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Minnesota measles outbreak driven by anti-vaccine activists

Plus: Minnesota Supreme Court justice to be nominated to federal judiciary; Ford site details emerge as issue in St. Paul mayor’s race; all tobacco banned from Minneapolis parks; and more.

A vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and an information sheet.
REUTERS/Brian Snyder

You think they’re just lovable kooks and then something like this happens. Vox’s Julia Belluz reports: “Anti-vaccine groups have helped fuel Minnesota’s largest outbreak of measles in nearly 30 years, with 44 confirmed cases since the outbreak was identified in April. … Most of the cases are occurring among unvaccinated Somali-American children in Minneapolis, whose parents have been the targets of anti-vaccine propagandists, according to the state health department.”

Related: “Allina limits hospital, clinic visitors due to measles outbreak” [Star Tribune]

Minnesotans on the move. The Star Tribune reports: “Having filled a Supreme Court vacancy, President Donald Trump is turning his attention to the more than 120 openings on the lower federal courts. On Monday, he will announce a slate of 10 nominees to those courts, a senior White House official said, the first in what could be near monthly waves of nominations. … The candidates to be announced Monday include Justice David R. Stras, a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas and law professor at the University of Minnesota, who now serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court. He will be nominated to the Eighth Circuit, in St. Louis.”

Clearly, the best thing will be to let politicians decide what to build on the site. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “Former St. Paul City Council member Pat Harris has criticized core elements of the city’s plans for the land once occupied by the Ford manufacturing plant in Highland Park, such as the height and density of permitted structures. … Former council member Melvin Carter has defended the same zoning vision. … It’s a key difference between the two, and it underscores the contrasts in their campaigns for the mayor’s seat.”

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FYI. WCCO reports: “Starting Monday, all tobacco use is now banned from parks in Minneapolis. That includes e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. … The new policy means the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MSRB) will join 30 other metro park systems in becoming completely tobacco free.”

In other news…

It’s not exactly a shortlist, but 4 Minnesota politicians are on it: “The 43 people who might run against Trump in 2020” [The Hill]

Seems like both sides got what they came for: “Trump rally overshadowed by standoff outside MN Capitol” [Pioneer Press]

Did your school make the list? “U.S. high school rankings by state — most challenging schools” [Washington Post]

This kind of consistency inspires confidence in the brand: “New owner of Gander Mountain plans to keep at least 70 stores open, despite what company’s website says” [Pioneer Press]

Spoiler: It’s Independence. “Grass Fire in Swamp Burns 50-Plus Acres in West Metro City” [KSTP]

Wow, end of an era: “Mpls. staple Treehouse Records to close, ending a 44-year tradition” [Star Tribune]