In the Pioneer Press, Josh Verges and Frederick Melo wrote: “St. Paul will be expanding his guaranteed basic income program, sending monthly checks to more families and making deposits into their college savings accounts. … Carter announced Wednesday that CollegeBound Boost will be the next phase. 333 families will receive $1,000 to their College Bound Saint Paul savings accounts. 333 additional families will receive the same $1,000 for college and two years of $500 checks.
Steve Karnowski writes a AP article: ” Federal prosecutors requested Wednesday that a judge sentence one of four Minneapolis police officers convicted for civil rights violations in George Floyd’s murder to 6 1/2 years imprisonment, but to impose substantially stiffer sentences on two other. They asked U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson not to follow the federal sentencing guidelines that were non-binding for Thomas Lane. Instead, they requested that he impose a penalty of between 5 1/4 and 61/2 years in prison. Prosecutors stated that former Officer J. Alexander Kueng should be sentenced to a “substantially longer” sentence than Lane, but less than Derek Chauvin’s 20-25 years.
Dana Ferguson, Forum News Service’s editor, writes: “During Wednesday’s visit to the Minnesota Capitol, Arturs Krisjanis Karins, Latvian Prime Minister, urged the U.S. and other countries to continue supporting the defense against further Russian attacks. Krisjanis Karins is here with a group from Eastern Europe that borders Russia for a six day Latvian song-and-dance festival in St. Paul. This is the first time a Latvian head government has visited Minnesota.
According to James Walsh, a Star Tribune story says that Nick Perin’s Highland Park neighborhood is close-knit. In fact, neighbors have created a text-chain to keep each other informed about what’s happening. Perin got a text from a neighbor saying that he had found an anti-Semitic flyer behind his garage. Perin set out to find more.
WCCO TV has this: “Democratic Governor. Tim Walz clarified comments he made about abortion on Wednesday, after telling reporters that the governor’s office was the only line of defense against an Minnesota abortion ban. Walz was drawing a contrast between his position and Scott Jensen’s, a Republican challenger who had called for a ban. However, Walz campaign spokesperson Darwin Forsyth claimed that the governor had misspoken and meant to state only that he believes three retirements are possible in the next term.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice , a Minneapolis teenager was accused of violently kidnapping a woman outside of her job at a Northeast Minneapolis Restaurant. According to court papers, Shamir Black (18) is charged with one count carjacking. He allegedly approached the woman and demanded her keys, before hitting her head with a firearm and pushing her to the floor. Black, allegedly pointed the gun at a bystander who tried to help the woman and pulled the trigger. According to court documents, the gun didn’t fire a single bullet.
Another MPR story states that hundreds of acres of woods, wetlands and three miles of St. Croix riverfront are joined by preserved public land in an east central forest. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday . The land was purchased from Xcel Energy by the national nonprofit and donated to the state DNR.
Rebecca Omastiak, KSTP-TV says Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP), is the first to adopt a new program to assist travelers with medical issues. The Vitals app allows travelers and caregivers to share medical information that can be used to aid first responders. The app notifies first responders about any mental or physical conditions that a traveler may be experiencing and provides information on how to best interact with them.
Jim Buchta wrote in the Star Tribune that Kris Lindahl created one of the most dynamic and prominent real estate brands in the Midwest by plastering photographs of himself with his arms outstretched on billboards and buses, as well as any other flat surface in Minnesota. Lindahl stated that the pose, known as the “Lindahl stretch”, has become synonymous to the brand and that he now wants to stop others from using it. The company’s attorneys recently applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the pose.