Judge allows Minneapolis to enforce 2040 Plan while earlier ruling under appeal

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Liz Navratil wrote in the Star Tribune: Minneapolis officials announced Tuesday they would resume work on projects that were delayed after a judge tossed out the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which guides development in the city . Hennepin County District Judge Joseph Klein granted Tuesday’s reprieve to city officials, allowing them to continue enforcement of the 2040 Plan while appealing his earlier ruling. Klein’s six-page order stated that he was trying to balance environmental concerns raised by local activists against the city’s argument that it would be impossible to enforce the plan.

WCCO TV reports: Wednesday’s sentence for the last two Minneapolis police officers who were convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights is set to take effect. This could trigger another round in state court plea negotiations over a murder that sparked a reckoning about racial injustice. J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao were convicted of two counts of violating Floyd’s civil rights in the 2020 slaying. They were found guilty of denying the 46-year old Black man medical care. The jury also failed to stop Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd for 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd gasped for air. Kueng held Floyd’s head, while Thomas Lane, a former officer, held his feet. Thao, on the other hand, kept away bystanders who recorded video that was widely shared and led to protests around the world.

Paul Walsh also reports in the Star Tribune. A prominent civil rights organization said it learned about troubling flyers being distributed in Twin Cities-area communities by supporters of an ‘extremely antisemitic’ group. This anti-Semitic trope has been around for at least a century. The Jewish Community Relations Council for Minnesota and the Dakotas released a Monday statement stating that it had documented the distribution of fliers in Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Louis Park since July 1. According to the JCRC, the fliers were distributed by Goyim Defense League supporters. Their nefarious activities have been well documented by ADL [Anti-Defamation League ].

According to the AP, North Dakota’s sole abortion clinic is preparing to close its doors on Thursday. A trigger ban will take effect Thursday and force patients to travel hundreds to get care pending the clinic’s move to Minnesota . The Red River Women’s Clinic will offer abortion services Wednesday, unless a judge intervenes. With the help of GoFundMe, Tammi Kromenaker, owner, is building a new clinic at Moorhead in Minnesota. Kromenaker did not give a date for the opening of the clinic and did not return messages Tuesday.

Frederick Melo wrote in the Pioneer PressWith support from the St. Paul City Council at a standstill, a key architect for a ballot measure is likely to stop Wednesday. is a plan to provide child care and early-childhood education grants to up to 5,000 children with St. Paul property taxes. According to other council members and others familiar with the proposal, Rebecca Noecker, a city council member, is set to ask the council to not vote on the Nov.8 ballot for the tax assessment measure. She will likely recommend that the city form a legislative taskforce to examine, refine, and publicly vet the grant program. This is a costly option, even though some of its supporters find it daunting. With the goal of having a better-developed proposal in March before the council, and then putting it on November 2023’s ballot, the goal is to do so.

Also in The Strib, Jeremy Olson wrote: ” Only 7% of Minnesota’s eligible preschool children have received their first shots one month after the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine. Officials from public health expected a slower start compared to the 25% rate of first shots for children aged 5-11 in the first month after becoming eligible. However, interest is lower than even the low expectations. … Adults were divided equally into excited, tentative, and opposed groups when they became eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the past year. But that balance has shifted according to Dr. Gigichawla, chief pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota. She said that most parents are in a wait-and-see mode when it comes to their children aged 6 months to four years.

Theo Keith reports on FOX 9: “Minnesota DFL Governor. The Democratic Party has an advantage because Tim Walz has nine times the amount of cash in his campaign account than Dr. Scott Jensen. This gives them an edge as they try to maintain their long winning streak in state elections. Republicans countered by claiming they have the political momentum for this fall’s midterm. They predict that their message around high inflation, crime concerns and President Joe Biden’s unpopularity will overcome the Democrats’ money lead. Walz had $4.98million in hand, compared to Jensen’s $580,000.

KARE 11’s Jennifer Hoff reported that nurses at Mayo Clinic’s Mankato hospital voted to end their union. Monday’s vote by 213 to 181 by the National Labor Relations Board to eliminate the Minnesota Nurses Association at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, was announced by the Board. This is more than 70 years since nurses first unionized in the hospital and is supported by the National Right to Work Foundation.

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