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St. Paul Mayor Carter announces $1 million competition for entrepreneurs of color

Plus: driver who crashed into playground had license revoked; police response outside Nomad bar in Minneapolis; Mankato to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day; and more.

Mayor Melvin Carter
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Could be big for someone. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “Entrepreneurs of color, start your engines. An economic development association is giving away $1 million in startup funds in a ‘Shark Tank’-style competition this fall, and four finalists of color will share in the financial awards. … The ‘Million Dollar Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurs’ — which is open to racial minorities across the state — is being organized by the Metropolitan Economic Development Agency, which provides business consulting, marketing and capital for minority business owners. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, whose office is assisting with the contest, announced the competition at Meda’s 47th annual meeting, which was held Monday at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.”

Further to yesterday’s news. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “The motorist accused of hitting and severely injuring three small siblings on a north Minneapolis playground while fleeing state troopers has not had a valid driver’s license for nearly four years, authorities said Tuesday. … Kabaar W. Powell, 27, of Richfield, remains jailed ahead of charges in connection with driving into the children Monday morning while they were with their father and other siblings on the playground near Jenny Lind Elementary School. … Powell had his license revoked, and it has not been valid since August 2014, said state Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville.”

A scary situation. City Pages’ Mike Mullen reports: “While filming a tense moment between Minneapolis Police officers and two men they held at gunpoint, Burhan Israfael Isaaq said, ‘Don’t shoot my man, though,’ adding, moments later: ‘He doesn’t have a gun.’ … They didn’t, and he didn’t. And the latter outcome has some who were there  — and many others who weren’t — wondering why cops were called to the scene in the first place. … Specifically, attention has turned to Nomad World Pub, whose owner Todd Smith was filmed in a subsequent clip, also by Isaaq, who alleged Smith was ‘drunk when he called these mercenaries on those young men.’”

Pretty significant change. The Mankato Free Press’ Mark Fischenich reports: “A city with one of the darkest moments in America’s long history of conflict between the people who were here first and those who came later, Mankato will become the latest to mark the second Monday in October not as Columbus Day but as Indigenous Peoples Day. … Nearly 50 people broke out in applause late Monday night when the City Council voted 5-2 to officially create the new holiday ‘and encourage other businesses, organizations and public entities to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day annually on the second Monday of October.’”

In other news…

Coulda happened to anyone:Concertgoer gets head stuck in tailpipe at Winstock” [KARE]

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Squashing the previous record:The Great Pumpkin Paddler: Fergus Falls-area man sets Guinness world record with pumpkin-paddling voyage from Grand Forks to Oslo, Minn.” [Grand Forks Herald]

Could be yours:$3.4M Frank Lloyd Wright time capsule home hits Twin Cities market” [Star Tribune]

On Lowry:Market Bar-B-Que announces new location in northeast Minneapolis” [City Pages]

RIP:Elwood Caldwell, who helped put the crunch in Cap’n Crunch, dies at 95” [Star Tribune]