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Minnesota one of three finalists for Expo 2023

Plus: Yanez jury still deliberating; teen pregnancy down in Minnesota; Thissen announces run for governor; and more.

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Says Rachel Stassen-Berger in the PiPress, “It’ll be Minnesota versus Buenos Aires versus Lodz, Poland, competing for the chance to host the World Expo in six years. The Bureau International des Expositions, the France-based intergovernmental organization that has overseen such expos and World’s Fairs since 1931, picked bids from the United States, Argentina and Poland as the final three on Monday. If the United States wins, the expo would be held in Minnesota in 2023. Bureau members will decide in November which of the three countries will host the expo … .” 

Deadlocked, they say. Sarah Horner and Tad Vezner of the PiPress report, “Jurors in the manslaughter trial of a St. Anthony police officer are struggling to reach an agreement about whether Jeronimo Yanez acted recklessly when he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer. After about 14 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury reconvened in a Ramsey County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon to tell presiding Judge William H. Leary III they were deadlocked. … Hamline University Professor David Schultz, who has taught classes on criminal justice and police liability, said judges have wide discretion in deciding how long to let a jury deliberate before declaring a mistrial.”

Our guy, the outlier. Says Evan Ramstad in the Strib, “When an inflation report Wednesday morning turned out to be shockingly low, there seemed little chance Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari would vote with other Fed policymakers to raise interest rates later in the day. … And there it was Wednesday afternoon in the last sentence of the central bank’s statement announcing the latest rate hike: ‘Voting against the action was Neel Kashkari, who preferred at this meeting to maintain the existing target range for the federal funds rate.’”

Thank you, sir. Mary Divine of the PiPress writes, “Three St. Croix Valley nonprofit organizations were near and dear to Harold Meissner’s heart. When the former president of Andersen Corp. died in November, he left nearly $7.5 million to the St. Croix Valley Foundation on behalf of those organizations: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-St. Croix in Stillwater, the Hudson YMCA, and Lakeview Hospital Hospice Program in Stillwater.

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Good news/bad news. A KMSP-TV item says, “Teen pregnancy and birth rates in Minnesota have hit historic lows, down nearly 70 percent since 1990. But, sexually-transmitted diseases continue to rise sharply. The 2017 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report from the University of Minnesota Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center examined trends among 15- to 19-year-olds in Minnesota. While teen pregnancy rates have plunged, teen rates of gonorrhea are up 40 percent and chlamydia up 15 percent.”

We’re going to need a bigger ballot. J. Patrick Coolican of the Strib tells us, “Rep. Paul Thissen, the Minneapolis DFLer who was speaker of the Minnesota House during a brief but intense period of progressive legislative victories a few years ago, said Wednesday that he is running for governor. Thissen, in his eighth two-year term from a safe DFL district in southwest Minneapolis, will formally launch his campaign on Thursday. He said in an interview that as governor he would tackle two big challenges. ‘The biggest job of the next governor is going to be standing up for everyday people in the face of economic changes,’ he said. ‘And, figuring out a way to govern so people feel like they actually have a voice in their future again.’” 

Do-over for DAPL? Says the AP, “A federal judge has handed a lifeline to efforts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, ruling Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t adequately consider the possible impacts of an oil spill where the pipeline passes under the Missouri River. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in a 91-page decision that the corps failed to take into account how a spill might affect ‘fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.’”