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Lake Superior passes high-water mark for February

Also: Homeland Security sends unintended alert; policy fellow for Mayor Jacob Frey arrested; changes to Grand Avenue in Minneapolis; Basilica Block Party 2020 lineup; and more.

Lake Superior
Lake Superior
MinnPost file photo by Steve Date

Rising water and concerns. John Myers at the Duluth News Tribune is keeping his eye on the rising Gitche Gumee: “Lake Superior now is 15 inches above its long-term average and is 4 inches above the Feb. 1 level in 2019. The high-water trend means continued bad news for coastal residents due to increased erosion, especially during storms and heavy wave action, a problem that’s already caused millions of dollars in damage in Duluth and along the South Shore.”

False alarm. WCCO has a short on the unintended alert sent to some Minnesotans’ phones Wednesday morning: “Officials with Homeland Security Emergency Management said that alert was part of a monthly test and not meant to be sent to the public. The reason for the error is under investigation. The counties affected include Itasca, Pine, St. Louis, Aitkin, and Carlton.”

A little less Grand. Nate Gotlieb at the Southwest Journal has some intel on Minneapolis’ plans for Grand Avenue: “There would be boulevards at least 6 feet in width running down both sides of the street. The city would use the street’s full 60-foot right-of-way on much of the road north of 39th Street, but farther south, between 39th and 48th streets, it would stick to the 54 feet of right-of-way currently used on much of the road. The design appears to have roughly half as much parking as currently exists on the street.”

Frey: “I was gutted.” Andy Mannix at the Star Tribune has the continuing story of Keegan Rolenc, a policy fellow for Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, facing drug and gun charges: “Police say they pulled over 28-year-old Keegan Rolenc for running a stop sign late Sunday and searched his car after smelling marijuana. They found 40.6 grams of cocaine, $2,200 and a loaded 9mm handgun in a backpack, according to charges filed in Hennepin County Tuesday. … Rolenc has been working 30 hours a week for Frey since January, making $15 per hour, on policy issues related to economic inclusion and real estate.”

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