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Minneapolis park officials asking for help after fake 911 call targets black teens

Plus: St. Paul council candidate who was banned from library also banned from Target Field; two women killed after boulder falls from truck; Minnesota’s oldest person is 111; and more.

Yeah, some questions here. Says Mary Lynn Smith in the Strib, “A viral video of four black teens being handcuffed by Minneapolis park police after an officer drew a gun on them at Minnehaha Park on Tuesday has prompted calls for an independent investigation into the incident. Brianna Lindell posted the video, which has been viewed at least 11,000 times and shared more than 25,000 times. She explained in her post that she first noticed that the four teens were being harassed by a young white teen who was using racial slurs … .”

At MPR, Elizabeth Dunbar writes, “Minneapolis parks officials are asking for help piecing together what happened Tuesday when a 911 caller’s unfounded claims of violence at Minnehaha Regional Park led to four black teens being handcuffed, with one officer pointing a gun at them. The teens — two 13-year-olds, a 14-year-old and 16-year-old — were detained but were found to have no weapons and released. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board said an investigation is underway about the 911 call and caller, suggesting that a false report led to what could have been a tragic incident.

This guy, again. In the PiPress, Frederick Melo reports, “A day after being banned from the St. Paul Public Library system, St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez was ejected from Target Field and banned from the ballpark for a year following a physical confrontation with security. Martinez posted a seven-minute video of the July 6 incident at the Minneapolis baseball stadium to YouTube and, in a written feedback form to the team, has threatened to sue the Minnesota Twins. In the video, Martinez can be seen and heard telling a Target Field security guard, ‘You’re an (expletive) moron. You’re an (expletive) idiot. … Don’t touch me. You’re about to get smacked.’ He refused to leave the baseball stadium despite repeated requests.”

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Well, he got the bike back. Says the AP, “A Minnesota man has his stolen expensive bicycle back after answering an ad for the bike on Facebook. The 25-year-old Rochester man told police he stopped at a convenience store on Monday. When he came out, his unlocked Italian-made bike — valued at $5,000 — was gone. On Tuesday morning, the owner found a Facebook ad from someone wanting to sell the bicycle for $1,500. He arranged to meet the seller and test-drive the bicycle while police waited nearby. Police nabbed the seller, but in comparing video from the store, authorities realized the 19-year-old seller was not the same person who took the bike.”

Oh my god. Says Suzanne Ziegler for the Strib, “A boulder estimated to weigh 800 pounds fell off the back of a truck in Rosemount and struck a car going in the opposite direction, killing a mother and daughter from Shoreview. Rosemount police are looking for the truck and its driver, Police Chief Mitchell Scott said Wednesday. He called accidents like this one extraordinarily rare. ‘You could try to re-create that a million-plus times and you could never re-create that,’ he said.”

Good going, Evelyn. Says a WCCO-TV story, “It’s official: The oldest person in Minnesota is 111 years old. Evelyn Kleine celebrated her second golden birthday on Wednesday. She is 111 on July 11. … She’s never smoked, or drank, but she does sometimes indulge. ‘I like ice cream, I’d be lost without it,’ Evelyn said.” You were kind of hoping she drank whiskey and smoked cigars, right?

Meanwhile, another (newspaper) bites the dust. Says Tom Cherveny in the West Central Tribune, “After nearly 118 years of publication, The Raymond/Prinsburg News is no more. The weekly newspaper serving the communities of Raymond and Prinsburg in Kandiyohi County delivered the news in its final edition July 4. ‘It was a very hard decision,’, said Ted Almen, who along with his wife, Kari Jo, have published The News since they acquired it just over 20 years ago. The Raymond/Prinsburg News announced the closing with a front page modeled after the original Raymond News as published with its founding Nov. 23, 1900. This last edition marked the 6,124th week of continuous publication.” Next time, more sports and resturant reviews.

Yeah, 120 is warm-ish. MPR’s Paul Huttner says, “The dew point at Windom reached a jungle-like 84 degrees and produced a dangerous heat index of 120 degrees [Wednesday].

Windom’s 84-degree dew point temperature is just 4 degrees shy of the all-time Minnesota state record dew point of 88-degrees in Morehead on July 19, 2011.”