U football players with restraining orders to face judge Tuesday

A very thorough explanation of where the sexual assault restraining orders case against five U football players stands. For the New York Times, Pat Borzi and Joe Drape write: “After a student said she was sexually assaulted by four University of Minnesota football players last month, the police and prosecutors investigated but declined to bring charges. The athletes were allowed to resume playing. … Yet they and two other players have missed one game, and five of them may miss more because of a restraining order issued by a court that prohibits the players from being near not only the student’s apartment but also her place of employment — the football stadium where the team plays its home games. … The decision to issue the order represents an unusual step from an accuser in the national debate over sexual assault accusations on campus and how they are handled.”

America’s frats: doing the right thing, eventually. The Star Tribune’s Brandon Stahl: “The national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity said it has expelled two members from its University of Minnesota chapter for their interference in a rape investigation against another fraternity member. … As detailed in Sunday’s Star Tribune, U student Daniel Drill-Mellum violently raped then 19-year-old Abby Honold in his apartment in November 2014. He is now serving six years in prison. … A day after the rape, one of Drill-Mellum’s fraternity brothers sent a message to Honold asking to speak with her about the incident. He and another fraternity member put an unsuspecting Honold on speaker phone and made a recording of themselves as they spoke with her, records and interviews show.”

The Portland airport has bike repair/reassembly stands. Just sayin’. The Star Tribune’s Steve Brandt reports: “Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for being bike friendly — as long as you’re not trying to ride to the main terminal at the airport. … Cyclists can’t ride all the way to Terminal 1. They’re not allowed on the main roads leading to and from the freeways. The only other route in is one way and comes up short, meaning riders could get only so close and then be trapped with no legal exit. … ‘It’s a lot better at some airports than it is at MSP,’ said Dave Gepner, an avid cyclist from Richfield and chairman of the Hennepin County Bicycle Advisory Committee. The group last year scouted possible routes to the airport.”

Maybe better safe than sorry. KMSP reports: “ The Minnesota Department of Transportation and BNSF Railway have closed the rail crossing near the St. Paul Park, Minn. oil refinery over concerns of potentially-catastrophic oil train crashes. … Traffic, which is mostly commercial trucks, is now diverted to an existing overpass. The $954,000 diversion project, which started in July 2016, included removing the existing road, building a cul-de-sac for traffic turnaround and restoring the area.”

In other news…

Key question: “Why Mark Dayton failed to visit 87 counties in 86 days” [Pioneer Press]

One hundred gold bars: “St. Paul woman loses life savings in burglary of gold bars, $100k in jewelry and cash” [Star Tribune]

Still a lot of questions here: “Lakeville Parents Investigated for Child Endangerment Have History with Child Protective Services” [KSTP]

At St. John’s Abbey: “Funeral for Pop Music Idol Bobby Vee Set for Next Wednesday” [KSTP]

It’s a tough business: “Gannett’s newsroom cuts slash at St. Cloud’s heart” [MPR]

Relatedly: “Pioneer Press union workers call for new ownership” [KMSP]

Deer meat: “Arby’s takes a stab at venison sandwiches in select locations” [WKYC]

Adios: “Rosa Mexicano closes at City Center in downtown Minneapolis” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

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