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Proposed funding request for Minnesota State system tied to tuition freeze

Plus: Brooklyn Center woman shoots grandson over cup of tea; more than 20 bullets fired during shootout in St. Paul; sheriff says missing Wisconsin girl’s parents shot to death; and more.

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The Star Tribune’s Mila Koumpilova reports: “The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is gearing up to make an ambitious funding request to state lawmakers in exchange for a pledge to freeze undergraduate tuition. The system is planning to seek $246 million more in state dollars over two years, or a hike of more than 17 percent for the biennium. The money would fund employee pay increases and other operational costs at the system’s seven universities and 30 colleges ….

Also in the Star Tribune, Libor Jany writes: “Helen Washington told her grandson over and over to stop putting his cup of tea on her furniture. After he kept doing it anyway, the 75-year-old shot him, Hennepin County prosecutors allege. When police arrived, the victim was waiting for them in the front yard of the residence in the 5800 block of Camden Avenue N. in Brooklyn Center with a gunshot wound to the right thigh, a criminal complaint said. … Washington, 75, now faces charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony.

Says Dave Orrick of the PiPress on the Ellison divorce files: “You can judge for yourselves…but there’s nothing implicating Keith Ellison of anything salacious. Nothing like that at all in the public records. … the records lay bare features of the demise of the 25-year marriage between the two elected officials. Kim Ellison serves on the Minneapolis Board of Education. The records date back to when the couple legally separated in 2011, when two of their four children were minors. As the Ellisons feared, some of the documents now public do contain details that appear to be tied to what Kim Ellison described Tuesday as depression following her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. As many who have been party to a divorce can attest, they’re often messy. And the Ellisons’ was, too.”

In the Pioneer Press, Mara H. Gottfried reports: “A hail of bullets injured two men and pierced the wall of a St. Paul home on Tuesday afternoon, according to police. A 19-year-old was shot in the lower back in the Frogtown area and needed surgery … Soon after, an 18-year-old arrived at Regions Hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand. Both men are expected to recover …. Police were called to the area of Sherburne Avenue and Kent Street at about 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday. …More than 20 shots had been fired, according to Linders.”

For The Hill, John Bowden writes, “Two Republicans in Minnesota said they have been physically attacked in the past few days by assailants who were angry about their politics. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that state Rep. Sarah Anderson (R) was attacked Sunday by an unidentified male who she says she confronted after finding him kicking down several of her yard signs. … Another Republican, Minnesota House District 15b candidate Shane Mekeland, told the Star Tribune he was attacked Friday during a campaign event at a bar by a ‘much bigger person’ who left him with a concussion.”

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An AP story says, “The Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed a U.S. Senate candidate’s petition to change his political party affiliation on the Nov. 6 ballot. Twin Cities businessman Jerry Trooien is running for the seat once held by former Sen. Al Franken. Trooien initially listed his party as ‘unaffiliated’ but wants to be listed as ‘independent.’ The Supreme Court dismissed his petition Wednesday, saying Trooien knew on Aug. 30 that he could list his party as independent. But he waited four weeks before filing a request for the change.”

Another AP story adds this on the missing Wisconsin teenager. “Authorities say a missing Wisconsin girl’s parents were shot to death and that they believe she was in the home at the time. Police have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since early Monday, when deputies responding to a 911 call from her home in Barron found her parents, James and Denise Closs, dead in the house. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference Wednesday that autopsies confirmed the couple was shot. He says there was no gun at the scene and that evidence from the scene and from the 911 call indicate that Jayme Closs was in the house.”