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Metro Transit to suspend early morning Green Line service starting in August

MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley

The trains run on time, just not these times. The Star Tribune’s Janet Moore reports: “Metro Transit confirmed Friday that it will shut down Green Line light-rail service for two hours early weekday mornings beginning in August. … Four Green Line trips that now run between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on weekdays will be replaced with bus service ‘to allow for safer and more timely maintenance’ on the light-rail corridor, according to a Metro Transit blog post from General Manager Wes Kooistra.”

Still searching for an upside. MPR’s John Enger writes: “Sometimes, a particularly harsh winter will put a dent in Minnesota’s deer tick population. Think of it as nature’s way of rewarding humanity after a long, cold winter. Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease. … This winter was pretty rough. But was it bad enough to kill off the ticks? … The short answer: probably not.

Getting to know the new neighbors. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Lundy reports: “His Cook County neighbors aren’t exactly putting out the welcome mat for Seth Jeffs. … ‘We just want to bring awareness to the community, that there’s a landowner here with his past,’ Cook County businessman Mike Larson said this week. ‘I trust that he’s trying to make a better life for himself. The evidence doesn’t dictate that.’ … Larson is part of a group of Cook County residents who organized two gatherings this weekend in response to the arrival of Jeffs, who has been part of a religious sect with practices that include its leader having sex with underage girls. Criminal complaints allege Jeffs was among a group of sect leaders who watched as numerous such acts took place.”

Being a good neighbor. MPR’s Dan Kraker reports: “DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wants the federal government to examine the pollution risk posed to Canada from the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, near the Boundary Waters. … McCollum’s research request, tucked into a spending bill approved earlier this week by the House Appropriations Committee, came a day after the Trump administration renewed controversial 10-year mineral leases for the proposed underground mine.”

In other news…

Firefox update:Missing red panda found in tree near Red River Zoo” [Fargo Forum]

Calling all bird fans:Rare bird draws enthusiasts to SE” [New Ulm Journal]

Lotta bacon on the line:Billion dollar threat: Foreign pig disease could paralyze Minnesota economy” [KSTP]

Minnesotan making a worldwide splash:Somali-American model Halima Aden’s Sports Illustrated burkini pics ‘changed lives’” [The West Australian]

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