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Metro Transit police chief reminding officers they are not immigration agents

Plus: Dakota Access pipeline leaks two barrels of oil; program incentivizes farmers to protect water; Target reconsidering Minnetonka liquor store; and more.

Just one bad apple? The Pioneer Press’ Julio Ojeda-Zapata reports: “Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington has had his hands full since Friday, when one of his officers was heard on Facebook asking a light-rail passenger: ‘Are you here illegally?’ … Since then, Harrington has been sternly reminding his officers that they are not immigration agents and are not authorized or empowered to ask people about their U.S. residency status. … At the same time, he has been having countless conversations with people in the metro area to tamp down concern and outrage about what occurred. … Harrington on Monday appeared at a meeting of the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation committee to provide an update on this controversy. Metro Transit’s police force is governed by the Metropolitan Council.”

Who could’ve seen this coming? The AP reports (via MPR): “The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents in March — the second and third known leaks discovered as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation. … Two barrels, or 84 gallons, spilled due to a leaky flange at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3, according to the state’s Health Department. A flange is the section connecting two sections of pipeline. Oil flow was immediately cut off and the spill was contained on site. Contaminated snow and soil was removed. No people, wildlife or waterways were affected, according to the department’s environmental health database.”

Hope for Minnesota’s lakes and streams? MPR’s Kirsti Marohn reports: “At Dave Lochen’s farm near Kimball, cows peer over a fence to see who the visitor is. … Just beyond the cow pen and down a slight hill is the shining water of Pearl Lake. It’s a potentially risky place to raise beef cattle, and Lochen knows it. … Lochen enrolled in a water quality certification program for farmers like him. An expert from the county soil and water conservation district came out and assessed Lochen’s farm to see where there might be a risk of water pollution. … Lochen made some changes in how he rotates his crops and applies manure to his fields. He added buffer strips and grass waterways to keep polluted water from getting into the lake. … Lochen says the changes are making a difference.“

Fell a bit short of the … eh, nevermind. The Star Tribune’s Kelly Smith report: “Sensing the reluctance of Minnetonka leaders to permit another liquor store in their city, Target Co. officials asked the City Council to delay its vote Monday on a liquor license for the retailer. … They did it in the hope that Target could ‘do what Total Wine did,’ company officials said at the meeting, and explore the possible purchase of a local liquor store to address concerns that the city has enough of them. … ‘This area and Minnetonka are adequately served,’ Council Member Brad Wiersum said.”

In other news…

Minneapolis actually is getting denser: “Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls: The Myth of the Return to Cities” [New York Times]

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For when Minnesota’s not cool anymore: “Scientists planting 400 acres of Minnesota pines to survive climate change” [Star Tribune]

No new Prince for you: “Judge: Sound engineer can’t publish unreleased Prince tracks” [MPR]

They were pretty chill about it: “How MPR unveiled ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ in 1974” [MPR]

Summit pulling out of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Michigan: “Last Call: Summit Retrenches; Meg Gill Defends Planned Golden Road Beer Garden” [Brewbound]