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Bloomington police release mosque-burglary video in search for suspects

Plus: Marco Rubio endorses Jeff Johnson for governor; Minnesota ranchers call for more funding for wolf killing; St. Cloud council passes resolution ‘in support of a just and welcoming community’; and more.

Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center
MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi

This is the same mosque that was damaged by that explosion in August. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “Bloomington police have released security camera footage of last week’s burglary of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center and are asking the public’s help to identify the suspects. … The 30-second video shows two suspects dressed with what appears to be heavy clothes, gloves and fur-covered ape masks that totally cover their heads. There appear to be no distinguishing characteristics visible for either one of the burglars. … The video shows the two suspects carrying out a large object, which looks to be a black safe with a gray door.”

A little Marco love for Jeff Johnson. The Pioneer Press’ Rachel Stassen-Berger reports: “Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced he is backing Republican Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in the Minnesotan’s second bid to become governor. … The endorsement could add some national attention to the Minnesota-based battle among Republicans to succeed DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson was Rubio’s Minnesota chairman when the Floridian ran for president last year and helped Rubio win the Minnesota’s Republican caucuses. Minnesota was the only state Rubio won in the GOP primary.”

More money to kill wolves? MPR’s John Enger  report: “There’s a place just east of Nimrod where the trees and prairie meet. There’s tamarack bog, miles of rusting barbed wire and pastureland where angus beef cows graze. The locals call it Eden — for wolves. … ‘They start feeding on cattle, because it’s easy for them and they taste good,’ said area cattle rancher Chuck Becker. ‘Wolves come here, and they pretty much don’t leave if they don’t have to.’ … Becker’s lost dozens of cattle over the last 20 years, and there’s not much he can do about it. Only trappers working for the United States Department of Agriculture can kill the wolves. And for a few weeks this fall, the federal trappers couldn’t do their jobs. They didn’t have the money.”

St. Cloud comes out in support of refugees. The St. Cloud Times’ Jenny Berg reports: “City Council member Jeff Goerger has a message for St. Cloud — the temporary ban on refugees being proposed by City Council member Jeff Johnson is not constitutional and not something the City Council as a whole supports. … Goerger introduced a resolution Monday ‘in support of a just and welcoming community’ to refute Johnson’s resolution calling for a moratorium on refugee resettlement. Goerger’s resolution passed on a 5-1 vote, with Johnson opposing it; council member George Hontos was absent.”

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