Twin Cities clergy vow to shelter immigrants

MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Pushing back. The Star Tribune’s Mila Koumpilova reports: “Clergy from more than 30 congregations in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota vowed Tuesday to shelter immigrants facing deportation or support other churches that do. … Clergy said they are forming a new network of sanctuary places of worship in response to President Elect Donald Trump’s pledge to step up deportations when he takes office in January. … Organizers with the group ISAIAH said congregations have committed to shelter immigrants in defiance of immigration authorities or to provide financial and other support.”

There’s gonna be a new sheriff in town. The Pioneer Press’ report: “Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom is planning to resign, according to sources with knowledge of the decision. His office announced Tuesday morning that Bostrom would hold a press conference in the afternoon to announce his future plans.”

Interesting trend. MPR’s Emma Sapong has a story on South Asians in the hotel business: “Harshal Patel grew up in the hotel business — literally. … His parents’ hotels doubled as home, a common family cost-saving practice. As a grade-schooler, Patel emptied the waste baskets in rooms and helped his mother lay top sheets evenly on beds. As a teenager, he vacuumed rooms and checked in guests at the front counter. … Patel, now 26, is far from the front counter these days. He’s one of the developers behind an $8-million project that will turn the century-old Federal Plaza office building in downtown Minneapolis into a boutique hotel. He said it’s a dream realized and a breakthrough for South Asian hoteliers. … ‘It will be the only Indian-owned hotel in downtown Minneapolis,’ he said. ‘In a top-25 market, I think it’s a big step.’”

Haj has it. The Star Tribune’s Rohan Preston writes: “The people have spoken. Joseph Haj’s first year at the helm of the Guthrie Theater is a hit. … The Guthrie filled 84 percent of its seats in the 2015-16 season, according to its annual report released Monday. Up from 76 percent the previous year, that figure is the highest in recent memory, averaged across 578 performances of 29 productions during the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. … Haj’s staging last summer of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘South Pacific’ became the highest grossing production in the Guthrie’s 53-year history.”

In other news…

Of particular urgency this time of year: “Duluth rally highlights effort for Homeless Bill of Rights” [Duluth News Tribune]

If at first, and the second time too, you don’t succeed: “Hagedorn Says He’s Running For Congress Again in 2018” [KEYC]

Oopsie: “Apple Valley Mother Sues Abbott Northwestern Hospital for Baby Mix-up” [KSTP]

Decision made: “Rochester green lights Uber service” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Great way to spend your vacation: “MN man watches package theft over the Internet from Hawaii” [Pioneer Press]

Hot seats: “Comedian Chris Rock books Minneapolis for his first tour in 9 years” [Star Tribune]

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