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Zebra mussels found in Leech Lake

Plus: DFL leaders worry about copper mining resolution; St. Paul officer develops app to help police dealing with autism or emotional disabilities; capitol paintings; and more.

Leech Lake gets a nasty invader. According to the Brainerd Dispatch: “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in their larval stage in two locations in Leech Lake in Cass County. The DNR has found no adult zebra mussels in the lake, but the locations and numbers of zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, indicate a reproducing population may be present.”

The DFL would rather not dig this hole. MPR’s Tim Pugmire writes: “Just off a disappointing election, Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin wants Democrats to fight Republicans, not each other. … That’s why ahead of a Saturday meeting of the party’s central committee he’s concerned about the return of a divisive resolution left over from the 2016 state convention that would put the party officially against a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn.”

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Sounds like a pretty important problem to solve. KMSP reports: “When police come across people with autism or emotional disabilities, it can be tough to know what they are dealing with. But a St. Paul officer is developing an app to make sure officers get the information they need, so an encounter doesn’t go wrong. … Every day, steady streams of people make their way through the St. Paul skyway system, but if one of them was having an episode because of autism or mental illness – how would police know until it was too late?”

Oh, right, those other paintings. City Pages reports: “After five years of heated conversations about the display of controversial artwork at the Capitol, the Minnesota Historical Society’s Executive Council announced its decisions regarding the fates of multiple paintings, several of which feature Native Americans in stereotypical and historically inaccurate depictions. … While the conclusions reached won’t surprise many, they will certainly disappoint those who hoped for a more authentic, compassionate, and evolved representation of Minnesota’s history in the artwork displayed at the newly restored Capitol, which will reopen on Jan. 3, 2017.”

In other news…

Yes please: “Prince’s Closest Friends Share Their Best Prince Stories” [GQ]

Unhappy anniversary: “Legal fees mount as Duluth Diocese bankruptcy case hits one-year mark” [Duluth News Tribune]

Yikes: “Man found dead under television in Brooklyn Park” [Pioneer Press]