This is Stribber Susan Du. “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey vetoed on Wednesday two directives that sought to review city practices regarding the closing of homeless encampments. The City Council passed the measures last week. Council Member Aisha Chugtai proposed the first. It directed the Regulatory Services department, to calculate the health and safety costs of removing encampments. Jason Chavez, Council Member, was the second. He directed the Office of Performance and Innovation and the Race, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Department, to examine the city’s camp closing strategies, including the role of police, and make recommendations for how to minimize their involvement, as well as other best practices.
According to a Wednesday U.S. District Court conspiracy charge, Josh Verges reports that a St. Paul personal injury lawyer was involved in a scheme by which he recruited patients for chiropractic services. According to the information, he conspired to defraud auto insurance companies from at least 2015 to December last year. This law requires that insurers pay clients’ medical bills regardless of whether they were at fault.
Deena winter writes at the Minnesota Reformer. “A Cloquet lawyer who is running to the state House was recently cleared of a lawsuit alleging that he tried to defraud a woman of equity in her house. DFL real estate lawyer Pete Radosevich is the publisher of Cloquet newspaper Pine Knot News. He is running against Republican Jeff Dotseth from Kettle River in House District 11A.
Tim Harlow, The Strib’s reports that a 16-year old with a criminal history and driving a stolen vehicle led police on a 28-mile chase before he was finally arrested in St. Paul. … Sheriff Bob Fletcher is running for reelection and seized the situation Wednesday to request that legislators call a special legislative session in order to tackle crime. Fletcher stated that the fire was burning at a news conference. “We don’t have five- to six months to stop what’s happening.”
Sven Sundgaard writes in a BringMeTheNews article: “While each year is unique, statistics and averages allow us to understand when consistently wintry conditions typically set in across Minnesota. The date of the first 1 inch snowfall is one example. This is not when snowfall begins, but when snow remains on the ground for at most one day. It’s the point where there is no turning back. On average, we reach the point in winter when we cannot turn back on Nov. 24,
KARE-TV Diane Sandberg writes: “The Powerball Jackpot has remained unclaimed since August. While that prize might seem impossible to claim, there are Minnesotans cashing in. The Wednesday jackpot, which is the 8th largest and 5th largest Powerball jackpots, has already reached $700 million. The jackpot could be life-changing for anyone who draws the six magic numbers. However, there are still small prizes from every drawing. According to the Minnesota Lottery locals are still making serious cash.
An AP Story states, “An invasive weed species that threatens North Dakota agriculture was found in three additional counties.” The number of counties where this so-called “super weed”, also known as Palmer amaranth has been discovered in North Dakota now stands at 19 since its discovery four years ago. According to Purdue University research, heavy infestations can reduce soybean yields up to 79% and corn yields up to 91% .
Justine Jones and Ryan Meaney of eater.com said, “While additional legislation to regulate the sale hemp-infused drinks will be slated for next, here’s a list of 14 Minnesota breweries/ciders trying their hand at capturing the THC market. WLD WTR Infusions, which is the THC version Wild Mind Ales’ boozy sltzers, is completely alcohol-free. This drink is currently available in a delicious, blended pineapple, orange and cherry flavor. Each 16-ounce can contains five milligrams THC. It can be found at Wild Mind on Pillsbury Avenue. You can either sip it in the taproom, or take it with you.
Paul Huttner from MPR news says that “Scanning forecast maps for widespread significant rain in Minnesota has proven futile lately.” August 27-28 was the last time there was significant rainfall in the Twin Cities. The U.S. Drought Monitor update on Thursday will likely show that the droughty footprint is expanding across Minnesota and the Midwest. In Thursday’s update, I wouldn’t be surprised to see extreme drought conditions around the Twin Cities. Last week, I spoke with Lee Frelich, University of Minnesota forest ecology director on Climate Cast. He stated that he has never witnessed the effects of drought in Minnesota in such a short time. There were a number of wet years followed by back-toback severe drought years. Minnesota’s trees are unable to withstand the severe weather conditions of our new climate.