Pleadings should begin in Potter trial

Report by Alexandra Simon from KARE-TV: “After eight days of testimony, pleadings are scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of former Brooklyn Center cop Kim Potter. Potter, who shot dead 20-year-old Daunte Wright as police attempted to arrest her during a traffic stop in April 2021, is charged with first degree manslaughter and second degree manslaughter. In addition to closing arguments, Judge Regina Chu will instruct the jury panel for deliberation. … The state closed its case on Thursday, December 16.

WCCO-TV reports: “Seven people were found dead on Saturday night in a house in south Moorhead, including three children. The Moorhead Police Department said they answered the 4400 block of 13th Street South at around 7:50 pm Family members called 911 after finding the deceased during a welfare check. Officials from the Moorhead Fire Department said on Saturday there was no sign of violence or forced entry into the residence. Police are still investigating, but say “there is no known threat to the public.” The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the causes of death. “

In the Star Tribune, Faiza Mahamud reports: “With soaring rents and a looming eviction crisis, voters in Minneapolis told city council last month that the city should adopt a policy of controlling rent. But a majority of city council, including newly elected members, say they want to proceed with caution and design a policy that protects vulnerable tenants but is also achievable for developers and landlords.. “People made it clear that there had to be some type of rent control or rent stabilization, and we were elected to thread the needle,” said elected board member Michael Rainville, who overturned incumbent Steve Fletcher, supporter of a 3% cap. “I’m just looking across the river at our friends in St. Paul’s and just think maybe they’ve gone too far.”

In Pioneer Press, Frederick Melo writes: “At the beginning of November, a tripartite coalition of unions representing snowplow drivers, heavy equipment operators and manual workers ended 11 months of contentious negotiations with the town hall by voting in favor of a new construction contract. job. The two-year agreement, which avoided an authorized strike, had ripple effects, effectively raising the wages of nearly a dozen trade, technical and professional unions that had previously negotiated their own contracts with the city. St. Paul’s city council is due to vote on the newly revised agreements on Wednesday, two weeks after the city’s 2022 budget was approved.

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Also from WCCO-TV, reports Esme Murphy: “After an attempted hijacking at Lunds & Byerlys stores in Edina and St. Louis Park earlier this month, five mayors from the metropolitan area met and formed a coalition to fight crime. In a letter announcing the pact, the mayors promise to share their police resources, including investigative information. The mayor of Edina, Jim Hovland, one of these mayors, was the guest of the WCCO Sunday Morning. … The other cities of the coalition are Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Plymouth. In their joint letter, the mayors state “when a city experiences an increase in crime it affects us all” and that as mayors they are committed to protecting citizens and preserving the quality of life they deserve. “

Also in the Star Tribune, Neal St. Anthony writes, “Key to Project Dayton’s $ 375 million renovation is the addition of the former downtown Minneapolis department store to the National Register of Historic Places – and developer 601W’s know-how to use the designation to increase funding. New York-based company 601W is fueling Dayton’s second life with debt, over $ 40 million in equity contributed by 601W and limited investors, and approximately $ 70 million to date in net tax credits . Historical certification allows the developer to sell up to 20% of the value of the project in the form of federal and state tax credits to sponsors, usually financial institutions. “

FOX 9’s Mary McGuire Reports: “Josh Engle loved adventure. … The loves of his life were his family and friends, and he was hanging out with friends on November 21 during the Packers-Vikings game at US Bank Stadium. After finding their places at level 300, Josh stood up to secure concessions with a pal in the first quarter. At one point, he fell down the stairs in the seating section, banging his head and suffering from a head trauma. He was rushed to Hennepin Healthcare. … After more than three weeks in a coma, her family made the difficult decision to say goodbye to each other last week. … But in death Josh gave the gift of life to others through organ donation. Hospital staff organized an honor march to pay tribute to this selfless act.

At MPR, Carly Quast says, “What is visible in the night sky changes with the seasons – and winter has telescope-worthy events starting to unfold overhead. The most exciting things to see in the sky that you can rely on on a regular basis are the planets, ”said Sally Brummel, director of the University of Minnesota Planetarium. Bell museum. “We have three planets visible when you go out at sunset. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will shine in the sky this winter. Brighter than any star, the planets will be visible to the naked eye on a cloudless winter night until most of January. “

In Pioneer Press, Chris Tomasson writes, “For those who missed the Met Stadium looting, there are still places to go. Just do a search on Craigslist or eBay. Want a piece of one of the goal posts? Some fans had brought hacksaws to the final game and cut sections. A one-foot section that features the signatures of Purple People Eaters Alan Page, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, and Gary Larsen (all of whom retired in 1981) can be found on eBay for $ 3,500. For a much cheaper item, there is a projector that is said to be from the Metropolitan Stadium available for $ 100 on Craigslist.

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