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Minnesota tribes hunting moose over DNR objections

Plus: St. Paul skyway may be torn down; Edina mayor, city council apologize for arrest; City Pages profiles Speaker Kurt Daudt; and more.


Moose news. The Star Tribune’s Tony Kennedy writes: “A three-year hunting reprieve for Minnesota’s struggling moose population has come to an end this fall with the planned shooting of 38 bulls by three Chippewa Indian tribes. … Twenty-five of those moose already have been killed by members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in a legal hunt that went against the wishes of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).”

War on skyways about to claim a victim. KSTP reports: “An infamous piece of St. Paul history may soon be torn down. … It’s located downtown above Wabasha Street and is known as the ‘Skyway to Nowhere.’ … The skyway is connected to the former Macy’s building which the St. Paul Port Authority is redeveloping. They’re working with the city of St. Paul which owns the skyway to tear it down.”

Credit for sincere apology. The Star Tribune’s Pat Pheifer writes: “The Edina mayor and City Council members Tuesday night told an overflow crowd of about 150 that they were sorry about last week’s incident between a white Edina police officer and a black man. The apologies followed more than three hours of pointed comments and demands at Tuesday night’s regular council meeting.”

A pretty harsh take on Speaker Kurt Daudt from City Pages. David Schimke opens innocently enough: “Last time Minnesota voted in a general election, Kurt Daudt had one hell of a week. … Republicans in the Minnesota House won back control of the chamber in a stunning upset. They did it using his playbook. … While dazed Democrats tried to figure out how they got their asses kicked, Daudt was voted Speaker of the House, arguably the second most powerful position in the state. … The 41-year-old accepted the post during a morning press conference on November 7, 2014. He looked like a handsome high school senior who’d just won a debate trophy. The newly pressed suit, the crisp white shirt and conservative tie, the blushing grin. You couldn’t help but like the guy. … That Daudt was being publicly acknowledged by his conservative peers had to be especially gratifying. A year earlier, a roomful of Republicans wondered out loud whether he was fit to lead at all.” 

In other news…

Pretty good get, especially for a House candidate: “Obama endorses Paulsen challenger Terri Bonoff in new video” [Star Tribune]

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Is it thievery if the books are free? “Thieves empty Minneapolis-St. Paul Little Free Libraries” [Pioneer Press]

Surly losing its head … of operations: “Surly Brewing’s Todd Haug stepping down as head of operations” [City Pages]

For candy corn? “Farmer turns his combine into candy dispenser” [KARE]