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Major winter storm possible for Minnesota later this week

Plus: how the federal government shutdown could affect Minnesota; body found near St. Paul dog park; German reporter who made up details about Fergus Falls could face charges; and more.


D.J. Kayser writes in the Star Tribune: “We are continuing to track the potential of a post-Christmas snowstorm across the upper Midwest that could impact us here in Minnesota from Wednesday Night into Friday. … There’s still plenty of time before this system reaches us, so things are certainly not set in stone just yet. However, the models have still been fairly consistent on a larger system impacting the region during the second half of the week with the potential of an area of heavy snow falling on the cold side of that system”

MPR’s Nina Moini reports: “Minnesota officials say they’re crunching the numbers to see what possible effects the federal government shutdown could have on state agencies. Myron Frans, Minnesota’s commissioner of Management and Budget, told MPR News on Sunday that he doesn’t expect any immediate impact to state employees or services — if the shutdown just lasts a few days, like most of them have in recent years. … Frans said areas of state government depending on federal money, from agriculture to disaster relief, could be among the first areas to eventually see the effects of the shutdown.”

KSTP-TV reports: “Investigators with the St. Paul Police Department Homicide Unit are working to determine who killed a man found in an East Side parking lot early Sunday. According to a press release sent out by the St. Paul Police Department, just after midnight, officers patrolling the area were flagged down by a person in the area who told them a body was lying in a parking lot of a dog park near the intersection of Arlington Avenue East and Arkwright Street North.”

From the AP:  “A Minnesota-based poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The Jennie-O Turkey Store products have markings saying to use or freeze by Nov. 12 or 13. The recall includes plain ground turkey and turkey with taco or Italian seasonings. … Food safety officials are worried that some contaminated turkey may be in people’s freezers. The recalled products have the tag P-579 marked on the lower left corner of the front of the package.”

The Star Tribune’s Shannon Prather writes: “Nonprofit thrift stores in Minnesota are experiencing unprecedented growth to handle both a growing appetite for secondhand bargains and a burgeoning amount of donated items. Thrift stores, viewed a generation ago as places where poor people shop, are now attracting more middle class, environmentally conscious consumers in search of vintage and one-of-a-kind items.”

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ICYMI, for the New York Times, John Eligon reports on Minneapolis’ homeless encampment: “Fears rose among activists and the mostly Native American population living there that the city would crack down … But then, an unlikely solution surfaced. Red Lake Nation, a tribe some four and a half hours’ drive north, offered to help build temporary shelters on land it had bought two years ago for a permanent housing development in the city. Other tribes in Minnesota supported Red Lake’s shelter proposal… It was a rare show of unity by tribal nations to resolve an urban crisis, Native advocates said. And it represented a potential turning point in the sometimes distant relationship between Native Americans who live in urban areas and those who choose to remain on reservations.”

Also from the Times: “Der Spiegel has announced that it will press charges against a former star reporter accused of systemically faking interviews and articles, in what might be the biggest journalism scandal in Germany since another newsmagazine published fake Hitler diaries 35 years ago. … Some of the most notable articles that Mr. Relotius admitted faking are set in the United States, such as profiles of a religious activist who travels the country to witness executions, anti-immigrant militiamen in Arizona and a town of Trump supporters in Minnesota.”