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Hostile atmosphere has aid workers reluctant to enter Minneapolis homeless camp

MinnPost photo by Jim Walsh
Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment

The Star Tribune’s Chris Serres writes: “Just a week before authorities plan to relocate people living inside a large homeless encampment in south Minneapolis, humanitarian aid workers who are vital to the effort say the camp’s atmosphere has turned so ugly that they are afraid to set foot there. In the past week, nonprofit outreach workers have complained of being harassed and forced from the camp by volunteers associated with Natives Against Heroin (NAH), a street outreach group that has been providing security and donations for people there. Two homeless men left their tents and fled this week, citing threats of violence and intimidation. Ominous postings on Facebook have fanned the fears ….”

Also in the Strib, Miguel Otarola reports, “Hours after throwing a key vote on the Minneapolis City Council in limbo, a judge cleared the way for the council to vote Friday to approve its 2040 comprehensive plan. Hennepin County District Judge Joseph R. Klein rejected a request by three groups to delay a vote on the city’s controversial development blueprint until an environmental study could be undertaken.”

Gigi Wood in the Grand Forks Herald reports, “North Dakota and Minnesota gas prices have dropped sharply after sitting at their highest rates since 2014. The state’s gas prices are now at the lowest they’ve been all year, according to AAA’s daily survey of gas stations. … In Minnesota, customers are paying $2.33 per gallon on average, down from $2.67 a month ago. The average price in November 2017 was $2.43.”

Says Jim Buchta in the Strib, “One of the downtown Minneapolis office buildings that houses Target Corp. has a new owner. California-based Menlo Equities paid $171 million for the 12-story office tower in the heart of the Central Business District at 900 Nicollet Mall and 50 S. 10th St., according to a certificate of real estate value filed this week with the county. A fund controlled by Hamburg-based Union Investment has owned the building, which is now known as Target Plaza III, since 2014 when it paid $164.5 million.”

According to the AP, “Wisconsin retailer Shopko is closing 39 stores in 19 states. The closings include two in Minnesota, in Mahnomen and Paynesville. Shopko spokeswoman Michelle Hansen says each store employs 10 to 25 employees, putting the scope of job cuts at about 400 to nearly 1,000 positions. Liquidation sales begin Friday with the stores closing by the end of February.”

At Patrick Sisson writes, “A wave of sameness has washed over new residential architecture. U.S. cities are filled with apartment buildings sporting boxy designs and somewhat bland facades, often made with colored panels and flat windows. Due to an Amazon-fueled apartment construction boom over the last decade, Seattle has been an epicenter of this new school of structural simulacra. But Seattle is not alone. Nearly every city, from Charlotte to Minneapolis, has seen a proliferation of homogenous apartments as construction has increased again in the wake of the financial recession.”

At Atlas Obscura, Anne Ewbank writes, “Few obituaries are written for laughs. Yet a recent obituary penned by Reverend John Klawiter of Forest Lake, Minnesota’s Faith Lutheran Church was intended to evoke giggles as well as grief. The obituary wasn’t for a person, but for a dinner the Church had held for the last 70 years. … This year, however, there will be no lutefisk. ‘Faith Lutheran Scandinavian Dinner, also known as ‘The Lutefisk Dinner’ or ‘Holy Tuesday,’ has peacefully died at the age of 70’, Klawiter wrote in the Forest Lake Times obituary. Last year’s event, he says, was the last straw for many volunteers, especially those getting too old to prepare several hundred pounds of fish.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Greg Price on 12/07/2018 - 11:07 am.

    Nice going on forgetting to mention Peal Harbor Day again this yr…

    Those that forget history are condemned to repeat it…

    is there a liberal bias about Perl Harbor Day?

    please enlighten me..

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 12/07/2018 - 11:33 am.

      No, there’s a common sense bias that doesn’t make it mandatory to bring it up every year. Not sure how that equates to “forgetting it”, but I guess to some people….

    • Submitted by Darren Handy on 12/07/2018 - 11:34 am.

      I’m glad they didn’t mention the embarrassment of Pearl Harbor. Did you know that FDR allowed the attack so we could get involved with the war? Are you enlightened yet?

    • Submitted by Greg Price on 12/07/2018 - 11:38 am.

      apparently I cannot spell Pearl Harbor either…

      🙂 🙂

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