Three dead in Andover in apparent murder-suicide

A tragic tale in the north metro. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “A man shot and killed his parents and then took his own life in the family’s Andover home, authorities said Thursday morning. … A man who lives near the home in the 900 block of 139th Avenue N. identified the three killed in recent days as Karen Regnier, 69, and Brian Regnier, 58, and their 27-year-old son, Aaron. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identities later Thursday morning.”

Hard to do much against this kind of firepower. The Forum’s Patrick Springer writes: “A global security firm with ties to the government reportedly conducted extensive surveillance and infiltrated activist groups during the prolonged protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. … The firm, TigerSwan, used ‘military-style counterterrorism measures’ and worked closely with law enforcement agencies in five states, including North Dakota and South Dakota, according to a report by The Intercept, an online publication.”

Bassett Creek lives! MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar writes: “The old Bassett Creek tunnel below downtown Minneapolis doesn’t carry nearly as much water as it used to. … But as heavy rain storms become more frequent in a changing climate, officials are exploring whether it could play a bigger role in the future. … Construction on the old Bassett Creek tunnel began in the 1880s, when city planners wanted to build where the creek wound through downtown Minneapolis to the Mississippi River. A newer tunnel has since been built to carry Bassett Creek underground to the river, so the old tunnel now accommodates storm water runoff from a much smaller area.”

Another one for the annals of search-firm greatness… The Star Tribune’s Anthony Lonetree reports: “Joe Gothard begins work next month as superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools — a job for which his school board bosses have agreed to pay him $232,000 annually. … But the search for the new schools chief was not nearly as kind to Orlando Ramos, one of three original finalists to lead the state’s second-largest district. … Ramos, a regional superintendent for the Milwaukee Public Schools, was a candidate this spring for top schools jobs in St. Paul and Detroit, Mich., and dropped the Detroit bid to interview in St. Paul. But, he never made it to Minnesota, having abandoned his candidacy after the Star Tribune reported he had a bankruptcy filing in his recent past. … Ramos had, in fact, revealed the bankruptcy earlier to a consultant for the search firm, Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa — the firm hired last fall by the district to aid in the search at a cost of $30,000 plus expenses.”

In other news…

Comedian solidarity: “Al Franken says he forgives Kathy Griffin, still plans to appear with her in July” [Star Tribune]

These would be some big shoes to fill: “Battle brews as State Fair preps to replace Original Cheese Curds” [Star Tribune]

Tiny Toast toast: “General Mills shelves Tiny Toast brand after one year (but cereal will live on as Toast-Crunch cousin)” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

No bull: “Best elk restoration sites identified in Carlton, St. Louis and Pine counties” [Duluth News Tribune]

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