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Drunk driving deaths were up in Minnesota in 2015

Hopefully not the start of a trend. KSTP’s Jennie Lissarrague reports:More people died in drunk driving-related crashes in 2015 compared to 2014, but the numbers are lower than they were a decade ago. … New numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show 95 people were killed in drunk driving-related crashes last year, compared to 88 people in 2014. … While the numbers are up compared to the previous year, DPS officials say this year’s number is an 8 percent decrease from five years ago, when 103 people lost their lives in 2011.”

The consequences of not being a “cold Omaha.” MPR’s Peter Cox writes: “The Twins, Vikings, Gophers football and the St. Paul Saints all have home games tonight. … It’s the first time that sporting events will take place in the four major stadiums on the Green Line — between CHS Field in St. Paul and Target Field in Minneapolis — at roughly the same time. The others are TCF Bank Stadium and the newly opened U.S. Bank Stadium. … With the Minnesota State Fair, and streets under construction, travel could get tricky.” 

Much credit to mosque officials for their reaction to this. The Mankato Free Press’ Kristine Goodrich reports: “The Islamic Center in downtown Mankato had been burglarized twice since it opened in 2014. But more disturbing to its leaders are two acts of vandalism to the center’s exterior sign, said Abdi Sabrie, a founding board member of the center. … While the financial loss from the sabotaged sign is less substantial, Sabrie said it’s more troublesome because hatred likely motivated the vandal or vandals. … If a perpetrator is identified Sabrie said he’d welcome him into the Islamic Center. Any visitor is welcome to come learn about the Islam faith and the services the center provides to the growing Mankato area Muslim community and to the community at large, Sabrie said.”

Generation Next gets its next leader. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges writes: “The chief executive officer for St. Paul Public Schools will be the next executive director of the education nonprofit Generation Next. … Michelle Walker has spent nearly nine years with the school district, serving as chief of staff and chief accountability officer. She has been second-in-command for the district since October 2013.”

In other news…

Uh oh: “Minnesota and Midwest factory-conditions contract in August” [Star Tribune]

Nice idea, but you know this stuff is gonna be soggy by the time you get it: “Guy on Craigslist will bring you State Fair food” [City Pages]

!مبروك “Minneapolis district’s Arabic program grows to reach Washburn High” [Star Tribune]

Coming over to the Dark Side: “Popular St. Paul restaurateur eyeing a big opening in Minneapolis” [Star Tribune]

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