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Omar apologizes for AIPAC tweet

Plus: bill would limit out-of-home placements for African-American kids in Minnesota; employee accused of stealing $240,000 worth of printer ink; legislative leaders pledge to avoid end-of-session chaos; and more.

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes: “Representative Ilhan Omar, who has been battling charges of anti-Semitism for weeks, apologized on Monday for insinuating that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group — a comment that drew swift and unqualified condemnation from fellow Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. … “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Ms. Omar said in a statement released on Twitter.”

MPR’s Brandt Williams reports: “Two Minnesota legislators reintroduced a bill Monday aimed at limiting out-of-home placements for African-American children and keep families involved in child protection cases together as much as possible. The so-called Minnesota African-American Family Preservation Act would also establish greater oversight when black children are moved to foster families. … Data from the Minnesota Department of Human Services show that African-American children and children who identify with two or more races are more likely than whites to be placed out of their homes.”

In the Star Tribune, Tim Harlow writes, “The next storm arrives on Monday night into Tuesday when 4 to 6 inches of snow is expected to fall across the Twin Cities metro area with heftier amounts expected across the southeastern part of the state and into western Wisconsin where up to 10 inches of snow could pile up, the National Weather Service said. Right behind that is another system that on Thursday is set to sock parts of Minnesota with an undetermined amount of snow. … Another system is forecast to arrive late Saturday into Sunday and more precipitation is expected next week.”

The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried and Frederick Melo write: “A man running for St. Paul City Council told police a fellow candidate assaulted him and he demanded they arrest her over the weekend, according to a police report. When an officer told Alexander Bourne he would not arrest Danielle Swift, Bourne “was extremely upset and stated, ‘Guess what, if I have anything to do with the city council, you’re not gonna get more officers,’” the report continued. … Bourne and Swift are among five who are running for the Ward 6 City Council seat in the fall. Dan Bostrom, who held the East Side seat for 20 years, stepped down at the end of 2018.

Also from MPR, this one from Tim Pugmire: “DFL Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders from both parties pledged Monday to work cooperatively toward a smooth conclusion of the 2019 session in May. Walz joined DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka to announce a set of early deadlines for action on this year’s budget work. They want to avoid a potential state government shutdown and a repeat of the chaos seen at the close of recent sessions.”

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Stribber Jean Hopfensperger says, “Pope Francis will convene a historic clergy sex abuse summit this month, and many Minnesota Catholics are watching to see if it tackles an issue close to home — what to do about reported misconduct by bishops. It’s an issue felt keenly in the Twin Cities, where the halted 2014 investigation into former Archbishop John Nienstedt is considered by many Catholics as a case study of all that can go wrong when the church has no clear, independent policies for investigating its top leaders.”

Also from the Strib. This from Libor Jany: “An employee of a Plymouth printer manufacturer allegedly stole more than $240,000 worth of printer ink to sell online before police caught up to him last month, putting an end to a bizarre scheme that stretched five years. When caught, the 41-year-old suspect, an employee of Primera Technology Inc., a Plymouth-based manufacturer of specialty printers, admitted to selling some of the ink cartridges at discount to unsuspecting buyers on Amazon and eBay, according to a search warrant affidavit.”

WCCO reports: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to give snowplows extra room when road conditions are dicey. On Monday, the MnDOT posted on Twitter that more than 40 snowplows have been struck by motorists this winter.