Minneapolis ballot measure fights head to court

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Supporters of a charter amendment to raise the minimum wage in Minneapolis rally in city council chambers before last Wednesday's meeting.

Headed to courtMPR’s Brandt Williams has the story on a widely anticipated move in Minneapolis: “A lawsuit filed this week seeks to compel the city of Minneapolis to place a mandatory $15 an hour minimum wage proposal on the November ballot. The suit argues the Minneapolis city council was wrong when it voted to reject the measure last week. Minneapolis City attorney Susan Segal had advised council members that setting a citywide minimum wage was more appropriate as an ordinance, not an amendment to the city charter. …  Supporters of a police insurance requirement ballot measure denied by the city council last week have also filed a lawsuit seeking a similar decision.”

Chris Coleman wants more jobs. In the Pioneer Press, Frederick Melo writes: “In his 11th annual budget address Tuesday at Metropolitan State University’s Great Hall, Coleman said the city will focus on boosting job creation. The mayor said St. Paul will add 3,000 jobs within three years, in part through $2 million in loans and grants to employers who promise to grow their workforce in areas of concentrated poverty. St. Paul ended 2015 with 179,897 jobs, according to the city’s Market Watch report. ‘We must seize the momentum that we have created and do for business what we have done for residents,’ Coleman said.”

Also from MPR, this from Peter Cox: “A new report from the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission found several issues with the department’s process for filing misconduct complaints, especially at the precinct level. The draft report, called ‘Complaint Filing Experience,‘ examines ways in which people can file misconduct complaints, including filing online, filing complaints directly with the Officer of Police Conduct Review (OPCR) or the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) and filing complaints at precincts.”

Check out this dude. Another Forum News Service story says, “The northwestern Minnesota man accused of firing a high-powered rifle at a helicopter carrying federal and local drug task force agents Monday faces three felony charges, including second-degree attempted murder. Carstie Lee Clausen, 71, of Clearbrook appeared Tuesday in Clearwater County District Court, where a judge set bail at $300,000 without conditions or $150,000 with condition. … Clausen told officers he felt the flyovers conducted by the helicopter were harassment, the complaint said.”

Oh sure, now it clouds up. Mary Lynn Smith of the Strib breaks it to us that, “The night sky will burst Thursday with a spectacular meteor shower. Unfortunately, it might be a bust for most Minnesotans. Storm clouds will keep what’s being billed as one of the best shooting star shows out of view for much of the state. Those living under dark clouds can either head towards Fargo, where skies will be clearer or wait for better weather and skies on Friday — the second best night for the Perseid meteor shower.”

As usual, the story of the day comes from our fine neighbors to the east. The AP reports, “A Wisconsin man has his prosthetic leg back after the lost limb was discovered sticking out of a beaver dam by two canoers. Elliot Fuller and Jason Franklin spotted the leg while paddling between a pair of lakes near Wabeno in Forest County on Thursday, the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported. Fuller said they were convinced it was part of a corpse until they got close enough to pull it out.”

Or maybe not: “A Rosemount man who caused a fatal crash in Lakeville and then hid naked in a stranger’s townhouse to elude police was sentenced Tuesday to 42 months in prison,” writes the PiPress’ Nick Ferraro

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