Protesters want to re-establish Summit Avenue encampment

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And the rules of democracy are what again, exactly? Says Tim Nelson for MPR, “Demonstrators who were evicted from in front of the governor’s residence in St. Paul met with City Council members Wednesday afternoon and said they want to be allowed to reestablish their encampment on Summit Avenue. ‘We’re asking for a permit to peacefully protest. Along with that permit, we want to have our generator for our power needs,’ said Curtis Avent, one of the protest leaders. ‘We’re also asking that our basic necessities that any human being be awarded, and not be bartered away.’”

Also, Marino Eccher of the PiPress has this: “Two officers grabbed Maddie Harrison’s legs, pulling them and lifting her body off the ground. Another two pried at her shoulders as she locked arms with the demonstrators next to her. Amid a cacophony of shouts and screams, they dragged her away. As St. Paul police described it, the arrest, recorded on video in front of the Governor’s Residence on Tuesday, was a necessary step in maintaining safety on the scene. In the eyes of Harrison and fellow demonstrators, it was a traumatizing illustration of police tactics they decry as callous and brutal.”

Well, they certainly haven’t endorsed Hillary. Also at MPR: Mark Zdechlik reports, “Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison stressed party unity and linked Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan at a Wednesday morning meeting with Democratic convention delegates from Minnesota and Tennessee. … Ellison urged strong Democratic voter turnout in November to support Clinton. Ellison, the only African American in Minnesota’s congressional delegation, warned about the racial implications of the election and claimed that the Ku Klux Klan wants Trump elected.”

Yet another gap, even after an achievement. Krystal Frasier of The NorthlandNewsCenter (TV stations 6 and 3 in Duluth) says, “According to a new study, minorities in Minnesota are less likely to be employed full time and earn less than whites after graduating from a higher education facility. The study was done by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and looked at employment outcomes two years after graduation for American Indians, Asians, Hispanics, African-Americans, whites, and people of two or more races.”

Stop the presses. Tom Miller in the Grand Forks Herald writes, “UND men’s hockey fans were spoiled Wednesday afternoon. Not only did UND and Minnesota announce the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Las Vegas, but the Gophers and Fighting Hawks also revealed a new four-year deal for the rivalry starting in 2019-20. The combination of the two announcements means UND and Minnesota will play seven consecutive years. The teams, who haven’t met the past two seasons after playing continuously for 65 years, rekindle the rivalry beginning next season in Minneapolis’ Mariucci Arena.”

Obviously, it wasn’t a fast crossing. Daniel Uria of the UPI says, “A Minnesota police officer helped rescue a nearly 40-pound turtle that was spotted attempting to cross a local highway. Eden Prairie Police Department shared a photo of officer Spencer Barrie, who responded to reports of a large turtle attempting to cross highway 212. Another officer originally saw the two-foot long, 30-40 pound turtle crossing the highway and called Barrie, who joined the police force last month, for assistance. Barrie arrived at the scene and carefully picked up the turtle and loaded it into a truck in order to relocate it.”

For KMSP-TV Ted Haller says, “Minnesota will be on the front lines of the fight against bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The Minnesota Department of Health’s lab was selected as one of seven regional labs, and will coordinate with nine states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas. The lab is tasked with detecting new resistant bacteria, responding to outbreaks, and gathering and sharing data for better research.”

Meanwhile, the AP is saying,An international soccer match next week at the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium could set a soccer attendance record in Minnesota. More than 55,000 tickets already have been sold for the match, the first event at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Chelsea will host A.C. Milan as part of the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, Aug.  3.” Soccer? Is that the one where they don’t use their hands?

We could always sell some to California. John Enger, for the Duluth News Tribune, says, “The water levels on Minnesota’s border lakes have been managed the same way for 15 years, and during seven of those the area has been hit with high water and floods.  … Now, after more than 15 years, DeWolfe said it’s time to take a look back and see how that rule curve affected the area.”

Hey, my bat houses are up. At MPR, Paul Huttner says, “Minnesotans know mosquitoes are a fact of life in summer. Thanks to climate change, mosquito season in Minnesota is now more than a month longer since 1980, according to a new study by Climate Central. Climate Central The Climate Central report analyzes the number of days with ideal temperature and humidity for mosquitoes since 1980 across the U.S.. The study includes the 200 largest cities in the U.S., and Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks 3rd highest for the increased number of ideal mosquito days in the nation.”

Tricky issue. Also at MPR, Jon Collins reports, “When Colleen Ronnei found that her son Luke was using heroin, she fought for him. Desperately. She sent Luke to Hazelden for treatment. She screened his cell phone and blocked suspicious numbers.She even took to following him when he left the house, which led her to a woman she suspected of selling him heroin from the parking lot of the  Southdale Center shopping mall. Colleen wrote down the car’s license plate number and description and brought it to police. … The heroin that killed Luke Ronnei came from the woman Colleen had reported to police and confronted. Holding the woman accountable for her role in his death become her mission.

Paul Walsh of the Strib, “A personal injury attorney was suspended Wednesday from practicing law in Minnesota for at least five years for stabbing a man in the rib cage in the lobby of a posh hotel in downtown Minneapolis. … The dispute ignited when the victim, Daniel Kerkinni, 31, of Edina made a joke about his beauty queen fiancée and Riehm’s wife. Riehm then stabbed the victim with a steak knife, puncturing his lung.” 

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