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Pokémon players damaging Eden Prairie park

Plus: Black Lives Matter’s white allies; construction begins on Linden Hills apartment development; DNR bans out-of-state deer carcasses; and more. 

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Pokémon makes Purgatory hell. KARE’s Dylan Wohlenhaus reports: “‘Pokémon Go’ has created quite the buzz and rush to snag all the characters. … Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie seems to be a popular place for them. The park is also home to a veterans memorial. Unfortunately its popularity has led to some damage to park property. … ‘Some people have searched  through the flower gardens and trampled some of the plants in there. We were also getting feedback that some were being disrespectful to the Veterans Memorial. Sitting on top of the memorial, leaning on the statues,’ Jay Lotthammer says.”

It’s not just Eden Prairie: “Cooler heads defuse Pokemon showdown in Winona” [MPR]

If you’ve ever wondered why Black Lives Matter protests in Minnesota look so white, Randy Furst’s story for the Star Tribune is worth your consideration: “White Minnesotans are fueling the influx of protesters across the Twin Cities area in the wake of Castile’s death and the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis last November. They share a common view with their Black Lives Matter counterparts: That the killing of black men by police is due to systemic racism of law enforcement and other institutions. … But their participation represents a balancing act for black leaders, who say that while they welcome the support from their white allies, it’s crucial that black voices remain the crux of the movement.”

Well Linden Hills, it was a good run. The Southwest Journal’s Michelle Bruch writes: “Construction work started this week at The Linden at the former Famous Dave’s site at 43rd & Upton. … The opening is slated for July 2017. … Half of the ground-floor commercial space is leased (with a tenant yet to be announced), and developer Jake Schaffer said additional space is available for a restaurant. Six of the 29 apartments have been leased, he said.”

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Out-of-state venison is about to get a lot more dear. KSTP reports: “Starting this fall, deer hunters who hunt out of state will not be allowed to bring the whole deer carcass into Minnesota. … It’s a new restriction being implemented by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is meant to combat chronic wasting disease. … Previously, this rule affected hunters who got a deer in a state known to have the disease. This year, the rule expands to include any deer hunted outside Minnesota.”

In other news…

No word on whether American’s in-flight meals will include cheese to go with this whine: “American Airlines objects to Delta’s new Minneapolis-Tokyo route” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

So hard to drive anywhere with all these cars in your way: “Report: Minnesota Freeways are Getting More Congested” [KSTP]

Still expects to vote for him: “Paulsen condemns Trump’s comments after criticism” [Star Tribune]

Maybe we could learn something from Portland: “Our city has memorialized Bowie and Prince in the most Portland way possible” [Bike Portland]

It’s always burger time: “Burger Time in West St. Paul now open” [Pioneer Press]

Rochester breathes a collective sigh of relief: “Mayo Brothers Statue Returns” [KAAL]

Not all good news for Medtronic though: “Patients who received Medtronic product to get $8.45 million in settlements” [Star Tribune]

R.I.P.: “Ojibwe storyteller and writer Jim Northrup dies at age 73” [Star Tribune]