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Minneapolis officers involved in fatal shooting won’t be charged

Plus: Feds confiscate variety of rhinoceros and elephant parts from Oakdale couple; Twins unveil new look for main Target Field entrance; Ellison talks AG priorities; and more.

At MPR, this from Peter Cox, “Two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Travis Jordan will not be charged, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday. Officers Ryan Keyes and Neal Walsh both fired their weapons at Jordan, 36, after responding to his home on the 3700 block of Morgan Avenue North on the afternoon of Nov. 9. ‘In reviewing all of the evidence gathered by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, including video from the officers’ body cameras, it was clear, at that moment, Mr. Jordan presented a real danger to the officers,’ Freeman said in a press release. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office posted the body camera footage on their Youtube channel.”

Dan Browning has a Star Tribune story. “Federal authorities revealed Wednesday that they raided the home of an Oakdale couple in December and confiscated a variety of rhinoceros and elephant parts that the pair claimed they had collected as family heirlooms. … Search warrant documents unsealed Wednesday in federal court in St. Paul show that investigators seized seven rhino feet, five rhino toenails, a rhino horn and two wine cups, two walking stick handles, a snuff bottle and a ring, all made from rhino parts. They also seized a carved elephant tusk, an ivory figurine and two bracelets and a ring.”

At City Pages, Pete Kotz writes, “… the latest snapshot from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Somalis – and Minnesota’s immigrants in general – are doing as well as can be expected. At least compared to the Europeans who arrived before them. According to the Census bureau’s American Community Survey released last month, 87 percent of Somali households have at least one person working. That’s lower than the state’s general population, but nonetheless impressive when considering the context. Compared to white Minnesotans – whose median age is 41 – half the Somali population is 22 or younger. That means it’s heavily loaded with children, students, and women of child-bearing age who have yet to become full participants in the workforce.”

At MPR, Bob Collins has a piece saying, “The Minnesota Twins Thursday officially unveiled the look of the new Gate 34 at Target Field, the busiest entrance at the stadium. It’s no fun in blazing heat to be the person taking tickets or the fan waiting in line at the only entrance without shade. The Twins are moving the Gold Glove statue out of its location next to Ramp B, pushing the gate out onto what was once a plaza, and providing protection from the elements. … Construction is already underway.”

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Says Stribber Janet Moore, “The addresses of some 1,500 people who registered their vehicles with the state were inadvertently provided to three private companies. Those affected had requested that their information be kept private when they registered their vehicles. But the bulk data were ‘inadvertently’ sent to three companies — Experian, Polk and Safety First, which are authorized to receive it by the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS Spokesman Bruce Gordon said in an e-mail that ‘there was no data breach’, and there’s no indication ‘that private data has been accessed or used unlawfully.’”

And one more from MPR. Says Tim Pugmire, “Drug prices, student debt and housing costs are among his top priorities, [Keith Ellison] said. Ellison will hold a community listening session Thursday evening in north Minneapolis. He said meetings he already held in Duluth and Albert Lea provided additional advice on how best to approach those issues. … On prescription drug prices, he said his immediate plan is to create a task force to explore the issue. He also wants to continue Attorney General Lori Swanson’s recent lawsuit against drug manufacturers over insulin prices.”

For the Star Tribune, James Walsh writes: “After more than 55 years selling drills, freezers, eyeglasses, underwear, studio portraits and Garanimals, Sears in St. Paul has come down to this: selling off its fixtures before it closes forever on Sunday. … On Thursday, a steady trickle of customers browsing for bargains among mostly bare shelves was all that was left of a once-bustling store that opened near the State Capitol in 1963. Sears Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October and is closing more than 140 stores across the country, including its Mall of America and Ridgedale locations.”