St. Paul North End residents express concern over violent crime

MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
Police Chief Todd Axtell

Seems like a bad situation. The Pioneer Press’ Nick Woltman reports: “Residents of St. Paul’s North End lamented the recent rash of violent crime in their neighborhood during a two-hour meeting with Police Chief Todd Axtell on Monday night. … About 150 people packed the parish center at the Church of St. Bernard, just a couple of blocks from where a 2-year-old girl was shot in the head last week when early-morning gunfire erupted at a Father’s Day celebration. She was in stable condition on Sunday, according to a GoFundMe.com page set up by her aunt to help with medical bills.”

Duininck is done. The Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery reports:The chair of the Metropolitan Council will step down from the Twin Cities regional planning and transit organization at the end of July. … Adam Duininck has chaired the Met Council since 2015. He was the first person to serve as a full-time chair of the Met Council, a job that used to be part-time. Previously, he served as one of the council’s regular members and helped lead a union and a progressive advocacy group. … He’ll be replaced as chair by Alene Tchourumoff, currently the State Rail Director.

More insight into moose problems. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers reports: “DNR researchers have compiled an updated assessment of data from a four-year-old study of GPS-collared moose in Northeastern Minnesota. … The collars, when they work properly, allow researchers to find dead moose within hours so an accurate cause of death can be made in most cases. … Among 57 dead moose where the cause of death was confirmed, wolves killed nearly one-third. But eight of those 18 moose eaten by wolves, 40 percent, were sick before wolves attacked.”

Target takes aim at Amazon. The Star Tribune reports: “Target launched this morning its next-day delivery service of household essentials and dry grocery items in select parts of Minnesota. … And it’s priced the service, dubbed Target Restock, for a dollar less than a similar program from Amazon called Prime Pantry. … Target’s service costs $4.99. Target customers can place orders through its website, selecting from more than 10,000 items as can fit into a box of a certain size. The website shows shoppers as they add items how much room they have left in the box. The box, Target says, is roughly the size of a shopping cart and is limited to 45 pounds.”

This is why Woodbury can’t have nice things. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow reports: “Vandals have damaged urinals and broken toilets and a window at the HealthEast Sports Center this summer, all part of an increasing number of destructive acts that have been reported in Woodbury parks this summer, city officials said. … The damage at the center and Madison’s Place playground at 4125 Radio Drive has cost the city more than $2,000 in repairs. Extensive damage has also been reported in Ojibway and Stonemill Farms parks.”

In other news…

Seeing this argument a lot lately: “The NRA hardly cares about black gun owners like me. Philando Castile proves that.” [Vox]

Whoever wins, we all lose: “Vlad vs. Donald in Nevis Pig Races” [Minnesota Brown]

Heroes: “Amid fidget toy craze, U grads create silent device” [Minnesota Daily]

Losing a pizza history: “Davanni’s will close Uptown restaurant” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

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