Polish authorities take steps to extradite Minnesota man for participating in WWII massacre

Michael Karkoc

From the AP: “Poland’s special prosecutors say they have taken steps toward seeking the extradition from the U.S. of a Minnesota man they accuse of participating in a World War II massacre. The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-commander in an SS-led Nazi unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians — including women and children — during the war. … The National Remembrance Institute said Tuesday the request was forwarded to Poland’s Embassy in Washington last month for handing over to U.S. justice authorities. … Karkoc’s family denies he was involved in any war crimes.” 

Also from the AP: “A small airplane that went down in northern Wisconsin fell apart in the air, killing the six people on board, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. The Cessna 421 that crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday left from Waukegan, Ill., and was flying to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said. The debris field from the crash stretched about a quarter of a mile from a heavily wooded area onto a state highway.”

Tu-Uyen Tran has this in the Fargo Forum: “An assault here on a Somali-American the morning of Sunday, July, 2, is being called a ‘possible hate crime’ by a Muslim civil rights group in Minnesota. The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday, July 3, urged state and federal law enforcement officials to investigate, citing a report that one of the alleged assailants used the N-word.”

Interesting letter in the Pioneer Press about the Philando Castile shooting — from a police officer: “Shooting a seat-belted man, with a child in the back seat, was not the only option. Until those of us who wear the badge are willing to stand up and speak out when we see things that are wrong, and lead hard conversations, how can we ever expect change? How can we ever expect to rebuild trust within our communities? Barbecues and pick-up basketball games are nice, but that’s not going to do it.”

Couldn’t let this one slideAimee Blanchette writes in the Strib about Chisholm: “On Aug. 5, a 1,000-foot waterslide will be set up in the heart of downtown for kids big and small to relive their childhood slip ‘n slide memories. The slide will stretch the length of three football fields down Lake Street, starting at 4th Avenue. … Sliders must ride down on an inflatable tube. Tickets range from $20 for three trips down the slide, to $50 for an all-day pass.”

Over the weekend, The Washington Post’s James Hohmann has a long take on Al Franken book, which he calls “the most candid memoir I can recall by a sitting senator, tracing his trajectory from comedy to activism to politics. It’s also the funniest, with humorous vignettes about groups giving him awards just so he’d agree to come speak at their events and hitting up rich people for money during call time.”

And ICMI, also from the Post, is a great story by Stephanie McCrummen on Ayaz Virji, a doctor in rural Minnesota: “That was him: prominent citizen, town doctor, 42-year-old father of three, and as far as anyone knew, the first Muslim to ever live in Dawson, a farming town of 1,400 people in the rural western part of the state. … In two hours, he was supposed to give his third lecture on Islam, and he was sure it would be his last. A local Lutheran pastor had talked him into giving the first one in Dawson three months before, when people had asked questions such as whether Muslims who kill in the name of the prophet Muhammad are rewarded in death with virgins, which had bothered him a bit.”

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