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Jeff Johnson announces retirement from politics at end of commissioner term

Jeff Johnson on Tuesday night
Jeff Johnson on Tuesday night: “Obviously this didn’t turn out the way we wanted … but I hope everyone in this room will keep up the fight.”

More like Jeff Johns-done. The Star Tribune’s Karen Zamora reports: “Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, twice defeated for governor, said he is retiring from elected politics and the County Board at the end of his term in 2020. … ‘I don’t see myself running for anything else,’ he said Monday.”

St. Paul’s lonely Republicans. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “You are traveling through another dimension — a dimension where St. Paul voters put Republicans ahead of DFLers in state legislative, congressional and statewide races by a sizable margin. … No, it’s not the Twilight Zone. But tiny Ward 2, Precinct 10 is a notable exception — in fact, the only exception — to St. Paul’s political sea of blue.

New York Times goes in-depth on the Richard Liu rape allegations. The New York Times’ Tiffany Hsu, Raymond Zhong and Carolyn Zhang report: “When the Chinese billionaire Richard Liu was arrested two months ago in Minneapolis on suspicion of rape, he wasn’t in town for business. Mr. Liu, a 45-year-old internet tycoon, was a student at the University of Minnesota, taking in lectures by day and enjoying dinner parties by night. … As prosecutors weigh whether to charge Mr. Liu, the case represents a setback for a university that has made progress on how it handles sexual misconduct. In recent years, the university has dealt with a series of sexual assault and harassment episodes involving students and faculty members, which have prompted a state audit and new campus policies. Now, the university is once again in the national conversation, and the focus this time is on a relatively new and lucrative academic program.

There’s a new sheriff in town. The Star Tribune’s David Chanen reports: “Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has conceded the election to political newcomer Dave ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson. … Stanek’s defeat was officially certified Tuesday by the Hennepin County Canvassing Board, which found no errors in the vote totals announced last week.”

In other news…

May be of interest:With Election Now Over, Ilhan Omar Voices BDS Support” [TC Jewfolk]

That’s a lotta bread for Mayo:Mayo Clinic gets its largest gift ever: $200M to train doctors” [Star Tribune]

Congrats:More Than 1,000 Officially Will Become US Citizens Tuesday in St. Paul” [KSTP]

Cold case:Moorhead shoplifting suspect jumps in Red River before ending up in custody” [Fargo Forum]

Hackers hit … Target:Hackers impersonate Elon Musk, hit Target” [USA Today]

Also in Minnesota corporate giants:Bank of America downgrades Best Buy to neutral after ‘outsized growth’” [CNBC]

Mysterious causes:Newly arrived wolf dies on Isle Royale” [Duluth News Tribune]

Nice:Clear Lake farmer donates 36,000 pounds of potatoes this Thanksgiving” [St. Cloud Times]

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