Columbia Heights City Council member under fire for racist phone call she says was made by a family member


For KSTP Callan Grey reports that there were calls for a Columbia Heights City Councilmember to resign at a special council meeting held on Wednesday. An independent investigation revealed that Councilmember KT Jacobs had violated the Council’s code of conduct by lying about an offensive telephone call a candidate received. Justice Spriggs, a City Council candidate, announced that he would be running in April. According to the investigation, Justice Spriggs denied that he made the call. In a Facebook post, claimed that the call was made to her by a relative. Jacobs stated that Jacobs’ family member was acting in unacceptable ways. I am deeply sorry for the incident. ‘”

The Star Tribune’s Anthony Lonetree, Katie Galioto reported “St. On Wednesday, Paul county, schools and city officials heard that a worst-case scenario regarding 2023 property taxes would result in widespread increases and harsher punishments for homeowners in large areas of the city. A $266,300 median-valued property could see its tax bill increase by $506, or 14.8%. This is according to levy proposals. City Council members pledged to reduce the hike after residents raised concerns during a hearing last week.

Ellie Roth, the Pioneer Press’ says that a fire damaged two houses in the Arbor Ridge Woodbury development on Tuesday night. Chris Klein, Woodbury Fire Department’s assistant public safety director, and EMS fire chief, stated that the fire started overnight. The fire started in two homes, one of which was already under construction. The family who lived in the completed house was able get out safely.

Karen Scullin from KMSP reports about a new initiative by the Minneapolis Police Department: ” The officers are riding ATVs through Nicollet Mall, the surrounding streets, and on sidewalks watching for suspicious activity. This happened on Sunday afternoon as the Vikings hosted Lions. FOX 9 has the plan for Operation Endeavor. It states that “The mission is be visible and seen by as many people possible.” Deter criminal activity by uniformed presence, and bring peace to this area. However, some have pointed out that the plan does not include north Minneapolis, which is the most affected area for violent crime.

MPR News’ MaryLynn Pulscher, from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board talked about Minnesota Now and turtles on the move. “So turtles really come to shore in early summer. This year, however, was a bit later due to some unusual weather. They arrive on the shore, dig a nest for eggs, and then they go away. Later in the fall, most turtle hatchlings will be visible.

A WCCO TV story states that “In New York Mills, there’s a spot that’s part course and part pasture. John Lauritsen, the host of Finding Minnesota this week, explains why Balhepburn is not a par for the course. Howard Legried said that it means “House of Hepburn” and is a farm in Scotland. It is also located in Otter Tail County. This farm is more known for driving a golf cart than a tractor. Bert Nelson, a golfer, says that there are no easy holes on this course and no gimmes. Howard, a former tennis player, and veterinarian, had the idea to build a nine-hole course on his farm 30 years ago. The sheep are free to roam on Balhepburn’s farm. They are not only livestock but natural groundskeepers that keep the grass green. The golfers can play around them.

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