St. Paul police to reduce K-9 use after dog bites bystander

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Yeah, that seems not good. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “In the chaotic seconds after a St. Paul police dog broke free, it bit a bystander — leading the mayor and police chief to announce Monday that St. Paul’s K-9s will be used more sparingly amid ‘significant changes’ and an external audit. … Friday’s incident was the third high-profile St. Paul K-9 bite case in two years. In April, the police department changed its policy and restricted when dogs can be used to physically apprehend a suspect, limiting it to the most serious cases.”

Also in legal reforms. The Duluth News Tribune’s Peter Passi reports: “It will no longer be against Duluth city code to panhandle or sleep in a parked vehicle. … By an 8-0 vote, with 5th District Councilor Jay Fosle absent, the Duluth City Council lifted the two bans Monday night. … Elizabeth Brown said she fled to Duluth a couple years ago to escape domestic violence, living out of her car for a time as she looked for work and tried to make ends meet. Even though she found employment, Brown said she was unable to afford a home of her own for a while and continued to sleep in her car instead, all the while attempting to avoid a run-in with police. … Brown said her life since has stabilized, and she now has a proper roof over her head. But if not for the time spent surreptitiously sleeping in her vehicle, Brown suspects she wouldn’t be the productive member of society she is today. … ‘A lot of good, hard-working people end up in their cars, and it’s better than being on the street,’ she said.”

Long line of paperwork ahead for Line 3. MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar reports: “Before Enbridge Energy can bring in the bulldozers and backhoes to build its Line 3 pipeline across northern Minnesota, it still has to go through more months of regulatory scrutiny. … The project took a big step forward late last month when it won approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission after nearly four years of review — but it was by no means the last hurdle the controversial project faces. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office has tallied 29 more approvals needed before construction can start. … And even if Enbridge gets all of those permits approved by state agencies, county governments and federal regulators, there’s still the likelihood that one or more decisions will be challenged in court.”

Sounds like we don’t have a choice! City Pages’s Jay Boller reports: “What does the future of transportation in Minneapolis look like? For some, it’s the return of streetcars. For at least one recent resident, it’s ziplining. … Should we add electric scooter rideshare to the mix? Electric scooter rideshare companies think so, and a Minneapolis City Council committee will vote Tuesday to decide whether scooter rideshare startups should require licences. (Update: Hours ahead of the vote, rideshare firm Bird debuted in the Twin Cities … .) ”

In other news…

Walz critical of Dayton process on buffers:The unbearable humility of regulatory capture: Walz set to erase years of work on buffers” [Bluestem Prairie]

Outsider analysis of the 2040 plan:What DC can learn from Minneapolis’s plan to allow fourplexes amid detached homes” [Greater Greater Washington]

Low carbon diet:End of Willmar’s coal era: Municipal Utilities to sell remaining tons as natural gas meets needs” [West Central Tribune]

Unrest in Port-au-Prince:Missionaries from Minnesota Stranded in Haiti” [KSTP]

Welcome, Paul Folger:Oklahoma TV anchor to take high-profile position on KSTP’s nightly newscasts” [Star Tribune]

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