Hundreds protest police shooting in north Minneapolis

Hundreds gathered outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th precinct to protest Saturday night's fatal police shooting of Thurman Blevins Jr.

In the Star Tribune, Erin Adler and Libor Jany write: “Hundreds gathered Sunday at an evening vigil and afternoon protest to grieve and protest in the wake of Saturday night’s fatal police shooting of a 31-year-old black man in north Minneapolis. As the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension dug into an intensive investigation of the death of Thurman Blevins Jr., Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who appeared at the afternoon protest at the Fourth Precinct headquarters, and Mayor Jacob Frey, who attended the evening vigil near the shooting site, sought to calm anguished, angry community members.”

At MPR, Cody Nelson, Tim Nelson and Andrew Krueger report, “City and police leaders vowed a full and transparent investigation into the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in north Minneapolis Saturday, even as community members and activists questioned their account of the death during a daytime protest and nighttime vigil Sunday. … The BCA said in a written statement that its agents found a black and silver handgun at the scene of the shooting. James Lark said at the vigil held near the scene of the shooting that he saw the initial confrontation. … Lark said he didn’t see a gun. He said Blevins was drinking out of a cup, and sitting on the curb with a woman with a baby in a stroller.”

Pipeline decision coming. From the AP (via WCCO-TV): “State regulators reconvene this week to decide whether to approve or reject Enbridge Energy’s proposal for replacing its Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Public Utilities Commission meets Tuesday so its members can resume questioning Enbridge officials as well other supporters and opponents of the project. The panel could then deliberate as long as until Friday before making its decision.”

Reverberations from last week’s POTUS visit and the pundits that followed him. At Bloomberg, Al Hunt writes, “If you started reporting on American politics in the 1970s and 1980s, Minnesota was the place to look for gold-standard politicians. …Covering a personal and philosophical spectrum, they were serious, productive politicians. Each could be a fierce partisan, yet all enjoyed bipartisan respect. That’s a Minnesota that wasn’t recognizable when I visited last week. … My hunch is that the fall contest will pit Walz against Pawlenty, which would be a turn toward the glory political days. But it’s hard to be sure. There’s an unpredictable streak among Gopher State voters.”

Also, the MyPillow guy, Mike Lindell, has a commentary in the Duluth News Tribune saying, “President Trump’s revolutionary economic plan — including tax cuts, deregulation, and tariffs — is working in such a massive way for businesses and manufacturers throughout Minnesota that we are now seeing tangible results across sectors. … When then-candidate Trump reached out to me in August 2016, some of my coworkers and employees were skeptical about his candidacy. But after I met with him in Trump Tower, all I could say was, ‘Wow!’ I put my credibility on the line and went all-in for Donald Trump. It was clear his heart is committed to helping all Americans.”

Snelling Avenue gets posh. Says Frederick Melo in the PiPress, “Private terraces, quartz countertops and porcelain bathtubs in three-bedroom apartments that lease for as much as $4,200 per month. If that sounds a bit like a luxury rental listing in Beverly Hills or New York City, guess again. Like the Whole Foods grocery next door, the 210-unit Vintage on Selby apartment complex transformed the intersection of Selby and Snelling avenues in St. Paul when it opened in late 2015. The complex, initially owned by the Ryan Cos. and the Excelsior Group until its sale to New York-based investors, overlooks a humbler St. Paul staple — O’Gara’s Bar and Grill.”

We got a warranty on this, right? Says Stribber Tim Harlow, “The Franklin Avenue bridge spanning West River Parkway and the Mississippi River is practically new, and already blemishes are appearing. Concrete has flaked off the top of the railing at places along the 1,054-foot bridge that was rehabilitated during the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons. Cracks have appeared at a few of the pilasters, those sections of the railing that appear to support a column but really are more ornamental than functional.”

We’re No. 1 … in ugly dogs. The AP reports, “A 9-year-old English bulldog from Minnesota was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday in the competition where dogs with hairless bodies and lolling tongues flaunt their imperfections. The dogs walk down a red carpet and are evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner takes home $1,500. Zsa Zsa’s owner is Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota.” 

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