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St. Paul may allow accessory dwelling units

Plus: Hennepin County sheriff’s race; paint spill closes northbound 169 traffic; viral Minnesota barefoot runner acorn post a hoax; and more.

St. Paul
St. Paul
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One way to get more housing. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “With an eye toward enforcement, the St. Paul City Council amended a proposal to allow homeowners across the city to convert attics, garages and carriage houses into accessory dwelling units, or ‘mother-in-law apartments’ and ‘granny flats.’ … The council will vote on the proposal on Oct. 17.”

Pacific Standard zooms in on the Hennepin County Sheriff’s race.  David M. Perry writes: “In February of 2017, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek met with President Donald Trump at the White House. … Now, angered by Stanek’s mistreatment of immigrant communities and alleged mismanagement of the sheriff’s department, veteran police officer Dave Hutchinson has decided to try to defeat the three-term incumbent. To win, he’s going to have convince hundreds of thousands people who have grown used to supporting Stanek over three elections to channel some of their anger at the Trump administration—and especially at ICE—into a local race they are used to ignoring.

Sounds like a cover-up. KSTP’s Rebecca Omastiak reports: “Northbound lanes of Highway 169 near Interstate 494 near West Bloomington were closed Thursday morning as the result of a paint spill. … Just before 6:30 a.m., KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said the left two lanes of traffic on northbound Highway 169 reopened while the right lane remained closed.”

Nothing on the internet is real. BuzzFeed News’ Craig Silverman on the Northeast sidewalk acorns story: “On Tuesday, a social media manager in Minnesota tweeted a screenshot of a post that he said was ‘getting absolutely destroyed’ by people in his local Facebook group. … The post’s author said he’s a ‘competitive barefoot runner’ and asked his neighbors to ‘please keep your sidewalks clear of any acorns or other debris that might injure those whom are active members of the barefoot running community, including myself.’  … The tweet earned more than 70,000 likes and retweets.  … And now let’s bring this whole story crashing down: Curtis is not a competitive barefoot runner. The post was him trolling his neighbors. But no one bothered to check his claims.

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