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Tim Nelson, Andrew Krueger and were the editors at MPR. The explosion that rocked Hopkins’ neighborhood prompted fire and rescue crews from the southwest metro to respond at 10:15 AM. The house was engulfed by flames and debris when firefighters arrived. Hopkins Fire Chief Dale Specken stated that investigators are still trying determine the cause.

Kim Hyatt writes in the Star Tribune . Two sisters sued the co-owner of a Minnetonka food truck that serves fried chicken around the Twin Cities. They claimed the company had ties to a religious cult, and the business lost. Bad Rooster’s co-owner Soulaire Allerai seeks over $200,000 in damages due to claims posted on Facebook this month by Angela Marie Hummelgard, Cottage Grove, and Kelly Ring Abedi of Reisterstown. The sisters also called breweries, and other establishments, claiming that they then cancelled the dates for the food truck.

Dave Orrick from the Pioneer Press writes: “Republican Candidate for Minnesota Attorney General Doug Wardlow attempted Wednesday to frame his primary fight against GOP-endorsed candidate Jim Schultz in terms of an abortion battle. Wardlow accused Schultz of not being zealous enough despite his well-established anti-abortion credentials. While Schultz said that he wouldn’t use the office as attorney general to push for tighter abortion laws, even though he supports them, Wardlow said Wednesday that he would and pledged to do just that. Wardlow’s Wednesday actions — calling the Capitol’s political press corps for what he called a’very significant announcement’ — are a counter-trend to Republican candidates who have been cautious on abortion issues since the U.S Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Related. According to the Associated Press, a North Dakota judge has put the state’s ban on abortion on Wednesday on hold while a lawsuit that claims it violates the state constitution moves forward. Burleigh County District Judge Bruce Romanick ruled that Attorney General Drew Wrigley “prematurely attempted” to execute the trigger language in a lawsuit brought in by Red River Women’s Clinic, Fargo. The suit was filed by Red River Women’s Clinic. The ban was to go into effect on Thursday.

EderCampuzano from the Star Tribune writes: “Minnesota Teachers are not entitled to a reimbursement of so-called fair-share’ fees that they paid to unions during the years preceding a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring these fees unconstitutional. This was an appeals court’s decision this week in a federal case that is part a larger national effort for public-sector unions to retroactively reimburse millions to nonmembers. For decades, Minnesota unions have collected these fees to help pay for collective bargaining efforts. In its ruling, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided in favor of Education Minnesota, the statewide teachers’ union, and a trio of school districts.

Diane Sandberg reports on KARE 11. “Three men were gunned down in Minneapolis early Thursday morning. One man was killed, two others were taken to hospital, and one was in a life-threatening situation. Minneapolis police say officers responded to a call about a fight in the area of 1st Avenue North, 4th Street North at 1:30 AM Thursday. Officials say that the fight escalated to a gun battle when police arrived. According to police, the gunfire was caused by fully automatic weapons.

Frederick Melo wrote in the Pioneer Press that the St. Paul City Council voted to convene a legislative committee to examine the question of how to fund and craft an early education and child-care initiative for the city’s low-income families . The seven-member council was poised Wednesday to vote whether to place a special property assessment on the Nov. 8, this year, to fund child care and pre-K providers. The St. Paul All Ready for Kindergarten coalition (SPARK), led by Rebecca Noecker, acknowledged that they had not gathered the five required council votes.

Dana Ferguson, Forum News Service’s Dana Ferguson, writes: “Gov. On Wednesday, Tim Walz and several other members of his Cabinet announced their 10-year plan for boosting the state’s economy. This includes expanding access to child care and housing, as well as increasing broadband and job training programs. Walz charged the 15-member Council on Economic Expansion to create a roadmap for the state’s economic growth last year . Their broad proposal would have: Boost teacher salaries in the state… Boost funding for police groups and add accountability measures… Increase the number of businesses owned and operated by people of color in Minnesota U. Market the state as a great state to live and work.”

A Star Tribune article by Michael Agnew states that “Minnesota cidermakers have gained an international reputation .” Seven cideries from the state won 38 medals at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. This included two best-in class awards. It is known as GLINTCAP and it is held every year in Grand Rapids (Michigan). More than 70 cidermakers and certified pipers came from all over the world to judge the 1,100 entries in this commercial division.

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