Minneapolis council approves 2040 plan

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Minneapolis City Council
Fire up the bulldozers! The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola reports: “Capping a nearly year-long debate over how Minneapolis should grow, the City Council voted 12-1 Friday to approve the 2040 comprehensive plan, a far-reaching document that will shape the city’s growth for years to come.”

One week till Amazon protest. For Shakopee Valley News, Deena Winter writes: “East African workers plan a protest at the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee on Dec. 14 – right smack in the middle of the busiest part of the year for Amazon. … Abdirahman Muse, community activist and executive director of nonprofit Awood Center, which was created last year to advocate for East African workers in Minnesota, said the protest will be ‘massive.’”

Glean readers with an interest in small town politics (including anonymous smear campaigns!), tax subsidies to very wealthy corporations and the Great State of Wisconsin should check out the latest episode of the podcast Reply All. Reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni tells the story of Wisconsin’s Foxconn deal, not from the perspective of international business or state politics but the surprisingly contentious town council meetings of the village of Mount Pleasant, outside Racine, where the Chinese giant’s factory will be built.

Consider non-lead ammunition. MPR’s Cody Nelson reports: “University of Minnesota Raptor Center workers euthanized a lead-poisoned eagle Thursday afternoon, the second this season. … The bird came in from a rehab center in Duluth, showing classic signs of lead toxicity. Its eyes were twitching, its breathing was abnormal and it was making soft vocalizations.”

In other news…

Interesting story:How an exiled activist in Minnesota helped spur big political changes in Ethiopia” [MPR]

Parks and wreck …ing the public trust:Parks Board approves 2019 budget, keeps controversial lobbyist role” [Southwest Journal]

Unspecified complaints:Theater Mu fires artistic director following complaints about his conduct” [Star Tribune]

Go, Justin go!St. Paul ‘Top Chef’ contestant shows his Minnesota pride in season premiere” [Star Tribune]

Hands off our beer, Chicago:Beer of the Month: Surly Abrasive a double IPA that embraces fruitiness but retains bitterness” [Chicago Tribune]

Out of tune:‘It’s Like My Legacy’: Prince’s Estate Threatens Designer Of Iconic ‘Cloud Guitar’” [WCCO]

Coming home:Iron Range man’s remains will return home 77 years after he perished at Pearl Harbor” [Duluth News Tribune]

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