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Twin Cities-based beauty school chain shuts down

Plus: Minneapolis housing authority approves “Mogadishu, Minnesota” filming; more details emerge in Twin Cities archdiocese investigation; St. Paul police chief pledges improvement; and more.

The GleanAny tips on how to prevent our makeup from running while we shed a tear for these poor for-profit college administrators? The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh and Maura Lerner report: “A longtime Twin Cities-based beauty school has closed all of its 79 locations, including several in Minnesota, without warning. … Regency Beauty Institute, with headquarters in St. Louis Park, stripped down its website Wednesday and said, ‘It is with great sadness that we announce that after more than 50 years of educating cosmetology students, Regency Beauty Institute is permanently closing on September 28, 2016.’ … The school listed several reasons for the sudden shuttering, including a lack of revenue, shrinking enrollment and a ‘negative characterization of for-profit education by regulators and politicians that continues to worsen.’

“Mogadishu, Minnesota” will go forward. MPR’s Euan Kerr reports: “The forces of commerce, ethnic culture and politics collided in the cramped meeting room of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority on Tuesday when a capacity crowd heard arguments over whether to allow three days of filming around MPHA properties in Cedar Riverside for the controversial HBO drama ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota.’ … Ultimately, the housing authority gave conditional approval for HBO to shoot around its properties. Filming is slated to begin in mid-October. … However, opponents of the show worry it will cast a bad light on the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community.”

More on this sordid story. The Star Tribune’s Jean Hopfensperger writes: “The Ramsey County attorney’s office released the final mountain of documents from its criminal investigation into the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis this week, providing new details of allegations of sexual advances by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and of the church’s mishandling of convicted sex offender Curtis Wehmeyer. … Nienstedt’s interactions with seminarians drew concern from young men and clergy leaders more recently than had been revealed before, including during his seven-year tenure in St. Paul ending in 2015, according to files.”

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Room for improvement in St. Paul. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “Nearly 100 days after St. Paul’s police chief started his job, he told the City Council about his plans: working with the community to review all the department’s policies, expanding community outreach work and moving the role of school resource officers beyond enforcement. … Todd Axtell said Wednesday that his vision is shaped by recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, released last year. … “We have a great police department right now, but I believe we can be even better, and I believe community engagement, building trust and transparency is the foundation of everything that we do,” Axtell said ahead of Wednesday’s council meeting.”

In other news…

It’s seriously scary up there: “Anoka Chosen as Host City for Unveiling of Halloween-Themed Stamps” [KSTP]

Well, let’s not be hasty: “Team Europe says we’re not ‘basement-dwelling irritants’ ” [Pioneer Press]

Steelworkers union: “3M Cottage Grove workers say they’re ready to strike” [Workday Minnesota]