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Three finalists remain for Minneapolis park superintendent

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board building
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board building

Then there were three. The Star Tribune’s Karen Zamora reports:The three finalists to run the massive Minneapolis parks system come from California, Kentucky and North Carolina, but two have roots in the organization they hope to lead. … The three, all men, have park leadership experience and reflect the diversity that Park Board commissioners sought in a candidate from the beginning of the superintendent search.”

A cop in every basement. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “About 14 hours after Bob Fletcher found out he was elected Ramsey County sheriff, he walked through the front door of a St. Paul restaurant. … ‘Where’s Gidget?,’ he called, looking for the owner of Tin Cup’s on Rice Street. … Over the weekend, Gidget Bailey was talking about closing her restaurant. She said the final straw came Friday, after someone fired a gun in the parking lot and a bullet buzzed by her 27-year-old son’s ear. … But when Fletcher talked to Bailey on Sunday, he asked her, ‘What do you think about putting a (sheriff’s office) substation in your restaurant’s basement?’

Putting an end to business as usury. MPR’s Martin Moylan reports: “Research indicates that 4 in 10 American adults don’t have the money to pay for a sudden, unexpected expense of just several hundred dollars — like a car repair. … The solution is often a payday loan. That’s an expensive way to borrow money, because annual interest rates can reach several hundred percent. But some organizations are trying to help people avoid payday lenders and borrow money more cheaply.

Top 10 Minnesota firsts. MPR’s Jiwon Choi writes: “Tuesday’s midterm elections generated a surprising number of Minnesota firsts — changes likely to be remembered as milestones in the state’s political history. … From statewide offices to city council elections, here’s a look at who made it more than a typical Election Day.”

In other news…

The road ahead:Here are some key projects MnDOT will focus on in the next 10 years” [Pioneer Press]

Minnesota’s own Pete Stauber is the big winner:The Best and Worst Campaign Ads of 2018” [Roll Call]

Drains to Mississippi:550 gallons of oil spill into storm sewer following Sartell fire” [St. Cloud Times]

Newell Brands puts a ring on it:Jostens, Bloomington-based ring maker for students and NFL champs, sold for $1.3B” [Star Tribune]

Good boy:Dog wakes, saves Twig family before house burns down” [Duluth News Tribune]

Cheers:Minnesota’s Matt Lampson chosen as MLS WORKS Humanitarian of Year” [Pro Soccer USA]

R.I.P.:Wild, fans mourn passing of Bob Naegele, Jr., original team owner” [KARE]

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