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Plans revealed for redevelopment of Ford site in St. Paul

Plus: state Rep. Duane Quam apologizes for microphone grab; massive waves on Lake Superior wallop shoreline near Duluth; attorney general accuses Florida charity of cheating Minnesota donors; and more.

A design rendering for part of the plan for the former Ford Twin Cities auto plant in Highland Park.
Courtesy of the The Ryan Companies

KSTP-TV reports: “The plan for the redevelopment of the former Ford site in St. Paul has been unveiled. Ryan Companies, the developer tasked with the transformation, revealed their plans at a presentation at Highland Park Middle School Wednesday night. The 122-acre site will include a “world class central water feature,” multiple green spaces, new roads, public gathering spaces, pedestrian and bike trails and ballfields for the Highland Little League. Development will also include retail, health care and office spaces, as well as housing options.”

MPR reports: “High winds and massive waves on Lake Superior walloped the shoreline near Duluth on Wednesday. The huge waves damaged the Duluth Lakewalk, blew trees over on to roads and closed Brighton Beach Park. They also created quite a spectacle. Check out more information and video of the waves here.”

In The Hill, Reid Wilson says, “Democrats seeking to knock off Republican incumbents in two critical districts in the Twin City suburbs have put a dying art at the center of their campaigns: The town hall meeting. Dean Phillips, the Democrat challenging Rep. Erik Paulsen, and Angie Craig, who is seeking to unseat Rep. Jason Lewis, have pledged to hold regular town hall meetings if they are elected.”

Says a CNBC story by Tucker Higgins, “A longtime Republican operative who spent the final months of his life seeking out thousands of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails developed a relationship with President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as early as 2015 …  The nature of [Peter] Smith’s death has raised some suspicion. He was found dead in a hotel in [a Rochester] Minnesota days after telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview that he had been seeking Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers. A suicide note found near him said: ‘NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.’”

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At Newsweek, Ramsey Touchberry tells us, “A Republican state lawmaker in Minnesota has issued an apology for grabbing a microphone out of the hands of his female Democratic opponent during a recent debate, telling Newsweek that his ‘nerves got the best of me.’ Incumbent GOP Representative Duane Quam of Minnesota House District 25A and his Democratic opponent Jamie Mahlberg squared off Monday evening for a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters Rochester at a local public library.”

Says KROC radio in Rochester: “Now you can have your cake and drink it too! Or something like that. Minneapolis’ Fair State Co-op, which created a coconut and vanilla-flavored Vegan Milkshake IPA called Cake Drinker, has teamed up with the City of Edina to sell the concoction to eager beer lovers ….”

Shannon Prather of the Strib says, “The state attorney general has accused a Florida charity of deceiving Minnesota donors who believed they were contributing to a fund to help the families of fallen police officers. American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens Inc. collected $425,000 in donations from 10,000 Minnesotans from 2011 to 2017 for its ‘Police Family Survivors Fund,’ according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday. Donors were told 100 percent of contributions would be used to help police families but, in reality, only about 9 percent of total donations went to the fund.”