Dakota Access halts pipeline construction until Friday

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Protesters standing on heavy machinery after halting work on the Energy Transfer Partners Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota on Tuesday.

Slight change of plans. REUTERS reports (via the Duluth News Tribune): “A pipeline company agreed to halt until Friday construction of an oil pipeline in parts of North Dakota where a Native American tribe says it has ancient burial and prayer sites, a lawyer for the company said in court Tuesday. … After violent clashes over the weekend between protesters and security officers near the construction site, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a neighboring Native American tribe had asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday for a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline.”

Serious time. The AP reports (via MPR): “A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for firebombing a Somali restaurant in North Dakota was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison. … Authorities say Matthew Gust, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, used an explosive made from a 40-ounce beer bottle to start a fire at the Juba Coffee House in neighboring Grand Forks in December. Prosecutors say Gust did not like Somalis and did not want them living in the area.”

Dust off the old résumé. WCCO reports: “Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen is expecting thousands of visitors when it opens its doors for public tours in October, and a lot of help will be needed. … So, on Tuesday, officials with Paisley Park say a job fair will be held on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.”

Because of the recent developments in the Wetterling case, APM Reports decided to move up the release of its podcast examining the investigation. The first two episodes are out; episode one is here.

In other news…

Today’s special: Miracle on Rice. “Restaurant honoring hockey great Herb Brooks to open Sept. 24” [Pioneer Press]

It’s so tempting to make fun of “craft grilled cheese,” but this really does sound like a good cause: “The Rehab Restaurateur” [Southwest Journal]

Two pieces of Lynx news:

Are we just being provincial or did the Vikings clearly get the best one here? “NFL Introduces Twitter Hashtag Emojis” [Bleacher Report]

Let’s give him a ham: “Ettinger to retire as CEO at Hormel Foods effective Oct. 30” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Minnesota comedy fans take note: “Mitch Hedberg’s entire discography to be released for the first time on vinyl” [Comedy Central]

Brewery boom continues: “Fair State Brewing expanding with new St. Paul production brewery” [The Growler]

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