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Minneapolis Candidates Under Fire on Question About Cops [UPDATED]

Can you even for a second imagine Minneapolis--or any other city for that matter--without cops? Not a lowered presence for cops on the beat but no police patrolling the streets, neighborhoods or downtown whatsoever. Neither can I. But several candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis and the City Council have a very different vision of Minneapolis that has no need or room for the men and women in blue. Their answers came on an issues survey reported by the Star Tribune. Several candidates did not respond to the questionnaire. Those who did and said they believe “we could ever have a city without...

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Backlash? Apparent Protest Planned Over Minneapolis Bike Lanes

Drivers in Minneapolis continue to have a rough time of it, as more car lanes go the way of bike lanes. Our recent report on traffic congestion highlighted one case in point on Washington Avenue from Hennepin Avenue to Fifth Avenue South. Commuters have endured road construction for months. But the wait may get even worse once work wraps up. Drivers will have two fewer lanes to get to the freeway, four instead of six, thanks to two newly installed lanes for bikes. Never mind the detrimental impact on the environment and economy, pointed out in our report. This congestion would...

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The Abnormal Danger of Waxing about Norms

Remember how, in the sit-com “Cheers,” every time Norm rumbled through the door of the Boston bar where everyone knew your name, everyone in fact would shout out “Norm”?  Well, “norm,” albeit of the lower-case variety, is about what a foursome of writers, one of the of the strange-bedfellow variety, shouted approval recently. Going first were Amy Wax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University of San Diego, who wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer with the headline, “Paying the Price for Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture.”  Yes, I...

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Busted! Cops Crack Down on Enbridge Pipeline Extremists

  No more nice guy. Days after allowing 20 or so "water protectors" to stop work without consequences at the Enbridge 3 pipeline replacement project outside Superior, Wisconsin, Douglas County authorities delivered a message. Deputies arrested six environmental extremists who took over the work site again and temporarily shut it down yesterday, according to Duluth News Tribune. The protesters live-streamed video from the worksite on social media after sunrise and before the authorities arrived. The protests were calling for the removal of Line 3. "We're here in a peaceful, safe way to show you that this can't go through," one female protester can...

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Minneapolis Focuses on Threat to Environment Over Public Safety

Minneapolis just became one of the first 100 cities in the world to hire a chief resilience officer. The new employee, former DFL legislator Rep. Kate Knuth, says it will take a year to figure out her newly created city job. The Rockefeller Foundation will pay Kate Knuth's $114,000 salary during her on-the-job-training as she learns to "address such challenges as sea-level rise, extreme weather, crime, and public health threats." But Knuth could start earning her benefactor's exorbitant pay much sooner by paying more attention to the environment in south Minneapolis.  Rick Groger, a south Minneapolis resident, issued an urgent plea to...

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My Quick Conservative Take on the Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Debate

I attended the Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate today at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.  The best part was the excellent questions asked by the moderators, Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey School and Lee Schafer, business columnist for the Star Tribune.  Their common-sense questions called the candidates to account for all the anti-business craziness that’s been coming out of City Hall in recent years.  Here’s what they asked: Are you seeking the support of business owners? What do you say to business owners who say that their complaints about hostility in city government toward the business community has fallen on...

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City Councilor Posts Veiled Facebook Threat to MN Congressman

Lino Lakes City Councilor Melissa Maher crossed the line with the latest unhinged left-wing tirade over the end of Obamacare as we knew it. Maher's threatening post on Congressman Tom Emmer's Facebook page should erase any doubts over which side should get credit for most of the toxic political climate. The Star Tribune reports the left-wing councilor's ire was stirred up somehow by by the congressman's visit to a farm in Cokato. Maher wrote: “If I were you Emmer, I’d avoid people who have a lot of deadly objects at hand. Selling us all out was not a good plan for your...

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Trapshooting Team Banned From School Yearbook [Updated]

Big Lake High School has a trapshooting team, which isn't surprising since trapshooting is the fastest-growing sport in Minnesota. Currently, around 11,000 students in 343 Minnesota high schools participate in the sport. From the photo below, it looks as though trapshooting is popular in Big Lake. Over 50 students apparently are participating: That's a nice photo, but it won't be appearing in the Big Lake High School yearbook. The Star Tribune reports that the photo has been banned because the trapshooters are holding firearms: Big Lake High School trapshooting coach Rhonda Eckerdt says she learned Wednesday from the athletic director that the...

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National Review Highlights SEIU Fraud in PCA Election

A personal-care attendant in Otter Tail County said she never voted for the union or agreed to join and have dues deducted. In the fall of 2015, however, she noticed that the SEIU had been skimming dues from her Medicaid funds. When she complained, the SEIU said it had her signed dues-deduction authorization card on file. ...

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Is Gustavus College’s “Fake News” Guide Reliable or Biased?

Gustavus Adolphus is teaching students how to fight fake news. There is concern, though, that the college's library encourages students to trust media outlets from only one end of the political spectrum. According to Gustavus, the “fake news” guide helps students spot fake news, gives them tips on fact checking, and supplies a chart to tell them which news sources they should follow. But the “best” sources include some eyebrow-raising choices. While Gustavus’ library does admit “determining the ‘best’ sources to read will always have some degree of subjectivism,” its guide doesn’t give students much wiggle room to think for...

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