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Frey calls for firing over racist Christmas decorations at Minneapolis Fourth Police Precinct

Plus: Bender claims sexism over Star Tribune report about snow-shoveling fine; 15-story residential tower planned in Duluth; Franken releases podcast; and more.

Not a good look. WCCO reports: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says the officer or city official who put ‘racist’ decorations on a Christmas tree in north Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct police station will be fired. … The mayor issued the stern statement Friday, after images appeared on social media, showing a Christmas tree in the precinct decorated with empty Takis bags, Newport cigarette boxes and Popeyes Chicken cups.

This whole affair is very Minneapolis, 2018. City Pages’ Susan Du reports: “The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola, who’s been dutifully relaying each thrilling episode of the Minneapolis’ various sidewalk clearing strategies, decided to check if the council’s able-bodied members were themselves in compliance. … He found just one errant homeowner: Lisa Bender, who racked up seven complaints last winter alone. The city had to send someone to shovel her sidewalk, fining her $149, the Star Tribune reported. … But after the Strib (which owns City Pages) reported its findings, Bender took to Twitter to accuse the paper of calling her out just because she’s a woman.

Things are looking up in Duluth. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brooks Johnson reports:A 15-story apartment building may soon be on the rise on East Superior Street in downtown Duluth. … The tower, which would replace the Voyageur Lakewalk Inn at 333 E. Superior St., is slated to include 204 rental units with retail on the ground floor. Developers want to attract an urban grocery store to fill much of that street-level space. … ‘It’s a skyline changer,’ said Brian Forcier of Titanium Partners.”

To be fair, pretty much everyone has a podcast these days. The AP’s Steve Karnowski reports: “Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era. … The former ‘Saturday Night Live’ funnyman released a podcast on health care this week, just days after a Thanksgiving Day Facebook post in which he mused how much he missed ‘being in the fight every day.’”

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