Speed limit on thousands of miles of Minnesota roads going up


At MPR, Tim Nelson says, “Minnesota is raising speed limits on thousands of miles of two-lane state highways outside the Twin Cities area, a change to about 77 percent of 7,000 miles of state roads. The changes are already in place along some stretches, and are effective as soon as road crews post the signs for the new top speed. Many of the new signs are already in place. The rest should be changed out this spring.”

For the PiPress, Josh Verges says, “A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a white St. Paul teacher who claimed she was fired for building relationships with black students at her school. Ramsey County District Judge Robyn Millenacker ruled this month that Sarah Dickhausen failed to present evidence she was fired for any reason other than poor job performance. Dickhausen taught one year of reading at Harding High School and one year of history and geography at Open World Learning Community. OWL Principal David Gundale opted not to renew her contract after the 2015-16 school year. Dozens of students walked out of school in protest that April after Dickhausen gave them the news.”

KSTP reports: “Hormel Foods and Jennie-O say they’ll donate the $25,000 it had offered in reward money for information leading to Jayme Closs directly to the 13-year-old girl. Jayme was kidnapped from her home in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15 and both of her parents were killed. She escaped 88 days later . Twenty-one -year-old Jake Patterson is charged with kidnapping and homicide. Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs, worked at Jennie-O.”

MPR’s Peter Cox writes: “Former University of Minnesota President Nils Hasselmo died Wednesday, current U president Eric Kaler confirmed. He was 87. Hasselmo started as a professor at the U of M in 1965, teaching Scandinavian languages and literature. A native of Sweden, Hasselmo was hired as the school’s president at a time of increased public pressure for more accountability. He served in that position from 1988 to 1997.”

The Star Tribune’s Jessie Van Berkel writes: “Autism activists are concerned that the appointment of vaccine skeptics to a newly formed state council gives credibility to views the state has struggled to dispel. The MN Autism Council was formed last fall by Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, to discuss autism and advise the Legislature on public policy. Abeler said he wants the group to represent diverse viewpoints and said it will be focused on issues like housing, employment and education, not vaccines. But some advocates take issue with having people who have vaccine concerns on the council.”

From the AP: “Two of three Illinois militia members accused of bombing a Twin Cities mosque and attempting to bomb an Illinois women’s clinic are expected to enter guilty pleas. Twenty-nine-year-old Michael McWhorter and 23-year-old Joe Morris are scheduled to appear Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul for a change of plea hearing. This typically means the defendants will plead guilty. … The men are accused of attacking Bloomington’s Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in August 2017. McWhorter allegedly said the men did it to scare Muslims from the country.”

In City Pages,  Hannah Jones reports, “Justin Trott is used to the confused faces of customers walking into his shop. The West Lake Street store, 419 Hemp Kiosk, boasts 20 different strains of cannabis for sale. Trott usually has to walk them through the same series of inquiries: Is this legal? Why is this legal? What’s the difference between this stuff and the illegal stuff? There’s a reason it’s confusing. Up until about five years ago, Trott says, people weren’t as interested in picking apart what they were smoking and analyzing its components. It was all weed, and it was all illegal. But that’s changing. First things first: Hemp is not marijuana. It is a sister species to marijuana, with the key difference being much less THC — the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — or none at all.”

At MPR, Brandt Williams says, “The lawyer for a man accused of beating, shackling and raping his disabled daughters for years dropped a challenge Wednesday that could have delayed the man’s trial. Jerry Curry, 52, faces eight felony charges ranging from stalking to rape in a case against his adult daughters that the Hennepin County attorney called the most horrific of his career.”

Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “The Twin Cities’ signature celebration of all things winter could suffer a chilling effect — in figurative and literal terms — as a deep freeze with negative thermometer consequences heads this way. The St. Paul Winter Carnival, billed as “The Coolest Celebration on Earth,” runs from Thursday to Feb. 3. Most events are outdoors in downtown St. Paul and around Kellogg Mall Park, Landmark Center and the State Fairgrounds. The carnival’s first several days are sure to see single-digit temperatures with lows in below-zero territory, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 01/24/2019 - 06:02 am.

    Re the MN Autism Council deliberately including vaccine skeptics in its membership: Denial of science is not a “diverse viewpoint”.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 01/24/2019 - 01:08 pm.

    Sebastian Gorka, the former White House aide to Trump, called the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center bombing an example of a “false hate crime” suggesting that it was a false flag operation. He was someone who was walking the halls of our capital and working closely with Donald at the time he said this. Just an example of the lack of quality people working in today’s White House. Its only gotten worse since he left.

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