in the basement, according to the criminal complaint.” Did he at least mow the lawn or clean out the gutters?

It’s pretty good right now. Says Bill Hudson for WCCO-TV, “Nothing says summer in Minnesota quite like fresh picked, locally grown sweet corn. … On hot, sweltering summer days, farmers swear they can hear it grow. Guess these fields have been talking a lot late. ‘It’s a good crop this year,’ vegetable grower Eric Nathe said.” But just wait for the bacon harvest.

You never know when the whole world is looking at you. Says Bob Collins at MPR, “Sean Kehren, 22, didn’t do anything to earn the ridicule of the Internet other than be engaged in civic life by, in this case, becoming a delegate from the 8th Congressional District to the Democratic National Convention. He was shown during television coverage last night crying as Bernie Sanders implored his followers to support Hillary Clinton. His choice in hats earned him the identity as ‘Crying Peter Pan ‘or ‘Crying Robin Hood’. … Kehren, a Gustavus Adolphus grad, apparently can stand the heat when the Internet has a little fun at his expense. He’s the guy who ran over to a burning automobile on I-35 in Pine City in May and pulled a woman out.”

And here’s a lawsuit for you, too. Tu-Uyen Tran of the Grand Forks Herald writes, “Upstream opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion have sued the state of Minnesota, claiming its environmental review was unlawful. The Department of Natural Resources had deferred too much to the Diversion Authority’s narrow goals, which resulted in the elimination of better options, the Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority opposed to the project argued in the suit filed Friday, July 22, with the state Court of Appeals.”

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Stalled. Says Eric Roper in the Strib, “A plan to stitch up the freeway gash that divides Cedar-Riverside from downtown Minneapolis by converting an old exit ramp into a pedestrian friendly crossing has been delayed amid a debate over cars. … But designs that have emerged combine vehicle traffic with walking and bicycling space. And they have not gone over well with some residents concerned about more cars in an already congested neighborhood bustling with playing children and adults on foot.”