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Suspect in Closs abduction identified

Plus: shutdown threatens Isle Royale wolf, moose research; retail vacancy rate up in Twin Cities; what Kaywin Feldman may bring to the National Gallery; and more.

Jake Thomas Patterson
Barron County

Arrested. The Star Tribune’s Pam Louwagie, John Reinan and Paul Walsh report: “A 21-year-old man from rural Wisconsin was identified Friday and jailed as the suspect who killed the parents of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and abducted the teen from the family’s home near Barron nearly three months ago. … Jayme was located in Douglas County, Wis., north of her home, late Thursday afternoon, and suspect Jake T. Patterson was pulled over in a car nearby and arrested without resistance thanks to information the girl provided, said Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec during a news conference in Barron.”

More shutdown consequences. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers writes: “The lingering, partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government has reached out to touch another facet of Northland life — this time halting the Isle Royale wildlife study underway for 60 years on the big Lake Superior island. … Researchers at Michigan Technological University have been told they can’t go to the island until the government shutdown is over. It marks the first time since 1958 that the scientists won’t be on the island to conduct detailed population counts and do other studies of the wolves and moose that call Isle Royale home.”

Retail openings. KARE’s Danny Spewak reports: “The rise of online shopping and downfall of big-box stores contributed to a 9.4-percent retail vacancy rate in the Twin Cities at the end of 2018, the highest level in eight years, according to a preliminary report from the commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield.”

Is the National Gallery ready for Kaywin Feldman? The Washington Post’s Peggy Mcglone writes: “In March, [Kaywin] Feldman and her husband, architect and retired professor Jim Lutz, will move to Washington, where she will become the fifth — and first female — director of the National Gallery of Art, succeeding Earl “Rusty” Powell III. The federally subsidized museum is larger and more conservative than Mia — the nickname of the 103-year-old Minneapolis institution — but it is ripe for a transformation of its own. The National Gallery is recognized for its scholarship and high-quality exhibitions, but it has many pressing problems, including low employee morale, lack of storage space and an outdated digital strategy.

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