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Minnesota Supreme Court rules against Bloomington in trash collection case

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Garbage ruling. The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola reports: “The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld an effort by Bloomington residents to put the issue of organized trash collection on the ballot, reversing the decision of lower courts. … The court’s ruling, issued Wednesday morning, is a victory for Hands Off Our Cans, a residents’ group opposed to the city’s organized trash collection system. … ‘We put [in] a lot of work to get to this point,’ said Joel Jennissen, the group’s leader. ‘It’s clearly a win.’ ”

So much for the war on cars. KSTP’s Josh Rosenthal reports: “The Metropolitan Airports Commission is considering a major overhaul of parking at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport. … The reasoning behind the potential changes is twofold. First, airport officials say parking revenue is down, largely due to people getting to the airport using ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Also, officials say they want to improve the parking experience for travelers.”

Butts: out. The Star Tribune’s Emma Nelson writes: “St. Paul leaders think the city doesn’t need any more businesses selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. … As part of its campaign to limit tobacco sales in the city, the St. Paul City Council is considering an ordinance that would cap the number of tobacco retail licenses at 242 — the current number citywide.

Trump’s visit is causing lots of national outlets to notice Minnesota politics for the week. Here’s the Washington Post’s Amy Gardner with a take on Pawlenty’s Trump problem: “President Trump was due in a few days, but Tim Pawlenty was not ready to say if he would share the stage in Duluth on Wednesday with his party’s leader. … He’s never been to a Trump rally. Does he even want to go? He was noncommittal. … ‘Yeah, I’ve been to a lot of these rallies over the years, and they’re always fun and interesting,’ he said in an interview a few days ago, with the agreeability that defined his two terms as governor and his short-lived 2012 presidential campaign. … Pawlenty is hoping to revive his political career this year with a triumphant return to the Minnesota statehouse. But like many Republican veterans, he is struggling to navigate a party that has been completely transformed since the last time he hit the campaign trail, and he is hoping that his brand of electoral magic still works.”

In other news…

Good luck with that:Target’s CEO says retail industry will fight negative impact of tariffs” [Star Tribune]

With Fox & Friends like these:Restaurants face backlash for hosting Fox News” [Duluth News Tribune]

Acquisition news:Microsoft buys Minneapolis-based Flipgrid” [KARE]

Calling all Rochester hams:Ham operators want to get you on the air” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

Fair question:Minneapolis-St. Paul has lots of gay bars. Where are the lesbian bars?” [City Pages]

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