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Standing Rock leader calls for end of encampment

Plus: governor’s race may come down to mining versus environment; why blue states should be the real home of the Tea Party; Adam Turman profile; and more.

A woman looks out over the Oceti Sakowin camp as activists celebrate on Sunday.
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Time to declare victory? KSTP reports: “The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has told KSTP’s Matt Belanger that he’s asking people to leave the protest camp on federal land in North Dakota. The announcement comes after the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision Sunday to deny a permit for construction under a Missouri River reservoir. … ‘The purpose has been served. Worldwide attention has been given to this and a decision was rendered,’ Chairman Dave Archambault said.”

Then again, a lot can change in two years. MPR’s Bob Collins writes: “The election results from the Iron Range would seem to confirm that voters there want more mining, despite claims of environmental damage it could cause. … The DFL has generally been aligned with environmentalists, particularly against a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn. … Could this be the issue that swings the 2018 election for governor? … Can a DFL candidate win without the Iron Range?

Is Minnesota getting a raw deal? In the New York Times, Steven Johnson argues that, yes, it is: “When the modern Tea Party movement coalesced in the early days of the Obama presidency, its allusion to the political grievances of the protesters in Boston Harbor a couple of hundred years earlier seemed plausible enough: Its members felt that their taxes were too high and their interests not adequately represented by the remote authorities in Washington. … But the election of 2016 presents a challenge to that historical lineage. The home states to the Tea Party are actually doing great on the taxation and representation front. It’s the progressive blue states that should be protesting.

The guy’s prolific. The Star Tribune’s Jenna Ross writes: “Standing on a ladder, Adam Turman looked into the eyes of his latest mural. … He dipped his brush in black paint and, with its narrow edge, outlined the face staring back at him: the football player’s helmet, his wrinkled brow. Each stroke was smooth, precise, quick. … Turman is fast. He needs to be. As another day’s worth of paint was drying on this mural, at the Palace Community Center in St. Paul, the illustrator sketched new work for the Spam Museum in Austin, Minn. Readied a print for an upcoming art show. Screen-printed posters for a holiday craft fair. He is just one guy, working out of his St. Louis Park garage turned studio. But lately, he is everywhere..”

In other news…

Forget that the State Fair is coming? This is how you remind me: “Nickelback To Open State Fair’s 2017 Grandstand Concert Series” [WCCO]

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Headline sounds funny, but story is actually really sad: “Minnesota Woman Allergic to Husband” [People]

Zimmer’s back: “Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer returns after eye surgery” [Fox Sports North]

Can’t make it in person, but this is pretty good: “Bob Dylan providing Nobel speech, Patti Smith to sing at ceremony” [The Current]

Follow-up: “It’s Official: Guns N’ Roses Heading To US Bank Stadium” [WCCO]