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St. Paul City Council expected to approve $15 minimum wage this week

Plus: U of M prof sentenced for falsifying retirement savings to cheat ex-wife; Farmington write-in candidate gets elected to city council; Great Waters Brewing shutting down; and more.

St. Paul City Council
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

The Star Tribune’s Emma Nelson says: “The St. Paul City Council is expected to follow in Minneapolis’ footsteps Wednesday and approve a citywide $15 minimum wage without an exemption for tipped workers. Mayor Melvin Carter said in his inaugural address that he intended to implement a $15 minimum wage ‘as soon as possible.’ In the months since, city leaders have met with workers and business owners, activists have marched through downtown streets and hundreds of people have packed into City Hall to share their views. Council members said they’re looking forward to getting the ordinance passed.”

In the St. Cloud Times, Stephanie Dickrell says: “Anecdotal evidence, exit polls and overall turnout rates indicate Minnesota Somalis voted in high numbers last week. To leaders and experts, it was a demonstration of political enthusiasm as well as a glimpse of the community’s potential elective power. The Somali community is getting more politically active and more Somalis are running for public office and winning, including Ilhan Omar, who will be one of the first Muslim women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Says the Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh, A University of Minnesota professor has been sentenced to four years of probation and four months in the workhouse for falsifying the value of his retirement nest egg in an attempt to cheat his former wife out of her share. The sentence Friday from Hennepin County District Judge Tanya Bransford allows that if the 57-year-old Massoud Amin successfully completes his probation, the three felony charges the jury convicted him on will be reduced to misdemeanors. Bransford also imposed a $30,000 fine.”

For the Pioneer Press, Frederick Melo writes: “Opponents of St. Paul’s new system of organized trash collection have submitted enough valid signatures to get their petition on a public ballot, but the St. Paul City Council thinks it has the legal means to block the effort. After conferring with the city attorney’s office, city officials say any efforts to sever the contract the city signed in November 2017 with a coalition of trash haulers would violate state statutes.”

Says Will Bunch in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “If you went into the lab and ran Tuesday’s algorithms to design the perfect Democrat for 2020, she would look almost exactly like Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who won a landslide re-election in her purple (in more ways than one ) state on Tuesday. … Much of what has enabled Klobuchar to fly under the radar screen for the last 12 years — a decent low-key approach, and a belief in bipartisanship that may sound naive but has helped her get more bills passed than any other current senator — is suddenly what makes her a strong foil to the orange menace at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

For Patch, William Bornhoft says: “It’s not every day a Minnesotan is depicted on the cover of a major American newspaper or magazine, but this month’s issue of The New Yorker features one of the state’s rising political stars. … Artist Barry Blitt included Omar in the cover of the upcoming Nov. 19 issue of the New Yorker, which celebrates the fact that more women will be serving in Congress than ever before.”

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Says Matt Sepic at MPR , “It’s exceedingly rare for anyone running for office as a write-in candidate to succeed. But last week a city council candidate in Farmington, Minn., managed to pull it off. Joshua Hoyt received the second-highest vote total against a field of seven declared candidates running for two seats in the Dakota County community on Nov. 6. Hoyt, a local business owner, suicide awareness activist and Marine Corps veteran, didn’t announce his run ahead of the filing deadline; he said he initially planned to run for City Council in 2020. But concerns about the handling of the dismissal of the community’s police chief prompted him to move up that schedule.”

Also in the Strib, this from Lee Schafer , “Amid the flood of media coverage of the competition for the second headquarters project of were a couple of columns that saw real potential in the project for Minnesota, and they were written by me. What a sap. There is no Amazon second headquarters project with 50,000 new jobs. There may not have ever been. …

Also from MPR : “A longtime downtown St. Paul brewpub announced Saturday that it’ll be closing its doors for good later this month. Great Waters Brewing Company said in a Facebook post that its last day of operation will be November 18. The brewpub opened in 1997 and is located in the Hamm Building, at the corner of St. Peter Street and West Seventh Place. The Facebook post noted that when it opened, Great Waters was one of the first new breweries in Minnesota in decades.”