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Minneapolis Park Board moves to ban glyphosate from park system

Plus: Ramsey County sheriff race; Minneapolis making progress on housing for Hiawatha encampment; Dean Phillips loans campaign $1.3M; and more.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board building
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board building
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Roundup voted down. The Southwest Journal’s Eric Best reports: “The Park Board’s Operations & Environment Committee unanimously voted to extend the board’s ban on glyphosate to the entire Minneapolis park system. … The resolution would expand a ban on the herbicide to the city’s regional parks and golf courses. The Park Board ended the use of glyphosate in neighborhood parks in 2016.”

Catch up on the Ramsey County sheriff’s race. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried report: “No matter who wins the Ramsey County sheriff’s race, there won’t be a new sheriff in town. … Jack Serier was appointed sheriff by the county board 22 months ago. And his opponent, Bob Fletcher, was Ramsey County sheriff for 16 years and is currently Vadnais Heights mayor.”

Per the Strib, Minneapolis has made some progress in helping people at the Hiawatha Ave. encampment find housing. Chris Serres writes: “On his first night in a new apartment after two years of homelessness, Mike Eagle Tail found himself bolting awake in his bed, expecting to hear the wail of police sirens or the sound of people crying out for help. … Instead, for the first time in months, Eagle Tail heard only his three sleeping children — Raymond, 9, Rolanda, 8 and Lakota, 7 — breathing softly from their bedrooms. Eagle Tail quietly eased his bulky frame through the apartment, checking on his children.”

Nice to have! MPR’s Brian Bakst reports: “Democratic challenger Dean Phillips has poured $1.3 million of his own money into his 3rd Congressional District campaign to unseat Republican U.S. House Rep. Erik Paulsen.”

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