St. Anthony commits to investigating racial bias in policing

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Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Philando Castile gather in front of the police department in St. Anthony on July 10.

Will be interesting to see what they come up with. MPR’s Laura Yuen reports: “A Twin Cities suburb that’s been in the spotlight ever since an African-American man was shot to death by one of its police officers took a small but significant step toward reform Tuesday night. … St. Anthony village leaders signaled their agreement, at least in principle, to join forces with residents and communities of color to investigate racial bias within the city’s Police Department. … ‘We hear you,’ Mayor Jerry Faust told a handful of activists and residents seeking a task force to look into issues of race and policing.”

We’re sure he’s sorry if you were offended. City Pages’ Susan Du takes a look at the social media presence of the Republican running for the Minnesota House in Blaine: “Nolan West, a young state legislative aide for the GOP, is tired of always being the bridesmaid. He’s running for a bona fide Minnesota House seat in Blaine. … Unfortunately, West is a racist homophobe who hates ‘fagballs,’ reveres Jefferson Davis, believes America is a ‘society of leeches,’ and loves telling unfunny jokes about Chinese laundromats and techy Indians that – even worse than being generically racist – are just plain asinine.”

Nothing like a good shipwreck story. In the Duluth News Tribune, Andrew Krueger writes: “The aged Antelope may have been one of the most venerable vessels on the Great Lakes, but it was living up to its fleet-footed namesake on that October day 119 years ago. … The 187-foot Antelope slipped beneath the waves, not to be seen again — until earlier this month when, thanks to years of work and some good fortune, a group of shipwreck hunters with Northland ties and a string of recent discoveries located the remarkably preserved vessel.”

St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge finalists. The Pioneer Press’ Kathy Berdan has the deets: “A ‘theatrical extravaganza’ on CHS Field, a ballet set to live music featuring dancers wielding snow throwers and shovels, art via hot-dog carts in Lowertown, garage galleries, billboards and lanterns for the Little Mekong Night Market. … Which of these and nearly three dozen others will get a share of $1.5 million?”

In other news…

Seems like a good idea: “Twin Cities Doctor Creates $50 EpiPen Alternative” [WCCO]

Minnesota could learn something from Wisconsin: “Could Wisconsin study solve Mille Lacs walleye decline mystery?” [MPR]

Lame: “Gold dust, diamonds among geological samples stolen from Macalester” [Pioneer Press]

Why do the Vikings get all the nice things? “Caribou Coffee Opens 1st Alcoholic Coffee Bar at US Bank Stadium” [KSTP]

Some readers may be interested in this: “Dwight Yoakam Countrifies Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ in Twangy Take on the Late Icon’s Classic” [People]

New Nordic makes its way to Minneapolis: “Nationally celebrated chef will run Tullibee, the North Loop’s new boutique hotel restaurant” [City Pages]

The sun has set on Mill City Nights: “Mill City Nights is closing” [City Pages]

Ted Williams spent part of his career in the Minneapolis:

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 09/14/2016 - 01:10 pm.

    Well, I’m a bit offended sometimes

    by the gratuitous garp that’s gargled here. Who in Hell needs the Blaine Truth? The gleaner is supposed to stay out of the muck for sake of keeping blades sharp. Think about it for more than 15 seconds, please.

    MinnPost moves from credibility to crud too easily………………………….

    • Submitted by David Wintheiser on 09/14/2016 - 02:34 pm.

      Just think of it…

      …as MinnPost’s version of C.J.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/14/2016 - 03:06 pm.

      Just to Clarify . . .

      You don’t think racist social media posts by a candidate for elective office are newsworthy?

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 09/14/2016 - 05:48 pm.


      A political candidate that called for the lynching of a black man isn’t newsworthy?

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 09/14/2016 - 05:50 pm.

      Then again

      If you live an insulated white, heterosexual world, aspiring politicians that sprew racist and homophobic hate aren’t a big deal. For those who don’t live in your world, they very much are.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 09/14/2016 - 03:39 pm.

    Nolan West needs to read about Minnesota 1st Infantry

    and their contribution at the battle of Gettysburg:

    “Charge those lines!” commanded Hancock. Every man realized in an instant what that order meant–death or wounds to us all, the sacrifice of the regiment…”

    They knew that many, if not most, of them would die, but they didn’t hesitate. This was the result:

    “Of the two hundred and sixty-two men who made the charge, two hundred and fifteen lay upon the field, struck down by Rebel bullets; forty-seven men were still in line, and not a man was missing. The annals of war contain no parallel to this charge.”

    No self respecting Minnesotan should revere anything Confederate and especially not someone who wants to Represent us.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/14/2016 - 04:10 pm.

      A self respecting Minnesotan

      He was trying to get attention as a provocateur. Think of him as a low-rent Jason Lewis (as if Mr. Lewis weren’t low-rent enough).

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