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Prior Lake homicide leads to car chase, arrests

Plus: Senate Republicans considering voter I.D. law; Augsburg adjunct faculty votes for union; free state park admission on Friday; and more.

The GleanScary. MPR’s Brandt Williams reports: “Three suspects were in custody Wednesday following a homicide in Prior Lake that led to a car chase and highway confrontation with police in Edina where Eden Prairie officers shot one of the suspects. … Authorities say the mayhem began at about 2 a.m. when Prior Lake police responded to a call in the 2100 block of Sioux Trail NW of an unresponsive male and found an adult man bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds and a car driving away as they responded.”

So we’re going to do this again, huh? The Uptake’s Michael Mcintee reports: “Minnesota voted down a constitutional amendment that would have made it harder for people to vote, but newly empowered Senate Republicans are considering a ‘voter ID’ law. … Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake) will be the new chair of the committee that hears election legislation and told reporters today that she thinks a majority of Minnesotans want a law requiring an ID to vote. That’s despite a statewide vote against a constitutional amendment in 2012. The amendment lost 53.84% to 46.16%- a nearly 8 percentage point margin.

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Augsburg adjuncts unite. The Star Tribune’s Maura Lerner writes: “Adjunct instructors at Augsburg College have voted to form a union, joining a national movement to improve pay and working conditions for part-time faculty. … The union will represent more than 200 part-time instructors, but not tenured faculty, at the private Minneapolis liberal arts college, organizers said.”

Always a good way to spend a day. The Duluth News Tribune says: “It’s ‘Free Park Friday’ when entrance fees to all Minnesota State Parks are waived for the day to encourage people to take advantage of the outdoors. … ‘Fresh air, great scenery, the company of family and friends and all at no cost. We hope thousands of Minnesota families take advantage of this offer,’ said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails.”

In other news…

Not good: “Report: MN weak on protecting children from exploitation” [KARE]

A Jewish perspective on Rep. Keith Ellison’s DNC chair candidacy: “Defending Keith Ellison” [The Jerusalem Post]

Disruption disrupted: “Uber ordinance stalls on deadlock vote” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

Some of these are pretty good: “This Genius Troll Created Hilariously Fake Black Friday Signs at Target” [22 Words]

Oh, darn: “How gentrification killed Lowertown’s once-thriving metal scene” [City Pages]

St. Paul is always 1st in our hearts: “Illuminated ‘1st’ sign returns to St. Paul skyline” [Star Tribune]