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Minneapolis police drop tickets for equipment violations

Plus: Warsame tapped to lead Minneapolis Public Housing Authority; five Iron Range colleges to merge; Catholic priest who made derisive comments about Islam apologizes; and more.

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Still pulling you over though. The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany reports:Minneapolis police officers will no longer ticket motorists for broken headlights or turn signals, instead handing out vouchers to pay for vehicle repairs under a new department policy unveiled Wednesday. … The changes come roughly a year after a pitched debate at City Hall over a possible moratorium on certain traffic stops, with some council members seeing the move as a way to ease the racial disparities in rates of traffic stops.”

So there’s an opening coming to the Minneapolis City Council. For MPR, Mukhtar Ibrahim reports: “Abdi Warsame made history in 2013 when he became the first Somali in Minnesota elected to the Minneapolis City Council. … Soon, he will step into another big role. On Wednesday, he was tapped to lead the city’s sprawling public housing system, making him the first Somali to lead a government agency in Minnesota. … The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority serves about 26,000 people. About one-third of the city’s public housing tenants are Somali. In his application for the Minneapolis housing job, Warsame, 41, cited his own life as a child refugee growing up in public housing in London.”

Better together? In the West Central Tribune, Josh Verges writes:Five Iron Range colleges will become one under a proposal driven by persistent enrollment declines being felt throughout the Minnesota State higher education system. … The system’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Jan. 29, unanimously approved the merger of the Northeast Higher Education District schools, which have cooperated since 1999, sharing a president and some other services.”

He’s sorry. City Pages’ Hannah Jones writes: “Father Nick VanDenBroeke didn’t respond to City Pages’ inquiries about his anti-Muslim homily earlier this month. … On Wednesday, after our story came out, VanDenBroeke, who presides at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale, apologized in a brief statement to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Catholic Center. … ‘My homily on immigration contained words that were hurtful to Muslims,’ he said. ‘I’m sorry for this. I realize now that my comments were not fully reflective of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Islam.’”

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