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Convicted rapist (and former Viking) Sharper nominated to NFL Hall of Fame

Plus: St. Paul police conduct protest training; U.S. Bank CEO warns employees against disparaging Wells Fargo; challenger raises terrorism issue in 1st District race; and more.

Former Minnesota Viking safety Darren Sharper and his lawyer, Leonard Levine.

Just when you think the NFL can’t sink any lower… The AP reports (via the Star Tribune): “ The inclusion of former NFL safety and convicted rapist Darren Sharper on this year’s list of Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees has created a national outcry. … Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowler, pleaded guilty in 2015 to drugging and raping up to 16 women in four states. U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced him to 18 years in prison last month.”

Will probably come in handy in the future. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “St. Paul police are putting on the training for more than 1,000 officers in the Twin Cities — about half from the capital city’s police department and the rest from 15 other agencies. Officers are learning more about First Amendment rights of protesters, hearing about looking out for themselves when they come under attack physically or verbally, and practicing tactics for making arrests when necessary. … ‘It’s a tough balance because we want people to be able to express whatever their issue is, even if it’s an anti-government or anti-police message, but we want to see that done in a manner that the public and protesters and the officers are all safe when that happens,’ said St. Paul Police Senior Cmdr. Steve Frazer.”

After all, they’re in this together. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz reports that U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis is playing nice on competitor Wells Fargo’s recent major snafu: “Fair warning to any U.S. Bank employees looking to capitalize on competitor Wells Fargo’s recently tarnished reputation: Don’t. … Or at least don’t use an orange flier. … ‘So help me God, if I find a branch in one market with an orange flier that says if you bank at Wells come to U.S. Bank, they’re going to be let go,’ said U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis, at an investor’s event in New York on Thursday. ‘That’s not the way we do business. It will come to us if we’ve earned it.’”

So here’s what’s going on in the campaign in Minnesota’s First Congressional District. The Rochester Post Bulletin’s Hannah Yang reports: “Outside the fences of the Federal Medical Center in Rochester on Thursday, Republican 1st District candidate Jim Hagedorn lashed out against Democratic policies on terrorism and refugees. … Hagedorn accused Rep. Tim Walz of seeking to bring terrorists to Southeast Minnesota and endangering its people. The Blue Earth Republican said that the congressman voted to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and supported the transferring of ‘the worst radical Islamic terrorists’ into the United States, specifically, the FMC.”

In other news…

Follow-up on the GOP state House candidate with a distaste for Abraham Lincoln: “House candidate resigns from legislative job after inflammatory Facebook posts surface” [Pioneer Press]

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It’s always the last place you look: “Explorers find 1910 train wreck at bottom of Lake Superior” [Pioneer Press]

Amazing that nobody involved in process of creating this stopped to say, “Hey, maybe this isn’t a good idea”: “Girls High School Basketball Team’s Poster Is Very Good And Very Bad” [Deadspin]

About time to get your leaf-peep on: “Where to see fall colors this weekend” [MPR]

This is spreading in a big way: 

Lookin’ good, Paul! “Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan gets a new paint job” [West Central Tribune]