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Twin Cities Pride Parade briefly interrupted by protesters

2017 Ashley Rukes Pride Parade in downtown Minneapolis.

It didn’t last long, but it made news. The AP says, “Demonstrators protesting the police shooting of Philando Castile disrupted the Twin Cities Pride Parade in downtown Minneapolis. Sunday’s parade was disrupted just minutes after getting underway. About 200 protesters began marching down Hennepin Avenue and at one point, staged a die-in. Parade organizers on Friday invited police to participate in the annual parade after initially asking police to minimize their participation due to tensions over a jury’s recent acquittal of a Minnesota officer who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop last year.”

More from noted author Marlon James, from an interview with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro on being back in Minnesota. Said James: “One thing we forget — and funnily enough, it was a policeman who pointed this out — for nearly every situation where the cops show up, there is somebody who called. There’s a person calling and saying there’s a thief breaking into his house. There’s a person who looks at somebody who has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and say they think some black guy is lurking around. And we don’t talk about people policing their own imaginations before the police show up and escalate it. And I think that’s something we have to look at, as well. Who are these people making these calls? Who are these people saying they feel threatened? I think nobody gets off the hook.”

Republicans cheering on tax cuts and Democrats grousing about giveaways to the wealthiest is about as evergreen a story as you can get. The Strib’s J. Patrick Coolican writes, “Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans will get more money in their pockets thanks to tax cuts beginning July 1, costing the state treasury about $650 million over the next two years and much more over the coming decade. … Even as the tax cuts are poised to take effect, a political squabble over them continues. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton wants the Legislature to come back into session and undo several of the cuts, arguing they tilt Minnesota’s tax system more in favor of the wealthy.”

And here, a family with real troubles. In the PiPress, Mara Gottfried writes, “It was June 16, the day that 44-year-old John Sylvester died, that [Sylvester’s] wife Tessie found out about her diagnosis. ‘As I was calling the funeral home to tell them that John had passed, the doctor called me on the other line and said the biopsy had come back and it was cancer,’ said Tessie Sylvester, of West St. Paul. The cancer has metastasized to Sylvester’s liver and lymph nodes and, as a result, surgery is not an option.”

From the book of creepy animals. Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune writes, “Sea lampreys are ascending lower reaches of the Knife River on Minnesota’s North Shore, a phenomenon that has been occurring only in the past few years, say fisheries biologists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. DNR officials have caught about 10 lamprey this spring, using nets to scoop them out of the water below the Knife River fish trap.”

And still under discussion: The Strib’s Alicia Eler reports, “Dakota elders met privately in Sisseton, S.D., all day Sunday to talk about the fate of the wood from the dismantled ‘Scaffold’ sculpture. The work by artist Sam Durant, which was to be part of the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center until protests prompted its withdrawal, was taken down in a Dakota-led ceremony June 2. The wood has been in storage in an undisclosed location in the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board facility since June 7.” 

Sadness across the St. Croix. Says Meg Jones of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “Sunday was the final booze-soaked hurrah for Wisconsin liquor stores and taverns along the Minnesota border. Starting July 2, for the first time since Minnesota became a state 159 years ago, packaged liquor will be sold legally on Sundays in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. … While imbibers in Minnesota, for the most part, seem to be happy about the change, it’s a different story for the many liquor stores, taverns and gas stations on the Wisconsin border that sell spirits, wine and beer to thirsty folks in vehicles sporting Minnesota plates.”

Storybook ending. As Paul Walsh of the Strib tells it, “Kevin Millar, a member of the Boston Red Sox’s curse-ending World Series champion team, broke a long hiatus from live baseball and returned as a 45-year-old for one at-bat with another former team of his, the St. Paul Saints. And he knocked it out of the park. … A two-run homer sent Millar gliding around the basepaths Saturday night and sent 9,000 fans into a frenzy during the Saints’ 8-6 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes in an American Association game at CHS Field.”

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