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911 callers in Minneapolis asked to provide their names

Kate Raddatz at WCCO-TV has a piece on a new 911 phone call protocol causing some controversy in Minneapolis: “Minneapolis police are now asking 911 callers to provide their name to dispatch before officers respond. The move is an effort to help protect police from potentially dangerous situations. ‘It’s all based on the ambush killings of officers throughout this country,’ former Golden Valley police officer and use of force expert Joe Dutton said.”

WCCO also has a report on three community groups petitioning Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, calling for a truly independent prosecutor to handle the Philando Castile case: “The Minneapolis NAACP said that the county attorney’s appointment of [Don] Lewis as a special prosecutor would not be effective, adding that a ‘true independent special prosecutor’ should take the case.”

Matt Negrin, Sasha Issenberg, and Griffin Hammond at Bloomberg Politics followed and filmed state Rep. Peggy Flanagan (and some of her “SuperFlans”) as she prepared to give her speech at the Democratic National Convention last week.

William Lager at MPR News celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with a piece highlighting the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area: “From the Ferry Street bridge in Anoka to the new Hastings bridge on Highway 61, the Mississippi River’s parkland stretches down 72 miles of riverfront, connecting communities with the water. Established in 1988, it is the youngest of Minnesota’s national parks.

In other news…

That awful day: Monday marks 9th anniversary of 35W bridge collapse [KSTP-TV]

Now you can afford that quickie wedding: Higher pay, quicker marriage licenses among new laws [Associated Press]

Hope it loves mosquitoes: New species of bat found in Minnesota [WCCO-TV]

Tidiest horse stables in the Upper Midwest: 5 things weirder than $15 in the Minneapolis City Charter [NOC]

And your recovery bed is in Ohio: Mayo Clinic faces criticism for its plan to subcontract food service operations to an Atlanta-based conglomerate [Workday Minnesota]

Hopefully, it’s not a Gym: Veterans and Pokemon Go players tangle in Winona’s Veterans Memorial Park [WCCO-TV]

Down the street from the tiny taproom: Tiny houses in a tiny neighborhood could be coming to St. Paul [Pioneer Press]

So the local food service workers can bike to the Mayo: Rochester launches Nice Ride bike program [MPR News]

Okay, I think this is finally it: Nye’s Polonaise sale closes; apartments construction starts this week [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Going for a world’s record? How many vehicles can a person pass at one time? [Mankato Free Press]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Rob Sebo Lubke on 08/01/2016 - 04:54 pm.

    Just to help you work on your Minnesotan

    A person does not go to The Mayo…one goes to Mayo, or to The Clinic, but one does not go to The Mayo. You’re welcome.

  2. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 08/01/2016 - 05:48 pm.

    Work For Less

    Will the Mayo stipulate that the new food service operator honor the existing union contract and hire all of the existing staff? Or is this just another way to lower wages for working class people?

    Take taxpayer money, then lower tax payer wages. And people wonder how Trump gains traction. Talk about a rigged game.

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