NAACP expresses concerns over firing of St. Paul teacher

Disciplined for discipline criticism? The Star Tribune’s Anthony Lonetree reports: “The St. Paul NAACP is voicing concerns about the case of a black teacher who alleges the St. Paul Public Schools retaliated against him for his criticism of its discipline policies. … Aaron Benner filed suit in federal court recently accusing the district of targeting him in a series of personnel investigations in 2014-15 that eventually led the veteran educator to seek a job elsewhere. … In a written statement, Joel Franklin, first vice president of the St. Paul NAACP, said that it was ‘very disturbing’ that the district would go after Benner for ‘simply voicing the concern’ that not holding black students accountable for misbehavior sets them up for failure in life.”

Just imagine if we had flying cars. Public Record Media’s Mike Kaszuba reports: “New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show that privately-owned drones have caused headaches for federal officials: flying close to airliners taking off and landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, buzzing the IDS Building in downtown Minneapolis, and forcing a medical helicopter to delay a takeoff at the Hennepin County Medical Center. … FAA records obtained by Public Record Media (PRM), a Saint Paul non-profit, show that in April of 2016 state police recovered a drone that had landed on the Interstate 35W bridge near downtown Minneapolis. A month later, in a separate incident, a drone flew a hundred feet above a military Blackhawk helicopter in Saint Paul.”

Sounds like a bunch of fish stories. The Associated Press reports (via the Pioneer Press): “Minnesota is seeing a surge in record fish submissions. … The Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday it has received five applications for four species, including lake sturgeon, shortnose gar, golden redhorse and the quillback carpsucker. … Mike Kurre, the DNR’s state record fish program coordinator, says the agency has never had so many record submissions in such a short period.”

Tragedy on the northern border … again. For WDAZ-TV, Scott Cook reports: “For the second time in less than a week a body has been found in Kittson County, Minnesota. … The normally quiet county of Kittson is making headlines again this week after another dead body was found. … Matt Vig, Kittson County Sheriff’s Deputy: ‘We’ve identified the woman as Mavis Otuteye, age 57.’ … According to the Kittson County Sheriff’s Department, the woman – who is believed to be a citizen of Ghana – was found in a field half a mile from the border, near the tiny town of Noyes, Minnesota. … Vig: ‘It’s most likely that she was attempting to get to Canada.’”

In other news …

Need a job? “Klobuchar, Franken accepting applications for U.S. attorney in Minnesota” [Pioneer Press]

Here’s one for fans of tenuous Minnesota connections: “Lara Trump’s controversial pet issue” [Politico]

‘May’ is the key word here: “Ex-Macy’s in downtown Mpls. may get food hall, new retailers to Twin Cities” [Star Tribune]

Sigh: “Storied Worthington newspaper cuts back to twice weekly” [MPR]

Fly Rochester: “Rochester Int’l Airport says it’s poised to take off with new routes, more Mayo biz” [Star Tribune]

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