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St. Anthony commits to investigating racial bias in policing

Plus: GOP House candidate has controversial Facebook posts; shipwreck found in Lake Superior; St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge finalists announced; and more.

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

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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: