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St. Anthony ends agreement to police Falcon Heights

Plus: Woman whose dogs were shot by Minneapolis police wants officer prosecuted; U of M says storage is a cost-effective way to meet state’s energy demands; Gustavus gets a $40 million donation; and more.

The GleanMore fallout from the Philando Castile case, the Star Tribune’s Pat Pheifer writes: “The St. Anthony City Council made it official at its meeting Tuesday night: After Dec. 31, the city’s police department will no longer patrol Falcon Heights. The policing contract that has been in effect between the two cities had an opt-out clause that either city could invoke by July 15. St. Anthony still must provide written notification to Falcon Heights, but a resolution, which passed unanimously and with no discussion Tuesday … .”

The future runs on batteries. MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar reports, “A new report from the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab shows adding energy storage is becoming a cost-effective way to meet electricity demand in the state. The report looked at several scenarios, including a common one in the summer: A hot day when electricity demand is much higher than usual because of air conditioning. ‘What would be more cost effective: to build a conventional plant or to put in a big battery? Or, alternatively, to put in a big battery and a big solar array at the same time? [The consultants] found that putting in solar plus storage was actually cost effective right now,’ said Ellen Anderson, who directs the Energy Transition Lab.”

Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “The woman whose dogs were shot and wounded by police in their north Minneapolis backyard — an encounter captured on residential surveillance video — wants the officer prosecuted for filing a false report that said the animals charged at him. Attorney Michael Padden, in a statement issued Tuesday on behalf of Jennifer LeMay and her family, alleged that officer Michael Mays should be disciplined, ‘up to and including termination,’ for what he alleged in the report filed Saturday night a few hours after shooting the dogs.” Internal Affairs has this one.

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Not bad. I’ll have another. Tim Harlow of the Strib writes, “Minnesota was well represented in the winner’s circle at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championships with seven brewers collecting 15 medals, including four golds. Winners were announced Monday for the international competition that drew more than 6,000 beers representing more than 100 styles from professional breweries and home brewers.”

Not just careless smoking anymore. S. M. Chavey of the PiPress says, “An increase in Minnesota fire deaths the first half of this year has firefighters concerned. Fire deaths rose 36 percent in Minnesota during the first 6 months of 2017, according to State Fire Marshal Bruce West. There have been 30 deaths so far this year, outpacing the average from the first half of the previous five years, 26.8 deaths. Though the preliminary data doesn’t show a leading cause, West said most fatal fires are caused by human behavior.”

In the Mankato Free Press, Kristine Goodrich reports, “Before he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, the Madelia area man who fatally shot a teen outside his home said he felt threatened. The mother of the killed teen said her son was murdered by a man who ‘took the law into his own hands.’ David Allen Pettersen, 65, was sentenced Tuesday in Watonwan District Court after pleading guilty to felony dangerous discharge of a firearm. A manslaughter charge was dismissed. Pettersen fired multiple shots at a vehicle occupied by three teens that killed Nicolas Embertson, 19, of Madelia, on Jan. 28.”

On the Rampant-Voter-Fraud beat: WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler has the (not exactly) staggering numbers of rogue characters trying to sway our elections. “Minnesota election officials say there were only a handful of voter irregularities in last year’s presidential election. That’s despite allegations by President Donald Trump that millions of ballots were cast illegally across the country last year, including in Minnesota. The official voting records are filed by all 87 Minnesota counties to Secretary of State Steve Simon, who says there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. ‘We’re talking about a couple of handfuls of people out of a state of 3 million,’ Simon said. Local prosecutors report 18 possible voting crimes in 12 Minnesota counties, mostly outside the Twin Cities.” Not clear how many were Russian.

Well, thank you very much. An AP story says, “A southern Minnesota liberal arts school is receiving its largest ever donation — $40 million. Gustavus Adolphus College officials announced the gift commitment Tuesday, saying it comes from an alumni couple who wishes to remain anonymous. Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman says the donors want the college in St. Peter ‘to be at the forefront of liberal arts education well into the future.’ The gift will provide significant scholarship funding to the most talented incoming students and support renovation and expansion of the Nobel Hall of Science.”

Grim work. For MPR we have Hannah Kangas saying, “State investigators hope to gather DNA from missing persons’ family members in an attempt to identify five people exhumed from cemeteries in the Twin Cities. The bodies’ identities remained unknown at burial due to the lack of DNA testing, but a recent grant offered funding for the BCA to exhume them. … At any given time, more than 550 Minnesotans are missing. The BCA estimates that at least 100 sets of unidentified remains have been found in Minnesota to date.”