St. Paul drops police from police civilian review commission

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun
St. Paul

Just emphasizing the “civilian” part. MPR’s Peter Cox reports: “St. Paul police may lose representation on the board that handles complaints against officers. … The St. Paul City Council approved an amendment Wednesday that will remove police representatives from the city’s Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission. … Civil rights leaders have said the commission is biased to favor police, and Mayor Chris Coleman asked a University of Minnesota center to audit the commission last year.”

Minneapolis feeling flush. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz and Eric Roper report: “The Minneapolis City Council on Wednesday approved a $1.3 billion budget for 2017 that will raise the city’s tax levy at a rate not seen since the recession. … The city expects to collect an additional $16.3 million through property taxes next year, a 5.5 percent increase over 2016. The levy increase is the largest since Mayor Betsy Hodges took office in 2013.”

Volkswagen’s not off the hot seat yet. KMSP reports: “Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed a new lawsuit against Volkswagen relating to the ‘clean diesel’ emissions scandal affecting some VW, Audi and Porsche models. … According to the lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court, Volkswagen sold or leased more than 11,500 tampered vehicles in Minnesota that emitted smog-producing nitrogen oxide at levels up to 35 times the legal limit. … Court documents cite a VW ‘clean diesel’ rebranding campaign following the implementation of emissions-cheating software.”

Got what they wanted. The AP reports (via CNBC): “Environmental groups have dropped a lawsuit against Minnesota regulators for allowing U.S. Steel’s Minntac iron mine to operate a waste pit on a long-expired permit, saying they reached a deal with the state that achieved their primary goal. … That’s because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last month released a new draft permit that would impose stricter controls on pollutant concentrations in wastewater in the basin. The state had allowed Minntac, the largest taconite operation in North America, to keep operating the pit under a permit that expired in 1992.”

In other news…

We hope the first order of business is a less confusing name: “Center of the American Experiment ramps up in Minnesota” [Star Tribune]

Oh, well, that’s a relief: “Ecolab’s CEO Isn’t Worried About Trump’s Stance on Climate Change” [Fortune]

Yeah, well, we don’t need your stinkin boondoggle anyway: “Duluth air base passed over for new fighters” [MPR]

Tough job: “St. Paul firm overseeing Prince’s estate wants to resign” [Pioneer Press]

Sounds, dare we say, epic: “How to pedal from St. Paul to Canada: The North Star Bicycle Route” [Pioneer Press]

Had a rough year: “Embattled Mendota Heights police chief resigns” [Star Tribune]

This Saturday: “Dayton to visit Hibbing to declare Bob Dylan Day” [Mesabi Daily News]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Joyce Prudden on 12/08/2016 - 01:35 pm.

    Bike Route

    You failed to include a link

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