sued by conservative foundation
Mara Klecker reports that a Washington-based education foundation has filed a lawsuit against Minneapolis Public Schools, alleging the district’s new teacher contract offers discriminatory protections for racial minorities. The lawsuit was filed Monday by conservative Judicial Watch. Names interim Superintendent Rochelle cox and the Minneapolis board for education as defendants. Plaintiff Deborah Jane Clapp is a Minneapolis taxpayer. The contract language was included in the agreement to end the three-week-long teachers strike in March. This is a way to retain “members of populations that are underrepresented among licensed teachers. ‘”
KSTP-TV Ashley Halbach reports that Minneapolis ice cream shop Bebe Zito now sells a pint containing THC gummies. Bebe Zito claims that the pints of ‘Pineapple Express” taste like a pineapple upside down cake. They began with a pineapple base, and then added salt caramel-soaked pineapple upside down cake mix-ins to it. Finally, they added THC gummies containing Hemp-derived THC (Delta-9), from Cultivated CBD, a Black-owned business. Each pint contains 40 THC gummies, and each gummy contains 1.25 mg THC.
A KMSP TV story states that the Court of Appeals has ruled for Hillman Township, Minnesota, in the legal battle against a family challenging the town’s decision to close their road. FOX 9 interviewed the Crisman family about their struggle to maintain their small town, located about an hour north from the Twin Cities. FOX 9 was informed by the family that the town was going to remove a section on Hornet Street which leads to their house. Since 2017, the family was involved in a dispute over the town’s neglect to maintain Hornet Street that leads to their home. The Crismans spent thousands on the repair and snow removal of the road. The town claimed that ownership of the road was returned to the property owners because they had not maintained it in the past 40 years.
A WalletHub article by Adam McCann states that Minnesota has the 8th most equal school districts in the United States, but certain districts in the state are more equitable than others. WalletHub scored 329 Minnesota districts based on two metrics. These are the average household income and spending for public elementary or secondary schools per pupil. … (Cannon Falls was Number. 1. Edina was no. 325. )”
The Blacks Hills Pioneer Alex Portal reported that “What was supposed to be a public discussion with an elected official became an angry yellfest as a large group gathered at Creekside Bean and Vine, Spearfish, to vent their frustrations at Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), at times even pointing the fingers directly at him. Rounds was not the only one who wanted to send a message to him. “As a voter I want you to send this message back to D.C. – All the discontent and the pressure cooker that we’re in, if they don’t fix it quickly, we’re runnin’ out of options,” the man stated. “We don’t have faith in the voting process. Most of us don’t. Hollywood is against us, the media is against us, and we are canceled. We are also removed from all social media platforms. The four boxes of liberty are well-known. You know the four boxes of liberty? I am going to be added to a watchlist today. We are running out of options. We don’t want to go there, and I don’t want to… go there. OK? We’re out of options. This message should be sent to the swamp rats in D.C. We are sick of it. Let us go, we’re fed up, let us work and pay our taxes. This page is at 1860, you know what? (Reference to the election of 1861, which led to the secessionist movements in several southern states, and was a precursor of the Civil War. )”
The New York Times Christina Morales writes, “In August 2020 the pandemic left Linda Christensen (a veteran butter sculptor) at home in California. Although the fair was cancelled that summer, dairy chiseling would continue. Gerry Kulzer, her apprentice, was her only option after decades of sculpting fair’s dairy princesses. Mr. Kulzer, who had only four butter busts to her credit, was assigned the task of creating soft reflections of the contestants in the 90-pound Grade AA salted butter blocks. Ms. Christensen watched closely via Zoom on an iPad. “To capture a person’s likeness it is really difficult,” said Mr. Kulzer (53), of Litchfield. Minn. Kulzer will be the official butter sculptor at the fair.
Michael Sainato wrote a story in The Guardian stating that nurses at 15 hospitals in Minnesota-St. Paul and Duluth who are negotiating new union agreements with their hospitals have overwhelmingly approved a strike. The Minnesota Nurses Association, which represents approximately 15,000 nurses, has yet to set a date for the strike. However, a 10-day notice must precede any strike. A strike would result in one of the most significant strikes of nurses in American history. Jayme Jayme Wicklund is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota. She was a member of the negotiating panel. The union, the Minnesota Nurses Association, has not yet set a date for the work stoppage. However, a 10-day notice must be given before any strike. Many nurses were furloughed after the pandemic and Wicklund stated that many never returned to work due to the uncertainty surrounding recalling them.
An AP article says that All-Star outfielder Byron Buxton was placed by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday with a low grade strain to his right hip. … Buxton, tied for third in American League home runs with 28, left Monday’s loss against the Rangers with tightness to his hip.
This is Neal St. Anthony from the Strib. “Miners see gold at northern Minnesota concentrations in nickel, copper and cobalt, which are key ingredients for production of electric-powered vehicles, and other equipment.” Inflation Reduction Act, a federal law that was recently passed by the US Congress, provides billions of dollars in incentives to help America transition to a low-carbon, renewable energy-powered economy. President Joe Biden signed the measure into law last month. It includes tax breaks for developers of wind, solar, and battery technology.