Animal leg traps found along Shingle Creek trail in Minneapolis

The GleanThis could have had a much worse ending. WCCO’s Reg Chapman reports: “Conservation officers want to know who set animal traps near a popular Minneapolis walking trail. … Chris Koch was out walking his dogs on Saturday when he discovered two traps along the Shingle Creek Regional Trail in Minneapolis. … ‘Just walking along with the dogs and I noticed something shiny and I’m like, “Hmm, you know, what could that be?” And I looked at it, and I’ve done enough hunting and what not in my youth to know … that’s a trap,’ Koch said. … He says the leg trap was in the brush, about a block west of 52nd and Penn avenues north, just steps away from Shingle Creek.”

Things not looking great for former McNally Smith students and faculty. MPR’s Peter Cox reports: “Ronald Pfuhl’s daughter was a student at McNally Smith College of Music when it abruptly closed in December. … While his daughter, Nichole, quickly found another school, Concordia University, St. Paul, Pfuhl was out the $12,000 he paid for spring semester — money he’d been saving since before she was born. … When the school initially filed for bankruptcy, he was hopeful. … ‘The assets far outweighed what was owed, and I had some high hopes that I would be paid in full,’ he said. … Those initial filings showed the school to have assets estimated at $10 million to $50 million, and owing less than $10 million. Ramsey County valued the building at 19 Exchange Street in downtown St. Paul at $13.6 million in 2017. … Those numbers turned out to be much rosier than the reality.

PSA. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “Airbnb has an unusual request for its St. Paul hosts: If you were a one-hit wonder, take down your listing. … Over the past year, 750 St. Paul property owners have listed their homes for short-term rental through the home-sharing service, many of them for Super Bowl LII, played in Minneapolis in February. … Under new city ordinances, St. Paul hosts must be inspected and licensed by the city. … Property owners who have listed their homes through Airbnb but have no intention of renting them out again may soon find themselves in hot water with city inspectors if they don’t remove their listing entirely — violating St. Paul’s licensing rules is a criminal misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor.

Time to go whole hog on environmental assessment? The Star Tribune’s Pam Louwagie writes: “A proposal to build a large swine feedlot in Fillmore County is facing stiff opposition from some of its neighbors, who say the state’s environmental agency needs to do a more thorough assessment before issuing a permit. … Nearly 50 opponents descended on Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) offices Tuesday, the last day for public comment on an environmental assessment for the proposed project. They issued a demand for a full-fledged Environment Impact Statement (EIS), something that is rarely done for such farm facilities. … Catalpa LLC is proposing a new 4,980-sow farrowing operation about 10 miles east of the town of Harmony, in the far southeastern corner of the state. It would produce an estimated 7.3 million gallons of liquid manure, which is proposed to be stored in reinforced concrete pits, removed each fall and injected into farm fields as fertilizer.”

In other news…

Photos from Wednesday’s tornado in Bemidji:PHOTO GALLERY: Tornado damage in Bemidji” [Bemidji Pioneer]

Never tweet:‘A Doctor IRL’: Right-wing Twitter loses its mind over Mayo Clinic parody account” [City Pages]

Better late than never:Wallet Lost 53 Years Ago at Dayton’s is Returned to Owner” [Mpls.St.Paul]

Well done:‘I was on that plane for a reason’; St. Paul assistant fire chief helps man in medical distress on flight to MSP” [Pioneer Press]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Mark Iezek on 07/05/2018 - 11:03 pm.

    History Theater

    I hope the new owners of the former McNally Smith building continue to allow the History Theater to continue in its space. Losing the History Theater on top of losing the college would be a huge blow.

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