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Duluth synagogue burns down

A big loss. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater reports: “Third- and fourth-generation members were too devastated to speak Monday following the fire that burned Duluth’s oldest-surviving Modern Orthodox Jewish synagogue. … ‘It’s not a good day,’ one of the leaders said, declining to be interviewed. … The synagogue belonging to the Adas Israel Congregation was destroyed by the fire at 302 E. Third St., Duluth — its walls built of lumber collapsing and spilling out into the streets. Duluth police, fire and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the incident.”

The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany writes: “Authorities have arrested a former Minneapolis public works employee on suspicion that he threatened to harm city employees after losing his job earlier this year, sources said. … The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was arrested Friday on a warrant from Ramsey County, according to a police spokesman. … Spokesman John Elder said that the case prompted the department to re-evaluate its security measures, as it would with any threat.”

Business is bad. MPR’s Catharine Richert reports: “Standing in the front office of Corn Plus, Sheila Helland gazes at a wall with photograph of the plant’s employees. In a few days, most will be out of a job. … ‘It’s been rough, it’s been rough,’ she said. ‘It’s affecting a lot of people — a lot of people’s lives.’ … Helland, who has been with the ethanol co-op since it opened 25 years ago, is the plant’s human resources manager and was involved in late August with breaking the news to 37 Corn Plus workers that they were being laid off because the plant is closing indefinitely.

What’s another million anyway? For the Star Tribune, Brooks Johnson reports: “A federal judge cut millions from former University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller’s award in her discrimination lawsuit but added millions to the university’s legal bill. … Calling the $3 million in damages awarded last year ‘shockingly excessive,’ United States District Judge Patrick Schiltz instead offered $750,000 in noneconomic damages on top of her $1.2 million awarded for pay and benefits.

Interesting history. KMSP’s Maury Glover reports: “For many Minnesotans, going up north for the weekend is a way of life. But for one group of people, a lake in north-central Minnesota is an oasis in the middle of cabin country. … Lake Adney is a hidden gem in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. For nearly 100 years, African Americans have been coming here to own a piece of paradise.

In other news…

Klobuchar fanfic:Commentary: Here’s how Amy Klobuchar could pull off the nomination” [West Central Tribune]

An institution:It’s Greek to Me – open at Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake since 1982 – has closed” [City Pages]

There’s a lot going on here:Stanek sues former FBI agent, reported hate group member over alleged assault” [KARE]

Next-level thrilling:The Polaris RZR, an Off-Road Thrill That Can Go Up in Flames” [New York Times]

New at the U:Rare disease council hopes to ensure families are not an ‘afterthought’” [Minnesota Daily]

Ruffling a few feathers:Minnesota ruffed grouse preview: Uncertainty, cautious optimism surround grouse hunting prospects as opener approaches” [Grand Forks Herald]

Thirty years ago:Why Janet Jackson Recorded Rhythm Nation in Minnesota” [Minneapolis St. Paul]

On sale Friday:Bob Dylan’s skipping the Cities, playing Mankato for the first time in 23 years” [City Pages]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 09/09/2019 - 04:15 pm.

    Corn Plus’s workers can take solace in the fact they are taking one for the Trump Trade War and team Trump in general. Billions were allocated to ease the Trump trade war’s impact on farmers, but nothing was done for these “patriots.” Not to worry, unemployment will get them through Christmas but probably not to the first primaries of the 2020 political season. I wonder who they’ll support?

    • Submitted by Jimmy Kilpatrick on 09/10/2019 - 06:16 am.

      Of they will support the socialists the will promise them everything. I guess folks like the way China has been allowed to steal, blunder and rob America.

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