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St. Paul, garbage haulers reach tentative agreement

Plus: Minneapolis seeks to reduce number of police in schools; Facebook founder visits Williston, ND; Kandiyohi County may lose out on broadband contract; and more.

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

Big garbage news for the capital city. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo writes: “The city of St. Paul says it has reached an agreement in principle with a consortium of 15 garbage haulers who will coordinate residential trash collection between them. … If approved by the St. Paul City Council later this month, haulers would divide residential routes — homes of one to four units. They could begin citywide pickup as soon as spring or summer of 2018.”

A slight reduction. The Star Tribune’s Beena Raghavendran reports: “Minneapolis Public Schools officials on Tuesday night outlined a contract that would shrink the number of Minneapolis Police Department officers in schools from 16 to 14. The idea faces a school board vote in August. … It’s a plan “that offers the welcoming and safe environment that all of our students and staff deserve,” said Superintendent Ed Graff at the meeting. … Minneapolis schools surveyed almost 7,000 students, 700 staff and 600 parents, and the majority in each group said that school resource officers (SROs) should be in schools, adding that SROs make them feel safe in buildings. However, almost half the students surveyed said they wished to reduce the time SROs spend in their schools.”

Definitely not the actions of someone laying the groundwork for a presidential bid. Definitely not. The Forum News Service reports: “The founder and CEO of Facebook spent Tuesday, July 11, in North Dakota, visiting Williston to learn more about the oil industry and taking a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. … Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook page about the visit, encouraging followers to ‘get out and learn about all perspectives on issues’ even while noting that ‘stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation.’”

Yes we Kandiyohi? Also from the Forum News Service (via the Grand Fork Herald): “A fiber-optic line to bring high-speed internet service to northwestern Kandiyohi County is in jeopardy, and another Minnesota community could benefit. … About 100 more people are needed to sign up and pay a $25 commitment fee by the July 21 deadline. If enough people don’t sign up, the project won’t happen. … At stake is a $4.9 million state grant, which will go to another community on the waiting list for broadband service if Kandiyohi County does not use it. The county also will not go ahead with selling $5 million in revenue bonds for the project.”

In other news…

Some of you may find this useful: “The drinker’s guide to authentic St. Paul dive bars, by neighborhood” [City Pages]

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Not too shabby: “7 Minnesota brewers win 15 medals at national championship” [Star Tribune]

Some sunny news: “Report: Solar plus storage can beat natural gas in Minnesota” [MPR]

Could be big: “Lake Minnetonka zebra mussel study tests population control” [MPR]

Done in by facial recognition software: “Escaped inmate on the run for 25 years caught in Nevada” [Mankato Free Press]

PSA: “Minneapolis Closing Streets Near U.S. Bank Stadium For X Games” [Patch]