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Minneapolis police union endorses Jeff Johnson for governor

Plus: DFL staffer suspended after suggesting that Republicans face beheading after election; Edina puts kibosh on Grandview Green project; GOP state House candidate says he was attacked at restaurant; and more.

Lt. Bob Kroll, Jeff Johnson
Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis union president Lt. Bob Kroll speaking during Monday's press conference as Jeff Johnson, far right, looks on.
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

In the Strib, Kelly Smith reports, “The Minneapolis police union on Monday endorsed Republican Jeff Johnson in the Minnesota governor’s race.  … [Johnson] also said he won’t advocate for ‘signs or little stickers in the back seats of state patrol cars telling people who are here illegally that they don’t have to cooperate with their police,’ referring to Minneapolis city leaders adding placards to squad cars that list in Spanish and English immigrants’ rights when going to jail. The union opposes that.

For MPR Tim Pugmire says, “A Minnesota DFL staffer has been suspended from his job after suggesting in a social media post that Republicans face beheading after the Nov. 6 election. In response to a Facebook post that listed Nov. 6 as the day to ‘take back your country,’ DFL deputy communications director William Davis wrote ‘11.7-bring them to the guillotines.’ The response has since been deleted. DFL party spokesperson Charlene Briner said Monday that Davis was suspended for a week without pay.”

In the Strib, Miguel Otarola reports, “The Edina City Council wants to make one thing clear: Construction of a proposed massive land bridge over Hwy. 100 near City Hall will not be happening anytime soon. At a Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) meeting last week, council members agreed to stop spending money on the Grandview Green concept, which has been around for years and drawn opposition from residents who live in the area that would be affected. … The 750-foot bridge — widely referred to as a ‘lid’ — would support a public green space over the highway and be surrounded by private development, such as apartments, hotels and retail.”

KSTP-TV reports: “The mayor of Dayton, a city of approximately 5,000 people, faces a criminal investigation by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Dayton Heritage Days Treasurer, Sandy Borders, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she, and other board members, noticed $13,000 missing from the festival’s bank account and it was drawn out by Dayton Mayor, Tim McNeil. … Dayton Police Chief, Paul Enga, told KSTP he sent the information over to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, which confirmed it received it but will not comment on an open investigation.”

For the Star Tribune, Hannah Covington writes: “Longtime civil rights leader Josie Robinson Johnson stood ringed by admirers Monday at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, turning to them one by one. She grabbed their hands, touched their faces, pulled them into hugs. … As a tribute to her work, university officials announced a new fellowship to support full-time Humphrey graduate students who are focused on tackling racial inequities and injustices — the crux of Johnson’s lifetime work.”

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Says Ross Torgerson in the Duluth News Tribune, “Zimmerman running back Camerin Morey broke through the line and with 80 yards left to cover to the end zone, all 11 St. Cloud Cathedral defenders were behind him. He certainly wasn’t counting on a 12th coming from the sideline. Brad Reuter, a Cathedral senior captain, ran onto the field and tackled Morey at the 12-yard line near the end of the game Friday night, Oct. 12. … On Saturday, one day after the game, Reuter took to Twitter to apologize for his actions in a post captioned ‘I’m sorry.’”

In the Strib, Stephen Montemayor reports, “A Republican candidate for the Minnesota House said Monday that he is recovering after suffering a concussion from an attack at a restaurant in St. George Township a few days earlier. Shane Mekeland is running for the House in District 15B, an open seat that includes parts of Benton and Sherburne County. He said that last Friday night, he was ‘blindsided’ by an assailant as he spoke to patrons at a bar and restaurant he wouldn’t identify. Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck confirmed Monday that his office is investigating the alleged assault ….”

A Forum News Service story by Al Edenloff says, “An Alexandria man escaped from a mobile home fire early Monday morning, Oct. 15, after being woke up by his dog and he then alerted his neighbors in a nearby mobile home so they were also able to get out safely. Mark Anderson, a student at the Alexandria Technical and Community College, had been living in the mobile home at Viking City for about two weeks, according to Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. Anderson was sleeping in the living room area because he was remodeling the bedroom and bathroom areas.”