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Minneapolis Police Department inspector replaced in wake of Christmas tree controversy

MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
Minneapolis Fourth Police Precinct

For MPR Jon Collins says, “Just days after controversy erupted over a racist Christmas tree on display at the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, Chief Medaria Arradondo has assigned a new inspector to lead the north Minneapolis precinct. Images of a Christmas tree decorated with beer cans, cigarettes and police tape spread quickly on social media Friday. It was condemned by members of the public, activists and Minneapolis City Council members, including Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, who represents the area. … Inspector Aaron Biard, who has led the precinct since 2017, is being replaced by Assistant Chief Mike Kjos.”

The Star Tribune’s Mukhtar M. Ibrahim writes: “Days before the Minneapolis City Council is set to vote on its controversial long-range plan, an opposition group has asked a court to stop the council from approving it. The group said the city’s plan ‘is likely to cause the pollution, impairment, or destruction of the air, water, land or other natural resources located within the state,’ according to the lawsuit. The coalition — Smart Growth Minneapolis, the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds — said it hired Sunde Engineering … The engineering firm concluded that an environmental evaluation is needed to identify and mitigate any adverse environmental effects.”

MPR’s Jon Enger writes: “John Persell won a recount Monday in Minnesota House District 5A. The original count in the north-central district had Persell leading Republican incumbent Matt Bliss by just 8 votes. The new margin: 11 votes. Volunteers and election officials hand-counted nearly 17,000 ballots, uncovering voting machine errors that increased Persell’s lead.”

In the Strib, Jeremy Olson reports, “Alzheimer’s disease will be eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Minnesota starting next year, becoming the 14th health condition certified by the state since the program began in 2015. The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that it was adding the degenerative neurological disorder to its cannabis program, which already includes cancer pain, epileptic seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder and autism. While research on cannabis and Alzheimer’s is limited, some studies have found that marijuana inhibits the formation of tau proteins that accelerate dementia and memory loss related to the disease.”

MPR’s Dan Gunderson says, “Rising interest rates and design changes made to meet Minnesota permit requirements have jacked up the estimated costs of the massive Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project by 25 percent — nearly $600 million, officials said Monday. Minnesota denied a permit for the project in 2016, saying it shifted flooding from North Dakota to Minnesota and did not meet requirements in state law for a permit. A federal judge ruled the project needed a Minnesota permit and halted construction. But the delay led to higher costs, most critically from rising interest rates, raising the projected expense for flood diversion from $2.2 billion to $2.75 billion, said consultant John Shockley.”

Says Dee DePass in the Strib, “Midwest manufacturers, including those in Minnesota, are growing, but not as quickly as the average growth nationwide. Creighton University’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index — which tracks monthly factory growth in Minnesota and eight other central states — slid for a third consecutive month to the slowest rate in two years. The index was 54.1, down from 54.9 in October. Anything over 50 signifies growth.”

For WCCO-TV, Jennifer Mayerle reports, “A doctor at the University of Minnesota is digging deeper into what happens to a patient after surgery for a brain tumor. Dr. Clark Chen brought a break-through laser surgery to the university last year. Now the neurosurgeon wants to go beyond the patient surviving and find out how they’re living. … Patients who enroll in his trial will answer questions related to physical well-being, social and family well-being, along with emotional and functional well-being. Chen says their answers can help future patients.”

At MPR, Tim Nelson has a story saying, “Hennepin County prosecutors said Monday they filed felony charges against a man who allegedly provoked a confrontation with Somali-American teens at an Eden Prairie McDonald’s and then pulled a gun on the teens as the situation escalated. Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, of Eden Prairie was charged with felony terroristic threats as well as carrying a pistol without a permit, a gross misdemeanor. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said two young women told police they were trying to pay for their food with a digital app, but it was not working and that Johnson, who was behind them in line, told them to hurry up. The charging complaint says Johnson then said, ‘you were probably trying to pay with EBT’ … .”

Says Allan Smith for NBC News, “Democrats fought back Monday as Republican legislators in Wisconsin and Michigan moved to strip power from them after the GOP lost a series of crucial races last month. In Wisconsin, Republicans pressed ahead with a lame-duck session — the first held in eight years — to give GOP Gov. Scott Walker the opportunity to limit the power of his successor, Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. … Earlier Monday, one of the top Republican legislators in Wisconsin said he helped draft the plan to weaken the incoming Democratic governor because state Republicans ‘don’t trust Tony Evers right now.’ Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott FItzgerald made the comments to conservative WISN radio host Jay Weber.”


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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 12/04/2018 - 08:00 am.

    In Wisconsin, we have one more in a lengthening list of events showing that the Republican Party of today, and in our neighboring state, doesn’t want to govern. It wants to **rule.** The welfare of the people of Wisconsin takes 2nd (or 4th, or 20th) place to the maintenance of power.

  2. Submitted by Sheila Ehrich on 12/04/2018 - 09:52 am.

    Haven’t Wisconsin Republicans learned anything from Trump’s first two years? As soon as their legislation to limit Evers’ power passes, it will be challenged in court and probably an injunction will be put in place to curtail it, at least for the foreseeable future. And who is going to pay for this tug of war? The Wisconsin taxpayers. I’m sure they will be thrilled.

  3. Submitted by Richard Callahan on 12/04/2018 - 09:53 am.

    Medical marijuana is a godsend for many people. I have a relative whose decades long intractable pain has been greatly reduced by it and his life is being transformed as a result.

    The problem is cost. Insurance won’t cover it and Minnesota so restricts it that costs easily reach $500 – $600/month. Who can afford that?

    Come on Minnesota. Do something good for your citizens and allow this to be more available.

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