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FBI releases more details on St. Cloud mall attacker

Plus: no punishment for UND racist Snapchat posts; St. Anthony asks to join federal police-community relations program; state House candidate now denies past domestic abuse; and more.

Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud
MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi

A little more information about the St. Cloud mall attack. MPR’s Jon Collins and Peter Cox report: “Dahir Ahmed Adan’s actions leading up to his knife attacks on patrons at St. Cloud’s Crossroads Center mall suggest he ‘may have been radicalized,’ an FBI investigator said Thursday. … Briefing reporters on the investigation, FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton and other authorities laid out a harrowing narrative of Adan’s life in the months leading up to the Sept. 17 attacks as well as the attacks themselves, where Adan roamed the mall in a security guard uniform carrying two steak knives as video cameras captured the trauma.”

Well, hopefully some lessons were learned anyway. The Star Tribune’s reports: “University of North Dakota officials announced late Wednesday that they concluded an investigation into two racially charged Snapchat photos, and have decided not to punish the students involved. … ‘After a full review of the information, the Code of Student Life, and the laws pertaining to each incident, and after consulting with General Council, [the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities] has concluded that neither incident constitutes a violation of the UND Code of Student Life,’ the school wrote in a statement.”

Could be a good idea. MPR’s Christopher Juhn reports: “City officials say St. Anthony has asked to join a federal program after one of its police officers fatally shot a black man this summer. … The St. Paul suburb said Wednesday the Department of Justice is reviewing its application to be included in the Collaborative Reform Initiative. The program aims to help cities improve trust between police and communities they serve.”

Changing his story. The Star Tribune’s J. Patrick Coolican reports: “Jerald Loud, a DFL candidate for an open Minnesota House seat, has published a paid advertisement in a local newspaper that contradicts the account of his ex-wife, who told the Star Tribune that Loud beat her when they were married more than three decades ago. … ‘This past week many of you received several mailers that say I battered my ex-wife,’ the ad reads. ‘It implied that I’m a dangerous person and unfit to represent my district. Please know this is not true.’”

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