St. Paul to shut down homeless encampment, open emergency shelter

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For MPR, Austen Macalus says, “St. Paul and Ramsey County officials will open their emergency winter shelter Thursday, weeks earlier than last year, as authorities prepare to close a homeless encampment by Cathedral Hill. With the shelter open, the city is expected to move residents out of the increasingly visible camp, which sits along a strip overlooking Interstate 35E and is home to about two dozen people. For the past few months, state and local agencies have come in weekly to clean the site and then let residents return. But with winter approaching, the city is changing course. Some in the encampment may end up at the emergency shelter; others aren’t sure where they will go.”

For The Hill, Michael Burke says, “The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe in North Dakota has filed a lawsuit aiming to prevent the state from enforcing its voter ID requirement in next week’s midterms, arguing that it will disenfranchise voters living on reservations, according to media reports. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court and seek to have a law requiring voters to present ID with a current residential street address ruled unconstitutional. Native Americans have said the law will disproportionately affect them because many Native American voters live on reservations without traditional addresses.”

A trio of City Pages writers produce “A Hater’s Guide to the 2018 Election”: “These have been the longest two years in American history. Sure felt like it, anyway. … It all seems so overwhelming. People feel helpless. In the face of such villainy, what can one person possibly do? We’ll tell you. You can vote. Matter of fact, this year, you pretty much have to. Voting can feel like choosing the lesser of two evils. (They’re all politicians, after all.) City Pages took its best shot at helping you make up your mind.”

MPR’s Briana Bierschbach writes about Minnesota’s secretary of state race … : “Steve Simon is the only person on the ballot this cycle who has to oversee his own election. As the incumbent secretary of state seeking re-election this fall, he’s both running for office and traveling the state to talk about election administration, from getting out to vote to ballot security. … Election security is also one of the top issues he’s talking about as he seeks a second term as secretary of state, facing a challenge from former Republican state Sen. John Howe and Independence Party candidate William Denney.

… and about the auditor’s race: “It’s not easy running for an office that hardly anyone has heard of. In the low-key race to be Minnesota’s next state auditor, the top candidates say the biggest struggle is grabbing people’s attention … ‘I’ve spent a lot of time going out to the doors,” Julie Blaha, the Democratic candidate in the race, said. “And I say: ‘Hi, I’m Julie Blaha, and I’m running for that position of glitz and glamour you’ve been waiting for: state auditor.’ Pam Myhra, the Republican candidate in the race, said she has to regularly remind voters that she’s not running for office to audit them.”

In the PiPress, Bob Shaw reports, “Two websites are confusing Woodbury voters by making unwanted connections to local nonprofits. One copycat website uses the name of a Woodbury nonprofit to make endorsements. Another uses Woodbury hockey issues to promote candidates — over the objections of the local hockey club. The websites promote city council candidate Bill Braun and mayoral candidate Joe Hernandez.”

A WCCO-TV story says,An East Ridge high school football player is suing the Minnesota State High School League after he was suspended for four games after a targeting penalty. According to multiple reports, Marco Cavallaro, a senior defensive lineman at East Ridge, was ejected from the regular-season finale against Centennial on Oct. 17. He was ejected after he hit Centennial’s quarterback. The quarterback had just thrown an interception and was hit by Cavallaro in what looks like a blind side hit. … Cavallaro would have been suspended only a game after being ejected, but since he had already been suspended earlier in the season, he was suspended four games by the MSHSL.”

In an endorsement, the Strib says,Pete Stauber has a deep understanding of the critical issues facing the mostly rural Eighth District, which also covers the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the northern Twin Cities exurbs. Stauber is pro-mining and backs Enbridge Line 3 but also says the regulatory process must be followed. He would not have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, in part because he’s the father of a son with Down syndrome, believes Americans with pre-existing conditions must have access to affordable health care. Stauber is harder to pin down on strategies to address gun violence. He’s a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, as is, and seems to be open to red flag laws and improved background checks. His law enforcement experience and belief in compassionate policing would be valuable in Congress.”

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