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Demonstrators demand resignations of St. Anthony mayor, police chief

The GleanNick Woltman of the PiPress writes, “Motivated by the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, demonstrators at Tuesday night’s St. Anthony City Council meeting angrily demanded the resignation of the mayor and several other city officials. … City officials sat silently during the public comment period of the council’s twice-monthly meeting while community members called on Mayor Jerry Faust, Police Chief Jon Mangseth and several council members to step down.”

Interesting debate. Dave Unze of the St. Cloud Times reports, “Several Minnesota journalism groups and media outlets are intervening in the lawsuit filed by Patty and Jerry Wetterling. Newspaper associations, television stations, Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press are asking Judge Ann Currott to not recognize a constitutional right of privacy that can be used to override the state Data Practices Act. The Wetterlings have sued Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson, asking a judge to prohibit the sheriff from releasing portions of the investigative file into their son Jacob’s 1989 disappearance.”

For a YouTube video. Out in tiny Halstad, the West Central Tribune reports: “They were a young couple with an endless supply of pranks. … Now the pranks and YouTube videos are a stinging reminder of a thrill-seeking 22-year-old who loved cars and adventure. ‘I wish they wouldn’t have done it. I wish he would’ve just done another prank,’ said the victim’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz. Ruiz said her nephew Pedro Ruiz III held up a book and then believes his girlfriend, 20-year-old Mona Lisa Perez, shot the book with a .50-caliber gun, trying to see if the bullet would go through, hopeful for views with another YouTube video as their 3-year-old daughter looked on. Instead, the bullet went into her boyfriend’s chest.”

Some Greater Minnesota leadership for the U of M Regents. Says Jana Hollingsworth for the Duluth News-Tribune, “The University of Minnesota Duluth couldn’t ask for better exposure: the new chairman of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents not only lives in Duluth, he lives across the street from UMD. David McMillan, executive vice president of Minnesota Power and a graduate of UMD, takes over as chairman of the board effective Saturday. UMD Chancellor Lendley Black said he’s happy for UMD and for McMillan, who has ‘proven himself as a top-notch regent over the last few years.’”

Define “less.” MPR’s Nancy Yang says, “ … southeastern Minnesota is home to a handful of state parks where you’re less likely to be terrorized by the biting insects. Keep in mind, no state park is completely bug-free; these parks just have less.”

But if only we had more bats. MPR’s Dan Gunderson tells us, “The fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats since it was first discovered in North America 10 years ago, but University of Minnesota scientist Christine Salomon hopes to find a treatment deep in the cold damp shafts of the Soudan Mine. … Mining stopped in the 1960s, but the mine was turned into a state park that attracts tourists in the summer and houses thousands of hibernating bats in the winter.”

Oh, and good luck. Brandt Williams at MPR says this about the new boss of Minneapolis’ Fourth Precinct. “Minneapolis police Lt. Aaron Biard will be the next 4th Precinct inspector, filling a key leadership position on the north side, the department said Tuesday. … The announcement of Biard’s appointment was met with far less drama than Chief Janee Harteau’s previous pick to lead the 4th Precinct, Lt. John Delmonico. …. This time, Hodges is apparently on board.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Peggy Reinhardt on 06/28/2017 - 10:05 am.

    No sympathy from the media for the Wetterlings

    To me, the Wetterlings were foisted into the spotlight by the disappearance and murder of their son. They were and are not public personalities and deserve their privacy. I suspect that many in Minnesota share this view.
    Now at a time when the media is being challenged as biased and fake, MPR and a media advocacy group are demanding access to personal and private information about the Wetterlings. This is how the public turns against the media. What really can this accomplish?

    It’s one thing to investigate and report the deficiencies of the police and sheriff’s department bungling of this case. But to me, the media needs to respect this family’s request to withhold certain information collected about them when it does not advance the media’s investigation into police incompetence.

    • Submitted by Howard Salute on 06/28/2017 - 11:49 am.

      Catch 22

      I feel empathy for the Wetterling family in this matter. It is hard to see them continue to struggle with issues related to Jacobs abduction and murder.

      But you say, “the media needs to respect this family’s request to withhold certain information collected about them when it does not advance the media’s investigation into police incompetence.”

      And just how are we to know what information advances the media’s investigation unless it is released?

  2. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 06/28/2017 - 02:21 pm.

    The media smell the scent of dishy scandal on the Wetterlings, stuff about how they got along, how they treated their other kids, their personal failings and the drama of their intimate lives totally apart from the crime committed on their son. The media after all, did nothing to help the actual investigation of Jacob’s kidnapping and death. So to call this fishing for dirt a “media investigation” turns one’s stomach.

    In this day and age, we have o be diligent about the media’s determination that none of us retain any right to privacy.

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