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Court orders unconditional release for man committed to sex offender program

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Terhaar to go free. The Star Tribune’s Chris Serres reports: “A Minnesota court has ordered the first-ever full and unconditional discharge from Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program, choosing a young man who has spent the past six years in state confinement solely for sexual acts he committed as a child. … Eric Terhaar, 26, was committed indefinitely to state custody in 2009, even though he never has been convicted of a sexual offense as an adult and was confined in part because of acts he committed as young as age 10, and which could have been influenced by his own sexual victimization, court records show.”

Some non-fried food for thought. At the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Rachel Wannarka and Jason Sole have a take on the fair you’re not likely to read in other media outlets: “What’s the correlation between the Minnesota State Fair and fairness in the criminal justice system? … As fairgoers begin the day with excitement and energy around the Great Minnesota Get-Together, it is critical that we acknowledge how the State Fair has always been a place of oppression for people of color. The Minnesota Territory ran its first territorial fair in 1854. The 1857 census shows fewer than 100 black residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul combined. The fair became the state fair in 1859, one year after Minnesota’s statehood. It has taken place in 151 of the 156 subsequent years, only being canceled for reasons such as war and polio outbreaks.”

Christopher “Worst Place to Live in America” Ingraham is really milking this thing for all it’s worth. Here’s his latest dispatch from Red Lake County, reprinted in the Pioneer Press: “RED LAKE, Minn. — Last week, I sat in a dunk tank at the American Legion in Red Lake Falls, Minn., as part of a fundraiser for the town pool. Being in a dunk tank is one of the few occasions a grown-up can shout mean things at elementary-school kids in public without fear of censure, and I took full advantage as kids stepped up and lobbed softballs in my direction. … I did not realize it in the chaos of the moment, but there was an element of poetic justice to the whole affair: That evening marked one year, to the day, since I had penned an article offhandedly naming Red Lake County America’s “worst place to live.” With that story, I unwittingly put into motion a chain of events that would lead to my visiting the place, moving my family there and finally, that day at 6:30 p.m. under a big blue Midwestern sky, getting dropped into a tub of lukewarm water over and over by some of the finest arms at J.A. Hughes Elementary School.”

Water controversy. MPR’s Doualy Xaykaothao reports: “The international controversy surrounding the burkini — the long, loose swimwear used by Muslim women, and banned by certain cities in France — has been unsettling for some women and girls in Minnesota. … Citing security concerns after terrorist attacks, French authorities in at least 15 cities have been issuing citations and forcing some women to remove their swimsuits. From the pool in Coon Rapids, Hussain, executive director of a new group called Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, sees such actions as counterproductive in the fight against extremism.”

In other news…

Attention Duluthians and Duluth enthusiasts: “MPCA seeks input on Minnesota Slip cleanup” [Duluth News Tribune]

The Pioneer Press’ Kathy Berdan interviewed a large gopher: “Minnesota State Fair mascot Fairchild turns 50 – and tells all”

Maybe someone’s got a beef? “Moo done it? Udderly disgusting vandalism found on ‘world’s largest’ ND cow sculpture” [Inforum]

A different era in basketball: “Why Minneapolis Lakers’ loss to Globetrotters was so meaningful” [ESPN]

Hope you got your tickets: “U.S. Bank Stadium Sold Out For Vikings 2016 Season; Team Launches Wait List” [Minnesota Vikings]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/25/2016 - 04:33 pm.

    Racial Oppression at the Fair?

    I read the linked Daily Planet article, and the only connection between the Minnesota State Fair and racial oppression is that Philando Castile was killed near the fairgrounds. Otherwise, there are facts about the small African American population in early Minnesota, and stories about racism at other state fairs.

    The article does not live up to its headline.

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