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Speakers push fear of Islam in rural Minnesota

Plus: Minnesota health-insurance premium increases fourth highest in nation; state has trouble finding places for released sex offenders; Paisley Park museum approved; and more.

John Guandolo

Scaring people still good business. MPR’s John Enger reports: “At Minnesota’s northernmost border, about 120 people filled the Warroad Baptist Church to hear former FBI agent John Guandolo warn them about what he calls the threat of Islam. … It was big turnout for an event that was not advertised in a town of less than 2,000 people. … ‘Are you prepared?’ Guandolo called out. ‘Are you prepared for the two or three dozen jihadis in, pick a city in Minnesota, with mortars or shoulder-fired rockets? You don’t think they can get those in the United States?’ … More than one hundred people attended the ‘Understanding the Jihadi Threat’ event at the Warroad Baptist Church.”

Minnesota near the top of yet another national ranking. The Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery writes: “Minnesota’s 59 percent premium increases on its individual health insurance market have been shocking consumers and politicians alike, but they’re not even the highest in the country. … New figures released Monday show an average premium increase of 25 percent in the 39 states using the federal insurance exchange. Minnesota uses a state-run exchange, MNsure. Among the 43 states with available data, Minnesota has the fourth-highest premium increase, behind Tennessee, Oklahoma and the 116 percent increase in Arizona.”

This is going to be an uphill battle. The St. Peter Herald’s Dana Melius and Nancy Madsen report: “The Minnesota Department of Human Service’s recent efforts to reintegrate sex offenders discharged from its secure MSOP facility briefly included a renovation of a Kasota Township property that would house up to six high-risk sex offenders who have progressed in treatment. But an Oct. 31 purchase agreement was terminated after nearby residents launched an aggressive plan that includes a proposed ordinance that will severely limit where sex offenders can live in Le Sueur County. … DHS Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper said efforts to bring together local law enforcement and government officials Sept. 15 to inform them of the state’s plans to renovate the four-plex, located on Hwy. 99 just east of St. Peter, ‘backfired on us.’ ”

Paisley Park museum a go. The Pioneer Press reports: “Paisley Park will begin operating as a permanent museum this week after the Chanhassen City Council approved a rezoning request Monday. … Public tours of Prince’s residence and recording studio will resume Friday, according to the museum’s website. … Tickets are available now for tour dates through the end of the year; tour dates for 2017 are expected to go on sale by mid-November.”

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