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Poll finds only a quarter of Minneapolis residents hold favorable view of city’s police department

Plus: GOP blasts DFL state House candidate’s ‘reprehensible’ comments at Black Lives Matter protest; Walz faces deadline for Line 3 decision; Iowa officials estimated losses from storm at $4 billion; and more.

Minneapolis Police Department, 1st Precinct, downtown Minneapolis
Minneapolis Police Department, 1st Precinct, downtown Minneapolis
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

At MPR, Jon Collins says, “Just a quarter of Minneapolis residents hold a favorable opinion of the Minneapolis Police Department, according to a poll commissioned by MPR News, the Star Tribune and KARE 11. The Minneapolis Police Department is unpopular across racial lines. People who identify as Republicans and older residents were more likely to have favorable views of the department. … The poll of 800 registered voters in Minneapolis conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling found that despite negative perceptions of the department as a whole, a plurality — 44 percent — say they don’t want the department cut or defunded. About two-thirds of the respondents had favorable opinions of Chief Medaria Arradondo. White people were slightly more likely than Black people to approve of Arradondo.”

For the Star Tribune, Mara Klecker says, “Minnesota Republican leaders are criticizing as ‘reprehensible’ a Black Lives Matter protest where a Minnesota House candidate shouted expletives within earshot of neighbors and children. … Two videos circulating on Twitter show John Thompson, a DFL activist who last week won his primary for House District 67A in St. Paul …. One clip shows him saying ‘You think we give a [expletive] about burning Hugo down?’ In another, he says ‘[Expletive] Hugo.’ … Thompson posted an apology on Facebook on Sunday, writing that he became an activist and decided to run for the Legislature to fix the criminal justice system, dismantle institutional racism and honor his friend, Philando Castile.”

The AP reports on the recent storm that hit Iowa: “Iowa homes, cornfields, utility companies and government agencies have losses estimated at nearly $4 billion from last week’s derecho, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Sunday as she announced she’s filing an expedited presidential major disaster declaration with the federal government seeking that much money to rebuild and repair. Last Monday’s storms with hurricane-force wind gusts exceeding 100 mph destroyed or extensively damaged 8,200 homes and 13 million acres of corn, about a third of the state’s crop land, she said.”

MPR’s Dan Kraker writes: “The administration of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz faces a deadline this week to decide whether to try to overturn the approval of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, and pressure is coming in on all sides. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission signed off on the contentious project earlier this year for a second time. Now, groups opposing Line 3 have until Wednesday to appeal that decision.”

For the Star Tribune, Briana Bierschbach writes: “The Democratic National Convention that begins Monday in Milwaukee will include roughly 80 delegates from Minnesota, but few if any of them will actually make the trip to nominate Joe Biden for president. … Speeches will be streamed live during truncated two-hour evening programs, including one scheduled Monday night by Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former Democratic rival for the 2020 presidential nomination.”

At Bring Me The News, Joe Nelson, “A boy was taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries after falling down a chimney atop a school building in east-central Minnesota.  According to Lakes Area Police Department, the incident happened just after midnight August 14 at Chisago Lakes Middle School. There, a 14-year-old boy and two friends climbed the chimney before the 14-year-old fell approximately 50 feet inside the chimney.  … With the boy trapped in the chimney, the officers were able to rescue him through a maintenance hatch.”

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In The New York Times, Jan Hoffman writes, “As public health officials look to fall and winter, the specter of a new surge of Covid-19 gives them chills. But there is a scenario they dread even more: a severe flu season, resulting in a ‘twindemic.’ Even a mild flu season could stagger hospitals already coping with Covid-19 cases. And though officials don’t know yet what degree of severity to anticipate this year, they are worried large numbers of people could forgo flu shots, increasing the risk of widespread outbreaks. The concern about a twindemic is so great that officials around the world are pushing the flu shot even before it becomes available in clinics and doctors’ offices.”

At USA Today, Kelly Tyko reports, “Move over, national coin and Clorox wipes shortages. There’s a new coronavirus pandemic shortage of the nation’s most popular pizza topping. Small pizza shops across the nation are reporting higher prices for pepperoni,  according to Bloomberg, which found a South Dakota shop is paying $4.12 a pound compared to $2.87 in January 2019. Emily, a New York City pizza shop, is paying $6 a pound, up from $4 earlier this year, chef and co-owner Matthew Hyland told Bloomberg.”