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Ellison will resign seat if chosen for DNC chair

Plus: Wells Fargo using arbitration to avoid lawsuits over fraudulent accounts; death of hunter in Morrison County being investigated as homicide; a first-person account of Pearl Harbor; and more.

Rep. Keith Ellison speaking at the DFL election night party on Tuesday.
MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley

Ellison’s all in on the top DNC job. The Star Tribune’s Allison Sherry reports: “U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will vacate his congressional seat if he wins the chairman job at the Democratic National Committee, he told the Star Tribune Wednesday morning. … Ellison conceded Wednesday that a full-time chair is what the party wanted after the losses of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.” For a more in-depth look at Ellison’s choice, see Sam Brodey’s article from yesterday’s MinnPost, “Ellison’s dilemma: seat, or chair?”

The New York Times has a fun little item about our favorite local bank. Michael Corkery and Stacy Cowley report: “In congressional hearing rooms and on national television, Wells Fargo has vowed to make things right for the thousands of customers who were given sham accounts. … The bank’s new chief executive, Timothy J. Sloan, in his first week on the job, said his ‘immediate and highest priority is to restore trust in Wells Fargo.’ … But in federal and state courtrooms across the country, Wells Fargo is taking a different tack. … The bank has sought to kill lawsuits that its customers have filed over the creation of as many as two million sham accounts by moving the cases into private arbitration — a secretive legal process that often favors corporations.”

Not a lot of information available on this one yet. The Brainerd Dispatch reports: “Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen Wednesday morning reported the investigation into the death of Terrence ‘Terry’ Brisk which occurred on Monday, Nov. 7, is now considered a homicide investigation. Investigators are also now seeking the public’s help in locating a gun believed to have been stolen during the incident.”

A first person account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Pioneer Press’s Nick Woltman writes: “At age 93, Richard Thill often has trouble recalling the names of his close friends and members of his extended family. … But he remembers with painful clarity the sound of trapped crewmen aboard the USS Oklahoma, pounding on the hull of their overturned ship and crying out to be rescued 75 years ago at Pearl Harbor. … ‘I can still hear that pounding,’ he said through tears. ‘I can’t get rid of that. I lay awake nights thinking about it.’ … Thill was a sailor aboard the USS Ward when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. Although Minnesota was once home to more than 500 Pearl Harbor survivors, Thill is one of only four known to still be living in the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.”

In other news…

Oof, not good: “Target re-issues recall of menorahs, due to fire hazard” [KARE]

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Don’t get too excited: “Despite Groundbreaking, Minnesota United Midway Stadium Construction Still on Hold” [Fifty Five One]

Minneapolis council races heating up: “Nonprofit executive to challenge Quincy in Ward 11” [Southwest Journal]

Surely you don’t do any of these things: “A real Minnesota drivers license test, for passive-aggressive perfection” [City Pages]

To commemorate Pearl Harbor Day: “[Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School] band heads for Hawaii Friday night” [West Central Tribune]